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Monday, 9 December 2013

If You Want To Share Mac Garageband Files With The iPad, iPod and Touch - You Need To Read This

I've check out the converter with Mavericks

- If you stick with Garageband 11 and don't go Free Mavericks then the converter will convert an archive file and and exporting it to iOS6 or iOS7 with enable you to play it on GB 1 or GB 2 on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch as per normal.

- If you created the song on Garageband Mavericks then it will not currently play on any of the iDevices at all, Apple have changed the code radically

- If you take a working archived converter GB 11 file, export it to the iPad etc, do nothing with it but changes the name and export it back to the mac it will no longer open with Garageband 11 and will demand that you update to Garageband 10 Free Version, effectively forcing users to upgrade. Most likely why its almost free to stop people complaining.

- Once anything has been remotely near Mavericks GB Free then it will no longer convert to go on any I-device.  

If you have upgraded to Garageband 2 on the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch 4th or 5th generation.  You will no longer be able to open 

- If your running ios7 and create a song on the iPad it will open in Mavericks GB 10, but will not go back to the iPad or any other device again, its a one way street.  It's crazy as that was the bit that worked perfectly.

To say they've broken it is an understatement.  I looks pretty neat, but has been heavily disabled.

I still plan to keep taking pot shots at it, but it needle in a hay stack, and they removed the hay and hid it somewhere.

fixed1t Advice - 

Stick with Garageband 11 and recover an old backup of a previous Garageband, for iPad etc.  Perhaps they plan to role something out themselves in a couple of years time, and they are just stopping others beating them to the prize.

Off to force one of my devices back to an iOS 6 and Garageband 1 iOS

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

How to Double the Audio Recording Time in Garageband from 90 to 180 minutes

If you are just using your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch as a Garageband digital sound recorder and you have come up against the dreaded 90 minute maximum recording time, here's a really simple fix.

The 90 minute limit is due to the maximum number of bars a song can have in Garageband.  For example you will get around 90 mins at 120 BPM.

If you need to double the recording time, then you can simply half the BPM to 60 BPM.  Suddenly you have 180 minutes of recording time.  Of course If you start adding other loops etc its gonna so a little ENO.

I hope this helps.  If it does please give it a like or leave a comment.

As you can imagine creating these useful videos takes time, so if you find this useful please consider making a small donation using the Donate button at the top of the right hand column. Even a few dollars really helps to justify to those indoors the time I spend on these 'it's a great excuse' :-).  But if you don't wish to donate thats fine but it would useful if you could give the fix a thumbs up and pop back to leave a message.

Please check out my other videos and blogs.

Many Thanks


Monday, 28 October 2013

Garageband 2 iOS7 and 10 prevent Mac to iPad.. Conversion But Here's a fixed1t work around ;-)

iPad... =  iPad 2, 3, or 4, iPhone 4(s) - 5(s), iPad Touch 4th/5th Gen 
GB = Garageband

Please read my previous blogs about iOS7 and GB 2 and GB 10, I was quite enthusiastic about the potential for iCloud sharing between platforms.  I was excited a little too soon.

fixed1t Sum-up of the Garageband Song Sharing Issues

Apple has seriously modified the song/project code for GB 10, under Mavericks which totally blocks Mac GB to iPad...  Song transfer.

Here are the new game play rules as I see them if you want to collaborate with other iPad...  Mac Musicians.

Rule 1) Any song opened in Free Mac GB 10 currently refuses to load or open on any iPad...  ACTION -  Jump to Rule X

Rule 2) fixed1t Converters work brilliantly on any GB 11 song archive :-)
  • They run great with 10.5 Leopard to 10.9 Mavericks OS :-)
  • When transferred to GB 1 for iOS they can happily ping-pong back from Mac GB 11 to and iPad...  :-)
  • When transferred to iOS 7 GB 2 they can no longer be opened again with GB 11 :-(

Rule 3) Once the GB 11 song file is fixed1t converted to iOS7 GB 2 it can be shared back and forth with other other iCloud iPad... devices :-)

