How to increase the recording time in Garageband for iPad or iPhone

I had this problem when recording “the essential apple show” on my iOS device when using Garageband. When you start to record anything in Garageband you can only record for 8 seconds. For the musical types this might make sense but for those like me who pick up and fiddle about with things, its confusing. Here’s how you increase the recording time in Garageband.

Ready to record your first Podcast in Garage Band that’s longer than 8 seconds? Right then, fire up garageband and get the recording screen. On the top bar where the slider moves along at the top, tap the nicely hidden + button. This brings up the song sections dialogue.

The guide has been updated for the latest versions of Garageband for iPad and it applies to the Mac version of GarageBand as well.

And before we get into the HOW TO if you use GarageBand, produce a podcast or anything at all (within reason) let us know and we’ll be happy to share your creations with the world. Hit the contact us link at the top and go from there.

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Tap on the area that says “Section A 8 Bars” or whatever you have there if you’ve already been tinkering to get the below options.

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Slide Automatic toggle to the right and Garageband should look like this.

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Now all you have to do is go back to the recording screen and start recording and you can now record for more than 8 seconds in Garageband for iOS.

What Folders To Exclude From Time Machine Backups

Having never really used Time Machine before now I thought it was high time that I put the spare HDD I have lying about to use. Well more like I’m debating formatting my system to do a clean install of Lion and wanted a local backup for a change.  I’ve also included updated information for what folders to exclude from Mavericks and Yosemite backups.

 

From a combination of my own Time Machine disk space experiences and putting in some research to make your backups as lean as possible without loosing anything critical, here are my recommended area’s to exclude from Time Machine Backups.

   
Time Machine Exlusion What Folders To Exclude From Time Machine Backups

Time Machine Exlusion Areas

Note in Lion you will need to Unhide your /Users/[user]/Library/ folder. Our guide to do that is here.

To unhide areas in mountain Lion open terminal and enter defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

To Show The User Library in Mavericks : OS X Mavericks – just open up Finder, navigate to your user folder, press Command+J to bring up the folder’s view options, and select the Show Library Folder.

Remove sleep and Hibernation Files from Your Time Machine Backup

Location : /VAR/VM

sleepimage is a file located in /var/vm. To get there press shift + cmd + g, type /var/vm and you’ll see the size of your sleep file.  None to dissimilar to that of hiber.sys.  It’s safe to exclude this from your time machine backup saving you upwards of 4gb in the process

/Applications

– My tactic here was to let time machine do a one time back up for this area and then select it to be excluded.  This will save you a heap of space to say the least but remember to keep the installers for those hard to find programs

Caches and downloads

Browsing the net can leave you with a whole host of crazy files that add to time machine’s duties.  There’s not real need to keep them unless you are a mad programmer so let’s exclude those as well.

/Users/[user]/Library/Caches and /Library/Caches

Between the two you can knock off a few hundred megs of constantly changing, essentially useless data (such as: all the page caches from Firefox).

/Users/[user]/Downloads – Half the time I just download and forget about it.  Excluding this will save you space and time with your backups.

/Library/Mail Downloads – Mail attachments can be a pesky one and can easily grow in size.  I tend to use IMAP on my mail server.

/Users/[user]/.Trash and /.Trashes – A tricky one this, however if you have trashed a file there’s going to be the original on a previous backup.  Trash is that, trash, so it can be excluded especially if you end up deleting movies and tv show’s etc.

Safari / Chrome / FireFox Caches – If you use anything like google synch or iCloud keychain then you won’t have to worry about backing up passwords.  These caches can go up to several GB in size so if you want to slim down your backups these should be considered.

Audio and media

Use Elgato Eye TV or the Equinux Tizi.TV, or a similar TV Tuner? then DON’T FORGET to exclude your recording directory.  It’s a little strange to see 20gb’s of backups happening all day, everyday, as you are backing up TV show’s EVERY time.  So look to where your recording directory is and, for the love of god and hard disk space, exclude that.

Some more obvious picks.

/Library/Audio – You can save from the hundreds of megs to gigs here. Keep an eye out for the GarageBand samples, they weigh a ton.

/Users/[user]/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Podcasts – Aside from keeping the odd podcast, for me they are a one time listen as they can easily be re downloaded.

Time Machine un-friendly apps

The data produced by some of these apps can easily be the worst offenders when it comes to backups. Until they get their act together, they should likely be excluded categorically.

Virtual Machines.

Parallels : (/Users/[user]/Library/Parallels) VMware Fusion: (/Users/[user]/Documents/Virtual Machines)

In more recent version of Parallels and Fusion you can select a custom directory for your virtual machine to live on so you may need to adjust these path locations to suite. You might want to think about your backup strategy and dealing with 20gb files.

If left included in Time Machine backups, your system will continuously save the virtual disks each time you use Parallels or VMware as the file size or date will change on that massive virtual disk file, VMware has become a little more TM-aware though, which is good.  All this means potentially hundreds of wasted GB — not to mention tons of lost time during backup.

Entourage (/Users/[user]/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Office 2008 Identities)

Same deal here, Entourage uses one giant, constantly changing file to store all your mail. It sucks not to have your email backed up though, so be sure to use something other than Time Machine for keeping a copy handy in case of emergency.

/Users/[user]/Library/Mail Downloads – Whenever you open an attachment in Mail, it stores a copy of the file in your Mail.app attachments folder. If you’re a heavy Mail user, excluding this will save you some real space.

Other Ways To Save Space For Your Time Machine Backups

Do you need to Backup Your iTunes Library?

If you have a substantial iTunes library then consider investing in iTunes match instead of a local backup.  Ok so it’ll cost you £20 a year but you do get high audio copies of your audio files if they are < 192kbps and with an added bonus of your music being available anywhere.

