GarageBand, Podcasting and GTalk

Well, I guess I better get a post in for the month of November. Ugh, it’s been a long month. Anyway, fiddling with free podcasting tools and methods and I discovered some updates in Snow Leopard that are pretty cool.

I little while ago on Leopard I found out that with iLife 09 you could use GarageBand to record a voice chat using Bonjour in iChat. That’s cool but kind of limited. I’m not certain but I think this was not extended to non-Bonjour voice chat’s. That’s not the case with Snow Leopard. Not only can you record your Jabber and GTalk sessions but it’s smart enough to create the right number of tracks if you have a group chat going on with multiple users. And yes, it’ll adjust the title picture track based on the users avatar from GTalk for whoever’s talking.

I’m a little shocked that it works as well as it does.

One thing I haven’t been able to figure out is how to start recording a voice chat and then add in additional local mic’s. It doesn’t seem to be possible so all recording must be done with the group voice chat participants. And I haven’t tried this but I’m guessing that adding users to the group voice chat will not start new tracks in GarageBand. That would be slick if it did.

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