Rule 4) An iOS7 GB 2 song file can be download from the iCloud using free GB 10 :-)

Rule 5) Once the song is downloaded to the Mac GB 10, we must Jump to Rule 1

Rule X) iPad... sharing End Of The Line - the Song can only be worked on by users with Mac GB 10 :-)

This is a real pain for an increasing number of users who were really enjoying sending files back and forth between Macs and their iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

Recommendation To fixed1t Users

What I an recommending to my users is they keep their install of GB 11 an and compress it and delete the application(see the blog entry), They then install NewGarageband.  Once its installed and has the name NewGarageband you can uncompress the Garageband 11 and have both available.  I made dock entries for each.

I am also recommending that they retrieve a backup of Garageband 1 on an iPad...  so they and their friends can share between the Macs and their iPad...  If they get to the stage that it is only iPad... sharing i.e. near the completion of the song, then they can convert it and load it into Garageband 2 on iOS7 which means they should be able to share the files between iPad...  

When they have finished and are ready to Master, they can (if they want) open it on Garageband 10 on the Mac and finish it there.

Personally, I'll be going back to Garageband 11 and Garageband 1

I'll do a quick blog if I sort out the way forward. 

To use or test the converter, and get your songs onto the iPad you will need Garageband 11 and either Garageband 1 or Garageband 2, but again once its on Garageband 2 it won't go back to Garageband 11 for the time being.

So there are my fixed1t workarounds, Apple have just made it a darn sight more complicated.  At least with the fixed1t converters the conversion is so seamless and quite that it reduces some of the pain.

But as they say, no pain no pleasure.  Personally I'll stick with the pleasure. 

As you can imagine creating my blogs and videos takes time, so if you find this useful please consider making a small donation using the Donate button at the top of the right hand column. Even a few dollars really helps to justify to those indoors the time I spend on these 'it's a great excuse' :-).  But if you don't wish to donate thats fine but it would useful if you could give the fix a thumbs up and pop back to leave a message.

Please check out my other videos and blogs.

Many Thanks


Sunday, 27 October 2013

Fixing iTunes Error - 45054 dont have enough access privileges

One of my fixed1t software users did an update which included iTunes with a view to moving to Mavericks.  He then went to open iTunes to test it out but it totally refused to work and displayed the following dialogue:

You do not have enough access privileges for this operation
Clicking OK then brought up the following Dialogue:

An unknown error occurred (-45054)
He asked if I could kindly take a look into it and I have 'Another fixed1t Software Solution.

Looking at the relevant iTunes files and associated files and folders I spotted that the Users folder was missing an innocuous System Folder named Shared that needs to be present in the Users Folder.

Screen capture of Users folder - No Shared folder is present

Given that iTunes and other Applications and Processes use this folder to hold and share privileges, amongst other things, I set about to replace it.

As this is a System folder it isn't simply a matter of right clicking and adding a new folder called Shared in the Users folder.  To do this, you have to do a little bit of Unix coding using the free Apple Terminal Program.

Terminal in found in the Utilities folder which is within the Applications folder:

Open the terminal window and type in the following Unix command mkdir to make a new Directory Folder within the Users folder and press Return:

sudo mkdir -p /Users/Shared/

If you have the Users folder open on the desktop it should now look like this:

A Shared folder should now be visible.  However, this isn't the end of the job. The permission on this new folder will not allow iTunes to use it.  To make the folder fully accessible your use the Unix Command chmod to and set it to the folders permissions and privileges to 1777 (if your running Mac OS 10.6 as I am here).  If your running Mac OS 10.5 use the code 777)  These codes give the shared folder a kind of 'Universal Donor' status so it can be used by other programs and processes, sort of permissions to all.

So at the Terminal Prompt now type:

sudo chmod 1777 /Users/Shared

After pressing Return, the job is done and you can quit the Terminal.

When you go back to the Applications Folder and open iTunes it should now spring back into life with the errors gone, it worked for me.

As with all system fixes, it would be advisable to logout and log back in again to see if it still works.  If it doesn't rebuild and fix the disc permissions.

