GarageBand v10: Mp3 Creation

In this episode of Minute GarageBand, we’re going to show you how to create an mp3 formatted file if you’re using GarageBand version 10.

GarageBand v10 Tutorials
GarageBand v10 Tutorials

In version 6 of GarageBand, it was a simple matter of choosing mp3 as the compression format when you shared a file.

GarageBand v10 Tutorials
GarageBand v10 Tutorials

This is no longer an option in version 10 where you currently have a choice of either a compressed AAC or uncompressed AIFF formatted file.

GarageBand v10 Tutorials
GarageBand v10 Tutorials

Fortunately, once you perform a little setup work in iTunes, creating an mp3 file only adds one additional step to the workflow.

Open iTunes, and then open its preferences.

GarageBand v10 Tutorials
GarageBand v10 Tutorials

Click on the Import Settings button, and select mp3 from the Import Using popUp menu (note that you could also choose Apple Lossless, or even WAV format if either of those were what you wanted) And choose the desired quality from the Setting popUp menu.

GarageBand v10 Tutorials
GarageBand v10 Tutorials

Click the OK button, and close the prefs by clicking its OK button.

You’re now finished with the prep work, which you won’t have to do again unless you decide you want a different format.

GarageBand v10 Tutorials
GarageBand v10 Tutorials

from the Share menu, enter whatever identifying information you wish, set the quality to “Uncompressed(AIFF),” and click the Share button.

The song will get mixed down, or bounced, to a 2-channel stereo file as usual, and will be added to your iTunes library.

GarageBand v10 Tutorials
GarageBand v10 Tutorials

This is where the extra step comes in to play: Right-click on the song and choose to create mp3 version Once the new file is created we can get Info on it and see that it is indeed an mp3 and to get at the file itself, right-click on the name and choose Show in Finder.

That’s all we have for this episode we hope you found it useful