Learn how to record and edit a podcast on GarageBand?

So, recently I had this crazy idea in my mind to start a podcast on the influx of emotions and hard rocks life was throwing at me, so I started my research and turned to my best friend for help because just like you, Google- YES, in the quarantine times, google is my best friend and I found out no-one can help me in PODCASTS than my other best friend- GARAGEBAND. Are you in the boat for the same? Finally after a week of struggle, I have finally figured it out and here I am sharing my guide to you so that you can do the same.

Each one us, has a story which someone on the other side of the world can relate to and can help them in testing times of life!

OMG, Can you finally just start?

Sorry! So, If Looking to start a podcast, you’ve come to the right place, Let me teach you how to record and edit podcasts on GarageBand.

Work on your latest episode seamlessly and without much hassle, no extra cost involved, this app is my favourite for a reason. All you need is your laptop, a microphone and content for your episode.

How to set up your podcast template?

– Open “GarageBand” and click on empty project.

– Go to “CHOOSE“.

– This will open up a new project for GarageBand. Here you’ll see a pop up window to select a track type.

Since we’re recording a podcast, click on record using a microphone.


– Under input, make sure that the microphone you’re using is selected and that it is set on input 1. This makes sure that the audio is mono, which implies that the same audio is going to play on both sides of the speaker or headphones.

– Now hit CREATE.

– You can also come back to these preferences later if you need to change your input or output preference. To do that, all you have to do is select the GarageBand option at the top left corner and select preferences.

– On the top window, next to the play button panel, you’ll find the tempo and other track details. Click on the small arrow next to it and change the display mode from beats and projects to Time. Now you’ll be able to see how long you’ve been recording for.

– Next you need to toggle off the count in, which is the small 123 icon, second from the time display.

– Next to the count in is the metronome icon. Toggle that off, too.

– Now go to FILE option on the top left and click on ‘Save as’. Save this template as GarageBand podcast template on your computer.

Add on TIP: Now the next time you want to start a new podcast episode, you won’t need to create a new empty project, instead you’ll have a pre saved podcast template with the appropriate settings.

STEP 2- How to start arranging your tracks?

Audio can be layered on top of each other, so you can hear multiple tracks at the same time. A very good way to arrange your podcast is to add different tracks for different things in your podcast. For example, you can have one track for the intro music, one for your monologue, one for the background music and one for the imported interviews.

For music or interviews, you can just drag and drop your pre recorded audio files from the desktop or your folders to the GarageBand workspace where you can make adjustments to it. This kind of layering makes it easier to edit different parts of the podcast once you’re done recording.

Each individual track has its own volume control, which means you can raise or lower the volume for a specific track, as a whole. You’ll also need to make sure that the pan icon, next to the volume slider is in between. To mute one specific track you can click on the mute button below the track name. Next to the mute button is the solo button, which mutes all other tracks and plays just that one . Once you’ve arranged your tracks, you’re ready to record your podcast.

STEP 3- Finally, How to set up recording?

To make sure that your sound is coming through and your microphone is working, try talking into the microphone. On the screen, under the Audio 1 track, you’ll see movement on the volume slider. This means that your microphone is working and you’re good to go. Make sure that the movement doesn’t hit all the way to the end i.e the deep red area at the very end, because that is clipping. If your audio clips, it means that the listeners of your audio are going to hear distortion. If the audio is clipping for you, you will need to adjust your recording controls, to do that :

  • Move your cursor to the panel at the bottom of the window.
  • Under the track option you’ll find advanced settings, where you can adjust the ‘record level’. Slide it a little to the left to make your voice softer and less distorted.
  • Ideally, you should sound perfect with the slider at 80-85%.

Test Recording:

  • Hit the record button (little red icon at the top window).
  • Start talking into your microphone.
  • When you’re done, click on the record button again to stop recording.
  • Once the recording is done, you can lay your audio again to listen to what you’ve recorded.

In case you have an interview segment with one or more people, you’ll need to adjust some settings to allow multiple people to talk simultaneously on multiple microphones :

How to go forward for multitrack recording?

  • Add a new track by clicking on the + icon from the top of the window on the left side of the screen
  • Choose audio and click on input 2  for input preference and click create
  • Now go up to the ‘track’ option on the top tool bar and select ‘configure track header’
  • In the window that pops up, click check on the record enable option. A small separate record button will pop up for each audio track. Select each button
  • Now, when you hit the main record button at the top it will turn on recording for both microphones at the same time.

STEP 4- Let’s proceed to editing, now:

Once you’re done recording your podcast, you’ll need to edit a few bits to add intro and exit music, delete unwanted parts and re record a few parts. For this, there are a few fundamental editing procedures that you need to be familiar with:

  1. Trim: Hover your cursor over the right edge of the audio clip and drag the end to where ever you want it to end. This will trim the track
  2. Splitting the track: Hover at the edge and drag the playhead to where you want to split the track from. Now go to the edit option in the window on the top and select ‘Split regions at playheads’. You can also use the keyboard shortcut: command+T.
  3. Rearranging the track: once you’ve split your track, you can drag and move the split parts to rearrange them. You can shift a clip to a different track by dragging and dropping.
  4. Deleting clips: Split the track at the beginning of the part that you want to delete. Then split it again at the end of the part you want to delete. Now highlight the split section and click delete.
  5. Re-recording clips: Delete the part that you need to rerecord. Now bring the play head to where you began the deleted segment and hit the record button to rerecord that part of the audio.
  6. Automation: to fade in/out with music, you’ll need to use the automation tool: You will find the Automation option in the Mix tool from the Tool bar at the top of your screen. Click on Automation in the drop-down menu to activate it, or use the shortcut A.
    -Once the Automation is on, the colour of the track will change to yellow, you will also see a yellow line across your audio track.
    -Make sure that the option under your track is selected as ‘Volume’ (It has other options like pan, echo and reverb, but we need to work with volume right now).
    -Decide where you want the fade to start on your track. Click on the starting point right on the yellow line. This will drop a key frame on the yellow line to mark the starting of your fade.
    -Now, decide the end point of your fade out and drop another key frame on that spot.
    -After this,  drag the end key frame from the middle all the way down to infinity or the bottom line of the track.
    -Playback your audio to hear the effect of the fade out (Similarly, you can also fade in the audio).


Here’s my favourite Pat Flynn teaching you how to do it through a video guide: