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GarageBand: About the GarageBand for Mac (v10.0) update

To update to GarageBand for Mac (v10.0), install it from the Mac App Store. It is a new application and will not be in the Updates tab. Existing sounds and loops will not be overwritten. Previous versions of GarageBand are placed in a sub-folder (named with the app version) in the Applications folder. For example, GarageBand 6.0.5 would placed in a folder of the same name. Both GarageBand for Mac (v10.0) and GarageBand 6.0.5 will be available under the Purchases tab in the Mac App Store if you want to reinstall.

GarageBand 6.0.5

This update supports general compatibility and addresses overall stability and performance, including the following:  Updates compatibility with GarageBand for iOS projects Fixes a playback issue with the GarageBand Lesson preview videos Corrects issues with some software instruments triggering incorrect or stuck notes

Which versions of GarageBand feature Magic GarageBand?

Magic GarageBand is a feature in:  GarageBand 4 GarageBand 5 GarageBand 6

GarageBand: Suggested Configurations for Magic GarageBand

Playing back a lot of tracks can place significant load on your computer. You will get the most tracks from a computer with an Intel dual-core processor and 1 GB or more installed RAM. Older PowerPC G5 and G4 computers can be used with Magic GarageBand , but will not be able to play back as many tracks. PowerPC G4 and G5 computers will benefit greatly from having more than 1 GB RAM installed.

GarageBand for iOS 2.0.x (iPhone, iPod touch): Use other music apps with GarageBand

Use other music apps with GarageBand If you have other music creation apps installed on your device, you can use them together with GarageBand . With Inter-App Audio, you can record the output from a different music app to your GarageBand song, and use another music app to modify the sound. You can choose one Instrument app and record its sound output to an Audio Recorder, Guitar Amp, or Sampler track in your song. You can also choose one Effect app to modify the sound of the Instrument app when you record it in GarageBand . For example, you could add an echo effect to make the sound seem as if it is coming from a large space, or add a distortion effect to give the sound an overdriven quality. You can choose the Instrument and Effect apps in the Touch Instrument browser, or in the Input Settings pop-up menu in an Audio Recorder, Guitar Amp, or Sampler Touch Instrument. A Music Apps icon appears in the Touch Instrument browser when there are one or more apps on your device that can send their output to GarageBand . Choose an Instrument app Do one of the following: In the Touch Instrument browser, tap Music Apps, tap Instrument, then tap an app. In an Audio Recorder, Guitar Amp, or Sampler Touch Instrument, tap the Input button, tap Inter-App Audio, then choose an app from the Instrument submenu. Choose an Effect app Do one of the following: In the Touch Instrument browser, tap Music Apps, tap Effect, then tap an app. In an Audio Recorder, Guitar Amp, or Sampler Touch Instrument, tap the Input button, tap Inter-App Audio, then choose an app from the Effect submenu. Record a performance with the Instrument app Some Instrument apps provide support for controlling GarageBand . If the Instrument app supports such controls, you can play your GarageBand song, and record to it, from within the Instrument app. For Instrument apps that do not provide support for controlling GarageBand , you start recording in GarageBand , then switch to the Instrument app to play your performance. Before you start recording, you may want to set the song section length to Automatic, so the recording is not cut off before you finish the performance. In GarageBand , tap the Record button to start recording. Double-tap the Home button. Tap the Instrument app to open it. In the Instrument app, play your performance. When you finish playing, double-tap the Home button again. Tap GarageBand to open it. In GarageBand , tap the Stop button to stop recording. If you have installed Audiobus on your device, you can also use Audiobus to use other music apps on your device with GarageBand . For information about using Audiobus, see Record Touch Instruments.

