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At the time of recording

There are plug-ins for studio software that allow the collection of metadata in real time during recording sessions. It is then possible to export this information at each step, during the mixdown and mastering, and share them with the producer and record label.

An asterisk * designated a mandatory field.

Metadata for the mastering Label Copy

By product for the Label Copy

The product exists as soon as it is marketed and be either a single, an EP or an album.

The record label needs to be thorough in the use of its trademark (label/sub-label), which is to say the same denomination—the one used to commercialize the sound recording—has to be used consistently. For example Les Disques Musique inc. or Disques Musique.

Specific Metadata

These are metadata specific to a recipient but that are not defined by MetaMusic.

  • Product—Catalogue number (S)

Creating an ISRC

What for?

The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) is a unique identifier for sound recordings (tracks).

Any new sound recording (track) must have a unique ISRC. The ISRC of a sound recording must never be modified.

When a track is modified, no matter how—remix, re-recording, modification of its duration, etc. —, a new ISRC has to be created.

How can I obtain it?

The producer creates it using their First Owner Code. You can request this from Soproq.

https://soproq.org/en/pages/makers-and-rights-owners/isrc-code

Each producer creates their own 12-digit ISRC using their First Owner Code, for example CA-Y01-19-00001—which is the country (CA)—the first owner code (Y01)—the year of release (19)—and five digits (00001).

Each producer is responsible for keeping a list of their ISRC and supply them when needed.

This identifier has to be encoded in the support during the mastering and supplied when delivered to the digital platforms. It is a mandatory prerequisite to the exploitation of each track.

UPC

What for?

Any product (single, EP, album) has to have a UPC to be marketed.

The beat practice is to obtain a single UPC for your physical product and digital product.

How can I obtain it?

Request it from your physical or digital distributor.

If you do not have a distributor, you will need to request it from GS1.

https://www.gs1.org/standards/

Definition:

The UPC code (Universal Product Code) is a series of digits commonly associated to a bar code. It is used to identify a product. The only tracks that receive a different UPC than that of the album are tracks that are marketed as a single.

What it is: It is the unique identifier of all products on the market. It allows you to tally all of your product’s sales whether they are physical or digital.