[MPA] Garage Band Constraints

Jay Shaffer jshaf at jayshaffer.com
Tue Jan 20 17:26:05 PST 2004

Garage Band only gave me four(albeit effects heavy) tracks before 
pooping out, although I have 800 megs of ram. The project was this new 
age thing with an acoustic guitar loop and a couple of the software 
instrument snyths. I went ahead and mixed down what I had and finished 
the thing in Cubase in order to meet a deadline. I could have put the 
bounced the track back into Garage bad, but it was bringing back 
memories of endless bounces on analog four track decks. I've got to 
figure out how to get more tracks out of it for it to be useful. I'm 
sure it's how the tracks all have effects on them. I'm still trying to 
figure out how to import (or export) MIDI in the thing, and also I'm 
trying to figure out how I was able to do MIDI note editing on the Deep 
House Bells  02 Loop which appears to be an AIFF audio loop??? Perhaps 
it's like ReCycle where you map a MIDI note to a audio slice.
Still exploring.
Jay Shaffer
Mac Audio Guy
mag at macaudioguy.com

On Jan 20, 2004, at 4:05 PM, Amos Jessup wrote:

> My DP G4 ran all the demo files with no hitches or stalls and allowed 
> me to
> add a vocal track.
> I think the critical item is RAM.
> Having 2 processors must help, though!
> A
> On 1/20/04 05:33, "Mac Pro Audio List"
> <MacProAudio at lists.themacintoshguy.com> did kindly say:
>> I'm not sure that your "Unable to continue" errors are due to lack of 
>> CPU
>> power, though on a G4/450 they might be.  I get them on my G5 2x2 at 
>> times
>> with about six tracks.  In my case my problem seems to be a lack of
>> available RAM.  If I close out other stuff that sucks up a fair 
>> amount of
>> RAM I'm able to run it without difficulty.
> -- 
> Three things cannot long be hidden
> the sun, the moon, and the truth.
>             Confucius

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