1st Edition

Building a Band in the Bedroom
Creating a Record at Home with Real Instruments

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after February 1, 2021
ISBN 9781138732391
February 1, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

Building the Band in the Bedroom aims to help the typical home music producer create the sound of a real band in a home-based recording studio, even though they may be working alone and not have the facilities or musical skills to handle the elements themselves. It will lead the reader through the process of taking a raw song idea through a finished, impressive, mixed and mastered record within the confines of a typical home or project studio and within a self-funded budget. The book is accompanied by online video tutorials to demonstrate some of the described processes. All the recordings and audio created for this project are available online for you to download and experiment with.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction

What gear do I need?

A reality check

Working to a goal: Album, single or EP?

Setting a timescale, budget and (maybe) getting paid

Meet the artists: Diesel & Ronnie Jones

(i) Do I need to buy lots of expensive gear?

Chapter 2 - Start with a demo

Why make a demo?

Talking about genre, style & influences: using ‘sonic inspirations’

Creating the demos

Living with the music and finessing the arrangement

Planning a strategy

(i) Backing-up your work

Chapter 3 - Drums

Why record the drums first?

Programmed drums

Real drums

Running a recording session in the living room

(i) Drum ‘Hits’, Augmentation & Replacement

(i) The Glyn Johns Method

Hiring a session drummer & studio

Remote online sessions

Imperfection, character & vibe

Fixing drum recordings for timing

Getting a working mix

(i) Getting a working mix

Chapter 4 - Bass

Why record the bass now?

Recording bass: Samples, Amp, plugin or POD?

Imperfection, character & vibe

Fixing bass recordings: timing and phase

(i) Computer-saving strategies

Chapter 5 - Guitars

Recording acoustic guitar

Recording electric guitar: POD, plugin or amp?


Imperfection, character & vibe

Fixing guitar recordings: phase, timing & resonances

(i) Red Light Fever & Performance Coaching

Chapter 6 - Keys

Electric versus Acoustic

Imperfection, character & vibe

Fixing keyboard recordings

(i) Good Practice in Digital Audio

(i) What is Compression?

Chapter 7 - Vocals

Who is going to sing this?

Studio acoustics for vocals

Running a vocal session

Imperfection, character and vibe

Compiling the perfect take

Advanced editing

Tuning vocals

Backing vocals

(i) When Perfection Goes Too Far…

Chapter 8 - The Mix

Reference tracks - remember your Sonic Inspirations

Monitoring: room acoustics, monitors and headphones

What makes a good mix?

The Mix

Tweaks: too many opinions?

The importance of finishing a mix

(i) Checking your mixes

Chapter 9 - The Final Stages


Releasing & promoting

Reflection and analysing

Planning your next record!

(i) Inspiration, Education and Marginal Gains

Final words.

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Joe Lonsdale is a full-time music producer, songwriter, performing musician, writer and recent MSc graduate (with distinction!). He runs his modest studio, Joe Public Studios, from his home in north London. His music has seen national FM radio-play and it is surely just a matter of time before he produces a hit record.