Adding plugins to Garageband

Garageband is a great program to make music. One of the best. It is a kind of program that beginners and professionals can both use. Its interface makes it one of the best user-friendly application on the market. Logic and Pro Tools are for even more advanced users and on the PC, you have Ableton Live, Reaper, and so forth – which, -in my opinion- are not even close to the Mac applications, specially if we compare to GUI and user-friendlyness.

Garageband is good as it is, however at some point we want to add more sounds to the program, that is installing more plug-ins so we can have more instruments in our arsenal.
This article is about how to do that.

Adding a plugin to Garageband

First off you need to download the plugin you want to add to Garageband. There are a bunch. Search for Youtube or Google, and of course look for the Mac version.
There are a lot of free plugins and of course paying ones as well, which are always better than the free ones. A very popular plugin among musicians is Keyscape by Spectrasonic. Its price is a bit high but it is really a pro plugin with a bunch of sounds in it. If you have thids, you don’t even need others.

In this article we will show how to add a simple plugin to Garageband and where to find it in the program after you installed it. The same steps go for all other plugins.

These are the steps:

  1. Download a plugin, in this example we will get the TAL-U-No-62 plugin
  2. Install it after you downloaded the Mac AU version.
  3. In the ZIP file you will find the plugin called: TAL-U-No-62.component
  4. Copy that file to “/Library/Audio/Plu-Ins/Components”
  5. Open up Garageband and you will find the plugin there.

In some cases the Mac will complain about security. Then just go to “System Preferences/Security & Privacy” and choose to allow to run the program.
It can also happen, – depending what operation system you use or what plugin you downloaded – that after copying the component file (i.e. the plugin into the Components folder) you will not see that in Garageband. Restart your computer, then it should show up.