I'll do another blog about that shortly.

If you a Garageband User check out my converter and sample/loop extractor videos on youtube.

If this posting was of use please leave a comment and give it the thumbs up.

Thanks fixed1t

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Mac Mavericks How To Install And Run Garageband Free And Garageband 11 On The Same Disk

Having blogged yesterday about how great the new FREE Garageband for Mavericks is,

I then discovered it completely locked out any opening of Mac Garageband files with the iPad, iPhone or iPad Touch 4th and 5th generation.

I then tried to re-install my old Garageband 11 and it appeared to load but didn't.  Here is what you need to do to re-install Garageband 11.

1) Rename the Free Garageband Applications to New Garageband and put a copy of the file in the Dock
2) Right Click on the Free Garageband Icon in the Applications Folder and Compress it
3) Once its compress into a ZIP file, delete the original Free Garageband file and empty the waste basket
4) Re-install you old version of Garageband and put a copy of this Garageband into the Dock

5) Test the old Garageband works and open the fixed1t Jazzi test file.

6) If it tell you that your version needs to be upgrade then you can drag copy the old version you backed up.
7) Now double click on the New Garageband zip file and it will re-install the free version as New Garageband

8) you now have 2 versions and can switch between them using the Dock copies

Be aware after you've open a file in the New Free Garageband, it will no longer open in the older garageband and will not convert for your iDevices. But if you don't want to share it with your iDevice this isn't a problem.

But with your Garageband 11 re-installed you can continue to get all the benefits of using your Mac Garageband songs on your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch with the fixed1t converters as can be seen in the fixed1t showreel and tutorial videos on youtube.

Fixed Showreel Youtube Video

I hope this helps, please give it the thumbs up and share with others if it helps.


Mavericks WARNING - No Archiving with Mavericks Free Garageband Due To New File Format

Sadly the new free Garageband with Mavericks uses a complete different file format which is instantly identified and rejected by the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch 4th or 5th Generation.  

Picture - Maverick Free Garageband Running Black Magic Woman 

Also the software instruments are in a completely new format and aren't cross compatible after modification with the iDevice Garageband.

Even saving and manually editing the file causes the loading on the following message:

I will be taking a closer look at this over the next few weeks.  The good news is:

Garageband 11 will install and work in Mavericks

Picture - Mac Garageband 11 version 6.0.5

So a coming new release of the fixed1t Garageband Converters means that fixed1t users can continue to share their Mac Garageband Projects and Songs between their Macs and their other iDevices.


Mavericks - Free Garageband in the App Store Requires In App Purchase - No Archive Facility

Great news for all of you who have never used Garageband, with Mavericks you get not only a free OSX but a free 'cut down' version of Garageband.

This version has a limited numbers of Apple Loops in the various categories, and like a lot of users with Logic I have a lot of loops.  So I've spent the last few hours creating aliases of my apple loop folders and replacing the Apple loops folders with Aliases, then re-indexing.

Here's my black magic woman test file

It worked a treat.... I'm not paying extra for in app add on purchases I thought.

So then I set about looking into loading my old software instruments, as there are very few of them in the Free Garageband.  I thought no problems a quick few aliases in the right place and they'd all be there.

Wrong.. Apple have done away with the CSV instrument files...  So I realised after a satisfying few hours I was going to have to hit the dreaded in app purchase, too my surprise it was £2.99 for all the sample Jam packs I'd paid a kings ransom for and all the software instruments.

It's a no brainer, brilliant.  But as you will see in my coming blogs this Free version has serious limitations.  But its a great way to play solo composer on your mac.

Get Mavericks, get the Free Garageband and pay the £2.99 LOL  That's 9 gig of samples and software instruments.

I hope to be doing the full testing of my converters over the weekend.


