11 Tips for Podcasting with GarageBand | 2021 Podcast Tutorial Video (2023)

Aspodcastingcontinues to gain popularity, it is becoming more clear that there is a real need to have simple resources available which help podcasters know how to create a podcast using easy, user-friendly methods.

A simpleGooglesearch will show that there are countless ways to record podcasts & it can become confusing figuring out which way is best. And while there are many ways torecord a podcast, choosing the correct option will come down to the type of recording you are trying to do, the budget you have, the tools you have at your fingertips & what type of computer you are using.The advice we would giveonrecording a podcastwill be different depending on your personal situation, but thisresourceis aimed at helping people who are considering looking at GarageBand as the solution for recording their podcast.

The Good…and The Bad of GarageBand

From the conversations we’ve had withmany of our clients, we have seen that many people withMacproducts will choose to utilizeGarageBandto record their podcasts. Since GarageBand is a free program native on all Apple computers it is a very popular option for podcasters looking for a reliable way to record podcasts with minimal investment, simplicity & ease of use.

Like most of Apple’s hardware & software brainchildren, GarageBand is a well-designed application & is very user-friendly. But even the most simplistic tools can be used improperly if there is not a little bit of coaching given. Since GarageBand was primarily designed as a resource for creating & recording music there are a lot of built-in features that are not intended for recording a podcast, so this video is designed to help podcasters know how to create a podcast using GarageBand most effectively. Because there is so much confusion, we want to offer something comprehensive that will walk you through the step-by-step process of how to recording in GarageBand while not compromising quality or creating a distracting effect on the final track.

It will walk you through how to start a new session, record your podcast, do simplepodcast editing& export your files. It is intended to help podcasters like you know the best way to optimize GarageBand for podcasting & avoid some of the most common mistakes & hiccups we help our clients navigate on a regular basis. It is not uncommon for our team to encounter a lot of issues. Below is an overview of the topics covered in this helpful tutorial with corresponding timestamps for ease of use to help you better review the specific steps on how to create a podcast using GarageBand:

How to Set Up Your Microphone on GarageBand

Setting up your mic to record a podcast in Garageband is a simple process, but it’s crucial that you follow the right steps to ensure you don’t put distracting effects on your vocals that will lower the audio quality and distract your listeners.

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1. Create a new “Empty Project”

*Don’t fall for the temptation to choose “Voice.” This will add unwanted fx to your voice that will mess up your audio quality. Instead, just create from an Empty Project.

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2. Select Input and Output Devices

Choose your microphone input and output device. We recommend using the headphones output on theAT2005 USB micto monitor yourself recording with low latency.

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3.Choose a Track Type

Pick “Audio” using a line input (this should be selected by default) and choose Input.After you press “Create” your new track will be added into your Garageband session.

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How to Save and Archive a Session

It’s critical that you save your podcast in a clearly marked folder, and consistently save your podcast throughout the recording and editing process so that you don’t lose precious files. Here’s how to properly save and archive your Garageband sessions.

1.Navigate to File > Save As

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2. Create a New Folder for Your Podcast

Once you open ‘Save As’ in GarageBand, you will see that the filed are stored within a default folder of your computer. We recommend that you create a subfolder for each podcast you work on, with subfolders for seasons and then individual sessions within those seasons.

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Pro Tip: You can save a copy of your GarageBand session, label it “Podcast Template,” and then create a duplicate of that session every new episode to avoid the tedious work of deleting old content, naming all of your hosts tracks, and saving the session in the proper folder.

How to Set Up Your Microphone on GarageBand

One of the most common mistakes we see people make when podcasting on GarageBand is leaving the vocal effects on a channel (such as reverb and echo). These can create major headaches in mixing later on, and are often very difficult to remove. So we recommend setting yourself up for success by recording with the effects off for a clean, dry signal of your audio.