GarageBand for iOS 2.0.x (iPhone, iPod touch): Jam with other GarageBand users

Jam with other GarageBand users You can make music with other GarageBand users sharing a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection. The bandleader creates a jam session, then up to three band members can join the jam session. Playback and recording are synchronized between all devices, so everyone can play and record together as a band. The leader can keep exclusive control of playback and recording, or allow all members to share control. When members join a jam session, the song settings on their devices are matched to the current jam session song settings. Jam session song settings include the tempo, key, and time signature; the number and length of song sections; any master effects used; any custom chords; a fade-out; or a count-in. Only the leader can change the jam session song settings. After members record tracks to add to the jam session, the leader collects all unmuted tracks from the members' devices. Playback and recording stop while the recordings are collected. If any device cannot start playback because it is optimizing performance, all other devices remain stopped until the optimizing device is ready. If anyone in the band opens the Touch Instrument browser during playback or recording, the song stops playing, but the jam session is still active. Jam Session is not supported on iPhone 3GS or iPod touch 3rd generation. Open the Jam Session controls Tap the Jam Session button in the control bar. Create a jam session In the Jam Session controls, tap Create Session. Share control of playback and recording By default, the bandleader controls playback and recording for the jam session. When Bandleader Control is on, the transport controls appear dimmed on members’ devices. Turn the Bandleader Control switch off. When the leader turns off Bandleader Control, band members can share control of playback. When a band member taps Record, recording starts on their device, and playback starts on all other devices. While the song is playing, band members can tap Record to “punch in” or tap Play to “punch out” on their device. Join a jam session While the Jam Session controls are visible on the leader’s device, other devices sharing the same Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection can join the jam session. In the Jam Session controls, under Join Session, tap the session you want to join. The leader sends the jam session song settings to the open song on the member’s device. If the member’s song has a different time signature, a different number of song sections, or song sections with a different length than the leader’s, a new, empty song is created. Collect band member recordings The bandleader can collect recordings from all the band members, either automatically or manually. When the leader collects recordings, the unmuted tracks (including soloed tracks) from each member’s song are added to the leader’s song. While the leader collects recordings, playback and recording stop, and all GarageBand controls are paused. By default, recordings are collected automatically after each recording when Bandleader Control is on. The Auto-Collect Recordings setting is available only when Bandleader Control is on. The leader can also turn off auto-collection and collect recordings manually. Open the Jam Session controls. Do one of the following: To turn off auto-collection of recordings, turn off Auto-Collect Recordings (or turn off Bandleader Control). To collect recordings manually, tap Collect Recordings. If the number of tracks exceeds the maximum number (eight), the leader can delete tracks, or ask members to mute or delete tracks, then collect recordings again. The collected tracks are muted in the leader’s song. If the leader starts a new recording or manually collects tracks again, all collected tracks are deleted and replaced by new collected tracks. However, if the leader unmutes or edits a collected track, it is not deleted. If the leader copies a collected track, the copy is not deleted. If the leader turns Auto-Collect Recordings on or off after collecting recordings, the collected tracks are not deleted the next time recording starts. After collecting recordings, the leader can make changes to the song, and then email the finished song to the members as an audio file. Leave a jam session A band member can leave the jam session at any time. In the Jam Session controls, tap Leave Session. If members leave a jam session, either by tapping Leave Session, opening the My Songs browser, or because of a network problem, they can rejoin the session by following the same steps they used to join the session originally. When a member leaves a session, everyone in the session receives a message that the member has left. Other members can keep jamming. Stop a jam session The leader can stop a jam session at any time. All members receive a message that the session has stopped. In the Jam Session controls, tap Stop Session. If the leader opens the My Songs browser during a jam session, the session stops. To minimize the possibility of dropouts or other network issues, all members should use the same type of network connection (Wi-Fi or Bluetooth). To do so, the leader and all members should make sure the preferred network type is enabled or their device, and disable the other network type, before opening the jam session controls to join the jam session. When Wi-Fi is the preferred network type, the bandleader and members should click Cancel when the “Would you like to turn on Bluetooth?” alert appears.

