If you're an Indie Artist, then you need to 'worry' about ISRC codes!
Here's what the letters stand for:
It's an identification that's used on digital files (like .mp3's) and CD's that will be commercially distributed.
Once a code is embedded onto your track it uniquely identifies that track as belonging to you.
That last point bears some explanation. It means that:
The ISRC code is basically 12 characters that are made up as follows:
Here are just a few examples of Country Codes:
The Owner (or Registrant) Code:
The Year Of Reference:
The Designation Code (or Serial Number):
Here's an example of a code someone would issue from Canada for their first track released in 2016:
Note that for visual presentation, I've separated the four parts by hyphens. I've also added the letters ISRC before the code.
The hyphens are, however, not part of the code
You must get your codes before I complete your CD master. And it goes with out saying before getting your CD's replicated!
If you're in Canada you can get your codes in less than a minute, online, during business days.
For those of in other countries, please check this listing to find your agency.
To encode ISRC codes onto CD, I use WaveLab. This is a superb mastering program for creating a CD master to the red book standard.
This will make your codes visible in any reader capable of interpreting them.
I'll provide you with a PQ sheet which will contain the codes.
It's a very good idea to print off several copies of this sheet.
For several reasons:
This page just covers the main points you need to create your CD master with your codes.
For more detailed information you might like to visit here.
When you get your CD's manufactured, double check with your replicator that they're capable of putting ISRC codes on your copies!
Otherwise, all our work will be wasted!!!
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