How to Use Garageband for Podcasting?

A complete guide to recording your first-ever podcast with Garageband. Apple GarageBand is an amazing free software that can help users make, produce, record, and edit their music.

It’s available on iPhones (ios), iPads, and other apple devices. It functions as a full studio and has all the instruments needed to make perfect professional music.

How to Use It for Making a Podcast?

How to Use Garageband for Podcasting on ipad mac and pc?

An audio podcast is like a radio program. Podcasts emerged in the mid-2000s. They were popular for a while but then seemed to fall out of use and then more recently they have become hip popular for well-known people and less well-known people to share something that they are interested in.

STEP 1: THE TEMPLATE SETTING

Setting up template for garageband podcast

  • The template that we are going to be using for this guide article involves a host narrator who is presenting or explaining a topic.
  • 3 audio clips that help support or describe that topic.
  • Some optional extras like opening and closing theme music and soundtracks, etc.

STEP 2: LAUNCHING GARAGEBAND

STEP 2 Mic setting and launching project for grageband

  • When you launch GarageBand, start with an empty project no matter which key or tempo you are in.
  • For the mic, you can use s built-in microphone for the apple devices
  • Or you can also attach an external one like using a USB microphone.

STEP 3: CONFIGURE MIC SETTINGS

Mic setting on garageband

  • And then you can configure the mic after which the next step if going to be that of sound check. When you do a sound check, you will be checking the trim otherwise known as the record level.
  • While you are watching the vu metre, you can hit the record button and do a little testing for example you can say testing 1 2 1 2.

STEP 4: SELECTING PRESET

  • After this step what you are going to do is assign a preset which in this case we are going to do is press on the narrator.

STEP 5: RECORDING VOICE NARRATION

VOICE NARRATION setting

Before recording voice narration you have to have an idea of what you are going to say. It’s better to have a script hands-on ready before recording or at the least have an outline.

This tip is going to save you tons of time for sure. Because if you just wing it, you are going to take a lot of time retaking the takes whereas if you have a script or an outline you’ll bang it out during the first take only.

When you do record you can either do it in one take or do it in separate takes. If you decide to do it in one take you can always break it up after you are done through the editing tools of Garageband.

If your podcast has more than one person or if it’s an interview the best way to do that is to have both people in the same room and use the same mic.

STEP 6: IMPORT/SAVE AUDIO

  • Let’s say are describing a historical time period, music from old age, you can give an example of 3 songs from that age. Now the way you can import audios is by having it open in the desktop window and simply dragging it onto the project window.
  • The audio will be in brown color and that is Garageband’s way of telling us that the audio is imported.

STEP 7: AUTOMATE AUDIO

  • Next, we can also automate the audio since we don’t want the audio to be too loud at the same point where I am talking.
  • And the best thing is you can use a shortcut for that press the key A on the keyboard and that opens what GarageBand calls the automation pop-up.
  • You can easily make the music track fade in and fade out using the control points on the automation line in Garageband.
  • With the help of this feature, you can now very easily achieve the flow in your podcast. And flow is one of the most important things for a podcast.

STEP 8: THEME MUSIC

  • One of the optional extras that are fun to add to your podcast is the theme music. It helps create a professional-sounding podcast.

You ll be able to create perfectly professional podcasts using GarageBand now.

So what are you waiting for?

P.S. Did u ever face any problems while recording podcasts with Garageband? If yes how did you come up with solutions? Did u feel like something was missing from this guide article? Please let us know your thoughts and comments below.

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