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Audio Files Preparation

Lesson 2 from: Digital Music Distribution 101

Tomas George

Audio Files Preparation

Lesson 2 from: Digital Music Distribution 101

Tomas George

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2. Audio Files Preparation

<b>In this lesson, you will learn about preparing your Audio Files.</b>
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Audio Files Preparation

Hi. In this video, I just wanna talk about how to prepare your audio files or your masters for uploading to your online distributor. So the ultimate recommendation is to use a professional mastering engineer. Let them know that you are gonna be using an online distributor and they can create the masters for your music, especially if it's an album, it'll give them the opportunity to sequence the album as a whole to make sure that it flows very well and sequence all of the gaps and fades. So if you are looking to get an album professionally mastered, go to a professional mastering engine and have that dialogue with them and what you should expect to get back from them is at least a folder of wire files. Normally they would have the track number in the title of the wire files. These ones don't, but we're uploading them one at a time anyway. So CD baby knows what track order they are, but normally you would get 010203, et cetera before the song name, you might also get ad DP master from yo...

ur mastering engineer as well, which is for CD, some distributors will accept ad DP. But for online distribution, it's normally just upload the ware files in terms of the type of web files that an online distributor will accept by default. It is 44.1 kilohertz sample rate at 16 bit depth. So let's actually uh check these files. So I'm just gonna click on one of them, hit command, I on my keyboard here and let's just double check. Everything is correct. So here it says the sample rate at 44,100 which is correct and the bits per sample is 16, which is also correct. Two channels mean it's a stereo file. Excellent. So check those things. If you're on the PC, you might have to right click and click properties. Um Otherwise you can just check the files like this. Also, if you happen to have your own ISR codes before you use online distribution, then make sure that your mastering engineer knows about those codes and has those codes so that they can embed them into the master files. Otherwise you can upload the web files just like Thomas did and have your distributor like CD baby generate new ISR codes for you and they will embed them as well. You can retrospectively take those ISR codes and give them to your mastering engineer to embed in the files of distribution also. But like I said, the most recommended practice is to team up with a professional mastering engineer and just let them know that you've got plans to release an album via online distribution and they will work with you in order to optimize your masters for online listening. Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next lecture.

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