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Podtastic Audio

By Chris Smith
The Podcast for anyone launching a Podcast for the first time. Learn basic techniques that will make your podcast stand out. The sound quality of your show is so important, you have one shot to make an impact. If you like the way this show sounds, then I will make yours sound as good if not better!
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Ep. 66: Remote and Untethered recording with Zoom Podtrak P4 around the house.
So glad to be back to Podcasting! Because of my busy schedule and my main studio being taken over by a guest. My recording space has been limited. So today I try something that hasn't ever been done before. Today I record completely remote on the PodTrak P4 and the ATR 2100 microphone. This is as simple as it gets. I take you on a audio tour of my house and show you sample of different locations around the house. So you can hear for yourself what different locations around the house may sound like. The Kris and Kristine Show K2 RADIO
July 01, 2022
Ep. 65: The illusion of Audio for your podcast and why it works.
Thank you so much for joining me today! Here on Podtastic Audio I'm here to help you out with your podcast to create decent audio for your show without spending lots and lots of money on gear and stuff you don't even need. The power of good audio can create an illusion to the listener that transports them into another space. The audience doesn't need to know all the details of your podcast gear. As long as it sounds good to theml, they will keep on coming back time and time again.  In this episode I reference the car culture community. And how you can use performance parts to add more power to your car to make it go much faster. And these parts usually come with decals to place on the side of your ride. To show the world, you have this part, and your car is fast. But some people just put the stickers on the car, without the upgraded parts. To make their car appear its fast. In the car culture, aftermarket performance accessories, all are to gain more horsepower. Whether it’s adding a new exhaust system, turbo, or supercharger. They all add more power to the vehicle. One of the oldest myths about car people is they believe anything can add more power to the car. Including placing performance stickers. As the saying goes. Each sticker can add up to 5 horsepower to your car. How is that even possible? In reality it doesn’t add any kind of performance. Or does it? By adding a performance decal to your ride might give other cars the illusion that your fast. So then you must be fast. If you make your show sound good. And make it sound bigger than it really is. Nobody is going to know any difference. The power of audio and theater of the mind. You can be as big as your imagination.  Make your Podcast sound as big as you need it to be. The audience will keep coming back. If you have a podcast and you would like to have me review it, let me know on social media under Podtastic Audio or email me K2 RADIO
June 20, 2022
Ep. 64: Sound Quality on the Cheap - Honest Podcast Feedback - Paying to Promote
Thank you so much for joining me today. On today's show I share some basic audio tips within Audacity for those who don't want to spend a lot of money of podcast gear. Audacity is a free, easy to use program that works on all major computer operating systems. With a basic USB microphone and a copy of the Audacity program you can create a fantastic sounding podcast.  On almost every social media platform there are ways to pay to promote your content. On Twitter you can pay to promote a tweet. If you have an episode you're really proud of, you can pay to promote it. The prices will vary based on how long the promotion is going to be. For example if you do a 24 hour promotion it will cost the least and the longer ones cost more. But before you go and spend real money on podcast promotion, you need to get real honest feedback of your show. Someone who isn't' named mom to listen and review it. Honesty is what you need. It's really hard to receive honest feedback on our podcast. You probably spent all sorts of time and energy to create the show, and to hear it's not that great is truly heartbreaking. You can do your show however you want, but I would have someone take a look at it before you pay real money to promote it.  I will do a FREE review of your podcast. Send me your favorite episode and I'll give you my honest feedback. That way you have the confidence to pay to promote your show. Email me at The Kris and Kristine Show K2 RADIO
June 13, 2022
Ep 63: Podcasts that Help - I created a new Radio Station called K2 RADIO
Happy Friday! On this episode I tell you why podcasts that "help" people do much better. A show that helps the listeners solve a problem are shows designed to help. Helping people is what I love to do, that is why this show is here. To help you with your podcast.  This week I created my own online Radio Station called K2 RADIO  Audio Hijack Mac OS Total Recorder Windows The Kris and Kristine Show
June 03, 2022
Ep: 62: Should you buy the new Rodcaster Pro 2?
If your looking to upgrade your audio gear, then the new Rodecaster Pro 2 has been released for preorder. If you already have a Gen 1 Rodecaster, do you consider upgraded and is it worth it? On this episode I look at 3 different audio devices and go over what they can do. Do you need the power of a Rodcaster to create your podcast? You can probably create a show with just a USB microphone and a laptop. Whenever you get into more serious production like multiple microphones and other elements, then a Rodecaster Pro would come in handy for those situations. But it all depends on you and your situation.  Zoom Podtrak P4 RODECaster Pro Gen 1 RODECaster Pro Gen 2 (New) SURGE FM RADIO The Kris and Kristine Show
May 27, 2022
Ep. 61 Before we can make GOOD audio, we must understand what BAD audio is.
