Moving All Your Garageband Loops, Instruments, and Settings To a New Computer

One of the things that drives me crazy about setting up a new machine is getting everything set up the way I had it before.

Garageband

Garageband has been one of the worst programs to set up for me, because every time I’ve looked into moving my loops and instruments over, I always get the ‘you just need to re-install your Jam Packs’ answer…but I’ve finally got it down to a few simple steps to make life good again without having to re-install.

First Step: Copy All Your Loops, Instruments, and Settings Files Over.

I put my original machine into firewire mode (connect by firewire, hold down “T” on reboot) and copy from one machine to the other. Here is what you need to copy.

machd – library – application support – garageband – instrument library – sampler – sampler instruments

machd – library – application support – garageband – instrument library – sampler – sampler files

machd – library – application support – garageband – instrument library – track settings – software

machd – library – audio – apple loops – apple – apple loops for garageband – (jam packs should also be in here)

One of the problems I’d have before is after copying all the loop and instrument files, the instruments wouldn’t show up. I solved this problem by finding those pesky .cst files in the Instrument Library > Track Settings folder.

2nd Step: Delete Your Loop Index Files.

Make sure Garageband is closed, and then go to:

machd – library – audio – apple loops index

and find any of the text files that reference the apple loops index, and trash them. Reopen Garageband, and click on the Loop Browser icon, you should get the message ‘No Apple Loops Found’ – and click OK.

3rd Step: Reindex Your Loops

Now open up your hard drive to the location where your loops are, again, mine are in:

machd – library – audio – apple loops – apple – apple loops for garageband

and with drag the folder with all your loops on top of the Loop Browser inside of Garageband and drop them there. You will see a pop up screen that indicates Garageband is reindexing, and this should take a few minutes. Once this is done, you should be able to click into your Loop Browser and see all your loops once again.

That’s it! I close out and reopen just to give it that ‘fresh from the oven’ feeling, but then you can carry on making music on your new machine!

4 thoughts on “Moving All Your Garageband Loops, Instruments, and Settings To a New Computer”

  1. I have done this already way too many times. Once I remove the index and open GB when I click on the loop browser it says no looks.

    What I see when I drag a folder over the loop browser area is the drop down window that says “reindexing” but it only pops up for a second then it disappears with no indication of any kind. Even if I grab several folders at one time the
    ‘reindexing” only pops up for one second. After it does this, I can’t click on any one of the presets that pull up the sample types because it’s greyed out as if there are no samples available. What could I be doing wrong?

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