Podcasting Secrets In Garageband 4
Spice up your podcasts with real-time audio triggering
Garageband's default instrument is the Grand Piano. What we need to do is change the instrument from the Grand Piano to the Sound Effects instrument. In order to do this we need to access Garageband's instrument browser.
3) Double-click on the Piano icon on the instrument track to open the instrument browser, if it's not already visible in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
4) In the first column of the instrument browser select Sound Effects. Tip: “Sound Effects” is located directly under “Pianos and Keyboards.”
5) Now that Sound Effects is highlighted, select Radio Sounds in the next column over on the right.
6) Under the Window menu at the top of the screen, select Musical Typing.
A small screen will open up revealing a unique looking piano keyboard. This keyboard screen is showing you which keys on your computer's keyboard can now be used to play notes, essentially turning your computer fully into an instrument to trigger sounds. The Musical Typing feature can be used with all of the instruments within Garageband, but the Sound Effects instrument we chose earlier has an extra special functionality...
Play some of the keys on your keyboard. As you can hear, you can now trigger the Radio Sounds provided by Garageband just by pressing the keys on your computer's keyboard. If you have your own music or sound clips that you intend to use in your podcast, your sounds can also be triggered by your computer's keyboard.
For the next portion of this tutorial, it would be helpful if you had an audio file sitting on your computer's desktop. Intro music or segue sound files would be good ones to experiment with.
7) Arrange the Garageband windows on your computer so you can see the audio file sitting on your desktop.
8) Click the file on your desktop and drag it over to a key on the Musical Typing screen
When the file is hovering over a key on the Musical Typing screen, the key will highlight and a green + symbol will appear. Garageband is telling you that it is okay to drop that file into the Musical Typing keyboard
9) Go ahead and drop the file on any key of the Musical Typing keyboard
10) Now press that key on your computer's keyboard. The file plays back as long as you hold down the key. Congratulations! You have just triggered an audio cue! David Letterman may hire you at any moment.
The practice of dropping your own audio files onto the keys of the Musical Typing keyboard can be used in a myriad of different ways. Use it to trigger the intro and closing music of your show. Use it to trigger a pre-recorded segment of the show, like an interview or a musical guest. Trigger public service announcements, segues, advertisements, even plugs for your own show.
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