What is BAD audio? Today we dive into some samples of bad audio to help you create GOOD audio. I have some clips from a local radio station. When they do remote interviews, it's usually done over the phone. And even with the big budget of the radio station it doesn't sound as good as it could be. Bad audio can take you away from the content you're trying to share with your audience.  Do you play podcasts a fast playback speeds? That must mean you hate the show your listening. You are trying get through the show a fast as possible. I personally only play shows back in regular playback speed. Because I want it sound as natural as possible.  The School of Podcasting  The Kris and Kristine Show Podtastic Audio
May 20, 2022
Ep. 60: Zoom has new limitations! - Basement Reload Podcaster/Vodcaster, John Svedese
Welcome to my 60th Episode! Thank you so much for joining me today. A short time ago I discovered that Zoom had just changed the time limits for meetings on the free plan. Now no matter how you use Zoom, your capped to only 40 minutes maximum on the free plan. If you need more, then your going to have to pay for the upgraded plans available. Or try alternatives. I always have used Cleanfeed. Because its simple to use and gives you really good audio quality for free!  School of Podcasting  John Svedese **** Podtastic Audio ****  The Kris and Kristine Show
May 13, 2022
Ep. 59: Drinking while Podcasting - Trip to London to chat with Linden Cole of The Icarus Complex Podcast
Thank You so much for listening this week. I hope I can give you some advice on how to create the best sounding show you can make. Today as it's Cinco de Mayo as I record this. It's typically a day for drinking. So there are a lot of different podcast shows, and some are drinking shows. I would not recommend drinking while you podcast and I explain why. If your dealing with recorded audio, nobody sounds good drunk.  Late I'm joined by Linden Cole, via Cleanfeed. No I didn't take a trip to London, and Linden didn't take a trip to San Diego. But we make the audio so good, that it sounds like we are in the same room. Linden is an author and host of the podcast The Icarus Complex Podcast. It's a bunch of short stories that Linden has written and narrated for an audio book. But put into a podcast form. He puts a lot of work into each episode even down to the year of the background music to set each scene. If you would like to be a guest on the show email me - School of Podcasting -
May 06, 2022
Ep 58: Who is really listening? - Harness your Creativity - Podcast on a Pedestal
Thank You for listening. I made a few changes to Podtastic Audio. I created an all new logo for the show. As it turned out, my old show artwork was under specifications requirements. And I didnt like how the name blurred into the design. I wanted it to be prominent and noticeable. So I went into Canva on my computer rather than creating it on the phone. Tip - don't make your show artwork on your phone. It might look upscale because of the smaller screen, but its not. I share a quick story about that time I was on the radio station for my college. I had to give away prizes and I thought nobody was actually listening to me, then in walks somebody.  Do you put your Podcast on a Pedestal? Is it harming your mental health? If so, you need to stop podcasting. Take a break and focus on the important things in life. Podcating can be fun and I put fun as the focus of all my shows. If your not having any fun, then your doing it wrong. Especially for a "hobby" podcast. 
April 28, 2022
Ep. 57: Podcast Interviews - Who benefits more, the GUEST or the HOST?
Today we talk about Podcast Interviews and who gets to benefit from them. I can remember my first podcast interview we did on the Kris and Kristine Show. It was episode 23. We had booked this author months in advance. She was selling a book about relationships and dating. We were talking about those topics on our show, so it was a perfect fit. We did so much research about the guest, way more than we do today. And we were a bit over prepared, but it was our first interview. So then who actually benefited from the interview... the guest or us as hosts? The answer is actually, both. We both benefit in our own ways. We got a guest to for good content, she got a new audience to promote to.     
April 22, 2022
Ep. 56: A simple mistake while using the Zoom Podtrak P4 and using Show Notes for your podcast.
Happy Easter weekend. I've been on vacation all week long. And we've had a full house of kids as they are also off for spring break. During the week we had a guest interview scheduled and I didnt have access to our regular studio room. So I took my MacBook Pro and my Zoom Podtrak P4 up into our bedroom to record the interview that way. Using Cleanfeed like we've used hundreds of times in the past, the audio didn't sound right. After looking over the settings on Cleanfeed and the computer, I switched to the Full Repair mode and that seemed to fix the problem. But the true problem was that I had not switched the Zoom Podtrak P4 to the Mix Minus mode. A very simple mistake that I had overlooked because I had not used Cleanfeed with the Zoom P4 before. This was my first time using it. Live and Learn.
April 16, 2022
Ep. 55: Your Podcast Listeners do not enjoy Ads. So why do we do have them?
Happy Friday as I record this episode. I will be starting my vacation this week for spring break. This will be one of 4 weeks I'll be taking off this year for my vacations.  Podcasting can be a lot of fun. Although it does take a lot of hard work and effort to create a podcast. We all would like to make some money with our show. It would be fantastic if we could quit our day jobs and just focus on creating podcasts for a living. Only a few shows actually are at that level, and chances are you are not one of them. Don't worry, there are a few ways to make money with your show. You can sell something on your show. Or you can use podcast advertising. Which I feel is not the best way to make money with your podcast.  If you find a sponsor for your podcast to run an add spot. They want to know your downloads. The term CPM is based on cost for every 1000 downloads or plays. The average rate is $15-20. So if your lucky enough to get 1000 plays on a single episode in a 30 day span you make $20 tops. Wow $20. If you're worried about that $20, you have bigger problems than your podcast. Thank you so much for listening I really appreciate it. If you would like to be a guest here on Podtastic Audio you can always shoot me a message on social media or email. I would love to have you on the show. Or if you would want to have me on your show as a guest, that will work too.  
April 08, 2022
Ep. 54: Podbean Ad Contest - 5 Star Review Swaps are the same as Cheating!
Thank you so much for listening today, I really appreciate it. On this Episode I tell you about a new contest hosted by Podbean.  Podbean is excited to announce their “Start Advertising On Podcasts” contest for 2022! Grand Prize is $2000! I entered and I play my sample of the ad that I created for the contest. Wish me luck! Then I share another story of how a popular podcast is asking for 5 star review swaps. I don't usually do review swaps anyhow because I feel it reads false. Its like cheating, and I do not tolerate cheaters. You would much rather have honest feedback from your podcast. Not a bunch of fake 5 star reviews. Which for the record do nobody any good. If you have a bad show, you would want to know about it so you can improve. Take the honest feedback as a blessing not a curse. 
April 01, 2022
Ep. 53: Use Cleanfeed for any Guest and still get great audio.
Power of Audio Best sound from the guests. On K2 show we have had a variety of guests on the show. Each of them sound really good compared to other interview shows. How is that possible? We own 2 air jets that we send out all over the world to pick up the guests. We bring them all to the studio In person. How else do you think we get great audio from everyone and it sounds like we are all in the same room. No we don’t but the audio is that good that it’s possible you could believe that. The power of audio only. If we had a zoom video or someone like that it would remove the illusion. Theater of the mind. We use Cleanfeed for all of our guests!
