Submitting tracks via the internet

Formats I can use to duplicate your CD:

  • MP3 Version 1, Level 3, save at 192 bit (this is CD quality)
  • WAV

Then ZIP the files, either individually or, if together, don’t let the zip file get more than about 50 MB large.

Upload the files – DO NOT EMAIL THEM

I will be notified via email that new files have been uploaded.

Send artwork files separately.

IMPORTANT! Name each file according to track number/sequence on finished disc:

Example:

Track 1 Here Comes the Sun or
01 Here Comes the Sun (notice the leading 0 that forces it to stay in order)

I WILL NOT CHECK YOUR TRACKS AGAINST YOUR ARTWORK!!!!

I cannot add ISRC codes – those must be encoded by a mastering engineer.

IPR Form

Click here to download

Instructions included on page 2 in file.

This form is an interactive PDF, which means you can save it to your computer, fill it out, save it, print it. You will need Acrobat Reader 8 or higher. Reader can be downloaded for FREE at  http://www.adobe.com.

Completing the Fillable Form

  • Download the form using the link above. Your web browser may be configured with an Acrobat plug-in to automatically open the file within your browsers window upon download. To download the file directly to your computer or to a disk, right click on the link, then select “save link as” or “save target as” from the dropdown options. Make a note of the location on your drive and the name of the file being saved so you can locate it later.
  • open the file using Acrobat Reader.
  • Position the cursor inside a form field and click. The I-beam pointer allows you to type text. The arrow pointer allows you to select a field, a check box, a radio button, or an item from a list.
  • Enter your text and press Tab or use your mouse to click on the next form field.
  • SAVE AS – Name the file with your Artist name – project title – Release number – IPR form. (Example: “The Beatles – Abbey Road – AB220 – IPR Form”)

Handling a CD or DVD

We take CDs and DVDs for granted these days, throwing them on the desk, stuffing them 3 at a time into paper envelopes. But if we truly want these repositories of precious music and data to last, we need to handle them carefully. Here are a few points you may or may not know.

  • The data side (bottom) of the disc must remain free from scratches, fingerprints, dust, etc.
  • Cleaning the disc can actually damage it.
  • NEVER touch either surface.
  • Handle by the edges (or center hole).
  • NEVER set a disc down on a hard surface.
  • Return disc to its jewelcase to when done.
  • NEVER write on the data side of the disc. If you must write on a disc, write ONLY on the label side (top) and ONLY with an approved marking device such as felt-tip, non-toxic permanent ink — NEVER USE A BALLPOINT PEN!
  • Don’t let the bottom of the disc touch anything other than the player or the case it came in. I’m amazed at the scratched-up, greasy-fingerprinted premasters that I’ve seen.
  • Use quality media. Taiyo Yuden are considered the best in the industry.
  • NEVER leave an unprotected disc in direct sunlight – it will deteriorate the data. DO NOT expose to excessively hot and/or humid environments
  • Never clean in a rotary fashion. If it becomes necessary to clean the disc, use a soft, dry cloth, rubbing gently, always from the middle towards the outside. This will minimize errors if you accidentally scratch the surface (the data starts from the center in). We recommend a micro-fine cloth available from most optometrists for eye glasses.
  • Even slight bending of a disc can cause stress fractures. The aluminum then becomes deformed, causing some ridges to be blocked. As a consequence, error correction always has to be applied in that area, affecting the final sound.