How to make your podcasts sound better with GarageBand

Jason Snell produces roughly 300 podcasts a week, feels like, and they all sound great, even with really larges panels. So, whether you're just starting out or want to take your own podcast project to a newer, more compressed, more equalized, and more gated level, check out his editing tips. From Six Colors:

For every podcast I edit, I apply a basic set of plug-ins to make them sound better. Let me show you how to apply my settings within GarageBand and save them as a pre-set so you can apply them quickly without spending time in the ugliness of the Smart Controls pane.

Both Jason and Dave Wiskus inspired—and shamed—me into moving from GarageBand to Logic Pro X (opens in new tab) for podcast editing but several times since I've found myself on a new or loaner Mac and needed to get some editing done. It's always been fine, but thanks to Jason, hopefully they'll be even better.

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Rene Ritchie
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

12 Comments
  • Is the article only 3 paragraphs long? Or is my phone screwing up? Google knows why kids love the taste of cinnamon toast crunch. And they're willing to sell it to you.
  • I think Rene is suggesting that people click on the link that leads one to the tutorial on garageband.
    It is the red color on From Six Colors...
    Hugh
  • Oh. So clickbait to non-clickbait? Mayhaps there should have been a simple link at the bottom so the intent was clear. I was under the impression that was too a social media or company page. Oh well. Google knows why kids love the taste of cinnamon toast crunch. And they're willing to sell it to you.
  • Standard format is to link to the source right before you quote them, so the attribution is clear. It's a type of post we do pretty often here, the goal being to share great articles from other websites that we think our readers will find of interest. I added an extra link at the bottom to help make the path easier :)
  • The irony is, if you put the link at the bottom people complain you're trying to bury it. It's tempting to say people are pessimists and the Internet promotes accusations over inquiry, but I'm too depressed at the moment to think about it :)
  • Hey There....
    Big follower...but so often your articles , not just this one, end up with links missing or incredibly not obvious to read the WHOLE article. The ad links get major emphasis, do you genuinely want misguided clicks to happen...or a good user experience ?
  • Can you give me an example of a missing link so we make sure it gets fixed? (Writers have ZERO control over ads—editorial and advertising are firewalled from each other—including what they show, where they're placed, and how they behave, so all we can do is make sure we link within the text the best ways possible.)
  • I only have a DSL line, no true broadband, so I generally don't try to stream video, even iMore podcasts. But I listen to the audio version of all of them. And almost without exception, they need tweaking. You comment, "thanks to Jason, hopefully they'll be even better" – perhaps some of the multi-second dead air will get edited out now.
  • iMore show is done live, so in terms of pacing and manner of speech, including pauses, what you're hearing is what was said on the show. If you can point out any examples of dead air, or how long it lasted, we'd love to fix it, so please let me know!
  • It is "performed" live, but then it is posted as a downloadable audio podcast. The dead air occurs between speakers, and not every time. You may ask a question, then there is silence for a few seconds before Ren's reply, or Peter's, starts. It probably isn't particularly irksome when watching the live video stream, but as I said, I'm listening just to the audio podcast, usually while driving around between errands. On the other hand, separating out the audio feed of a 1-hour video recording and doing this level of editing – every week – is perhaps too time consuming with everything else there is for you to do at iMore. It is clear that Jason Snell does exactly this on Clockwise, but he has specifically constrained that show to exactly 30 minutes, so his requirements differ.
  • Yeah, and this tip was concerning compressors, equalizers, and noise gate, which we apply in editing as well. (iZotope RX, currently.)
  • 300 podcasts a week?! Jason Snell has super powers