Have you let iTunes manage your files?  If so then at least it’ll be moving them into one place.  If not then you could be double duplicating.  Things have gotten better with iTunes and the cloud so think if you need a local backup..

How To Find Big Files and Folders To Exclude.

So you followed this guide and think you got it covered but something is still causing your backups to go wild.  Use a disk sweeper program like Omnidisk.  Omnidisk will scan your entire hard drive, showing you sizes of directories.  That’ll guide you in the right direction of anything too large and doesn’t need backing up.

 

   
OS X Yosemite Time Machine What Folders To Exclude From Time Machine Backups

OS X Yosemite Time Machine Backups.

If you have any hints or tips you’d like to share then please use the comment form below and share with the world.

 

The Essential Apple PodCast 005 – ‘Dodgy Bluetooth Vans…’

A strange week of Apple news from rumoured thunderbolt displays, rumoured iPhone release cycles, rumoured rumours and sources familiar with the matter. Yet we still manage to pack over an 1h 20 mins with something..

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This Week’s Talking Points

  • Cold Call Opt-Out Now Available By Text – Sky
  • TeamViewer compromised, users reporting emptied bank accounts – TrustedReviews
  • T-Mobile offers visitors to the U.S. a new $30 calling and data plan – T-Mobile
  • Apple fights call to block Facetime and iMessage – EssentialMac
  • Apple is said to be extending iPhone refreshes to once every three years – Nikkei
  • THUNDERBOLT DISPLAY STOCK LIMITED AT APPLE STORES – Mac Rumours
  • Poll: Would you rather a friend use your toothbrush or your mobile? – Evening Express

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Essential Apple PodCast 005 – ‘Dodgy Bluetooth Vans…’

A strange week of Apple news from rumoured thunderbolt displays, rumoured iPhone release cycles, rumoured rumours and sources familiar with the matter. Yet we still manage to pack over an 1h 20 mins with something..

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  • Cold Call Opt-Out Now Available By TextSky
  • TeamViewer compromised, users reporting emptied bank accountsTrustedReviews
  • T-Mobile offers visitors to the U.S. a new $30 calling and data planT-Mobile
  • Apple fights call to block Facetime and iMessageEssentialMac
  • Apple is said to be extending iPhone refreshes to once every three yearsNikkei
  • THUNDERBOLT DISPLAY STOCK LIMITED AT APPLE STORESMac Rumours
  • Poll: Would you rather a friend use your toothbrush or your mobile? – Evening Express

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Life is Strange Critically episodic adventure heading to Mac

Feral Interactive today announced that the award-winning episodic adventure game Life is Strange™ will be released on Mac soon. Created by Paris-based developer DONTNOD and published by Square Enix on console and Windows, Life is Strange has been highly praised by critics and fans alike for its moving narrative, stylish visuals and compelling system of choice and consequences. All five episodes will be available to play at launch.

Follow the story of Max Caulfield, a photography senior who discovers she can rewind time while saving her best friend Chloe Price. The pair soon find themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, uncovering a dark side to life in Arcadia Bay. Meanwhile, Max must quickly learn that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.

“We’re incredibly excited to be bringing such a unique and captivating game to Mac and Linux,”

said David Stephen, Managing Director at Feral Interactive.

“Life is Strange tackles complex themes and asks a lot from its audience, but it gives back in spades. It’s a game that shouldn’t be missed.”

XCOM 2 Alien Hunters DLC Released

Alien Hunters, the second DLC pack for XCOM 2, is out now!

Available to buy separately, or as part of the Reinforcement Pack, Alien Hunters DLC features a narrative-driven mission, new weapons and armor, a new Hunter’s Lodge facility in the Avenger, plus three new “Ruler” alien units to combat.

Ruler aliens will show up at random during a campaign and they are highly intelligent: each has its own unique behavior and tactics. If you can’t take out a Ruler quick enough, it will escape to fight another day.

The four new weapons are one-of-a-kind.
There’s the Bolt Caster, a high damage single-shot weapon;

Hunter’s Axe, a powerful blade weapon that can be thrown at enemies or used to dispatch foes at close range;

Frost Bomb grenade, which can temporarily freeze targets;

ShadowKeeper pistol, which grants its user the Shadowfall ability, an ability that guarantees a hit and places its user in concealment if the target is killed.

Three new suits of armor can also be constructed, one from each of the alien Ruler corpses, and will endow the wearer with unique tactical abilities. The Icarus Suit, for example, is outfitted with powerful boosters enabling its wearer to fly around the map.

Alien Hunters is available from Steam and the Feral Store priced US $9.99 / £7.99 / €9.99.

For more information, please see the XCOM 2 mini-site. A launch trailer is available here.

Alien Hunters requires XCOM 2 to play and is available from Steam and the Feral Store.

If you already own the Reinforcement Pack or the XCOM 2: Digital Deluxe Edition, do not purchase this DLC separately as you will be charged for it.

iPhone Wireless Charging Now Possible Thanks To Mophie Juice Pack Wireless

Today Mophie have come up with an ingenious solution to wireless charging for us iPhone users in the form of the Mophie Juice Pack Wireless.

The battery case maker is launching a wirelessly charging battery case for iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPhone 6S Plus. Mophie says the Juice Pack Wireless will add more than 50% extra battery life though the wireless charging will likely be the big sell. B

oth cases come bundled with a flat charging base intended mainly for desks and tables, according to the report. And they don’t come cheap. Apple Insider says the regular juice Pack Wireless costs $99.95, while theplus version is $129.95.

One thing for sure is that it looks a lot nicer than Apple’s own external battery with the massive hump on the back but I wonder just how popular wireless charging is. You will have to plug the charger in obviously and then make sure you sit the phone down on to the mat so the only real step that’s being eliminated is plugging something in.