Sharing GarageBand For iPad Files
As intuitive as GarageBand for iPad is, one of the more confusing tasks is getting songs off the iPad and on to your computer or other device. After creating some instructions use in my iPad music workshops and online courses I thought I would share it here as well in case others find it useful.
So, once you or your students have finished creating a piece, do the following:
- Tap the My Songs button to return to the main menu
- Tap and hold on one of the song icons
- Everything should start to “jiggle” and some new buttons will appear at the top left of the screen
- Tap on the Share button (it looks like a curved arrow)
￼From here, there are a few options:
1. You can share your song directly to Facebook, Youtube, Soundcloud (an audio-sharing site) or iMovie (available if you have iMovie installed on the iPad)
2. You can also share the song to iTunes or Mail
Sharing to iTunes
When you choose to share to iTunes you can choose one of two formats: as iTunes (audio) file, or as a GarageBand project file.
Choosing iTunes means that the file will be exported as an audio file and will be playable in iTunes itself, or in any other program that accepts audio files. This means that you can do some further editing of the file in programs like Mixcraft, Acid Music Studio, GarageBand, Logic, Pro Tools and Audacity. Note that the audio file is just a single track – all the separate tracks that appeared in GarageBand on the iPad will be mixed down to one track, so it’s worthwhile making sure the balance between tracks is OK before you share.
Choosing the GarageBand option is only useful for people that have a Mac computer with GarageBand on it. If you choose this option, the project will be exported as a GarageBand file with all the separate tracks intact, allowing you to further edit (or add to) each one in the desktop version of the program.
Sync and Retrieve The File
Next, sync your iPad with your computer, then locate your file following the steps in the image below:Click on the image for a large version.
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