I'm trying to play a software instrument track on GarageBand and I want to use the excellent UVI Grand Piano for that. The problem is I could not get GaragaBand to recognize it as an external instrument, and there doesn't seem to be any helpful information online.

How can I connect these two? Am I missing anything or is there some intermediary software required?

  • Does any Daw see it? Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 10:36
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    What is a Daw?.
    – edgerunner
    Commented Jan 22, 2017 at 21:05
  • Digital Audio Workstation Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 9:00
  • Garageband on Mac supports VST and AU plug-ins as does the UVI Grand Piano collection. Try this video for clues to making the UVI piano set visible in the Garageband interface: youtube.com/watch?v=Hv2fOlHhmQk Let us know if this works for you.
    – mcdtracy
    Commented Jul 25, 2017 at 0:40

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GarageBand is very limited, and should only be used either because you don't have money, don't have a computer, or don't want to pursue music production.

EDIT: What I am saying is that GarageBand is probably just not capable of recognizing all external instruments. You will probably have to invest in a better DAW, or find a free one that works.

P.S.: Don't use soundflower, use iShowU Audio Capture. soundflower doesn't work anymore.

  • I don't want to pursue music production. I just want to enjoy what I'm doing. And unfortunately, this does not address the question.
    – edgerunner
    Commented Jul 24, 2017 at 5:08
  • This does not provide an answer to the question. Once you have sufficient reputation you will be able to comment on any post; instead, provide answers that don't require clarification from the asker. - From Review
    – Richard
    Commented Jul 24, 2017 at 13:22
  • @edgerunner. Sorry, I got distracted. I was meaning to write a longer answer and accidentally posted this before I was finished writing it. I have edited it for clarification. Commented Jul 24, 2017 at 14:07
  • @Richard. Sorry about that. I edited it to provide an answer. Commented Jul 24, 2017 at 14:08
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    Ethan, that's ok. To make this a good answer, consider suggesting an alternative to GarageBand that works with UVI GP, and is in a similar budget range with GB.
    – edgerunner
    Commented Jul 25, 2017 at 9:29

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