March 25, 2022
Ep. 52: Monitoring your Microphone live and my guest Christian Eulinberg from FILM OPTIX podcast.
Many new podcasters have a problem with creating decent audio for their podcast. One easy ways to fix a problem before it gets worse is to Monitor your own microphone live in real time. I know not all setups can work with live monitoring with 0 latency. But if yours does, I would highly recommend that you listen back to your microphone live in real time. The reason is that you can catch any audio issues live as they happen so you can make adjustments at that point. Not at the very end and you heard that your microphone had a bad echo or something. Get the cleanest audio you can at the time of recording. This will save you time on editing in the end.  Today I'm joined by Christian Eulinberg from the podcast Film Optix. Along with his cohosts they like to discuss movies and TV shows. He has been podcasting for about 3 years and has had some trail and error like most of us have had. We talk about how to record, best software, and what seems to work out the best for your own podcast.
March 18, 2022
Ep. 51: VIP guest with bad audio - Get to know your podcasting gear
Happy Friday as I record this. Thanks for letting me help out your podcast. Podcasting can be very frustrating especially when you have equipment problems. Whether its a guest with bad audio, or your microphone stops working. Problems can happen. But we have to learn our gear inside and out. Your hardware and software that you use to podcast. Practice with it before you go live, with the show or a VIP guest. What do you do if you have a guest on with bad audio.. do you post it or not? Its your show, so you can decide what to do with the episode. Always remember who this show is for... the audience.  If you have any podcasting questions feel free to email me at
March 11, 2022
Ep. 50: Why do you Podcast? - Beta Reader & Author Tiffany Christina Lewis
Welcome to Episode 50! As it its the the 50th, I thought I'd share my reason why I started this podcast. My "why" is because I wanted to help out new podcasters figure out how to make decent audio with basic gear and equipment. We all have our reason for podcasting. Your audience has their reason for listening to you show. Everything starts with your Why. "Why do we podcast?" Then I'm joined by Beta Reader & Author Tiffany Christina Lewis. Tiffany has been writing since her adolescence and was honored to have work published for the first time in 2011. Since then her work has been featured in many books and online publications. From fiction to non-fiction, murder to relationships, Tiffany’s range as a writer is expansive. Crazy about killing, Tiffany’s favorite genre to write is Crime Fiction. With three books to her credit, Tiffany writes for readers. “It is my job to satisfy readers. Everything they say about my work is invaluable. I use it to make myself and my writing better.” “My style is a little Patterson and a little King. I love short chapters and grossing people out but the Detectives win at the end of the day. There is lots of gore when I can and I try my damndest to give those vivid details that make you grimace!”
March 04, 2022
Ep. 49: Hook your listeners at the start of each episode. - Jackie & Danielle from the No More Late Fees podcast.
How do you open your podcast episode? Everyone does it slightly different. For the Kris and Kristine Show, I had figured out how to edit audio in Audacity as in rearranging it around. That gave me an idea about how I should start the podcast episodes. As I was watching a lot of YouTube videos about my current sports car I had just purchased. On their videos they would start them with a teaser clip of something cool that happened with that video to get you hooked. So a quick teaser clip to launch the video you're about the watch. If that works for YouTube, why not bring that concept to podcasting. So on episode 1, I tried that idea. I found a short quick clip of something interesting we said on the show to put a clip of that on the very beginning of the episode to launch the listener into the episode. If you decide to make teaser clips for the start of the episode, make sure they aren't longer than maybe 10 seconds. You just need a to teaser the listener to hook them into finishing the rest of the episode. You create a loop and hook them in to finish said loop.  Then I was joined by Jackie and Danielle of the podcast No More Late Fees. It's a movie review podcast told from two ex employees of Blockbuster Video rentals. We talked about how they met and were they grew up. To the time they worked at Blockbuster. And since they are movie fans, I play my guess the movie clip game. Feel free to play along at home and see how you do too. Fun fact: All 3 of us in this interview were in 3 different states here in America. California - Texas - Florida.
February 25, 2022
Ep. 48: Clean your audio - Sample Rates - Is your podcast plain vanilla?
Happy Friday as I record this. My 2nd favorite day of the week, other than Saturday. Today I explain a why its important to clean the audio files the best you can before you decide to merge them all together into a master track. Then I explain a bit on what the sound Hertz rate is and how it works. You can see for yourself by switching the recording settings to very low, to very high. Zoom in on the audio waves and you will see the difference. The lower Hertz rate means less of the audio is being recorded less frequently. The higher, means more of the audio is being recorded. I record my shows at 48 Hertz rate. Most pros use 48 Hertz rate when recording audio.  Is your podcast plain vanilla ice cream? Even if its very very good vanilla, nobody buys a scoop of vanilla when they can get a loaded Sundae. Make your podcast the sundae, not just plain vanilla.
February 18, 2022
Ep. 47: Joe Rogan and Spotify - Interview Shows are for who?
Thanks for listening this week. I'm always here to help out a podcaster who would like to create a better show. Recently in the news Joe Rogan was accused of saying misinformation on his very popular podcast. It didn't go over well with some people and now there is an uproar to get him removed from Spotify. Joe signed a $100M contract to be exclusive on the Spotify app. He put his eggs into one basket a-lot like some other shows will do via YouTube. But if he stayed traditional RSS feed he wouldn't have this problem. Are you doing an interview show with random people? Who is the show for? Just because you have a podcast, doesn't mean you need to do interviews. Yes they are fun but they increase your network, not your expertise. What does your listener get from an interview only show? I was curious about that this week. The shows that only have random guests on... it must be hard as a listener no knowing what each show is going to be about. Podcasting roulette.
