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pauldepechemode66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi,

question for any garageband user of tech head:

 

i have a mid 2011  10.7.5 osx lion /21.5 inch imac with 4GB of memory installed. I have 438GB still free out of 499GB.

I used Garageband for about 6 months without too many probs and was only using maybe 8 -10 tracks on each song , but yes was using a few of VSts and FX. Now although Ive moved all Garageband projects into an external drive and GB is now empty. It wont play or work without freezing a lot which is useless to me. I know about locking tracks and do but its still very slow.

Question: how much extra GB should I install in the imac to make it run without issues? Money is tight but would another 4GB do the job?

I dont have other apps or programs running whne in GB and simpy am frustrated  at how lame it is.


GarageBand (Mac) '11
  • Mike Osborn Level 4 Level 4 (1,205 points)

    Garageband can be a processor-intensive application at times.  If it were me, I'd want to have at least 8GB of RAM...more if I could afford it.  (If you go to macsales.com or crucial.com, you'll find that RAM isn't all that expensive).

     

    I would also suggest posting your question in the Garageband forum here...that's where all the Garageband experts hang out.  Here's a link:

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/community/ilife/garageband

     

    I hope this helps.

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (41,345 points)

    Open Activity Monitor and check the Page in and Page out numbers, post them here.

  • pauldepechemode66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    hi,

    this is the activity monitor info

     

     

    277      Activity Monitor        paulemery     1.4       5          35.5 MB          Intel (64 bit)

    213      AirPort Base Station Agent  paulemery     0.0       3          1.9 MB            Intel (64 bit)

    244 AppleSpell.service    paulemery     0.0       2          9.6 MB            Intel (64 bit)

    218 com.apple.dock.extra           paulemery     0.0       2          11.4 MB          Intel (64 bit)

    226      cookied          paulemery     0.0       3          2.0 MB            Intel (64 bit)

    273      CVMCompiler           paulemery     0.0       1          21.6 MB          Intel (64 bit)

    156      distnoted       paulemery     0.1       7          2.8 MB            Intel (64 bit)

    180      Dock   paulemery     0.0       5          24.3 MB          Intel (64 bit)

    221      EEventManager       paulemery     0.1       5          3.6 MB            Intel   

    219 EpsonLowInkReminderAgent         paulemery     0.0       2          5.6 MB            Intel (64 bit)

    183      Finder            paulemery     0.0       4          48.4 MB          Intel (64 bit)

    250      Flash Player (Safari Internet plug-in)       paulemery     0.7       10       44.6 MB          Intel (64 bit)

    195      fontd  paulemery     0.0       2          5.1 MB            Intel (64 bit)

    214      Glims Agent   paulemery     0.0       2          9.2 MB            Intel (64 bit)

    208      imagent         paulemery     0.0       2          6.7 MB            Intel (64 bit)

    220      iTunes           paulemery     0.0       12       116.2 MB       Intel (64 bit)

    222      iTunes Helper           paulemery     0.0       3          3.6 MB            Intel (64 bit)

    150      launchd         paulemery     0.0       2          1.5 MB            Intel (64 bit)

    49        loginwindow paulemery     0.0       2          21.4 MB          Intel (64 bit)

    215      MacKeeper Helper   paulemery     0.0       4          23.1 MB          Intel (64 bit)

    161      mdworker     paulemery     0.0       3          14.5 MB          Intel (64 bit)

    186      pboard          paulemery     0.0       1          984 KB           Intel (64 bit)

    201 PhotoStreamAgent   paulemery     0.0       3          14.4 MB          Intel (64 bit)

    275      Quick Look Helper    paulemery     0.0       4          7.8 MB            Intel (64 bit)

    232      Safari paulemery     0.0       17       111.6 MB       Intel (64 bit)

    234      Safari Web Content paulemery     1.8       12       337.9 MB       Intel (64 bit)

    182      SystemUIServer       paulemery     0.0       4          20.1 MB          Intel (64 bit)

    181      talagent         paulemery     0.0       2          7.2 MB            Intel (64 bit)

    176      UserEventAgent       paulemery     0.0       3          7.9 MB            Intel (64 bit)

    203      warmd_agent            paulemery     0.0       2          1.8 MB            Intel (64 bit)

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (41,345 points)

    That is everything except what I asked for

     

    Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 12.02.50 PM.png

    Page in

     

    Page out

     

    Those 2 please.

  • pauldepechemode66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    YEAH SORRY , TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO CPATURE THE SCREEN SHOT FOR YOU

  • pauldepechemode66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    file://localhost/Users/paulemery/Desktop/Screen%20Shot%202013-02-03%20at%2018.08 .33.png

  • pauldepechemode66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    as you can tell im new to mac bare with me..

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (41,345 points)

    Just tell me the numbers for each.

  • pauldepechemode66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ok thanks,

     

    FREE 1.73GB

    WIRED 702.8MB

    ACTIVE 1.31GB

    INACTIVE 275.4 MB

    USED 2.2.6 GB

    VM SIZE 191.40 GB

    PAGE IN 340.0 MB (0 BYTES/SECS)

    PAGE OUT  (0 BYTES/SECS)

    SWAP USED 0 BYTES/SECS

  • Mike Osborn Level 4 Level 4 (1,205 points)

    I think Lion's the same (but can't remember).  In Mountain Lion, finding Page Out/Page In numbers is accomplished by going to the Finder -->Applications --> Utilities -->Activity Monitor

     

    Then, in Activity Monitor, click on the System Memory tab.  It should look something like the screen shot below...I've drawn a red arrow next to the values Csound is looking for:

     

    PageOuts.jpg

  • Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (41,345 points)

    Since the last time you started your Mac it has never run out of Ram (Page out = 0) so adding more will little (if any) effect.

     

    Is Page Out normally 0?

  • pauldepechemode66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks yes i found it but dont know how to save a pic of the screen and post it here ? ...have posted the data instead

  • pauldepechemode66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ive never been into activity monitor before so couldnt say to be honest. all i use is safari , itunes, and iphoto really....all my big music photo and movie files are on an external hard drive so couldnt figure out why when i upload an old song into garageband it keeps stuttering the moment it trys to play 3 or 4 basic tracks. Ive recorded a whole album last year and had very few probsdef got worse toward the end.

  • pauldepechemode66 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    silly question but would this be more helpful if i actually used Garageband and then posted the page ins/out info?? as I have not used Gb for a few weeks.

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