How to Record & Edit a Podcast in Garageband (Complete Tutorial)

How to Record & Edit a Podcast in Garageband (Complete Tutorial)

– Hey it’s Pat here, in this
video you’re gonna be learning how to use GarageBand to
record and edit your podcast. I’ll show you how to make sure
your mic is set up properly, how to make sure your levels
are exactly where they need to be, and also we’re gonna do
a fun little test recording, which you should do also if
you are using this software. Hey really quick, this
is actually a lesson that’s pulled from my premium
course, Power of Podcasting, and just wanted to
share with you for free, because I know a lot of
you are looking how to use GarageBand, so it’s freely
available to you, and it does reference other lessons
in my premium course, but don’t worry about
that, just get right in, learn how to use GarageBand, and crush it. Okay so to start just hit empty project, we don’t need to create
a hip hop beat or plug in our guitars or anything
like that, we don’t want to choose voice either,
that’s for something else, empty project’s where you wanna
start, and then hit choose, and now it’s gonna open up
GarageBand, but first it’s gonna ask you where the audio is actually gonna be coming from. Like I said, we’re gonna
be using our microphone, so select the microphone,
under input you wanna make sure the ATR USB
microphone is selected, and also that it’s in Input 1 like this. This little circle is really important. That marks the file as
or, the actual audio that’s coming in as
mono, meaning both sides of the speakers or both
sides of the headphones, the left side and the right side are gonna share the same audio. If you select Input 1+2,
what you might record would be just one side,
and what you might import from like an interview
or something, might be the other side, and it’s
gonna sound really funky in speakers and headphones,
so you wanna make sure that it’s just the single
circle, not the sort of Venn Diagram looking double circle. And, you wanna make sure
your instrument is the ATR USB mic, if not, you
wanna click on this arrow, this opens up the preferences in here, you can then reselect the
input device, that you want, we have it set correctly
right now, the output device is simply that when you
hit play, after you record something, where’s the
sound gonna come from, that you can listen too. System setting is five,
you have your headphones plugged in, that’ll work,
if you have some other audio that you wanna listen
through, that’s fine too. You’ll actually notice
that the ATR USB microphone can also be used as an
output device, if you look at the back of your microphone,
there’s a little headphone jack there too, you can
use that if you want. Doesn’t really matter. Now if you wanna get
back to this preferences, later on if you wanna
change things, just head on over to GarageBand, and
hit preferences, and that opens up this same window. But again, we just wanna
make sure the ATR’s selected, and then we’re gonna hit choose, or actually create, and we’re off. All right? And this is GarageBand. The first thing you’ll
notice, is that as I speak, you’ll begin to see
movement and color here, for this first audio track. And that’s good. We wanna see movement, because that means GarageBand hears our audio. I’ll tell you more about what the colors mean in a second, and how to
adjust it if you need too, but I will say that if
you don’t have any sound coming through, it either
means you don’t have the microphone selected,
or it’s not plugged in, so you wanna make sure
you go to GarageBand and preferences, and make
sure that your ATR USB microphone or your mic of
choice is actually selected. You can also select it down here in case in the input for this particular track, in case it’s not there as
well, you can see it there, also make sure, just side
note that it is indeed on mono, the single circle, not on stereo, which you’ll notice up
here, if you’re in stereo, it’ll have two sort of
layers here, the bars, you’ll see two of them, we
wanna just see one there, for when we’re recording
through GarageBand. If that’s still not working
and you’re not hearing any audio come through or
seeing any audio come through, it might just mean that
you’re microphone’s not on. Again, the Audio-Technica
sometimes fools you because it has a blue light,
even if the thing is not on. The blue light means it just has power. Flick it on, and then you should be fine. Now, don’t worry about all
this, too much, because there’s a lot that you actually
don’t need to worry about, like this compressor, and
these controls down here, there’s an equalizer too
which allows you to change a few things, and again a lot
of this is made for musicians, which is why you see things
like the bar and the beat and the tempo and the key
signature and the time signature. We don’t need any of that stuff. We wanna keep it simple. So, to remove all this
and actually just show the time, which is what
we wanna know, how long we’ve been recording for,
just click on this arrow here to share the time
as the display mode, and there you can see,
as we begin recording, the seconds and minutes
will display there. We can also turn off this
count-in, we don’t need four counts before we hit
recording, we’re not singing a song, and then finally the
metronome, we can turn off, cause we don’t need to hear clicks, cause there’s no measures, we’re just simply recording our voice. Now what’s cool about this,
is that you’ll see that the audio that’s coming through
is coming in, it’s kind of hitting midrange to the
orange, and that’s totally fine. We do not want this bar as
we speak to get all the way to the end, that’s called
clipping, and if you clip in your audio file, it
means that people listening on the other end are
gonna hear distortion. We don’t want that. Now if you are speaking
and it’s clipping for you, it’s getting it like
deep into the red here at the very end, you can
actually adjust your recording levels down here using this control. Now, if I were to go down
a little bit, you’ll notice that my voice begins to
get a little bit softer, if I go a little bit higher
you’ll notice that I’m actually gonna go too high,
so that becomes distorted now, you’ll see that just,
that does not sound good. You want it to be kind of like, 85 to 80%, or to the point at which you are always speaking in the yellow. And, that’s gonna take
some practice, and that’s the whole purpose of going
