Nov 062012
 

How to Add Any Format of Audio Files to GarageBand ’11 or GarageBand for iOS

Overview

According to Apple Support, users can import audio files in non-protected AIFF, WAV, AAC, Apple Lossless and MP3 into a GarageBand project. Any other files in different formats such as FLAC, CAF, APE, OGG, WMA, M4A, RA, AMR, QCP, SHN, BIK will not be able to be imported to GarageBand. Even the AIFF, WAV, AAC, Apple Lossless and MP3 should have a sample rate of 44.1 kilohertz (kHz) and a bit depth of 16 bits (files with a different sample rate might play back faster or slower).

If you files cannot meet the requested specifications, you will encounter several situations:

  • Record .caf files on iPhone (via Quickvoice app) and import them direct into Garageband (by dragging). Suddenly the .caf files are not working, opening (in any program). Converting them into MP3 with Switch, Handbrake, but they’re not recognised. Tellingly, the icon on the files has gone from being the ‘music notes’ icon (iTunes) to a quicktime icon.
  • Recorded a very small piece of sound and try to edit it in GarageBand. GarageBand won’t allow me to add .Mp3. It says “xxxx.mp3” could not be handled because GarageBand cannot open files in the “MP3 audio” format”.
  • I use my MacBook Pro mostly for making music, and today i tried to import an MP3 to Garageband and the regular dialogue of “Importing File” appeared as always, but then… NOTHING! The file isn’t there! Then i tried importing the file directly from iTunes and i couldn’t

To import audio to GarageBand ’11 or GarageBand for iOS, it is better to convert to AIFF, WAV, AAC, Apple Lossless or MP3 with a sample rate of 44.1 kilohertz (kHz) and a bit depth of 16 bits using QuickTime Pro or third party applications before importing them into GarageBand.

This article will guide you step-by-step to convert FLAC, CAF, APE, OGG, WMA, M4A, RA, AMR, QCP, SHN, BIK, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless ALAC, AAC to GarageBand supported audio in AIFF, WAV, AAC, Apple Lossless or MP3 with a sample rate of 44.1 kilohertz (kHz) and a bit depth of 16 bits with professional Aiseesoft Audio Converter.

Step-by-Step Guide to Convert and Import All kinds of Audio to GarageBand

PrePare: Free download Aiseesoft Audio Converter for Mac

Install and launch the the program.

Step 1: Add audio files to Aiseesoft Audio Converter

Drag and drop the audio files that you want to import to GarageBand. Or click on “Add Video” button to browse your audio files and click OK to add your files.

How to Convert Audio to GarageBand

Step 2: Choose output audio format

Click on “Profile” drop-down and choose desired audio formats from “General Audio” category. Take converting GarageBand FLAC to MP3 for example, choose “MP3 – MPEG Layer-3 Audio (*.mp3)” from “General Audio” category.

To reserve much audio quality, you can convert your audio files to lossless AIFF or Apple Lossless. From “General Audio” category , choose “AIFF – Audio Interchange File Format (*.aiff)” as the output format.

Step 3: Customize audio parameters

  1. Click on “Settings” right beside of the “Profile” to open the “Profile Setting” windows.
  2. In the “Audio Settings”, click on the “Sample Rate” drop-down and choose 44100 Hz.
  3. In the “Audio Settings”, click on the “Audio Bitrate” drop-down and choose 160 kbps.
  4. Click “OK” to save the settings.

Customize Audio Bitrate to GarageBand friendly specification

Step 4: Start conversion

Now, everything is set. Press on the “Convert” button to start conversion.

Step 5: Import the converted audio to GarageBand

Click “Open Folder” when the conversion is finished. Then drag and drop the converted files to GarageBand.

Conclusion

With the help of professional Aiseesoft Audio Converter for Mac (Mountain Lion, Lion, Snow Leopard, Leopard), it is so easy to convert FLAC, CAF, APE, OGG, WMA, M4A, RA, AMR, QCP, SHN, BIK, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless ALAC, AAC to GarageBand supported audio in AIFF, WAV, AAC, Apple Lossless or MP3 with a sample rate of 44.1 kilohertz (kHz) and a bit depth of 16 bits. Now it is such a easy thing to import desired music, songs to GarageBand for edit.

The professional Audio Converter for Mac can also help you to extract audio from video AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, MTS, WebM, YouTube FLV, etc and convert them to GarageBand supported audio in AIFF, WAV, AAC, Apple Lossless or MP3 with a sample rate of 44.1 kilohertz (kHz) and a bit depth of 16 bits. So it is also such a easy thing to import video music to GarageBand for edit.

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