On Tuesday evening, I started working on my first podcast. And I have to say that GarageBand 3 makes podcasting so easy it's making me cry.

I've worked with different music production software over the years. If I remember correctly, my first steps on that ground were with a Roland D10 and Cakewalk on the Amiga. Let me tell you that no sequencer or audio recording program was as easy to use as GarageBand.All you have to do to start producing a podcast is to type in a project name and click the "Podcast" button on the starting screen. In an instant, you get an audio project with several pre-configured tracks: one each for a male and a female voice and some more for jingles and effects. Every track already has appropriate settings for equalizer, noise reduction and other enhancing and processing features so you can start recording right away.

Additionally, GarageBand comes with a big set of audio snippets like jingles, sample loops and sound effects. So, if you want to add canned laughter to your podcast, just drag the sample from the loops list to a new or existing track. If you want some background music, choose a music sample. The "ducking" function will automatically lower its volume while you speak.

Editing tracks is as easy as recording them. To delete a silent part or a goof-up, just mark the region of the track and double-click on it, thus making it a separate part that can be deleted with another click. Then just close the gap by re-recording or just dragging the following parts over it. Even creating my first intro jingle that needed some cutting and adding some bells and whistles only took me about 15 minutes.

Using GarageBand, you only have to take the effort to plan, research and structure your podcast content. Recording it is a snap. I hope to finish my first episode of "Radio Perl" over the weekend.