HOW TO Create your first podcast in GarageBand
1. CREATE A PROJECT
With your mic connected, open GarageBand and make sure it appears in the Input Settings menu. Double– click on the Voice template to open a new project. It has four channels but you may not need them all yet.
2. CHECK YOUR SIGNAL
Wear headphones or mute your speakers while recording to avoid feedback. For now, you can Ctrl–click on the other audio tracks to delete them. You should see signal showing on the track’s level meter.
3. RECORD YOUR VOICE
By pressing Record, you can now record your voice by speaking into the microphone. If you find that it’s either too quiet or too loud, try changing the level on the microphone, the interface or the audio track inside the app.
4. EDIT THE RECORDING
With some of your vocal track recorded, you can edit it by moving the playhead to the cut point and pressing Cmd+T. You will be able to drag and drop chopped clips anywhere, including on to new audio tracks.
5. ADD MORE TRACKS
Use the “+” button to add a new audio track and record more dialog, or add two or more tracks to record multiple mics. Use the mute controls on existing tracks to silence anything you don’t want to hear while recording.
6. MAKE ARRANGEMENT
Use this edit technique to arrange your voice tracks so that all participants are heard. Use the level controls on the audio tracks to change volumes so they match. You can switch to loudspeakers when you’ve finished.
7. ADD SOME MUSIC
To add a jingle that fades out as you start speaking, import a music track, select it, then click the Show Automation button. Ensure that Volume is selected in the dropdown menu and a yellow line will appear along the music track.
8. FADE MUSIC INTRO
Click the yellow Volume line to place a control point where you want the music to start to fade. Add another where you want the fade to stop. Drag the second point all the way down. The music will fade between the two points.
9. TWEAK AND EXPORT
For each track, go to its Effects tab and make tweaks. Use an Equalizer (EQ) to shape the sound. When you’re done editing and mixing, choose Share > Export Song To Disk. Then choose either MP3 or full–quality AIFF.