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Importing audio with Audiobus

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So far, we've looked at GarageBand smart and touch instruments, as well as how to record real instruments, and even how to import audio files. But another way to get audio into Garage Band is to record from other music apps. For example, maybe you've created a beat in another music app you have installed on your iPad, and you'd like to move it into a GarageBand project to build on it. The long way to accomplish this would be to export the audio from your music app to your computer, and then re-input the audio file into GarageBand by iTunes. Alternately, you can use a third party application called AudioBus from A Tasty Pixel.

Importing audio with Audiobus

So far, we've looked at GarageBand smart and touch instruments, as well as how to record real instruments, and even how to import audio files. But another way to get audio into Garage Band is to record from other music apps. For example, maybe you've created a beat in another music app you have installed on your iPad, and you'd like to move it into a GarageBand project to build on it. The long way to accomplish this would be to export the audio from your music app to your computer, and then re-input the audio file into GarageBand by iTunes. Alternately, you can use a third party application called AudioBus from A Tasty Pixel.

Audiobus, which can be purchased from the app store is designed to route audio between all the supporting music apps on your iPad. And more and more apps have been adding audio bus support since its release. And GarageBand is no exception. So what AudioBus does is it allows you to really use all of your tools in conjunction with each other. Rather than being isolated to a single app. Instead, you can create a beat in one app, a guitar track in another app. And bring everything together in GarageBand. So we've already created a beat in an app called DM1.

Here's what is sounds like. (MUSIC). So DM1 is a really powerful tool for creating beats and patterns. And it would be great to take advantage of this tool in GarageBand. Now to do so, I am going to open up AudioBus. Here's the three slot I can load apps into. We have an input slot, and optional effects slot, and an output slot. I want to route the audio from DM1 to GarageBand, so I am going to set DM1 as my audio source.

Now, all supported apps will show up in this menu. And you can use up to three apps simultaneously as your sources. So if you wanted to record a drum beat from a drum machine app like DM1, and then play guitar through a guitar app like AmpliTube at the same time, you could add them both in the input section here in AudioBus. But be aware that they would end up mixed together on the same track in GarageBand. If you want to be able to mix inputs independently later, record them one at a time. So I'm just going to leave DM1 selected in this case. Next, I'll go to outputs, and I'll select GarageBand as my output slot.

Now, if the app isn't currently running, you'll see this sleeping icon. Tapping it will open GarageBand. And then switch you back to AudioBus. So now GarageBand is loaded as the output. I'm going to leave the Effects module empty for now, but I'm going to come back to that in a moment. Now, in order to get the audio from DM1 to GarageBand, I'm going to first go to GarageBand and create a new project. Now, you might want to record into an existing project, but for this example, I'll create a new one. Next you want to select the instrument type. Now in order to catch an AudioBus signal, you have to select either the audio recorder, the sampler, or maybe the guitar amp.

I would say in most cases you'll proobably go with audio recorder since it doesn't affect or change your sounds in any way. Notice when I select it We even get instructions on how to use GarageBand with AudioBus. But I'm not quite ready to record yet. Since I'm recording a beat, I should set up my project to match the tempo of the beat I programed in DM1. So I'll switch back over to DM1. I can see it's set to 130 beats per minute. Now, I could do my app switching with this control panel we see on side here. But I'll get to that in a moment. Let's switch back to GarageBand.

And I'll set its tempo to 130 beats per minute. And since GarageBand defaults to only recording eight measures at a time, I'm going to tap the plus button. And change section A, the only section I have so far, to automatic. That way GarageBand will record continuously. I'm also going to make sure the metronome and the counting options are on Now about this control panel. Any time you're using AudioBus you'll see this control panel.

Now you can hide it by dragging it off the screen. And you can bring it back by sliding your finger in the opposite direction, to get that little handle, which you can then, pull out. And it displays the icons for the other apps you're currently using, so you can control them without actually opening them. Notice the DM1 icon has a play button, which I can tap to play from from DM1. (MUSIC). And this button here is actually used to switch to the app. So, instead of having to use the IOS app switcher, I can actually just tap this button to go to DM1.

And with the Emoto Bin, I can see the GarageBand icon here, and it includes buttons to record, play and jump back to the beginning of the song. So, I can actually start recording in GarageBand from right here in DM1. And to do so, I'm going to tap record. And then I'm going to hear the count in. And when I'm ready, I'm going to tap play and DM1 to start recording its output. Now, what I'm going to do is I'm going to hold my finger on this play button. And when I feel like I'm ready to start playing the drums, I'm going to release right on the beat. And that's just something you can do in most apps. Most buttons only trigger once you actually press down and release on the screen.

So this is just a quick way to make sure that I can. Try to sync up to that beat as easily as possible. Alright, so here we go. (MUSIC). So as you just saw I was able to both start and stop the recording in GarageBand from here in DM1.

I could even listen to what I've just recorded here by tapping the play button, but let's switch back to GarageBand to see how we did. Let's switch over to the track view, and there's our track. Notice it even has the DM1 icon to represent the track. I'll hit play. (SOUND). Let's turn off the metronome for now. (MUSIC). So that's how easy it is to record from any app to another with AudioBus.

Let's go back to AudioBus for a moment. I mentioned that you can also choose another app to add as an effects processor. So if I wanted to change the sound of my drums before they hit GarageBand, I could tap plus for effects and again, any supported apps are going to show up. Let's guess I have one Level 24. Again it's in that sleeping mode so I'm going to tap to wake it up. And then I switch back to AudioBus. Let's actually go look at Level 24 for a moment. So this is an EQ compressor app, you can see that I have the same AudioBus control panel over here on the right hand side, so what's going to happen here is I'm going to start DM1 playing, it's going to be processed through Level 24 and then recorded into GarageBand.

And the beauty of this is, is I can actually process the sound of the drums live, as I'm recording. I don't have to set up Level 24 to some specific setting and just leave it if I don't want to. I can actually process the sounds live. And they'll be recorded that way right into GarageBand. So let's give you a quick example here. Just going to open these panels. I'm going to hit Recording GarageBand. I'm not going to bother syncing up to the metronome for this example. (SOUND). Play on DM1. (MUSIC). Now I'll just play around here in Level 24. (MUSIC).

There, I want to play with one of their presets. (MUSIC). And now if I switch back to GarageBand, back to the track view here. Here's the process part, and you'll be able to hear that those changes that we're making were recorded live, and a GarageBand. (MUSIC).

So that's how to work with GarageBand and AudioBus. Now, the exact process is going to vary from app to app, so you will have to do some experimenting in AudioBus and the apps you're using to figure out how to best route the signal from input to output. But AudioBus gives you a great option for recording audio directly into GarageBand from other apps on you iPad.

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