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Garageband version missing some sounds/instruments.

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Nov 24, 2012 11:19 AM

Hi there, my version of Garageband seems to be missing some sounds/instruments.  Is there any way that I could get them back?  Many thanks for any help!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,485 points)

    What is your GarageBand version?


    In my GarageBand '11 Version (6.0.5) the instrument library is installed in the system library:

    /Library/Application Support/GarageBand/Instrument Library/


    If there are instruments missing, you could try to restore them from your backup to this location. If this is not possible, you need to reinstall GarageBand. How did you buy it? Do you have installation media, or did GB come preinstalled?





  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,485 points)
    I went to the system library and it goes to three headings of plug in settings, sampler, and track settings.


    This is the location, where most of the installers add samplers for additional instruments, plug-ins for effects, etc.


    There are some additional sounds there but some have to enter the serial number of the Mac.  I do that and it says it is not valid.


    This I do not understand. Do you see a panel "The item xxx cannot be moved because 'Application Support' cannot be modified"? And with a button 'Authentificate'? If yes, this is because the System library is maintained by the system and specially protected. Changing it requires authentification as an administrator. To move or modify certain items in the system library you will have to enter your administrator password, not the serial number of the mac.


    In any event I don't have a GB DVD or an iLife DVD.

    Check, if there are "optional installs" on your second installation DVD - can you install iLife from that DVD?



    I am new to Apple, loving it btw, so I don't know how to restore from a backup position yet, if I even have one.


    Then you probably do not have a backup, and I recommend you get started with planning a backup strategy for your Mac. The easiest way to backup a Mac is Time Machine - you only need an external drive, connect it, configure Time Machine from your System Preferences, and Time Machine will automatically backup your computer hourly when the drive is connected.



    my version of Garageband seems to be missing some sounds/instruments.


    What instruments and sounds are missing? And where/how do you see them missing?

    Maybe it is a setup problem and they are not missing at all? GarageBand can filter your instruments and Loops, and with the wrong setting only a few may be displayed:


    • Depending on the type of track "Real Instrument/ Software instrument" you see a different selection of instruments.
    • The pop-up menu at the top of the Track Info panel should be set to "Show all", otherwise the selection for loops and instruments will be further restricted.
    • Also, there is the preference setting in the "Loops" preference panel "Filter for more relevant results". This will restrict the selection of the loops to those with similar key and tempo.





  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,485 points)

    my install disks can't be read by the iMac anymore because updates have been installed automatically.

    What exactly is the error message, when you try to open your install disks?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,485 points)

    Can you contact the previous owner for the iLife installation media?


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