Lecture Technologie

Create an Audiobook With GarageBand 2

Part 2

In this second part of the tutorial, we are going to learn how to add sounds, music or even how to create it easily.

Insert a sound file you have downloaded

You can download sounds in many ways but I like the freesound website. As you can expect, it is free. However, you need an account.


If you don’t want your students to create an account, just discuss with them and download what they need.

For this example, we are going to download the sound of church bells (I used the built-in search engine for that). Simply tap "Download".



Now, your file has been downloaded. Presumably, this file is in the Files app. Probably in your Download folder. To fetch that file, let’s go back to GarageBand.

To begin with, let’s create another track. It doesn’t matter if it is an Audio recorder.

  1. First, tap the Loop Browser button on the upper right corner.
  2. Then, select the middle tab Files.
  3. Down below, tap Browse items from the Files app.
  4. Locate and select the file you’ve just downloaded.
  5. Wait a little bit.

Import sound

When the file appears in the Loop Browser, just drag and drop it wherever you want.

Drag sound

You will probably notice that you can create your own music using Apple loops.

Create music using Apple loops

It’s easy to create your own Music with GarageBand.

Instead of going to the Files tab, just tap the Apple Loops tab, select the one you want and do the same as mentioned above.

Download Music

If you don’t want to bother creating music, you can download some.

If you have a Google Account and have already uploaded videos, you may have a look at the audio library.


Everything has been recorded? You’ve downloaded everything you needed or created the music you like? You’ve done all the editing. Then you want to share your creation.

To do that, tap on the file icon on the right up corner. It will bring you back to My Songs Browser.

Tap and hold the file you want to share. Let’s say My Song 11.


Then select Share. You’ll notice you have three options:

  1. Song
  2. Ringtone
  3. Project

If you just want someone to listen to your book, you don’t need to share your creation as a project (nor as a ringtone obviously). So pick Song.


Select the quality you want (the better the heavier). You can change some of the information (Name for instance). Then tap Share and select the app you want. For instance, in our school, you may want to choose Google Drive.



Lecture Technologie

Create an Audiobook With GarageBand 1

Part 1

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create an audiobook using GarageBand.

You can listen to some of the books we’ve recorded during the past few years. They’ve been uploaded to SoundCloud. But, of course, you will be able to share your recordings wherever you want. It can be on Google Drive or iCloud Drive for instance.


To get started, all you need is basically your iPad and GarageBand.


For better results, I also suggest using an external mic. I’ve bought the RØDE NT-USB for myself but, regarding your students, they may use any headphones with a built-in mic. It will be more than enough.


So let’s get started and we will open up GarageBand very soon but first let’s prepare everything we need.

Our goal

We want students to record an audiobook. Why is that?

  1. First, they will have to read a bunch of stories (let’s say fairy tales for our youngest students)
  2. They’ll have to pick one. A story not too long, not too hard, which they love and with enough characters so everyone can read.
  3. Students will need to collaborate (who reads what and how, etc.).
  4. They’ll have to select music and sound (footsteps, thunder, bell, applause… all kinds of tones).
  5. Then, they’ll have to record themselves. Presumably in a quiet environment (this can be done as homework).
  6. Finally, they’ll meet again and will do the editing, which is not the easiest task but we’ll come to that later.


Élèves travaillant

The above screenshots show you the work of a group of students using both papers and their iPads or phones.

With that, we’re good to go.

Open up GarageBand

So as you can expect, tap on the GarageBand icon and tap on the + button on the upper-right corner.

Select the Audio recorder to record your voice in the so-called (if I’m not mistaken) Sound browser.

Audio recorder

GarageBand opened

You’re going to be able to record your voice very soon but first there’s a bunch of things we need to take care of.

First, you have to make sure the metronome is off and that you tapped the little + button located on the top right corner. This is Song Sections and you need to set it to Automatic.

Garageband Metronome

Also, make sure Count-in is deactivated.

Count in

Record your voice

Now you can record your voice by tapping the round red button.

💡 Good to know

The Audio Recorder has two sets of controls you can use to change the sound. Fun view lets you quickly change the sound of your recording, while Studio view gives you more options to enhance your recording. (🔗 link)

While you record, the In level slider on the left shows the input level from the microphone. If the level turns red, drag the slider down (or record the part again more softly) to prevent distortion. (🔗 link)

As you record, a red strip will appear. As soon as you are finished, press the stop button (the square one next to the red one).

💡 Good to know

You can use a noise gate to reduce low-level input noise when you record. A noise gate cuts off the sound when it falls below a certain minimum level. (🔗 link)

Reduce noise

Apply effects

Do you want to play a little bit and add some effects to your recording? Watch this amazing work done by ehughes.

Edit your recording

You can edit your recording.

You can trim it, move it, copy, delete or split it. Among other things.

First, select the so-called region (strange name, isn’t it?).

