6 Replies Latest reply: May 3, 2012 1:26 PM by wschart
wschart Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I down loaded some mp3 backing tracks, created projects with them in GB on my MacBook, and imported them into my iPad with no problems. I have other backing tracks created either from midis I have down loaded or created with music notation programs. I tried converting them to mp3s so I could do the same thing. However, when I attempt to import them into GB on my iPad, I get and error message to the effect that the mp3 is damaged. I have made the conversion both with GB on the MacBook and with music notation programs, and everything works fine on the MacBook, I just can't get them into my iPad.


iPad, iOS 5
  • 1. Re: Problem importing mp3s in projects
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,610 points)

    You can't use mp3 format files in GarageBand for iOS projects...

     

    Adding audio sample to GarageBand

    Connect the device, select it in the left-hand column, open the Apps tab, scroll down to File Sharing, select GarageBand, add files with the button or drag and drop onto the file area. Files should be uncompressed audio in AIFF, WAV, CAF or Apple Loops format at 16bit, 44.1 kHz.

     

    Macloops is a potential source of new loops, no doubt there are others, and you can roll your own...

     

    Insert audio sample into song

    Open song in GarageBand for iOS, if needed switch to Tracks view or stop if playing, use the loops tool, audio files section, to insert your audio...

     

    tt2

  • 2. Re: Problem importing mp3s in projects
    wschart Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Did you read my post? I have used mp3s I down loaded fine, successfully importing them into GB on my iPad. It's just a problem on mp3s I make myself.

  • 3. Re: Problem importing mp3s in projects
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,610 points)

    I don't have access to a Mac, but perhaps in the first example the mp3s are converted into an uncompressed resource for the rest of your project. Instead of converting your midi files into mp3 what happens if you export those as AIFF or WAV and then import that to Garageband for iOS in the way that I described?

     

    tt2

  • 4. Re: Problem importing mp3s in projects
    wschart Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'll give the AIFF a try when I can, but I can definately say the mp3s I DLed and used successfully are definately mp3s. They have the mp3 extension and the size goes with what you'd expect for a compressed format. AIFF would be much larger.

  • 5. Re: Problem importing mp3s in projects
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,610 points)

    Something else to think about. Again I don't have all the details or the kit to experiment but my understanding is that taking projects from GB iOS to GB OS X is supposed to work, but the converse may not always be true. This article has some useful tips.

     

    tt2

  • 6. Re: Problem importing mp3s in projects
    wschart Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am familiar with thar, in fact, that is how I was able to successfully import some projects. I actually got this from the YouTube video the article cites at the end.

     

    Last night I tried converting one of the problem tracks to a .wav file but when I tried to import to my iPad, I got the same message: the .wav file appears to be damaged. So I am suspecting the problem is my software that does the converse is creating wav or mp3 files that have some sort of problem on the iPad, even though they work fine on my MacBook.