February 11, 2022
Ep. 46: Cold Weather - Upload Speeds - Content Creator Sebastian Schug
Thanks for listening this week. The bad weather over the last week or so has really hit most of the country. I found a clip of an actual news anchor that was sent to the side of the road to report. As most of us would, he was not having it. Have a listen to his on air meltdown. Then I wanted to share a tip about your Internet Upload speeds verses the download. If you need to do any kind of video calls, or podcast interviews over the web, then you really need good Upload speeds. Check your internet speeds by doing a google search. Your upload speed shouldn't be anything less than 10MB to have a trouble free recording. When you have upload speeds slower than that, you will have audio and video glitches. Today I'm joined by Sebastian Schug.  An independent multimedia artist currently residing in suburban Burbank, California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Political Science, and currently spends his time narrating miscellaneous stories (semi-professionally!) Sebastian "Schugzy" Schug is an independent writer, illustrator, and bedroom literary/music publisher currently residing in suburban Burbank, California. Secondary to literary publishing, alternative, R&B, and lo-fi are a primary focus within his music production. Alongside music production, audiobooks, podcasts, and a plethora of other audio projects assist in paving Sebastian Schug’s verbal showcasings, and can be found on most first, second, and third party distribution networks alongside their literary counterparts.
February 06, 2022
Ep. 45: Play for Content, stay for Entertainment. Create more than just plain content.
I'm back after being out sick with COVID. I tested positive for the virus last week. So I took off 5 days to just rest and relax. I was feeling ok for most of the time I was out. Felt like a bad head cold, not much worse than that.  Today I was thinking about how your podcast content isn't the only reason your podcast is successful. New listeners will click play on your podcast based on your content. The title of the episode, the niche of the topic, or the movie your discussing. Thats great for that one episode or series. But what about the rest of your show? You need to have your audience returning and coming back to your show for each future episode you release. Now more than just content, you need to deliver it in a way that makes it very entertaining. That is decent production value will come into place. The sound quality does matter. A listener will turn off a podcast if it sounds bad. They just will, no matter how rich the content is. They defiantly wont return for the next episode.  Content is how you get them to click play and entertainment is how you get them to stay. Create amazing content that you can deliver in a way thats truly original. Thanks so much for listening today, I really appreciate it. If you have any questions about podcasting, or would like me to be a guest on your show, shoot me a line.
January 27, 2022
Ep. 44: Last version of Levelator for PC - The "Vern" from Cinema Recall Podcast.
Today it was brought to my attention that there is a website that has a copy of Levelator for Windows PC still available to download. As I mentioned in my last episode that I couldn't find a copy from the original website. Said site was no longer available. If you want a copy of The Levelator for Windows PC, then click on the link and grab the latest version to download. The Levelator is a software that runs on Windows and OS X that adjusts the audio levels within your podcast or other audio file for variations from one speaker to the next, for example. It's not a compressor, normalizer or limiter although it contains all three. It's much more than those tools, and it's much simpler to use. The UI is dirt-simple: Drag-and-drop any WAV or AIFF file onto The Leveler's application window, and a few moments later you'll find a new version which just sounds better.  Then I had the "Vern" from Cinema Recall Podcast come on to discuss his podcasting background, some editing, and of course movies. Please play along with guessing the movie clips.
January 21, 2022
Ep. 43: Try out Auphonic as a Levelator alternative for Windows PC.
I love using the audio tool Levelator. As it turns out its not available to download on Windows PC. As I did some research the source where the download was originally was invalid. So what is a good alternative. I found Auphonic. They do charge you to use it, but it does a better job than Levelator did. You can use it for free, at 2 hours a month. I signed up for the free plan to try it and I'll play 2 samples on this episode. The first sample was Levelator, second clip on Auphonic.
January 13, 2022
Ep. 42: Podcast Artwork vs Episode Artwork. Visual side to podcasting
Happy New Year 2022! Its my 1 year Podcast Anniversary here on Podtastic Audio. Thank your for being a part of my journey as I try to help as many shows I can to create the best audio they can. Today I talk about the "visual" side of podcasting. The show artwork. What you need to create good artwork and what Apple Podcasts requires as artwork. I'll share the apps I've used to create this artwork and the artwork for The Kris and Kristine Show. If you would like to be a featured guest, email me at 
January 06, 2022
Ep. 41: Quiet place to Podcast - Erik Woods from Cinematic Sound Radio Podcast
Welcome to the last episode of the year! How do you create a quiet podcasting space when you have the whole family home during the holidays? I put a poll out on Twitter asking that question. On this episode I read off your responses. Then I'm joined by Erik Woods from Cinematic Sound Radio Podcast. Erik Woods is the founder and executive producer of the film, TV and video game music radio show/podcast CINEMATIC SOUND RADIO. The show, which began in 1996, is heard exclusively online and on-demand after spending its first ten years on terrestrial radio at C101.5 FM in Hamilton, Ontario. Erik has a broadcast journalism diploma from Mohawk College and has spent his professional career in the video production industry working as an editor, cinematographer, sound recordist/editor, producer, and director.
December 30, 2021
Ep. 40: Top 10 reasons podcasts FAIL - Abigail from The Manic Pixie Weirdo Podcast
Happy Holidays as its Christmas Week as this episode comes out. As a lot of podcasts start I wanted to know what causes a show to fail. People will podfade their shows.  I came across an article that breaks down the top 10 reasons why podcasts fail. Hopefully your show is still doing strong and the longer you last, the higher up the charts you will be in the long run. Then I had Abigail from The Manic Pixie Weirdo Podcast stop on by for a chat. We talk about podcasting, voice acting, and her idea's about creating another podcast.
December 23, 2021
Ep 39: Video for Podcasting and my guest Jim Collison from Ask the Podcast Coach
I ran a poll on Twitter asking if you use Video as part of your Podcast. The results show that 70% do not. Video isn't easy, especially if you want to do it correctly. Then later I'm joined by Jim Collison from Gallup, Ask the Podcast Coach, and Home Gadget Geeks podcasts. We talk about his shows, what he's learned from his long run in podcasting. And the future of podcasting.
