There's already info for Garage band as a target of sound but what about source?

How does one send MIDI files from iOS Garageband?

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Unfortunately the answer is just as simple: you can't.

At least not using GarageBand for iOS only. It doesn't have an "export MIDI" function, in fact you can only export the entire project, not individual tracks, so I suppose it isn't too surprising.

This is not to say it is impossible to get midi from the software instrument tracks in a GB for iOS project.

The first idea that comes to mind is to open the .band file in Logic or GarageBand for Mac (transfer via USB or use the sharing option) then export the project or tracks as a midi file (actually I am not 100% sure about GarageBand, I know you can in Logic).

It would be nice if you could do this without having to resort to using a Mac though, (especially since Apple markets the iPad Pro as being more powerful than many laptops; the iPad version of GarageBand can't do this either) and it's not like it is a fundamental limitation of iOS, it's just GarageBand for iOS doesn't have the feature. If there is an app that can open the .band files saved by GB for iOS and save the software instrument tracks as midi files, you could do what you want entirely on your iOS device.

But it still wouldn't be possible with GarageBand for iOS alone, at least currently. I'd recommend submitting feedback, both in the App Store and the Apple Support website, IMO this would be a popularly welcomed feature if it is implemented, I don't use GarageBand too often so I was surprised the only export/share options was as a bounced audio track and project file.

  • I suspect the missing feature may deliberate, in order to give value to Logic Pro X.
    – benwiggy
    May 29, 2020 at 8:22
  • @benwiggy Well, I doubt that is the case, it is just too easy to write up an app to export midi from the .band files. They probably simply didn't think it was worth working on as a feature on a mobile device. It's just not a great incentive, case in point: you're not considering purchasing Logic Pro X for the export midi function are you ;) May 29, 2020 at 18:32
  • @benwiggy Supposing revenue was in fact the reason for not implementing the feature, the fact that a Mac is needed would be what brings in the $$$ rather than logic. After all, there are free tools (on Mac) that exports midi tracks from GarageBand files. May 29, 2020 at 18:36
  • sigh (shakes head)
    – Michael
    Aug 26, 2022 at 19:53

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