How to Convert MIDI to MP3 in GarageBand

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How to Convert MIDI to MP3 in GarageBand
You can export MIDI music to an MP3 file with Apple's GarageBand. (Brian Kersey/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

When you work on a music project with GarageBand on your Mac, you might have MIDI music that you want to convert to an MP3 so you can listen to it in iTunes or put it on a portable music player such as the iPod. GarageBand is a free music-creation application that Apple installs on every Mac as of 2011. It has an MP3 encoder so you can make compressed versions of your music and export songs as MP3 files, allowing you to easily convert MIDI to MP3.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click "GarageBand" in the dock on your Mac to launch the application.

  2. 2

    Click "New Project" from the GarageBand window, and then click an option such as "Piano" or "Electric Guitar." Then click "Choose" to create a new project. A dialogue box opens.

  3. 3

    Type the name for your project in the "Save As" text box, and then click a folder on your Mac where you want to save it. Click "Create." Your project opens, with one empty track under "Tracks" in the left pane of the GarageBand window.

  4. 4

    Drag a MIDI file from a folder on your Mac into the GarageBand window. A new track is created automatically to hold it.

  5. 5

    Click "Share" from the GarageBand menu, and then click "Export Song to Disk." A dialogue box appears.

  6. 6

    Click the "Compress" check box to select it.

  7. 7

    Click the "Compress Using" drop-down menu, and then click "MP3 Encoder."

  8. 8

    Click the "Audio Settings" drop-down menu, and then click an option such as "Higher Quality" or "Good Quality." Click "Custom" if you want to use a custom quality setting for the MP3 compression. The "MP3 Encoder" dialogue box appears. Click the "Bit Rate" drop-down menu, and then click an option such as "32 kbps" or "320 kbps." Click "OK" to save the changes and close the "MP3 Encoder" dialogue box.

  9. 9

    Click the "Export" button. The "Export to Disk" dialogue box appears.

  10. 10

    Type a name for the exported MP3 file in the "Save As" box, and then click a folder on your Mac where you want to save it. Click "Save."

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