6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 14, 2012 12:59 AM by léonie
Empty Al Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I've recently upgraded my Mac to Mountain Lion and in Garageband (9.0 - version 5.1), on many of my projects, the amp and guitar settings at the right no longer appear - just a gray space where the information and options (amp and foot pedals, etc.)  should be.

 

What's happened? is this a Mountain Lion issue?

 

Any help appreciated


iMac (20-inch Early 2009), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Garageband 9.0 version 5.1
  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (78,050 points)

    guitarcontrols.png

    Do you mean like this?

    If you hover the mouse in the empty space beside the picture of the amp, faint arrows will appear, that let you step through the available amps and select an amp. Clicking onto the picture of the amp or the foot control will reveal the amp or foot control settings. In the upper right is an edit/done button to hide or show the controls.

     

    A bit confusing - the controls are different for each built-in amp and stompbox configuration.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • Empty Al Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks LeonieDF,  Close, but not quite.  I don't even get an image of the amp or the stompboxes.  I do get some drop down menus if i hover the cursor over the correct part of the screen, but its all guesswork.  The problem is not even consistent - happens in some projects and not others.  Very frustrating.

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (78,050 points)

    It is difficult for me to try out advice an GarageBand 9, since I no longer have a GarageBand '9 installation. How did you do the update installaton to Mt. Lion? Did you install on top of your current system or migrated from a TimeMachine backup?

     

    Your GarageBand Preferences file may be broken or GarageBand may be unable to write preferences to your User Library. 

     

    This could be solved by repairing permissions and trashing the preferences, see HangTime's standard remedy for "oddball problems":

     

     

    http://www.bulletsandbones.com/GB/FAQPages/OddBallProbs.html

     

    If this does not fix it, you may have an incomplete or inconsistent installation after the upgrade to Mt. Lion. Try to update everything to the most recent free update, and if that does not help, reinstall GarageBand.

     

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • Empty Al Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks - spotted your response to another user (Cogitation) and went to Prefernce folder in Finder / Go.  This seemed to work for me, so MUCH appreciated.  Would not have figured that one out...

  • Empty Al Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually - just went back into Garageband, which was looking fine, until I deselected my Guitar track to mute it while I was working on something else.  When I selected the track again, I was once again blind in the amp and stompbox setting area.  Any ideas?

     

    Thanks

     

    Mark

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (78,050 points)

    Mark, then look at the second part of my answer. If removing the preferences does not stick, repair the permissions on the User Library. GarageBand may not be able to write a correct preferences file. Look at the link to the FAQ I posted, on how to repair permissions.

     

    OS X Lion or OS X Mountain Lion includes a built in set of utilities in the Recovery System. From here you can access Disk Utility to repair your Start Up disk:

    • Restart your Mac and hold down the Command key and the R key (Command-R), and keep holding them until the Apple icon appears, indicating that your Mac is starting up. After the Recovery System is finished starting up, you should see a desktop with a OS X menu bar and a "Mac OS X Utilities" application window. Note: If you see a login window or your own desktop and icons, it is possible that you didn't hold Command-R early enough. Restart and try again.
    • In Disk Utility, perform a disk repair of your Mac OS X volume; if no issues are found, perform a permissions repair as well. If issues are found during the disk repair, try repairing again.
    • After the Disk Utility operations are complete, restart without holding any keys.

     

    If repairing the disk and permissions does not help, reinstall, as I suggested above.

     

    Regards

    Léonie