Missing Loops in Garageband

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Hi, yesterday I realized that there are a lot of missing loops in my garageband.

It is supposed that I have downloaded all the library, and the only way to correct it is reinstalling the whole library, but it took a lot of time downloading 16 gb of loops and at the end the installation failed.

Also in the loops' table when I come across wit a missing loop,, VoiceOver reads something like "to download the missing loop, click on the arrow next to the loop's name", but there is no way for me to know where is that arrow, because in the name of the loop there is no way to bring the action menu,, so I can't download just the missing ones and not downloading the whole library.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.



Submitted by Bo Jingles on Monday, December 14, 2020


I have not encountered the situation you describe but if an arrow exists on the screen but the problem is that you can't bring the cursor to it to it click on it, try using the OS Mouse Keys function. This is not part of VoiceOver but it it is very useful in any number of situations. Basically, the OS Mouse Keys function allows the mouse pointer to be manually moved onscreen using your numeric keypad. If you only have a laptop keyboard,it can still be used but it is more of a pain. OS Mouse Keys is turned on by pressing an option key five times. Five times again to turn it off. Cursor up is tnumpad 8, cursor down is numpad 2, cursor left is numpad 4, and cursor right is numpad 6. Numpad 5 is left click. On a laptop keyboard, turning Mouse Keys on disables most of the keys on the righthand side of the keyboard because the righthand side of the keyboard becomes the numeric keypad. Turning Mouse Keys off restores the normal function of the righthand side of the keyboard. I would have to look it up to be sure, but I think that 7, 8, and 9 on the numbers row are 7, 8, and 9 for the numeric keypad. U, I, and O are 4, 5, and 6 onn the numeric keypad. And, J, K, and L are 1, 2, and 3 on the numeric keypad.

For the mostpart, moving the mouse cursor does not cause VoiceOver to speak. You learn techniques like moving the VoiceOver cursor to the loop name, then bringing the mouse cursor to the voiceover cursor, then moving the mouse cursor to the left by pressing numpad 4 a fixed number of times, then pressing numpad 5 to left click the mouse on the control.
It may take a sighted friend to help figure out the moves but once you know the steps, you can do it yourself. Tedious, yes, but OS Mouse Keys really extends the power of VoiceOver. For example, using Mouse Keys, you can sort the loops table in different ways such as sorting all software instruments together and all real loops together.

You can easily find the OS Mouse Keys documentation if you search the web.

There is another way that people may think that loops are missing. Loop families are loops that all have the same name but each loop has a unique sequence number. It may appear that some of the sequence numbers are missing. The thing to realize is that some sequence numbers may apply to loops in a major key and other sequence numbers apply to loops in a minor key. So, if the loop browser is set to display Major, only loops in a major key will be displayed, and so on.

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