The software out there at the moment are the likes of Cubase, Logic, ProTools, Fruity Loops etc... although these programs are adequate (more like industry standard & amazing!), they are geared towards the expert in music production and carry a hefty price tag plus learning curve. Baloo Blues is a good website for researching software as well as audio equipment.

Studio monitors are not created for loud sound. They are made for overall mix. This is perfect for engineers, producers, musicians, music lovers and studio owners. If you want to get the best quality and save a lot of money at the same time, you may want to consider buying Adam A7X.

As a side note, computer maintenance is very important. On my personal recording system, I have no other programs running either than recording related programs. I keep this computer very clean, and I keep the files that I am working with named properly, so that I can find them on down the road.

Big low end on your bass sounds. Technology advancements in speakers have allowed the listener to enjoy a wider spectrum of frequencies. If you took a pair of best studio monitors for music professionals from today, and compared them to some other speakers from 20 years ago - you'd hear a big difference. Primarily in the low end bass frequencies. With that in mind, make sure that you've got plenty of "boom" on your kick and bass samples.

If you have success with this then now I recommend purchasing some acoustic treatments for you room. Profession acoustic treatments are much more effective than your comforter. However once you find the problem areas and prove that you can reduce them with a comforter, then you can have the confidence that purchasing treatments is justified.

Now go grab a comforter, some thumb tacks, and maybe a friend to help you for the next step. Go stand on the tape or whatever you marked the floor with and start hanging the comforter on the walls that are parallel to each other in the exact space that you are in. You should immediately notice a decrease in flutter echoes. Repeat for all the flutter echos you found. If that comforter fixes the flutter, great! If not you might have an issue from floor to ceiling. In that case put down a rug or hang a comforter from the ceiling.

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.

The last thing you need to add to the arsenal is an external sound card. Some mixers and hardware interfaces have these already built-in, so make sure you check and make sure you need one before shelling out the dough.