hey what’s up this is Pat here and I wanted to create this quick video for you to show you how to export from GarageBand directly to an AIFF file now why would you want to do that instead of directly to an mp3 file for say your podcast well if you’re using this tool here called the level later which you can actually get at conversations network.org slash level later it’s a free tool to help you level out the volume the volume in your entire episode you know if you have interviews and stuff and the volume levels are different you just run a file through level later it just makes it all nice and at the optimized volume throughout the entire show but it has to be an AIFF or a wav file if you’re using audacity you can just export as a WAV if you’re using GarageBand it’s a little tricky if you have if you’re doing a podcast to export it directly as an AIFF but I’m going to show you exactly how to do that right now so typically you know if you just want to export as an mp3 you would go to share and then export podcasts to disk and now there’s no option for AIFF you only have AAC or an mp3 which you would usually do now to cancel you want to cancel that you want to highlight the podcasting track here this one at the top if you have this and you want to go to track and then delete track you want to get rid of the podcast track now when you go to share an export song to disk you have the option to either compress it in which case you would have that same menu you had before for AAC or the mp3 encoder or you can unclick this and click export and what that does is it allows you to let me put this in an iTunes folder because that’s where I’m going to edit the tags that turns it into an AIFF file so it’s going to run the mix down and I’m gonna come back and show you what it looks like when I drop in that file that I just exported right now into lovey okay so we’re done exporting as an AIFF file so I’m going to open up the finder here and open up episode 54 folder iTunes folder and here it is episode 54 ai F if you right-click and get the info you’ll see it is actually an AI FF audio file and you see the the file size is rather large now that’s kind of why this tool needs this because it’s kind of almost raw data here so what I’m going to do is open up level later I’m just gonna simply take this AI F file and drag it and drop it into the level later see little things moving around and this little bar is gonna go all the way up to a hundred percent okay now we’re done is you can see it added a second file here with dot output dot a if’ that means that’s the one that comes out of the tool and that’s the one you want to use when you then convert to an mp3 file so I’m just gonna show you really quick how I do that but at this point you have the file that is gonna sound great all the levels are exactly the same so I’m gonna move this out of the way I’m gonna open up iTunes and go into my playlist here as you can see I have 53 episodes so far I’m gonna drop in let me just so I can show you I’m just gonna drag and drop this into my playlist and it’s gonna upload episode 54 dot output there now this isn’t the one I want to tag I want to tag the mp3 file so first I need to convert this into an mp3 file and I can do that right here in iTunes so I’m actually gonna go to file actually iTunes preferences and just make sure that one of these settings is is is set for mp3 when I go over here what it says when you insert a CD actually if you click on import settings next to that you want the import using mp3 encoder so make sure that’s mp3 okay click OK now I’m going to right click on episode 54 here and then down here it says create mp3 version so I’m gonna click on that and it’s gonna do its thing that uh and actually you can see this converting up here in the upper left hand side I’m gonna click on that and you can see the bar is going up to the top now it’s not gonna put this file back into your playlist you’re gonna need to put it back but what I’m actually gonna do is go to my music library actually songs and you’ll see there’s two versions here episode 54 dot output and episode 54 output one of these is the AIFF file and one of these is the the new mp3 file and you can see I have the size here it’s significantly smaller 400 2.9 meters is 36.6 and you don’t have sighs here you can just right-click on on this bar in iTunes and you’ll see you can have the option to show date added I also earth not date added but size down here but I also have date added so I know which is the last one that I you know which is the newest file and I just sorted by that so I know this is the mp3 file so what I’m gonna do is actually go back into my playlist I’m gonna go to the SPI podcast I’m gonna delete this one cuz that’s the AI F file so I’m gonna drag drop it into the trash I’m gonna go back to my songs I’m gonna go to this one and then drag and drop it into SPI podcast now if I go to my playlist SPI podcast at the bottom you’ll see it here episode 54 output I’m gonna right click that get info and it should be if I go to summary it’s gonna say MPEG audio file thirty-six point two six megabytes and this is the one that we want to tag so we could then upload our artwork do any of the fancy stuff we need to do you know name of the episode you are the artist and all that good stuff like in my podcasting tutorial video number three and I’ll link to that right after this but again I just want to show this to you because in that original video I had a crazy workaround that had like ten steps this is just two or three steps to get that AI F file into level later and then the mp3 file from that so hope you enjoyed that video hope is helpful and good luck with your podcast to keep me posted on how it’s going