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Re-installing GarageBand 6 after downloading GB 10

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angelhair0 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 3, 2013 6:20 PM

I understand that when you download the new GarageBand, it puts the older version in it's own folder so that you can use both. I prematurely deleted version 6, thinking all of my AU's and instruments would be available in 10. I understand now, due to bit issues, some of them I can no longer use until the manufacturers issue updates. I don't have any problem with this, but my issue is that now I have 10 and want to get 6 back. What's the best way to go about doing this? I assume it will be difficult, and that I'll have to download a really old version and do one update at a time? It's not even an issue of wanting to use old instruments and AU's that I can't use anymore, but I have projects I was in the middle of that use those things, and I definitely need to get the old version of GB back on my computer so that I can finish them. Opening them in the new GB will cause a lot of problems.



OS X Mavericks (10.9), 4GB RAM, 750GB Storage
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,760 points)

    Reverting to GarageBand '11 is difficult, since Apple does not provide an installer for download.

    Do you still have a backup from the time before the upgrade, so you could restore GarageBand 6.0.5 from the backup?


    Or installers from the time you bought GarageBand '11? If your Mac came with SnowLeopard, GarageBand '11 should be on the DVD with the bundled iLife apps.  What is the system your Mac originally came with?



    -- Léonie

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,760 points)
    i actually do run time machine to an external drive. i grabbed the app from the last backup in which i had 6.0.5 installed, but it wouldn't run.


    How did you do that? Did you restore it from the Time Tunnel, or simply drag it from the backup drive?

    You need to restore it from the backup using Time Machine:

    With the "Applications" folder selected enter TimeMachine and in the Time Tunnel go back in time, then ctrl-click GarageBand and select "Restore to" and select a folder outside "Applications".


    Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 07.13.57GMT+1.PNG


    If you want to restore from your SnowLeopard installer, I'd rename your current GarageBand 10.0 temporarily, so it will not be overwritten. Only install selectively GarageBand from the bundled applications.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,760 points)

    however, every time i try to open the old garageband, it closes immediately before it tries to load any of the AUs or jam packs or whatever else. am i doing something wrong?

    is there any more information on what is happening? Is there a crash log? Any kind of error message?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,760 points)

    alright, i uninstalled all versions of garageband on my system. then i downloaded the old garageband. then i downloaded the new version, so that it would move the old version into it's own folder. however, every time i try to open the old garageband, it closes immediately before it tries to load any of the AUs or jam packs or whatever else. am i doing something wrong?

    Are still the library files installed, that GarageBand '11 needs? The Instruments library and the Loop library?


    Compare with your backup, if the folder

         /Library/Application Support/GarageBand/

    is still there.


    If not, restore it.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,760 points)

    I am not sure if what I am seeing is what should be there.

    That is exactly, what I am seeing in my Library.

    And both, GarageBand 6.0.5 and GarageBand 10.0 can coexist.


    If your GarageBand backup was not part of the latest backup, but a bit older, then the restored version may not be complete, since TimeMachine may delete older backups.


    But you said, that the GarageBAnd 10 installer moved GB 6.0.5 to a subfolder. Then check again, if now GarageBand 6.0.5 is appearing on the Purchased section of the AppStore. If yes, then trash your restored GB 6.0.5 (don't empty the Trash), and try to download GB 6.0.5 again.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,760 points)

    GarageBand 6.0.5 is not appearing on the Purchases section of the Appstore. GarageBand 10 is appearing as installed of course, but nothing about 6.0.5.

    For me,  the AppStore is showing both versions as installed, unless you removed the older version. I was hoping, that it recognized again GB 6.0.5 as installed, since it moved it to a different folder.


    How large is your restored GarageBand 6.0.5? My version has a size of 375,3 MB and is from 18. Februar 2012.

  • OmegaCypher Calculating status...
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    Jan 15, 2014 9:45 PM (in response to léonie)

    I recently did a clean install of Mavericks and installed GB 10; would I be able to install GB 6.0.5 on my system as well and use it without issue? I have Mainstage 3 as well and all of the Jam Packs, loops, etc. I'm new to Macs and my first thought was to create a partition on my HDD and install 6.0.5 there, but if they can indeed coexist without drama on the same partition then I have the disk to put 6.0.5 on there along side of 10. Thanks!

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