Converting Garageband Music Files

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Yeti60, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. Yeti60 macrumors member

    May 26, 2009
    Ok, so I'm trying to upload a song that I recorded on Garageband onto my profile at Ultimate Guitar.

    It apparently needs to be an mp3 file so I'm trying to convert my song file.
    However its strange... I have not messed with the song files since I recorded them yet one of my songs is able to be uploaded without any file conversion...
    Unfortunately it's not the song I want. The song I want, along with two other ones, are greyed out and unable to be selected.

    And I'm using a downloaded program called Switch and it's the same deal there, three songs, including the one I wish to select, are greyed out while the other one is able to be selected for file conversion.

    What's going on here?

    Also I can't figure out what type of files they are to begin with... I'm looking through all the file info and I can't seem to find the answer anywhere.

    Someone, help!
  2. Yeti60 thread starter macrumors member

    May 26, 2009
    Do I need to export the song file? If so, how?

    I haven't done that with a Mac, I'm still a relatively new Mac user.

    Nvm I figured it out myself... this thread can close
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    RE: Converting Garageband Music Files

    "Do I need to export the song file? If so, how?
    I haven't done that with a Mac, I'm still a relatively new Mac user."

    I believe you need to "export" the GarageBand song to iTunes first.

    My version of GB is older, but I believe the menu command "export" is still there.

    Choosing it will export your project into iTunes as a 44.1khz, 16-bit aiff file.

    It should be located in:
    home/music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Import
    (you can drag it out of there if you wish, to any location you wish, as it is a completed, standalone aiff file)

    Or, if you need it in mp3 format, go to the iTunes "advanced" menu and you can convert it on the spot.

    First, check your mp3 settings:
    Open iTunes preferences.
    In the "General" panel, click the "import settings" button.
    You can choose either the preselected options, or, choose "Custom" to set up your own options (I chose 256k stereo).
    When done, save your settings.

    Next, click on the imported song (in the playlist window), go to "Advanced" in the menu bar, and choose "Create mp3 version".

    You should find the mp3 conversion in:
    home/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Unknown Artist/Unknown Album/xxx
    (xxx represents the name of your song)

    That's the way it works for me.

    Hope this helps,
    - John

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