How to Save a GarageBand Recording as an MP3 on iPhone and Mac

If you’re not that into music and its technicalities or if you’re like me who just enjoys listening to it, chances are you’ve only used GarageBand once or maybe never. That’s too bad because Apple’s GarageBand is a fully featured music creation studio right on your Mac, just waiting for your musical awakening. One of GarageBand’s most useful features is its ability to save recordings as MP3 files. This allows you to play the music you created not only on Apple devices, but also on other music players that support the format. If I’ve already piqued your interest, let me show you how to save GarageBand recordings as MP3 files on iPhone and Mac.

What is Garage Band?

As mentioned, GarageBand is a music creation software package. It comes preloaded on Mac, iPhone, or iPad, which simply means it’s free. The software works like a fully equipped music creation studio and contains various instruments that you can play along with, such as percussion, vocals, and rhythms.

As a music creation studio, GarageBand offers a plethora of features that are enjoyed by both novice and experienced musicians, and especially by non-musically inclined users like yours. For musicians, GarageBand allows them to connect their instruments and create original musical compositions. For novice users like us, the software allows you to mix music or create music backgrounds for videos and slideshows and save them in MP3 format.

How to Create and Save a GarageBand Recording to MP3 on Mac

To learn how to save GarageBand recordings as MP3 files, you must first learn how to create a simple recording. That is, if you haven’t tried recording to GarageBand before.

Time required: 2 minutes.

How to create your first GarageBand recording on your Mac:

  1. Open Apps > GarageBand.
  2. Select the default value Empty project, then click Choose.

  3. Click the first Audio option under Choose a track type, then Create.

  4. Click the Record button.

  5. Click the Stop button to stop recording.
  6. Click Share > Export Song to Disc.

  7. Select MP3 as the export format, then Export.

How to Save a GarageBand Recording to MP3 on iPhone and iPad

The process of saving a GarageBand recording to MP3 on iPhone and iPad is a bit different than on your Mac. That’s because GarageBand for iOS only lets you save music files in the M4A format. But there is a solution, using Apple’s Files app. For those who are not familiar with this app, it is a file management system that Apple implemented in 2017 to make the process of sharing files between iOS apps easier.

After you save your GarageBand recording, you need to share it as a song using the Files app. Next, you’ll need to open the file with a doc reader, such as Readdle’s Docs app. Once you’ve saved the file, you need to visit an online file converter (like Convertio) and upload the file, which is in m4a. You can then download it as MP3 on your iPhone.

Final Words: Other Things You Need to Know

There may be times when you try to load an MP3 song into GarageBand and it doesn’t accept it. If that happens, try changing the file extension of the song to lowercase “mp3”. Additionally, GarageBand often encounters playback speed issues with files that have parameters greater than 44.1 kilohertz (kHz) and a bit depth of 16 bits. So pay attention to those parameters in the MP3 you’re trying to load into GarageBand. Finally, you can also convert your MP3 file to AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format). GarageBand works best with files in that format.

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