There are many audio editing software options, but for Apple users, the easiest is GarageBand. You’ll love that it’s free and easy to use. Ausha will show you how to use it to make your podcast the best it can be.
What is GarageBand?
GarageBand is software from Apple that’s available on Macs, iPhones and iPads for converting your device into a full recording studio. It allows you to manage several areas of expertise, such as song creation, instrument recording, mixing and arranging.
As such, it’s ideal for editing your podcast and making it the best it can be!
The basic tools
Before we begin with GarageBand, we should perhaps have a description of the menu we’ll be using later.
To do so, we’ll start with > opening an Empty Project. You’ll then arrive at the type of track you want. In this case, you’ll want Audio.
If GarageBand is running simultaneously for recording, you’ll need to select entries. In the opposite case, when your audio has been previously recorded you won’t have one.
Once everything is properly selected, click on> Create.
You are now on the home page.
From this point, you’ll need to be in editing mode. You’ll have a series of tabs at the top, including the Edit tab, which you can use to copy, split regions at the playhead, paste or delete parts of your audio track.
To access the editing section you’ll need to click the scissors button located at the top left. Once you open up Edit, remember to remove the two purple buttons on the bar at the top, the metronome and the count button, as they will interfere with listening to your audio during editing.
If all the settings are properly set, it’s time to import your audio. The audio files you have are in your device’s iTunes Library.
Once the audio is chosen and imported into the workspace, it will replace your Audio 1 and, as such, will become your main track.
From the left icon of your audio, you can adjust the sound in general.
Obviously, with audio, you may need to cut to make transitions or even to shorten it if it’s too long.
This is where our editing tool comes in.
The editing tool
Here’s what the GarageBand’s Edit Tool looks like:
When it comes to cutting a portion of your recording, you’ll use the playhead. It allows you to move through time.
Then, once the playhead is placed where you want it, you’ll use the >Scroll Regions to Playhead tool.
Once the chosen regions are split, you can choose to cut them to make them disappear, copy them or paste them into other places in your recording.
These tools will allow you to integrate your intro music, your transition music as well as your closing music. And also to cut out parts of your recording if too long.
The mixing tool
Here’s what the mixing tool looks like:
The mixing tool allows you to create automation on a track in order to decrease the volume at a specific point. This is useful in case you want to remove a noise or an “uh” without cutting your recording.
Also, when you have a second track such as music, it allows you to intensify it or decrease it depending on the situation.
To add your music (royalty free, of course) for your introduction and closing, you’ll need to perform the same steps as for the main audio track.
Once added, you’ll need to embed it at the time of recording where you want it and, as such, perform the automation as seen earlier.
For this recording, I advanced the main track by 15 seconds to embed my intro music. The automation at the end is used as a transition effect to introduce my voice. The automation on the main track allows me to hide an interference sound that I had previously recorded.
Since the automation is present throughout the track, you must be sure to remember to return the sound to a normal volume when you lower it.
Now all you need to do is edit your podcast and adjust the sound.
Once the sound editing is complete, it’s time to export your audio to turn it into an MP3 file. To do this, go to > Share, then > Export Song to Disk. You’ll then have several options available to you, including location, format and audio quality.
For exporting, I recommend an MP3 format and a quality of 128 kbit/s, as it allows for better listening on mobile devices.
Your podcast is now ready to be hosted and broadcasted!Independents