[Pre-fabricated home studios](http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/joeys-small-and-spacious-modern-abode-166336) seem like a smart business move to me. This one is not brilliant, but it has all the right ideas. It’s built with people like me in mine: want something small, environmentally friendly, well-designed.
The basis for a great deal of popular music is to be found is in the multi-tracking systems that were long the bastion of the recording studio. Now, of course, almost any computer can host a multi-track setup, e.g., Apple’s iLife suite has GarageBand. Part of appreciating how this particular art form is created, then, is understanding how separate tracks are assembled to produce a compelling whole. How best to that? By un-multi-ing produced songs, deconstructing rock and roll as it were. StudioMultitracks is a site dedicated to just such an enterprise. I listened to quite a few of one of my favorites, The Who. There are a lot more bands, however. See if your fave is there and listen to the single tracks: how does it change you understanding of the song?