Trim a region

Now that your region is selected, drag the left or right edge of the frame.


Move a region

That is pretty self-explanatory. Just drag and drop your region wherever you want it to be (it makes more sense when you have different regions and you need to reorder them).


Copy your region and more

Just tap and hold your region.


You will be able to do different things: cut, copy, delete, rename, etc.

Also very interesting, you’ll be able to split your recording. Meaning that if you want to remove something in the middle of your recording or insert something, that is completely feasible.

Split your region

To do that, you need to tap the region. A menu appears. Select Split.

Then, a scissors icon shows up. Place it where you want to split the region. Drag the split marker (the scissors) down and that’s it!


To learn everything you can do, read Edit regions in GarageBand for iPad.

Of course, you can add as many tracks as you want. Just press the big + button on the left hand side.

💡 Good to know

If you don’t know where to look in GarageBand, presse the question mark on the upper-right corner.

Question Mark

Now, we are going to learn one last thing and we’ll move on to [[Create an Audiobook With GarageBand 2 | the next part of this tutorial]].


Indeed, in the next session of this tutorial, we are going to see how we can add or create music and sounds to make our audiobooks standout.

But first, we need to keep something in mind. We are going to have a complicated file to edit. After a while, you’ll end up with a document with lots of tracks including voice recordings, sounds and music and sometimes all of these can overlap.

For instance, you may want a little background, a faint music while the narrator is speaking or you want to insert a sound (a dog barking, the noise of a closing door… anything). So you may want to create volume changes. That’s when you want to use Automation.


In the above example, volume is going up progressively.

Doing this is very easy in GarageBand.

  • First tap a track header (on the left right hand side. On the big mic icon).
  • In the menu, tap Automation.
  • Toggle on the Edit Automation button (the red one with a pen) on the left side of the control bar.
  • Insert an automation point and another one (as many as you need).
  • Adjust the sound volume.
  • Close the automation editor by tapping Done in the upper-right corner of the control bar.

Now, we are going to learn how to add sounds and music.

Éducation Littérature Technologie

Create an ePub with Pages

Download the files to follow the training

Open up Pages

First, launch Pages, Apple’s text editor.

Application Pages

Press the big + button to create a new document.

+ button

Select a blank document (basic section).

Select a blank document

A blank document

To create a cover

  • Insert a Page Break

A page break

  • Insert the image for the cover and center it (just drag & drop the image)

  • Lock the image (tap on the little brush in the upper right corner > Arrange > Lock)

Lock image

  • Insert a square (tap on the + button in the upper right corner: select Shapes > Basic), expand it, center it.

Insert a square

  • Go back to the brush icon, select No Fill in Fill.

No fill in

  • Add a border (1px), select a grey colour. Lock it.

Add a border

  • Add a title (tap the + button in the upper right corner) by adding a text box in Shapes. Place it on your cover, change the text.

Add a title

  • Style your text (tap on the little brush): in Paragraph style, select Title; center the text, change the colour.

Style your text

  • Do the same to add the author (but a bit more little)
  • Repeat to add the date and a publisher.


  • Add the icon, resize it and select Opacity (brush > Opacity) ➝ 70 or 60%

Add the icon

💡 Should you have an image with a background you want to remove, select your photo, press the little brush. Choose Image and Instant Alpha.

💡 If something hides something, this means you have to go to Brush > Arrange > Move to back/front.

To add the story

  • Copy and paste the short story.
  • Style the sections (Heading for the main title, Heading 2 for "Questions", "Les personnages", "La vision", "Le genre du texte") in Brush > Paragraph style.

Style headings

  • Style the footnotes. To start with, copy the first footnote (the word’s definition).
  • Locate the little number 1 in the fourth paragraph, erase it. Place the cursor next to the word.
  • On the very bottom right corner, select the icon (lines with a + sign). Select Footnote. Paste your footnote.


  • Do the same for the second footnote. You can erase the text at the bottom of the page.

To add video and sound

  • Tap on the + button, select Images > Web Video.
  • Style it (resize it and place it wherever you want).


  • Maybe add a title (something like "Écoutez le conte"). Style it.
  • To add the audio file, repeat the same actions but pick Insert from.


To export your document

  • To make an ePub, you need to export it.
  • Tap on the little circle with three dots on the upper right corner > Export > EPUB.


  • Change the information you want.
  • Tick "Use the first page as the book cover image".
  • Make sure you select "Reflowable".


  • Tap on Export, Continue.
  • Choose an app (Books for instance)
  • Open your book, allow the external content to show up.


  • Have a look at the table of content. See how it works.
  • Have a look at what you can do with an ePub (Speak, Look up; Highlight, Note, Translate, Spell…)


What’s next?

➡️ Publish your book (Tap on the little circle with three dots > Publish to Apple Books).
➡️ For a more complex layout, select when you create a book Fixed layout.