December 16, 2021
Ep 38: Behringer Audio Interface - Jillian & Michaela from Elevator Talks & Random Thoughts Podcast
This week I share the details about my podcasting gear set. The audio interface that I have been using is the Behringer U-PHORIA UMC404HD. Later I'm joined by the hosts of Elevator Talks & Random Thoughts podcast.  If you're putting together a home studio, the Behringer U-Phoria UMC404 USB 2.0 audio interface is worth a look. With 4 inputs and 4 outputs, the U-Phoria UMC404 is an excellent choice if you're a self-recording musician with a minimum of outboard gear. Add four remarkably pure, world-class MIDAS-designed mic pres and studio-grade 24-bit/192kHz converters to the mix, and you've got yourself a complete studio-in-a-box - right on your desktop. Make no mistake, the Behringer U-Phoria UMC404HD USB 2.0 audio interface is packed with value!  Buy on Sweetwater Jillian and Michaela from the podcast Elevator Talks & Random Thoughts. We talked about movies, Netflix shows, and how their podcasting journey has been.  It was a really fun interview and we all had a great time. Thanks once again for stopping by.  The Kris and Kristine Show Podtastic Audio
December 09, 2021
Ep. 37: Podcasting while being sick. And a conversation with Alex from Time for you Hobby podcast.
Thanks for joining me this week. I was out sick last week and it was pretty bad. My voice was completely gone and I had to cancel all upcoming podcasting events. I am feeling a little better today as I record this episode for you. And thank you for all your support.  I had a chance to talk to Alex from the podcast Time for your Hobby. Where he talks to people all over the world about their hobby. Do you have a favorite hobby? Let us know -
December 01, 2021
Ep. 36: I had a few problems with my MacBook Pro, including a simple audio mistake.
My very last vacation for the year 2021. Back to work Monday and beyond. I had a problem with my new MacBook Pro computer. I somehow got myself locked out. My password was no longer letting me log in. I had tried it so many times that the security features had locked out my account. I called Apple Care to see what they could do. They said the only way to get your computer to work again is to erase the hard drive and reinstall the operating software and start over like a new MacBook Pro. So that is what I had to do. I lost everything I had on it for the last month I had it.  Earlier in the week I was a special guest on my kids podcast The Jem Boys Show I had made a podcasting mistake my not doing a proper microphone check. My microphone was on and plugged in, but with the new set up it wasn't being recorded. We found out after I had uploaded the episode and played it back later. Always make sure the microphones you want to use are being recorded correctly.   The Kris and Kristine Show
November 20, 2021
Ep. 35: Lost interview with Derik Jones from Ratchet Book Club
Today I found a lost interview we had recorded on The Kris and Kristine Show. It was recorded a few months ago before we decided to move houses. We has Derik Jones from Ratchet Book Club on podcast. We talked all about his podcasting journey and all his wonderful shows he's been a part of over the years. His experience in podcasting goes back many years. If you would like to be a guest on Podtastic Audio, then email me at
November 11, 2021
Ep. 34: Does where you host your podcast make a difference to the listener?
Today on Podtastic Audio I discuss the list of podcast hosts available today. The basics of a podcast host, and why someone would choose one over the other. I also share insider information and where we host The Kris and Kristine Show and also Podtastic Audio. Both of our hosts are considered by many experts to be the top 2 worst places to host a show. So why would I use them? I'll explain on this episode.   If you would like to come on as a guest and talk about your podcasting journey. Email me at and I would love to have you on the show!
November 04, 2021
Ep. 33: I'm Back! New computer, new house, and a new version of Audacity.
I'm Back! Did you miss me? This is the first episode on the new MacBook Pro computer in the new house. I moved and during the last month we couldn't record any new podcast episodes. Now that I'm back I have a bunch of new things lined up for Podtastic Audio and also The Kris and Kristine Show.  Along with a new computer, today there is a new version of Audacity. (3.1.0) This is my first time using it, so I'll still need to figure it all out. This is my return back to podcasting episode. I missed recording and editing audio. So good to be back and I look forward to creating more episodes in the near future. 
October 29, 2021
Episode 32: Free website for your podcast and I break down interviewing guests.
Today as I record this Episode its 9/11. A sad day for America as we were a target of a massive terrorist attack. Where were you when the world stopped turning? Today marks the 20th anniversary of that tragic day.  The Derek Duvall Show On this Episode I mentioned PodPage. A "free" website for your podcast. I designed one for Podtastic Audio. Please go check it out and let me know what you think. You can also try it out for free for you podcast. I will break down the way we conduct our podcast interviews. Having a podcast interview style of a show can make your show fun to talk to new and different people. But most of the podcasts are also doing interview style shows. So try to mix it up a bit. If you would like to be a guest here on Podtastic Audio you can email me at And we can set something up after I move into the new house. Yes we are moving houses. So if you have ever moved you know the massive amount of stress and coordination it takes. Because of that I will be taking a short break from creating new content on both shows. Until we are moved in and settled into the new house. Thanks for understanding and we cant wait to be back at it creating new Episodes.  The Kris and Kristine Show 
September 11, 2021
Ep. 31: Ranking your podcast using Listen Notes. Can a show be popular with bad audio?
If you want to see how your show is doing as far as popularity, check out Listen Notes. The best podcast search engine. Think of it as Google for podcasts and podcasters. You can look up your name, your show, your guests. and much more. It will also give your show a ranking based on the top 10% of all podcasts in the world. The rankings only start at top 10% or better, so don't get discouraged if your show is in the other 90%.  Content alone can't save your podcast.  You should have decent sounding audio to go along with it. Try to balance it all out. For the good content, you should have equal audio quality. Decent audio quality will help save your show.  The Kris and Kristine Show
August 27, 2021
Ep. 30: How I made Ep 100 on The Kris and Kristine Show with 16 guests, music, promos, and ads... all in one take.
