472- Podcasting opportunity lost — a case study

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we discuss a case study (in which I was involved) that was a good potential for creating a needed podcast show, but was lost in the “muck and mire” of the podosphere in its early stages.

This involves the idea of a potential startup podcast that could support a growing audience of entrepreneurs — and it was called Niche-Net (TM) (i.e., The National Internet Community of Hispanic Entrepreneurs Network).

This all started in the year 1994 — over a decade before the podosphere emerged. I was in the midst of starting my own entrepreneur venture, and it was called Niche-Net. This community was supposed to help the Hispanic community get into the entrepreneurial ventures for their own small businesses. At the time, the web site and the offers and offerings and products were varied, and a small outreach only included building web sites for that targeted community.

However, as with many startups, the venture only lasted a few years and then was gone. But what was interesting is that it did not rise up again when I got into the podosphere and started podcasts.

At that latest time, in 2005 and 2006, I could have easily started a podcast that probably would have been very successful in that market with that type of audience. But I did not. And I now know that I did blow the opportunity for a potential success of a show, as well as the successful promotion of offers, offerings, products and services for that community — even to the point of creating a meetup group and membership site based on the podcast show, which would have been called the Niche-Net podcast show.

So my case study encompasses the following aspects for discussion:

  • when do you know a good idea can develop into something later on for “the next big thing”?
  • what should you do to keep the idea captured until the right time?
  • what kind of mental ideas and plans and visions can you document, so that later on they can be brought into fruition with the proper new media environment or business environment?

My opinion and suggestions for these questions are the following:

When you have the idea for this new media or business idea, you should document every aspect of your vision — either in a business plan, or a feasibility plan, or an outline or detailed plan (to the extreme of a project management work-breakdown-schedule).

This documented plan should then be placed in a suspense file (either hardcopy or electronic), where you review the plan every quarter of the year and check to see if there are any new technologies or developments in which the plan can be resurrected and be incorporated into a road for a successful podcast or venture. In my case study, the original Niche-Net idea was for internet web pages (which were relatively new services for entrepreneurs in 1994) — but in 2005, the idea could have been resurrected for creating a podcast show with other means of monetization waiting to be discovered and implemented in membership sites, offers, offerings, products, services, etc., from the podcast show and its episodes and advertising.

And finally, the more detailed a feasibility plan is, the better off you may be to convert the plan into a more complete layout for a podcast show, with individual episodes that can address advertising, monetization, audience growth and opportunities for creating revenue streams of various types (e.g., from donations, tip-jars, advertising, book deals, audio sales of episodes, DVD sales of complete seasons or shows, etc.). In fact, the two resources that come to my mind are the books from Dave Jackson of The School of Podcasting that started in 2010 and even today — the books of More Podcast Money and Profit from Your Podcast.

And, of course, there are many more ideas and opportunities for success (in many ways of defining “success” in addition to financial results) — including notoriety in the old “New and Noteworthy,” as well as speaking engagements, book deals, bloggingn, television and video shows and appearances, etc.

And so what are my lessons learned?

Well, I would suggest to start early and document your dreams. The better your details would determine the better your descriptions for making your dream into a reality once the environment appears to mold your original dream into a viable opportunity solution — especially for fame, notoriety, audience growth, acceptance or monetization.

With the documented dream in a suspense file, a review in the form of envisioning if your dream can fit into the new environment would be a benefit that can spark a new idea — and that new idea of a fit into the new market could spawn a unique or different way of improving the opportunity for a solution or another way of serving a new audience.

And then, from the review of the documented dream in your suspense file, you can then put together a plan for implementing the dream in terms of time, money, effort and possible returns (even with great feedback from trusted advisors — who may end up being your financial backers, supporters, investors, etc.). And if you have the resources to finance the dream yourself as a startup or as a podcast that can grow for a minimal investment, then you have the start to what could be a “dream come true” that will provide VALUE for your customers and listeners, as well as REWARDS for yourself in more than just financial ways.

This is a case study which I use now as a lesson learned — and it has created for me a BEST PRACTICES method of using creativity and matching it with opportunity and planning to have a possibility of going for success in podcasting and business. And who knows? If I had used my own practices stated here, then possibly the Niche-Net membership site and podcast environment might have been a very successful venture for myself at this time.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2020, Matrix Solutions Corporation . All rights reserved.


471- Double-ender recordings may do it better for podcast interviews

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we discuss the theme of double- enders from the viewpoint of the recent article in titled “What are the benefits of double-ender recording?”

