#TechTipThursday: Recording & sharing a voice track with GarageBand


GarageBand is software exclusive to Mac OS X and iOS that allows user to create music and podcasts. This post will provide a quick overview of how to record your voice and share the voice track with others.

After opening GarageBand, you will be welcomed by a window that will prompt you to choose what kind of project you would like to create. Since we will be recording voice we will actually select “Empty Project.” Note: do not select “Voice” unless you are a seasoned user. gb1

In the new window, make sure the microphone is selected. Also be sure the appropriate options are selected for the input. For the sake of this post, we will be recording “Input 1” through the “Built-in Microphone.”gb2

To change the input or output device, click either of the two gray arrows as highlighted in the picture below. gb3

A new window will appear (see below) for you to change the input and output devices. After you’ve finished making changes, click the red “X” in the top left-hand corner of the window to return to the previous screen.gb4

Once you’ve returned to the original screen, click the “Create” button. Untitled

Before recording, change the “Display Mode” from “Beats & Project” to “Time,” as demonstrated in the following screenshots. gb6gb7

This change will enable your display to read in seconds, minutes, and hours. Untitled2

To record your voice you will click the red button immediately to the left of the “time” display.gb9

The playhead will begin to move and you will be able see the progression of your voice track’s recording. gb10

When you have finished recording click the stop button. The voice track will go from being red to blue. gb11

If you are satisfied with your recording, you’re ready to export the track. Click “Share” from the horizontal menu at the top of the window, and then select “Export Song to Disk.” gb12

You will be prompted to select the preferred file type, as well as the destination location, for your voice track. gb13

GarageBand has many other features and capabilities that we did not review in this post. For more information on how to use GarageBand, please view this list of tutorials. If you have any questions, or difficulty duplicating the steps in this post, please contact the Digital Education Collaborative.

This post was drafted by Xavier Harrison, a former Instructional Technology Collaborator (Longwood ’16)

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