Strong>Disclaimer #1-WARNING LABEL-This article is not meant to cure or diagnose any sonic problems of your hip hop track or rap beats masterpiece, but is intended to give you ideas of possible troubled areas to look at, and help you self diagnose things in the future from an engineering stand point. Whoa!

Add your keyboard elements to the mix. Is it happening? It's got to feel right, so if it doesn't, something will have to change in the arrangement. Maybe pitch the keys up an octave. That little tip can sometimes work miracles.

Studio monitors that are in mid price range are often best choice. They can be extremely good, and quite affordable of you looking to have monitors for years to come. For room with limited space these are top choice, as they don't lack the sound and are loud and clear enough to create a perfect mix.

Next are the best studio monitors for music professionals. The 2 lower priced bundles 1 and 3 (same bundles that have the USB Mbox 2) come with a pair of Fostex PMO.4 Powered best studio monitors for music professionals. These are slightly inferior to the M-Audio BX5a Active best studio monitors for music professionals that come with the slightly more expensive 2 and 4 bundles.

I know that sometimes it can be overwhelming to decide what to buy. This is my suggestion: if you have in your pocket $300, go listen and then buy the KRK rokit 5. Forget about other brands, because you will never get better sound that these monitors can deliver. Go check them out as soon as possible.

KRK Rokit 5: These beauties are my favorites. In fact, I bought them myself 1 year ago and they sound just great. Like the M-Audio, these are self-powered and are very flat. You actually hear on a CD what you are able to produce. You definitely get more of what you pay.

The second approach, which will be the focus of this article, is to record your CD in a rented studio. The big disadvantage of this approach is the expense: studio time is very expensive. Preparation is absolutely essential if you are using a studio and paying by the hour.

Do not just run down to your local music store and purchase all the sound proof materials that they have. In fact, please don't confuse the terms sound proof with acoustic treatments. Sound proofing is measured in what's known as an NC rating, aka Noise Criteria. It's close to impossible to make something sound proof and extremely expensive to attempt it.

It can be an analog or digital mixer but preferably a digital mixer. For my home recording I use the Roland VS880. It is old but still very effective. You can also plug directly into your audio card from a source such as a CD player. Break Out Boxes are your best bet if you only a have a few inputs. What ever your source is they should run through a mixer or breakout box first. A breakout box is essentially a way to connect multiple sources into a single source that you would feed your audio card then to the input of your audio card. Whatever your source is they should run through a mixer or breakout box first and then to the input of your audio card.

This is about it - if you get those things (and I was being absolutely serious about treating your room acoustically - that IS the most important thing you can do if you want your recordings to sound good) you will be well on your way to make your first radio hit at home. Remember, that it takes practice and patience, but it is an awesome feeling - listening to a finished song, all done by yourself.