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What Are ISRC Codes

ISRC stands for the "International Standard Recording Code". This code is recognized internationally for music video recordings and sound.

Every ISRC code is unique an is used to identify specific recordings. If you have 2 different versions of the same song, like a radio version and a full version, you will need 2 different ISRC codes.  It identifies your songs so your able to collect royalty payments

If your purchase the mixing or mastering service 2, We encode these codes for you onto the master and reference cd, if you supply them to us. You can apply for your ISRC codes at usisrc.org

How To Get Your PC And Stereo Systems To Read The CD Text And Info

With the "Mastering Service 2", we encode the artist/band name and song names along with any other codes, such as ISRC and UPC, onto your master CD and error checked reference CD. The artist and song names are called CD text.

In order for you to see the CD text, you will need special players that are able to read such text. Most of the newer players should be able to do this. Its the older ones that may not be compatible with it.

If you want the PC (personnel computer) to display the text, you will have to submit it to the online databases. The reason is because the software that was developed years ago was not written correctly. They screwed up! This is why it doesn't automatically show up on your PC. Below is a list of data bases.

Online Data Bases For Submitting:

  • Gracenote - Itunes uses this, among a few other ones
  • Freedb - This is for WMP (windows media player)
  • AMG Lasso - For other medial player programs
  • MusicBrainz - For other media players

Here are their websites:

  • Gracenote - http://www.gracenote.com/company_info/FAQ/FAQs/#5a
  • Freedb - http://www.freedb.org
  • AMG Lasso - http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=32:amg/info_pages/a_product_submissions.html

Musicbrainz- www.musicbrainz dot org

Is There Any Quality Lost To The Audio File During The File Transfer

I get asked this question allot and the answer is no, there is no loss of quality when sending us a file through our FTP service and there is no loss of quality when we send it back to you. We have quality control checks in place to make sure all files are transferred correctly and safely. Its 110 percent safe and secure.

The Differences Between Mixing And Mastering Are

So many times people get these 2 terms confused. Sometimes they even use them interchangeably. Here is my take on them 

  • Mixing is the stage after you record your instruments and/or arrange your sounds. Mixing achieves your sound by the addition of effects, special panning and imaging techniques & track volume levels. These effects and techniques can be EQ, reverbs, compressors, limiters, delays, chorus, flangers, panning, amp simulators, special imaging techniques, and individual track fader levels. You use what ever it takes to get your sound. You can use these things to mix your tracks until you get the sound you want for that song. After your happy with it, you then go ahead an export it to a single stereo wave file. This file is then used for mastering.
  • Mastering is the stage that comes right after the mixing stage. It involves taking your mix and fixing any deficiencies it has in it, such as EQ. It enhances and polishes the natural sounds of the mix, giving an overall increase of sound quality. It also increases the volume of your mix so that it is as loud as the songs you hear on your favorite Cd and radio. It brings your song up a notch so it can compete with songs that are commercially releases by the major record labels.

What Should The Audio Level Of The Mix Be Set At For Mastering

Your peak level should never go above -3dB, but anywhere from -12dB to -3db peak is just fine. This ensures that there is no accidental clipping in your file  

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