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Create A Podcast Episode With GarageBand For Mac



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hey we're going to take a look at what

it takes to record a podcast on a Mac

computer using free software as many of

you know I started my own podcast in

2016 I actually started to podcast I

started the polyglot developer podcast

as well as the no sequel database

podcast these two both I started in

January of 2016

they've been they've been big hits and I

thought I'd share how I did it

in case you yourself wanted to start a

podcast in the future and you wanted to

know how difficult it was what kind of

software you need things like that and I

have to say it's not difficult you can

do it for pretty cheap the most

important the most expensive part

involved is the actual microphone before

I actually start showing the software I

wanted to be clear that I'm using a blue

Yeti microphone it's an it's a large

microphone it came recommended on Amazon

it you can usually pick it up for around

$80 eighty US dollars so it's not

particularly bad in price and it does

actually sound very good especially for

beginner microphone it's what I'm using

with that without of the way let's go

ahead and take a look at the software so

when I record my podcast I'm using

GarageBand this comes pre-installed with

new Macintosh computers I'm actually

using GarageBand 10 point 1.0 so that

way you know which one I'm using so when

you fire GarageBand you should see a

screen that looks similar to this

now what you want to do is you want to

start a voice so click it and then click

Choose and then it should pop up in full

screen like this or window door or

whatever it may be so the thing about

GarageBand is previous versions of

GarageBand actually had a podcast preset

starting in 10 that preset has gone away

and for the life of me I have not been

able to figure out how to retrieve it

but that is not a problem because what I

did was I created my own preset

so if you do like this the audio quality

that I have in my podcast I'll show you

everything that I did to make it sound

like that so for for example I did I did

make this preset but we're going to go

ahead and walk through together so the

first thing that we did or at least I

did so notice how its narration 'el

local that actually doesn't sound too

bad but it's a little echoey we could we

could improve upon the sound quality

that it offers so let's first all see

what that offers this is a test to see

how well the sound quality is for a

narration vocal and I'm going to go

ahead and play that back inside of the

actual recording of this video this is a

test to see how well the sound quality

is for narration vocal perfect so as you

can see it didn't sound bad it didn't

sound great but but we can go ahead and

improve upon it so we don't we don't

need to actually re-record our clip

anymore we can actually change the

setting on the fly so it's already been

recorded as already recorded at what I'd

like to believe is the highest quality

that it'll be recorded at so let's go

ahead and go down to what I like to use

is natural vocal so if I chose natural

vocal that's what it is now let's go

ahead and play it back

this is a test to see how well the sound

quality is for narration vocal

all right so it really wasn't too bad

but like I said we can do better so to

remove all of the echo make it sound as

crisp and natural as possible what you

want to do is you want to reduce the

echo down to the very bottom you also

want to adjust the reverb down to the

very bottom and when you do that you'll

end up with a audio clip that sounds

like the following

this is a test to see how well the sound

quality is for narration vocal

not too bad right that's actually what I

use so if you look at my user patch

which I saved because I saved this

preset so I don't have to keep doing it

it's actually what you just saw so now

that you know a little bit of the

recording stuff and what I do to change

the sound quality how about editing so

editing is is something that you'll have

to do in your podcast all the time what

what you should do is you should first

zoom in on your timeline if you're using

a touchpad like I am you can just pinch

to zoom and it'll zoom so go ahead and

select a spot on the timeline to make a

cut what you would do is you hit the

command T key and then it would split it

into two pieces so if you needed to say

remove a curse word or remove some kind

of static because you're interviewing

someone and somebody on the line has

introduced some kind of background noise

that you want to remove you can do it

that way so you can you can clip to

sides and then you would just delete

this middle middle portion but you don't

have to you can move around you could

add some some white noise you can say

for example I wanted to drag and leave

this gap and then I wanted to drag an

mp3 audio file in here in case I wanted

my own theme song

I can certainly drag it into the second

track and be able to have this theme

song and then go right into my podcast

and that's actually what I do I actually

have a short sound bite that I purchased

and then I included into my podcast

episode so beyond the GarageBand part so

after you've got your your audio good to

go what you can do is you can go to file

oh sorry I meant share and then you

would choose export song to disk and it

should let you choose the audio quality

and then you can choose whatever's good

in your book so nothing was particularly

difficult in this whole process

so in theory you could use what I told

you and create your own very

high-quality podcast to share with the

world and hopefully share some great

knowledge on everything that you're

doing