With a total worth of $19.1 billion, the recording industry is stronger than ever thanks to the streaming platforms.
Now, anyone can get their art out to an audience. Of course, you’ll need some music first.
Recording an album can be difficult. That’s why we’ve compiled this guide on how to make a music album so you can come out of the studio with the next hit.
Keep reading to learn more!
Write Lyrics Ahead of Time
Some of the best songs were written in less time than it takes to deliver a pizza.
Beastie Boys’ hit “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!),” for instance, was supposedly written in five minutes.
When inspiration hits, follow it. But don’t count on inspiration alone to get you through the recording process.
The thing about inspiration is that you can never choose when it hits.
Come to the studio with your lyrics already prepared. Don’t pray for a light bulb to go off while your guitarist is recording their solo.
Practice Makes Perfect
Time in a recording studio is expensive. Most studios charge hundreds of dollars an hour to use their equipment — and that’s before you factor in the cost of an engineer.
You’re not rich yet, so time is of the essence.
When you enter the studio, you should know your songs like the back of your hand. Don’t use up studio time practicing.
Your sound studio might be a comfy place to hold your band practice, but it’ll be the most expensive practice ever if you’re not careful.
Come Ready to Collaborate
No one knows your songs better than you. But it’s important to keep in mind that recording music is still an artistic endeavor. The more feedback and advice you get, the better.
If you feel strongly about something, don’t be afraid to stick to your guns.
But by the same token, it’s okay to kill your darlings every once in a while. Your producer may have a great idea that transforms your song for the better.
Don’t let a fear of collaboration cloud your vision.
Save Money by Making Your Own Album Cover
You can’t picture King Crimson’s “In The Court of the Crimson King” or Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy” without envisioning their iconic covers. Album art is as important as the music itself.
Hiring an artist may be a bit out of your budget, though, especially after paying for studio time.
Don’t worry, you can still walk away with a great cover. The trick is to make it yourself.
Adobe Spark’s album cover maker lets you create a professional-looking cover for free.
How to Make a Music Album Without Losing Your Sanity
Recording an album is hard work. It’s going to take time, effort, and a lack of ego.
Learning how to make a music album is also something that takes some learning on the job. Now that you’ve read up on our tips, it’s time to experience it for yourself!
We can’t wait to hear what you come up with.
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