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1. Navigate to the “Master” section and turn off all plugins

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2. Turn off the Master “Echo” Effect

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3. Double-check your channel to ensure all FX are turned off

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4. Create new tracks (eg intro VO, outro VO, interview, etc) and repeat the process

How to Record Tracks

1.Turn on monitoring for your track

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2.Set your recording level

The recording level is not set in the main settings for your track. Instead, it is buried in the settings below for each individual track, next to the compressor/echo/eq effects that we turned off in an earlier step above. When you set the recording level you are affecting the actual volume of the microphone input. When you adjust the volume bar within the track title section you are adjusting the recording’s playback volume within the session.
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3.Hit Record

Select the track you want to record (eg Intro VO or Outro VO) and once that specific track is highlighted, GarageBand will know to write the recording to that specific track.

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How to Edit Tracks

1. Click and Drag Clips to Organize Your Session

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2.Open the Track-Specific Edit Window for a Closer View

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3.Hit CMD+T to “Split at Playhead” and Delete Unwanted Content

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How to Add Music

1.Open Finder and click-and-drag music files onto the GarageBand timeline

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2.Turn down the track volume to let your voiceover stand out

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3.Trim the length of your music

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The next step after trimming your music will be to automate a fade out to the volume of your music to make a smooth transition between your podcast intro and the main content of your episode.

How to Automate The Volume of a Track

1.Hit CMD+A to Open the volume automation layer of each track

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2.Click within the track to make the automation line visible, and add a fade out on your intro music

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How to Export A Mix of All Tracks

1.Go to Share > Export Song to Disk

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2.Create a new “Exports” folder for your episodes

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3.Choose proper export settings

Export a WAV file at the highest quality (bit rate) that your mic supports. Once you click export, a mixdown of your rough mix will be exported to your new custom folder in the Garageband session folder.

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How to Consolidate and Export Individual Files

1.Record 1-2 seconds of empty space at the beginning of each track

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2.Click Edit > Join Regions

This will merge together the new blank recording at the beginning of the timeline with the audio later in the timeline. Remember, the goal is to match the starting postion of each individual audio file for exporting so that your podcast editor can easily align the beginning of the track.

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3.Repeat the steps to merge all the audio clips on each track

The screenshot below shows you how your merged tracks will look in a session when you are done. This is a much cleaner setup for exporting for your editor, or just for streamlining your GarageBand session in general.

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4. Rename your audio files (optional)

5. Quit Garageband program > Open a Finder window > Locate your Garageband project > Right click to “Show Package Contents” > Media > Audio Files > Look for all files labeled “merged”

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6.Import your merged files into your mixing session

When you import these newly merged files into your DAW of choice for final editing and mixing, all of your individual tracks should align at the same starting point.

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GarageBand Keyboard Shortcuts

If you want to speed up the recording, organizing, and editing process for podcast production then the best thing you can do is to study your software. Garageband is a simple tool, but that doesn’t mean it’s weak. It’s a powerful tool if you take the time to learn the shortcuts, and learn how to use it. Sometimes it’s not the tool that’s inhibiting you but your knowledge or experience. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and just try to press all the buttons until you learn everything.

One great way to learn this program is to turn on the Quick Help Tooltips that give you an explanation of each button/section of Garageband when you hover your mouse over them (hint: that’s why it’s the first shortcut in our list). Try using all these top shortcuts in Garageband for yourself, and learn more about the program onGarageband Support.

  • Shift+?– Quick Help Tooltips
  • A– Open volume automation
  • R– Record
  • E– Open Editors Window
  • B– Open Smart Controls
  • CMD+T– Split track at playhead
  • CMD+ J– Join Regions (aka merge audio clips)
  • Opt+CMD+N– Create a new track
  • CMD+C– Copy
  • CMD+V– Paste
  • CMD+X– Cut

Let’s Connect

We hopethis tutorialhas been helpful in giving you the overview you need to be able to effectively use GarageBand for podcasting. We realize we could not cover all of your questions during this short video but our team is always available to help you troubleshoot any other issues you may face. For any additional questions not covered by this tutorial or to learn more about our support processes please email the Resonate Recordings team at hello@resonaterecordings.com or chat with our team on this page. You can alsoschedule a callto learn more about our services today!


