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Voice training program:

Sight Reading Factory

Instructions: Recording, Saving, and Uploading

Our method for recording is for each singer to make and save two recordings and then upload them from their smartphone. See Steps 1-3 below.

Step 1: Make and Save a Voice-Only Audio Recording

The first recording will be voice-only, which you will make using some sort of voice-memo program on your phone (on Apple iPhones that's the Voice Memo app).

  • For this recording you can wear whatever clothing you want, watch Scott conduct, and look at the lyrics. Do as many takes as you want until you are happy with your recording.

  • Wear earbuds or headphones connected to a different device than your phone (your computer, iPad, etc.). On this different device, listen, watch and sing along to the reference recording..

  • When you’re ready, make your own recording on your phone while singing along to the reference recording that's playing on your other device.

  • Listen to your recording. When you're satisfied, send it to Paul as detailed in Step 3.


Step 2: Make a Visual Video Recording

The second recording is for your visual video image, which you will make using your phone's camera/video application.

Wear the designated outfit, optionally comb your hair (if any), and record a video of yourself singing.

  • Formal outfit: white shirt, blue blazer with Winged M pin, Balladeers tie. See "Home for the Holidays".

  • Informal outfit: black polo with Balladeers logo. See "Hard to be Humble".

  • Sea shanties outfit: "seafaring" clothing, such as pea coat, jacket, sweater, cloth hat, etc. See "Keep Haulin' " for ideas.

  • To make the video file a more compact size that will upload faster, go to your phone’s camera settings and set video resolution to 720p.

  • You can sing along with the reference recording playing through your speakers--you do not need to wear earbuds or headphones. Background noise doesn’t matter because we throw away the audio from this video recording and replace it with your previous, gorgeous, voice-only recording.

  • Pick a simple, uncluttered background for your video; avoid having light fixtures directly visible in your video.

  • Arrange your face and shoulders (and MAC logo on your blazer) in the middle of the camera frame.

  • Sing looking into the phone’s video camera lens and SMILE!

  • Tip from Spencer: To make it easier to see Scott conducting while you sing, tape your phone right onto the screen of the device that’s playing the reference recording.

  • Watch your recording. When you're satisfied, send it to Paul as detailed in Step 3.


Step 3: Send files to Paul

Google drive instructions: (this is the latest method!)

Click here for Google drive instructions

Uploader instructions: (this is the old method but it works fine!)

  • Tip: Please be patient, the files can take a bit of time to upload. To make the file upload process go faster, make sure your phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

  • Open the uploader Balladeers Uploader.

    • When the uploader opens, fill in your first name and last name .

  • Select Your Audio File

    • Tap “Browse” under "Upload audio file", then tap "Select a file from your device".

    • In the menu that appears, tap "Browse".

    • In the page that appears, tap on the "Browse folder" icon at the bottom of the screen.

    • In the Locations list, tap to select "On My Phone".

    • In the screen that appears, select your new audio file. A progress meter will show that your file is being processed to be uploaded. Note that it is NOT uploaded yet. If you don't see your file in the screen, go back to the last bullet item in Step 1 to save the file to a folder on your phone.

  • Select Your Video File

    • Back in the uploader screen, tap “Browse” under "Upload video file", then tap "Select a file from your device".

    • In the menu that appears, tap "Browse."

    • In the list that appears, tap on "Photo Library".

    • Select your new video file. A progress meter will show that your file is being processed to be uploaded. (Note it is NOT uploaded yet.)

  • Complete the Upload

    • Back in the uploader screen, enter the "Form Password": mac

    • Tap "Submit".

After your files are successfully uploaded, you will see the message "Cheers!" (But if you haven't seen this message yet, be patient--the upload isn't complete until you see "Cheers!")

That’s it, you're done! Thanks for participating!