GarageBand for iOS 2.0.x (iPhone, iPod touch): Share GarageBand songs

Share GarageBand songs You can import a GarageBand for iPhone song via iTunes, and export a song as a GarageBand for iPhone song or as an audio file to share with your friends or to use on another iPhone or iPod touch. You can also email a song without leaving GarageBand . You can import GarageBand for iPad songs via iTunes, but you can’t import a GarageBand for Mac song to GarageBand for iPhone. You can also share a GarageBand song to your Facebook, YouTube, or SoundCloud account; send a song to another app on your device; or share a song as a ringtone (sharing as a ringtone requires iOS 6 or later). Import a GarageBand for iPhone song Connect your iPhone or iPod touch to your computer and open iTunes on your computer. Select the iPad from the list on the left. At the top of the iTunes window, click Apps. In the File Sharing area, select GarageBand in the Apps list. Do one of the following: Drag a song to the Documents list. Click Add, navigate to the location of the song you want to add, select it, then click Choose. In GarageBand , tap the Navigation button in the control bar, tap the My Songs button, tap the Add Song button , then tap Copy from iTunes. Tap the song you want to import. After you import a song, you can open it in the My Songs browser. Send a GarageBand song to iTunes Tap the Navigation button in the control bar, tap My Songs, then tap Select. Tap the song you want to send, then tap the Action button . Tap Share Song via iTunes. Do one of the following: To send the song as a GarageBand song, tap GarageBand . To send the song as an audio file, tap iTunes, then tap Share. After you tap the iTunes icon, you can choose the quality of the file GarageBand sends to iTunes. You can also add artist, composer, and title information that appears in iTunes. Sync your iPhone or iPod touch with your computer. In iTunes, the exported song appears in the Documents list in the File Sharing area when GarageBand is selected. Do one of the following: Drag the song from the GarageBand Documents list to the Finder. Click Save As, navigate to the location where you want to save the song, then click Save. You can open the GarageBand song in GarageBand on your Mac, or play the audio file in iTunes (or any compatible audio application) on your computer. GarageBand songs cannot be opened on a Windows computer. Send a GarageBand song via email Tap the Navigation button in the control bar, tap My Songs, then tap the Action button . Tap Share Song via Mail. Enter the artist, composer, and album name if you wish, then tap Email. An email message appears, with the song as an attachment in AAC format. Tap the To, Cc/Bcc, and Subject fields to edit the recipients and the subject of the email. To choose recipients from your Address Book, tap the Add Recipient button. Tap the body of the email to edit the message text. When the email is ready, tap Send in the upper-right corner to send it. You can’t send the email until you add at least one recipient. Open a GarageBand song in iMovie or another app You can open a GarageBand song in iMovie, or in another app on your device. The app must be compatible with the Open in function. In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, then tap the song you want to share (or touch and hold the song). Tap the Action button , then tap Open in. You can choose the audio quality of the file GarageBand sends to the app, and add artist, composer, and album information. Tap Share. A list shows apps that can open the song. If there no compatible apps on your device, the list is empty. Tap the icon of the app you want to open the song in. Share a song to nearby devices using AirDrop You can share songs with other iOS devices using AirDrop. AirDrop is available for devices featuring a Lightning connector. Before sharing a song using AirDrop, you must turn it on in the Control Center. You can also choose whether to share with all devices using AirDrop, or only those in your Contacts. Tap the Navigation button in the control bar, tap My Songs, then tap Select. Tap the song you want to send, then tap the Action button . A panel appears, showing available iOS devices you can share with. Tap the device you want to share with. If you want, you can enter artist, composer, and album information for the song in the Share Song panel. Tap Share. To return to the My Songs browser without sharing the song, tap Cancel. A notification appears on the device it is shared with. After the song is downloaded to the device, it opens in GarageBand (if GarageBand is the only compatible app) or presents a list of compatible music apps. Send a GarageBand song to Facebook In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, then tap the song you want to share (or touch and hold the song). Tap the Action button . Tap Share Song To Facebook. If you are not logged in to Facebook, log in. Type a title and description for the song. Tap the Privacy setting you want the song to have, then tap Share. The first time you share from GarageBand to Facebook, an alert appears, asking if GarageBand can post privately on your behalf. Tap OK to share to Facebook. The song is uploaded to Facebook as a movie showing an image of the GarageBand logo. Do one of the following: To open the Facebook site on your device, tap Visit. To return to GarageBand , tap Close. You can log into Facebook, or create a new Facebook account, in the Settings app. Send a GarageBand song to YouTube In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, then tap the song you want to share (or touch and hold the song). Tap the Action button . Tap Share Song To YouTube. If you are not logged in to YouTube, log in. Type a title and description for the song. Tap the Privacy setting you want the song to have, then tap Share. The song is uploaded to YouTube as a movie showing an image of the GarageBand logo. Do one of the following: To send an email with a link to the song on YouTube, tap Tell a Friend. To return to GarageBand , tap Close. Send a GarageBand song to SoundCloud In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, then tap the song you want to share (or touch and hold the song). Tap the Action button . Tap Share Song To SoundCloud. If you are not logged in to SoundCloud, log in. Type a title for the song. Tap the Visibility, Permissions, and Quality settings you want the song to have, then tap Share. The song is uploaded to SoundCloud as an audio file with the selected quality setting. Do one of the following: To open SoundCloud in Safari, tap View on SoundCloud. To send an email with a link to the song on SoundCloud, tap Tell a Friend. To return to GarageBand , tap Close. Share a GarageBand song as a ringtone or text tone In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, then tap the song you want to export (or touch and hold the song). Tap the Action button , then tap Share Song As Ringtone. The Export Ringtone panel opens, showing the name for the ringtone. By default, the ringtone uses the same name as the song. The maximum length for exported ringtones is 30 seconds. If the exported ringtone exceeds the maximum length, a dialog appears. Tap Continue to have GarageBand shorten the ringtone automatically, or tap Cancel to return to the song so you can shorten it. To rename the ringtone, tap the name and type a new name. Tap Export. In the Ringtone Export Successful panel, do one of the following: To return to the My Songs browser, tap OK. To choose a use for the ringtone, tap Use sound as, then do one of the following: To use the ringtone as your standard ringtone, replacing the existing ringtone, tap Standard Ringtone. To use the ringtone as your standard text tone, replacing the existing text tone, tap Standard Text Tone. To see a list of your contacts, tap Assign to Contact, then tap the contact you want to use the ringtone with. To return to the My Songs browser without assigning the ringtone, tap Done to return. The next time you sync your device, the ringtone also appears in the GarageBand File Sharing area in iTunes. You can drag it to the Tones list to add it to your iTunes ringtone library. Manage exported GarageBand ringtones In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, then tap a song (or touch and hold a song). Tap the Action button , then tap Export Song As Ringtone. The Export Ringtone panel opens. Tap Your Ringtones. A window opens showing all previously exported ringtones. To delete existing ringtones, do one of the following: Tap Select, then tap the Delete button for any ringtone you want to delete. Swipe a ringtone in the list, then tap its Delete button. When you are finished, tap Done. To return to the Export Ringtone panel without deleting ringtones (or if there are no existing ringtones), tap Export Ringtone.

