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    i need help in converting the newest version of garageband .caf files to aiff or wav. these are core audio files. they work in new and older garageband versions but not in live, protools nor soundtrack. i've even tried the soundtrack apple loop utility but that doesn't work either. note that the older garageband files work perfectly in all of the above applications.
    thanks,

  • #2
    Well, there's a couple of ways you can do this...

    One is an app called Soundflower. I've heard people say great things about it; basically it's a routing program, but it was a little too convoluted for my brain. Maybe not yours.

    The other is the way that I've been doing it. You take your GB piece, and mute everything/solo the track you want. Export that as the song (but rename it as the track/part that you're exporting) into iTunes. If you have iTunes set to import as AIFF or WAV, then it'll do that for you and you're all set to go. It's more time-consuming, but you do get to monitor the process the whole way through.
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    • #3
      offramp:
      thanks appreciate it!
      will soundflower allow me to batch convert? i have over 550mb of these to convert. i could do it in garageband but that would take me a year to do that many.

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      • #4
        It may, I can't say because I gave up on it after several minutes of trying to comprehend how I'd have to change my workflow. YMMV. What Soundflower does is allow your GB outputs to serve as DAW inputs, or, put another way, your DAW inputs to be fed by GB outs.

        You could batch convert in iTunes, really.

        Just had a thought: Go to apple.com, and click on "downloads". They've started promoting and linking to third-party software apps. There's a bunch of audio-related apps in there; doubtless there'd be something you could use in there.
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          It may, I can't say because I gave up on it after several minutes of trying to comprehend how I'd have to change my workflow. YMMV. What Soundflower does is allow your GB outputs to serve as DAW inputs, or, put another way, your DAW inputs to be fed by GB outs.

          You could batch convert in iTunes, really.

          Just had a thought: Go to apple.com, and click on "downloads". They've started promoting and linking to third-party software apps. There's a bunch of audio-related apps in there; doubtless there'd be something you could use in there.



          Have you tried using sound track pro to convert to aiff?

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          • #6
            No, because--interestingly enough--I don't have SoundTrack Pro.
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            • #7
              Doh!

              Try the most recent version of quicktime, I used to use it for conversions in the olden days.

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              • #8
                i have tried soundtrack(early version) but it didn't work either. i did try quicktime and it will play the caf file, but since it is only a player it doesn't have the capability to resave or export. i also tried importing via itunes and it acted as if it was importing it but the file did not show in the music library. also drag and drop did not work in itunes.
                i looked at the apple site for a file/sound converter that could possibly work, but short of downloading and trying a few of them, none stated that they would do a caf conversion.
                it looks like the only real working process is to individually load them in garageband and export them as a wav or aiff file. 1/2gb is going to take quite a while.
                i've heard that the entire ilife 08 package will not work on power pc macs so perhaps this is part and parcel of that situation. perhaps the caf files have now been made to only work in garageband.
                thanks to everyone. i'll let you all know if i find a better solution.

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                • #9
                  I found 'Switch4mac' works with 'Flip4Mac' (quicktime plug-in) - boom done and done drop anything in and convert to just about anything

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                  • #10
                    This is a little late but I had a caf file and converted it to a wav using Audacity a mac app.
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                  • #11

                    iDealshare VideoGo is just the right CAF Converter which can convert CAF to AIFF, MP3, WAV, WMA, M4A, FLAC, OGG, AC3, APE, AU, RA on Mac or Windows.

                    Moreover, this powerful CAF Converter also can increase CAF audio volume; join several CAF files into one; trim audio segment; adjust audio codec, sample rate, audio channels; batch convert CAF files and etc.

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                    • #12

                      i recommend Bigasoft Total Video Converter which can convert CAF to AIFF, MP3, WAV, WMA, M4A, FLAC, OGG, AC3, APE, AU, RA on Mac or Windows at http://www.bigasoft.com/articles/how-to-convert-caf-audio.html

                      Moreover, this powerful CAF Converter also can increase CAF audio volume; join several CAF files into one; trim audio segment; adjust audio codec, sample rate, audio channels; batch convert CAF files and etc.

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                      • #13
                        I recommend one CAF Converter which has the following main function:

                        1. Easily convert CAF files to almost all kinds of popular audio formats like convert CAF to MP3, CAF to WAV, CAF to M4R, AC3, AU, OGG, RA etc.

                        2.Quickly convert CAF files to Lossless Audio like convert CAF to FLAC, WAV, and Apple Lossless ALAC M4A.

                        3.Besides as a CAF Converter, Faasoft Audio Converter also works as a CAF Editor. This CAF Editor can merge several CAF files into one, adjust the volume, bitrate and channel of the CAF files, and compress CAF file to a smaller file.

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                        • #14
                          To convert caf to aiff or mp3 if you are a windows user, Format Factory will be the best choice, if you are the mac user, you can try Firecoresoft Video Converter.
                           

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