Create an MP3 with Garageband

May 6, 2013

As we search for different ways for students to validate learning objectives via technology more and more teachers are searching for technology tools that can assist in the classroom. A great way to record auditory skills such as podcasts, foreign language, instrumental, and music is a free tool installed on OSX called Garageband. This is a quick tutorial on how to create a MP3 recording using Garageband.


To get started open your applications folder (Macintosh -> Hardrive -> Applications) and find Garageband.


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On the next screen highlight “Voice” and then click Choose.

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On the next screen give your project a name. In this example we will put the Students ID Number.

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This is what our recording screen looks like. To get started simply click the red record button.

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When you start recording you will see the timeline produce waves which are picking up audio from the computers microphone.

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When you have completed your recording hit the stop button located to the left of the record button.


Now it is time to save our clip as an MP3. On the top of the window click on “Share” and then select “Export Song to Disk”

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On the next screen click “Export”

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You will now get a save dialog box. Input what you would like the file to be named. Again in this case we are using the student’s ID number. Finally click save.

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There will now be a file located on your Desktop that is an MP3.

If you have any questions feel free to email me or leave a comment below!