Anyone who loves playing or listening to music has probably wondered what it’s like to be in a recording studio. While it might seem like a glamorous place on TV or in movies, it actually takes a lot of time and hard work to make a good record. With the high hourly rates of professional recording studios, most musicians never even get a chance to record their music.

Now, thanks to modern technology, you can make your very own recording studio in your house for a fraction of what it used to cost. You can build something really simple if you’re just looking to get your feet wet, or go all out if you have plans of stardom. Here are a few key ingredients to help you make your own recording studio at home:

Choosing the Right Space- When you’re making your own home recording studio you’ll need a dedicated room. The reason being is because you’ll want to have a place where you can set up your equipment and not have to move it around. Also it’s important to do your best in soundproofing the room. Without proper soundproofing your microphone might pick up sounds from outside, like cars driving by, or dogs barking.

Time For a Computer- One of the easiest ways to make a recording studio is with an application for Mac computers called Garageband. The program is very simple to use and can help you feel just like the pros. You can record an infinite number of tracks and mix everything to your liking. Once you’re finished you can save the song you created onto iTunes and then transfer it to a portable device or writable CD. Before you know it, you’ll have your first hit single!

Equipment- Of course as a musician you already know the importance of quality instruments. The same applies when it comes to equipment for your recording studio. You want to get studio quality speakers that playback sound that is flat, or isn’t altered in any way. You’ll want to consider purchasing what is called an audio interface.

The audio interface is something that you can plug your electronic instruments into and it translates the sound into digital information that your computer can recognize. It allows you to get more natural sounds from your instrument.

Once you have your room set up, your recording software ready, and all the necessary equipment you’ll be set to make music like the pros. Be sure that you’re familiar with the software and equipment before you record something important otherwise you may find yourself searching for some backup and recovery services, to get back that masterpiece you lost.