through this test recording, you’re gonna actually do a test recording, in just a minute and listen to yourself and just adjust things as needed. Now, you’ll notice here
that this is Audio 1, this is called a track. Tracks are essentially
like layers that can live on top of each other, and
you’ll hear multiple tracks at the same time, and the
best practice is to create different tracks for different
things that are in your audio file or in your podcast. So, for example, this might
just be a track just to put the intro music in, and as you
begin to see in the next video, you’re gonna actually have
tracks for your intro, for your, actually, let’s
just do that now, for you’re main voice, you’re gonna
have a track, for example, for your music, and
you’re gonna have a track for instance when you
import your interviews. Now what’s nice about your
music and your interviews, is you can literally just
drag and drop those MP3 files from your desktop,
or your folder, to inside GarageBand here, and it’ll
just show you the audio track. You can make adjustments from there. The music, same thing,
with your main voice, you would just record that,
your intro, that’ gonna be something that you just
add in once, and it’ll be automatically in your master templates, that you don’t need to worry about that. Again, the whole purpose
of this is to make it easy for you for production,
going down the road. But again like I said,
we’re gonna run some test recordings really
quick, but I do wanna share with you a few other
adjustments that you might need to make as you are going
along, and it’s just, I wanna share with you some of
these things that will be useful for you as begin to
actually use the software. Okay, so you’re gonna notice
that every individual track here, one two three four, has
its own unique volume control. You can raise and lower the
volume for that entire track in whole, so if you were to
adjust this up, the entire track would be louder, if
you were to adjust it lower, the entire track would be softer. That’s helpful, for example,
if you have an interview that comes in, and it’s just
very soft, you’re listening to it, you’re like, I
with that was louder, well you can adjust that
here, which is nice. And what’s also cool, is you
don’t have to be perfect. Try to get it as close
as possible for your ear, and the software, both
GarageBand and one that I’ll show you later, will help you,
what’s called, normalize it, meaning it’ll match all
the levels, property, properly, for the entire
file, which is fantastic. Now, there are moments within
a track, that you might want things to be softer
and louder, and so you can’t use this, adjuster here for
that, because for example, if I were too, if I were to
set it up so that you know, the music plays really
loud and then it softens and then my voice comes
in, well if I were to lower the music completely, well, you wouldn’t hear the music at all. So I’m gonna show you how
to do that in just a minute, actually I’m gonna show you that while we do test recordings,
and so just keep that in mind. Other things, pay attention
here, are this left and right thing, you don’t need to worry about that too much, just
make sure it’s centered, this is your pan, meaning
you can adjust the volume to be all the way on the
left side, or all the way on the right side, and since
we’re doing podcasting, we don’t need to worry about
which side things are on. So just make sure that
it’s centered and at zero, here is the mute button,
so if you have a bunch of tracks going on and you
just wanna turn one off really quick, you can
just press that button and that mutes that track. Now if you just wanted to
listen to one solo track, just hit this headphone
symbol, and you’ll see that automatically mutes
the other ones, and so let’s say for example you just
wanted to hear only one track only and just not hear
anything else because you’re just working on this one right
there, just click on solo, and then you’ll be fine from there. So now what I’m gonna do is
actually do a test recording and I’m just gonna talk about
what I had for breakfast, and I’m gonna show you
how to edit that thing, and how to change the
volume midway through, and we’ll create a little
track here before we get into another piece of
software that you might use if you’re on a PC for
example called Audacity. But let’s just hit record and start going. So here we go. Hey this is Pat Flynn thank
you so much for listening into this, I wanna talk about
my breakfast really quick. So for breakfast today
I had a bowl of oatmeal with some blueberries,
steel-cut oatmeal actually, and then I also had a coffee,
and I was just fueling up so I can create these videos
for all the awesome students of Power Up Podcasting. Thanks so much, love you all, bye. And there we go. You can see the waveform
it came in, and they are at different volumes, which
is represented by these different peaks and valleys
here, and you’ll notice that there’s some places where
there is no sound coming in, those are typically pauses,
and some parts are louder, some parts are softer, the main thing you wanna look out for,
is after you record, that none of them are clipping,
meaning, remember that’s when it’s too loud, when
it’s too loud, you’ll notice that these peaks and valleys
go way beyond the outer limits of this display here, and we don’t want that to happen. So it looks like we’re all good. So let’s actually click
on this button here to go all the way to the
beginning, and I’m gonna hit play just so you can
hear what this sounds like. Hey this Pat Flynn thank
you so much for listening into this, I wanna talk about
my breakfast really quick. So for breakfast today
I had a bowl of oatmeal with some blueberries,
steel-cut oatmeal actually, and then I also had a coffee,
and I was just fueling up so I can create these videos
for all the awesome students of Power Up Podcasting. Thanks so much, love you all, bye. All right. Now let’s say, I wasn’t
happy with that ending, and so I’m gonna grab what’s
call the playhead here, that’s what this part is
called, and bring it back to about where I think the
last part was and hit play, just kind of remind
myself, thanks so much, love you all, bye. Okay, maybe I don’t like that. Maybe I wanna go back here,
and I’m gonna hit track, or, excuse me, edit, and
split regions at playhead. Again, that essentially
splits these two regions at where the playhead is at. You can also put as a
shortcut, just hit Command-T, and that does that for you. Now you can see, I can
