What should I use (besides Audacity) to create a simple music show?
July 21, 2008 7:03 PM   Subscribe

I am looking for the easiest program (Mac OS X, Intel compatible) that will allow me to import MP3s, record from a mic, and sequence it all into a show I can export as an MP3.

Here's the deal: I used to put together a very simple weekly downloadable music podcast a few years back, using a no-frills Windows compatible software that I have unfortunately forgotten the name of. I'm sort of the "music guy" amongst my group of friends, so it was a great way for me to put together a barebones show (music and brief commentary) so that my far flung acquaintances could follow what I was listening to.

A few months back, I decided to resurrect this project. A few people recommended I try Audacity, but I have had a bunch of problems with it. They're all solvable, I'm sure, but I don't really want to spend time learning it if there's a simpler solution.

I don't need effects or laser shows or other fancy things. Things that don't cost money are preferential. Thoughts?
posted by rollbiz to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
Have you tried using Garage Band?
posted by Tomorrowful at 7:08 PM on July 21, 2008

Definitely check out GarageBand. It is on your Mac already, there are tons of tutorials out there and it's very simple to use. You'll dig it.
posted by bprater at 7:34 PM on July 21, 2008

I will second GarageBand, and post a link to their podcast guide.

It should have come free with your mac.
posted by mrzarquon at 7:35 PM on July 21, 2008

Without a doubt Garage Band!!! It's why people switch TO Macs...simple and very very professional...easy to learn too....

I had a Pod cast with some friends a year ago and we loved it....all 3 of us learned how to edit shows and carry it from there...

Good luck my friend
posted by TeachTheDead at 7:41 PM on July 21, 2008

Garage Band. The latest version is particularly well setup for creating podcasts with easy access to your iTunes library and high-quality library of sound effects and loops to use.
posted by andrewraff at 7:38 AM on July 22, 2008

Thank you, thank you, thank you. It hadn't even occurred to me that Garage Band might be useful for something other than tinkering around with making songs. I'll give it a rip...!
posted by rollbiz at 9:29 AM on July 22, 2008

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