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Dan Benjamin answers your questions about podcasting and recording, audio and video equipment, software, mic technique, pre- and post-production, workflows, and more. Hosted by Dan Benjamin.
||Clean26: One Take||Dan talks about podcast networks (and the evolution of 5by5), and answers listener questions about how sponsorships really work and what sponsors want (guaranteed numbers, CPM, ROI), audience engagement, Skype vs. double-enders, building audience, and f||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean25: Stand Up||Dan talks about improving sound quality, motivation, mute switches, how and when to end a show, syncing audio and video, and more.||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean24: Get Pumped||Dan talks about staying organized, working with a co-host, commitment, live streaming, sound dampening, budget friendly live call-in solutions, New & Noteworthy, iPhone/iPad recording solutions, and transcripts.||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean23: Production Values||Dan answers your questions about affiliate codes, post production tweaks, video skype calls, gain staging, audio interface migrating, trying out new microphones, and starting new shows.||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean22: The Future||Dan talks about the start of 5by5 and its CMS, sticking to your wheelhouse, and answers listener questions about recording a double ender vs Skype recording, minimum downloads that appeal to sponsors, how the future of podcasting compares to blogging, h||6/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean21: Versatility||Dan talks about gear for recording in the field and in the studio, making specific vs. general podcasts, versatility in podcasting, the Cloudlifter vs. DBX, Apple's Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter, using Zencastr instead of Skype, writing good show no||3/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: Balance||Shifting the focus back to listener emails, Dan talks about finding a good co-host, balancing levels, story-style podcasts, replacement episodes, DMCAs, lavalier mics, a Fireside update, and the right way to end a podcast.||3/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: New Tools||Dan talks about new tools for podcasters, mic technique, naming your podcast, standing out as an independant podcaster, and answers your questions.||1/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: Commodities||Dan answers questions about interviewing Weird Al Yankovic, how podcasts are disruptive to radio, the importance of iTunes reviews, creating guest contracts, the Rode Podcaster, nice podcast audiences, getting a fair CPM from your sponsors, and more.||11/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Independent Voices||Dan talks about the importance of independent content, configuring Skype for optimum results, noise gating and compression for noisy rooms and environments, recording panels and live performances, and more.||11/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: Eliminating Barriers||Dan talks about techniques, websites, and apps you can use to prepare for podcasts and interviews, eliminating barriers between you and your listeners, Google Play and podcasting, and listener questions.||11/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: Back to Basics||Dan talks about the importance of getting back to basics, mastering mic technique, understanding your room's audio presence, icecast and nicecast, having a pre-flight checklist, ad blocking in podcasts, and more.||9/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: Rapport||From desktop mic booms to mix-minus, Dan answers listener questions about equipment, digital audio interfaces, how to apply effects to multi-track recordings, how to handle USB mic latency, developing a rapport with co-hosts, and more.||8/31/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: Media Figures||Dan talks about the affect "media figures" (aka famous people) are having on podcasting, the recent Midroll acquisition, Ira Glass going independent, and a preview of his upcoming Podcast Movement talk about the past, present, and future of podcasting.||7/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: A Level Playing Field||Dan talks about the importance of independent podcasts, guest contracts, booking your first sponsor, one-person shows, guest and co-host compensation, and the Spotify podcasting situation.||5/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: "The Essence of Podcasting"||Dan answers listener questions and talks about recording great interviews, making the switch from hulking desktop mixers with faders to digital mixers, the importance of monitoring your own voice, and more.||5/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Don't Hold Back. Except Sometimes.||Dan talks about interviewing, holding back content, daily and weekly vs. evergreen episodes, the best day to release an episode, minimum downloads needed to get a sponsor, tips for transitioning your feed, and workflows. Special guest Jordan Cooper.||4/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Saving Time||Dan answers listener questions about mic technique, affordable microphones, digital mixers, headphone amps, streaming video, USB vs. XLR microphones, radio's influence on podcasting, and more.||4/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: Show Up!||Dan talks about growing your listener base, if podcast networks are right for your show, getting new listeners, recording multiple guests, the basics of mix-minus, digital vs. traditional mixers, testing new gear, and more.||3/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: Time Shifted Radio||Dan talks about podcasts as creations vs. time shifted radio, recording (and not recording) when you're sick, ID3 tags, managing wires, the benefits and downsides of pre recording intros and outros, interviewing techniques, using affiliates as sponsors,||2/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Hijacking||Dan talks about download tracking with podtrac and libsyn, other tools like Showbot and the topics engine, recording screencasts, the new Audio Hijack, fair use in podcasting, patreon instead of sponsors, and more.||1/23/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Content First||Dan Benjamin answers your questions on topics including how to put content first, working with remote guests, keeping focused, a Skype tips for good quality audio, effective recording techniques, and more.||1/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Fine Tuning||Dan Benjamin answers listener questions about the importance of a regular show, submitting shows to iTunes, counting downloads and listeners, affordable podcast hosting solutions, building a custom podcast CMS, interview style, soundproofing your home a||12/31/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: Get Excited||Dan answers questions about promoting a show on iTunes, working with advertiser content, the importance of theme music for a podcast, how to handle Skype issues, and more.||12/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: If It Sounds Good, It Is Good||Dan talks about recording multiple people remotely and in the same room, the importance of cover artwork, editing as a crutch, streaming live, and answers listener questions, and for the special Tech segment, he is joined by guest Jim Metzendorf to expl||12/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: Getting Started||Dan Benjamin answers listener's Twitter questions about starting a podcast, accurate download tracking, microphones, recording equipment, and more.||12/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
And I’m not even starting a podcast (yet)
I’ll admit my bias up front: I love Dan Benjamin’s shows. I’ve spent so many hours listening to his voice he feels like a friend, so I would probably like almost any show he did.
Having said that, I still feel like this one’s really good. I’m not planning a podcast imminently, though I’d like to do one some day, and I’d really like to help my wife start one. This first episode mixed in general and specific advice in pretty good measure, and the show notes will be gold to anyone who needs gear recommendations or further instruction.
More importantly, Dan’s enthusiasm for the medium and for encouraging creativity in others really shows here. If you’re thinking even a little seriously about starting a podcast, I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re writing your first show outline within minutes of listening to the first episode.
Dan has a rare talent for combining natural enthusiasm for the subject, hard won experience, and a professional attitude. This is a great podcast for those looking to get involved with the emerging podcast ecosystem.
Started at 1 when 26 was out.
My review may be a bit outdated, and I will update if my feelings change, but I was highly reccomended this show from a friend, so I went to the beginning and downloaded the entire series and started listening from the first episode. As I write this review, I am on episode 20.
Perhaps it's just the lack of spacing between episodes that pushes me to feel that topics are repeated far too frequently in back-to-back weeks. Every episode will discuss noise gates, the necessity to multi-track, a propensity to Apple products, and how Podcasting is changing other media. It's probably OK if you have little to no podcast or audio engineering experience, or are listening to only one episode per week or month, but as a marathon listener who burned through a few episodes per week I feel like very little new material was added in each episode. Rather than explaining a gate every time a question is asked, could you just respond to the question "Noise gates would help you, here's a summary, go to episode 2 for details." I'm a big fan of self-referential shows, which is a method that this podcasts seems to have left behind.
Overall, this is a good show, and is useful for it's target audience, but to anyone who's already started, or has a basic understanding of audio tools, there are hundreds of excellent descriptions of the same 5 tips. Useful, but not sure it needs 26 episodes.
I'll reassess soon, as I am getting to the point where episodes were released much farther appart, so I'm expecting Dan to reveal that he felt the same at some point.