Blog post below. If you’re only looking to download the album, jump to the bottom for the link.
Wow, amazing that we’re finally able to release the Cast Album. It’s been a long process for us, I never really expected the album to be such a big job. It seemed like after writing a musical, releasing an album would be a piece of cake. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not…. lol.
Number of recording channels: 15 (9 instrumental and 6 vocal)
Total file size of recorded Audacity projects: 30.26 GB
Approximate man-hours spent Mixing and Mastering: 350±50 hours
Number of Song Drafts: 185
Final Album Length: 1:13:05
We originally recorded the album on February 19th, while the music was still fresh in everyone’s minds shortly after the show’s closing. We were lucky enough to have enough equipment owned by the guild and its members to be able to set up and record the entire session ourselves. We ran the recording session on MIT’s Kresge mainstage. It was a grueling all day session, with equipment setup from 8 to noon, recording for about 6 straight hours, and equipment teardown for another 2 hours. Here’s a fun little peek into the recording session that Daniel Sngiem recorded:
After the recording session, we began mixing and mastering the songs, learning a lot about music production as we went. All of the recording and nearly all the mastering was done in Audacity. Many months went by of trying to make progress, but unfortunately, jobs and classes got in the way for everyone. We were still making progress, but slowly. Finally at the end of the summer, we set a goal of the end of September for release, and seems that deadlines really do drive progress, as here we are today with a completed album. It’s been a journey for us, another fun chapter in the life of HPT, and one that we hope you will enjoy! You can download the album at http://hackpunttool.bandcamp.com/. Check it out! And if you like it, share it with your friends and family!
P.S. – Keep an eye out for a new lyrics page over the next three days!