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How to share some simple GarageBand projects on a small network!?
Old 20th November 2009
  #1
Gear Head
 

How to share some simple GarageBand projects on a small network!?

I just posted this same problem on my blog, so hopefully no one minds me copying and pasting the issue. But as you'll see, I've not yet found a solution and could really use some help. I work in an after school program where kids use GarageBand to produce music and this problem recently arose as we are getting more and more traffic. Also, other relevant info not mentioned below: There are four computers, all iMacs from mid-2008 or newer. Two with 2GB RAM and two with 4GB RAM. All running GarageBand 09. Here goes:

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I had this bright idea that if students save their projects as an Archive, meaning that any loops used are self-contained within the project rather than referring back to that particular loop's original location, they could save their projects wirelessly to our Time Capsule storage device and pull them down no matter what computer they're on.

This worked fine when most of the kids weren't quite tech-savy enough to figure out how to use the Time Capsule to move back and forth between machines and only one computer was really using it at a time. Now however, most of the projects are pulled from it wirelessly and I've run into a SNAFU in which, what appears to happen is that the wireless bandwidth of the Time Capsule bottlenecks anytime files are moving or the internet is in use. This causes a 10 or so megabyte GarageBand project take 10 or so minutes to open or save.

This is not an ideal situation when you already have a legion of kids who are already frustrated with you because you only give them an hour in the studio at a time. From there it just gets better. I was under the impression that GarageBand, once loading a project that had been saved as an Archive, was done with it's source folder and was running the show strictly from the computer's resources. Well, I'm assuming now, this is not the case since several students' projects that were only running five or six tracks in total slowed to a halt and could not play back because, according to GarageBand's error message, they had "too many tracks".

So now it's solution time and the first thing I try is dragging and dropping files to the desktop temporarily while working with them and then save back to the Time Capsule. Well, I tried that and sure enough the time to pull the relatively small files down was about 1 MB per minute, which is something I'm not willing to work with.

Next in line are tinkering with and resetting the settings of the Time Capsule to ensure that the problem is indeed a bandwidth issue and not an issue with the device settings or software that just so happened to kick in right when our usage started going up. That seems too good to be the true fix so then we start hitting some more pie in the sky plans. That's my phrase of the week by the way: Pie in the sky. Delicious. First line of attack in the war on load time and latency is a wired Ethernet connection run through the ceiling.
Old 20th November 2009
  #2
Lives for gear
 

So... don't use time capsule wireless backup.
Old 20th November 2009
  #3
Gear Head
 

Wow what a huge help!
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Anyone else. To clarify I guess, nothing is using the automatic wireless back up of Time Capsule, the projects are manually saved to it's storage.
Old 20th November 2009
  #4
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