GarageBand Meets Seesaw and Spawns…

I’ve used a range of tools to create music, audio projects, plays and podcasts. There are some great publishing tools like Podbean and Soundcloud.  With GarageBand on the iPad I have tended to publish projects directly to Soundcloud. Last year some of Mr Morris’s Y6 class at St Silas were featured on BBC Radio 5’s  App of the week via Soundcloud. The class and their parents were very proud!

It’s great to have pupil GarageBand projects sitting along side the “stars”on Soundcloud. However, there are times when we want to keep things closer to home/the classroom and GarageBand and Seesaw make for a great combo.

So here’s my idea for a Seesaw Radio/Music channel created using GarageBand and Seesaw!

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In Seesaw we can make a “class” specifically for GarageBand projects. The students can design  funky header image to give it an ID and of course you have the choice of making it public facing blog or keep it private. To publish your projects from GarageBand to Seesaw you need to choose “open in” as the IOS default share will try and post a Garageband format file. Native GarageBand files, unsurprisingly  won’t publish.

“Open in” will merge the tracks into a Seesaw compatible file. It’s then just a matter of selecting your Open in app as Seesaw and you are good to go.

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Of course you can’t subscribe to the published recording  like a traditional podcast, but it makes easy work of sharing/publishing those amazing GarageBand Projects made on iPads.

Here’s my demo Seesaw Radio station.

I have a series of new videos in the pipeline that cover this in more detail. So keep watching/reading/following. GarageBand’s new “automation” feature is really helpful for managing levels of sound beds and spoken word. Here’s a screenshot.In order to access “automation” you need to tap on the track list on the left, once to select and a second time for the options. Once in automation mode, you need to switch on the edit/pen and then adjust the timeline. You can add nodes/keyframes and the move them. Below you can see the sound bed track being ducked when the speaker presents. This emulates the ducking effect we hear when a presenter speaks and the music mixes down. There are fancy  (er expensive apps) that do this like Ferrite automatically.


It’s not auto ducking as we used to have on the Mac, but it works well. Seesaw and Garageband make for a great create and share combo.

What will you and your class create?


About Digital Roadtrip

Apple ADE 2007 and Apple Trainer/Mentor

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