Testing One Two.

Exciting days for our children are happing. The countdown till Christmas is real and lots of them are lining up with their parents to have a last word with the good man. You know, just to make sure that he understands what you desire.

I too have sat many times on his lap for the yearly chat. This year however, I wanted to approach it from a different angle. What if I could get him in front of the microphone and ask some of the burning questions on the children’s minds.

With my iPad under my arm and GarageBand installed, I walked over to his house on the North Pole and knocked on the big doors.

Record in multiple tracks to make the editing afterwards easier. The easier the process, the more your creativity can come in.

Kurt Klynen

The Steps.

Here is my story:

Open GarageBand and start a new project by tapping on the plus sign.

Tap on Tracks and swipe through the instruments till you get to the Audio Recorder.

Tap on Voice.

Turn off the metronome to avoid it being in your recording. Tap on the blue metronome icon for this.

Next record your questions. Tap on the red button and start talking.

TIP: I record each question separate, so that it is easier to edit (cut, paste,…) and move it afterwards. Sometimes you might want to add or delete questions. In this case you don’t have to edit the whole track.

When you are done recording, tap on the stop button and then on the rewind button. The last action will return your playhead to the start of the  project.

Now it’s time to record the second voice.

Tap on the tracks sign at the upper left hand corner.

Once you see your track, tap on the plus sign at the bottom left hand corner.

Choose the Audio Recorder again and record the answers to your questions.

Rearrange  your sound pieces if necessary.

TIP: To make sure who is who, I name the tracks. Double tap on the name and rename your track. It will make your life easier for further projects with multiple tracks and sound effects.

Time to share your interview.

Tap on My Songs to return to the menu.

Find your project and tap on it. Select the Share option from the menu bar.

Choose how you want to share your project. I went for Song.

Afterwards select the quality and a record album sleeve.

Tap on Share.

Going Further.

Taking this interview a little further, I imagined what a text conversation between Santa and his wife, elves,… could be. The example is below.

If you are inspired to try this yourself, have a look at the resources I used:

Everyone Can Create: Teacher Guide

Everyone Can Create: Music

Apple Teacher: GarageBand for iPad Starter Guide

Podcast Best Practices


Have fun!