Join Bobby Owsinski for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Universal Product Codes (UPC), part of Audio Mastering Techniques.
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Another code used in the release of most albums is the UPC code.…The UPC stands for Universal Product Code, which is the number represented by the barcode…on the back of the packaging for just about any item you buy in a store these days.…While an ISRC refers to a single track, the UPC code is for the entire album.…Each unique physical product that is put on a store shelf has this unique code.…In addition to the barcode that you find in the back of the CD package, you can actually…encode this into the PQ information on a CD.…
If you have any intention of selling your CD at retail and having it recorded by SoundScan…for inclusion on the Billboard charts, you need a UPC.…Most retailers only stock product with barcodes so they can easily keep track of them in their…inventory, and SoundScan doesn't know you exist until you have a barcode.…UPCs are administrated by the UCC or Uniform Code Council.…If you want to obtain a manufacturer's number so you can issue your own barcodes, it will…cost $750 for the registration fee, but you can get a single UPC from CD Baby for $20 if…
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