ISRC codes

logo_isrcThe International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) is an international standard code for uniquely identifying sound recordings and music video recordings. This code identifies each individual track on every recording made in order to keep track of things such as royalties and play counts. ISRC codes are widely used to track sales and plays of tracks delivered digitally in a variety of formats.

When you self release an album, you will need to assign codes to each track. This is easy.

First, you register with ISRC as “Recording Rights Owner”. https://www.usisrc.org/ This costs $80, and allows you to assign codes forever.

Once you have your “code prefix”, it’s easy to create ISRC codes for each track.

Just so you understand, the code is 12 characters long. The first 5 characters will always remain the same for you. The next two characters are the two digit year, and the last numbers you assign yourself. For these last 5 digits, starting with 00001 for your first released track of the year and then counting up sequentially is recommended. (But you’re free to do whatever you want!)

Once you have a registrant code, and pick your numbers for each track, send the list of numbers to your Mastering Engineer so they can embed it in the data of your CD.

Keep a record of what numbers you assign, and that’s it!

If you don’t want to do any of this, some production facilities, such as Discmakers, can assign a number for you, so you can always go that route if you like. But, as a content creator/recording rights owner, I think it’s a good idea to have your own registrant code.

Here are some examples:

Example ISRC Code:
QMS1Z1001234

Country Code:
QM”S1Z1001234

Registrant Code:
QM”S1Z”1001234

Year (two digit year):
QMS1Z”10″01234

Designation code (you pick this number for each track):
QMS1Z10″01234″

 

Here is a sample set of ISRC codes for a few imaginary albums:

Album #1 (of the year):
QMS1Z1000001
QMS1Z1000002
QMS1Z1000003
QMS1Z1000004
QMS1Z1000005QMS1Z1000006

Album #2 (of the year):
QMS1Z1000007
QMS1Z1000008
QMS1Z1000009
QMS1Z1000010
QMS1Z1000011

Album #3 (the next year)
QMS1Z1100001
QMS1Z1100002
QMS1Z1100003
QMS1Z1100004

CD Packaging Text Checklist

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When you self release a CD, putting together the packaging can be a big job. Especially if it is the first CD you’ve released!

Packaging is important- nicely crafted packaging, with informative and comprehensive text, will go a long way towards presenting your CD project in the best light possible.

Get a head start by collecting all your info, text, photographs, and artwork as early in the process as possible. Start your text document even as you are just planning your recording sessions. It always takes longer than you think. By the time your final master is ready for replication, you want to be all ready to go to print. (If you start from scratch, you can easily spend weeks getting your packaging organized!)

To help make the design process easier and more organized, I have assembled a checklist of text information you may want to include in your packaging.  You may not need or want to include all of these things, but this list should help you get started.  If you think of anything else I should include, please leave a comment!

CD Packaging Text Checklist

Front Cover
Title
Artist

Spine
Title
Artist
CD #
Record Label
Logo

Back Cover
Title
Artist
Track Numbers
Tracks
Track Times
Total Time
Performers
Conductor
Producer
Copyright notice
UPC Code
URLs
Logos

Disc
Title
Artist
Copyright notice
URLs
Logos

Inside Panels
Title
Artist
Tracks (with correct copyright notices, especially for covers)
Track Numbers
Track Times
Total Time
Publishers
Arrangers
Performers (For musicians signed to a label: “Courtesy Of” their label)
Conductor
Program Notes
Artist Notes
Artist Bio
Dedication
Thanks
Recycled material notice
URLs
Logos

Production Credits:
Executive Producer
Producer
Engineer
Assistant Engineer
Production Assistant
Editor
Mixer
Mastering Engineer
Art Direction
Photographer
Legal Assistance
Program Notes Author

Technical Info:
Recording Dates
Recording Location
Mix Location
Mastering Location
Microphones
Microphone Preamplifiers
Recording System
Monitoring
Instruments

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