Now, in this podcast series, we have explained what a double-ender recording is (i.e., similar to how it is defined in the article:  “where both participants record their own sides of a remote conversation; these are then synced together in post-production — it can make you sound like you’re in the same room as your guest, even if you’re recording on different continents.”

In addition to describing the double-ender, Matthew Boudreau goes on to state the benefits of a double-ender for recording interviews at a distance.  He also elaborates on these points:

  • “Best Method: Hand Recorder”;
  • Professional tip on “syncing”;
  • Good methods using Smartphone Recording;
  • Professional tip on “microphone choice”;
  • “In a pinch: computer recording”
  • Conclusion with implementing double-ender recording

For this podcaster, I have been using the double-ender since 2006 starting with a handy program called Power-Gramo (which was withdrawn several years ago). However, this program was integrated beautifully with Skype and allowed my audio recording to be on one track and my guest’s recording to be on another track. I would get them both and then proceed to synch the audio very easily, then levelate it and perform EQ, and then finalize a quality mp3 audio recording.

As you will hear in this audio episode, for my podcasts with guests, I have used multiple mics and multiple systems for recording double enders — from Zoom H1, H2, H4n portable recorders, as well as interfaces with Shure SM7 and SM58 microphones — to today’s use of a Samson Go-mic with a backup recording using a Zoom H4n in the other side.

The only problem I have encountered during a heatwave is the ambient noise that can arise with my co-host having his air conditioner running at bull-blast in the same room with his recording equipment. This then forces me to do noise reduction, which then can alter his audio quality. Another example is when his mic was too close to his computer and received lots of internal noise in his background. But other than those, a near-quiet environment usually will allow double-enders to sound as if the recording was in a studio with each person sitting next to each other and the result is good audio.

So, I would suggest that you, as an aspiring podcaster who wishes to publish guest interviews, should review this article and decide on which model would work best for you and your guests in creating a final mp3 audio to provide value for your customers as they listen to your interview resulting from a double-ender.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2020, Matrix Solutions Corporation and All rights reserved.


470- Framework for podcasting from Ben Krueger

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we discuss a recent framework for podcasting which Ben Krueger of described in his post and email called “5-Step Framework for Podcasting Success.”

Ben’s framework for podcast success involves the following five simple steps that can be summarized by a single word or two each:

  1. Envision – Outline the podcast concept using 8 Podcast Principles
  2. Decide – Choose style, frequency, title, branding, and call to action
  3. Record – Get your equipment set up and create your episodes
  4. Setup & Launch – Build your foundation and put it out there
  5. Systemize & Grow – Streamline ongoing tasks and growth

Now, although this may seem trite and oversimplified, these steps involve multiple tasks and multiple skills that are required to produce a good, solid foundation for the planning, preparation, production, editing and publishing of your show — and then monitoring and adjusting your show for growth.

However, I find these simple steps to be a good overview of the flowchart that you, as an aspiring podcaster, may want to adopt in creating your show and episodes, and then growing your show. However, please be advised that this post with free suggestions and advice is the prelude for Ben asking you to set up a time and conference where he can be your podcast advisor and get you going on your way to successful growth (of course, for a fee).

Now, I have known Ben since 2014, when I met him at the initial Podcast Movement conference in Dallas, Texas, where we were next to each other in the exhibit hall most of the time — and where I first interviewed him. Since that time, I have seen him deliver what we refer to as an “ethical bribe” — that is, a free deliverable (usually advice, or a pdf document, or some tangible recording of a podcast audio file or a video file, or a blog post, etc.) so that you can know that he is a subject matter expert that has been a solution provider. And in this way, he can become a trusted advisor for you (leading him to reach for the platform of a thought leader in podcasting and profitable media content creation).

I sincerely recommend that you subscribe to his emails, his newsletters and see what he suggests — for there are many gems in what he says from his experience and his knowledge that he has had in the past 8 years in the podosphere. And we hope that you will find value in his offers, offerings, deliverables — and yes, in his ethical bribes that will always encourage you to partner with him as your advisor to make your podcast shows better and more successful.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2020, Matrix Solutions Corporation and from Ben Krueger. All rights reserved.


469- Suggestions for being a better podcast host

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we deliver a discussion on the topic of being a better podcast host — a theme that was described in a post by Craig Hewitt at

Now, although this theme is as old as podcasting itself for the past 16 years, another article appears in the area that tries to give a fresher look at the art of interviewing a guest when you, the podcaster, are the host. And this article is the one discussed here, by Craig Hewitt, with several pointers.

