13 Replies Latest reply: Jan 27, 2014 10:27 AM by léonie
isiah1018 Level 1 (0 points)

I recently created a loop myself that i wanted to try, and now i would like to delete it.


i made a measure of piano notes, clicked add to loop library under edit.

So how do you delete this loop from the "my loops" section under loops.


(under loops, there are garageband loops, my loops, and show all)

GarageBand (Mac) '11, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • léonie Level 10 (90,805 points)


    afaik, there is no built-in way to delete loops from the loop library, you can only add them.

    If you really want to get rid of your added loop, you have to remove it from the library and then remove it from the loop index by rebuilding the loop index.


    • Quit GarageBand if it is running.


    • Your own loop will probably be stored in your User Library:

          Your home folder -> Library -> Audio -> Apple Loops -> User Loops


    • Try to find your loop there and delete it.
    • The Loop Index for your loops is stored in:
      Your home folder -> Library -> Audio -> Apple Loops Index/
    • Delete the indices you find there and then launch GB again. Your Loops should now be gone from the Loop Browser.
    • Then drag all your User Loops directly onto the Lopp Browser to reindex them.


    Good Luck





    P.S. your user library is hidden in MacOS Lion. To open it, use the Finder's "Go" menu:

         Finder -> Go ,  then hold down the option key, until your Library appears in the drop-down menu, select it and navigate to the Audio folder.


    Message was edited by: leonieDF corrected path name

  • HangTime Level 9 (50,490 points)

    isiah1018 wrote:


    I recently created a loop myself that i wanted to try, and now i would like to delete it.


    for loops you've added yourself it's very easy:


    select the loop and then press the DeleteKey

  • léonie Level 10 (90,805 points)

    Thank you, HangTime!  I'm really glad I added "afaik" ...

    Now I know

  • isiah1018 Level 1 (0 points)

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, simple and easy thank you thank you thank you!!!

  • isiah1018 Level 1 (0 points)

    and the problem with that folder (audio/loops) is that "user loops" was not showing up......i had researched that method already bu thank you for the help anyway!!!!

  • HangTime Level 9 (50,490 points)

    you're both welcome (some things in GB are just SO simple that it's hard to imagine that it could be so [esp since this does not work for the default set of loops iirc])

  • ssaint6 Level 1 (0 points)

    Good Day LeonieDF,


    I have been trying to find where these loops are stored also and I just can't find them.

    Am I looking in the right place (please see pics). I have both GB8 and GB9 installed and have many loops but can't find them. Any ideas you may have would be greatly appreciated.


    I'm running 10.8.2 if that helps.

    The loops are the ones that came with GB and some that I did a drag and drop into the loop browser.




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  • léonie Level 10 (90,805 points)

    Your screenshot are showing the loops in your User Library; there you will find the loops you created in GarageBand.

    To find the system wide installed loops, look into the System Library; open your Macintosh HD (or whatever you called your system drive) and select "Library".


    I'd recommend to add your system drive to the Finder's sidebar by changing the Finder's Preferences:


    Starting from your "Macintosh HD > Library" you will find the loops in "Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Loops" or "Macintosh HD > Library > Application Support > GarageBand > Apple Loops"

  • Foodsman Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks isiah1018,


    I was just going to ask the same question when I saw yours. What really surprises me is there is nothing from the Help menu at all under Delete or Loops, its a Help menu how can two things like that not be there?  I even printed the manual and nothing there either.


    Hey "You click on the homemade loop and click the Delete button" wow I guess they can't do that the explanation is too long right?


    Maybe its just me but I am amazed that Apple builds such fantastic software with so little help and direction. Thankfully we have you guys that is for sure!!!



  • ssaint6 Level 1 (0 points)

    Of course!!!!! Thanks for the help, makes total sense.

    Just upgraded to 10.8, thanks for your patience.



  • isiah1018 Level 1 (0 points)

    exactly!!!!! lol i agree

  • Matti-Man Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm using an earlier version of GB, and HangTime's solution didn't work for me, but LeonieDF's did ... go figure!

  • léonie Level 10 (90,805 points)

    It keeps changing from version to version - I wish it would stay as simple as in version '11