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How to Install Plugins in GarageBand

GarageBand for Mac comes loaded with more sounds, effects and other audio options than you can shake a stick at, but chances are you’ll want to broaden your sonic horizons at some point.

If you’re unfamiliar with the process, downloading and installing third party Audio Unit Plugins to GarageBand may seem like a less than intuitive process.

Here’s how it works.

Grab Blue cat’s Freeware Plugin Pack here: https://www.bluecataudio.com/Products/Bundle_FreewarePack/

Check out @PeteJohnsMusic amazing tutorials (and hats!) here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6BWO4JfxBFSSf41dtF8hqg


Just getting started with GarageBand on iOS or iPadOS?: https://thegaragebandguide.com/getting-started-with-garageband-for-ios-and-ipados-landing-page-true

GarageBand for Mac beginners, this one’s for youu: https://thegaragebandguide.com/the-garageband-quick-start-guide

The ultimate GarageBand Toolbox: https://thegaragebandguide.com/resources


My GarageBand for iPad Beginners Kit: https://kit.co/TheGarageBandGuide/garageband-for-ipad-beginners-kit

My GarageBand for Mac setup: https://kit.co/TheGarageBandGuide/my-garageband-for-mac-setup

Best budget MIDI keyboards and controllers: https://kit.co/TheGarageBandGuide/best-budget-midi-keyboards-and-controllers


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  1. Question. Im a windows guy.
    I want to try garageband.
    I have 3 ezkeys piano libraries
    I have 6 ezkeys midi packs
    I have kontakt player
    I have strummed acoustic
    I have Native's 76 keyboard
    I have an array of Native plugins
    I also own electric drums. As well as several acoustic instruments. And a focusrite 18i20 3rd gen.
    Will ALL this work TOGETHER inside of garageband if I buy a mac? Im about to push the purchase now button on a 24gb ram/ 1gb ssd/m2 mini.
    I know it will work in logic, but I want to learn garageband first. Im not gonna mix or master. Nashville will handle all that for me. I just want to track real instruments, vocals, and the vsts mentioned above

  2. I love the bit about the terms and conditions, this is the greatest video I’ve ever watched

  3. after I download whatever plugin I download, do I need to put the files somewhere in particular for the plugins to show up in garageband?

  4. I did all this n it didnt work 🧍‍♀️

  5. Sorry but I can download the Blue Cat Audio AU dmg file to my Downloads on the iPad, but dbl clicking on it does nothing. It pops up in another page with description showing only. Dbl clicking on that does nothing either. Where can I find further help to install this pkg. Thank you.

  6. I see no preferences tab or menu in my iPad GB app. The Settings menu has no options for changes. ??? Thanks.

  7. mine doesn’t show up😔

  8. i wish it was that easy…. i dont get this, like you did Captin chords epic loads a black window with loads of volume buttons or something in there not the big main window like im expecting

  9. Mac 2023 M2. Not downloading a correct skin of plugins. It`s all black

  10. Thank you Patrick for your help. Can I add a Kontakt sampler to play a NI violin?

  11. Cheers, all sorted 👍

  12. the only plugin option on my mac is the built in garageband basic plugins even with plugins enabled on big sur where as my ios ipad version does let me load plugins . annoying

  13. Mine still didn't work how do i mail my computer to you lol? downloaded waves central and got 25 presets into studio rack and now i can't get studiorack in garageband :S any tips?

  14. I think you just saved me a lot of time. Thank you!

  15. Dude, thank you so much for making this video… free plugins! Subscribed!

  16. fyi for new viewers many of these pedals do not work on Mac AU so like most of these are not downloadable on new macs

  17. This doesn’t work . 👽✌🏻

  18. I did everything and it downliaded/ installed just fine but it doesnt show up in the audio units tab. Its just not there.

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