The music recording and production field went through tremendous transformation over the past years, high investment cost for equipments, acoustic treatments, having the right space located at the right place in conjunction with a great engineer, all of these very important pieces of the process reflect in high cost for the final costumer who enter a studio looking to record songs or produce an album, but with the advance of the technology this reality is gone!
The challenge begun few years ago, back in 1982 with the ability to store digital data on a Compact Disc (CD), if the market knew what was going to happen 20 to 30 years later? Who knows it! Market information from 2007 shows that CD-ROMs and CD-Rs remained widely used technologies in the Computer industry. The CD and its extensions have been extremely successful: in 2004, the annual worldwide sales of CD-Audio, CD-ROM, and CD-R reached about 30 billion discs. Parallel to this reality we had all computer advances that made huge improvements over processors, portability, quality and price. Once digital music storage became a reality everything changed very fast, very small devices been able to carry thousands of songs and videos are part of our day-to-day routine that we cannot live without it and every business who did not adopt this new reality unfortunately are not surviving it, classical example is Blockbuster who did not believe on the digital video format.
The number of small production places have increase significantly, it does not require a lot money to record a song or an entire album anymore, thanks to the new digital word that domain our lives over almost everything today, if you have a nice place, few hundred dollars for the basic equipment and software, acoustic treatment and the required knowledge, you are more than half way to go.
One of the most popular music production software today is Pro Tools (www.avid.com), this software gives you the opportunity to entry and develop yourself to start your own home studio project with a very low investment. Having a good computer to host the software is a mandatory, Apple computers (www.apple.com) are ideal since your initial computer will be able to host longer software development and updates, few higher performance PCs also qualifies.
Also there are few online music stores that gives you the chance to buy equipment using a payment plan if you do not have the full initial investment available, few of them are Sweetwater (www.sweetwater.com) and American Musical Supply (www.americanmusical.com).