Free Audio Library on your Mac - Digital Literacy Dover

Friday, 7 February 2014

Free Audio Library on your Mac

When you find yourself in a situation where you need your kids to have easy access to a collection of useful audio samples, it's worth knowing that every Mac has a built in collection of audio files for use with GarageBand.

But you don't necessarily want to teach your kids a whole new application just so they can grab one guitar loop, fortunately for all of us you don't have to, they are accessible from the Finder.

Unfortunately these are a bit… buried...

Here's where to find them (click to enlarge):

Macintosh HD > Library > Audio > Apple Loops > Apple > Apple Loops GarageBand

Or choose Go in the finder, Go to folder, and type or paste this in:

/Library/Audio/Apple Loops/Apple

If you can't find Macintosh HD, just use the Go menu in the Finder, and choose Computer

It's best to leave these files in that folder, otherwise you won't be able to use them in Garageband, by all means copy them, but don't move them.

To isolate the loops from the sound effects, just view them with the largest files at the top, as these will be the longest tracks...

If you're using iMovie, there are lots of sound effects available within the app, just click on the tab, next to My Media.

Not enough? There are more available free from this website, no sign in required ...


You may find on a teacher Mac, that not all of the files have been downloaded, if so just open garage Bank, open the loops, and you'll see lops that are 'ghost' files, if you click on one you will be prompted to download the rest for FREE!

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