actually move this part away. Which is really cool. Or even move it into a different
track, if I wanted too. If I were to do that, you’ll
actually hear that autro lay on top, of the part right
before the ending there. So I’m actually gonna play
this, it’s gonna sound really bad because it’s two
voices at the same time, but you’ll hear it. (recording plays) Yeah, that was kind of weird. So again, you just wanted
to delete that, so I’m just gonna highlight that and click
delete, and there you go. And I wanna re-record the
intro, and to do that, I don’t need it on the new
track, I can just pick up right where I left off,
hit record, and, just kind of remind myself, I always
kind of play the last few seconds when I’m re-recording
something just so I know where I was coming from,
of Power Up Podcasting. Okay. So I’m gonna get to the end
here, and thanks so much for listening in, appreciate
you, talk to you soon, bye. All right. Now let’s click play, for Up Podcasting. Thanks so much for listening in, appreciate you, talk to you soon, bye. Okay. There you go. Now like I said earlier,
you can have multiple tracks going on at the same time,
so I’m gonna actually go to the beginning and
select the music one, and I’m just gonna hum some
music, and you can kind of hear what that sounds
like in the background. So I’m gonna do that really quick. (recording playing while Pat hums) Oh, see, that was kind of annoying, because I was able to hear my voice. So what I’m gonna do is
actually go back, undo that, go back to the beginning,
and I’m gonna mute the intro, so I can just hum music really quick. And then I’ll show you how to adjust the volume of that music. (Pat humming) Okay. That’s all I’m gonna do for
now, but let’s play that back. (recording playing of Pat humming) Okay yeah, that’s kind of silly. Okay now let’s hear what it sounds like with both things together. (recording playing of Pat
talking and Pat humming) Now, as you can see that was
maybe a little bit too loud. Now, we can do a few things here. I’m gonna actually select
both, of these regions here. And move them, so, hit shift,
and if you wanna actually control multiple regions at the same time, and move that over, I’m
gonna have the music start, and the music will start
playing, as as I start to come in I’m gonna lower
the volume of the music, and then actually have
it fade completely out. So, I’m gonna just go through these there, I’m gonna start with the
music, have me come in, now like I said earlier,
to adjust the music midway through, gonna have
to actually go to mix, and show automation. So I’m gonna click on music
here to show that one, and volume, now you’ll notice
that there’s like a faded yellow bar here, now if I were
to click, that will turn on. Now the next time I click,
it’ll actually create a little bit of a button or a dot,
so I’m gonna click where that dot is there, which
kind of aligns with where the intro starts there, and
what I wanna do at that point, is actually that’s where I
want the music to fade out. So I’m gonna click another
button at the end here, and then what’s cool is I
can drag this button down, and this changes the volume over time. So you see it starts
at zero decibels here, and then over time it starts to fade out. So let’s listen to only
what that sounds like. So I’m gonna click solo, and hit play. (recording playing of Pat humming) So, that’s cool, that’s how
it fades out all the way. Now let’s play both at the same time. And if you wanna turn the automations off, you can actually just
click on this button here, that for whatever reason doesn’t show up until you turn show
automations on, the first time, but now I can easily go back and forth. But let me turn it off, I’m
gonna make sure everything is on and hit play and we’ll
hear what this sounds like. (recording playing of Pat humming) (recording playing of Pat
humming and Pat speaking) All right? And there you go. Now your task now is to
create a test recording and just play around with
the software a little bit, adjust things, and learn
how to split tracks and cut them, and move things
around and delete things, the one thing I do wanna
share is this latest version of GarageBand doesn’t make it
easy related to this playhead, sometimes you might click in this region above the playhead, and
what that does is it toggles what’s called the cycle,
meaning that if you were to actually highlight something like this in this top part and it turns
orange, now when you play, it only plays this region. Now this is helpful if
you’re doing music and you just wanna listen to like
one section over and over and over and over and over
again, but it’s not very useful for us podcasters, so you
can just turn that off. If you happen to just like,
randomly do that on accident every once in a while, don’t
get frustrated, just click on cycle or press C to turn
that off, and then just grab the playhead and then move it to wherever you want it to go. So, now your task is like I
said, create a test recording, talk about, I don’t know,
your breakfast or how the course is going for
you, you don’t ever have to share it with anybody,
it’s gonna be nice to kind of work out the
kinks, kind of get used to talking to a microphone
and not a person, which I know is gonna feel
a little bit weird to you, just play around, listen to
it, and again, the last thing, don’t worry about what you
sound like in terms of like what your voice sounds like. What we want is good audio
quality which is what you’re setting yourself up
for right now, does not matter what your voice sounds like. I know a lot of people fear
that, I know that I fear that, it’s what stopped me in
the beginning, but honestly the only person that said
anything about my voice over the tens of millions
of downloads of my podcast, was the voice inside my head. It does not matter. All right. So that was a deep dive
into using GarageBand to help you edit and record your podcast. Now there’s obviously a lot
of other things involved, related to getting your
podcast up and running, and if you aren’t already
taking my mini course to help you all the way
through, you’re gonna actually go ahead and get access
to that right now for free by going to And that’ll take you through
three days to help you through all the steps that
you need to know, this and all the other things, to
help you get your podcast up and running so the world can hear it. So, if you aren’t yet
already taking my mini class, go to

