Creating Successful Podcasts: Our Step-by-Step Guide

Subtitle: The Pitfalls of Podcast Production

TUAW has successfully launched two podcast episodes (first episode and second episode), and we plan to continue this trend monthly. In our initial attempt, I recorded my segment using an AKG microphone connected to a Roland UA-30 USB interface. I utilized GarageBand for the recording, adjusting the settings to use the Roland device for input, and crafted a new track for vocals without effects. The process involved frequent pauses and edits, and I incorporated several audio clips by dragging them directly into GarageBand.

After completing the edits, I exported the file to iTunes for MP3 conversion, then uploaded it online.

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The primary issue? The output was too soft and featured only my voice, peppered with numerous hesitations.

For our subsequent podcast, Scott joined me via a Skype call. I opted for a Logitech USB headset, purchased specifically for international Skype calls, while Scott used his iSight camera as a microphone. I configured my headset as the input device on both Skype and GarageBand, whereas Scott adjusted his iSight settings accordingly for both Skype and QuickTime. As we started recording, I initiated GarageBand and Scott began a new audio recording in QuickTime Pro.

Our conversation kicked off with a synchronized count-off, which proved crucial for later alignment.

Post-discussion, Scott converted his QuickTime recordings to WAV, then to MP3, and sent them to me via iChat. I then layered these files into GarageBand, using our initial sync points to align our tracks perfectly. This editing phase lasted about an hour.


Elizabeth is a dedicated writer for TUAW, bringing a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the Apple news community. With a keen eye for detail, Elizabeth covers everything from the latest iPhone releases to in-depth reviews of the MacBook Pro and Apple Watch. Her insightful articles help readers stay informed about the ever-evolving world of Apple products. When she’s not writing, Elizabeth enjoys exploring new features on her iPad and capturing moments with her iPhone’s camera.