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Submitting music to online song databases


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Audio Mastering Techniques

with Bobby Owsinski

Video: Submitting music to online song databases

There are a number of online databases that store album information that is accessed by such programs as iTunes, Windows Media Player, and Winamp to display album and song info on computers. Perhaps the best known is CDDB or Compact Disc Database, which is a database that allows a music player application to look up audio CD information over the Internet, which then displays the Artist name, CD title, track list, and some additional information. CDDB is a licensed trademark of Gracenote Incorporated.
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  1. 1m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
  2. 7m 7s
    1. Introducing mastering
      1m 22s
    2. The history of audio mastering
      3m 30s
    3. Mastering professionally versus doing it yourself
      2m 15s
  3. 10m 10s
    1. Mixing with mastering in mind
      6m 41s
    2. Mastering session documentation
      53s
    3. Printing alternative mixes
      2m 36s
  4. 6m 21s
    1. Evaluating your listening environment
      1m 33s
    2. Beginning with the basic listening technique
      3m 19s
    3. Deciding between monitors and headphones
      1m 29s
  5. 18m 13s
    1. Overview of mastering tools
      22s
    2. Exploring the dynamic ranges of different music genres
      2m 40s
    3. Understanding compression
      3m 20s
    4. Understanding limiting
      1m 25s
    5. Understanding equalization (EQ)
      1m 44s
    6. Using a de-esser
      1m 14s
    7. Metering while mastering
      3m 57s
    8. Exploring the mastering signal path
      1m 11s
    9. Listening in your digital audio workstation (DAW) using the A/B method
      2m 20s
  6. 33m 10s
    1. Making a loud master
      3m 7s
    2. Compression tips and tricks
      2m 4s
    3. Achieving competitive level
      2m 2s
    4. Understanding the pitfalls of hypercompression
      2m 10s
    5. Balancing frequencies
      3m 20s
    6. Reducing sibilance with a de-esser
      2m 2s
    7. Inserting fades
      1m 37s
    8. Eliminating noise and distortion
      43s
    9. Using multiband limiting
      4m 23s
    10. Adjusting the stereo image
      3m 24s
    11. Bringing out specific elements in a mix
      8m 18s
  7. 8m 17s
    1. Using dither
      1m 40s
    2. Using the appropriate workstation
      1m 27s
    3. Adjusting the spreads
      1m 28s
    4. Using International Standard Recording Codes (ISRC)
      1m 14s
    5. Using Universal Product Codes (UPC)
      1m 10s
    6. Creating CD-text discs
      33s
    7. Delivering or receiving a DDP master
      45s
  8. 12m 44s
    1. Encoding using the MP3 format
      3m 43s
    2. Understanding MP3 metadata
      1m 44s
    3. Creating a great-sounding MP3
      2m 46s
    4. Generating a FLAC file
      1m 18s
    5. Submitting music to online stores and services
      48s
    6. Submitting music to online song databases
      2m 25s
  9. 17m 23s
    1. Understanding AAC, the iTunes file format
      2m 28s
    2. Mastering for iTunes tips and tricks
      1m 36s
    3. The Mastered for iTunes format
      1m 29s
    4. The Mastered for iTunes tool package
      54s
    5. Using the iTunes Plus tools: iTunes Droplet
      1m 51s
    6. Using the Mastered for iTunes Audio To WAVE Droplet
      49s
    7. Using the Mastered for iTunes AURoundTripAAC Audio Unit tool
      6m 48s
    8. Using The Mastered for iTunes tools Test Pressing Feature
      1m 28s
  10. 3m 30s
    1. Mastering for high resolution
      1m 36s
    2. Mastering for television
      1m 54s
  11. 1m 19s
    1. Delivering the master to the replicator
      28s
    2. Archiving the project
      51s
  12. 50s
    1. Next steps
      50s

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Audio Mastering Techniques
2h 0m Appropriate for all Jan 23, 2013

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Mastering audio is the final stage in music production, where the final set of mixed songs are turned into a cohesive album through a variety of processes that make the music sound the best it can, wherever it's played. Join author and producer Bobby Owsinski in this course, as he teaches essential mastering concepts and techniques used by experienced audio engineers. Follow along as he works at Oasis Mastering, a real-world mastering facility, and learn how to apply these techniques to your home or studio setup and make your projects sound better than ever.

First, discover how to configure your monitoring setup, optimize your listening environment, and prepare and print alternative mixes that will allow you to make quick fixes during mastering. Bobby then reviews a selection of dedicated mastering tools that give you precise control over select signal parameters, from compressors to de-essers. He'll discuss the differences between mastering for CD, online distribution, and specifically for iTunes, and how to achieve the best results for each medium. The course wraps with lessons on mastering for high-resolution formats like Blu-ray, as well as delivering and archiving the master recording once the project is complete.

Topics include:
  • What is mastering?
  • Preparing your tracks for mastering
  • Deciding between monitors and headphones
  • Exploring the dynamic range of different music genres
  • Adjusting song balances
  • Compressing the tracks
  • Balancing frequency
  • Reducing sibilance with a de-esser
  • Inserting fades
  • Eliminating noise
  • Mastering CDs, MP3s, and AACs for iTunes
  • Archiving masters
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs Mixing Music Production Audio Plug-Ins Mastering
Software:
iTunes Pro Tools
Author:
Bobby Owsinski

Submitting music to online song databases

There are a number of online databases that store album information that is accessed by such programs as iTunes, Windows Media Player, and Winamp to display album and song info on computers. Perhaps the best known is CDDB or Compact Disc Database, which is a database that allows a music player application to look up audio CD information over the Internet, which then displays the Artist name, CD title, track list, and some additional information. CDDB is a licensed trademark of Gracenote Incorporated.

The information in a database like CDDB is linked to CDs that have had CD text embedded in the masters by their mastering engineers. And that info appears on the manufactured CDs. The artist is totally responsible for all information for the CD text and the mastering engineer simply inserts the information that the client provides for the text. There are other online databases besides CDDB, including Muse, freeDB, and MusicBrainz, and although the CD identification process used by these databases may differ from the original CDDB process, the concept is the same.

You can submit your album data to CDDB using iTunes by naming the CD tracks and then using the Submit Track Names option under the Advanced menu. Once your CD is imported into iTunes, click into a track name and select Get Info. On the Info tab type in the Track Name, Artist Name, Album name, select the Genre and Year of release. The Next button will take you to the next track. Continue until all the tracks are titled. Go to Advanced and click Submit CD Track Names.

Within two or three days, place the CD back in the CD-ROM drive. Go to Advanced and click Get Track Names. This is a Requery button that clears your local cache and shows that your CD information now comes from CDDB. Since identification of CDs is based on the length and order of the tracks, CDDB can't identify playlists in which the order of the tracks has been changed or compilations of tracks with different CDs. CDDB also can't distinguish between different CDs that have the same number of tracks in the same track list.

If you need more information on CDDB submissions, fixes, or the service in general, go to gracenote.com/about/faqs.

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