Lesson 6: Import Audio Files

In this lesson, you will open import one MIDI file, one .ogg file and one loop from linked online sources, convert them, and add them to a GarageBand project. The tutorial also includes some information about copyright.



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Reference Guide - Lessons 4-6: Export, Convert, Import (PDF)
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Sample Audio Files:

Audio files used in the tutorial, and their sources, are listed below. You may use these files to practice importing, or use the links listed under "Practice Items" to do a bit of exploring.

Practice Items:

step 1Open project in GarageBand.

step 2Import MIDI file from Internet Archive.

step 3Using iTunes, convert MIDI file to mp3 then add the song to GarageBand project.

  • Drag QuickTime/MIDI file into iTunes.
  • Advanced ⇒ Convert to MP3.
  • Use process from Lesson 4 to locate song in iTunes Library.
  • Drag MP3 version of song into GarageBand project.

step 4Import .ogg file from Wikimedia Commons.

step 5Using Switch, convert .ogg file to mp3 then add the song to GarageBand project.

  • Use process from Lesson 5 to convert .ogg file to .mp3.
  • Drag MP3 version of song into GarageBand project.

step 6Import a loop from MacLoops.

  • Visit website: http://www.macloops.com/.
  • Register (free).
  • Listen to loop, if preview is available.
  • Select a loop to download; note tempo.
  • Click on file name to download desired loop (save, do not open).

step 7Add loop to GarageBand project and Loop Library.

  • Change tempo of GarageBand project to match tempo of downloaded loop.
  • Drag loop into GarageBand.
  • Listen to loop and note descriptors (instrument, style).
  • Add loop to library: Edit ⇒ Add to Loop Library.
  • Name loop and add descriptors.


✪ Check copyright restrictions on any audio file you use! Files on the sites linked in Lesson 6 will, at most, need attribution. Two excellent resources for copyright information are http://www.copyrightbook.net/ and http://www.benedict.com/Default.aspx.


Do you feel like exploring the Internet to find copyright-free images and audio files? Try these sites ...

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