We’re going to be covering the fundamentals of podcast creation and distribution today; enough to get you started and get you dangerous. After that you can tinker around with GarageBand and really learn how to do some cool stuff.
Here’s somewhat of an outline of what we’ll do; you’ll be producing a podcasting using GarageBand for OS X, complete with your voice, some sound clips or music clips, as well as any accompanying pictures you want to do.
We’ll also look at ways you can distribute your podcast and get it in the hands of your listeners; after all, creating it is only half the battle.
Stop me at any time with questions you may have, whether it’s how to do something, or some other totally off-the-wall question. I’ll do my best to answer them.
It’s best practice to treat it like a radio show. You’ll be a much more effective podcast producer if you plan the most you can in advance: what you’re going to say, what visuals you want to use, what URLs you’d like to display during your podcast. If you have ideas for sound clips, you can put those down too.
Music clips are something you want to wait until last to pick out; they should match the attitude and flow of your podcast. You can choose from GarageBand’s library of royalty-free clips, create your own in GarageBand (a different monster), or if you have artist’s permission, a commercial song clip from iTunes.
If you’re using an external microphone (USB), make sure it’s set in System Preferences under the Sound > Input tab. If it’s plugged in through a line-in jack, choose Line In. You’ll be able to test your mic’s input level using the built-in meter, and adjust the volume accordingly.
If you’ve got some background noise that’s impossible to get rid of (for example if it’s 100º outside and you absolutely HAVE to have the AC or ceiling fan on and blowing at your head), then you can use the Ambient Noise Reduction feature, which will attempt to cancel that background sound with blank waves. It tends to make your voice a little quieter too, which may be reason enough to turn it off, too. It’s your preference.
Now we’re going to create a podcast in GarageBand! Go ahead and open up GarageBand; it’ll ask you right off the bat if you want to create a new project or open an existing one. Great practice for if you forget to save something; it’ll automatically make a file for you to save in. If you’ve already created a project with GarageBand, it’ll open the last project that was up. Magic GarageBand is cool; I was tinkering with that the other day. If we have time I may show you that but for now, we’re going to create a new Podcast Episode. It’ll set you up with the best layout for producing a podcast. • Podcast track, male/female voice, and jingle track • Artwork display panel • Media browser
Also, let them know about Audacity for Windows, show screenshot Maybe QuickTime? Look it up (Andy will too).
PODCASTING, PART II
Podcast Creation & Distribution with GarageBand
A Brief Overview
Produce podcast, complete with audio & accompanying pictures
Some pointers & insight into how it’s
done with GarageBand for Mac OS X
Planning Your Podcast
Write an outline with discussion points, related resources
URLs, pictures, sound clips
[Optional] Pick out music clips
Make sure your mic is set
Eliminate any possible
Set volume levels
Getting your content out there for
people to listen to, learn with,
wherever they go
One of the furthest reaches of any distribution method
Hosted on university servers, linked to via iTunes
Listed under iTunes U section: available to public, free
Information on Missouri State participation forthcoming
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