Stop press: Great news my converters work, but this Free Version is seriously limiting and currently incompatible:

iPad 4 - Error Message Loading Mavericks Garageband Song

If you want to share your Mac Garageband songs with your iPad etc you'll need to install and work with an older version of Garageband i.e. Garageband 11 version 6

Friday, 25 October 2013

OSX 10.8 Mac Garageband Song transferred to an iPad 4 running iOS7 and Garageband 2

fixed1t converted the Black Magic Woman Mac Garageband Song to export to an iPad 4 running iOS7 and the latest Garageband 2.  It works great and what a great new luck and feel Garageband 2 has on the iDevices.

Here's a screen snapshot I just took as it was playing:

The original file was used to test the fixed1t Mac Garageband to iPad 4 converter.  Its great to know that the fixed1t software instruments work well with iOS7 and Garageband 2.

This song was used as a test song for my blog page on converting songs with software instruments to run on the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

Enjoy fixed1t

Thursday, 24 October 2013

fixed1t Garageband Converter Works Seamlessly With iOS7 and on iPhone 5 and 5s

Great News For fixed1t Users

fixed1t are happy to announce the that Mac Garageband to iDevice converter now works with iOS 7 and Mac OSX 10.5 - 10.8.5 on Garageband on the:

iPad 2
iPad 3
iPad 4
iPhone 4
iPhone 4s
iPhone 5
iPhone 5s
iPod Touch (4th Generation)
iPod Touch (5th Generation)

The List of Exported Devices

There has never been a better time to use your Mac and iDevice across the NET for collaborative song writing.  You band no longer needs to meet in the same hall now the can be anywhere that has good internet access.

Check out the videos and request your trial copy at:

Happy Collaborative Garageband Composing


Sunday, 11 August 2013

Mac safari not working in 10.6.8 - How To fix Safari in Snow Leopard

Just recently my Mac Safari stopped working, I'm running 10.6.8 Snow Leopard and I did nothing to provoke it ;-)

I went online looking for a fix but could find nothing for Snow Leopard and the other instructions appeared to relate to another system.

I've worked it out and put together this short video showing you how I did it.

Here is how to fix the hanging Safari.

If you find the video useful please give it a thumbs up.

Thanks fixed1t

Sunday, 4 August 2013

What are the fixed1t iPad Garageband Software Instruments

When you purchase the fixed1t Mac Garageband to iPad, iPhone and iPad Touch song project converters you will receive the fixed1t software instruments and instructions on their installation and use. They are shown in use on this video.

The instruments you get are:


Why do Mac Garageband Instruments become Pianos on the iPad? This is there a work around?

Unfortunately, there are no Mac equivalents to the iPad Smart Instruments as the Mac obviously does not have a touch sensitive screen.

The software instruments on the Mac are therefore standard midi instruments.

Therefore any instrument iPad Smart instrument that goes to the Mac is converted into a standard midi instrument, so when it returns to the iPad it is no longer smart and cannot be substituted for another smart instrument.

As I show in this video:

If you create anything using the standard Mac Software instruments and export it to the iPad it shows exactly what it is but plays as a piano on the iPad as shown in my video.

What I have done with the fixed1t instruments is modify a set of iPad instruments so they are polyphonic standard midi instruments on the Mac.

Therefore when they are moved back to the iPad they play the sound they are supposed to.


They are no longer smart instruments.. 

and they show as standard piano instruments, but if you play the piano keys they are in fact still the same sounding instrument but playing from piano keys. This means that you can continue to work on they and have the sound you want.

I hope this clarifies things.


Thursday, 25 July 2013

fixed1t software running on 10.6 - 10.8

Hi, I was asked by a user if the fixed1t software was compatible with Mac OS X Mountain Lion (version 10.8). Like a number of fellow musicians running excellent legacy ppc software that has not been ported to the intel platform, I've stayed with Mac OS 10.6 for compatibility. However, I download a copy of 10.8 from the App Store and installed 10.8 as a clean install on the remainder of the disk. I'm pleased to announce that all of the fixed1t software tools worked perfectly. My software is compatible with 10.6 - 10.8. Regards fixed1t

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

fixed1t music software: Mac Garageband to iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch SALE...

fixed1t music software: Mac Garageband to iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch SALE...: Hi, A number of my US users asked if I could round the prices into USD as my UK pounds pricing led to odd amounts appearing in the purchas...

