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Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac
Jun 12, 2014
The Author

Andy J. Williams Affleck built Dartmouth College’s first Web site in 1993, created the original Web site for the sitcom Friends, and started a virtual community that’s still around nearly 20 years later. When he’s not producing podcasts, he’s a Senior IT Project Manager by day and an actor/director in a community theater by night.

Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac, Third Edition

Start podcasting or take it to the next level with our step-by-step guide!

Start podcasting or take your podcast to the next level with start-to-finish guidance from Andy Affleck. You’ll learn tricks of the trade as you assemble your hardware and software, make recordings, and add polish by editing and mixing. Once your audio is in the can, you’ll find real-world advice and steps for encoding and publishing your episodes.

"Our school podcast is sounding much more professional now that we’re using software recommended in the book and following Andy’s tips."
   —Mark Warner, Teacher, The Downs CE Primary School (UK)

More Info

Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac provides the help anyone interested in podcasting on the Mac needs:

  • What do other podcasters do? Find out about the gear and techniques used by podcasters Chuck Joiner (MacVoices), Louis Trapani (Doctor Who: Podshock), Kelly Guimont (Ask TUAW), and Kirk McElhearn (The Committed).

  • Choose the right mic. Pick out audio gear while considering your budget and studio (or mobile!) needs. Plus, you’ll learn if you should buy additional audio hardware, like a breakout box or mixer, and find an explanation (with photos) of the main cable types that you’ll come across.

  • Pick audio software. Apps discussed at length include GarageBand for Mac and iOS, Audacity, Audio Hijack Pro, Voice Record Pro, VocaLive Free, and Ecamm Call Recorder. Apps that are discussed briefly include Amadeus Pro, Fission, Sound Studio, Nectar Elements, SoundSoap, and The Levelator.

  • Learn key recording tips. Find advice about how to prepare for and conduct a successful interview, plus get a few essential tips for using a mic well.

  • Record in the studio or the field. Get step-by-step recording directions for GarageBand for Mac and iOS, as well as Audacity, Voice Record Pro, and Audio Hijack Pro.

  • Record online interviews. Follow the book’s steps for recording an interview online through services such as Skype and FaceTime.

  • Edit and mix your audio. Find directions for removing unwanted noises and pauses, adding professional polish, and generally editing and mixing a recording in GarageBand for Mac or Audacity.

  • Encode your podcast files. Before you send your podcast episode out on the Internet, you’ll want to save it in the right format, and add tags.

  • Get syndicated with RSS. Understand what should be in a podcast’s RSS feed — and how FeedBurner can help.

  • Be a publisher! Get ideas for blog services that can host your podcast and related blog posts, and find directions for publishing your podcast in Apple’s iTunes Store.

"Our school podcast is sounding much more professional now that we’re using software recommended in the book and following Andy’s tips."
    -Mark Warner, Teacher, The Downs CE Primary School (UK)

Tell us if you create or improve a podcast with the help of Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac, as Mark Warner did.

What's New

What’s New in the Third Edition

Six years after the publication of the second edition, I had some extra time and decided that it’d be worthwhile to bring this ebook into the current era. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new:

  • Added profiles of experienced podcasters so you can get an idea what others are doing (and find cool shows to follow):, Podcaster Profile: Chuck Joiner, Podcaster Profile: Louis Trapani, Podcaster Profile: Kelly Guimont, Podcaster Profile: Kirk McElhearn.

  • Added descriptions of my personal studio and mobile podcasting setups in Andy’s Home Studio Gear and Andy’s Mobile Podcasting Gear to provide an idea of what works in the real world.

  • Updated throughout for GarageBand 10 for Mac throughout.

  • Removed coverage of a number of programs that are no longer available or recommended, including WireTap Studio and Übercaster.

  • Added coverage of Audacit.

  • Added information about recording Skype conversations with Ecamm Call Recorder for the Mac.

  • Added a step-by-step discussion of how to Record with GarageBand for iOS and Record with Voice Record Pro for iOS.

  • Added information about how to set up an RSS/Atom feed for your podcast in Understand Syndication Formats (including Setting up a FeedBurner Feed) as well as how to Create a Logo for the Podcasts section of the iTunes Store.

  • Updated tips on podcast hosting in Host Your Podcast and how to find an audience in Publish and Promote Your Podcast.


Which versions of GarageBand does this ebook cover?

This ebook covers GarageBand 10 for Mac and GarageBand 2 for iOS. If you want to read about podcasting in GarageBand 6, 5, 4, or 3 (that’s GarageBand ‘11, ‘09, ‘08, or ‘06, respectively), once you’ve purchased the ebook, click the Ebook Extras link on the cover (or look in the Read Me First, if you have the EPUB or Mobipocket version) to access the ebook’s special blog. From there, you can download an older version of the ebook, with instructions for an older version of GarageBand.

Update Plans

June 28, 2016 – Andy has been working on an update to this title for months! It’s finally in production and it should be available in early/mid-July. The new version has updated directions for Audio Hijack, quite a few new sound samples, a look at Andy’s new dedicated digital recorder, and updated directions for the iTunes submission process. The new version will be a free update for anyone who buys the title now.

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