Podcast veteran Dan Benjamin answers your questions about podcasting and recording, audio and video equipment, software, mic technique, pre- and post-production, workflows, and more.
Episode 31: A Quick Status Update!
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Episode 30: Podcasting from Home
Dan talks about the best microphone for recording at home, presidential mics, Zencastr, post processing (compression, normalization, and EQ), and your questions.
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iHeartMedia CEO Talks Coronavirus, Podcasting Push | Hollywood Reporter — As consumers "run out of time for their eyes," podcasting is also a growth area, Bob Pittman also says. hybrIP - Talk Show System in a Web BrowserCall in Studio - The cloud based call in platform for broadcasters.Why The Podcast Advertising Market Has Not Yet Reached Its Full Potential 03/10/2020 — The podcast industry has seen explosive growth over the last few years. Today, more than 90 million people in the U.S.— approximately 32% of the U.S. population over the age of 12 — have listened to a podcast in the past month (up from 21 million people just three years ago) reports Edison Research.
Podcasts have become an important medium to consume content, but effective monetization is a challenge. The industry has been stuck in a bygone era, due to misaligned incentives, the distributed nature of podcasts, and most importantly, a lack of standards for data and metrics.Amazon.com: Samson Q2U USB/XLR Dynamic Microphone Recording and Podcasting Pack (Includes Mic Clip, Desktop Stand, Windscreen and Cables): Musical InstrumentsShure SM57 - WikipediaShure Webinar: The SM57 and the President of the United States - YouTubeShure SM58 - WikipediaZencastr(3) Andy Polaine on Twitter: "@danbenjamin my recording fort. The desk acoustic foam panels I can put away and the one on the right is a big Marimekko print in a canvas stretcher with foam behind it. The ones on the wall I built with Rockwool in wood frames and nice fabric. Sound is blind, but I’m not. https://t.co/QHQf9kHekM" / TwitterPodcast Method Episode 2: If It Sounds Good, It Is Good — All about compression.Homepage | FocusriteAmazon.com: Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (3rd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First: Musical Instruments
Episode 29: Recording Fort
Dan talks about the best ways to record a podcast with remote guests, route and record multiple audio sources with software, podcast industry statistics, niche podcasts, my current recording gear, and my favorite mic.
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VB-Audio Virtual Apps — VB-CABLE is a virtual audio device working as virtual audio cable. All audio signals coming in the CABLE input is transported to the CABLE output. Then It becomes simple to make computer audio recording or to connect a player application to a recorder one.Sound recording tools: Total Recorder - captures any audio from the Internet, records audio from CD, microphone, line-in, converts any sound formats to WAVE and MP3 — You can record streaming audio, Mic input, or Line-in input from external devices connected to your PC. The resulting files are saved on your computer's hard-drive.Rogue Amoeba | Audio Hijack: Record Any Audio on MacOS — Record any application's audio, including VoIP calls from Skype, web streams from Safari, and much more. Save audio from hardware devices like microphones and mixers as well. You can even record all the audio heard on your Mac at once! If you can hear it, Audio Hijack can record it.Rogue Amoeba | Loopback: Cable-Free Audio Routing — It's easy to pass audio between applications on your Mac, with the power of Loopback. Create virtual audio devices to take the sound from apps and audio input devices, then pass it to any audio processing software. With an easy-to-use wire-based interface, Loopback gives you the power of a high-end studio mixing board, right inside your computer! Rogue Amoeba | SoundSource: A Superior Sound Control — Control audio on a per-app basis, adjusting the volume and output device for individual apps. Apply an equalizer and other audio effects to any audio on your Mac. Even adjust your Mac's audio device settings and levels instantly, from anywhere. It's all possible right from your menu bar, with SoundSource.Public media found its answer to Spotify in Pocket Casts - The Verge — BBC Studios and Pocket Casts are announcing today that the British company is investing in the American podcast player. The decision comes at a time when multiple podcast apps, most notably Spotify, are committing themselves to a strategy of exclusive shows designed to build loyalty to their platform. Pocket Casts is instead committed to podcasting’s open ecosystem of freely available RSS feeds, CEO Owen Grover says.Many podcast episodes won’t play in web browsers later this year — If your podcast host isn’t hosting its audio on a secure server (that uses https:// at the beginning) then be aware that any embedded audio player will fail in October this year: Google Chrome will block non-HTTPS audio in embedded players once Chrome gets to v86.What Podcast Sellers Say Is Needed To Achieve $2 Billion In Podcast Ad Revenue - Westwood One — Overall, while the buy side and sell side are in general agreement on the miserable state of podcast measurement, sellers are a bit more positive. Only 5% of brands and agencies rate podcast measurement and attribution as “excellent.” 10% of sellers indicated the current state to be “excellent.”Podcast Industry Statistics - My Podcast Reviews — The latest data from Apple Podcasts, updated nightly, courtesy of My Podcast Reviews™.What app buttons should you have on your podcast website? — What app buttons should you have on your podcast website?Niche Podcasts Have More Listeners, Indicating Untapped Advertising Opportunities - Media Monitors(187) Joe Rogan Experience #1436 - Adam Curry - YouTubeThe Picard: S01E05: Apropriately SinisterAmazon.com: Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (3rd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First: Musical Instruments — My current 4-mic pre-amp.Amazon.com: Universal Audio Arrow Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface: Musical Instruments —
Episode 28: Born In The Halls
Dan talks about the Podcast Academy Awards, the podcast gold rush, new mics from Rode, transcription services, in-browser recording and editing, and your questions.
