GarageBand for iPad Updated to Version 1.0.1

GarageBand for iPad recently received a significant .0.1 free update. It might not sound like much, but Mike Watkinson uncovers the new features and how that'll affect how make music on your iPad.  

GarageBand for iPad has received its first update. Version 1.0.1 was released without much fanfare, but does contain some significant features that will enhance this already great app. 


Importing Audio Files

You can now import audio files from your Mac into tracks view. They must be of the supported sample rate and bit depth (44.1 kHz,16 bit). AIF, WAV and CAF are the supported file formats. This can be achieved in the GarageBand File Sharing area of iTunes, as follows:

  1. Connect the iPad to your Mac
  2. Open iTunes
  3. Select the iPad in iTunes and click the Apps button
  4. In the File Sharing section find GarageBand and select it
  5. In your Macs Finder locate your audio file(s)

Drag and drop the files you want (the files not folders) to the field in iTunes called 'GarageBand Documents'

You can also import specific Apple Loops as audio files into a specific project using this method. The Apple Loops are  found either in 

  • Library > Audio > Apple Loops > Apple or 
  • Users > Username > Library > Audio > Apple Loops

Importing Apple Loops to GarageBand documents in iTunes File Sharing area

Importing Apple Loops to GarageBand documents in iTunes File Sharing area


Although the refreshing approach taken by GarageBand for iPad is that it actively encourages you to make music using instruments rather than loops (and I for one can’t wait for this approach and these instruments to appear in GarageBand for the Mac) this is a fantastic extension to its creative possibilities. And it also makes me very glad that I bought the 64 GB version!

Once on the iPad, loops can be added to a blue Audio Recorder or Guitar Amp track in your song by tapping the empty track view area, tapping ‘Import’ and choosing the file you want to import from the list that appears. Having done this, it will appear at the playhead position. They don't, however, appear in the Loop Browser.

New loops in the Loop Browser

New loops don't appear in the Loop Browser


Non-loop audio can be imported to the iPad and added to a track in the same way. 

Importing an audio file that has been added to the iPad via iTunes on the Mac

Importing an audio file that has been added to the iPad via iTunes on the Mac


Output to External Devices

With this update you can output audio from GarageBand to AirPlay enabled devices, via Bluetooth, or over HDMI. For HDMI output you will require an Apple Digital AV adapter. To switch the feature on, go to Song Settings in GarageBand (tap the spanner icon) and enable AirPlay – Bluetooth – HDMI. Note that audio recording is not supported with this enabled, so if you try to record to an Audio Recorder track, a Guitar Amp Track or a Sampler track an alert will pop up, from which you can switch off the setting and proceed with the recording. 

Enabling audio output to AirPlay - Bluetooth - HDMI disables audio input

Enabling audio output to AirPlay - Bluetooth - HDMI disables audio input


Paste Audio from the Clipboard

The update will also allow you to copy audio from other apps and paste it into GarageBand. With 16 bit 44.1 kHz audio on the clipboard, double tap in the empty area of the Tracks view and choose ‘Paste’. The audio will be imported onto a new empty track at the Playhead position.

Pasting audio from another application via the clipboard

Pasting audio from another application via the clipboard


Learn more about GB for iPad's big brother, GarageBand for Mac by Scott Freiman.

Mike has been obsessed with music software since he first saw Fairlight's Page-R, and has tracked its development through his work as a performer, composer and producer. As a writer he has contributed articles to Sound On Sound since 1999, and currently writes their Apple Notes column. As well as being a certified Logic Pro and Pro Too... Read More

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