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How to Start a Podcast Episode in iLife's GarageBand '11

In iLife, GarageBand '11 is the perfect tool for creating audio or video podcast episodes with narration, dialogue, music, sound effects, chapter markers, artwork, and Web addresses (URLs).

To start with the appropriate tracks for a podcast episode, choose New Project from the opening dialog for your new project and choose Podcast. In a podcast project, the Podcast Track appears above other tracks in the timeline. The Editor underneath the tracks shows the marker list, with columns for the start time, artwork, chapter title, URL title, and URL for each marker.

A podcast project.
A podcast project.

A podcast project includes two Real Instrument tracks — Male Voice and Female Voice — which are optimized for recording spoken narration or dialogue. You set up these tracks and record into them just as you do with any Real Instrument track.

A podcast project also provides background tracks — you can add loops for jingles, stingers, and sound effects, as described here:

  • Jingles: You can use these complete background music tracks behind the narration or dialogue. Some jingles are available in long, medium, and short versions.

  • Stingers: These brief sounds can be used as transitions or audio “punctuation” between speakers or between sections of a podcast.

  • Sound effects: These effects include the sounds of people, animals, and machines as well as room ambience and other environmental sounds.

To choose any of these tracks, click the Loop Browser button to open the Loop Browser, and click the Podcast Sounds button (with the radiating sound wave) in the upper left corner of the Loops Browser to the left of the Scale pop-up menu.

To enhance narration tracks, select the recorded region in the track to edit it in the Editor — you can adjust the pitch with the Pitch slider (and click the Follow Tempo & Pitch option to keep the audio track on pitch and tempo for the project), enhance tuning with the Enhance Tuning slider (and limit tuning to the set key for the project), and enhance timing to match the set time signature with the Enhance Timing slider.

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