On the Kris and Kristine Show we just posted our 100th Episode! We had a lot of moving parts, 16 guests, music, new promos, with ad spots, and we did the episode live in real time. No post production work. The entire show was recorded in one take from start to finish. How was I able to make that possible? No mixers or extra gear required. I'll explain on this episode.  The Kris and Kristine Show
August 19, 2021
Ep. 29: If it wasn't your own show... would be a listener?
Today on Podtastic Audio respond to a twitter poll I asked podcasters if they actually enjoyed their own podcast? Its a very simple concept, you either like your show, or you don't. And surprisingly 12% said NO. What's up with that? If you create content, make it good enough that you would actually enjoy. Please make a podcast that you wanna listen to. If you do that, you will enjoy it more and create more. Most podcasters that quit probably are the ones who aren't fans of their own shows.  If you would like to be a guest on Podtastic Audio, you can email me at Recorded and Produced at K2 Studios, San Diego, CA The Kris and Kristine Show
August 13, 2021
Ep. 28: Best app to record audio on your smartphone, and Russ from the Infectious Groove Podcast stops by.
This week I dust off an old app I got for my iPhone that records audio - Recorder HQ app. This app is available for your smartphone to record audio and save it to the cloud drive of your choice. Not only does it record audio, but it allows you to choose the file type. For example if you know .mp3 is what you need to upload for a podcast, you can record it as a .mp3. Or if you wanna do some serious audio editing on the recording you can save it as a .wav file. Then you tell the app which cloud drive you prefer to save it to. Like Google Drive for example. Then you can easily pull up the audio to have it on your computer to edit for your podcast.  Then I'm joined by Russ from The Infectious Groove Podcast.  As a music podcast we chat all about music, podcasting, and musical guests he's had on his amazing podcast.  Russ is the lead host of the podcast along with him is Kyle and Michelle. All together they host a fantastic podcast you have to go check out if you love music. "They love music. You love music. Let's talk about it. From current events, crazy show stories, what we're currently listening to and anything else that is on our minds—there may even be a special guest on to answer all of your burning questions. The only way to know is to tune in weekly and find out." - The Infectious Groove Podcast The Kris and Kristine Show
August 06, 2021
Ep. 27: To Busy to Podcast? Try Calendly to book guests and cohosts.
As I host, edit, produce, and share 2 podcasts a week. I began to wonder how do I make it all happen while working full time, while juggling kids and the usual day to day of life. Its all about scheduling everything I do. If there is a gap of time, I utilize it for the best efficiency. Plan each week out, and each day out. I'm extremely busy and somehow I manage to produce 2 very good podcasts each week. If I can do it, you can to. Your not as busy as you may think you are. If you have time to watch tv, you have time to make a podcast.  Kris and Kristine Show Calendly   
July 29, 2021
Ep. 26: What to do if a guest has bad audio. Then later the hilarious Kyndra Crump stops by.
So good to be back from vacation this week. On this Episode I describe what it could be like when a VIP guest has bad audio. Imagine you booked a special guest for your audio podcast. You've waiting for months to have them on your show. You record the interview... and they have horrible audio. What do you do? I'll explain what you should do and why.  Then later I'm joined by comedian Kyndra Crump. From The Kyndra Crump Show. We talk about her podcast and her YouTube channel. And of course al things related to podcasting. Instagram
July 23, 2021
Ep. 25: I made a simple AUDIO mistake and my chat with The Dead to the World Podcast.
Today I share my audio mistake I made while being a guest on another podcast. Double check, and have a checklist for each recording. No matter how many episodes you've recorded. Especially when you use a platform your not familiar with. I screwed up the audio, pretty badly. I explain on this episode.  Then I'm joined by the lovely ladies from the Dead to the World Podcast.  Whether it is sleep disorders or profound dreams; something is happening while we are Dead to the World. Join mother and daughters Dawn Howell, Lexi Guerra, and Tash Neilsen as they dive deep into all sleep related phenomena!
July 07, 2021
Ep. 24: Microphones and Downloads (ranking your stats)
This week I talk about each of the microphones I've used in my podcasting journey. We started podcasting in the summer of 2019 with basic microphones. Since then we've upgraded them a few different times. I'll explain which ones and why. Then I found an article on podcast stats. What percentile does your podcast fall into based on your weekly downloads. You shouldn't measure the success of your podcast based solely on download stats alone. Audience engagement is good indication that you have a successful podcast.  Correction: I said AIB certified, its IAB certified stats. IAB stands for “Interactive Advertising Bureau”
June 30, 2021
Ep. 23: Back from Vacation! Microphone techniques to capture better audio.
I'm back from Vacation, just landed yesterday. So excited to be back podcasting, I explain how to get decent audio from your microphones. Especially if you have multiple people recording in the same room at the same time.  If you would like to be a featured guest you can email me at
June 23, 2021
Ep. 22: Test drive the RODE PODMIC then a chat with York Campbell of Poetic Earthlings podcast.
Today I got an Amazon delivery of 2 new microphones. The RODE PODMIC which retails for about $99 most places I've seen it. Its supposed to give a radio broadcast sound to your voice. So lets give it a test drive and see. Then I'm joined by York Campbell from the Poetic Earthlings podcast. His show is done in the narrative style, with sound effects and clips throughout each episode. We talked about podcasting and how we both enjoy doing it.
June 09, 2021
Podtastic Audio TRAILER
This is a promo trailer for Podtastic Audio. 
June 06, 2021
Ep. 21: How to fix bad audio. My PC is way to old for podcasting.
