Join Scott Bourne for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding podcasting presets, part of Podcasting with GarageBand 3.
- [Instructor] Okay, now we're going to cover podcast tracks in GarageBand 3. We're going to open GarageBand 3 by clicking on the guitar icon. You'll note right away we are presented with that welcome screen that talks about a podcast episode. We'll click that and give our podcast a name. This time we'll call the podcast Trackdemo. Click Create. GarageBand automatically puts that podcast in the GarageBand folder.
Now here you see, in all its glory, all five podcast tracks. These are special tracks that have been designed by Apple just for you to use in a podcast. We'll go through them in order. The top track is the Podcast Track. This is where you would put art and chapter markers. The next track is the Male Voice Track. If you notice the bars moving across the screen, that's because I'm talking live into the interface and it's actually metering my voice.
The great thing about this track is it's pre-optimized for the average male voice. Later on I'll show you how to change that optimization, but right now we'll just stick with the default. Yes, below that is the Female Voice. Now, you'll notice I haven't turned into a girl. This doesn't mean that the person on this track has to be a female. What it does mean is that this track has been optimized for the female voice. Below that we have Jingles. This is where you'll drop all of your music beds. You can use the built-in Apple loops here, or you can bring in your own music.
Once again, we'll cover that a little bit later on during another training session. The final track is Radio Sounds. This is sort of like a radio engineer's track. This is where you can do special effects and keyboard-driven sounds that work inside your podcast. Okay, now I want to show you how you can add to these tracks, take away from them, and duplicate them. This is where you start to move into some of the real power of GarageBand 3. We'll start right off the bat by adding a new track.
There are lots of ways to do this. The simplest way is to simply click the New Track icon on the left side of your screen. It looks like a plus symbol. We'll left click that, and you'll see that you get two chances right away to make a new track. One is called the Software Instrument track. This covers things that are created by GarageBand. The next track would be the Real Instrument track. That would be if you wanted to add more vocals or an acoustic instrument of some kind. Right now I'm just going to create a Software Instrument track for the purpose of our training session.
You'll note that GarageBand automatically adds the Grand Piano track to the track list. This is the bottom track. It always adds the new track on the bottom. This is where we could put another instrument. It would automatically sound like a piano if we drag mini data into that file. Or we can change that. We'll show you how to do that later. Now, what if you decide you don't want that track after all? No problem. You can simply go up here to the Track Menu and say delete that track, and poof, it is gone.
No harm, no foul. Everything that you do in GarageBand can be undone. You can't really screw anything up too bad, so don't be afraid to experiment. You might be asking yourself, "Well, that's great. "I can make a new track and delete a track. "What if I want to duplicate a track?" Well, the engineers at Apple didn't forget about you. In fact, I'll show you a little trick that broadcast engineers often use. They make multiple vocal tracks so that they can layer them and add special effects to them. We're going to do that right now. We're going to add a second Male Voice track.
Once again, we could just click the button down here to make a new track, but that wouldn't duplicate the track. So we have to go to the Track menu and actually select Duplicate Track, which means the parameters that were found on the previous track are now included on the new track. Everything is identical. Once again, you can add as many of these as your memory will allow. You can duplicate them. You can add them. You can delete them. GarageBand is very powerful in this way. Most of the time the five tracks that you're presented in GarageBand will be enough.
But in case you need to add or delete, you have that capability. So let's recap. We talked about the track template. We talked about the purpose of those five tracks, how to add tracks, how to delete tracks, and how to duplicate tracks. Hope you enjoyed that part of the lesson. We're going to move on to more fun with GarageBand.