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Garageband Update - Make your own ringtones on iOS 6!

While there have been several apps designed to make ringtones, Apple has never allowed any app to actually copy the ringtone files into the system. You always had to do this back and forth dance with your computer. Until now!

What's New:

  • Create custom ringtones and alerts for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch*
  • Import songs from the Music library on your iOS device
  • Play or record with GarageBand in the background while using other apps**
  • Addresses a number of minor issues related to overall performance and stability
* Requires iOS 6 or later
** Requires iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or later

Just to be super clear on those extra points at the bottom, iOS 6 is not required for this update! You will need iOS 6 if you want to import your own ringtones though. On iPhone 4S+ and iPad 2+ you can also now use background audio in Garageband!

Reader gatearray has already been playing with this and pointed out that since you can import anything into GarageBand with Audio Pasteboard, you could make a ringtone or notification out of just about any iOS music app!

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September 19, 2012  | person_outline Tim Webb

It has been quite a few months since the last Garageband update. The background audio seems like a nice feature, but I'm quite underwhelmed--especially when the big news is how it allows us to create our own ringtones <rolls his eyes>


September 19, 2012  | person_outline Audiojunkie

Yea, I felt a little silly making that the lead... but honestly making your own ringtones is the only new thing here. Background audio was doable all along, but they never implemented it.

They should put all those effects in the guitar/amp section to better use so you can drive any audio tru it..

September 19, 2012  | person_outline ChrisG

Audiocopy still missing.... Not bad update, but not great. Bet the have a copy in their apple hq with audiocopy working. I hate apple. I do, however, love their toys.

September 19, 2012  | person_outline Invisiblesupermonkey

Agree, still no audiocopy but the ability to make ringtones... pfff... either Apple are completely out of touch with the iOS music making community or they are deliberately pitching garageband towards some other (tinkertoy) market... or possibly they are so satisfied with the product they think it should be the only one you ever need and can't imagine why you would need audiocopy. Whichever, it will remain firmly in my never-used app folder.

Ringtones... seriously?

September 20, 2012  | person_outline pantsofdeath

Well, if you never use GB then it's your loss, pants. It's a great app at what it does, and the integration with GB and Logic on the Mac makes it an awesome demo tool at the very least.

It has audio paste already, so what do you really want to AudioCopy out of it? And into which other app? I have emailed myself a "mix" of an individual track or two I made in GB and then "Open in...” the attachment to Multitrack DAW or one of the other apps available to this feature. Sure it's a bit of a work around, but it gets the job done.

Do you really think Apple is out of touch with the iOS music making community, really? Nobody forced them to add CoreMIDI Into iOS 4, launching a subsequent revolution that we've all benefitted from, not to mention low latency, background audio, etc.

Have any of the competing platforms even come close to what Apple has done for mobile musicians? Why so bitter about an app you don't even use? It's $5 and runs on a cell phone, you were expecting Pro Tools 10? :)

September 20, 2012  | person_outline gatearray

Well, OK, I do get overly agitated about Apps that cost me less than a beer... I can't deny that, and I am prone to hyperbole. :0)

Apple have given me iOS music creation, for which I will be eternally grateful... more than you can ever know.

I did give three options, namely that Apple were aiming Garageband at a particular market, that they do not imagine Garageband users leaving the GB environment OR that they are out of touch.

Most iOS musicians I know, including me, are using Nanostudio, Auria, Beatmaker 2 etc as their 'home' app and use Audiocopy to transfer their sounds in. Audiocopy is pretty much standard now for serious music creation apps, only yesterday SmiteMatter blogged a post on that subject http://smitematter.com/

Garageband does have some great features, and makes some great sounds, and could be a very useful tool. I would like to use GB for rhythm and bass tracks as I believe it does those things well, but it doesn't have enough tracks for me to use it as my main music making tool, so for me to use it I need to be able to get my sounds out and into something else.

If we assume that Apple are not out of touch (and I think we can), and are are aware of the ubiquity of Audiocopy, then the exclusion of Audiocopy from their update sends a clear message as to the intended market for the app.

September 20, 2012  | person_outline pantsofdeath

Pants, you make a solid point. Yay ringtones, lol. I really wish GB would catch up a bit more in flexibility with the other Studio type apps, multitrackers etc. Copy out would be great, compressed into email doesn't cut it for me, among other critical limitations. But it's $5 so, you can't expect too much, and it does $5 worth very well. My 9 year old digs it.

September 20, 2012  | person_outline SmiteMatter

No wonder it is number 1 app on Appshopper music apps list for past many, many months...
It is brilliant and getting better by the minute.
Love it :)

September 20, 2012  | person_outline ELF

No virtual midi but I can connect to it via MidiBridge which means I can record with it and another app (NLOG Pro) silmultaneously, although in different apps. I couldn't before: or was that me being incomeptent? Anyway #poormansaudiobus?

September 20, 2012  | person_outline Owen

Just wondering, is it safe to update my iPad2 to iOS6? Are all music apps compatible, or will I run into trouble? Thx!

September 21, 2012  | person_outline Jan

That would be "wait and see" Jan. currently laughing at my wife's friends for updating to ios6 without backing up and losing all their pictures, contacts, pointless iMessages etc.

Give it a week, it should be clear what is happening by then.

September 21, 2012  | person_outline Invisiblesupermonkey

Gatearray, I use gb and love the guitar amp sims and i follow the same laboured process of getting audio Out of it as you. Despite the great price, it does seem like a fair question about audiocopy, it would take it from a good app to stella.

September 21, 2012  | person_outline Invisiblesupermonkey

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