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Thursday, 17 January 2013

fixed1t Program To Export Mac Garageband songs

"Garageband Mac to iPad Oneshot File Converter"

Just before Christmas 2012, I was preparing to undertake the Christmas family visits and was deciding what technology to take with me for the downtime when people had ate and drank a little too much and I was still awake.  As I had a couple of interesting tunes I'd created in Garageband on the mac (including the Jazzi Song below) but wasn't planning to take a laptop with me, I decided to transfer a tune over to the iPad 3 via itunes to play about with.

Jazzi - Mac Garageband Song

I opened itunes, connected the iPad and selected the iPad button (top right) and clicked on the Apps Tab.  I then scrolled down to the file sharing section (bottom left) and selected Garageband.  The Garageband Documents window then appeared on the right, I scrolled to the bottom and hit add and added my Garageband music file to the list.  

Great I thought that was really easy :-)

But I opened the iPad selected Garageband. Once it had loaded I tapped on the 'My Songs' button (top left) then the '+ ' icon (top left), and select Copy from: iTunes and nothing appeared in the list. :-(  

Thinking I'd messed up I did it again several times with the same problem, no visible garageband files appeared.  So I created one on the iPad saved it to the mac and opened it.  As I did it informed me it was updating it, then I reviewed it, saved it and tried to add it, with the same result.  Crap I thought this isn't useful.

I surfed the web and found various references to manually editing a bunch of the files and did it manually and it worked of sorts, but was really tedious and the slightest mistake meant it didn't work.  

So I decided to relearn some programming skills and created a one-shot Mac Garageband to iPad converter so you don't have to.   Please note this is a Mac Only program as is Garageband. 

The outcome of my efforts is that the Jazzi project from the Mac Garageband (as shown above) is now converted quickly and efficiently, and transferred in the standard manner through itunes over to the iPad as can be seen from the iPad screen capture below.

Jazzi - Now an iPad 3 Garageband Song

As always with such tasks it takes considerably longer and is considerably more frustrating than was originally thought, but here it is and it works on my MacBook Pro, running 10.6 and garageband 11.

Here is my youtube tutorial video of the converter in action:

If you'd like a 3 day trial, use the trial request link below:

Send your email to: fixed1t Garageband Mac to iPad2, iPad3 and iPad Mini File Converter Trial

When you've used this a few times, I hope you'll be willing to purchase an licensed copy.

Please be aware, I hand build a personalised copy with the latest software here in the UK on receipt of clearance from Paypal, so there may be a slight delay in your receiving a copy. This is not an 'old version' automated software delivery service. 

You can purchase the fixed1t Garageband Mac to iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad Mini Converter for just $20 USD using the PayPal 'Add to Cart' button below.

Thanks fixed1t

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  1. can you post a new running version again please?

  2. Hi thanks for getting back in touch, I've updated the converter on the fixed1t webpage

    it will run for the next 3 days. I hope you find it useful. All sorts of manual version videos keep attaching themselves to my video page. Having done it a few times I gave up and wrote the converter. I hope you like it.

    I also have an application I'm just finishing that takes all the samples from the converted file and puts them into a separate folder on the desktop so they can easily add them to the itunes library so they appear in the audio files menu in garageband.

    Cheers Malcolm (fixed1t)

  3. Does the software work on the iPad Mini as well? Thank you for your reply.

    1. Thanks for testing my iPad mini converter and helping with the testing.

      And thanks for the purchase :-)


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