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Adding ISRC at the plant?

Greetings masterers,

I am working a rush job for a band that has to send their master off to the plant by wednesday, and apparently it takes 2 or 3 days to get the ISRC codes after I provide the final timings for everything. Since I probably won't have the master ready in time to wait on the codes, they are going to send the master w/o the ISRC codes and supposedly the plant will plug them in there. Is this risky trusting the plant to edit the CD, or is this a standard thing and maybe they can just plug in the numbers when they make the glass master or whatever without having to remake the CD? Just a little more worried than I might normally be because the band requested a bunch of goofy stuff, like 45 second song intros put into the pause time before tracks; sometimes overlapping into the track marker, etc and I don't want anything getting fudged because of the non-standardness of it all.


Reggie Thu, 10/19/2006 - 14:58
OK, good point. But I'm just saying that there isn't really time for luxuries such as test pressings when you give yourself only 3-4 weeks to get recording/mixing/mastering done and the master sent off. Not much room for error... or the creative process for that matter...
But now that I think about it, maybe the plant lead time (4 weeks for working out art layout and actual production time) includes time for a test pressing.

Zilla Wed, 10/18/2006 - 17:22
If you have already PQ'd the disc there should not be any worry about your creative pauses and overlaps tripping the plant up. They should be able to enter supplied ISRC's into each track with little difficulty. However, you (and everybody else in the world) should always get test pressings to ensure the audio quality and meta-data are correct before replicating a gazillion discs.