1. Get a partner. Go to a quiet place.
2. Turn on your recorder. Figure out how it works. Record. Stop. Play.
3. Test it. Record 15 seconds of room tone. Then play it back and listen to it. Note the sounds you hear. If they are too loud, find a quieter place.
4. Take turns interviewing each other.
Ask two questions:
- Tell me about your hometown…where you grew up? What is it like? A specific memory or story that sums up what this place is like?
- Tell me your name, age, and name of your hometown?
5. Come back to room. Get your two audio files to your computer. If you are using a cell phone, email it to yourself. Then save them to your desktop. If you are using a digital recorder, plug in your USB and find the files. Drag them to your desktop.
6. Import your Audio File
• Open Garage Band (Go>Applications>GarageBand)
• Select Create New Podcast Episode. Name it. Save it to your desktop.
• Click on Male Voice Track. It should turn blue. Select Track from the Menu at the Top. Select “Delete Track.”
• Repeat Step 4 and deleting the Female Voice.
• Drag the audio file of your recording into empty gray space below the Podcast track. (if it doesn’t work, go to next step. If it works, skip to step 8.
7. Optional: If your file will not import into Garageband…
Convert your files using Switch
Open Switch. (Go>Applications>Switch)
• Drag your files into the workspace.
• Set the output to .aiff. This is the proper format for editing in Garage Band.
• Check the box marked “Output to the same folder as source files.”
• Click “Convert” button.
• Look on your desktop. You now have duplicates of all of your files, but it will say .aiff at the end. These are the files you want to use.
8. Editing Your Audio
• Click on the Scissors icon. (You can move the location of your tracks in the top field. You edit in the lower field.)
• Edit your interview. Arrange all the files into correct order.
• Adjust the volume controls on each track so that the volume is consistent through out the entire segment.
• When you are done, go to the end of your track and locate the end marker. It looks like a purple triangle at the top of your track. Slide it to the place where you want your audio to end.
• Save your Garageband file.
9. Create an .mp3
• Select Share from the menu at the top. Select using the “Export Song to Disk” or “Export Podcast to Disk” depending on your GarageBand version.
• Compress using “.mp3 Encoder.”
• Set Audio Setting to “Good Quality” or “Spoken Word” depending on your GarageBand version.
• Click Export.
• Save it to your Desktop.
10. Post your audio file on Soundcloud
• Go to SoundCloud.com Create an account.
• Upload your audio to SoundCloud.
• When it it done loading, click on the “Share” or Embed button. Look for the WordPress.com icon. If you copy and paste the embed code into a WordPress.com post, it will create a player that looks like this:
When you are done, have me come check it out.