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Retrieve the raw mixdown file from GarageBand Apps
Every time GarageBand exports a song, it first creates an uncompressed mixdown file, called Output.aif. It then compresses this file into the file that you actually see. If you ever want to access the raw, uncompressed file, you can do this:
  1. Initiate the export. GarageBand says it's creating the mixdown.
  2. Open up Activity Monitor (Applications » Utilities » Activity Monitor) and select the GarageBand process.
  3. Press the Inspect button at the top.
  4. Select the Open Files and Ports tab. Copy the contents of it into a text editor.
  5. Search the text for Output; it's usually on the last line.
  6. Copy the path to the clipboard -- it will be something long and ugly like /private/var/ folders/8c/8c6KjuqYGKCLxYlDtiJFJk+++TI/ -Tmp-/GarageBand/Export/Output.aif (robg says: Note that spaces were added to the path shown here to allow line breaks; the real path won't have spaces, of course.).
  7. Open up Terminal (Applications » Utilities » Terminal). Enter mv, press the Space Bar, then press Command-V to paste the copied path, then press Space Bar one more time. Do not press Return yet.
  8. Drag the folder in which you wish to save the raw mixdown file into the Terminal window, then press Return.
  9. Wait for GarageBand to finish creating the mixdown.
That's it! As you moved the Output.aif file, GarageBand doesn't know where it is, so when it tries to compress the file, it'll fail. Therefore, the compressed M4A file won't be created.

[robg adds: I haven't tried this one.]
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Retrieve the raw mixdown file from GarageBand
Authored by: Habay on Dec 01, '08 08:09:27AM

Why not simply use 'Send Song to iTunes' from the 'Share' menu? If you leave the 'Compress' checkbox unchecked that will also save a 16 or 24 bit aiff file (depending on your preferences). And it will be a lot easier to locate.



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Retrieve the raw mixdown file from GarageBand
Authored by: TonyT on Dec 01, '08 09:04:01AM

Another (easier) way (for the Terminal impaired):
In Finder's menu bar select Go To Folder, type /private/var/ , then click on Folders and continue drilling down until you fine the Output.aif file then copy and paste the file to your destination



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Retrieve the raw mixdown file from GarageBand
Authored by: jediknil on Dec 01, '08 11:38:22AM

This is silly. Simply control-click (secondary-click) your GarageBand file and choose "Show Package Contents" from the contextual menu. The raw mixdown file is in the Output folder.

You can do this after your project has saved.



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Retrieve the raw mixdown file from GarageBand
Authored by: Serpent_Guard on Dec 01, '08 12:50:35PM

This only happens if you select 'Generate iLife Preview' in the preferences. Either way, my method will ensure you're getting the correct file.



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Retrieve the raw mixdown file from GarageBand
Authored by: fritztoch on Dec 01, '08 11:42:12AM
I think the beginning of the path is the "$TMPDIR" variable, so you could
$ cd "$TMPDIR"
to get you started

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Retrieve the raw mixdown file from GarageBand
Authored by: blgrace on Dec 01, '08 01:00:02PM

Just choose "Export Song to disk" from the Share menu . . . uncheck Compression.
Save the song as a raw AIF (24 bit)




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Retrieve the raw mixdown file from GarageBand
Authored by: dille on Dec 01, '08 01:45:10PM

Or, if you don't want to check or uncheck nasty boxes somewhere, keep a Spotlight search for files edited today, sorted by last edit. Should work as well.

Or, if you insist on going the difficult way, you could at least copy-paste the path in a Finder "Go > Go to folder..." box. CMD+Shift+G, doesn't involve Terminal.

There's more than one way to skin a cat. =]



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Retrieve the raw mixdown file from GarageBand
Authored by: drudus on Dec 01, '08 04:49:39PM

Spotlight won't work, it doesn't work for hidden items, or within packages.



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Retrieve the raw mixdown file from GarageBand
Authored by: Serpent_Guard on Dec 01, '08 02:54:22PM

I tried looking for 'compress' checkboxes in GarageBand 3.0.5, can't find any.



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Retrieve the raw mixdown file from GarageBand
Authored by: Unsoluble on Dec 02, '08 08:03:33PM

Might only be in version 4 and up (iLife '08).



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