iPad GarageBand Samples

NOTE: Windows users may have problems installing these samples as described using iTunes. If you are able to get them on your iPad using Windows and iTunes, please leave a comment.

Room Boom is a drum kit for those who are a bit sick of surgical and accurate. This set of  iPad GarageBand samples is free for your usage.  The full Room Boom drum set will be released in the next week.

It is dirty, a bit over-driven and as the name implies – nice and roomy.

This is a ‘lite’ version with a limited number of samples and without all the fancyness the final version for EXS24 will have.  I hope you enjoy.  As you may know, this file can also open in GarageBand, and then in Logic.


Room Boom Drums for GarageBand iPad Edition

To install.

  1. Unzip the file.
  2. Connect your iPad.
  3. Navigate to the ‘apps’ tab of your iPad in iTunes.
  4. Scroll to the File Sharing section at the bottom.
  5. Highlight Garageband.
  6. Drag the unzipped RoomBoom file to the file window.  The file is now on your iPad.
  7. Open GarageBand on your iPad and go to the My Songs area.
  8. Press the download symbol at the bottom.  It’s a down arrow sitting in a box.
  9. Pick RoomBoom from the list.
  10. Open the song file.
  11. The song has a sampler open which will have RoomBoomiPad open.
  12. You can play the drumset and proceed as usual.
  13. Overdub to your hearts content and rename the song when done.
  14. You can then import another copy of RoomBoomiPad when you’d like to use the set again.  Hopefully we’ll be able to save the set to library in the future.

  1. How did you get this file to work? Your file works fine but when I try to import one of my own, my iPad ignores them. Were you using the newest version of Garage Band? Thanks for the kit and please let me know what I’mdoing wrong.

  2. Any Ideas for transfering this from a PC ?

    Apple says “Windows displays GarageBand songs as folders; these folders cannot be added to iTunes for Windows.”

    My iPad 2 is not jailbrocken so I don’t have any ssh access.

    I guess I have to do it from a MAC, but I would’nt like to synchronize whole ipad with the mac cause I have all my apps and music on my pc.

    • http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3642 That looks like what you are referring to. Seems to be impossible as they recommend sharing the audio file. Of course, windows can’t run GarageBand, so this is probably a low priority. But sharing the AAC file would mean that all you can get is a stereo bounce – not really the same as sharing an actual song.

  3. Yes, I think that’s the reason Apple didn’t consider it to ensable song sharing on PC. You have to buy a Mac ! That’s clever for their business !

    I still have an old iBook G3 running OS 10.3; I’ll try it even if there’s no garageband on this version. Hope I won’t have to synchronise Whole iPad with it.

  4. i don’t want to sound stupid but… i am on a ipad2 and can not find the “apps tab” in i tunes. Is there something simple that i am missing?

  5. it wont let me do this from a pc?… i unzip the file and the roomboom.band shows as an explorable folder.. it will not let me drag it into the itunes file share section. when i try, it doesn’t seem to do anything, and it doesn’t show up in the list.. am i missing something?.. something painfully obvious i’m borderline stupid for asking? hah

    • Sorry Chris, if you look up the comment thread, another person has the same issue. I think the problem may be related to this – http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3642. For some reason, the import export GB functions aren’t fully implemented in iTunes for Windows since there is no GarageBand for Windows. Doesn’t mean that people don’t want to share songs – hopefully this will be fixed one day – maybe iCloud will rain down answers on us.

  6. This is easy to install using linux (Ubunutu 12.04)

    plugin ipad this will mount the ipad applications folders as a file system.

    cp the RoomBoom.band folder into the ipad applications/Garageband/Documents.
    Open GarageBand on your iPad and go to the My Songs area.

    Hit the +
    copy from itunes
    select RoomBoom

  7. Hey i want do buy an ipad soon so iwant to know if this application will work live, so that i can put my electric drumset with MIDI to an interface and then get these drumsounds to my ears?
    Would be happy about an answer 😉

    Lasse .)

    • Get the camera kit USB connector and a USB to MIDI cable. You then plug the MIDI out of the drum unit to the iPad dock connector. You may have to configure the drum brain to send the MIDI GarageBand is expecting.

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