Michael David Crawford LIVE! On Broadway,
The Rough Draft, August 23, 2018

I'm recording these rough cuts so I can improve my singing by listening to myself myself as others hear me.
LIVE! On Broadway's Final Draft will be available in October.

Michael David Crawford, Baritone

LIVE! On Broadway will be a Glass-Master Pressed Audio CD and will be available online from such shops as Apple's iTunes Music Store.

My present Set List is quite short; among my tasks for this October's album is selecting then learning enough new material for sixty minutes of singing. Arlo Guthrie's folk music works really well for me, as does that of his iconic father Woody.

I'm also using The Rough Draft to try out various options for processing and mastering the recordings that will go on the final draft.

Just two tracks today. To stream to your mobile device, tap the MP3 links; click them to stream to your notebook or desktop computer.

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Have a Listen of My Singing

MP3 256 kBps for Listening

WAV 16-Bit 44.1 kHz for HiFi Listening

AIFF 16-Bit 44.1 kHz for Remixing

Singing is an Equipment-Intensive Art

I recorded this with Music Paradise's Pro Microphone. It works really well for this rough draft but I'll be purchasing a Zoom H4N Pro Handy Recorder in early October, or possibly a Zoom H5 or Zoom H6

I edited the raw, dry recording with Audacity 2.2.2 on a Late 2014 Mac mini with macOS Sierra 10.12.5.

The only effect I added was the "Medium Room" Reverb Preset. I'm still not at happy with the reverb in today's track; tomorrow I'll start try the Large Room as well as reducin the Input Gain - what most people call the Record Level.

I mixed this while wearing headphones. You really don't want to do that: if you mix and master a track with headphones you will optimize that mix for sounding like it's coming out of the middle of your head! What you really want are Studio Monitors. At least for this rough draft my CyberAcoustics CA-3712BT Bluetooth Speaker System would work well.

Pro Microphone and my iPhone 7's built-in monophonic mic work really well for GarageBand-style recording but all the Zoom H-Series recorders can do 24-Bit 96 kHz stereo. (Stereo is important for live recording because my lister will sense me moving around as I sing.)

Every mic used for studio recording requires either a Pop Filter or a Wind Screen as well as acoustic isolation from whatever the mic is resting on. For this track I used a pillow from my bed with my iPhone on an angle towards me. I used a folded washcloth for my Wind Screen by starting the recording then placing the washcloth on top of the phone.

That worked really well - my first take on Tuesday the 21st without the washcloth sounded terrible.