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Q. Can I create my own Icons for instruments in GB?

A. NOTE: this has not been tested with GarageBand '08, '09, '11, and does not apply to GBv10

Yes, but there’s no built in way to do it, and you can’t “add” new icons to GarageBand, you can only replace an icon you don’t plan to use...so the method isn’t exactly pretty or “Apple Like”.

If you’re not well versed in digging into OS X Packages, we would strongly (!!!) suggest you skip this and get back to creating music. It’s not difficult, but we make no guarantees either express or implied as to the outcome of your mucking with your GB File(s). You could damage your copy of GarageBand.

Abandon all hope ye who pass here...

First off you may wish to Download some PhotoShop Templates to make creating the 3 icons you need for each instrument. These templates are courtesy of Schneb, a fellow regular poster on the Apple Discussions Board.

Next, after quitting GarageBand, open up the GarageBand Package, and then its resources folder. Set the Finder View so that you can see a preview of the icons, then look through them and decide which one you wish to replace.

Copy the three TIFFs that make up the icon you want to replace to someplace safe in case you ever want to use them again, rename your new TIFF files to match the ones you’re replacing and drop them into the GB Resources folder.

Close it up, start GarageBand, and your new icons should be available.
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GarageBand from Apple Computer uses audio loops and MIDI loops in Apple Loops format. It can work with Audio Units plug-ins. Apple Macintosh Compatible FireWire and USB interfaces can be used to connect Audio and MIDI instruments to your Mac, and be recorded into GarageBand.

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