Is GarageBand good for podcasting? ›

It comes with loads of features that can make the lives of musicians and podcasters much simpler, thanks to an intuitive interface and powerful tools you can use to edit and customize your recordings. Developed in 2004, GarageBand is one of the best free DAWs you can use to make music and record podcasts.

Is audacity or GarageBand better for podcast? ›

When dealing with multiple audio tracks, audacity serves more purpose than Garageband. Garageband still remains a step ahead when you want software that provides professional-sounding podcasts. Some tools to make your audio tracks sound more professional include the reverb effect, ambiance, delay, and panning.

Do famous artists use GarageBand? ›

According to an article from Hypebot, there have been many artists who used Garageband to make popular music, including the aforementioned Rihanna, Usher, Grimes, Steve Lacy, Juliana Barwick, George Pringle, and Justice.

How much RAM do I need for podcasting? ›

Podcasters should look for at least 8GB of RAM.

If you're a full-time podcaster, you might want to consider at least 16 GB.

How do I make the sound quality better on GarageBand? ›

GarageBand patches include an EQ (equalizer) effect that is very useful for optimizing the sound of your tracks and projects. You can use the EQ effect on the master track to shape the sound of the overall project, and on individual tracks.

How do I make my voice sound better when recording a podcast? ›

  1. Think about your podcast voice – apply a narration style suitable for your podcast's theme. ...
  2. Experiment with enunciation – record, listen, modify. ...
  3. Communicate emotions and feelings through your podcast voice. ...
  4. Stand while you are recording. ...
  5. Practice breathing. ...
  6. Review the script – boost your confidence and eliminate stutter.

Can I use GarageBand loops in a podcast? ›

A combination of loops and beats as background music to your podcast will be fine.

What gear do you need to record a podcast? ›

What basic podcast equipment do you need to start a podcast?
  1. Microphone(s)
  2. Headphone(s)
  3. Recording software or a digital audio workstation.
  4. An audio interface or mixer.
  5. A camera (if recording video)

Should my podcast be MP3 or WAV? ›

High Quality of Sound

If you use WAV files for your podcast, listeners will hear layers and outro variations in multitrack recording that you just don't get with compressed MP3 files. WAV files do not lose anything when it comes to frequencies on the sound spectrum, unlike the lossy compression of MP3s.

Which DAW is best for podcasting? ›

Cakewalk (Windows)
  • Cakewalk is a fully professional yet free DAW.
  • Bandlab offers interesting opportunities for mobile projects.
  • Audacity is perhaps the most common platform for podcasters.
  • Waveform is a great, easy-to-use starter DAW.
  • StudioOne includes professional plugins in their free version.
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Is GarageBand considered professional? ›

Yes. Professional musicians have been using GarageBand since Apple released it in 2004. Furthermore, because GarageBand comes preinstalled on Macs and iOS devices, it is one of the most accessible music-making tools.

Does Lady Gaga use GarageBand? ›

Lady Gaga, artist: “GarageBand is my idea bank and where I start my songwriting, so I'm excited to make my song 'Free Woman' available as a Remix Session.

What is the best song made on GarageBand? ›

  • Rihanna – “Umbrella”
  • Wavves – “Wavves” and “Wavvves”
  • Justice – “Cross”
  • T-Pain – “Rappa Ternt Sanga”
  • Nine Inch Nails – “The Hand That Feeds”
  • Radiohead – “In Rainbows”
  • George Pringle – “Salon des Refusés”
  • Steve Lacy – (Kendrick Lamar's) “Damn” and “Ego Death”

How many cameras should a podcast have? ›

Ideally, you will need two cameras if you are recording a host and guest. DSLR cameras are ideal if you have some budget. Canon, Sony or Nikon are some of the best brands. The quality will vary on your budget.

