How Long Does It Take To Make A Song? Monday May 24 2021, 12:39 PM
Yona Marie
Singer, Songwriter, Producer.
How Long Does It Take To Make A Song?

How Long Does It Take To Make A Song From Scratch?

You might think you can write a song on the spot in minutes. Have you ever been having fun with friends and came up with a beatboxed beat and some lyrics that really flow well with a melody you’ve come up with on the spot? You might be thinking, “Hey, I made a song in minutes!” and feel like that’s all that was involved in the process of truly making a song. But if you are an artist, you will quickly realize much more goes into the process of completing the song. 

How Long Does It Take To Write Lyrics For A Song?

Depending on how fast you are with coming up with melodies and lyrics, this process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 30 years. 

On one hand, some people tend to overthink the songwriting process and make revision after revision to the point where they are never able to complete their ideas. Overthinking can be a good thing, and putting in weeks or months at a time into the songwriting process isn’t at all a bad idea, especially if you have deep lyrical content that you really need to put a good amount of effort into. 

On the other hand, particularly in simplistic genres like pop and hip hop, a song can really be done in a matter of minutes. These types of songs don’t need a lot of thought, although it is a common misconception that you don’t need a lot of skill to write a pop song or hip-hop hit. There’s a true art in being able to come up with a simple, catchy, and unique song. 

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How Long Does The Song Structure Take?

You may be able to come up with a hook and verse on the spot, but you might want to take some time to figure out what the final structure of your song will be. Will you come in with the verse first or will you have the chorus come in first? Would you like to have an intro and outro section in your song? A bridge? A breakdown? 

The process of making the song structure idea can go pretty fast, like an hour or less, but make sure you keep in mind that you need to finalize it.

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How Long Does It Take To Produce Music?

If you’re creating a song that will have more than just one instrument accompanying you, there will have to be a lot of time invested into the instrumentation or the beat of your song. 

If you're getting a custom beat made, the producer might want to put around a week's worth of time into making it. If you're buying or leasing an already made beat, it will only take you about a day to find a good one. If you’re doing genres closer to rock or jazz, you will need to take the time to hire professional musicians and get them to all be able to do a recording session together. If you have a band, the process won’t be as long as finding outside musicians. Either way that you go about it, on average, the process of recording instrumentation will take about a week to a month to organize and put together. 

How Long Does The Vocal Recording Take?

If you’re in a band, this can be combined with the time it takes to record the instrumentation. A lot of genres allow you to be able to record the instrumentation and vocals all in one go, especially if you’re going for a live recording type of vibe. 

If you’re going to be recording separate from the instrumentation, it shouldn’t take you that long once you are able to book the studio time. Recording vocals for a song usually takes about 1-5 hours max.

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How Long Does It Take To Mix And Master?

Once you have a full rough copy of your recording, you will then need to go through the mixing and mastering process with an experienced audio engineer. Engineers can be very busy people, but once they have time to get to your project, it can take anywhere from a day to a week to complete the mixing and mastering of your song to take it to professional recording quality material. 


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Yona Marie

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