Mac Garageband to iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch SALE


A number of my US users asked if I could round the prices into USD as my UK pounds pricing led to odd amounts appearing in the purchase.  I'm happy to oblige.  While I was doing it, I thought wouldn't it be nice to reduce the prices for the summer school holidays to give customers a chance to make the most of their iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch    " At Band Camp "      ;-)

So this fixed1t sale is until 31st August 2013:

$20 USD - fixed1t Garageband Mac to iPad, iPhone and iPod Converter

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$25 USD - fixed1t Garageband Mac to iPad, iPhone and iPod Converter

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If you haven't check out the showreel video and some of my other videos please do, you wont be disappointed.

The fixed1t converters software now come with specially modified  'fixed1t software instruments' and instructions on how to install them in Mac Garageband.  This collection of software instruments enable you to archive and convert your Mac Garageband songs and have the same instruments play on the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.

If you doing your own manual conversion, then create a few bars of guitar midi tracks using the standard Mac Software Instruments, Export 'manually' to the iPad and have a listen.... oops lots of pianos.

With the fixed1t software instruments, what you select is what plays on the i-Device be it guitar, strings, bass, synths, drums..

Once you've tried it manually, check out this video, It's a wee bit long but well worth watching. Please like it if you find it useful.

Thanks for looking fixed1t

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Can I wifi midi my iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch to my Mac PC?


Absolutely, I do it all the time and its built into the mac for free hiding in the Utilities Folder in the Applications Folder.

To do it you

Open the Audio Midi Setup

Under the Window pull down menu you select   show midi window

In the Midi Studio Window you double click on the purple Network icon

This brings you up a Midi Network Setup window

Now go to your synth or midi App on the iPad e.g. I used the brilliant Arturia iMini and select the midi 5 pin din at it will pop up with

Network Session 1   switched on

If you now go back to Midi Network Setup window

You'll see in the lower right directory window that your iPad Name is listed

Click the + in the My Session above

Session 1  will appear tick the box

Connect is highlighted below in the directory window click it.

now set the network session in and out as per the picture and your ready to go

Open your midi app on the Mac  and play it and the iMini will sound the notes.

If you have iPad Midi Monitor

opening the app will show session 1 active and notes you play will control synths on your mac, If you have mac midi monitor open it and you will see the notes being played.

If you use Garageband then please check out my  other garageband entries, you wont be disappointed.

Please check out my showreel and other Garageband Videos at the fixed1t youtube page:

If this is useful please like it and leave messages.

Thanks fixed1t

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Why do all Mac Garageband software instruments turn into pianos on the iPad iPhone iPod Touch

I've created a new video:

I start the video by showing that the Mac Garageband standard software instruments are not compatible with the instruments on the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch running IOS Garageband,

Having shown the issue the video goes on to show how the new fixed1t custom Software Instruments allow a high level of compatibility as I create a Bach Concerto in Mac Garageband using strings and port it successfully to the iPad.

I finish the video with a midi version of Black Magic Woman I created in Mac Garageband and converted, this which shows that the fixed1t software instruments contain:


I hope you like the video, it really shows the flexibility and speed of using the converter, along with the fixed1t Mac Garageband Software Instruments are a great combination.  You wouldn't want to be doing it manually.  Would You? ;-)

Here is the video:


Saturday, 6 July 2013

Why wont my Mac Garageband song 'Save As' an Archive Song File?

To answer this question I'm using a classic track Black Magic Woman by Santana which I found as a midi file on the internet.

I've created a new Garageband Song and using the fixed1t software instruments, I've laid out the tracks with a view to converting the song to play on an iPad.

As I have created the song using only software instruments 'they are the green tracks', then Garageband knows their are no real instruments, samples or audio loops in the song and will not let you 'Archive' the song, and the Archive Project tick box is greyed out.  You can only do a standard Save.