How many GB does a 1 hour podcast use? ›

Hour-long podcasts average 60MB on average. If you're a big audio streamer, we recommend a plan with at least 2GB to satisfy average smartphone use in addition to your content needs.

How Many Mics do you need for a podcast? ›

To begin with, for a four-person podcast setup, you'll need four separate microphones and a set of headphones for each speaker. Headphones are essential, especially during drop-ins, because every participant needs to hear the same thing while recording. Make sure you have an audio interface with four XLR inputs.

How do you master vocals in GarageBand? ›

How To Mix Vocals In Garageband
  1. Turn on the noise-gate.
  2. Use the compressor's “Studio Vocals” preset.
  3. Use the Channel EQ's preset, “Natural Vocal”
  4. Add reverb.
  5. Adjust the volume so they fit in the mix.
  6. Pan the vocal tracks if there is more than one.
  7. Apply pitch correction.

Is GarageBand professional quality? ›

GarageBand is able to record studio-quality signals, so if a professional sound is what you're after and you've made some investments in your studio set up and bought good equipment, the results will indeed be studio quality. You can add effects and get a great mix within GarageBand.

What are the keys to a successful podcast? ›

Top 15 successful podcast tips
  • Choose your topic wisely. Your podcast's topic and genre are important! ...
  • Make quality a priority. High-quality podcasts are always better equipped for success! ...
  • Learn from the professionals. ...
  • Try live streaming. ...
  • Invest in equipment. ...
  • Don't skip editing. ...
  • Stay consistent.
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What tone should I use in a podcast? ›

The tone of voice that you use on your podcast should reflect the conversational manner that you use when talking with a friend or colleague. Use metaphors and analogies, tell jokes, take natural pauses, and share stories. Your authentic voice will be your best voice.

How do I make my podcast sound natural? ›

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you're speaking:
  1. Use emotion in your voice. Don't talk like a robot.
  2. Project your voice. Not too loud, but clear and full.
  3. If you mess up, stop, relax, and say the word or sentence over correctly. ...
  4. Don't rush. ...
  5. Speak clearly, make sure you say every word correctly (enunciate).

Should I normalize audio for podcast? ›

Audio auto-leveling is the process of normalizing the volume of all voices in a podcast episode (or other audio file) so that they are at an equal level. This makes the podcast easier to listen to, as different voices with different volume levels will no longer be competing for attention.

What should I normalize my podcast audio? ›

The standard of measurement of the loudness of a piece of audio is LUFS, or “loudness units relative to full scale.” Although there isn't an industry standard for loudness, the ideal audio level for a podcast should fall between -20 and -16 LUFS.

Is using GarageBand loops legally? ›

The GarageBand software license agreement says: "GarageBand Software. You may use the Apple and third party audio loop content (Audio Content), contained in or otherwise included with the Apple Software, on a royalty-free basis, to create your own original music compositions or audio projects.

Can you get copyrighted for using GarageBand loops? ›

It says directly in GarageBand's Software Agreement that “you may use the Apple and third party audio loop content (Audio content)” on a royalty-free basis, which means you won't be charged a royalty fee and you won't be sued for copyright infringement.

Can you get copyrighted for using loops? ›

Anyone who creates original musical material – whether that's whole songs, backing loops, or even just one-second samples for other people to use – owns the copyright for everything they make, meaning that you can't use it without permission.

How long should podcasts be? ›

The length of your podcast also depends on your subject, industry or genre. It could be that around 15-20 minutes perfect for your listeners. But maybe your specific audience wants more in-depth, exploratory information; in which case, 45-90 minutes would provide more value.

