To open GarageBand, click on the GarageBand icon on the dock at the bottom of the screen click on the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner of the screen and start typing “GarageBand.” When it shows up in the search, click on it to open.
Once it opens, you will see a template selection screen.
Scroll down to find the Podcast template and then single click it to select it. Do not double click it or you will skip selecting your microphone. *Note that the podcast template is only available on Media Commons computers.
After selecting the Podcast template, look at the bottom left-hand section of this window. You will see a Details button. Click on this to access more GarageBand settings.
The Input Device section here will allow you to select a microphone from which to record. If you are in the Media Commons, you will want to look for the Blue Snowball microphone. If you are using your own microphone, it will show up here. If you are just recording through the built-in microphone on your laptop, you can select that as well.
Once you’ve selected your microphone, click on Choose in the bottom right-hand corner of the window.
You will then be asked to select a Track Type. Select the microphone – the second icon in the row – and then click Create in the bottom right corner. This will start a new voice track.
First, click on these two buttons in the top left corner to collapse two of the sidebars.
Now, to make sure you’re project is saved, navigate up to the File menu in the top left corner of your screen and click. Select Save or Save As from this list.
Type the name you wish to call your podcast in the Save As: box. Then, on the left-hand sidebar, select Desktop to save it out to your main screen.