GarageBand V10: Imported file plays too fast

In this episode of Minute GarageBand,

we’re going to show you how to fix an imported file that’s playing at a higher tempo and pitch than what expected.

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

GarageBand plays back files at a sample

rate of 44,100 cycles.

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

Sometimes in order to save space and bandwidth, recordings of things such as speech recorded

at a lower sample rate since the range of frequencies, a typical voice creates is in a rather

narrow band.

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

The problem is that even if a file is recorded

at, say, 11,000 samples per second,

GarageBand is still going to play it back

at 44,100 samples per second.

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

you’re familiar with vinyl records, it’s similar to taking a 33.3 rpm record and playing it at 45 RPMs, it will play fast, and at a higher pitch.

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

Here’s an mp3 file that was recorded at

11,025 samples per second.

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

we drop it into the GarageBand timeline and play it… you can easily hear the problem

What we need to do is convert it to a file with a sample rate of 44,100, and we can easily do this using iTunes.

GarageBand V10 Tutorials

Open iTunes’ preferences click the Import Settings button

Choose AIFF Encoder from the Import Using popUp menu

Choose Custom from the Setting popUp menu and make sure the sample rate is set

to 44.1k now you can close the preference windows control-click on the file and select “Create AIFF Version”

GarageBand V10 Tutorials
GarageBand V10 Tutorials

Now we drop that newly created file back into the GarageBand timeline and it will play at the correct tempo and pitch

That’s all we have for this episode We hope you found it useful