How to Record And Edit A Podcast in Garageband?


Dear future/ up and coming podcasters, you have finally finished researching and outlining your very first podcast episode, and now it is time for you to record and edit your podcast. 

I have always talked about Garageband and how it is a great software to use to record and edit a podcast, but I have never explained how.

So, how does one record and edit a podcast using Garageband? The recording and editing process of a podcast using Garageband can be divided into four significant steps. These are the following:

  1. Set up a template for your podcast
  2. Record your episode 
  3. Edit your episode
  4. Export your episode

If you want an easy step by step guide that is going to show you how to record and edit a podcast using Garageband, then make sure that you continue reading this blog post.

How to record and edit a podcast in Garageband?

Garageband is an audio editing software that musicians and podcasters use to record and edit their music, songs, and podcasts. However, this fully equipped digital audio recording studio that is designed for macOS and iOS devices.

So this is the perfect audio recording and editing software for podcasters who have an iPhone, Macbook, or an iPad.

Before I dive into the five significant steps that you should follow while recording and editing your podcast on Garageband, here is a video from Pat Flynn of $mart Passive Income explaining how you can do that.

Step number one: Set up a template for your podcast

The good thing about setting up a template for your podcast is that you only have to do it once as long as you are still using the same microphone to record your podcast.

Here is how you can set up a template for your podcast on Garageband:

Step A: Open Garageband

Garageband

Upon opening the application, you will be offered a few pre-made project templates.

Step B: Creating an empty project

However, you are going to click on the New Project tab then click on the Empty Project option.

Creating a new project in Garageband

Step C: Choosing the 1st audio option and tweaking it

You will then have to choose your track type. Garageband is going to offer you four different track types to choose from. They are the following:

  1. ( Software instrument) 
  2. (Audio) Record using a microphone
  3. (Audio) Connect a guitar or a bass
  4. ( Drummer)

Click on the second option and click on the Create button.

How to Record And Edit A Podcast in Garageband?

Then, make sure that you choose Input 1 in the Input drop-down menu and make sure that Garageband has picked up the correct microphone that you are using to record your podcast.

Right now, I have not plugged a microphone, which is why you see that I am using the Built-in Microphone.

After that, click on the Create button, and you will be redirected to your virtual audio recording studio for your podcast.

How to Record And Edit A Podcast in Garageband?

First things first, let us make sure that the studio is set up correctly. Our virtual studio is set up correctly.

Next, we will tweak our studio a little bit to make it more suitable for our purpose, which is recording a podcast.

We will do that that my disabling, removing, or changing a few features of the current studio. These changes will include the following:

  1. Disabling the metronome
  2. Disabling the countdown that takes place before you start recording your audio
  3. Removing the library section
  4. Switching the bar, beat, and tempo reader with just time

So, let us disable the metronome:

Now, let us switch the bar, beat, and tempo reader with only time:

Next, let us disable the countdown that takes place before you start recording your audio:

Finally, let us remove the Library section:

Now that our podcasting studio is ready, let us save it as a template to make our future podcasting work life easier.

To do that, go to File and click on Save As

How to Record And Edit A Podcast in Garageband?

Save it as Podcast Template, so whenever you want to record a new episode, all you have to do is click on this template and your podcasting studio will be all set up and ready for you to start recording your episode right away.

How to Record And Edit A Podcast in Garageband?

Now that we have finished setting up our podcasting template, let us begin recording our podcast.

Step number two: Record your episode 

If you are going to be the only host on your show, which means that you are the only person who is going to be recording the audio for your podcast episode, then this step is going to be very simple.

We already have the studio correctly set up for that, so all that is left for us to do is click on the record button, which is the red circle, or you can just press on the letter R on your keyboard.

Now, record your podcast episode and keep an eye on the timer that is almost next to the record button to know how long you have been recording for.

Once you finish recording your podcast episode, click on the stop button, which is a square, or you can just press on the spacebar on your keyboard.

And that’s it. You are ready to edit your audio clip for your podcast. It is pretty simple, right?

But, what if you want to interview someone for your podcast episode? Is that possible, and how can you do that?

Yes, it possible for you to record with a co-host or interview someone using Garageband. Here is how you can do it:

On the left side, there is a tab where your audio is. To add another audio track input, click on the + sign.

We will then get the same window that we goy when we were creating a new project. It is the same window that asks you to choose your track type. The window that offers you four different track types to choose from. They are the following:

  1. ( Software instrument) 
  2. (Audio) Record using a microphone
  3. (Audio) Connect a guitar or a bass
  4. ( Drummer)

This time, the second option will already be chosen. All you have to do is click on the drop-down menu of Input, select Input 2, make sure that Garageband has picked up the correct microphone that your guest is using to record the podcast.

