Every podcast you listen to will have a number of elements that can set it out and make it sound more professional than the rest. One of those elements is a bed, a loop or track of music that plays underneath presenters’ voices during spoken elements of an episode. Beds can be used to convey the mood of a specific part of a podcast, or set the pace of the episode as a whole. While not every podcast has or needs a bed, your one may well benefit from one, so it’s useful to make your own and try them out to see what works. Making your own podcast beds in GarageBand is fairly easy, especially considering the number of pre-loaded loops and tracks that it has to offer, so fire it up and follow these simple steps to make your podcast that little bit better.
Step 1: Pick a project
Create a new project and choose Loops from the template selection. This brings up the loops browser and a clear track window to drop them into.
Step 2: Find a theme
GarageBand’s loops browser allows you to view loops by instrument, genre or mood. Click on the search item to choose from hundreds of great loops.
Step 3: Click and preview
Click on the icon next to the loop name to preview it prior to dragging it into the track view. This is useful when you have a lot of loops in your project.
Step 4: Drag it over
Once you’ve found a loop or sample you’re happy with (the longer the better), drag it into the track view. GarageBand will automatically create a new track for it.
Step 5: Up close and personal
Drag the slide on the bottom-left of GarageBand’s window to zoom in towards the end of the loop or sample and find the final note.
Step 6: Cut the loop
Drag the playhead to the point in the loop just before the last note, then choose Split from the Edit menu to separate the two parts ready to create a loop.
Step 7: Copy and paste
Copy the first part of the split loop; this will form the looped section that will play throughout your bed. Paste that back in but don’t overwrite the second part.
Step 8: Repeat the paste
While making sure that the second part of the split loop is clear of where you’re pasting, paste in the first part of your loop repeatedly until your bed is the right length.