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Why the podcast gold rush is slowing down for some publishersNT-USB Mini Studio Quality USB Microphone | RØDE MicrophonesRØDE PODMICSupport Podcast Method on Patreon!Podcast industry leaders come together to launch The Podcast Academy, and announce annual awards and professional development programDo Podcasts Have Their Own Academy Awards? They May Soon - BloombergRob Greenlee on Twitter: "@xpangler @iHeartRadio @nytimes @hearluminary @Entercom @WestwoodOne How about all the mediums founding/influential podcasters, production, hosting companies that are missing too. Just so many missing on being asked to join initially. We need to build this in an open way and not in secret. #podcasting" / TwitterHeadliner - Promote your podcast, radio show or blog with videoZencastrWelcome to CastDescript | Create podcasts, videos, and transcriptsAmazon.com: Rode NT-USB Mini USB Condenser Microphone: Musical InstrumentsRode NT-USB MINI USB Microphone | Musician's Friend — Rode NT-USB MINI USB MicrophoneRode PodMic Dynamic Broadcast Microphone | Sweetwater
Episode 27: Waking Up
Dan talks about Spotify and The Ringer, rising podcast revenue, the size of podcast audiences, Chartable and IAB, SiriusXM and SoundCloud, Audio Hijack, travel USB/XLR mics, 4-input audio interfaces, and listener questions!
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Spotify is buying Bill Simmons’s The Ringer - Vox — Spotify is making yet another big-budget purchase aimed at getting a lead in the growing podcast industry: The streaming music company has agreed to a deal to purchase The Ringer, the podcast-centric media company run and owned by Bill Simmons.The Ringer’s Price Tag Revealed. | Podcast News Daily | insideradio.com — In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Spotify tells investors that it will pay between $141 and $195 million for The Ringer.Podcast Ad Revenues Are Quickly Rising - eMarketer Trends, Forecasts & Statistics — The podcasting industry continues to explode with potential for advertisers, and the numbers show it: Marketers spent $479 million on podcast ads in 2018, and podcast advertising revenues are projected to surpass $1 billion by 2021, according to figures from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and PwC.Nielsen: Podcast Listening On Track To Double By 2023. | Podcast News Daily | insideradio.com — More than two decades since becoming a thing, podcast listening is now expanding at a compound annual growth rate of 20%, according to Nielsen Scarborough data from 2014-2019. If that rate continues, the podcast audience could double by 2023. “It’s still growing at a tremendous clip,” Tony Hereau, VP Cross Platform Insights at Nielsen, said Tuesday. Chartable achieves IAB Tech Lab Podcast Measurement Certification - Chartable — Chartable, the podcast measurement company, today announced that it has been officially certified by the IAB Technology Laboratory. SiriusXM Makes $75 Million Investment in SoundCloud – Variety — SiriusXM Holdings has invested $75 million in SoundCloud, the open audio platform beloved by musicians that has struggled to find a place in a the streaming-service hierarchy. SoundCloud will use this additional investment to accelerate its product development and enhance the services that fuel its global community of creators and listeners, according to the announcement.Google Podcasts — Google's new podcast homepage.Podcast Subscriber Tracking Is Pointless - Evo Terra - Medium — Most podcasters want one thing: for people to listen to their content. So it makes sense that understanding a podcast’s total subscriber count would be a good thing. Only… it isn’t.Amazon.com: Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (3rd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First: Musical InstrumentsAmazon.com: Universal Audio Arrow Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface: Musical InstrumentsAmazon.com: Samson Q2U USB/XLR Dynamic Microphone Recording and Podcasting Pack (Includes Mic Clip, Desktop Stand, Windscreen and Cables): Musical InstrumentsAmazon.com: Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone: Musical InstrumentsRØDECaster ProRogue Amoeba | Audio Hijack: Record Any Audio on MacOS — Record any application's audio, including VoIP calls from Skype, web streams from Safari, and much more. Save audio from hardware devices like microphones and mixers as well. You can even record all the audio heard on your Mac at once! If you can hear it, Audio Hijack can record it.Amazon.com: Shure SM7B Cardioid Dynamic Microphone: Musical InstrumentsOpen Podcast Analytics Working GroupFireside Podcast Hosting and Analytics — Use promo code PODCASTMETHOD2020 for 20% off for two months!
Episode 26: 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 finding inspiration.
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Fantastic information and entertaining
Dan puts together a great show for anyone wanting to learn about podcasting. The episodes are concise and long enough to hit the sweet spot for listening. He has been there and done it. By bringing his experiences to the mic, Dan teaches by his mistakes. Ultimately, The Podcast Method is the best way I have found for helping me along the way. It is real, entertaining, and not stuffy or campy. Dan puts his stamp on All The Great Shows.
Decent podcast that repeats itself
It’s a decent starting point, but as other reviews have mentioned; it repeats itself far too often, explaining the exact same
Stuff over and over again.
Great, straightforward podcast about podcasting
Dan Benjamin has been podcasting for longer than most people have known about podcasting. This show is a way for him to openly share his knowledge and experience with both aspiring and experienced podcasters.
Dan has a fun, clear, and helpful “method” for conveying what you need to know about becoming a better podcaster.