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 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!