Apple Adds MP3 Export (Back) to GarageBand 10

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GarageBand 10Apple has once again given GarageBand users the ability to export songs as MP3s in an update to the consumer music recording solution. GarageBand 10.0.2 also adds three new drummers for those who bought the in-app purchase, as well as other improvements.

While a feature in GarageBand for many years, MP3 exports were removed with the release of GarageBand 10, an inexplicable move that left many users perplexed. As with other feature stripdown associated with major new versions of Apple's productivity and creativity apps—especially those designed to bring parity between the iOS and OS X versions of the apps—this is one the company brought back.

Apple's full release notes:

  • Improves stability and addresses a number of minor issues
  • Adds the option to export songs as an MP3
  • Contains multiple enhancements to Accessibility
  • Includes 3 new Drummers and drum kits from the rock, songwriter, and R&B genres*

*Part of the one-time in-app purchase that includes the complete set of GarageBand sounds, loops, and drummers, as well as access to the GarageBand Lesson Store.

GarageBand is free, and the in-app purchase for loops and drummers is US$4.99. Version 10.0.2 is available now.

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Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Bryan, Any word on how configurable the MP3 export is? Since GB10 dropped, I’ve been using Audacity to do my final export and have become fond of the VBR settings.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Wow, 2 hour download on those drummers. It’s “Update Sound Library” in the GarageBand menu.

The MP3 export is low/medium/high/highest, but doesn’t have the fine tuning that Audacity offers. New GB feature is nice for quick/dirty exports.

Bryan Chaffin

Hey Brad, I’m not surprised on the lack of fine tuning on the export—I’m just glad it’s back.

FWIW, Logic has very fine export controls—if you’re comfy with GarageBand, you’d probably find moving to Logic fairly straight forward.

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