GarageBand for iOS 2.0.x (iPad): Use iCloud with GarageBand

Use iCloud with GarageBand Using iCloud, you can keep your GarageBand songs up to date on all your iOS devices. You can choose which songs to upload to iCloud, and which to download to your other iOS devices. When you close an uploaded song or close GarageBand , the song is updated with your latest changes on iCloud. Before you can use iCloud with GarageBand , you must set up iCloud on your device. iCloud is available on iOS devices with iOS 5 or later installed. In the Settings app, tap iCloud and enter your account information. More information is available online at the iCloud website. iCloud for GarageBand requires iPhone 4 and later, or iPod touch 4rd generation and later. Turn on iCloud for GarageBand You turn on iCloud for GarageBand in the Settings app on your device. Close GarageBand . On the Home screen, tap Settings, then tap General. Tap GarageBand . You might have to scroll down to see the GarageBand icon. If the Use iCloud switch is not turned on, tap it. Upload a song to iCloud In the My Songs browser, tap Edit. Tap the song you want to upload, then tap the iCloud button . Tap Upload Song to iCloud. An iCloud badge shows that the song is ready to upload. Download a song from iCloud In the My Songs browser, songs available to download appear with a download badge. Tap a song with a download badge. If there is a newer version of a song on iCloud, the newer version is downloaded to your device. If the version on your device is newer, the newer version is uploaded to iCloud. Resolve conflicts between song versions When you open a song that has been updated on another device, or if an open song is updated, a Resolve Conflicts panel appears showing conflicts between the different versions of the song. You can choose which version you want to keep. In the Resolve Conflicts panel, tap the version you want to keep. You can resolve conflicts for one or more songs. The version you choose is uploaded to iCloud, and can be downloaded to your other devices. If you select multiple songs, then tap Cancel, resolving conflicts is cancelled for any remaining unresolved songs. Remove a song from iCloud When you remove a song, the song stays on your current device, but is deleted from iCloud and from your other devices. In the My Songs browser, tap Edit. Tap the song you want to remove, then tap the iCloud button . Tap Remove Song from iCloud. Delete an uploaded song When you delete a song you uploaded to iCloud, the song is deleted on all your devices. In the My Songs browser, tap the song you want to delete. Tap the Trash button , then tap Delete Song. If you delete your iCloud account on a device while GarageBand is set to use iCloud, your songs might be deleted. If you want to keep your songs on your device and delete your iCloud account, open the My Songs browser, tap the Add Song button , then turn Use iCloud off before deleting your iCloud account.

GarageBand for iOS 2.0.x (iPad): Jam with other GarageBand users

Jam with other GarageBand users You can make music with other GarageBand users sharing a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection. The bandleader creates a jam session, then up to three band members can join the jam session. Playback and recording are synchronized between all devices, so everyone can play and record together as a band. The leader can keep exclusive control of playback and recording, or allow all members to share control. When members join a jam session, the song settings on their devices are matched to the current jam session song settings. Jam session song settings include the tempo, key, and time signature; the number and length of song sections; any master effects used; any custom chords; a fade-out; or a count-in. Only the leader can change the jam session song settings. After members record tracks to add to the jam session, the leader collects all unmuted tracks from the members' devices. Playback and recording stop while the recordings are collected. If any device cannot start playback because it is optimizing performance, all other devices remain stopped until the optimizing device is ready. If anyone in the band opens the Touch Instrument browser during playback or recording, the song stops playing, but the jam session is still active. Jam Session is not supported on iPhone 3GS or iPod touch 3rd generation. Open the Jam Session controls Tap the Jam Session button in the control bar. Create a jam session In the Jam Session controls, tap Create Session. Share control of playback and recording By default, the bandleader controls playback and recording for the jam session. When Bandleader Control is on, the transport controls appear dimmed on members’ devices. Turn the Bandleader Control switch off. When the leader turns off Bandleader Control, band members can share control of playback. When a band member taps Record, recording starts on their device, and playback starts on all other devices. While the song is playing, band members can tap Record to “punch in” or tap Play to “punch out” on their device. Join a jam session While the Jam Session controls are visible on the leader’s device, other devices sharing the same Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection can join the jam session. In the Jam Session controls, under Join Session, tap the session you want to join. The leader sends the jam session song settings to the open song on the member’s device. If the member’s song has a different time signature, a different number of song sections, or song sections with a different length than the leader’s, a new, empty song is created. Collect band member recordings The bandleader can collect recordings from all the band members, either automatically or manually. When the leader collects recordings, the unmuted tracks (including soloed tracks) from each member’s song are added to the leader’s song. While the leader collects recordings, playback and recording stop, and all GarageBand controls are paused. By default, recordings are collected automatically after each recording when Bandleader Control is on. The Auto-Collect Recordings setting is available only when Bandleader Control is on. The leader can also turn off auto-collection and collect recordings manually. Open the Jam Session controls. Do one of the following: To turn off auto-collection of recordings, turn off Auto-Collect Recordings (or turn off Bandleader Control). To collect recordings manually, tap Collect Recordings. If the number of tracks exceeds the maximum number (eight), the leader can delete tracks, or ask members to mute or delete tracks, then collect recordings again. The collected tracks are muted in the leader’s song. If the leader starts a new recording or manually collects tracks again, all collected tracks are deleted and replaced by new collected tracks. However, if the leader unmutes or edits a collected track, it is not deleted. If the leader copies a collected track, the copy is not deleted. If the leader turns Auto-Collect Recordings on or off after collecting recordings, the collected tracks are not deleted the next time recording starts. After collecting recordings, the leader can make changes to the song, and then email the finished song to the members as an audio file. Leave a jam session A band member can leave the jam session at any time. In the Jam Session controls, tap Leave Session. If members leave a jam session, either by tapping Leave Session, opening the My Songs browser, or because of a network problem, they can rejoin the session by following the same steps they used to join the session originally. When a member leaves a session, everyone in the session receives a message that the member has left. Other members can keep jamming. Stop a jam session The leader can stop a jam session at any time. All members receive a message that the session has stopped. In the Jam Session controls, tap Stop Session. If the leader opens the My Songs browser during a jam session, the session stops. To minimize the possibility of dropouts or other network issues, all members should use the same type of network connection (Wi-Fi or Bluetooth). To do so, the leader and all members should make sure the preferred network type is enabled or their device, and disable the other network type, before opening the jam session controls to join the jam session. When Wi-Fi is the preferred network type, the bandleader and members should click Cancel when the “Would you like to turn on Bluetooth?” alert appears.