In this post, Craig delivers the following points in his writing:  “our favorite tips and tricks you can use to improve your craft, appeal to listeners, and let your guests shine…

  • Do your homework;
  • Minimize the awkward robot talk;
  • Let your guest shine;
  • Create a list of open-ended questions for your guest;
  • Suggestions of what you can do for your guest before they go live on your show;
  • Work in sponsors on your show with ease and humility;
  • Ask for feedback;
  • Don’t forget to thank your listeners.”

As Craig mentions, it is the skill set of each podcaster that can determine the talent for becoming a better interviewer and host: “Every podcaster wants to believe they’re a great host, but it takes a truly wise podcaster to know when those hosting skills need polishing.”

Now, for this podcaster, my 15 years of experience in the podosphere as both a host and interviewer, as well as an interviewee, have increased the skill set needed to prepare, plan and execute better interviews over time that can make you a good podcast host.

Although these suggestions may sound trite and oversimplified, they are still some great reminders that you should print out and have on your studio desk near your microphone when you are ready to plan and prepare your own podcast episode as an interviewer and host.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2020, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Craig Hewitt and All rights reserved.


467- Podcaster Gary Leland and the Hall of Fame

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we discuss a recent post in of an article about podcaster Gary Leland, and it was written by Tracy Hazzard. The title of the article deals with five things you can do to get into the Podcaster Hall of Fame and it is “Podcast legend Gary Leland tell-all: becoming the center of influence, over and over again.”

As you will hear in this audio episode, we relate this article to the early adopter of podcasting, Gary Leland (whom we have interviewed back in 2014 at the very beginning of this show), who was also known as the Podcast Pickle, and who brought us such well-known resources like the older Podertainment magazine and his Podcast Repairman program, along with many others, such as the Crypto Podcaster.

After my introduction of Gary Leland from my past 15 years of knowing him and dealing with him as both an interviewee and podcaster and speaker in past events, I show how his views of being a successful podcaster, expert and entrepreneur in podcastng are filled with various lessons learned for new and aspiring podcasters.

One joke we had between the two of us is about the first time we met as speakers on the same program in person at the very first Podcamp event in San Antonio, Texas in 2007.  Gary was also the creator of the personality called The Podcast Pickle, which he brought to the conferences and events.

Gary Leland and the Podcast Pickle at Podcast Movement 2014

He claimed to be the oldest podcaster — until I spoke to him during the break and mentioned that I was actually six years older than he was. For me, that was a great way to relate to Gary and begin a mutual and beneficial and respectful associate in the podosphere.

We hope you enjoy this episode of a Hall-of-Fame podcaster, Gary Leland (who, by the way, was the one that had the idea to start the podcaster hall of fame within the boundaries of the Podcast Movement conferences since 2014). His skills in monetization strategies and product development have always been great at becoming a millionaire for him. And we wish him well in the future, as well.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2020, Matrix Solutions Corporation and and and Tracy Hazzard. All rights reserved.


466- Signs when it is time to sunset your podcast show

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we discuss a recent post from titled “How to Know when to pull the plug on your podcast” by Steven Goldstein.

In this post, Steven discusses several main reasons for sunsetting a podcast show: “Tastes change, story arcs get old, and new shows come along that are more appealing…most shows are not meant to last forever and don’t.”

And Steven mentions the fact that careful monitoring of your show is a key factor to know when the success will be turning into a possible failure in the near future. 

So that means that you, yourself, will have to monitor the success and growth of your show to indicate possible downward trends that will cease making your show a success. In fact, when you look at the numbers and the odds of your own show being one of the top podcasts in the podosphere, it can be a bit intimidating:  “According to Edison Research, people in the U.S. listen to six podcasts each week. Yikes. 1.4 million podcasts with 35 million episodes… and they choose six! The tyranny of choice is brutal.”

So how can you tell that it may be time to begin thinking about withdrawing your show and “sunsetting” it? Well, Steven delivers these six signs, with accompanying paragraphs of detail:

  • We’ll just “wing it” — no real plan;
  • “More B than A”;
  • Creative bankruptcy or “story fatigue”;
  • Freshness dating;
  • No marketing;
  • Soft time spent listening.

One key example is the outdated podcast show theme of interviewing entrepreneurs (which was popular from 2007 to 2017). Not only did I, myself, have a top-rated show since 2007 called “The Struggling Entrepreneur” (which has since podfaded, due to an end of interest and a change in topics of interest), but also the old show called “Entrepreneur on fire” also had a run of financial success with lots of copy-cats trying to imitate the fiscal success of the show by using the cookie-cutter approach that the original show had (not very creative).