How often should you record a podcast? ›

How about you start off by releasing episodes monthly or every two weeks to sound out (mind the pun) how long it takes you. Your podcast episodes can then get more regular if you feel that you can handle the workload. This way around can be better for your listener, than starting off more regular and then tailing off.

What are the basic things you need to start a podcast? ›

Our tutorial will walk you through all the steps you need to know how to start a podcast successfully:
  • Planning your podcast.
  • Creating a podcast brand.
  • Setting up your equipment.
  • Choosing recording software.
  • Preparing for your podcast recordings.
  • Recording a few first episodes.
  • Editing your podcast recordings.

How many tracks can you record at once in GarageBand? ›

GarageBand allows you to create a maximum of 255 audio tracks for your podcast recording. The total number you could record simultaneously depends on the audio interface, CPU strength, and hard drive throughput.

How do you mix and master when you record on GarageBand? ›

To master a song in Garageband:
  1. Export your song as an AIFF.
  2. Import it into Garageband.
  3. Set up a Channel EQ, Compressor, and Limiter.
  4. Choose the “Pop” preset for the EQ, “Platinum Analog Tape,” for the Compressor, and then set the Limiter's “Gain” to +2.0 and the “Output Level” to -0.1.

What is the best device to record a podcast? ›

The Samson Q2U is our most recommended mic and suits 90% of new podcasters perfectly. It functions as both a USB and XLR mic, so, if you decide to upgrade to a recorder or interface further down the line, it'll work with them too. It's also excellent value, and well within most folks' budgets.

What is the best app to record a podcast on? ›

10 best podcast recording software for
  • BounceCast [Podcast recorder and editor with AI] ...
  • Podbean [Podcast hosting service with a recorder] ...
  • Spreaker [Podcast recording, editing, and distribution platform] ...
  • Hindenburg Journalist Pro [DAW for podcasters] ...
  • Reaper [Advanced and affordable recorder and editor]

What platform should I use to record my podcast? ›

Top 14 Remote Recording Softwares for Podcasters
  1. Spreaker. Spreaker is a great option for those who want to combine their need for a podcast hosting platform with a mobile audio recording app in one convenient subscription. ...
  2. Alitu. ...
  3. SquadCast. ...
  4. Zencastr. ...
  5. RiversideFM. ...
  6. Iris. ...
  7. Cleanfeed. ...
  8. Ringr.
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What is the easiest method of recording video podcast? ›

Static image recording

This is the easiest method of recording a video podcast. All you do is convert your podcast audio file to a video file and add a static background image to “play” as the user listens. This American Life uses a simple title card for all of their video podcasts.

What is the best mic for recording podcast? ›

  1. Shure MV7. The best USB option for those taking podcasting seriously. ...
  2. Blue Microphones Yeti USB. The best and easiest podcast mic option for any user. ...
  3. Rode Procaster. Specialist vocal mic that's built for work. ...
  4. Audio-Technica AT2035PK. ...
  5. Rode NT-USB. ...
  6. Sontronics Podcast Pro. ...
  7. Shure SM7B. ...
  8. IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD 2.
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What is the best time to record a podcast? ›

There is a rule of thumb that posting your podcasts in the mornings (usually around 5AM) can positively impact the number of listeners it reaches. There are several reasons for that. Morning posts increase the likelihood that your podcast will be put at the top of your listeners' feeds during the day.

How do you record a podcast for beginners? ›

Podcasting for Beginners: What's the Simplest Way to Start?
  1. Choose Your Topic. ...
  2. Identify Your Target Audience. ...
  3. Choose Your Format (Solo, Guest, or Co-Host) ...
  4. Get Your Gear. ...
  5. Choose Your Software. ...
  6. Optimise Your Audio Quality. ...
  7. Choose Your Podcast Hosting Service. ...
  8. Record & Edit Your First Podcast Episode.
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Can I use song clips in my podcast? ›

Yes! It's legal to play copyrighted music on a podcast so long as you've cleared the rights or are following Fair use.


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