1 Reply Latest reply: May 20, 2013 11:42 AM by judysings
Danjelo Level 1 (0 points)



In the past few days I have not been able to record on GarageBand '11. Upon pressing the record button a popup appears with the message:

"File size limit reached - Audio recordings are limited to a file size of 2 gigabytes. This recording has reached the file size limit. Recording will stop, and the recording up to this point will be preserved."


The problem is, these are newly created files, with not a single new track recorded on them. Retrieving info on the file reveals that its size is only 1.6 MB.

The machine is new, purchased only this year. It runs Mountain Lion (version 10.8.3), has a 2.9 GHz Intel Core i5.


The storage space is not near capacity; the HD itself has about 2/3 capacity left free (2 TB out of 3 TB) and there is a Time Machine external drive hooked up that is about 3/4 full (2.8 TB out of 4 TB).


Screen Shot 2013-05-18 at 4.11.32 PM.png


This happens regardless of the recording interface (built in microphone, USB microphone, USB guitar interface) and regardless of the type of file selected (songwriting, acoustic instrument, piano, etc.)


Any other necessary information I will be more than happy to provide to find a solution to this problem.


EDIT; Perhaps this is a related problem or perhaps it isn't, but the default save location seems to be "Mail Downloads" and if a different location is chosen this popup appears:


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I am sure I am using the "New Project" tab and choosing one of the options included in that tab. But GarageBand will not create the file unless the "Mail Downloads" folder is the selected location.


Thank you,


GarageBand (Mac) '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • judysings Community Specialists (4,310 points)

    Hi Danjelo,


    I'm sorry you are having issues with Garageband.   The troubleshooting steps outlined in the article below should help you on a path to resolution ....


    iLife: Troubleshooting Basics


    Delete the User Preferences

    You can resolve many issues by restoring an iLife application back to its original settings (this will not impact your project files or libraries). To do this:

    1. In the Finder, click the Go menu and choose Home.
    2. Open the Library folder and then the Preferences folder.
    3. Remove the "com.apple.x.plist" file, where "x" should be replaced with the iLife application you are troubleshooting (for example, "com.apple.iphoto.plist" or "com.apple.imovie8.plist").

    Remove receipts and reinstall iLife applicationsFor Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard:

    1. In the Finder, choose Applications from Go menu.
    2. Drag the application you are having issues with to the Trash.
    3. Go to your internal hard drive and open Library folder. Then, open the Receipts folder. Locate any receipts with names that begin with the iLife application you are having issues with; move these files to the Trash.
    4. Insert your iLife installation disc and install only the iLife application you previously dragged to the Trash. (You can select and install individual applications by clicking the Customize option under Installation Type).
    5. When finished, choose Software Update from the Apple () menu to update your software to the latest version.


    I hope this helps ...


    - Judy