How much space does GarageBand take when you use it a lot?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Aucun Express, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. Aucun Express macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2009
    When the first iPad was released, I bought the 32GB version and after a while, I thought that it would have been better to buy the 16GB model, because I mainly used it for browsing or using apps, but not for putting movies on it. And I don't need to have all my songs on it.

    Anyway, now I'm thinking about buying the 16GB iPad 2, but I wonder. Does GarageBand takes a lot of space when you use it a lot and compose many projects with it?
    I wonder if GarageBand creates sort of an mp3 file for each song you compose or does it play it live with kind of text files, if you see what I mean.

  2. NutsNGum, Mar 16, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2011

    NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    GarageBand shouldn't take up huge amounts of space. The tracks are just midi files with software instruments playing 'em out. Obviously if you then want to export to MP3, it's going to take up more space.

    It's not going to dramatically affect your iPad, Apple hasn't ported Logic Studio.

    It's GarageBand.
  3. ovrlrd macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2009
    There is both a sampler and a microphone option to record tracks. Those will take up space depending on how long the track is. In general you will use up some space when you have a longer track, even when using the built in instruments. The fact that they limit you to 8 tracks helps a lot though, but you can expect some space to get used from GarageBand still. It will vary on a lot of variables.

    I like to keep at least 4GB free at all times on my iPad, because anytime you update a larger app it requires twice storage space required for the app. This is because it downloads the entire app in order to update it, then it has to extract it. So a 1GB app will require 2GB to install or update. Might as well have 4GB+ free always, plus if you use the camera on the iPad 2 you might want around 8-10GB free for storing videos and such.
  4. Aucun Express thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2009
    Thanks for your quick replies, guys.
    I guess for the next few days I will keep thinking about 16GB vs 32GB. :)
  5. nightfly13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2008
    Ranchi, India
    I have little to add to this helpful thread except to say that Garage Band is AWESOME. Everyone loves it. Moms, kids, everyone who's touched it loves it. Not that the iPad lacked killer apps, but this is wowing.
  6. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    If you are just using MIDI instruments like the smart instruments or the keyboard then the files will be pretty small.

    If you use some kind of guitar input or record with the microphone then the files will get a bit larger depending on the length of the clips as it has to store all of those audio waveforms separately.

    And it probably records them as some kind of uncompressed WAV file as well, so those can take up a bit more space. I don't know this for sure, since you can't import the projects to the Mac version of garageband or logic yet (They need to update them.)

    How much space did you have free on your first iPad?
  7. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    True dat, as they say. I bow down to OvrLrd's superior knowledge. D'oh!
  8. M87 macrumors 65816

    Jul 18, 2009
    Anything you do with smart instruments is midi, so unless you're recording lots of audio it shouldn't take much space at all.
  9. 9OOYO macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2010

    Does it have a metronome? Just wondering!

    Can't wait for my iPad 2!!!!!!!!!
  10. Aucun Express thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2009
    Actually I did put as much of my songs I could on it, so 0GB. But if we don't talk about the songs, I guess I used about 5GB for apps and data (photos, PDF, books and such). So about 10GB free.
    But now I have ripped all my DVD's on M4V files with Handbreak. So I'd like to put a few films and tv series episodes on it, because I travel a lot with the train.

    In the end, I still think that 16GB will be enough for me.

    I cannot wait to use GarageBand! I have heard a few songs done with it and the result is far away from the old midi files.

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