Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Using International Standard Recording Codes (ISRC), part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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Every song that's commercially released has what's called an ISRC code, which is short…for International Standard Recording Code.…It's a unique identifier for each track that lists the country of origin, the registrant,…which is usually a label, the year, and the designation code, which is the unique identifier created by the label.…This code stays with the audio recording for life of it.…Even if it later appears on a compilation, the same ISRC will accompany it.…If recording is changed in any way, it requires a new ISRC, but otherwise it will always retain…the same ISRC, independent of the company or format it's in.…
So how do you get an ISRC code?…If you digitally distribute your music through TuneCore or CD Baby, they'll automatically assign one for you.…Many replicators will assign ISRCs for you, too, but they'll charge you a fee.…With that being said, it's even to register yourself.…Go to usisrc.org to register.…They'll assign you a three-digit registration number, and you can begin to assign ISRC codes…
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.
- 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