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No real-time sharing/bouncing? How do I use external effects?

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Nov 4, 2012 4:12 PM

If this has been addressed before I apologize for asking again, but I am not finding answers in the archives or the web.


In short, I am using Garageband with external effects, i.e., UAD plug-ins, and want to Share the songs to disk or iTunes.  I will use the term "bounce" here instead of "Share" or "export", since this is the term used in Logic Pro and Pro Tools.  I cannot find an option to select a real-time mode for bouncing.  During bouncing the external effects get changed, since they don't get fed the real-time signal.  In Logic Pro you can bounce "offline" or "realtime"; typiclaly offline is faster, but you need realtime if you are routing sound through external devices while creating your mp3 etc.  In Pro Tools realtime is the default for bouncing; in fact I don't even know if one can change it.  But in garageband I cannot find a way to bounce in realtime.  When playing from Garageband the external effects like Compressor, EQ, Reverb sound great, but after bouncing tracks using them are significanlty different sounding.  Incidentally, in Logic Pro, when you are not selecting realtime bouncing the external effects don't even make it at all.


How do you share/bounce/exprot in realtime in Garageband? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


-- Axel


MacBook Pro, Lion 10.7.5, Garageband 11 (version 6.0.5)

MacBook Pro
  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)

    There's no such thing as real time bouncing in GB. If you want to change effects over time, you have to automate them with a curve. Basically all properties of effects can be automated as long as they are available in the track's info window.

  • Edgar Level 3 Level 3 (990 points)



    You are saying that you use "External Effects" like the UAD plugin and you said that you want to use the PCM91.

    I'm confused. A plug-in is not an external (hardware) effect. It is an Audio Unit internal effect, from a different vendor other than the effects that come with GarageBand pre-installed (these are Apple proprietary non-AU plugins). Any of those plug-ins work with offline bouncing.


    However, how do you connect an "external" effects unit like the PCM91 to GarageBand. GarageBand doesn't provide sends and returns like Logic, only the main inputs for recording tracks and the main Master Output.


    BTW: You mention that you open a project in Logic Pro 10. Do you mind sending me a copy of it, I promise that I'm not gonna tell Apple about it :-)


    Hope that helps



    Edgar Rothermich


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  • Keith Barkley Level 5 Level 5 (5,145 points)

    Unless you are a Beta tester, or software pirate, the current version is LP9:


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