In order for a Mac Garageband song to 'Save As' an 'Archive Project' song file, you need to ensure that you have a least one sample, real instrument or loop in one of the tracks.

Now when you select Save As the 'Archive Project' tick box is active and can be ticked and the Archive saved, I usually add the word 'arc' to the end of the filename so I can identify archived song projects. 

Once you've Archived a project the tick box becomes inactive.

In order for the 'Archive Project' tick box to become active again the audio samples and loops will need to change.  My usual trick is just to delete the loop I added from the Blue Real Instrument track and add it again.

Once I have the Archive Project I can use the fixed1t converter to convert it for the iPad and import it into the iPad and Play it with the right instruments.

Mac Garageband - Black Magic Woman Converted and Running on the iPad 4

And here is an iPod Touch 5th Generation composite, kindly sent to me by one of my users Robert Thompson

Mac Garageband - Black Magic Woman Converted and Running on the iPod Touch 5th Generation

If you haven't checked out my showreel and other fixed1t software videos on You Tube then please do.

If you find this useful please give it the thumbs up or leave a comment.

Thanks fixed1t

Friday, 21 June 2013

New Mac Garageband To IOS iPad, Iphone and iPod Converter YouTube Showreel

I was annoyed when YouTube forced me to use the new format, I prefer the old format, but thought I'd better do something about it.

So I've created a nice (well I hope so) and concise showreel showing the benefits of the Mac  Garageband multi IOS converters in action, featuring the Mac, iPad and iPod.

Please take a look:

and comment, give it the thumbs up if you like it.

Thanks fixed1t

Monday, 17 June 2013

Release of fixed1t Garageband Mac to iPad, iPhone and iPod Converter

I am pleased to announce the release of a new addition to the fixed1t range of Garageband support applications.  Since the release of my first Garageband to iPad 2 converter I have had increasing requests from users to develop the software to support other devices.

I had initially thought of continuing to update the original version and increase the cost (its ridiculously low really), but another user said they wouldn't want to use the converter on an iPod or iPhone and would prefer to stick with the iPad only version so why don't I have two?

I have taken this on board and am now releasing the:

fixed1t Garageband Mac to iPad, iPhone and iPod Converter

The range of devices supported is shown in this screen snapshot of the converter:

You can request a trial copy on the fixed1t website at:

I will be doing a new video for the converter which will be on youtube shortly but the two existing videos present the ease of use, speed and flexibility of the fixed1t converters.

Here is the tutorial video for the Garageband to iPad converter:

Here is a video of a converted Mac Garageband song file running on a 4th Generation iPod Touch:

For those of you not familiar with how easy it is to collaborate with others between the Mac and an iPad here is a simple video:
If you find these of interest please given them the thumbs up and if you try them please come back and leave a comment.

You can purchase the fixed1t Garageband Mac to iPad, iPhone and iPod Converter for just $25 USD using the PayPal button below.

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Thanks fixed1t

fixed1t Converted Mac Garageband Song Running On An iPod Touch 4th Generation

Hi Friends

I've posted a new video on the fixed1t youtube showing two fixed1t converted Garageband Songs running on a 5th Generation iPod.  Its tiny but it works.  Here is a screen snapshot from an iPod Touch 4th Generation, showing the working Audio and Midi tracks converted from my Jazzi demo Mac Garageband song.

Here is the link to the video, please rate it and leave comments if you like it.

Cheers fixed1t

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Using Garageband Archived Samples on a Roland MC-808 Groovebox Sampler


I've created a new video to demonstrate how the samples in my Garageband song created collaboratively using sample loops of Sweet Home Alabama on a mac and an ipad Garageband can be easily converted into a series of Roland MC-808 compatible sample loops and transferred quickly onto the MC-808.

1. The song is put together collaboratively using Garageband on the Mac and iPad

2. The samples are then extracted from the song using the fixed1t Garageband Archive audio sample extractor

The samples are then reviewed to check their type using the fixed1t audio samples data lister

The Samples are then converted into WAV, little endian files and renamed in line with the MC-808 fast sample loading convention, using the fixed1t Garageband to MC-808 sample convertor.

