About the show

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.

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  • Episode 26: One Take

    March 30th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  43 mins

    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 fin

  • Episode 25: Stand Up

    March 8th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  42 mins 21 secs

    Dan talks about improving sound quality, motivation, mute switches, how and when to end a show, syncing audio and video, and more.

  • Episode 24: Get Pumped

    February 13th, 2017  |  Season 1  |  37 mins 28 secs

    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.

  • Episode 23: Production Values

    February 1st, 2017  |  Season 1  |  53 mins 53 secs

    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.

  • Episode 22: The Future

    June 3rd, 2016  |  Season 1  |  53 mins 32 secs

    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

  • Episode 21: Versatility

    March 31st, 2016  |  Season 1  |  43 mins 21 secs

    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 note

  • Episode 20: Balance

    March 11th, 2016  |  Season 1  |  47 mins 48 secs

    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.

  • Episode 19: New Tools

    January 29th, 2016  |  Season 1  |  49 mins 26 secs

    Dan talks about new tools for podcasters, mic technique, naming your podcast, standing out as an independant podcaster, and answers your questions.

  • Episode 18: Commodities

    November 20th, 2015  |  Season 1  |  36 mins 7 secs

    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.

  • Episode 17: Independent Voices

    November 10th, 2015  |  Season 1  |  34 mins 43 secs

    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.

  • Episode 16: Eliminating Barriers

    November 4th, 2015  |  Season 1  |  46 mins 1 sec

    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.

  • Episode 15: Back to Basics

    September 25th, 2015  |  Season 1  |  49 mins 2 secs

    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.