Oh joy, it’s Dinkle again. While Mort’s open rebellion against Dinkle’s iron rule is certainly welcome, it doesn’t mitigate the fact that we’re dealing with Dinkle.*
I guess back in 1972, recording an album was probably prohibitively expensive for a small ensemble. Nowadays, even the cheapest laptop can do so (provided it comes with a CD/DVD drive–which is actually becoming scarce on a lot of computers). Most laptops come with a microphone, and software is included on both Windows and Mac systems to record audio and burn it to CD. That’s all you need if you want to get a “live” sounding recording, which is what I suspect Dinkle is after. Oh, and you’ll need a blank CD. Which are pretty much available everywhere–I’ve seen them for sale in grocery stores.
Now, if you want to record separate instruments and add effects, that’s going to cost money, right? Eh, depends. Nice mixers with built-in effects can be pretty inexpensive, and as for software, well, there’s Audacity which comes with a hefty price tag of “free.” Oh, Audacity has a definite learning curve, but what are these old people going to do with their time anyway? If it gets too tough, have them smoke some cigarettes until their brains engage again. I’ve used Audacity extensively for my own animations and after a while, it’s pretty easy.
I’ve gone on at length about recording because I’m trying to ignore the “storyline” on display here. This was a stupid idea when it was first introduced and it hasn’t improved since. I don’t have a problem with the Bedside Manor band itself; I actually think it’s a great idea to get old people engaged in an activity like this. But now that the strip is all wish-fulfillment all the time, I’m going to guess that this arc will conclude with the CD being a runaway best-seller and Dinkle being offered the presidency of Columbia Records or some damned thing.
Or, more likely, it’ll be dropped and next Sunday will be Funky and Les jogging. Get to the 50th anniversary, but don’t unmoor too many of those boats on the way.
* That should be the album title, “Dealing with Dinkle.” Tragedy and unflinching fate in three words.