12 Replies Latest reply: Jan 20, 2014 8:17 AM by applesauuce
Joseph Rose Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
I'd like to import an MP3 (or any supported format) into a Garageband track.

Can it be done?

24" iMac 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • 1. Re: Can we import audio into GarageBand?
    JUiCEJamie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same problem too...?
    I can find, 'Copy from iTunes' - but how to do that?

    I can't work it out..
  • 2. Re: Can we import audio into GarageBand?
    JUiCEJamie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've worked it out! Plug your iPad in iTunes...
    Open up your iPad Device, go to Apps, then scroll down...

    BOOM! - It should be there! Mine are
    Let me know if you need help
  • 3. Re: Can we import audio into GarageBand?
    Joseph Rose Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
    What's there?

    This doesn't solve importing audio into GarageBand.
  • 4. Re: Can we import audio into GarageBand?
    isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
    Import using the media browser or just drag it into the timeline. If your MP3 won't import change the file extension to mp3 instead of MP3.
  • 5. Re: Can we import audio into GarageBand?
    Joseph Rose Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
    You've done this, on the iPad?
  • 6. Re: Can we import audio into GarageBand?
    isteveus Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
    Oh forget that I didn't even realize we have a Garageband for iPad category when i posted this.
  • 7. Re: Can we import audio into GarageBand?
    Mogget24 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem. I tried to import a wave file, an mp3 or a MIDI but GB haven't recognized it. In My Songs menu, copy from iTunes says that there's no song available for the copy.
    I wonder if it's a bug...
  • 8. Re: Can we import audio into GarageBand?
    tzigularov Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ya, i am wondering the same thing. i would think you would be able to import wav or aiff files for use with the sampler at least.
  • 9. Re: Can we import audio into GarageBand?
    GreenFlash Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Presently, you can only export GB filse out of the ipad GB app.

    See the following:

    http://www.macworld.com/article/158451/2011/03/garageband.html

    Hopefully, this bug will be addressed in a not-to-distant app update. Hurry Apple, we're holding our breath.....
  • 10. Re: Can we import audio into GarageBand?
    hags2k Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I know this thread was last posted some time ago, but since this still comes up on the google results when asking this question, I thought I'd post the solution here as well:

     

    You CAN import audio into GarageBand on the iPad, though you need a computer to do it. Open iTunes on your Mac or Windows machine, connect the iPad. Open the iPad up, at the top of the screen should be a tab for "Apps". Go there, then scroll down. You should see a list of apps that can share information with a computer (on mine I only have three, GarageBand, Kindle, and Clean Writer). Click on GarageBand and you'll have a chance to add files to the list. Once you've selected the files from your hard drive (i've only tried mp3 files so far), click apply.

     

    When you go into garageband on the iPad, you can create a new track in the multi-track view, tap on the "loops" icon, tap "Audio Files" and you should see all the files you copied over from your PC or Mac. You can then drag them into the timeline. Now you can play along with your own audio.

     

    Here's a video someone else made of the process:

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X80kB4f8O4

     

    I just wish the iPad version of garageband had some more effects. I like to practice with my iPad and my electric bass, and on the PC I can use EQ to "remove" the bass from the original song and playback with my recordings. No EQ on the iPad makes this a bit more difficult. Still a gret product, though.

  • 11. Re: Can we import audio into GarageBand?
    SuncoastCommunityChurch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've figured out a way to import audio into garage band WITHOUT a computer or the Internet. Basically you have to first import into the multitrack daw app, then copy the track to your clipboard.  Then you can paste into GarageBand. I needed to do this to import files from my H1 SD card for video editing, but the process is still the same. Here's a quick video I made about it.

     

    http://youtu.be/k5O_acdlB_c

  • 12. Re: Can we import audio into GarageBand?
    applesauuce Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I found a possible solution. You will need to be sure your desired song or track is formated as an mp3 in your itunes file saved to your ipad or iphone. 

    1. open a new track on my garageband app. (I'm using am Ipad 3rd gen) select the "Audio Recorder" (microphone icon) instrument & then click on the timeline icon next to your microphone icon found at the top of the screen.
    2. Click on the loop icon. (this looks like a Roler coaster loop on the top of the screen to the right of the musical note.
    3. By default, "Apple Loops"  tab will be highlighted in blue. You will need to select "Music" tab & choose your MP3
    4. Drag that file to the desired track location on your musical timeline

     

    I hope this helps