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Create browseable non-Apple loops in GarageBand Apps
You can import any .aiff or .wav file that you want into GarageBand, yet you cannot use GarageBand's loop browser to find the file unless you do a specific search by knowing the exact name of the file. Well, that could get very complicated if you have even a handful of loops. There is a way, however, by using Apple's free Loop Utility available for download from Apple's developer site.

With this utility, you can load one or multiple loops at once and "tag" them by being able to choose what kind of instrument, music style, descriptor, scale, key, and time signature the loop is. When you are done tagging the files in Loop Utility, the files are saved as .aiff files, but are searchable in GarageBand using the Loop Browser buttons.

The best way to import the files if you have a lot is to do what you would do with Soundtrack loops -- make a separate folder for your "other" loops and place them in the following path Library -> Application Support -> GaragBand -> Apple Loops. That way, they are separate from all of your other loops if you want to uninstall them.

Tip: If you want your own file names for other loops, you have to manually rename them. Loop Utility does not allow for space for renaming your files. Also, there are certain .wav files that will not save very well when they are played in GarageBand. All .aiff files that I have tested work fine. The problem that I have had with .wav files is with any files that are sound effects, but music files have worked fine.
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Create browseable non-Apple loops in GarageBand
Authored by: tonyinsf on Feb 06, '04 12:48:01AM

My internal drive is almost full. Isn't there a way to have the loops on an external drive? I have two drives with lots of free space.

I would love to get the Apple Garageband Loops for $99, but I have no room for them!

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Create browseable non-Apple loops in GarageBand
Authored by: tetsuotheironman on Feb 06, '04 08:20:25AM

I'm sure that if you created deleted the user loops folders.. then put your loops on another drive.. and made an alias or symlink it _should_ work..



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Create browseable non-Apple loops in GarageBand
Authored by: tampano on Mar 03, '04 02:53:21PM

I tried to do the thing with aliases but it seems not to work. Anyone have a solution to read and browse loops located in other disks than the system disk? I can't add all those loops in the regular path Library-ApplicationSupport-GarageBand...

Thanks



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Create browseable non-Apple loops in GarageBand
Authored by: martinx on Feb 26, '04 11:33:39PM
You can import any .aiff or .wav file that you want into GarageBand, yet you cannot use GarageBand's loop browser to find the file unless you do a specific search by knowing the exact name of the file.

How exactly do you do this? I dragged "TestLoop.aif" onto the loops area, then after its done (with some warning about not showing non-apple loops) I type "TestLoop.aif" into the search area... and nothing!

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