Podcast Method

Podcast Method

5by5.tv/podcastmethod
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.
26: One Take
Mar 30, 2017 • 43 min
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…
25: Stand Up
Mar 8, 2017 • 42 min
Dan talks about improving sound quality, motivation, mute switches, how and when to end a show, syncing audio and video, and more.
24: Get Pumped
Feb 13, 2017 • 37 min
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.
23: Production Values
Feb 1, 2017 • 53 min
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.
22: The Future
Jun 3, 2016 • 53 min
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, how…
21: Versatility
Mar 31, 2016 • 43 min
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…
20: Balance
Mar 11, 2016 • 47 min
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.
19: New Tools
Jan 29, 2016 • 49 min
Dan talks about new tools for podcasters, mic technique, naming your podcast, standing out as an independant podcaster, and answers your questions.
18: Commodities
Nov 20, 2015 • 36 min
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, how to measure…
17: Independent Voices
Nov 10, 2015 • 34 min
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.
16: Eliminating Barriers
Nov 4, 2015 • 46 min
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.
15: Back to Basics
Sep 25, 2015 • 49 min
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.
14: Rapport
Aug 31, 2015 • 43 min
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, workflow and file-sharing,…
13: Media Figures
Jul 24, 2015 • 40 min
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. He…
12: A Level Playing Field
May 22, 2015 • 56 min
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.
11: “The Essence of Podcasting”
May 7, 2015 • 42 min
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.
10: Don’t Hold Back. Except Sometimes.
Apr 25, 2015 • 75 min
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 joins…
9: Saving Time
Apr 3, 2015 • 55 min
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.
8: Show Up!
Mar 26, 2015 • 65 min
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, getting mired in editing, recording…
7: Time Shifted Radio
Feb 13, 2015 • 63 min
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,…
6: Hijacking
Jan 23, 2015 • 68 min
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.
5: Content First
Jan 15, 2015 • 47 min
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.
4: Fine Tuning
Dec 31, 2014 • 52 min
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 and…
3: Get Excited
Dec 19, 2014 • 49 min
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.
2: If It Sounds Good, It Is Good
Dec 11, 2014 • 74 min
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…
1: Getting Started
Dec 5, 2014 • 49 min
Dan Benjamin answers listener’s Twitter questions about starting a podcast, accurate download tracking, microphones, recording equipment, and more.