100 thoughts on “How to Record & Edit a Podcast in Garageband (Complete Tutorial)

  1. Thanks Pat!! Perfect timing for me too! I want to create a recorded webinar next week and wanted to use garageband and imovie rather than do a screen share recording because it give me more room to edit. You have answered so many of my questions!!

  2. Thanks for a great video Pat. Was about to pull my hair out trying to figure out different programs I have but I’ll now just start with Garage Band as it’s easier to use. Have a great day!

  3. Super easy tutorial, but how do I set up to have two hosts? We are using two mics connected to garageband and in the same room!

  4. Hey Pat, I’m trying to adjust the wave scale for the height of the audio wave, but I haven’t been able to find the tools to do that. Any ideas?

  5. Hello! Thank you so much. This has been so helpful. I had an audio that I wished to edit, and after watching your video once, I was able to edit it with great ease (after spending months just ignoring it, because everyone else I know either uses audacity or are still living in garageband's legacy settings from 2014. This has been a big help, thank you again!

  6. Best video brother! I watched so many and I could not find an easy and simple one like yours, so thank you very much!

  7. I just started a podcast, and I've just been uploading it to youtube. Do you think this is a bad strategy to get listeners?

  8. Hi Pat! This video is so helpful! I do have a question for you. So when I get to the point where I am actually recording, I am not able to see the visual of my voice the way yours is at 8:49. Mine comes out as a straight line. It still plays but I can't "see" it which makes it tough for editing. What may I be missing here?

