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Subcodes

We can embed the following subcode information into your CD master (and in some cases into digital files as well) if you provide this to us and wish us to include it: ISRC: The "International Standard Recording Code" - a unique identification code for each track of your album.  Currently iTunes and other online music retailers require these in order to digitally distribute your music, and Soundscan and Sound Exchange uses these also to track sales and plays of individual selections.  If you provide us your ISRC we can embed these into the CD-R master (DDP or CD-R master disc) for you.   We can also embed ISRC's directly into bwf wav files, and the id3 tags of mp3, FLAC, wma, aac and ogg Many digital distributors such as CD Baby can provide you with their own ISRC for your release at no extra cost as part of the costs for distributing your release.  If you are doing just one release a year then this might be the best way to go - but if you are doing a number of releases each year you might find it beneficial to have your own ISR code. Until 2009 the RIAA was offering labels and artists their own ISR Codes for free - but they are now charging a one time fee of $95 for this service.   USA based artists and labels can now apply online for their own code at usisrc.org or in Canada go to connectmusic.ca/isrc.aspx For more info go to IFPI's ISRC page. CD Text:  entries for Album Artist, Album Title, Album Songwriter, Track Titles, Track's Artist, Track Songwriter - that will display when the CD is played in CD Text compatible players.  While we can enter up to 80 characters for each of these fields we strongly recommend that any entry be kept to 31 characters (including spaces) at maximum as many CD Text compatible players do not display beyond 31 characters (and some, such as Tascam players, do not display beyond 24 characters) .  Please note that CD Text will not display on your computer's media player!  In order to display the text information in your device’s software media player in general if you are using a digital distributor such as CD Baby, The Orchard, Tunecore or BandCamp, you will enter this info on an online form when you upload your master files to and then they will embed this information into the various download or streaming formats for you.  Otherwise you can read how to submit directly to the online databases here. UPC/MCN:  the barcode number (11 digit code + 1 digit check sum = 12 digits total) or Media Catalog Number / EAN (13 digit code) - check out the GS1 web site for more information on these.  Many CD manufacturers or online distributors such as CD Baby can also provide you with a UPC number for either free or a minimal fee.  While in previous years UPC codes embedded sometimes helped identifying the disc in radio station libraries-  at this point in time this feature is very rarely used- so in general there is no need to delay your release simply to get this. Pause ID's:  This is an index point we can put after any of the Track ID's in your CD's program that tells the CD player, when displaying program time, to show a backwards countdown to the next Track Id - and is commonly used to mark areas of longer silence between tracks, areas of applause on live albums, or areas where a cross fade is being made between two tracks.  Note that areas marked with a pause id are generally ignored by CD players when put in shuffle mode.

Subcodes

We can embed the following subcode information into your CD master (and in some cases into digital files as well) if you provide this to us and wish us to include it: ISRC: The "International Standard Recording Code" - a unique identification code for each track of your album.  Currently iTunes  and other online music retailers require these in order to digitally distribute your music, and Soundscan and Sound Exchange uses these also to track sales and plays of individual selections.  If you provide us your ISRC we can embed these into the CD-R master (DDP or CD-R master disc) for you.   We can also embed ISRC's directly into bwf wav files, and the id3 tags of mp3, FLAC, wma, aac and ogg Until recently the RIAA was offering labels and artists their own ISR Codes for free - but as of March 1, 2009 they are now charging a one time fee of $75 for this service.   You can now apply online for your own code at usisrc.org Many digital distributors such as CD Baby can provide you with their own ISRC for your release at no extra cost as part of the costs for distributing your release.  If you are doing just one release a year then this might be the best way to go - but if you are doing a number of releases each year you might find it beneficial to have your own ISR code.    For more info go to IFPI's ISRC page. CD Text:  entries for Album Artist, Album Title, Album Songwriter, Track Titles, Track's Artist, Track Songwriter - that will display when the CD is played in CD Text compatible players.  While we can enter up to 80 characters for each of these fields we strongly recommend that any entry be kept to 31 characters (including spaces) at maximum as many CD Text compatible players do not display beyond 31 characters (and some, such as Tascam players, do not display beyond 24 characters) .  Please note that CD Text will not display on your computer's media player!  In order to display the text information in your device’s software media player in general if you are using a digital distributor such as CD Baby, The Orchard, Tunecore or BandCamp, you will enter this info on an online form when you upload your master files to and then they will embed this information into the various download or streaming formats for you.  Otherwise you can read how to submit directly to the online databases here. UPC/MCN:  the barcode number (11 digit code + 1 digit check sum = 12 digits total) or Media Catalog Number / EAN (13 digit code) - check out the GS1 web site for more information on these.  Many CD manufacturers or online distributors such as CD Baby can also provide you with a UPC number for either free or a minimal fee.  While in previous years UPC codes embedded sometimes helped identifying the disc in radio station libraries-  at this point in time this feature is very rarely used- so in general there is no need to delay your release simply to get this. Pause ID's:  This is an index point we can put after any of the Track ID's in your CD's program that tells the CD player, when displaying program time, to show a backwards countdown to the next Track Id - and is commonly used to mark areas of longer silence between tracks, areas of applause on live albums, or areas where a cross fade is being made between two tracks.  Note that areas marked with a pause id are generally ignored by CD players when put in shuffle mode.
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