So tastes do change, as well as the show titles and the audiences.

For this podcaster, I have seen many changes over the past 15 years that I have spent as a podcaster, content creator, screencaster, video consumer and listener of podcasts. And for me, the one that seems to be the most common is that of “story fatigue.” It is obvious that a short run of what is popular at the time with a quick run to the top of the charts also can signify the vulnerability of a quick drop of popularity and then a quick demise. A case in point of this type of popularity is that of the social media platform “blab” that was very popular half a decade ago, but lost its influence when the platform was terminated and left a lot of podcasters high and dry (because they had assumed that this would still be around and some of them actually counted on this platform for building their business and podcast shows for success — little did they know that this platform would be crashing down big-time).

Also, I have seen success in re-creating podfaded shows with a new name and a slightly different spin of themes (which can support any new changes in the direction or attractions by listeners). Not only have I, myself, done this, but the conferences for podcasting are full of examples of these resurrections that re-appear like a phoenix from the ashes of weariness and tiredness of listeners seeking new and exciting themes.

For you, as a podcaster, monitoring your downloads, your subscriptions and your feedback is vital. Also, seeing the reactions and the results of your presentations and promotions at podcasting conferences and virtual events will be critical in getting good feedback. In fact, one area you may try to get some good data is to receive feedback about your show from International Podcast Day presentations (every 30th of September) — and you can then see how your show will be received and can grow worldwide.

So, I wish you the best in constantly examining, monitoring and fine-tuning your show for success — and that way, perhaps you can avoid the six reasons for your to “sunset” your podcast show.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2020, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Steven Goldstein. All rights reserved.


464- Portcaster – Small portable podcast studio

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we discuss the announcement of what is called “the world’s most portable podcast studio” — aka the PortCaster. This is based on the post from, and it appeared in the newsletter recently.

The description of this podcasting device is:  “It’s designed for content creators, who record or live-stream to Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitch, and other platforms. It makes it easy to add music, sound effects and guests to your podcast or stream. About the size of a passport, this product is very portable, so it’s great for any type of recording, especially when traveling. It’s Made in USA and for a limited time it’s very affordable!”

After checking out the image photos in the post, I was surprised at the versatility and the reach in podcasting and streaming by the detail and the image of some of the controls of such a device.

As is stated in the post, a key aspect of this device is to improve the sound quality. But it also has another purpose for your focus of your podcast:  “And that lets you focus on what matters — your content, your guests and your audience.”  And you can do this by the following:

  • livestreaming — i.e., gaming, vlogging and videography;
  • storytelling — i.e., podcasting, voiceover, broadcasting;
  • web meetings– i.e., lessons, seminars, conferences; and
  • worship service — i.e., streaming, recording, teaching.

With rechargeable batteries and the recording medium of an HC-SD card for capturing the content, this system allows your guests to be recorded over the phone. As you can see, the controls for the features look appealing to many podcasters who want this type of power and control while traveling on the road in a device as small “as a passport.”

Details are also given for recording local guests who may be next to you or in the same room or studio.

And the details of all these features are explained in a few sentences in the post that outlines the important aspects of the system. And at the post, you can see images and photos that point out all the ports and connectors and connections of this device, with a simple description of the key ones stressed.  In addition, comparison tables with other systems and detailed specifications are also delivered in the post, for your own comparison. Testimonials from musicians and other content creators, along with discounted prices for early adopters are shown. And finally, the timeline for availability in early 2021 is shown.

The most important aspect for many podcasters will lie in the price tags of $299.00 USD and $399.00 USD dollars.

The final part of the post goes into a brief explanation of some risks and challenges of this project and its availability.

Well, for this podcaster, the device seems to be priced quite competitively and contains a value-rich set of features that are highlighted by the sales promotional images contained in the post.

In fact, it reminds me of the days when the Zoom H2 device came out back in 2006-2007 with its feature-rich set of values for the portability of a small device that can fit into a shirt pocket and carry a great punch with a 32-GB HCSD card to run on AC power or batteries. Such was the technology boom for portability in podcasting then.

But for myself, I will wait until the final availability at the beginning of 2021, and for the reviews to come back from professional reviewers with objective descriptions such as Dave Jackson of The School of Podcasting.