  9. Thanks a lot for the video, Pat! Can you help me figure out an issue I'm having while recording? I have a Focusite 2i2 audio interface and a Shure SM 58 mic. When I go to GarageBand and try to record on Mono (1 circle), the sound is very low. When I record on Stereo (2 circles), it sounds much better, like it should be. Why doesn't it work for Mono the same way? Thanks in advance!

  10. Thank you! Really well done. Thankfully there are people out there like you making up for Apple's increasing disregard for simplicity and "just work".

  11. Great video, i have 3 microphones only 2 usb ports and have tried the powered usb hub but have had no luck, wondering whether you have any ideas how to fix?? thanks!

  12. When you explain moving audio that has been split, you do not say how to do it. It's as if it got caught in the editing. You say "you are going to hit shift _____". and continue speaking without saying what lets you do it. Thank you, I appreciate your help. By the way…it took me FOREVER to find a video that told me to use the url link for RSS feed in Spreaker – the process of clicking on the yellow box that said RSS feed on the episode you just created, and then it takes you to this huge page of code. Then, one must copy and paste the url…this info was the last piece I needed. I wish the info for each video was more of a list of the key things one needs. I had to hire someone from UpWork to help me, and he didn't know either. It was like digging for a gold mine.

  13. What video camera do you use to video podcasts? Also what's the best way to record 3+ people with all the mic's and whole set up?

  14. What if you have two or more microphones, how would I set it up in the preferences so that it’s recording from them both?

  15. Thank you so much for this! I have been trying to figure this out on my own as I record meditations and add music! I was doing it all wrong!

  16. Help ! I have a blue snowball . Is it any way I can just get the audio from garage band and attach it to the recording of me from my phone without having to over lay it on iMovie

  17. This video has been tremendously helpful for me, thank you so much! One question: I have some clients that I burn my interviews onto a CD for. Is there a way to break a 50 minute interview into tracks for their CD players? (rather than having one LONG track on the CD?)

  18. Thanks Pat, this is very helpful. My "s" and "t" sounds are very sharp so I want to use a de-esser. Is there one you can recommend? I've tried downloading a free trial of two 'Waves' de-essers but there seems to be a problem with licensing and they are not uploading to GarageBand. Any guidance you can give on this would be greatly appreciated. (I've tried recording at different distances to my mic as well as different angles but it's not helping).

  19. Helpful video! You showed how to delete at the End of his recording. How do you edit/delete a measure from within the recording?

  20. Thanks man. I am working on starting up my own podcast and I am not overly familiar with garageband. Your videos have been helpful. I am rewatching the video you did for creating a podcast template

  21. Just FYI if your testing something and you aren't using a mike and you have tried everything else if the button in garage band that looks like a wifi signal is orange click it that should allow your audio to work if not try something again.

  22. my mic is not registering garage band… its not working and its a brand new mic! what do you do when you go into 
    and you do not see your mic! frustrating.Your not helping

  23. Im trying to start a podcast I’ve been so worried about equipment, editing, podcast hosts, etc . It’s all like a foreign language to me but you have a way of simplifying it! Thanks so much!

  24. Hi. A newbie here. Just discover your channel and subscribe. Did you have a video showing how to reduce the background noise/noise reduction?

  25. Tip for using Levelator: If you have Intro/Outro music, first edit and export only the vocal track without the Intro/Outro and put it through the Levelator. Then add the Intro/Outro music to the vocal track from the Levelator and export in your desired format. If you export with the Intro/Outro music and then put it through the Levelator it might distort the sound of the music. Hope this helps.

  26. Thank you so much for this video its really helpful!
    I'm using same mic to record through GarageBand and did all the steps that you showed, I recorded but when I click the play button I hear nothing although its been recorded.. can anyone help please

  27. So glad I found your video tutorial. Great job. Learning step-by-step how to record podcast. I've noticed that my sound wave is a flat-line (I still can hear the track but it shows flat-line). I connected mic to Yamaha MG10XU mixer and that to the MacBook.

  28. Thank you. I am completely new to this and already by 4:00 in I've got GarageBand set up and ready to go.
    Thanks again for taking the time to make this.

  29. Hi, thanks a lot for this video. I’m having an issue with the mix option (show automation). I can’t click on the point at the end of the Track in order to adjust the volume. Idk what the issue is

  30. hey thanks for the video! My Garage Band still adjusts the levels automatically… any clue why that might be? I use a blue yeti

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