GarageBand Podcast Tutorial 2018

11 Tips for podcasting with GarageBand

07.16.18 | Podcasting | By: Dayton Cole

Using GarageBand to Record Podcasts

As podcasting continues to gain popularity in 2018, 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 simple Google search 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 to record 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 give on recording a podcast will be different depending on your personal situation, but this resource is aimed at helping people who are considering looking at GarageBand as the solution for recording their podcast.


The Good…and The Bad

From the conversations we’ve had with many of our clients, we have seen that many people with Mac products will choose to utilize GarageBand to 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 simple edits & 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:

The Breakdown

01:22 – Creating a new GarageBand session

02:52 – Choosing & setting up tracks

03:20 – GarageBand layout

04:46 – Saving & archiving your sessions

05:47 – Turning off plugins & FX

06:26 – Creating & labeling your tracks

07:26 – Input monitoring & setting input level for recording

09:12 – Recording tracks

13:47 – Editing tracks

17:49 – Punching in & splicing in alternate takes

18:48 – Adding music

19:40 – Volume automation

22:33 – Exporting a reference audio track

24:37 – Consolidating & exporting individual files

28:18 – Finding consolidated audio files

GarageBand Podcast Tutorial | Let’s Connect

We hope this tutorial has 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 leave a comment below. As always, learn more about our company, our team & our services by visiting the Resonate Recordings website.


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PodcastBy: Dayton Cole

As Lead Mixing Engineer at Resonate Recordings, Dayton oversees the audio editing and mixing process for many entertaining podcasts. When Dayton is not mixing and mastering audio he enjoys making tacos with his wife in their home in Louisville, KY.