After running multiple interviews and shows on my old PC, it ate up the audio on our last interview we did. We record all our interviews via Cleanfeed and this was not their fault. Our computer has been running extremely hot and glitchy. We've ran into this problem before where the audio sounds good as you record it, but the track would have corrupted sound. And that is what happened to us. Our last interview, on the last half of it, our side of the audio went bad. In this episode I tell you how I was able to fix the interview and fix the computer.
June 02, 2021
Episode 20: Cleanfeed cofounders Marc Bakos and Mark Hills.
This is my 20th Episode here on Podtastic Audio. A small milestone in this podcasting journey. This episode I'm joined by both cofounders of Cleanfeed, Marc Bakos and Mark Hills. They joined me from London UK,  have a passion for high quality audio,  and a extensive background in audio production. Enjoy this episode as I get to talk to the very guys that have created the one podcasting tool I rave about the most.
May 27, 2021
Ep. 19: A Honest review is always better than a Fake one.
This week I talk about review swaps and how they are completely dishonest. Recently I've had a few different podcasters reach out and ask if I would do a review swap on Apple Podcasts. Without even asking if I would be interested in their type of show. Review swaps are a bad idea because its totally fake. Reviews do not increase you in the Apple charts, they only make you feel good. Wouldn't you rather feel better knowing you got an actual honest review instead of a fake one? Thanks so much for listening! Leave me an Honest Review on Apple  
May 18, 2021
Ep. 18: Show Structure & Pay for Podcasts with VIP guest Dr. Kristine.
This week I'm joined by Dr. Kristine. As a fellow podcaster and my cohost on The Kris and Kristine Show, she has some first hand experience in podcast content. We discuss how to structure your podcast in a way to keep your show fresh. Then we talk about how Apple has unveiled a new way to make money with your podcast. Would you charge your listeners to play your podcast? Please reach out on Twitter, Instagram
May 12, 2021
Ep. 17: The "space" on Twitter and Juleen from the It Goes Down in the PM podcast.
This episode I find out that Twitter has rolled out its Twitter Spaces to the public to use. I think its a fantastic place to try podcasting on a micro level. If you have a Twitter account, you should give it a try. Then later I'm joined by Juleen Moreno of the It Goes Down in the PM podcast. We talk all about her podcast and her marketing company.  And to sprinkle in a little fun we play the movie trivia game! Play at home and see how you do:-)
May 04, 2021
Ep. 16: The Promotional part of Podcasting and Social Media.
This episode I share how we on The Kris and Kristine Show use our social media to help grow our podcast. Social media can be a very useful tool to share your show and meet other podcasts in your genre. Podcasting is about 20% creating the actual show, and 80% promoting it. Show promotion can be done a variety of ways. But no matter what, be consistent. That is how you will grow. So keep on making fantastic podcasts and I cant wait to hear them!  
April 27, 2021
Ep. 15: Create engaging, entertaining, and interesting podcast episodes in 13 steps.
Episode 15 This week I dive into the content of your show. I came across 13 tips to make your podcast more entertaining to listen to. You want your show to be a fun place to listen, and return back for future episodes. Whatever you do, just don't be boring. Create the show that you would want to listen to.  If you have a podcast and would like to be a featured guest,  email
April 20, 2021
Bonus Episode - Live in studio with ZEKE from the JEM Boys Show.
This fun Bonus Episode was recorded a few weeks ago with my stepson Ezekiel aka ZEKE. He loves music, mma, podcasting, talking, and a variety of things. He wanted to do a fun episode together so here it is. Enjoy! 
April 16, 2021
Ep. 14: Listener Surveys and a Top Secret chat with Agent Scott & Agent Cam of the SpyHards podcast.
Find out what your listeners want by running a survey. On the Google drive section, look up forms. There you will find templates designed to create a survey for free. The data you get back will help you to know who your listeners are and what they want you to talk about. All feedback is good feedback. Create a better show for your subscribers.  This week I'm joined by the hosts of SpyHards Podcast, Scott & Cam Agent Scott Hardy Whilst little is known about this relatively new agent, what is for certain is that he relies more on luck than skill. Hailing from London, England, Scott is mostly likely to be found at the local pub drinking an appletini and trying to convince people that George Lazenby is underrated. Before his most recent assignment to the SpyHards podcast he taught Baccarat-flirting and last-minute-bomb-defusing at the British Intelligence Academy. We are reliably informed he fancies himself as a bit of a ladies man. The ladies disagree. Aliases: @tiberiushardy on Twitter & Instagram Agent Cam Smith A near life-long 007 fanatic, whose life was irrevocably changed watching Roger Moore snowboard to a cheap Beach Boys cover, British Columbia native Cam Smith loves nothing more than watching classic cinema and then manufacturing excuses to talk or write about it. While his career as an importer-exporter of rare antiquities can be action-packed, in addition to SpyHards he also finds time to co-host the long running Star Trek podcast Subspace Transmissions, as well as the Schwarzenegger film discussion show Arniegeddon. Also, Cam once tried tap-dancing in Rosa Klebb knife-shoes. It didn’t end well. Aliases: @camvsmith on Twitter
April 13, 2021
Ep. 13: Why would you do a LIVE podcast? Guests - Money Chris and Derek Duvall.
