Garageband ’09 Get Rid of Reverb

for some reason GarageBand ’09 has reverb on the voices by default in Podcasts – This quick lesson shows you how to turn it off. There’s a lot more wrong with GarageBand ’09 for podcasting – the metronome is on, it doesn’t show the timer, instead it shows beats per minute, and number of beats, all kinds of annoying things are set wrong for podcasting. I recommend using Will P’s fantastic AppleScript he calls New Podcast. If you use this application script to launch GarageBand all those annoyances will be shut off by default. You can find this and other scripts for free download at

Launch a new project

Double click on Podcast

Select the voice you want to use

1 – Click on the voice you want to use, it will turn blue
2 – Click on the “i” in the very bottom right to bring up the Real Instrument Menu

Edit the Real Instrument

Click on the Edit Tab

Turn off Reverb

The button to the left of Reverb will be bright blue, push it to toggle it off.

7 thoughts on “Garageband ’09 Get Rid of Reverb

  1. Anonymous - January 9, 2018

    thank you!! this was a life-saver.

  2. Anonymous - February 16, 2018

    Thank you so much. This Really helped.

  3. Anonymous - June 14, 2018

    Needed this!

  4. Rachel Marie Shelley - January 19, 2019

    Gosh this was bothering me so bad. Thanks for the help and for the advice on AppleScript.

  5. Anonymous - February 19, 2019

    This doesn’t help me at all. The reverb and echo are “grayed out” and I can’t turn them off. They are off on the master track and everywhere else.

  6. Spence - June 26, 2019

    I too have the issue of the reverb and echo options in the “real instrument” “Edit” menu being “grayed out”. I have this goofy feeling that the problem stems from an inadvertent keystroke or some nonsense like that. It’s such a particular and – as such – difficult thing to research. I do hope someone can lead us to the answer! If I find it, I’ll be sure to post.

  7. Pam Fleming - May 16, 2020

    It’s 2020, and I have the same problem… Went through all the steps to turn all effects off, and there is still a “slap-back” sounding effect on… Why would any recording program put in automatic effects… Terrible idea… I want to record my tracks dry, and add any effects later.

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