A Home Recorder's Dream: Playing with Pros Online

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It takes place everyday and every night, in backrooms and basements, garages and even kitchens: Amateur musicians are using computers to make home recordings that sound like they came from a studio.

Contributor Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers is one of these home studio devotees. But he's going a step further. He's outsourcing part of his creative process to professional musicians thousands of miles away.

Rodgers turned to Phil Robertson, who offers drum tracks online for $125 a song at e-studio-drummer. Robertson laid down CD-quality bass and drum tracks for one of Rodgers' songs

For home musicians who need more specific help, there are options include efiddler, or hispeedhorns.

And sites like sessionplayers and esession act as brokers for well-known studio musicians. Rates can run from $250 to $1,000 per song.

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