Your virtual studio is going to look like this after you finish setting up your other microphone.

The next thing that we are going to work on is configuring the tracks so we can record the podcast using bot microphones at once. This is going to allow us to do two major things. These two major things are the following:

  1. Record using two microphones at the same time.
  2. Each recorded audio via one microphone will have its own track, which will allow us to edit both recorded tracks individually if we want to do so.

To configure the tracks, click on Track. Scroll through the drop-down menu and click on Configure Track Header

Then, a small window will pop up. Make sure that you select the Record Enable option.

After that, each audio track will have a recording button ( a circle) next to the headphones icon.

How to Record And Edit A Podcast in Garageband?

Make sure to click on the record button or the circle of both audio tracks. Once you do that, the recording buttons of these two tracks will continually flash in red.

What this does is that it allows you to start recording audio using both microphones by only clicking on the record button, which is the red circle that is next to the Timer.

Now that you have recorded your audio, let talk about how you can edit your podcast episode.

Step number three: Edit your episode

There are three major audio editing features every podcaster should be familiar with in order to edit their podcast episodes properly. These three major audio editing features are the following:

  1. The trimming feature
  2. The splitting regions at playhead feature
  3. The Automation feature

The trimming feature

What is the trimming feature?

It is a tool that allows you to shorten your audio clip by simply dragging the audio clip in from the edge. If you change your mind and you want the previously trimmed audio, all you have to do is drag out the edge of the clip.

Where can I find the trim tool in Garageband?

Go to the lower edge of your audio clip, and your cursor will turn into the trimming tool. Now, all that is left to do is for you to click and drag the clip towards the rest of the audio clip.

How to Record And Edit A Podcast in Garageband?

This tool is very useful when it comes to shortening your podcast’s intro music or if you want to get rid of the silence that exists at the beginning or the end of your podcast episode.

The splitting regions at playhead feature

What is the splitting regions at playhead feature?

The splitting regions at playhead is yet another crucial audio editing feature that is handy when it comes to editing things that are not right at the beginning or end of your audio clip.

This tool basically allows you to split any selected region into two separate audio clips. After you do that, you are free to delete, trim, or relocate this new audio clip.

Where can I find the splitting regions at playhead feature?

First, select the region that you want to split, then go to the Menu bar and click on Edit. A drop-down menu will open, scroll down, and click on Split Regions at Playhead

Instead of doing all of that, you can just select the region where you want the split to take place then click on Command+T on your keyboard to get the job done.

How to Record And Edit A Podcast in Garageband?

A great time-saving feature that you can use while using the Split Regions at Playhead feature is the Delete and MoveFeature. This feature becomes very handy if you want to delete a few seconds or minutes off of your recorded audio.

Once you finish isolating the part of your audio that you want to delete from your audio clip using the Split Regions at Playhead feature, you will end up with three different audio clips, with the one in the center being the one that should be deleted.

Instead of manually deleting that clip and closing the resulting gap, there is a magical button that can do all of that for you with just one click. Yup, that is the Delete and Move Feature.

Where can I find the Delete and Move feature?

Just go to the Menu tab and click on Edit. A drop-down will open, so scroll down until you see Delete and Move.

Before you click on Delete and Move, make sure that you select the audio segment that should be deleted.

To sum it up, the Delete and Move feature will do the following things with just one click:

  1. Delete the selected segment
  2. Bridge the gap between the other two audio segments that resulted from deleting the unwanted audio segment.

The Automation feature

What is the Automation feature?

Unfortunately, GarageBand does not have a Fade tool that you can use to create smoothe transitions like transitioning from your podcast’s intro music to the podcast episode audio clip itself. However, you can still achieve that effect by using the automation feature to create volume changes.

Where can I find the Automation feature?

To use this feature, just go to the Menu bar and click on Mix. A drop-down menu will open, scroll down, and click on Show Automation. Or, instead of doing all of that, just press on A on the keyboard.

By default, Garageband shows you volume automation. However, you can also automate other parameters as well.

Once the automation is visible, follow these steps:

  • Click anywhere in the workspace of the audio you want to work to create the automation node.
  • When you do that, a yellow line is going to appear.
  • You can click anywhere on that yellow line to create more nodes.
  • Next, you are going to drag the node up or down depending on whether you want to increase or decrease the volume of the track you are working on at that specific moment. 

Let me give you a quick example. This is my virtual studio, and as you can see, I have my audio and my intro music in two separate regions.

