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How To Use Irig Midi With Garageband Ipad

When recording through any Direct Input, whether it’s through your iPad using the iRig or in a professional recording studio, it’s important to roll the volume back a bit on your guitar itself. Having it cranked all the way up might sound great live, but you’ll want to be a little more reserved when recording. Being certified Apple MFi keyboard controllers (“Made for iPod, iPhone, iPad,”) iRig Keys I/O are guaranteed to work out of the box with all iOS devices including the latest generation of iPhone 7, that does not have an audio output, thanks to the on-board audio interface.

In this feature I ditch the recording studio and take a look at the best portable interfaces for GarageBand musicians who want the freedom to record anytime, anywhere.

The beauty of an app like GarageBand for iOS is that you no longer need to spend ludicrous amounts of money renting studio time or wait until your ‘big break’ to write, record and release your own music.

If you want your DIY music to sound its best however, you’ll need to ditch that inbuilt mic on your iOS device and invest in an audio interface of some kind.

There’s tons of choice out there and it can be hard to work out what interface is right for you. I’ve brought together 3 of the best portable recording interfaces on the planet to help you narrow down your options.

Let’s take a look.

How To Use Irig Midi With Garageband Ipad


Compact, portable, and easy to use, the Roland GO:MIXER makes it simple to record high-quality audio with your iDevice.

With multiple inputs available, you can connect a mic, musical instruments, and media players and mix them all together at the same time.

The unit features the ability to combine five sources at once via inputs for a ¼” jack vocal mic (no XLR input or +48 V Phantom Power here), guitar, stereo keyboard, and two stereo line-level devices (such as music players, drum machines, etc.).

The quality is great, assuming you don’t clip/peak the audio. There is a dial for each main instrument input as well as a master volume dial to adjust as appropriate. The GO:MIXER also has a peaking LED which is useful to have.

All in all this little box is incredibly versatile, though the lack of XLR input or 48v Phantom Power would definitely prove limiting for some.

Tech Specs

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  • Inputs: 8 channels
  • Outputs 2 channels
  • Connectors INSTRUMENT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
  • LINE IN 1 jack: Stereo miniature phone type
  • LINE IN 2 jack: Stereo miniature phone type
  • MIC jack: 1/4-inch phone type (no plug-in power)
  • GUITAR/BASS jack: 1/4-inch phone type (high impedance)
  • MONITOR OUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type
  • USB port: USB Micro-B type USB Bus PowerCurrent Draw40 mA
  • Accessories: Lightning to USB Micro-B type cable (50 cm, 1 ft 7 inches)
  • USB OTG Micro-B type to USB Micro-B type cable (50 cm, 1 ft 7 inches)


Focusrite has a great track record for producing extraordinarily high quality USB and Thunderbolt audio interfaces for Mac and PC. With the iTrack Solo Lightning, they’ve packed most all of the killer features from their range into this little box.

While it is smaller and lacking a few of the features of some of Focusrite’s more expensive units , the iTrack Solo packs enough of a sonic punch to hold its own against most other interfaces at this price range.

The mic preamp used here series are nothing short of phenomenal, giving you clean and clear recordings every time. There’s also +48 V Phantom Power available, so you can use a studio quality condenser microphone to really push the quality of your recordings to the next level.

Super-low latency brings confidence to your performance, letting you record and monitor with software effects in real time.

New gain controls and a sleek metal chassis underscore its industrial design – this thing can take one hell of a beating!

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Tech Specs

  • 1 microphone input – XLR, 1 Instrument input ¼’ unbalanced, 2 Gain knobs,
  • 48V Phantom power switch, Direct monitor switch
  • 2 unbalanced monitor outputs – RCA Phone, DEVICE LINK port (to connect iTrack Solo to iPad)
  • USB 2.0 Port, Kensington Lock slot
  • Supported sample rates 44.1 KHz, 48 KHz, 88.2 KHz, 96 KHz – Mac and PC 44.1 KHz, 48 KHz – iPad
  • In the box: iTrack Solo, 1.2m USB cable, 1.2m “DEVICE LINK” cable (to connect to a Lightning iPad), Getting started guide, Registration card, USB power supply (US only)
  • Compatible with: iTrack Solo Lightning: Any iPad with Lightning connector, Standard iTrack Solo: iPad (1st gen), iPad (2nd gen) and iPad (3rd gen)


How To Use Irig Midi With Garageband Ipad

iRig Pro I/O is a pocket-sized full-featured audio and MIDI interface that gives you 24-bit/96kHz recording studio quality sound everywhere you go with a few additional essential features for mobile recording.

