How To Complete Creating an Album In Just a Month

Have you ever wondered how to be more productive as a producer? Usually, it takes quite a lot of time to produce even one track, but today, in this article, we will talk about how to produce a full album in just a month and give you several productivity tips. 

Time management and structure

When you sit down to create an album, it might be helpful to come up with an imaginary artist or project you are composing for. It will give you a sense of purpose and you won’t be stuck wondering what to do next because your album will have a unifying theme to work with. Think about the story behind the album. Let’s say your imaginary project is a soundtrack for a game. Imagine the characters, the plot, the genre, the environment e.t.c. You may write each track with a particular scene or character in mind. It is way easier to write music based on the general idea for the album than trying to come up with it while you are already deep into the composing and arranging process. You can also save your time by delegating part of the job to professionals such as, a mixing and mastering studio that will take the pressure off, so you can concentrate on creativity. 

Divide your project into manageable pieces

Once you start working on the album write a schedule so you have deadlines for every stage of the project. You can divide the project into small pieces to make it easier to keep track of time. It can be overwhelming to think about all the steps at once, therefore dividing it into smaller parts can boost your productivity.

Get to work

Once you have the schedule in place it’s time to start writing. If you do everything yourself, don’t try to finish each track from start to finish, and don’t try to fix all the issues at the stage of arranging and composing the track. Once the initial draft is done you can start going over tracks polishing them and filling in the gaps. 

Tips for staying productive

Don’t be a perfectionist

You can, of course, spend endless hours obsessing over the smallest details but in that case, the world might never hear your album. Remember done is better than perfect. Eventually focusing on details will make you lose perspective. And at the end of the day, it won’t matter that your kick drum sounds perfect if the snare sounds dull. So always take a step back and look at your track as a whole.

Be ready to put down your ideas

When you are in the creative flow you need to act quickly to catch all the ideas rushing through your head. You don’t have time to look for samples or synths. To avoid it you should have all your samples out and ready to use. You can always make custom sounds later, but capturing the idea first is crucial. Therefore you should be familiar with your DAW. Try making templates to put down ideas as fast as you can.

Don’t be afraid to take on a challenge

Giving yourself a challenge can broaden your horizon, help you work on your skills, and point out weak spots you need to work on. It might also be a great way to explore new genres and stay concentrated. The worst thing that can happen is you fail to deliver the track within a given time period but it’s highly unlikely that you fail to learn anything. This practice will help you

maintain your skills at a high level. 

And finally: it’s never late to start 

Don’t ever prioritize money over your passion. Even if now you are far from living your dream life as a music producer, it’s never too late to start. You can achieve great results even if you spend only a couple of hours a day working on your music, you just have to make the first step. Thanks to the abundance of resources available online, learning music production has never been easier, so all you have to do is make a decision and get down to work.