How to Export GarageBand File to MP3

by Christine Smith • Jul 26,2019 • Proven solutions

As is known, GarageBand is so popular that has seen some award-winning artists come up with a hit song with its help. Umbrella created by Rihanna using GarageBand loops is such a big success. Surely, the all-in-one features are the main reason making it well-known. Here we'd like to give you an all-round introduction over GarageBand.

Part 1. What is GarageBand

GarageBand is a digital music studio developed by Apple for macOS and iOS. Novice and professional artists can use this software to create music. It is built with instruments, voice, percussionists and drummers. All these virtual musical instruments make it easier to express your musical creativity and come up with a hit song. You can also record instruments as well as voices and share them. GarageBand works with iPhone and iPads that run iOS 10.3 and above. For Mac OS, it supports Mac OS X 10.11 and above.

Tip: You can check on Apple website for older versions that are compatible with older versions of Mac.

Part 2. How to Export a Podcast as MP3 in GarageBand

Once you have created your music and audios, which could be podcast on GarageBand, you may wish to have them on your mobile device. However, the produced on GarageBand can only be played on Garage thus you will be forced to convert them to other formats. Considering MP3 is an ideal audio format compatible with most device, to export the podcast to MP3, you can export to itunes first and then export to MP3 from iTunes afterwards. In the following section, we'll show you how to export a podcast to MP3 from GarageBand.

Step 1. First, ensure that you have saved the created podcast on GarageBand. To save, click on File on the main menu and select Save option.

save garageband file

Step 2. After you have saved the file, you can begin the process of exporting your podcast. Click on Share button on the main menu and then select Exporting Song to Disk button.

export garageband disk

Step 3. Then a Exporting Song to Disk window would pop up requiring you to specify the location to save your podcasts and output format. Enter the title of the podcast, give a tag, location on your computer and then check on MP3 format. You can also select a preferred output quality and click on Export button.

export garageband to mp3

Step 4. Garage band will automatically export the podcast and you will be able to see the bouncing and exporting progress on a new window.

Once the process is complete you can located the converted podcast on the location you had identified.

Part 3. How to Convert .M4A GarageBand File to MP3 with Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate)

GarageBand exported files are large and restricted formats like M4A. Therefore, when you are working on a website that supports MP3 formats only, and you want to upload content that you have created on GarageBand, you will be forced to convert the files. The best way to convert and compress videos is by using media converter like Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate).

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Wondershare Video Converter Ultiamte not only converts videos and audios to different formats, but supports compressing and converting videos to device formats like iOS, Androids phone, Game consoles, DVDs and social networks. Therefore, if you plan to share GarageBand files to YouTube, Vimeo or Facebook, it is undoubtedly your top choice. Without further ado, let us have a look on how to convert M4A to MP3 with Wondershare UniConverter for Mac (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate for Mac).

Step 1 Launch Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate)

Download Wondershare Video Converter Ultiamte via the download button above, follow the instruction to install it then open the installed program to get the primary interface.

run wondershare video converter ultimate

Step 2 Upload Exported .M4A GarageBand File

Tap Convert section on the top and then click on add files button. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the file to the program.

add garageband m4a file

Note: Wondershare UniConverter (originally Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate) supports batch conversion, so you can add a single file or folder of files.

Step 3 Set Output Format

To choose the output format, click on Convert all tasks to: to expand output formats, and then select Audio > MP3 format.

choose mp3 as output format

Step 4 Set Compression Settings

Under the output settings click on + Create Custom button, then you can reduce the bitrate and sample rate of the file, click Create to proceed.

compress garageband file

Step 5 Convert and Compress Files

From here you can preview the compressed size. If you are satisfied, you can click on Convert All button in the bottom right start converting and compressing.

Part 4. How to Record Your Voice with GarageBand

Are you eager to record voice with GarageBand? Well, it is pretty simple follow these steps.

Step 1. Download and launch GarageBand software on your computer under Applications folder.

open garageband

Step 2. On the home screen, click on New Project and select Empty Project.

open new project

Step 3. Next, you will have to select tack type. Go to audio and select Microphone option and then click on Create button.

select tack type

Step 4. A works space window will appear on the screen. Here you will have to select the header of your audio.

choose audio header

Step 5. Next, you need to set the starting point of your recording and the metronome. After that click, on red REC button to begin recording your voice.

start recording voice

Part 5. How to Share GarageBand Files

GarageBand also let you share your projects to friends and family. You can send the songs to iTunes, iCloud, SoundCloud, mails, AirDrop or media browser. Let us see some of the ways that you can share your files.

1. Share to SoundCloud

After saving your project on GarageBand, just follow the simple clicks below.

  • Click on Share button on main menu and select Song to SoundCloud, You will be redirected to SoundCloud.

  • select song to soundcloud

  • Sign in to your account or create an account, then you can upload and send your file.

  • upload

2. Share to Mail

The presence of Mail app on your computer makes it easy to share files.

  • Click on Share on the GarageBand and select Mail option, then GarageBand will the process your file.

  • start recording voice

  • Next, enter the recipient and a subject of the mail. You can also add a creative message before sending it.

  • start recording voice


Now you can record, convert and share your GarageBand recordings effortlessly.

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