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Articles: Make GarageBand Your Playground

GarageBand IconApple did all of us a wonderful favor when they released GarageBand. This amazing app can offer everything from professional music composition and production to a fun toy that keeps a toddler busy for quite some time. I remember when I first played with GarageBand. I had the greatest time banging the drums, strumming the guitar, and tinkering around on its piano, changing the sounds and colors and styles of the instruments. It was a far cry from the Casio Keyboard I had as a teenager back in the 80s.


My nephews loved it, too. At the time, they were only 5 and 7 years old, and we recorded wonderful songs on GarageBand together. It a fun bonding activity that engaged creativity while teaching them about technology and even music. Now my nephew who was 5 when we first toyed with the GarageBand keyboard is now 12, and he plays an actual piano. It all started with GarageBand.

Years after that first play and explore session with my nephews, I started podcasting as an independent author. GarageBand and I became quite well acquainted. It was no longer a toy for me. It was an important tool in my business and promotional plan. With GarageBand I recorded and edited podcasts on publishing & marketing realities for emerging authors. I shared stories I had written with hundreds of listeners. I created audiobooks of complete novels, serialized. I spoke about love, loss, and grief, connecting with many others who needed sought validation. Through my podcasting, hundreds no longer felt alone.

Podcasting is powerful. It’s a unique medium that is gaining popularity across the board. Just search iTunes sometime to see what podcasts are available. There are too many subjects to even touch on them here. You can podcast about anything, so podcast about something for which you are passionate. That passion will sail over the digital waves of cyberspace and intimately connect with other people. It’s magical.

Last week, I discussed ways to help you define your audience and find your niche. This week, I want you to explore GarageBand in preparation of making your first podcast. Play. Have fun with it. Get to know your way around.

First, of course, you must have GarageBand. Lucky for you, if you have a Mac, it should already be on there, as this versatile program comes with OS X. If for some reason you don’t have it, you can download it at Apple. (If you don’t have a Mac, you can get one right here.)

Although it’s best to create your podcast on a notebook or desktop computer for quality and ease of manipulation in the app, it can be done via iOS on the iPhone or iPad as well. I’ll be walking you through GarageBand 10.0.3, which you get FREE when you install Yosemite (10.10.3 current version). If you’re using a previous version of GarageBand, your workflow shouldn’t be too much different.

Open up GarageBand and play around. Explore. Check out the loops and the different ways you can make your voice sound. Play the instruments and bang on the drums. Next week, I will take you through how to set up and begin to record your very first podcast.


ChristineChristine is a Technical Support Specialist and Content Writer for PowerMax. Follow her articles as she takes you “Behind the Sasquatch: A Look Inside PowerMax,” an inside look at the day-to-day operations from the perspective of a Woman in Tech. She’ll also post great Tech Tips, helping you get the most of your Mac apps as well as write about some common technical issues and how to fix them. Finally, Christine will periodically post some Tutorials that teach readers how to do things like make podcasts and iPhone apps. Find what you’re looking for in the categories on the right. 

If you have a tech question or issue, please don’t hesitate to contact Christine for help.

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