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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.

Customer Reviews

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.

Excellent Quality

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My review may be a bit outdated, and I will update if my feelings change, but I was highly reccomended this show from a friend, so I went to the beginning and downloaded the entire series and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.