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Can't Record on Garage Band or make Apple Loop

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Mar 20, 2013 6:01 PM

Hi All,


I'm new to Garage Band, and although I have the downloadable manual, it seems I'm doing something wrong. I've got my guitar plugged with my sound all ready to go, but I can't find any way to record. The manual shows a diagram with play and record buttons that I can't find anywhere and I've tried every menu ooption. What am I doing wrong?


II also wanted to put in a simple drum loop in lieu of metronome to play to, and had an issue there that when I followed all the instructions and went to the menu of loops where they ought to be, there seems to be nothing there.


Any help with these issues, and patience with the fact that I'm sure there's something obvious and dumb I'm not doing right, would be greatly appreciated...thanks!!



GarageBand (Mac) '11, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)

    Rob, can you please post a screenshot of your GarageBand window with the Loop Browser open?


    To take a screenshot press the key combination ⇧⌘3. You will find the screenshot on your Desktop, named screenshot-some-date...

    Then press the camera icon in the Toolbar of the message window to upload the picture.




  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)

    Your GarageBand window is too large for your screen - the bottom row is cut off.

    Press the little green button in the traffic light in the upper left corner of the window

    Screen Shot 2013-03-22 at 17.25.10.png

    If that does not bring the full window back, hold down the options-key ⌥ while clicking the green button.

    And if that does not work, try the Apple Script on my Web Page:


    Garageband Window too Large



    Your missing pedals: Experiment with the stompbox you selected and select a different one from the drop down menu. They all have different effects.

    Screen Shot 2013-03-22 at 17.30.35.png


    Missing loops: There may be many reasons. The most common reason is usually a filter. Have you set the Loop Browser to show all Loops, (the topmost popup menu) and selected only "All Drums"?

    And in the Preferences > Loops disable "Keyword Browsing > Filter for more relevant results".


    Screen Shot 2013-03-22 at 17.36.41.png

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)

    Yes, I meant the options-key (on some keyboards it is labelled "alt ⌥") - that is a pity, that does not work in your case. Have you tried to run the Apple Script that I linked to? This will tell the Finder to shrink the GarageBand window.



    Paste this into a window in AppleScript Editor


    tell application "Finder"


              set {d1, d2, d3, d4} to (get bounds of window of desktop)


    end tell


    tell application "GarageBand"


              set margins to {d1 + 10, d2 + 54, d3 - 10, d4 - 148}


              set bounds of window 1 to margins


    end tell


    and then press the "Run" button.

    Screen Shot 2013-03-22 at 18.55.54.png

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)

    Was GarageBand running, when you were pressing the "run" button?


    What do you see, when you click the "Replies" button in the Apple Script editor?

    This will show you the code, that actually has been executed. For me it will look like this:

    tell application "Finder"

      get bounds of window of desktop

      --> {0, 0, 1344, 840}

    end tell

    tell application "GarageBand"

      set bounds of window 1 to {10, 54, 1334, 692}

    end tell


    If you see no results, or the script does not resize the window, your GarageBand preferences file may be broken. Then you need to remove it from your user library. See HangTime's fix for "oddball" problems in the FAQ:



    (Let the page FULLY load. The link to your answer is at the top of your screen)

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)


    the AppleScript results you get are very puzzling. The script has a line of code

    tell application "GarageBand",

    but the result you posted shows that this line is executed as

    tell application "Apple Script Editor", so it is not sending the resize command to the correct application.


    But anyway - your display seems to beset to very small dimensions - it is only 1024x640 pixels wide. The GarageBand window simply does not fit this small size.


    I'd suggest to change the resolution of the Display from the System Preferences to a larger size:

    Open "System Preferences" and open the "Display" tab and set the Resolution to a higher value - GarageBand needs a larger screen.

    Screen Shot 2013-03-22 at 23.39.14.png

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,375 points)

    You are welcome. Great, that you have your full window now.



    Classic Blues initially does not have any pedals.

    But I just managed to add some by clicking onto the empty floorboards beside the stomp box. This will open a window with effects, and you can drag them from there. you can save the arrangement by pressing "Save Setting" and name it.


    Screen Shot 2013-03-23 at 08.49.23.png





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