Welcome to lucky Episode 13! Here I explain why doing a "live" show may not be the best thing for your podcast. Later I'm joined by 2 podcasters that used to both be on the same show together. Money Chris from the Too Many Captains Podcast and Derek Duvall from The Derek Duvall Show. We discussed podcasting, movies, and future podcast plans. You can find them at and  If you would like to be a guest on Podtastic Audio, email:
April 06, 2021
Ep. 12: Promoting on social media & a podcast designed to make you fall asleep. Dustin from "Sandman Stories Presents"
Thanks for joining me this week. Promote your podcast everywhere, including social media. A-B-P, always be posting. Social Media is like a free place to advertise you show. Using hashtags like #podcast #podcasting #podcastshow and others. The more times you promote the more times you have the potential to reach new listeners, while keeping the ones you have.  If you have any doubts on Cleanfeed I have an interview that spans over 6000 miles and 17 hour time zones today. With my guest Dustin from Sandman Stories Presents Podcast. Tired but can't fall asleep? Here I do my best to find interesting stories from the public domain and read them to you until you fall asleep. The stories are mostly folktales from around the world. Best listened to during work, during commutes, when you are trying to fall asleep, or any time that you need a calm friend to read to you. Enjoy! His podcast is stories to make you fall asleep to. A podcaster that wants you to fall asleep listening to his show.  Thanks for listening! Please share, rate, and review. You can find more at
March 30, 2021
Ep. 11: Hobby Podcasting Expert - Stargate "SP" Pioneer of Better Podcasting.
What makes a "hobby" podcast? Lets talk to a hobby podcasting expert - SP of Better Podcasting.  We talk about podcasts, download stats, and gear. We take a look at the nuts and bolts of the hobby podcast.  If you have a podcast and would like to come on and talk about your podcasting journey. Email me at And we will set up a guest spot for you to come on the show. You can also find me at  
March 23, 2021
Ep. 10: Podcasting can be family fun! With my guests from the UK - Dads and Lads Podcast.
This week a do a brief example of the Zoom Podtrak P4.  I use it for the first time in the episode. Then I'm joined by the hosts of The Dads and Lads podcast (Stuart and his son Shaun) A weekly podcast of a proud northern father and son team. A proud Mancunian dad Stuart and his son Shaun who has learning difficulties. What are they going to talk about.... well everything and anything. With the humor of Stuart and the charm of Shaun what's not to love? Then we get a sample of the J.E.M. Boys podcast Please check out the updated website where I have added a 3rd page for Podtastic Audio.
March 16, 2021
Ep. 9: Turn multiple hosts into amazing podcast audio in 9 simple steps.
On this 9th Episode of Podtastic Audio we break down multitrack recording. If you have more than one person on your podcast, or if you have guests that come one, this episode is for you. I describe the 9 steps that I use to make a good sounding podcast with multiple cohosts and or guests at the same time. This process is what I use on The Kris and Kristine Show (  If you found this podcast informative and you like this show, please leave a comment and review!  
March 09, 2021
Ep. 8: What is a Micro-Podcast? The host of Chicken Mind Nuggets podcast joins me to chat.
Today I take a dive into micro-podcasting. Which are short podcast episodes that are usually 10 minutes or less in length. I am joined by Wifey, the host of Chicken Mind Nuggets Podcast The bi-weekly micro-podcast combining mindfulness, transformation, and science as food for thought throughout your day. This podcast started as an idea to share some of the concepts that she loves to talk about in hopes that you can take away some mind nuggets for your mental repertoire. Each episode is designed to be under 10 minutes, so you can listen to them and digest them throughout your day.
March 02, 2021
Ep. 7: Your Podcast can be whatever you want. With my guest Keona Tang from the Renegade Pop Culture podcast.
This week I'm joined by Keona Tang from His podcast is a variety show covering all types of interesting topics in the pop culture world. Podcasting can be fun, and in this episode we'll find out that the Renegade Pop Culture podcast can be more than just one show. Its many different shows in one. Then later we play the Movie Trivia game where I play clips from movies and our guests have to tell me what movie that clip is from. All thanks to Cleanfeed Pro. Thanks so much for listening and if you would like to be a featured podcaster,  email me at
February 24, 2021
Ep. 6: Dave Jackson from The School of Podcasting
Dave Jackson joins me this week to talk all about podcasting. Podcasting since April of 2005.  His podcast about podcasting has been downloaded over 1.6 million times (as of 2017). Helping hundreds of people launch podcasts. 
February 16, 2021
EP 5: How to record guests & cohosts across the internet with the "cleanest" sound possible.
Here in this episode I share how we are able to create the cleanest sound for our podcast interviews. We use Cleanfeed. It will give you highly clean audio across the web in real time. Clean audio was the main purpose for which Cleanfeed was created. On the Kris and Kristine Show, we use Cleanfeed to record a variety to different guests. On this episode I share 5 different clips from 5 different podcast episodes to show you the audio quality when using Cleanfeed.  Thanks for listening!  If you enjoy this show please leave a review. And if you have any comments or questions feel free to email me at
February 09, 2021
Editing part 2: Adding music and something magical to enhance your Podcast.
This is technically the 4th Episode but I'll just call it Part 2 of Editing. Here I tell you what types of music you can use on your podcast and where to find this music for free. And then later I reveal the best free podcasting tool of all time. You can get your fee copy of it at If you have any comments please feel free to email at
February 03, 2021
Episode 3: How to Edit your new podcast in Audacity. Editing made simple part 1.
Editing your podcast can be very stressful. Some people either spend lots of hours on editing or they don't edit it at all. I recommend doing a little bit of editing and I'll show you how to use the best free audio editor in the world.. Audacity. This is part 1 of Editing. We will cover a few basic tools in Audacity to help you edit your podcast. Trimming, Silencing, Noise Reduction, and the Undo button. (Best feature of all.)  If you have a podcast and would like for me to hear it, please send it to 
January 26, 2021
Episode 2: Microphone Recommendations and how to use them. Can you hear me now?
Thanks for listening to the 2nd Episode of Podtastic Audio. Today I deliver cheap microphones that will make your podcast sound great.  And I tell you all about the microphones we use on the Kris and Kristine Show. Starting off, and current choices. FIFINE k668, Samson Q2U, Audio-Technica  ATR2100X
January 19, 2021
Episode 1: Basic Podcasting Gear for Beginners.
Welcome to Podtastic Audio! Hosted by Kris, of the Kris and Kristine Show (  In this first episode I go over what a podcast is and what gear you need to create one. 
January 11, 2021