Steven recently launched a new podcast called Lord of the Nerds. He's been using Zoom to do interviews, but he's limited to 40 minutes and 720p when he has more than one guest. Is there a 1080p alternative with no limits? He tried AnchorFM, and it was OK. Leo says that unless he can have a compelling reason to do video, don't. It adds way too much difficulty for the benefit he can get. Audio is where he wants to be since most listen to audio podcasts.
Rob does a podcast on airshows, and he wants to improve his audio mastering. Leo says to look in your compression settings. Keep it in a narrow band; that's the secret. Avoid an audio maximizer.
Vidac wants to build a podcast/voiceover studio in his den. Does Yamaha make good soundboards for around $500? Leo says Yamaha makes good gear. It's probably overkill, but a good choice. Vidac is also using Shure SM58s. Leo says that they are great mics, and practically indestructible. A great, economic choice at about $150. But he'll also need some form of a digital interface in order to get the mixed feed into the computer. Vidac also uses a Shure SM7B. Leo says that is a condenser mic that requires phantom power. But the board should provide that.
Phil produces a podcast for his church and wants to streamline the process so it can be done in his absence. Leo says that Anchor.FM has the simplest podcasting tools. It can record from a computer or phone and it'll automatically publish the podcast. Auphonic is another.
Kevin is starting a new podcast and wants to know how to post updates on his website and then have that go to all the podcast aggregators. Leo says that there's a plugin for WordPress called PodPress that can help. But you can also put it up on iTunes and let it handle it through the RSS feed. There's another one called Seriously Simple Podcasting, amongst others. There's a list here - https://www.podcastinsights.com/best-wordpress-plugins/
Guy wants to do a podcast where he can take calls. Leo says that taking calls is a challenge for podcasters because you need multiple lines. But there is an app called TALK SHOE that can handle it. Scooter X says to check out this article from School of Podcasting - https://schoolofpodcasting.com/taking-phone-calls-on-your-podcast/.
Brian has a couple of friends that want to start a podcast. Leo says it's a great time to start one, and you can get started with just a smartphone thanks to Anchor.FM. There's also Twisted Wave, an app. In fact, a smartphone has everything you need to do a professional-sounding podcast. But if you want to expand, Leo says an Emotiv mic will plug into your phone and give you a little better audio. Anchor.FM can then be the publisher. They will also bring it up to iTunes and other podcasting aggregators. You also get a web page. And they don't charge you either.
Tony has a podcast all about Jeeps. Leo says that the best way to be successful with a podcast is to go NARROW. A niche podcast will not only enable you to build an audience of like-minded listeners but also make it easier to get advertisers. He gets a decent number of downloads, but after nine years, it's not as good as he expected. How can he get the word out? Leo says that having an existing audience helps, but it can be very tough. There are 7,000 new podcasts every week, with about 20% out by the three episodes.
Joe is a podcaster who is looking for a more reliable alternative to Skype for doing a podcast with multiple guests. Leo says he's tried just about everything, and Skype really is the best, mostly because of their audio codec, which minimizes latency and sounds really good. Having good bandwidth on both ends is key. Good mics also helps. And make sure that you do nothing else on that computer. Have a dedicated Skype computer for that purpose. Also, reboot your computer and turn everything off. Make sure no one in the house is using the Internet either.
Todd wants to know why Leo chose the Heil PR40. He's planning to do a podcast and wants the best mic he can get for the money. Leo says that Bob Heil is a legend in the music industry, having created the quadrophonic sound for the Who, and the Vocoder for Peter Frampton. Bob invented the Heil PR40 originally for HAM Radio, but it's gotten very popular with radio and podcasters. Leo likes how his voice sounds. The PR40 is also a dynamic mic; it doesn't need phantom power or requires isolation like a condenser mics.