• Connecting iPad/iPhone to GarageBand on a Mac – Wireless

    There is an old post, from 2011, that is regularly visited (I assume it is linked on a forum somewhere) and so it is probably time to do an updated version expanded into several posts covering all the options available today.

    To connect using a WiFi network:

    Open Audio MIDI Setup which you will find in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder – or hit the Command and Space keys and type Audio MIDI into the Spotlight search box.

    From the Window menu select Show MIDI Studio.

    Menu selection in Audio Midi SetUp

    This will open the MIDI Studio window from where you can select Open MIDI Network Setup from the MIDI Studio menu.

    Menu selection in Audio Midi SetUp

    You need to create a new session by clicking the + button

    Creating a new session panel

    The default name is Session 1. Tick the box to select that as the network session you wish to use

    New session selected

    With an app sending MIDI signals your device will be available. Click the Connect button for it to join the network session.

    iPad available

    Your device will be listed as a Participant in the right hand panel – from where it can be disconnected if required.

    iPad connected and good to go

    In the iPad’s/iPhone’s app you will see the Session 1 option within the MIDI settings – sometimes shown as a Settings button or three dots …


    or a cog wheel icon


    Once connected to the Network Session it is all happening in GarageBand…

  • Wireless MIDI controlling GarageBand

    NOTE: This post is from 2011 An updated 2023 version is available here.

    MIDI controllers control MIDI devices. They do not make sound no matter how high the volume is set.

    One of the main requirements for having an app distributed through the App Store is that the app should work as described. So one star reviews claiming “it does not work” should be ignored.

    If you have a Mac you have everything you need:

    1. Launch your MIDI app (in this case Pad MIDI on an iPod Touch)
    2. Launch the Audio MIDI Setup utility (found in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder)
    3. If you are seeing the Audio window select Show MIDI Window from the Window menu
    4. Double click the Network button to show the MIDI Network Setup Window
    5. Join a Session by connecting your device
    6. Launch GarageBand which will find all MIDI connections
    7. Play the app to play Garageband


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