Record Two Microphones into GarageBand

Record Two Microphones into GarageBand


Hi there! My name is Kyle. Today we’re going to discuss how to record
multiple microphones directly into GarageBand. This does require a few pieces of equipment,
which we’ll go over, and some setup you’ll need to do on your computer. Before we jump into that I want to address
a question that is asked a lot of the time. You might have a USB microphone like the Snowball
or the Blue Yeti. There is oftentimes frustration if you plug
two of these microphones into the same computer because the computer doesn’t recognize that
they are separate devices. The company who makes these microphones, Blue,
does have a way that you can make this work. But you do need to still be under the manufacturers
warranty, have bought it from an authorized dealer, and it can take up to 5 days to complete. I’ve left a link to their website in the
description if you need more information on that. However if you’re wanting to increase your
production value and have the means to do so I would always recommend getting an XLR
microphone and using an audio interface. Let me break down those two terms An XLR microphone is one that plugs in with
an XLR cable. They look like this. They have three prongs and can transfer a
better audio signal. These two microphones are plugged into an
audio interface. An audio interface is usually something that
looks like this. At Media Lab we’re using the Focusrite Scarlett. What this allows you to do is capture multiple
audio signals. In this case it’s two microphones, but it
could also be a piano or a guitar that’s plugged in so that you could record a song. You can get really big audio interfaces that
can support 16 or more inputs at the same time. Because maybe you’re trying to create a
podcast of the Last Supper. The audio interface plugs in with a USB into
the back of your computer, so it’s taking a lot of inputs and shrinking it down to one. Now it’s time to make sure your settings
are correct in GarageBand. This computer is currently running High Sierra
and GarageBand 10.2.0. If you are running previous versions of the
software things may be slightly different than what I’m about to show you. Before we do anything, I’m going to recommend
that we are sure that we have turned the audio interface on. With the Scarlett there is this button on
the front that you need to press. If it’s red, then it has been turned on. On the Mac, you can then go and click on your
Apple Menu from the top left of the computer screen. Click on System Preferences. Click on Sound in the second row. And then make sure that under the Input heading
that you have selected the Scarlet. You can also select the Sclarlet in the Output
heading if you will be using headphones, which I do recommend. Once that’s done, we’re going to open
up GarageBand. On this window that opens we are going to
choose an Empty Project. We are going to record using a microphone,
so we’re going to select this second option. And then it gives you the traditional GarageBand
interface. Now because we’re using two microphones,
we need to make sure that we have two tracks. There is this plus button symbol near the
top left of our window that we can click on, which gives us that same window that appeared
when we first opened Garageband. We’re going to select the same option as
before. Near the bottom left you are going to see
a heading that says Recording Settings. Because we have two microphones plugged in
we need to let GarageBand know that we want each track to be picking up a different microphone. So if we click on the first track, we can
see under our recording Settings that it is the 1st input. Then if we click on the second track we can
make sure to change it to the 2nd input. You would continue to do this if you had more
than two microphones. Now comes the truly tricky part that would
be nice if it were more obvious. What you need to do is to right click on one
of these tracks. And the very last option is Configure Track
Header. If we select that, one of the options is Record
Enable. We are going to make sure there is a checkmark
next to it. If you click anywhere outside of this pop
up, it will disappear. We can now see these two dots that have appeared. Right now for me, the first track has a white
dot, and the second track has a red dot. The red dot indicates that that track is ready
to record. But if we click on each of these dots you
will see them both starting to flash red. This is what we want. Before we push record, though, notice that
near on the top of GarageBand we have these two purple selections. The one with numbers means you will be counted
in before you can start recording. Unless we’re recording music we don’t
really need that. The second is a metronome which would allow
us to keep time if we’re recording music. Otherwise it’ll be an annoying ticking sound. I’d suggest click on both of these to deselect
them. Lastly, if it matters to you, you can also
click on this drop down arrow and then select Time so that you can easily see how much time
has elapsed while you’re recording your podcast, instead of the default which is measures
and bars. OK. We’re all ready to go! We can now go to the top of GarageBand and
click on the red circle which means record. Down below we can see two tracks starting
to be recorded. If you run into any trouble. Click on GarageBand in the Menu Bar and select
Preferences. Under the Audio/MIDI option, make sure the
the Output and Input Device are what you want them to be. So that’s what you need to do. I hope you found that helpful. Let me know if it was down in the comment
below. Also down in the comments let me know other
questions you may have about either podcast or video production. I’ll be back next Wednesday with another
tip for you. Until then, make great stuff!

4 thoughts on “Record Two Microphones into GarageBand

  1. This is exactly what I was looking for. The explanation is perfect and answers all of my questions. Thank you for taking the time to record this video!! 🙂

  2. This is what I have been looking for!! Thank you SO much. You just made my podcast so much better. Lol question.

    I now am trying to edit this and I’m struggling to edit the voices at the same time. So now I can only cut clips from one track at a time and it’s a struggled to line up the voice in sync. Any suggestions?! 🙏🏻🙏🏻 Thanks!

  3. It's a miracle! Could only find videos on GarageBand recording with USB mics (aggregate device) or recording with one XLR mic only. It's a miracle. Thanks, Kyle.

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