5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 19, 2013 6:17 AM by Distorted bass
Distorted bass Level 1 (0 points)

When I'm exporting my project from garageband 11 to itunes or my hard drive, the track is distorted (especially the bass drum is distorted, sounds really bad). In my project a have: programmed drums, real bass guitar and electric guitar. No track shows red on the bar, not even close. It sounds good in GB but not when i export. I'm aware of the "Export project at full loudness" button. When i tick it in my exported track sound ok, but the sound is toooo low! I want the same volume as any other song. I tried what this guy is doing but it doesn't work for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCHnXloH8_Y it still sound distorted.

My import levels were not too high when i recorded bass and guitar.

All I want is my project to sound as good it does in GB when i export, and with full loudness...

Had the same problem for years and feels like i tried everything, tried with different recordings/songs etc. Been many hours trying to fix it.


Help anyone? really need it.

Thanks \m/


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Lysdexic Level 1 (0 points)

    I've got the same issue using some loops. Sounds great in GB, no red, no distortion, but as soon as I export, one of the loops has distortion that wasn't there before. Don't know how to fix this and I've tried th e'export project at full loudness' option both on and off.

  • Distorted bass Level 1 (0 points)

    I think i got a way to solve this issue. I worked with a projekt with about 20 tracks with real instruments, With good volume after export, here's what i did:

    1. Make sure that your input signal isn't to high (I Use a firewire interface to plug in guitars, keyboar and vocals). You have to make sure that there's no distortion on input. Espesially with intruments with bass.

    2. The track volymepanels to the left can't show any yellow or red, not even close, my loudest track was about 50%.

    3. Before you export turn down your master volyme down to the right, alot. (around 20-40% maybe...)

    4. export to disk, NOT to itunes. Desame song on itunes (withot any equalizers or extra volyme) sound distorted, but not if i send it to disc. I have no idé why........!

    5.then send the same song back to GB, and do what this guy's doing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCHnXloH8_Y
    turn up the peaklimiter as much as you want or intill it sounds bad and distorted.

    6. I exported with the "project at full loudness" button ticked in both times and it worked for me. I also compressed to mp3 both times. the "project at full loudness" button has to be ticked in the second time when you use the peakLimiter anyway.


    Be really certain of number 1 and 2. Still experimenting with this so let me know if it worked



  • Sefstah Level 1 (0 points)

    Same problem. Have you found any solution? I found that turning track levels way down helps but whats the point of adjusting anything if it doesn't export the way it sounds in Garageband?

  • Distorted bass Level 1 (0 points)

    Actually, yes. It's all about recording technique. First of all, never tick in the "export project at full loudness" button. Make sure there's no red/yellow on tracks. No distortion on input source. Make sure there's not to much bass frequencies on bass and drum track. This guy makes great tutorials in GB (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-p3hYYWCas), watch and learn. I did.


    when you export, export to disc not Itunes. Turn up the master volyme, for some reson it doesn't matter if it goes up to yellow/red here. I normaly have the master volyme maxed out. I can recommend you to get yourself a mastering plug-in. I have this one (T-tracks) it's great and it's free: http://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/trcs/


    You'll just have to experiment with these things. It's kinda hard in the beginning but you'll learn. Then you can do fun and awsome things like this recording I made a time ago. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3aOaJE_y7g


    peace, good luck!

  • Distorted bass Level 1 (0 points)

    As i said never tick in the "export project at full loudness" button. If you export your project and it sounds bad, that means you did something wrong in GB. You just have to try it out untill you get in right. It's frustating in the beginning, i know..! Important that you have a decent headset for recording too. hope my answers helps!