Thanks so much! Yes the "dead spaces", were from using Audacity's "Noise Removal" VST. I plan to get better, on adjusting that (or leaving "well enough" alone), in a mix. Chris
Personally, I tend to find that things like that "noise removel" sound unnatural and distracting, often even when the track has been mixed.
It's like the difference between the "silence" of a quiet room and the absolute silence of an anechoic chamber. In real life there's always a slight amount of background noise, if only on a subliminal level.
Some ways to go, but recorded a better performance. NO "noise reduction" VST.
Approximately 5-6" away this time (I can tell I usually need to be around 8+ inches away in a better recording area).
Will be practicing/studying more on minimizing/reducing breath noise, on close up LDC vocals.
P.S. Seems despite singing this clip in a tenorish baritone, instead taking the key down a step into solid baritone, sounds a lot better. I may just adjust the original hit style arrangement, to suit that when singing it locally.
EDIT 2/14/19: Been in a vocal slump, mainly due to pollen allergies. Finally my voice is recovering. Future clips ought to improve. Thanks for listening.
EDIT: 2/20/19 Not the same song as before, but the AKG P120 works better on my voice (flatter response).
So here's a 12 second clip of "I'm Gonna Love You" (Barry White). Better performance too/way less "esses". Chris