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  • Student490278
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    Joined: Jan 10th, 2022
    Garageband Help Needed
    Hello everyone, I have been using GarageBand to record music for a while. I started on my old MacBook Air, and when I upgraded to my MacBook Pro, I realized I needed to save all of my data before completely erasing all information on my old Mac Air. I saved all of my music to two usb drives (only one that actually saved the data). On the other hand, I found myself bumboozled when I realized that one usb drive seemed to not be opening and claimed that it was not working. And so the only way that I was able to receive my songs from that other usb drive was to download, and use an app (iMyFone Anyrecover) that costed $60 bucks to convert the missing data to my now owned MacBook Pro. After all of these struggles I faced, the songs appear in my finder as '.band'. When I click on them to open them up, they do not open up, but instead ask to be saved somewhere, and when I click 'GarageBand for MacOS - iCloud', it says, "The file could not be opened" and then shows up as an empty project in GarageBand. COULD ANYONE HELP?!!! I NEED MY SONGS BACK!
  • Joe A
    Posts: 1834
    Joined: Oct 1st, 2013
    Re: Garageband Help Needed
    Hi - The .band format is the correct format for GarageBand songs on a Mac. If you got them over to the Mac I would think they should open, unless they're corrupted on the USB drive.. I'm unclear on how you transferred the files -- it sounds like you accessed the USB drive via an app on your phone..? I'm not familiar with the app you mentioned so I can't offer any advice there, but it sounds like you did manage to get them over to the MacBook.. Without actually poking around on the computer I can't be sure what's going on there, but I can offer a few general troubleshooting suggestions.. - As always, do a hard shutdown/restart and then try opening the files again - Try saving the .band songs directly to your MacBook's hard disk and not to cloud storage..? - Try connecting the USB drive to another Mac [if possible] to see if it can be read there, to determine if the files themselves are corrupted [especially since you said your MacBook couldn't read the USB drive].. - Test to see if you can create a new Project in GarageBand, save it, and re-open it [to determine if the problem is with those particular files or with GarageBand itself] - If you still have the MacBook Air, try re-saving the files to a fresh HD or USB drive and doing the direct transfer again.. There was an older thread on problems opening files in GarageBand -- I don't know of any of it applies to your situation [I think they were using DropBox to exchange GarageBand files], but here's the link, just in case there's something there that might be of any help.. https://macprovideo.com/forums/audio/garageband/thread/9322-problem-opening-garageband-project-files- In that older thread they never indicated that the issue had been resolved, so ultimately, this might be a problem best solved by getting in touch directly with Apple Tech Support for GarageBand-- they can access your computer remotely and actually see what's going on..
  • Student490278
    Posts: 2
    Joined: Jan 10th, 2022
    Re: Garageband Help Needed
    To answer a couple more of the unknown with my problem, I now have a MacBook Pro and am trying to get the files off of a usb that I transferred from my previously owned MacBook Air. I will definitely try some of those troubleshooting suggestions prior to getting ahold of Apple Tech Support. Thanks again!!!
  • Student496413
    Posts: 1
    Joined: Jun 24th, 2022
    Re: Garageband Help Needed
    I'll do my best to explain this. I was recording my voice over prerecorded guitar and keyboards. My keyboards were on tempo with the click track, but when I sang over the keyboards, the keyboards came in later than it should have. This happened several times. I deleted a section of the keyboard because it was off, and it was still there when I deleted it. I turned saved my music file, GarageBand off and restarted my computer. When I got back to it, the audio loops were in half, and I had to stretch them out. Is this a GarageBand issue or an issue with my Mac mini? My Mac mini is 12.5.1 and GarageBand is 10.4.6. I understand there is some kind of corruption going on. Is this part of the corruption?
  • Joe A
    Posts: 1834
    Joined: Oct 1st, 2013
    Re: Garageband Help Needed
    Hi - Well, if it is some kind of corruption causing this problem it would mostly likely be GarageBand or the specific GB Project. Here are a couple of suggestions for troubleshooting.. - Try recording the same thing in a brand new GB Project. If the problem doesn't return, then it's most likely corruption in that specific GB Project. - If the same problem occurs in a brand new GB Project, then the issue might be with GarageBand, and you might want to re-install it. I don't really understand what you mean when you say 'when I sang over the keyboards, the keyboards came in later than it should have' -- if the keyboards were already recorded, how could recording a new vocal track change their timing? You also said 'I deleted a section of the keyboard because it was off, and it was still there when I deleted it.' The only way I could imagine this happening is if the vocal mic is picking up the sound of the keyboard through your speakers and re-recording it [out of time] on the vocal track..?
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