GarageBand for iPad only released yesterday has shot straight to the Number 1 spot in the App Store. It is not surprising either, the music genre of the app store is one of the most creative, innovative and popular areas. GarageBand has just increased that popularity.
We thought we would run through some topics that you might not be aware of with GarageBand for iPad and hope this helps increase your enjoyment of this app. Take a look…we will be updating this page as more questions come in so keep checking back for more information.
GarageBand For iPad And Mac – Compatibility Issues
If you are expiring problems in GarageBand for iPad such as songs that you have created cannot be opened in GarageBand for Mac (version 6.0.1) and projects you create in GarageBand for Mac cannot be opened in GarageBand for iPad, then read below.
These issues will be solved if you update your GarageBand for Mac version to the latest 6.0.4. If you purchased GarageBand Band for Mac from the Mac App Store, just go the the Mac App Store and select the Updates tab and download the latest version.
GarageBand ’11 – Version 6.0.4
The latest version of GarageBand ’11 has just hit the Mac App Store, this update addresses general compatibility issues and addresses overall stability and performance issues including the following:
Fixes an issue with the GarageBand Lesson Store not completing single or multiple lesson downloads
Corrects issues with some tempo-based effects falling out of sync with main song tempo
Resolves problems with Magic GarageBand project files not opening up correctly in the GarageBand tracks view.
Does GarageBand for iPad Support MIDI Input For External Devices?
Yes it does, reports are flying in of customers connecting M-Audio Uno’s as well as Roland V-Drum kits and Edirol Midi keyboards.
Can You Import GarageBand Files From Your Mac To Your iPad and Vice Versa?
Yes you can, to do this you need to connect your iPad to iTunes first. Then on your iPad go to Apps and scroll down, they should appear. Although Apple does categorically confirm that this is not possible to do and it should be implemented in a future update.
Why Can’t I Use Three Fingers When Playing The Touch Instruments?
This can happen if you have Zoom enabled in the iPad’s Accessibility settings. Just go to Settings – General – Accessibility and turn Zoom off.
What Guitar Input Methods Are Available?
You can use iRig and Apogee JAM. Reports are coming in of users connecting the Fender Mustang Amp via the camera connector kit, as the amp has USB out – this works well too.
Why Is There A Red Line At The Top Of The GarageBand Screen After I Quit?
This is just a reminder that GarageBand is still running and obviously using the battery and processor time. It is not literally recording but is still running.
When Changing The Length Of A Song Section, The Automatic Option May Not Be Available
The Automatic option matches the length of the section to your next recording. This is especially useful when recording improvisations or longer parts. The Automatic option is only available for the last (rightmost) section in a song.
GarageBand for iPad has a maximum song length of 320 bars. If the song is already 320 bars, the Automatic option will be grayed out and unavailable.
Why Can’t I Use the Join Function With Audio Recordings, Guitar Amp Recordings And Apple Loops?
Join is only available for Touch Instrument recordings.