When you start GarageBand and you do not have a podcast specific template available, follow this tutorial to help you setup two vocal tracks for recording your interview.
Watch the video:
Go through the steps:
- Open Garageband. Go to Finder > Applications > GarageBand.
- Select Empty Project and check that the Audio Input is set to USB Microphones. Then click Choose.
- GarageBand will prompt you to select what type of track you would like to add to the project. Click on the microphone image to select it, then in the Input dropdown menu, select Input 1 + 2.
NOTE: If you have not setup USB microphones in your computers audio settings, refer to How to setup two USB microphones for podcasting (mac) for steps on how to do this.
- Untick the checkbox I want to hear my instrument as I play and record (unless you and your guest want to listen to the recorded audio and are wearing headphones) and check that My instrument is connected with: is set to USB Microphones is selected. Then click Create.
- You have created one audio track but you need to create another one. To do this click on the add icon (+) above the Audio 1 track.
- Click on the microphone image to select it, then in the Input dropdown menu, select Input 3 + 4. Also, untick the checkbox I want to hear my instrument as I play and record and check that My instrument is connected with: is set to USB Microphones. Then click Create.
- You have now created two audio tracks.
- Enable viewing of the Record Enable button by going to the file menu and selecting Track > Track Header > Show Record Enable Button.
- You should now be able to see the Record Enable button.
- Select the Record Enable Button on both tracks to enable recording. They will start flashing.
- Also make sure that the Input Monitoring button is enabled, if it is enabled it will be orange. If not, click the Input Monitoring button to turn it on.
NOTE: Only the track selected has the Input Monitoring button highlighted in full orange. In the example above the Input Monitoring buttons are enabled on both tracks. Audio 1 is selected and therefore has the Input Monitoring button highlighted in orange. Audio 2 is not selected but still has part of the Input Monitoring button highlighted in orange to indicate it is enabled.
- Now you are ready to start recording your podcast interview. To start recording, press the main record button (at the top of the screen).
- When you have finished your interview press the spacebar to stop recording.
- Don’t forget to save your project.