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Importing song from iTunes to GarageBand on ipad

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  • Ptit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 3, 2011 11:10 AM (in response to elliotttate)
    elliotttate wrote:
    Also, I found a similar method to import your own samples into the sampler (although this requires an ipad file explorer such as http://www.ipadfileexplorer.com/) If anyone needs more information on how to do it, just let me know...

    wow sounds cool, you make apps too?
    iPad2, iMac 24, iOS 4
  • dougj99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 3, 2011 11:32 AM (in response to Ptit)
    Do Tell!
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  • Ptit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 3, 2011 12:13 PM (in response to elliotttate)
    elliotttate wrote:
    I found a way to import tracks into the ipad garageband by simply copying the aif files into the .band file (Kinda a work around...right click on the .band file and click show package contents on your mac).

    Steps:
    1. On the ipad, create a few 1 second recordings
    2. Save the file and export it into itunes so you can copy the .band file out
    3. Do the right click show package and go into the media folder
    4. Replace any of the Audio Recorder#01.aif with the tracks you want to import
    5. Copy it back into the ipad with itunes and then you can drag your imported tracks to your desired length.

    The only thing only takes a few seconds to do if you know what you're doing... hope this helps!

    Brian Tate

    javascript:void(0); i tried your method, after replacing files the iPad GB played the old ones again, i re imported it to see if the old ones where still inside and when i played them i can hear the new ones, but back to the ipad the old ones again instead played back, weird.

    But then i realized you have to make a 4 second recording, this way the files can expand,, if its too short forget it.

    To add to the story, GB for iPad only allows you to create a song section, 32 bars is the longest, it works by sections so if you plan to bring a live recording in forget it, also forget singing with this if you plan on coming on the one drop.

    .

    Hope this bug is worked out
    iPad2, iMac 24, iOS 4
  • elliotttate Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 3, 2011 1:13 PM (in response to Ptit)
    Ptit, I've wanted to get into making apps for a while (I've got xcode just sitting on my computer) but haven't had the chance to yet.

    Anyway, I’ve refined this whole process a little bit to make it even easier… To import tracks (aif files) into an iPad Garageband song, download iphone explorer (better than the one I suggested before and freeware) http://www.macroplant.com/iphoneexplorer/

    1. On your ipad garageband, record a couple second clip where you want to import the audio
    2. In iphone explorer on your computer, open the bookmark to apps/GarageBand/Library/Application Support/Documents (This is where all your songs will always be stored…)(You need to make this bookmark the first time)
    3. Rename the aif file that you want to import to Audio Recorder#02.aif (or whatever the name that Garageband gave to that couple second clip you just recorded. Will always be the highest number Audio Recorder aif in song media folder) (E.g. if you had five tracks before, it would be “Audio Recorder#06.aif”)
    4. Drag your aif into the song media folder (in iphone explorer) and it will ask you to replace the one that was in there. (If you are wanting to import an mp3, wave, etc, just import it into a mac garageband song first as it will automatically make it an aif file)

    If done correctly, this does not also play what was previously recorded Ptit. I haven’t had any problems whatsoever doing this.

    To *import new samples*, it’s a very similar method...

    1. In the sampler, hit record for a second to make a new sample. Name it and save it.
    2. In iphone explorer on your computer, open the bookmark to apps/GarageBand/Library/Application Support/Instrument Library\Media\Sampler\Sampler Files (This is where all your samples will always be stored…)(You need to make this bookmark the first time)
    3. Rename the aif file that you want to use as a sample to Whatever-you-named-your-sample-in-garageband.aif
    4. Drag your aif into the sampler files folder (in iphone explorer) and it will ask you to replace the one that was in there. (If you are wanting to import an mp3, wave, etc, just import it into a mac garageband song first as it will automatically make it an aif file)

    ...Ptit, if you set the song section to automatic, you can have an unlimited length, so yes, it can work great for live recordings. Also, singing over works great (just get a better microphone). I use a mxl usb.009 with the ipad usb camera kit. http://www.mxlmics.com/products/USB/USB009/USB009.html
    Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • elliotttate Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Wow, even easier than doing all that is just opening the mac garageband file back into the ipad garageband (you don't need any extra software to do this and it takes just about 30 seconds). Today I was able to edit all my midi files with my mac and then continue working on the ipad... very cool. If anyone is interested, let me know and I'll put up a little tutorial...
    Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Wijo Koek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    elliotttate wrote:
    Wow, even easier than doing all that is just opening the mac garageband file back into the ipad garageband (you don't need any extra software to do this and it takes just about 30 seconds). Today I was able to edit all my midi files with my mac and then continue working on the ipad... very cool. If anyone is interested, let me know and I'll put up a little tutorial...


    Yes, if you please would be so kind...
    Powerbook 17" 2.53 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • elliotttate Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 4, 2011 8:54 AM (in response to Wijo Koek)
    Cool, there’s just two steps. Note: I haven’t tested this, but I imagine it only works if you first create the garageband file on your ipad.

    Here it is… Download your ipad garageband project and edit it however you want with the mac Garageband. (When importing into the mac garageband, it’ll ask you to resave it as another file.) When you’re ready to put it back into the ipad garageband:

    1. Right click on the GB file and click show package contents. Open up the “projectData” file with a text editor and replace the top part of code (The part that actually makes sense to read) with the code from the “projectData” file in the original ipad GB file copy. The ipad version looks like this:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
    <plist version="1.0">
    <dict>
    <key>$archiver</key>
    <string>NSKeyedArchiver</string>
    <key>$objects</key>
    <array>
    <string>$null</string>
    <string>ios</string>
    <string>iPad2,1</string>
    <dict>
    <key>$class</key>
    <dict>
    <key>CF$UID</key>
    <integer>5</integer>
    </dict>
    <key>DfLogicModelLogicSong</key>
    <dict>
    <key>CF$UID</key>
    <integer>4</integer>
    </dict>
    </dict>
    <data>

    After you replace this top part, scroll down to the bottom of the projectData file and you’ll see code that makes sense again. Again, replace this data with the original ipad projectData file data that looks like this:

    </data>
    <dict>
    <key>$classes</key>
    <array>
    <string>DfLogicModel</string>
    <string>NSObject</string>
    </array>
    <key>$classname</key>
    <string>DfLogicModel</string>
    </dict>
    <dict>
    <key>$class</key>
    <dict>
    <key>CF$UID</key>
    <integer>28</integer>
    </dict>
    <key>CBData</key>
    <dict>
    <key>CF$UID</key>

    ……………. All the way to the bottom……….

    <integer>1</integer>
    </dict>
    <key>Version</key>
    <integer>45000</integer>
    </dict>
    <key>$version</key>
    <integer>100000</integer>
    </dict>
    </plist>

    2. Last thing is to delete what’s in the Output folder (inside your song) and replace it with the output folder files that are in the original ipad version of your song. After this, your Mac Edited Garageband file should work fine again on your ipad.

    If I get the time, I could probably write a little program that does this automatically
    Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Ptit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ill try this, its mind boggling to convert between mp4, aiff wav etc then be limited to 32 bars in GB on the ipad is another story again.

    but wait you have not even tested it lol
    iPad2, iMac 24, iOS 4
  • elliotttate Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 5, 2011 8:53 AM (in response to Ptit)
    Haha, sorry, I didn't say that right. I meant that I hadn't tested creating a project from scratch on the mac and then importing that into the ipad... What works perfect is simply going from ipad to mac and from the mac back into the ipad with the described method.

    Also, I don't know what you're talking about having a 32 bar limit. If you go into garageband and set the bar length to automatic, it'll record as many bars as you want and keep it all under section A. If you want, just hit record for 15 minutes, delete the audio and save that blank project as a template (if you need all those bars before anything is recorded.) Also, creating more bars in the mac garageband and then opening the file on the ipad fixes the bar limitation too.

    Brian
    Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • elliotttate Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 5, 2011 10:04 AM (in response to elliotttate)
    I was able to test a garageband project first created on the mac on the ipad and it works...
    Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • dougj99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 7, 2011 11:00 AM (in response to elliotttate)
    So what happens to the instruments, effects and other things that GB iPad doesn't have, and the additional tracks?
    iPad, iOS 4
  • Poriani Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry but i do not undetstand your step 2, could you please explain a little bit more?

    Thanks a lot!
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • rofthorax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 28, 2011 10:46 AM (in response to Colke01)

    BTW, the BEHRINGER UCA202 is the best way to get audio in and out of the iPad , and I think GarageBand will permit this via record option. Also check out other options like NanoStudio and iSequence for making music, GarageBand is nice for song writing but not very good if you want to create a finished work or even something polished.

  • rofthorax Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 28, 2011 10:55 AM (in response to Colke01)

    BTW, if you really want to work with audio in garage band on iPad don't use MP4/AAC export, it's lossy,  better to just use analog audio I/O like the old greats (eg, Queen and the Eagles) did.

  • chrija03 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 24, 2011 10:13 AM (in response to Colke01)

    Alright, I figured this out...see if it solves your problem to:

     

    1. Convert the file you want to import into a WAV using iTunes

         - Open itunes and click on the file you want to import into garageband

         - Go to edit>preferences and midway down by "When you Insert a CD:" there's a button for import settings

         - Click the import settings button and in the first drop down ("Import Using") select WAV encoder

         - Click OK and OK to get back into your music library

         - Right click on the file you want to import using garage band

         - Select "Create WAV Version" and a copy of the track will be created just below the original

         - I usually then rename the WAV version so I can tell the difference between the two

     

    2. Plug your iPad into the computer and wait for it to pop up in itunes

     

    3. Click on the iPad under devices in the left side bar

     

    4. Click on the Apps tab at the top of the iPad screen

     

    5. Scroll down and there will be a section that says "File Sharing" and a list of apps that have the capability

     

    6. Click Garageband in the list and click the "Add" button down in the bottom right corner

     

    7. Navigate to your itunes folder and find the WAV files you just created, select and click ok

     

    8. Eject the ipad and open garage band

     

    9. Create a new song or open an existing one and go to the screen where you can see all the recorded waves

     

    10. Create either a guitar amp or audio recorder track and then in the screen with all, set the curser to the beginning of the track (or wherever you want to import the song from itunes), double tap so the little "Paste/Select All" thing pops up and there will be an option to "import"

     

    (note: i don't think the track you're trying to double tap to get the thingy to pop up can be highlighted when you double tap...so tap on another track or in open space so the bar on the far left for the track is grey rather than that dark navy blue color)

     

    11. Click import and a list of the tracks you just added from itunes will pop up

     

    12. Select the track you want and its now in garageband

     

    Hope that helps!

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