So you’ve written your new magnum opus and recorded it using GarageBand. You’ve painstakingly tweaked and fiddled with your sounds and are left with a perfect mix.
How do you get your multitrack GarageBand project into iTunes or uploaded to your favourite Social platforms?
Luckily, GarageBand has several options when it comes to bouncing your project. Whatever option you choose, you’ll find it in the ‘Share’ menu in GarageBand’s toolbar at the top of your screen.
Share Song to iTunes
Choosing to send your song to iTunes will (surprise surprise) have it show up in you Mac’s iTunes library.
Before that happens though, you’ll need to decide if you want to rename your song, add metadata like artist/composer info and whether you’d like to add it directly to an existing playlist.
More importantly, you can choose whether you want your exported track to be compressed to .mp3 format (and the quality of the compression) or left completely uncompressed.
Uncompressed files retain all the audio fidelity of the original project, but are larger in size and as such will take up more space on your storage drive. The less kBit/s your compressed .mp3 file has the smaller it will be at the cost of reduced sound quality.
Lastly, you can export any regions you have selected or a cycle area – if active – only, by clicking the marked checkbox at the bottom.
Share Ringtone to iTunes
Choosing this option will mix your project down to the ‘Tones’ folder within iTunes, ready to be loaded onto your iPhone.
The max length that a Ringtone can be is 40 seconds -when exporting as a ringtone you’ll be given the option to chop your project down to 40 seconds yourself, or you can have GarageBand automatically use the first 40 seconds for you.
Share Song to Media Browser
Selecting this option will export your project directly into GarageBand’s Media Browser.
From here, you can access your exported song from the browser in other GarageBand projects.
Share Song to Soundcloud
Provided you have an existing account, you can upload your project directly to Soundcloud.
When choosing this option, you’ll be prompted to log into your Soundcloud account.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to choose from a ton of options relating to your upload. Similarly to exporting to iTunes, you can rename your project and enter Artist/Composer info etc.
You can also control some Soundcloud specific options here, from whether your track will be public or private, plus download and streaming options. Like exporting to iTunes, you can choose to export selected regions or a cycle area with the checkbox at the bottom.
You can share either the GarageBand project file (great for collaborators) or a mixed down version of your song to another Mac or iOS device using Airdrop. Note: You won’t be able to open a macOS created GarageBand project inside GarageBand iOS.
Simply select Airdrop and select the device you wish to Airdrop to from the list that pops up.
You can also send either a project file or mixed down song via email. Once selected, you can change the title, adjust the compression settings (if exporting as a mixed down song) and choose whether to export selected regions or the full shebang.
Once done, your Exported project or song will be added as an attachment to an email within your Mac’s Mail app.
Export Song to Disk
Finally, you can simply export your Song to your Mac’s Hard Drive. Exporting this way allows you to manually add it to iTunes, or upload it to Facebook, Twitter and other Social platforms.
Similarly to other Exporting methods, you have a variety of options to choose from. You can even choose where on your Mac you’d like to save it to (I find that saving to Desktop is always a handy option.)
There you have it, that’s all of the ways you can share your GarageBand projects. How do usually go about sharing your songs? Which do you find easiest?