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GarageBand '09 Wonky after OS X Mountain Lion Install

2816 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 15, 2012 8:32 AM by jeremy148 RSS
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I just upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion from Snow Leopard and now Garageband '09 (5.1) is acting weird.  It will let me start a new project but after working with the software instruments for a bit, Garageband will no longer let me add effects.  The effects slots don't even show up.  Then the icon for whatever instrument I'm using disappears completely.  Then, if I keep trying to work, Garageband crashes.  Please help me out here if anyone has any answers.  

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • Micklure Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You're definitely not alone. I've been running Garageband 09 on Mountain Lion for weeks and it just started doing the same problem today. I tried restarting the program, tried restarting my Mac, tried updating the OS to the newest mini-update. Nothing helps. It also seems like the name of the last instrument track I was on before the problem started shows up above where the tracks should be regardless of what track is actually selected. Additionally, if I click where the options of the effects would normally trigger drop-down menus, the drop-down still works -- you just can't see them.


    If you happen to find a cure, do post!

  • Dan Farrell Calculating status...

    I am having exactly the same problem. What a complete pain in the **** it is too. Trying to work with invisible effects is impossible.


    Come on Apple. Stop updating the OS without checking first whether it will effect anything.


    If anyone knows of any fixes I'd be most grateful.





  • isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,125 points)

    Has anyone tried trashing preferences, repairing permissions or reinstalling?


    Probably best to update to Garageband 11.

  • Leo Singer Calculating status...

    After upgrading to Mountain Lion, I found that the effets slots were invisible but by aiming carefully I could still get drop-down menus for some of the widgets that should have been there.


    I was able to fix it by removing some of GarageBand's preference files.


    First, close GarageBand.


    Then, open your user Library folder. This is a hidden folder that normally does not appear in the Finder. The easiest way to open it is to go to the Finder and select "Go->Go to Folder..." from the menubar and type "~/Library" in the dialog box.


    Once you are in your Library folder, drag the following items to the trash:


    Library/Application Support/GarageBand






    Finally, relaunch GarageBand. I found that after following these steps, the effects slots were once again visible in the track info panel.


    Note that some of the files listed above may contain settings for any custom instruments that you have. It might not be necessary to delete all of those files; they are just all of the files in the Library that appeared to be related to GarageBand.

  • danp65 Calculating status...

    That fixed it for me! Thanks, Leo

  • danp65 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 11, 2012 1:59 AM (in response to danp65)

    Oh, well it worked for 10 minutes then the effects slots went AWOL again.



  • jeremy148 Calculating status...

    Has anybody come up with any other fixes for this? Some of my M-Audio gear doesn't appear to be compatible with GB '11 so I really don't want to upgrade software. This bug is incredibly annoying though.


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