GarageBand for iOS 2.0.x (iPad): Use GarageBand with AirPlay, Bluetooth, and HDMI devices

Use GarageBand with AirPlay, Bluetooth, and HDMI devices You can use GarageBand with external output devices, including AirPlay and Bluetooth devices, and with HDMI-equipped media devices. When using GarageBand with any of these devices, GarageBand supports playback to the device but does not support audio input. This means that you cannot record sound with the Audio Recorder or Sampler, and cannot play a guitar with the Guitar Amp Touch Instrument. After you connect an external device to your iPad, you must set GarageBand to send audio to the device. Use GarageBand with external output devices In the control bar, tap the Song Settings button . Tap the AirPlay - Bluetooth - HDMI switch on. When you are finished using GarageBand with the external device, tap the switch off. When the AirPlay - Bluetooth - HDMI switch is on, and an AirPlay-supported device is available on your local wireless network, the AirPlay icon appears in the control bar. While the AirPlay - Bluetooth - HDMI switch is on, an alert appears if you try to record an Audio Recorder or Guitar Amp Touch Instrument, or if you try to record a sound with the Sampler. You can turn the switch off from the alert.

GarageBand for iOS 2.0.x (iPad): Share GarageBand songs

Share GarageBand songs You can import a GarageBand for iPad song via iTunes, and export a song as a GarageBand for iPad song or as an audio file to share with your friends or to use on another iPad. You can also email a song without leaving GarageBand . You can import GarageBand for iPhone songs via iTunes, but you can’t import a GarageBand for Mac song to GarageBand for iPad. You can also share a GarageBand song to your Facebook, YouTube, or SoundCloud account; send a song to another app on your device; or share a song as a ringtone (sharing as a ringtone requires iOS 6 or later). Import a GarageBand for iPad song Connect your iPad to your computer and open iTunes on your computer. Select the iPad from the list on the left. At the top of the iTunes window, click Apps. In the File Sharing area, select GarageBand in the Apps list. Do one of the following: Drag a song to the Documents list. Click Add, navigate to the location of the song you want to add, select it, then click Choose. In GarageBand , tap the My Songs button, tap the Add Song button , then tap Copy from iTunes. Tap the song you want to import. After you import a song, you can open it in the My Songs browser. Send a GarageBand song to iTunes Tap My Songs, then tap Select. Tap the song you want to send, then tap the Action button . Tap Share Song via iTunes. Do one of the following: To send the song as a GarageBand song, tap GarageBand . To send the song as an audio file, tap iTunes, then tap Share. After you tap the iTunes icon, you can choose the quality of the file GarageBand sends to iTunes. You can also add artist, composer, and title information that appears in iTunes. Sync your iPad with your computer. In iTunes, the exported song appears in the Documents list in the File Sharing area when GarageBand is selected. Do one of the following: Drag the song from the GarageBand Documents list to the Finder. Click Save As, navigate to the location where you want to save the song, then click Save. You can open the GarageBand song in GarageBand on your Mac, or play the audio file in iTunes (or any compatible audio application) on your computer. GarageBand songs cannot be opened on a Windows computer. Send a GarageBand song via email Tap My Songs, then tap the Action button . Tap Share Song via Mail. Enter the artist, composer, and album name if you wish, then tap Email. An email message appears, with the song as an attachment in AAC format. Tap the To, Cc/Bcc, and Subject fields to edit the recipients and the subject of the email. To choose recipients from your Address Book, tap the Add Recipient button. Tap the body of the email to edit the message text. When the email is ready, tap Send in the upper-right corner to send it. You can’t send the email until you add at least one recipient. Open a GarageBand song in iMovie or another app You can open a GarageBand song in iMovie, or in another app on your device. The app must be compatible with the Open in function. In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, then tap the song you want to share (or touch and hold the song). Tap the Action button , then tap Open in. You can choose the audio quality of the file GarageBand sends to the app, and add artist, composer, and album information. Tap Share. A list shows apps that can open the song. If there no compatible apps on your device, the list is empty. Tap the icon of the app you want to open the song in. Share a song to nearby devices using AirDrop You can share songs with other iOS devices using AirDrop. AirDrop is available for devices featuring a Lightning connector. Before