The video then shows you have to get the samples quickly onto the MC-808 and play them.

To obtain trial version of the software used in this video go to the fixed1t software page at:

Please rate the video and leave comments.

Cheers fixed1t

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Building a song with Mac and iPad Garageband

I've put together a new video showing how and mac Garageband user and an iPad Garageband user can collaborate.  

Another benefit of the converter is that the samples on the iPad are limited in number, but any sample placed in a song and then converted to the ipad can be copied from that song into another song, so your daughter could load up a whole pile of sample in a dummy song which her sister could then also access on the ipad.  Thats what I did with this video.

Four Tracks on the iPad

Four Tracks in Mac Garageband

I hope you find it useful, it would be good if all of you could rate the video if you find it useful.

However, you don't have to stick composing with just Garageband, with a few of the fixed1t software tools its possible to easily extract the samples from your Garageband song and convert and export them to a hardware sampler.  The youtube video linked below shows you how this was done using the Roland MC-808 Groovebox Sampler.

Cheers fixed1t

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Fixing or Repairing the Garageband 8 bit Song Error

"fixed1t Garageband Song 8 Bit Error Fixer"

Mac Garageband song files can be afflicted by the dreaded 8 Bit Bug error, which can occur at random in audio files recorded using Garageband and stored within the Garageband song files. This 8 Bit bug is caused by faulty settings within the 'm4a' sample or effect media files within the Garageband song. 

The 8 bit error was brought to my attention by a user of my Garageband Mac To iPad + Mini iPad File Converter and the error messages and quite unequivocal as can be seen from the iPad screen dumps below.

Always one for a challenge, I analysed a number of faulty songs for customers and repaired some valuable large files, but timing consuming and does not always produce an effective fix. 

Therefore I created the "fixed1t Garageband Song 8 Bit Error Fixer" and using it couldn't be simpler.   Unzip the zip file and the folder above at the top of the file appears.  Open the folder and it will contain the ‘RT fixed1t Garageband Song 8 Bit Error Fixer’ and the rtf readme file.

To this below, I have added my own broken test file.

Double Clicking on the ‘RT fixed1t Garageband Song 8 Bit Error Fixer’ program will pop up a dialogue box asking you to Choose an 8 bit damaged Garageband Song file, select it and Choose it. The example here is file ‘sat_18_feb_arc’ a Mac Garageband archive file.

After a few seconds a new folder will appear with the name of the file with ‘ _backup’ appended to it . The example here is the  ‘sat_18_feb_arc_backup’ and inside it is the m4a file which has been moved and replaced, this is your original faulty sound file. In this example the faulty file is ‘model.m4a’ a famous Quasimidi Polymorph demo file made into an entire song by Kraftwerk.

The song should now be fixed and should re-open in Mac Garageband. It can now also be converted to iPad format using the:

fixed1t Garageband Mac to iPad 2, iPad 3 & iPad mini Converter

Please note the song is much bigger as the original file had to be upscales the WAV in order to fix the problem, but I haven’t noticed any difference in sound or performance.

The program works remarkably well, its Another fixed1t Solution.  It’s that simple.

The software can be tried or purchased from the fixed1t website at:

This program was created as part of the fixed1t suite of Apple Garageband helpful tools to ensure that composers can concentrate on composing rather than file editing.

This is a major timesaver of a program, and I hope you enjoy it.

As with all software, I have taken care to test the software but accept no liability for loss or damage from its use, by using the software you agree to indemnify me from any claims arising from the use of the software.  As with all software, the responsibility for backing up your files before running the software is yours and is always the safest bet with any creative software.

Please let me know if you find this useful and report any bugs too.

If the damaged to your file means that the Garageband will no longer open at all on the Mac or iPad then it is going to need more serious work.  I am happy to correspond with users to help recover the damaged files.  If you feel you'd like to discuss you audio file issue pop over to my

fixed1t Audio File Recovery Service

blog and drop me an email.

Thanks fixed1t

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