Its designed to be “plug and play” and easy to use with all of your gear — studio mics, vocal performance mics, guitars, basses, keyboards — whatever it is, iRig Pro I/O can probably handle it.

It features a new 1/8″ stereo headphone out with preamp and level control, making it compatible with even the most recent iOS devices. Plus, when used with the optional DC power supply, the unit will charge your iPhone or iPad while in use for unlimited playing and recording time – super handy!

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The Pro I/O also features a new MIDI Out jack that gives you even more flexibility and control over your outboard MIDI gear.

Despite it’s small size the iRig Pro I/O has it where it counts, packing the features you’d expect from a full scale audio interface into it’s sleek form factor.

Tech Specs

  • High definition 24-bit/96kHz audio plus MIDI interface for iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC and Android devices
  • Connects to everything, yet easily fits in your laptop bag, gig bag or pocket
  • Neutrik™ combo input for guitar, microphone or other instruments with a professional quality preamp, phantom power and gain control
  • iPhone 7 ready with integrated headphone output with volume control
  • Powered via USB bus, two AA batteries or the optional iRig PSU 3A (PSU simultaneously charges iOS device)
  • Detachable Lightning and USB cables included for connection to iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC (MFi certified)
  • Comes with a Velcro strip to secure iRig Pro I/O to a mic stand
  • Comes with over $/€550 worth of full version Software & Apps

There you have it, that’s my top 3 favourite portable audio interfaces for use with GarageBand for iOS.

Is your favourite on the list? What did I miss out? Leave a comment and let me know, or come and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

GarageBand User Guide for iPad

You can upload your GarageBand songs to iCloud Drive and access them from another app or other devices. You can open your songs directly from iCloud Drive in the sidebar in the My Songs browser, or download them to your iPad.

When you close a song or close GarageBand, the song is updated with your latest changes in iCloud. If changes made on multiple devices are out of sync, a copy of the song with the newest changes is saved to the same location as the original in iCloud Drive.

Before you can use iCloud Drive with GarageBand, you must set up iCloud in the Settings app on your iPad. More information is available online at the iCloud Support website.

Turn on iCloud for GarageBand

You turn on iCloud for GarageBand in the Settings app on your iPad.

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  1. Close GarageBand.

  2. On the Home screen, tap Settings, then tap your name at the top of Settings.

  3. Tap iCloud, then tap the switch next to GarageBand in the list of iCloud apps.

    You might have to scroll down to see the GarageBand icon.

Upload a song to iCloud Drive

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap Select.

  2. Tap the song you want to upload, then tap Move.

  3. Locate where you want to save your song on iCloud Drive, then tap Copy.

Copy a song in iCloud Drive to your iPad

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap iCloud Drive in the sidebar and locate the song you want to copy.

  2. Tap Select, tap the song you want to copy, then tap Move.

  3. Locate where you want to save your song on your iPad and tap Copy.

Open a song in iCloud Drive

Songs available to download from iCloud Drive appear with an iCloud download badge .

  • In the My Songs browser, tap iCloud Drive in the sidebar, then locate and tap the GarageBand song you want to open.

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The song is downloaded. If there is a newer version in iCloud, the newer version is downloaded to your iPad. If the version on your iPad is newer, that version is uploaded to iCloud.

Create a song in iCloud Drive

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap iCloud Drive in the sidebar, locate and tap the GarageBand for iOS folder, then do one of the following:

    • Tap the Add Song button at the top-right of the screen.

    • Tap Create Document in the My Songs browser.

    The Sound browser opens, where you can choose a Touch Instrument to use in the song. When you close the song, the latest changes are saved to the original location in iCloud Drive.

Delete a song in iCloud Drive

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When you delete a song in iCloud Drive, the song is deleted on all your devices.

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  1. In the My Songs browser, tap iCloud Drive in the sidebar, then locate the song you want to delete.

  2. Tap Select, tap the song you want to delete, then tap Delete.

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If you turn off iCloud for GarageBand, your songs stored in iCloud Drive will be deleted from your iPad, but will remain stored in iCloud Drive. If you want to turn off iCloud and keep your songs on your iPad, you need to duplicate the songs you want to keep before you turn off iCloud.