In the meantime, this seems to be a device that can appear to be “too good to be true” until the activities in the field of portable podcasting will test its utility and value for the portable podcasters that can use the livestreaming, storytelling and web meetings. Until then, I am surely glad that companies are exploiting new technologies to give us price-performance devices that can help podcasters in the future — especially the new and aspiring podcasters.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2020, Matrix Solutions Corporation and All rights reserved.


485- Understanding compression in Podcasting with Audacity

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we reflect on a recent episode of the that is titled: “How to use the compressor in Audacity.”

Now, for some of the newer or aspiring podcasters, this is quite a brief lesson in what compression is, and how it is done with Audacity — and some suggested settings for better audio with that program.

The author of this blog post delivers this as a tutorial (and at the end of the post, there is a list of links with more audio tutorials, for your benefit).

This post has quite a few details, and it is a good reference for those podcasters that want to know about the compressor in Audacity.

Some of those sections covered are:

  • What is compression and how to apply it (a 6:00 minute video);
  • When should you use audio compression?
  • Applying the Audacity compressor effect;
    • the graph
    • the settings
    • the threshold
    • the noise floor
    • the ratio
    • the attack time and release time; and
    • make-up gain;
    • compression based on peaks; and
    • limiter effect.
  • Avoiding over-compressing; and finally,
  • Previewing the compressor settings for audio.

Now, a lot of podcasters may feel that they do not need to deal with compressor settings, but this brief tutorial is great for a general understanding of some elements that can help your audio episodes become better quality. And you don’t have to be a genius or tech whiz to understand them. This tutorial in does give VALUE in an understanding of better audio quality possibilities with Audacity.

We hope that you go through the tutorial and video, so that you can understand better the compressor in Audacity, and then you can decide for yourself if you want to use that effect for improving your audio episode quality.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2020, Matrix Solutions Corporation . All rights reserved.


462- Principles for world-class level promotion of Podcasts

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we discuss a recent post by Ben Krueger of titled “8 Podcasting principles to make your show world class” by Marc Guberti.

In this post, the theme of being “world class” is proposed. Now, as arrogant and nebulous as this sounds, a world-class podcast is very subjective at this time, because who is determining what a world-class podcast should be and how is this class defined?

In fact, this post has no visible details, but merely a series of links to the sections of the content, among which are the following:

Here are the key links from the episode:

Cashflow Podcasting

The Podcast Principles


Marc’s Links

5 Day Podcast Launch Mini Course

From $0 To $100K+ With Content Marketing

Schedule a free strategy call


Marc’s books

YouTube Decoded

Podcast Domination

Content Marketing Secrets

The Wealthy Author

Now, for this podcaster, I was totally annoyed by the series of pop-ups by Marc with the questions of “Do you want to grow….?” and such questions that left a very bitter taste in my mouth. I felt that such a very RUDE and ANNOYING pop-up storm would likely ruin my thoughts about his content — and it did from the start.
I tried to look at the “Podcast Principles” section, and I found that I could not “connect” with the web pages that should have delivered content. Instead, I saw that this was a key “sales job” that kept hitting the reader over the head time and time again. And after this, it was a struggle for me to finish the reading of this post.

So I had to go to the next sections of the post, which were:

  • Coming up with the right idea;
  • Podcast launch checklist; and
  • Launching your podcast.

And the image of Marc with his “Breakthrough success” baseball-type cap is featured at the end, as the article and post becomes nothing more than a glorified sales-page throughout for his five-day launch mini-course.

The final section of info dealing with the topic “From $0 to $100K with your content” as depicted in his “content marketing plaza” page is nothing more than a long squeeze-page with the 8 principles:

  • Content creation hacks
  • Content marketing hacks
  • Social media marketing hacks
  • Product creation hacks
  • Funnel hacks
  • Relationship creating hacks
  • Conversion hacks, and
  • Outsourcing hacks

Now, for this podcaster, I only saw the titles of min-courses in the squeeze page that I just described. And, of course, you cannot see the quality of the content from his post, because each of these “hacks” requires the reader to purchase the mini-courses from the squeeze page. And with the $197.00 USD price tag for this “training,” this was the biggest turn-off for someone who wanted to see the VALUE of what was being promoted and how it could help me (the podcaster) , rather than just be given a sign-up-sales-page from the very first reading. Unfortunately, the reasons and the sentence or two descriptors were cliches that did not fulfill my expectations.

And so I closed the links and chose to place this into the category of “sales” pages without showing the value of the product. To me, having been involved with sales for over 33 years, this was something I would not ever recommend to another podcaster, let alone investigate any more on my own.