sharing a song using AirDrop, you must turn it on in the Control Center. You can also choose whether to share with all devices using AirDrop, or only those in your Contacts. Tap My Songs, then tap Select. Tap the song you want to send, then tap the Action button . A panel appears, showing available iOS devices you can share with. Tap the device you want to share with. If you want, you can enter artist, composer, and album information for the song in the Share Song panel. Tap Share. To return to the My Songs browser without sharing the song, tap Cancel. A notification appears on the device it is shared with. After the song is downloaded to the device, it opens in GarageBand (if GarageBand is the only compatible app) or presents a list of compatible music apps. Send a GarageBand song to Facebook In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, then tap the song you want to share (or touch and hold the song). Tap the Action button . Tap Share Song To Facebook. If you are not logged in to Facebook, log in. Type a title and description for the song. Tap the Privacy setting you want the song to have, then tap Share. The first time you share from GarageBand to Facebook, an alert appears, asking if GarageBand can post privately on your behalf. Tap OK to share to Facebook. The song is uploaded to Facebook as a movie showing an image of the GarageBand logo. Do one of the following: To open the Facebook site on your device, tap Visit. To return to GarageBand , tap Close. You can log into Facebook, or create a new Facebook account, in the Settings app. Send a GarageBand song to YouTube In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, then tap the song you want to share (or touch and hold the song). Tap the Action button . Tap Share Song To YouTube. If you are not logged in to YouTube, log in. Type a title and description for the song. Tap the Privacy setting you want the song to have, then tap Share. The song is uploaded to YouTube as a movie showing an image of the GarageBand logo. Do one of the following: To send an email with a link to the song on YouTube, tap Tell a Friend. To return to GarageBand , tap Close. Send a GarageBand song to SoundCloud In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, then tap the song you want to share (or touch and hold the song). Tap the Action button . Tap Share Song To SoundCloud. If you are not logged in to SoundCloud, log in. Type a title for the song. Tap the Visibility, Permissions, and Quality settings you want the song to have, then tap Share. The song is uploaded to SoundCloud as an audio file with the selected quality setting. Do one of the following: To open SoundCloud in Safari, tap View on SoundCloud. To send an email with a link to the song on SoundCloud, tap Tell a Friend. To return to GarageBand , tap Close. Share a GarageBand song as a ringtone or text tone In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, then tap the song you want to export (or touch and hold the song). Tap the Action button , then tap Share Song As Ringtone. The Export Ringtone panel opens, showing the name for the ringtone. By default, the ringtone uses the same name as the song. The maximum length for exported ringtones is 30 seconds. If the exported ringtone exceeds the maximum length, a dialog appears. Tap Continue to have GarageBand shorten the ringtone automatically, or tap Cancel to return to the song so you can shorten it. To rename the ringtone, tap the name and type a new name. Tap Export. In the Ringtone Export Successful panel, do one of the following: To return to the My Songs browser, tap OK. To choose a use for the ringtone, tap Use sound as, then do one of the following: To use the ringtone as your standard ringtone, replacing the existing ringtone, tap Standard Ringtone. To use the ringtone as your standard text tone, replacing the existing text tone, tap Standard Text Tone. To see a list of your contacts, tap Assign to Contact, then tap the contact you want to use the ringtone with. To return to the My Songs browser without assigning the ringtone, tap Done to return. The next time you sync your device, the ringtone also appears in the GarageBand File Sharing area in iTunes. You can drag it to the Tones list to add it to your iTunes ringtone library. Manage exported GarageBand ringtones In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, then tap a song (or touch and hold a song). Tap the Action button , then tap Export Song As Ringtone. The Export Ringtone panel opens. Tap Your Ringtones. A window opens showing all previously exported ringtones. To delete existing ringtones, do one of the following: Tap Select, then tap the Delete button for any ringtone you want to delete. Swipe a ringtone in the list, then tap its Delete button. When you are finished, tap Done. To return to the Export Ringtone panel without deleting ringtones (or if there are no existing ringtones), tap Export Ringtone.

