How I set up and use GarageBand the super easy way!

A beginner's guide to voice recording success by industry veterans
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

Deb Reeves and Scott Higby, veteran audio producer/engineers, created this course at the request of voice over actors, podcasters, and internet radio producers in our California recording studio.

We discovered that many voice talents are being held back by not being able to send a professional recording to their clients. And while they are great at their craft, they just are wired differently than the gear-head engineers. So we're including just enough techy info to get you good at what you need to do. No more, we promise. But you WILL come out of this class being very comfortable with recording and editing, using the awesome GarageBand software that is already on your Mac, iPad, or other Apple product.

GarageBand is pre-installed software that will give you professional results, if you know how to use it. That's what we'll be showing you, in a friendly, fun, easy paced way. And we are going to skip over ALL the music production tools that will just get in the way. Though we DO show you how to use the powerful music and sound effects library to create a truly great sounding project.

This course covers GarageBand in a very easy, step by step manner. We take you through all the confusing "preferences" parts of the setup. We take a tour of the entire GarageBand screen, and show you what EVERY button does. And you'll see how easy it is.

You will be able to get better results than most of the people out there. And when you can create professional audio, you will get noticed!

By the way, we've priced this class so that it's a no-brainer. We really want the world to sound good! We look forward to working with you.


Deb and Scott

What are the requirements?

  • You'll want to know how to basically get around the Mac, how to create and navigate folders, and how to access the App Store. We're going to go nice and slow. You'll be fine. And you can ALWAYS ask questions!
  • You'll need a Mac computer or other Apple product that can run GarageBand
  • Be interested in recording a spoken-word audio project using GarageBand
  • Recommended but not required- an external microphone, recording device, and the appropriate adapter or box to connect to your Apple device.
  • Headphones or ear buds
  • Access to the Apple App Store if you don't already have GarageBand installed
  • Mindset: ready to learn about recording and editing in GarageBand!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use the free Apple GarageBand app to record and produce excellent voice over work
  • Customize the preferences for your best work flow
  • Understand the menus and all of the buttons
  • Mix your voice with music and effects to create great sounding radio shows, podcasts, commercials and audio books
  • Navigate the GarageBand interface window
  • Record to get the best possible sound
  • Easily edit using Delete, Copy/Paste, and advanced Comp track techniques
  • Use GarageBand's great royalty-free music library for any project, using any audio or video app
  • Use Automation to fine-tune your project
  • Create CD quality WAV files and high quality mp3 files

Who is the target audience?

  • This GarageBand course is perfect for beginners. We start with the basics, and take you to success with recording and editing your audio projects
  • This course is for voice over artists, podcasters, and internet radio producers. We are not covering the music production aspects of GarageBand. If you are a voice over person, you will learn everything you need to, and won't be bogged down with all the musical extras.
  • This course is not for musicians. Unless you're a musician who wants to do voice over ;)

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome!
Section 2: Tour of the GarageBand interface

Finding and installing the best version for your computer. Opening GarageBand.


Choosing from templates. Where to save your session work. Introduction to the workspace.


Set up GarageBand for the way you work


Overview of the menus. Accessing features.


Record. Play. Metronome. Looping. Master volume.


Add tracks. Select track type. Set up track properties. Delete tracks.


Customizing a track type. Mono vs stereo. Inputs and outputs. Monitoring with headphones. Recording levels.


Finding the effects window. What effects do. How to adjust or remove them.


How to customize a session template for your workflow that you can use again and again.


GarageBand 10 has a new look. After this tour, you'll be able to work it out.


Great job. You're ready to record!

The GarageBand interface
3 questions
Section 3: Your first project, from A to Z
Let's record!
Editing techniques: Delete and Copy/Paste

"Save As" can save you.


Automate volumes to fade in, fade out, and boost sections. Or use automation for great special effects.


Don't freak out when you see that curlycue arrow. Here's what it is.


Getting your project out of GarageBand, to wav or mp3, the way your client wants it.


Find out what file type is needed by your client or hosting service.

Recording and Editing
2 questions
Section 4: More advanced techniques

Using voice over, sound effects, and music from the outside world in your projects.


Command-DELETE deletes tracks. That's all we got. :)


Auto Normalize. How to get the best results.


One of the best features GarageBand has to offer! Learn how to audition and add music and sound effects to your project.


Ducking, automatic or do-it-yourself. Make your voice heard above the music.
Using the loop function to create unique musical backing tracks.


What it is. How it works. Is it for you?


What does royalty free mean? How free is it?


This technique is used for more complex projects. Assemble your good take from your raw session "non-destructively," so you can keep your options open. Practice it yourself with the audio file provided (the download tab at the right).

Advanced Techniques
2 questions
Section 5: Bonus Lecture
Automatic Level Control- a demonstration
Section 6: Final Thoughts

Great job. We'd love to hear your work, and news of your successes in audio production.

Deb and Scott

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Instructor Biography

Scott Higby, Audio engineer/producer, media developer

Scott is an owner of Studio C Creative Sound in San Diego CA, where he has been creating and engineering audio productions for broadcast, industry, and the arts since 1983. He holds a BA in Music Technology and Communications from UCSD. Clients include Disney, ABC, CBS, PBS, Qualcomm, Warner Audio, Harper Audio, Simon and Schuster, and hundreds of major companies worldwide.

Studio C also has a Los Angeles location which specializes in app development, as well as training for aspiring app developers.

Instructor Biography

Deborah Reeves, Audio Engineer, Educator

Deborah Reeves is an audio engineer, voice over artist, and educator. A graduate of UC San Diego, Deborah teaches college courses in the audio department at The Art Institute of California - San Diego. She regularly engineers for Voice Over classes and produces a weekly radio program. When she's not teaching or working in voice over, she's producing music or hanging out with her dogs.

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