I have used stock sounds from iMovie (where they are called "sound effects") and would like to browse more, for example footsteps or rain to add on a podcast. Apple allows the use of loops and audio samples, as long as they are not repackaged as loops:

individual audio loops may not be commercially or otherwise distributed on a standalone basis, nor may they be repackaged in whole or in part as audio samples, sound effects or music beds."

So don't worry, you can make commercial music with GarageBand, you just can't distribute the loops as loops.

I am unable to download the Essential Sounds library for lack of disk space (I downloaded 1.1 GB of the 2.1 and the compressed download expanded to 24 GB). This page mentions that Garage Band comes with 50 sounds:

When you download GarageBand from the Mac App Store, you’ll immediately get 50 sounds, 500 loops, 1 drummer, and 2 basic lessons for guitar and piano.

But I cannot find where in the app those sounds are.

I would like to access them, e.g. browsing the stock sounds and then showing them on disk or exporting them on a track to import into my Digital Audio Workstation (which is not Garage Band).

Does Garage Band come with stock sounds? How can I access them on Garage Band for macOS Mojave 10.14.6?

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    By access, are you looking to launch the garage band app and use the graphical interface to play the sounds?
    – bmike
    Commented Sep 11, 2020 at 11:01
  • Yes, that's one possibility and I updated the question.
    – emonigma
    Commented Sep 11, 2020 at 16:38

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On my macOS BigSur system, the Apple Loops are located at: /Library/Audio/Apple Loops/Apple

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    Thanks. That location does not exist on Mojave.
    – emonigma
    Commented Jan 8, 2021 at 21:37

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