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Creating a Podcast

Launch Garageband then select Podcast. Click Choose.

Give it a name.

Click Podcast Track to display the Podcast Markers Menu. Drag an image from Photos in the Media Browser to the Episode Artwork icon. This will give a visual title to your Podcast in iTunes.

Open up the loops browser in the bottom right corner of the GarageBand window. This is where you will find all the preloaded GarageBand sounds. Stingers are often a good way to start a podcast. Click on the files available and click to preview.

When you have identified a sound clip drag it to the Jingles track to add it to your podcast. Make sure it is at the beginning to avoid silence before it plays.

Repeat the above process but this time look under Jingles for background music or Bed.

Once you have chosen your Bed drag it into the Jingles track. Try to avoid overlapping it with the Stinger you introduced earlier.

Next you are going record yourself talking in your podcast. Drag the timeline (red line)to the end of the Bed track. Then click on either Male Voice or Female Voice depending on your gender. Next click the red record button at the bottom of the screen and start your narrative. If you don’t see the volume meter bouncing up, change your audio input in the GarageBand preferences.

The screenshot above shows a voice recording in the Male Voice track.

Cutting and Hacking

Even seasoned pros need to edit their their podcasts. One of the best ways to do this is to split up your clips at the beginning and end of the section you want to remove. For larger edits, place your track head (red line) at the place you want to cut out and hit Cmd+T. Do the same for the end, and then delete the section of the clip you don’t want by selecting it then hitting the delete key. You can also make finer adjustments using the Track editor, where the wavelengths are shown much bigger. To access the Track Editor click the View/Hide Track Editor icon:

The screenshot below shows the Track Editor displayed in the bottom half of the screen.

Cleaning Noise
If you’re using the built in mic on your Mac, or getting the audio from a noisy source, it’s a good idea to clean it up. GarageBand doesn’t feature a dedicated noise cleaning tool, but you can use several effects to bring down some noise. Select your voice track, and bring up the Track info in your sidebar (Cmd + i). Click on the Edit tab, and click one of the grey boxes to add an effect. Choose “Treble Reduction”.

You can choose either the hard, medium, soft or ultra option.

Alternatively, you can go for the manual setting. You can make changes to the setting as the track is playing to see the impact of each setting to your track.

Ducking is giving preference to certain tracks, while toning down others. You may have a steady background track but want it to be quieter than the voice over you want to lay down over it. To do this you give the voice tracks preference, while ducking the background track. GarageBand by default will automatically unduck the voice tracks and duck the Jingles and Stingers.

The Podcast Track

To the top left of your screen you will notice the podcast track.

This is where all your track metadata is stored. This is information about the track. Click on it to load it up in the track editor at the bottom.

Drag in your podcast artwork (make sure it’s a square image). Edit the podcast details in the Track info panel (Track » Show Track Info). All this info will show in the iTunes podcast directory.

Enhance your Podcast

You can enhance your podcast by dragging images to the Podcast Track. You can drag the images to an appropriate point in the podcast. This will display the images at appropriate times during your podcast. By stretching the image it will stay on the screen longer.

Adding Chapters

Move your track head to where you want a chapter to begin, and click “Add Marker”. You can drag in artwork for each track, as well as specify URLs for people to click through. For instance, if you want people to refer to a website address (URL) while you’re talking about something, add that in to the chapter. Go on adding chapters until you reach the end. If you don’t add any artwork for a chapter it will display the default podcast artwo

Adding Chapter Markers

Exporting it

The most simple way of exporting a Podcast is to go to Share » Export to disk and choose an appropriate quality setting (for an enhanced podcast e.g. with images, you should choose ACC). If your podcast just contains audio then choose MP3.

Exporting It Advanced

If you have an iWeb site, everything is taken care of. Just hit Share » Export, and the podcast will be sent to your iWeb site ready to be published. If you have something like a WordPress blog on the other hand, you will need to use a podcasting tool like Podpress to get a podcast into your RSS feed.

To test out your chapters, play the file in iTunes. You should be able to switch chapters using the Chapters menu in the menubar.