Converting iTunes or Garageband files to mp3

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Zazaban, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. Zazaban macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2006
    My band recorded a track on garageband and, embarrassed to say, we can't figure out how to convert it to mp3 so it can go on MySpace. I have it as a Garageband file and as a iTunes file. You will be rewarded with the ability to hear my band :D
  2. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

    Jolly Jimmy

    Dec 13, 2007
    Hi there,

    Just set the import settings in iTunes to MP3 and then go to Advanced > "Convert Selection To MP3" in the menu bar.

  3. Zazaban thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2006
    I do that how? Also, what would that mean? Would that turn all my files into mp3 :confused:
  4. Mashiach macrumors regular


    Mar 5, 2008
    In a House Near the Sea
    So heres the deal.

    Youve recorded your lovely audio into garageband and then imported it into itunes but damn that things a wav or aiff so you want an mp3. What you do is this.

    Go to preferences (cmd and , or itunes>preferences)
    Click on the importing tab and set import using to mp3 codec. and whatever setting you want i use 192 kbps as its a good quality and still keeps file size nice and small enough.

    Right now go back to your wav or aiff you imported from garageband into itunes and right click it. Now press convert selection to mp3 and wallah there is a new leverly mp3 file for your myspace dreamyness.

    EDIT: it will only turn the files you have selected into mp3's not your whole library. If you want to impart cd's in as aac after this do the same routine in preferences> advanced> importing and chnage it back to aac or whatever tickles your audio fancy.
  5. Jenna Wallace macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2008
    Convert Garage Band to MP3

    I have also completed a garage band song and saved it. However, when I go into Itunes and click file>import, garage band is not highlighted as a possible source??? Has anyone come across this problem?
  6. junior macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2003
    You have to export your session from garageband first.
    The rest of the step is explained thoroughly by Mashiach.
  7. Jenna Wallace macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2008
    Thanks Junior, the problem is that I can't seem to find an export button in Garage Band. I couldn't find it before and after reading some posts I thought maybe I didn't need it :(
  8. junior macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2003
    Just go to the top of the screen, click on 'Share' and you'll see multiple choices.
  9. Jenna Wallace macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2008
    Ha ha ha ha ha! I think I was looking specifically for the word export and had only seen 'export to CD' I found it :) Thanks a lot!
  10. Randalp macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2008
    Im having a problem too. I finished a song in garage band than i selected the option share to itunes and un-checked the compress box in garage band when the share to itunes box came up. In itunes i pressed get info on the song that i just inported and saw that it was a .aiff file. I than changed itunes to import with the mp3 encoder. I then right clicked on my .aiff file and seleted convert to mp3 and a new file came up. when i pressed get info on that new file it said m-peg file not mp3. i tryed to upload it anyway onto myspace and it didnt work. please help but the to explain as simply as possible because im a new mac user and know nothing. Thanks
  11. situationlive macrumors newbie

    Mar 2, 2009
    garageband to mp3

    Hi all!
    Thanks for your great posts. I have recently bought an older G4, 400 processor, and Im using Itunes 8.0.2 in which there is no import conversion in the preferences/advanced.

    Also I am using Garage band 2.0.2 in which there is no compressor. Are my versions just to old to do the garageband to mp3 conversion? Is there a third party compressor I can get that will transform my garageband file into an mp3 ready for myspace play?

    any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
  12. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

    Jolly Jimmy

    Dec 13, 2007
    Look elsewhere in the itunes preferences... General > Import settings

    I'm not sure about garageband 2 but there should be a compress option when exporting to itunes.
  13. juneyjune7 macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2010
    trouble with converting

    I am having trouble converting my recording to mono mp3 using Garageband. This website I use for voice over work only accepts recordings in mono. I've tried converting through itunes, but itunes is stereo so it doesn't help. Someone had told me there is a way to convert to mp3 file directly in Garageband, but I don't know where to start.
  14. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    download a program called "audacity" that can turn mono-> stereo and vice versa. :)
  15. akdj macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    Kind of off topic, maybe not though:)

    Is there a good website or online resource for learning Garage Band? Other than Apple's site...a decent video tutolage (sp?) would be great! Especially as a quick answer to so many questions.

    I'm a relatively new Mac convert....about 3 years ago when my wife and I started our own video and audio business. I was a Windows user for 18 years in radio, by design (Clear Channel and a coroporate pact with Dell:))...not that it was a bad thing...Adobe Audition (earlier Cool Edit (Pro) from Sintrillium) was the audio editing platform of choice...pretty much industry wide (in radio, we don't record and mic bands;)...just laying down V/O and music with an SFX here or there).

    While it's still an excellent program, it seems like the only one that Adobe doesn't make cross platform?'s the only thing tethering our Mac Pro to having the Windows partition available. I don't use any other Windows program other than Audition and I'm ready to get rid of it.

    I love's awesome, powerful, yet fairly easy and intuitive to understand. Soundbooth is a cool program, however, I haven't taken the time to learn it yet. Sountrack Pro...WOW, What an incredible program in the FCP and Logic Bundle...but again, pretty powerful and mostly unneccessary for simple V/O and two, three or four track recording for commercial clients (radio and TV production).

    I've been pretty excited to take a couple hours and learn Garage Band because I THINK it would be the Perfect answer for what I'm looking for. Any others with suggestions? What about a learning resoruce for GB?>

    Thanks and again, sorry to go on a different tangent!

  16. gvdv macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2007
    This is a pretty good (if confusingly laid out) website for newcomers to Garageband

    There are links to youtube videos on this page, and on the left side of the page you'll find a link to the FAQ which is really useful.

    There are also other video tutorial sites available, I think, which you should be able to locate by using Google.

    Good luck.
  17. yangyang macrumors newbie


    Jan 20, 2010
    How bout' uploading it to youtube? I recorded from Garageband as well and I tried uploading it to youtube and it doesn't work .. Saying 'Unable to convert file' Someone help :x
  18. GeraldButton macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2010
    Newfoundland, Canada
    YouTube accepts video formats only. Garageband typically exports audio and I don't know if it has the same feature as Soundtrack Pro that lets you add music or sounds to a movie within the application.

    If you want to add it to YouTube, take the track you created, and add a picture or video to it in iMovie or a video editing application of your choice. Then export it from there and then try your upload.
  19. zipcode1 macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2010
    mp3 from garageband to itunes

    I don't seem to be able to solve an apparently stupid problem. I made a series of mp3 files for a presentation and with garage band and then saved the files in itunes. Everything is good, but the mp3 files saved in itunes are automatically three seconds longer than the original ones made with garageband. I tried to look for settings, preferences, etc. in itunes without success. Aargh. Anybody knows how to fix this problem?? Thanks in advance.
  20. nolasmit macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2011
    .band to mp3s

    better late than never,

    click the "share" tab
    select "share song to itunes"
    pick your pref'd settings

  21. churchilldj macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2011
    hey guys?

    hey there guys i have a small problem here, i recorded a 2 hour set in garage band and some times i have no problem in exporting it into iTunes, however just as many times i have problems with listening to it once completed, it is showing in the levels at the beggining of the instrument lane, however no sound is coming through my studio headphones and when its exported it has no sound in iTunes, could some one help me to sort this out so it does happen in the future aswell
  22. Papanate macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2011
    North Carolina
    I recomend you go to MacProVideo where you'll be able to learn with video examples.

    There are about a gazillion YouTube videos - however 99.9% of them are of dubious quality.
  23. FrostofDoom macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2012
    Very helpful! Thanks!

  24. sWiFt24 macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2012
    What i did was simply press share in garage band and share it to itunes drag it into your desktop and you are done :) :apple:

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