How to Use a USB Microphone on GarageBand

Apple’s GarageBand is a beginner-friendly digital audio workstation (DAW) that makes it easy and fun to create music at home, record a podcast on location or mix the audio for a video project from wherever you are. And since it’s included with all Macs, iPhones and iPads, it’s the perfect companion app for your USB microphone.

In this article, we’ll walk you through how to use a USB mic on GarageBand. Here we’ll use the Yeti X as our example, but the steps are similar for microphones built by other manufacturers, too. 

How To Use a USB Mic On GarageBand 

Here’s how to use a USB mic on GarageBand:

1. Connect your Yeti X USB microphone to your Mac, iPhone or iPad using the included USB cable.

2. Launch GarageBand.

3. Open GarageBand’s Preferences menu—on the menu bar, click “GarageBand” then “Preferences.”

4. Navigate to the Audio/MIDI tab in the GarageBand Preferences menu.

5. Set the Output Device to “Yeti X”

6. Set the Input Device to “Yeti X”

7. Create a new GarageBand project.

8. In the “Choose a Track Type” menu, select the microphone icon under the Audio heading to create a new track with a microphone as the input source.

9. Double-click the track name and rename the track. For example, “Vocals” or “Acoustic Guitar.”

10. To record in mono, set the Track Input to “Input 1.” For a stereo recording, press the circle on the input selection tab to enable stereo mode.

11. Press record. 

Now you’re ready to cut your next demo, record voiceover for a YouTube video or conduct your next podcast interview. Check out our music blog for more recording tips!