GarageBand for iOS: GarageBand may ask to access your Contacts

In order to automatically populate your name as the artist and composer of a song, GarageBand will ask permission to access information stored in your Contacts app. Additionally, GarageBand will use this permission to allow for ringtones or alerts you create to be assigned to a specific contact. Select "Assign to contact" when sharing. This will allow you to choose a contact to the ringtone or text tone.

GarageBand for iOS: What's new in GarageBand for iOS 1.0.1

Paste an audio file from the clipboard You can paste an audio file from an app that supports copying audio to the clipboard. GarageBand for iOS supports uncompressed audio files with a sample rate of 44.1 kHz and 16-bit depth (the standard for audio CDs). Audio files copied from another app can be pasted to Audio Recorder or Guitar amp tracks.   To paste an audio file: Move the playhead to the point where you want the audio file to start. Tap the track where you want to paste the audio file, then tap Paste. You can also tap an empty area of Tracks view, then tap Paste. In this case the audio file is pasted into a new empty track. Import an audio file You can import an audio file from your computer into Tracks view. GarageBand for iOS supports uncompressed audio files with a 44.1 kHz sample rate and 16-bit depth (the standard for audio CDs). You can also import Apple Loops. If the audio file is an unsupported sample rate or bit depth it will be unavailable in the import window.    To import an audio file: On your computer, add the audio files you want to import to the GarageBand File Sharing area in iTunes. In GarageBand for iOS, tap the View button to open Tracks view. Move the playhead to the point where you want to add the audio file. Do one of the following: To add the audio file to a blue Audio Recorder or Guitar Amp track, tap the track. To add the audio file to a new empty track, tap the empty Tracks view area. Tap Import and select the audio file you want to import from the list. The audio file appears in Tracks view, starting from the playhead position.   Use GarageBand for iOS with external output devices You can use GarageBand for iOS with external devices, including AirPlay, Bluetooth, and HDMI-equipped media devices. When using any of these devices there is no support of audio input. This means that you cannot record sound with the Audio Recorder or Sampler, and cannot play a guitar with the Guitar Amp Touch Instrument. After you connect an external device to your iOS device, you must set GarageBand for iOS to send audio to the device. To use GarageBand for iOS with external output devices: In the control bar, tap the Song Settings button. Tap the "AirPlay - Bluetooth - HDMI" switch On. When you are finished using GarageBand for iOS with the external device, tap the switch Off. While the "AirPlay - Bluetooth - HDMI" switch is on, an alert appears if you try to record an Audio Recorder or Guitar Amp Touch Instrument, or if you try to record a sound with the Sampler. You can turn the switch off from the alert.

GarageBand for iOS 2.0.x (iPhone, iPod touch): Use GarageBand with AirPlay, Bluetooth, and HDMI devices

Use GarageBand with AirPlay, Bluetooth, and HDMI devices You can use GarageBand with external output devices, including AirPlay and Bluetooth devices, and with HDMI-equipped media devices. When using GarageBand with any of these devices, GarageBand supports playback to the device but does not support audio input. This means that you cannot record sound with the Audio Recorder or Sampler, and cannot play a guitar with the Guitar Amp Touch Instrument. After you connect an external device to your iPhone or iPod touch, you must set GarageBand to send audio to the device. Use GarageBand with external output devices In the control bar, tap the Settings button , then tap Song. Tap the AirPlay - Bluetooth - HDMI switch on. When you are finished using GarageBand with the external device, tap the switch off. When the AirPlay - Bluetooth - HDMI switch is on, and an AirPlay-supported device is available on your local wireless network, the AirPlay icon appears in the control bar. While the AirPlay - Bluetooth - HDMI switch is on, an alert appears if you try to record an Audio Recorder or Guitar Amp Touch Instrument, or if you try to record a sound with the Sampler. You can turn the switch off from the alert.