What I want to do is create a perfect transition from the intro music to the beginning of the episode. To do so, I am going to gradually lower the volume of the music and gradually increase the volume of my actual episode.

First, I will rearrange my audio clips so that at first, only the intro music is going to be playing, but then, both tracks are going to overlap. I will use the automation feature to smoothly transition the music that is fading out to the audio that fading in.

How to Record And Edit A Podcast in Garageband?

Next, I will press on A on the keyboard to make the automation line visible. Once that happens, add as much automation nodes as you need.

Now, you are going to drag the node down for the intro music, so it fades out as the audio that you just recorded fades. This will be done by also dragging the node of track one upwards so that audio begins fading in.

How to Record And Edit A Podcast in Garageband?

And voila, you have created the perfect fading transition without the fading feature existing on Garageband thanks to the Automation feature.

Now that you are familiar with three major audio editing features that you are going to need to edit your podcast, let us move on to the last and final step, which is exporting your episode.

Step number four: Export your episode

Now that you are finally done working on your episode, it is time you export your audio file. However, before you do that, you should listen to your podcast episode one last time to make sure that everything is perfect.

Are you done listening to your episode, and everything seems to be okay? Great! Let us export it then.

To export your podcast episode, follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to the Menu bar and click on Share
  2. Scroll down the drop-down menu and click on Export Song to Disk
  3. When the dialog opens, name your episode, select the export format that you want, whether it is mp3 or something else, choose the file quality and choose where your file should be saved
  4. Finally, click on the Export button.

P.S.: Mp3 is the preferred format for podcasts. Why? Because of their compressed file size!

Other questions related to how to record and edit a podcast in Garageband

Which type of microphone is best for podcasting?

When it comes to podcasting, XLR microphones are better than USB microphones. There are two major pros that make XLR microphones superior to USB microphones. These two significant pros are the following:

  1. Reliability
  2. Better audio quality

If you to learn more about the different types of microphones and which type is going to suit your budget and podcasting style best, then make sure that you read my XLR VS USB Microphone for Podcasting blog post.

How to Make A Great Podcast Cover Art?

Creating a great podcast cover art can be done using three major ways. These ways are the following:

  1. You can hire a graphic designer from Upwork if you have a decent budget.
  2. You can do it yourself using Photoshop if you know how to use this image editing software.
  3. If you have no graphic designing skills, then you can use Canva.com, which is a very simple and free graphic designing and photo editing software.

For a step by step guide that you can follow to create a podcast cover art for your podcast using Canva.com, which is a free website, then feel free to check out my How to Make A Great Podcast Cover Art blog post.

How Should I Name My Podcast Episodes?

You can use the following guideline to figure out what you should name your podcast episodes. The guideline states the following:

  1. Your title should reflect your episode’s content.
  2. Do not put the name of your podcast in your episode’s title.
  3. Do not clickbait or use people’s names to get more listens.
  4. Do not put the episode’s number in the episode’s title.
  5. Make your title appear fully in the search results.
  6. Do not overstuff your title with keywords.

If you are interested in reading more about the do’s and don’ts of naming your podcast episodes, then I highly recommend that you read my brief blog post about how you should name your podcast episodes here.

How Often Should I Podcast?

To find out how often one should podcast, a person must first figure out the answers to the following questions:

  1. How long do they expect to make their episodes to be?
  2. How long does it take them to finish working on a podcast episode?
  3. How much free time do they actually have to work on their podcast?

A podcaster can upload a new episode daily, twice a week, bi-weekly, or even monthly. It all depends on how they have answered the three questions I have just mentioned.

If you are really interested in learning more about the factors that play a huge role in how often you should actually podcast, then check out my How Often Should I Podcast blog post.

That’s it for today’s post. You should now know how to record and edit your podcast episodes using Garageband. Here is a quick summary of how you could do so.

The recording and editing process of a podcast using Garageband can be divided into the following five major steps:

  1. Set up a template for your podcast
  2. Record your episode 
  3. Edit your episode
  4. Export your episode

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Till next time,

Ayah

Ayah Assem

I am a creator and a consumer of many forms of artistic content. With podcasting leaving its mark and declaring its significance in the current content world, I have decided to learn everything related to how to create a podcast. Who knows, maybe in the near future I will start uploading and sharing my creative work in the audio format. Join me on my journey of understanding the podcasting world, as I will be sharing with you all of the information that I am going to learn. Feel free to share with me your podcasting journey at podcastingdiaries@gmail.com and keep an eye on all of the music, books, podcasts, movies, tv shows, and YouTube channels that I always reference.

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