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9/27/2017
ISNI Logo

International Standard Name Identifier is new metadata to resolve name ambiguity for contributors to creative works. This number can define a person, like a writer, artist, performer, producer, etc., or it can define an organization, like publishers, studios, aggregators, etc.. It is part of the ISO global standards and ties into other metadata in the music industry, like ISRC, and other industries metadata, like ISBN etc. It is a cross-domain resource with direct contributions from over 40 sources.

8/2/2017
RIN-M screenshot

The newest metadata standard for music is here apparently and it is RIN-M. Soundways has a free plugin that gets saved in your DAW when you are creating the tracks and you can add everyone's information and send it along. It is a cool idea on solving the issue with how recording credits are stored and transferred. You can download the plugin here

I have it downloaded and it was pretty easy to use and get the hang of it. Hopefully, this will catch on and more info will be distributed with digital releases of music.

7/20/2017

Independant artists have difficulty getting into the Mastered For iTunes program, but if you wanted to try to deal directly with apple to get in here are the requirements directly from Apple. Even if you meet the requirements they may still referr you. On top of that, they also have payment thresholds and you may never get paid if you don't meet the threshold for your first payment. And now the requirements.

Technical Requirements:

7/10/2017
DDP Player

Terra Nova Mastering is including a DDP player with all DDP masters now. Clients can listen directly to their masters, make wav files, burn discs and check metadata like CD-Text and ISRC.

How to listen to your master:

  1. download your DDP Master .zip file
  2. unpack your .zip (by double-clicking or opening with an application like WinZip)
  3. inside your master folder, you'll find a folder labeled player
  4. depending on your operating system click on the appropriate player icon to open your player

Features:

3/1/2017
Capitalization Examples

This is a common issue that many of my clients don't think about until they're in the mastering studio getting asked about it. Did you mean to not capitalize this word? Well, here are some guidelines.

1/1/2017

ALL ATX is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit benefiting HAAM, Sims Foundation, Black Fret and Austin Music Foundation and for their fourth annual benefit concert/live CD they themed it "Austin Rocks The Blues." Jerry and I tag-teamed the mastering on this and it's one of the coolest projects I got to do in 2016.

9/6/2016
No Artwork

Recently, I had a client that ran into some problems with the cover art for their project. It seems iTunes has some rather stringent (in my opinion) requirements for the cover art. Part of me understands that there needs to be some requirements or checks in place and I agree with Apple that people should not be 'misleading' in the representation of their music. But, I felt this particular case may have been a bit ridiculous. For those of you that want to know, here are the specs that I've found.

These things are required and will prevent you from releasing your music on iTunes:

5/4/2016
People’s fascination with Jimi Hendrix is as alive today as it ever was before. That’s the mark of a true legend – an influential artist whose revolutionary music transcended time, culture, and genres.
From something as poignant as his rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner to the infectious riffs of Purple Haze Hendrix turned a basic Fender Stratocaster into a cosmic shovel that laid the groundwork for future artists, according to CNET.
12/19/2015

Sound Exchange and The Recording Academy have partnered in advocating for legislation and educating the community about performance rights.

 

Introduced March 19, 2015 the Allocation for Music Producers Act or AMP Act (H.R. 1457) says this:

11/4/2015

This week, the authors of The Indie Band Survuval GuideRandy Chertkow and Jason Feehan, spoke at the Grammy Pro Business Summit in Austin. They gave an information-dense presentation of basically everything a band trying to make money needs to know.

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