7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 31, 2013 8:01 AM by léonie
ringnib Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have been trying to make single opera recordings from the BBC Proms of 5hrs+.

 

I have connected my radio tuner to the 'audio in' port with a Belkin Audio Cable.

 

In Garageband I have selected a 'basic track, no effects'

 

I have changed the tempo to 40 bpm, as I understand that is supposed to give me over 16hrs with GarageBand '11 v 6.0.5 (428.5)

 

In GB Preferences 'Audio Resolution : Good' is selected

 

Why then, after just over 3hrs, does the recording stop 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'

 

And why, when I close the message and click the record button again, does it recommence recording ?


OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (79,540 points)

    See my answer to this question:

     

    Re: Garageband - File Size Limit 2GB Question

     

     

    Are you storing your projects on an external drive? If yes, how is the drive formatted?

  • ringnib Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am not storing my project on an external drive.

     

    With  GarageBand '11 v 6.0.5 (428.5), I was told I could record continuously for 16:39:48. As said in my original post, even with a tempo of 40bpm and 'Audio Resolution : Good' I can only get a bit more than 3 hrs : not enough for one opera in Wagner's Ring Cycle !

     

    Is there anything I can do to disable that dreaded . . .

     

                   ‘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'

     

    . . . and record for a length of time of my own choosing ?

     

    I have been making the recordings of radio broadcasts with my radio tuner linked to my Mac with an Audio Cable into the 'audio-in' port. Can you suggest a better way of saving a radio broadcast ?

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (79,540 points)

    How large are your files actually? Is auto normalize disabled?

    Have you checked a test recording, if the file size is actually close to 2GB? Make a test recording for an hour or so, and look at the size of the recorded audio file. How large is it? What file size would you expect for a three hour recording by extrapolating from that value? If the file actually will reach a size of 2GB you cannot get past that size.

     

    How much RAM do you have? Are any other applications running in the background?

     

     

    I don't make radio recordings directly into GarageBand. I first stream the audio to Audio Hijack pro and record separate clips, with the silence monitor enabled. Audio Hijack will start a new file, when silence is detected. Then I combine and cut the clips in GarageBand. That works well for full day radio recordings.

  • ringnib Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    auto normalize is not disabled, as I thought it might affect the quality of the recording.

     

    The size of the file is 2GB.

     

    I am not sure what RAM is, but if it is the same as Memory in 'About This Mac', it is 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3

     

    Is Audio Hijack pro safe to download, or are there any problem issues associated with it, and what would you use as your source for, say, a BBC radio broadcast.

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (79,540 points)

    I am not sure what RAM is, but if it is the same as Memory

     

    Yes, that is the same (RAM = Random Access Memory).

    The size of the file is 2GB.

    Then that is the limit. GrarageBand stores the files as aiff; and that file format is limited by the specifications to 2 GB.

    The opera you are recording is just to complex, so that this limit is reached so soon.

     

    Is Audio Hijack pro safe to download, or are there any problem issues associated with it, and what would you use as your source for, say, a BBC radio broadcast.

    You are recording the line-in input, right? Then set Audio Hijack Pro to record the "default system input".

    I have used it for many years, and never had a problem with the application. I hope, others will chime in for a second opinion.

  • ringnib Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your help.

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (79,540 points)

    You're welcome!