However, if you wish to investigate this more on your own to see if you can find any value in this promotion, then I do wish you well. In fact, the only reason that I looked at this “ad” was because of the name of Ben Krueger. But I venture to say that, for myself, I can never reclaim the five minutes of investigation time from looking into these links.

In any matter, I would like to thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2020, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Ben Krueger and Marc Guberti. All rights reserved.


461- Live podcast interviews face-to-face

In this episode of The Podcast Reporter, we discuss the contents of a recent article from

The name of this article is “How to Record Face-to-Face Podcast Interviews: The Full Guide.”

As the beginning of this article states: “In a world saturated with electronic media, face-to-face, in-person communication is more important than ever.”

How right that is, and how important that is. Especially when the world right now is dominated by the radical left and the media, where the mandate to stay at home and NOT to meet with others is due to the restriction that the left wingers desire, so that no one could discuss politics or have ideas or rational debate and discussion. Why? With the fearmongering caused by the media and the hype of contagion of a Plan-demic, the radical left only wants you to be exposed to a quarantined environment where the only news and discussion you will hear would be from your television, where the media would be spinning its narrative and giving you propaganda that they desire, so that you can be used and abused in an election year as mind-controlled slaves (you may want to see the documentary titled “The Social Dilemma” to see how closely our world today resembles that of the George Orwell world in his novel “1984.”

So now, it is most important to create content when you and your guest (or co-host) may be IN PERSON and debating or discussing the key topics of importance — and you can then prove the “plan-demic” for the hoax and hype that it is.

So, if you wish to really get good content, you should plan on face-to-face interviews or podcast audio episodes with a guest. This can include scheduled episodes with topics to have your interviewee or guest in your “studio” (where ever that may be), or perhaps in a trade show where you may be interviewing a guest in an exhibit area, or a conference room or ballroom, or a “roundtable” discussion,  etc.; or you may be interviewing someone in your studio or in that individual’s studio (e.g., Joe Rogan Experience podcast show).

Now, this article pronounces that they have the “Full Guide” to the face-to-face interviews. I applaud them for the topic and idea, but I am always skeptical of any one person or group saying that they have the “complete” anything.

So, if you want to research what this article is saying, here is a short list of the topics covered with appropriate links to the full details and the examples given:

  1. How to Record Face-to-Face Podcast Interviews: The Full Guide
  2. Zoom H5 Vs Zoom H6 as a Digital Recorder: Which to Choose?
  3. Shure SM58 Review | The Apocalypse Survival Mic
  4. The In-Person Podcast Interview Equipment Setup Guide
  5. Full Audio or Podcast Interview Equipment Shopping List

Now, for myself as a podcaster, I have always preferred the live, in-person, face-to-face interview. And I have last conducted one of these at the recent Podcast Movement – Evolutions conference in February of 2020 in Los Angeles, California, with many podcasters — e.g., Gordon Firemark, Dave Jackson, Todd Cochrane, Rob Greenlee, etc. This conference was the last time that this organization held an inbound, in-person event where people would come in from out-of-town, stay at a hotel and meet in separate rooms for presentations, panel discussions and keynotes where everyone could actually meet others and interview each other face-to-face.

However, when I saw the detail from this “Full” Guide, I was rather disappointed because all that was mentioned was the equipment — especially microphones. As for myself, I chose to attend the PM Evolutions conference with only a Zoom Q3 video and audio recorder built in one compact device. This battery-powered unit served me well and delivered the results that I wanted for allowing me to create a final, finished mp3 with great audio after post-production. And although this unit is dated after several years, it is the function and result that it delivers more important than the most recent Zoom products.

Also, there are some steps and processes and procedures that a podcaster should be aware of before conducting a face-to-face interview (either at your “studio” or on the street or outdoors or at a live conference, etc.). I would have hoped that these processes would have received some mention other than just the microphones.

However, if you plan on doing face-to-face interviews, it is suggested that this overview may be the first that you can examine for planning good interviews with your guest or co-host. Then you should also see about how to prepare your interview, how to plan your post-production, and how to use good mic techniques to get the best audio. I myself do plan to provide some of these in a future episode of The Podcast Reporter — but after I attend the NEXT in-person podcast conference where I can then use my own practical application as examples of recording face-to-face.

So, if you wish to create content with face-to-face interviews, I wish you success in preparing your equipment, as well as preparing your content and workflow for creating great value for your listeners.

Thank you for your attention.

Copyright (c) 2020, Matrix Solutions Corporation and All rights reserved.