Can Garage Band Export .WAV's?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by gvdv, Jun 1, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2007
    Can Garage Band export .WAV's?

    I'm going to start with Garage Band for recording my music (because my Mac Pro and RME Fireface 400 audio interface purchase will break the bank) and will work my way 'up' to Logic, I think. Or I might go for Logic Express first, depending on how much better it is than Garage Band.

    I'd like to be able to export .WAV's so that I can take those over to my friend's PC and he/we can import the tracks into his audio sequencing program. I know that Garage Band exports to/through itunes, but does this mean that one cannot export the tracks as separate .WAV files?

  2. macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    You can export your song or it's tracks, but it's m4a only - couldn't find a quick way to change this to AIFF or WAV. A 192 kbps m4a is pretty high quality, though.
  3. macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    Use the "share" function in your top menu to share to iTunes. A bounce down of your composition in GarageBand will be sent to iTunes as a AIFF file. In iTunes convert the tune to a WAV under the advanced section of the preferences menu.

    This is the only way to grab a WAV file out of what you've composed. If you're getting serious about making music, upgrade to Apple Logic Express which will allow you to master to most file formats including WAV directly. Unless you have this king of app, I would say iTunes is the best place to get the file into the desired format.

    Hope this helps

  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2007
    Hi Folks,
    Thanks for your replies.

    All the best,
  5. macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2006
    Converting from iTunes is most definitely not the only way you can change formats. Switch is a fine program and it's free and it handles m4a and aiff and a multitude of other formats and will output into a variety of other formats as well.

    I use it constantly. Switch
  6. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Whakatane, New Zealand
    I could've sworn that GB could export directly to AIFF. Granted I haven't used it since version 1, did they change it to AAC since then?
  7. macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2006
    It does export directly to iTunes as AIFF as standard whenever I've used it.
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2007
    Hi Everyone,
    Thanks again for the suggestions.

    I will check them out.

  9. macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2008
    Can Garage Band export WAVs?

    There is actually a very easy workaround for this problem.
    If you want to import individual audio tracks from Garageband onto a PC, just save the Garageband file onto the PC.
    Windows will see it as a zip file/folder, even with the file extension .band . Open that zip folder and within the Media subfolder are all your audio recordings, as AIFF files.
    If your software won't import AIFF files, Audacity from will convert them for free!
  10. macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2007
    I don't use GarageBand, but here is a general time saving tip if other posters are right about it exporting AIFF to iTunes: try just giving your friend an AIFF. I don't know what software you friend is using on Windows, but in any of the teaching I was (unfortunately) forced to do in Windows-based music studios I have been able to open both AIFF and WAV without a problem. Also, any of the Windows users I have collaborated with have been able to open AIFFs I have sent them.

    Now I am not claiming to have been exposed to all Windows audio software, so maybe I'm wrong and your friend can't deal with AIFF, but really, there is no reason modern audio software shouldn't be able to handle both (no SD2 on Windows software sounds more likely). But if I'm wrong, sorry for the wasted post.

    If he can deal with AIFFs, make sure he doesn't save and send you AIFC files--I had a friend doing that to me once. On the same note, stay away from RIFF WAV if you can, because like AIFC, they are both compressed formats.

    And as Richard said, either way, you should have Audacity in your toolkit--it seems to be the most flexible software on any platform I have seen for opening audio files in that it even will open some improperly saved files and some interleaved surround sound files that I could not open (i.e. Digital Performer [pre-6 at least] doesn't like interleaved multichannel AIFF made in MaxMSP, but Audacity does not complain).
  11. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2007
    Thanks, Richard and thevibesman,
    Lots of useful tips here.

    Thanks, once again,
  12. macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2007
    GB doesn't do WAVs, but there are better alternatives than suggested above.

    GB does export AIFFs (Apple lossless) which will play on many systems, by creating a song (Any podcast voice tracks will have to be hidden, as will special images etc.). Select Share > "Send SONG [emphasis added] to iTunes" to make an AIFF file. If it tells you something about a podcast, it won't make the AIFF.

    Then, a more streamlined method of export would be to use iTunes (which comes up automatically with the exported song highlighted), right click, and choose "Convert to MP3", which is, despite its shortcomings, probably the best supported audio format. Done!
  13. macrumors newbie


    Jul 9, 2008
    Mt. Elphinstone, British Columbia, Canada
    how to export to AIFF?

    The help file in Garageband says that it exports songs to Itunes in AIFF format however this does not seem to be true, how does one actually make this happen?
  14. macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2004
    Can I export individual MIDI files or
    convert individual MIDI to audio in GB?

    please explain

  15. macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2009
    Gargage band has AIF files available on import

    I found Gargage Band AIF files while in Flash and importing to Library. In the import dialog box an arrow appears next to the .band file. Clicking on that I found AIF files in the media folder. I was able to import.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2009
    Gargage band AIF files

    Weird how the media folder is invisible unless you are importing into a program.
  17. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2007
  18. macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2012
    Try this!

    control-click on the garageband project file and select "show package contents"

    i discovered this here:

    after selecting "show package contents", look in the folder "media". the audio files are in .aif (for real instrument tracks at least, not sure about other stuff) but i believe you can convert these to .wav (does the program Switch do this?)
  19. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    QuickTime or Max can do that.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2012
    How do I pause recording on garage band without creating a new file.

    I have a question about garage band which I use for voice recording. How can I pause the recording and then start again without the programme creating a new file each time I pause?

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