ISRC codes for CD Duplication

Our CD duplication services can include the addition of ISRC codes to each disc. ISRC stands for International Standard Recording Code and is a code that can be added to each track on a CD. Each code is a unique identification that can be used to automatically log airplay and identify the track for payment of royalties.

In the UK ISRC codes are usually issued through PPL, the code consists of a combination of 12 digits and characters. During the pre-mastering stage the ISRC codes can be added to the PMCD and comply fully with Philips Red Book specification. Once the PMCD master has been burnt containing ISRC codes the codes should then be copied to all subsequent duplicated or replicated discs during manufacture.

Many broadcast CD and DVD players can automatically read the ISRC code and use the unique identification to log airplay and generate artist/performer/writer royalties. The codes are also very useful in electronic distribution of music and can be used to calculate sales via this distribution method.

ISRC codes are also very useful for giving the consumer more information about the CD by accessing on line databases. You will notice that if you play a retail release CD on a computer often all the information such as track titles, artist name, album sleeve artwork etc can be displayed on your computer. This information is not read from the CD itself, all that is read is the ISRC code, the software then identifies this ISRC code with an online database where all this additional information is held. This information is then accessed from the online database and displayed on your computer.

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