GarageBand for iOS 2.0.x (iPhone, iPod touch): Use iCloud with GarageBand

Use iCloud with GarageBand Using iCloud, you can keep your GarageBand songs up to date on all your iOS devices. You can choose which songs to upload to iCloud, and which to download to your other iOS devices. When you close an uploaded song or close GarageBand , the song is updated with your latest changes on iCloud. Before you can use iCloud with GarageBand , you must set up iCloud on your device. iCloud is available on iOS devices with iOS 5 or later installed. In the Settings app, tap iCloud and enter your account information. More information is available online at the iCloud website. iCloud for GarageBand requires iPhone 4 and later, or iPod touch 4rd generation and later. Turn on iCloud for GarageBand You turn on iCloud for GarageBand in the Settings app on your device. Close GarageBand . On the Home screen, tap Settings, then tap General. Tap GarageBand . You might have to scroll down to see the GarageBand icon. If the Use iCloud switch is not turned on, tap it. Upload a song to iCloud In the My Songs browser, tap Edit. Tap the song you want to upload, then tap the iCloud button . Tap Upload Song to iCloud. An iCloud badge shows that the song is ready to upload. Download a song from iCloud In the My Songs browser, songs available to download appear with a download badge. Tap a song with a download badge. If there is a newer version of a song on iCloud, the newer version is downloaded to your device. If the version on your device is newer, the newer version is uploaded to iCloud. Resolve conflicts between song versions When you open a song that has been updated on another device, or if an open song is updated, a Resolve Conflicts panel appears showing conflicts between the different versions of the song. You can choose which version you want to keep. In the Resolve Conflicts panel, tap the version you want to keep. You can resolve conflicts for one or more songs. The version you choose is uploaded to iCloud, and can be downloaded to your other devices. If you select multiple songs, then tap Cancel, resolving conflicts is cancelled for any remaining unresolved songs. Remove a song from iCloud When you remove a song, the song stays on your current device, but is deleted from iCloud and from your other devices. In the My Songs browser, tap Edit. Tap the song you want to remove, then tap the iCloud button . Tap Remove Song from iCloud. Delete an uploaded song When you delete a song you uploaded to iCloud, the song is deleted on all your devices. In the My Songs browser, tap the song you want to delete. Tap the Trash button , then tap Delete Song. If you delete your iCloud account on a device while GarageBand is set to use iCloud, your songs might be deleted. If you want to keep your songs on your device and delete your iCloud account, open the My Songs browser, tap the Add Song button , then turn Use iCloud off before deleting your iCloud account.

GarageBand for iOS 2.0.x (iPad): Use other music apps with GarageBand

Use other music apps with GarageBand If you have other music creation apps installed on your device, you can use them together with GarageBand . With Inter-App Audio, you can record the output from a different music app to your GarageBand song, and use another music app to modify the sound. You can choose one Instrument app and record its sound output to an Audio Recorder, Guitar Amp, or Sampler track in your song. You can also choose one Effect app to modify the sound of the Instrument app when you record it in GarageBand . For example, you could add an echo effect to make the sound seem as if it is coming from a large space, or add a distortion effect to give the sound an overdriven quality. You can choose the Instrument and Effect apps in the Touch Instrument browser, or in the Input Settings pop-up menu in an Audio Recorder, Guitar Amp, or Sampler Touch Instrument. A Music Apps icon appears in the Touch Instrument browser when there are one or more apps on your device that can send their output to GarageBand . Choose an Instrument app Do one of the following: In the Touch Instrument browser, tap Music Apps, tap Instrument, then tap an app. In an Audio Recorder, Guitar Amp, or Sampler Touch Instrument, tap the Input button, tap Inter-App Audio, then choose an app from the Instrument submenu. Choose an Effect app Do one of the following: In the Touch Instrument browser, tap Music Apps, tap Effect, then tap an app. In an Audio Recorder, Guitar Amp, or Sampler Touch Instrument, tap the Input button, tap Inter-App Audio, then choose an app from the Effect submenu. Record a performance with the Instrument app Some Instrument apps provide support for controlling GarageBand . If the Instrument app supports such controls, you can play your GarageBand song, and record to it, from within the Instrument app. For Instrument apps that do not provide support for controlling GarageBand , you start recording in GarageBand , then switch to the Instrument app to play your performance. Before you start recording, you may want to set the song section length to Automatic, so the recording is not cut off before you finish the performance. In GarageBand , tap the Record button to start recording. Double-tap the Home button. Tap the Instrument app to open it. In the Instrument app, play your performance. When you finish playing, double-tap the Home button again. Tap GarageBand to open it. In GarageBand , tap the Stop button to stop recording. If you have installed Audiobus on your device, you can also use Audiobus to use other music apps on your device with GarageBand . For information about using Audiobus, see Record Touch Instruments.

GarageBand for iOS 2.0.x (iPad): Mirror GarageBand to an Apple TV

Mirror GarageBand to an Apple TV If you are using GarageBand on an iPad 2 with iOS 5 (or later) installed, you can mirror the GarageBand app along with its audio output via AirPlay Mirroring to an Apple TV. Mirror GarageBand to an Apple TV Make sure the iPad and the Apple TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Double-click the Home button, then flick from left to right along the bottom of the screen. Tap the AirPlay button , tap Apple TV, then turn on Mirroring. The GarageBand window appears on both the iPad 2 and the Apple TV. Audio output is streamed to the Apple TV only.

GarageBand 10.1 will not open older GarageBand files after installation.

After installing 10.1 yesterday, Garageband will not open any of my Garageband files created with previous versions.  Any ideas?

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