We thought, “Why not do it again?” Fewer staffers contributed this year, but I think The Second Annual Destructoid Christmas Album is just as full of holiday cheer as the inaugural edition. I decided to record a version of “The Christmas Song” — y’know, the one that goes, Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…
The recording process was a bit more ambitious this time around, because I decided that in addition to my singing and guitar playing, I wanted a bass part. Unfortunately, I don’t own a double bass, and my keyboard doesn’t have it as one of its built-in “instruments,” either. So I went with something called “finger bass.” I still didn’t have a better option for recording the guitar part than sticking my Rock Band microphone in front of my guitar’s sound hole, and this year, I decided to use the same mic for recording my singing (even though it doesn’t have a wind screen, which isn’t ideal). I recorded and mixed everything in Audacity.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t expect to hear a brilliantly engineered recording when you hit “play.” I’m sure someone could “tweak the levels” to get a better-sounding song, but I don’t really know what I’m doing when it comes to that stuff. Still, I’m not unhappy with the final product.
“i feel like as of this year, I make enough money as a standup my goal now is to bring the cost down for those who buy my stuff. i really mean that. It makes me much happier.”—comedian Louis CK, commenting in an "I Am A" thread on Reddit, on why he decided to forgo traditional distribution methods and make his newest one-hour special, Live From the Beacon Theatre, only available to stream or download through his website for $5 via PayPal