Release Editor

The release editor is where you fill out all the details on your release. Most of the fields are optional, and we try to set sensible defaults to get you along quickly.

Release details

Release Title

This is where you enter the Title for your Single / Album / EP.

Example

Your album is called Music To Dance To with 10 tracks. You enter Music To Dance To in this field.

Release Version

This is where you enter the Release Version of your release.

Example

Your release is ‘Great Song (Jean Paul Remix)’. You enter Jean Paul Remix in this field.

Release Genres

Here you select the musical genre’s applicable to your release. The first dropdown is the main or primary genre, the second is the sub-genre.

Artwork

This is where you upload the artwork for your release. Your artwork should be at least 1400x1400px.

Artists

Set the artists name for your release here. You can either set a primary or featuring artists.

Example

You want the release to show as Jean Paul & JJ ft. Guillermo. You set both Jean Paul and JJ separately as primary artist and Guillermo as featuring artist.

Optional - Release page

Optional fields you do not have to use, only if you are looking to set a custom value in one of these fields you can open and overrule the default value provided by Make Waves.

UPC/EAN

You don’t have to enter anything in this field but if you want to use your own UPC barcode for your release you can enter that here. If you do not enter anything in this field we will provide a UPC for you. UPC stands for Universal Product Code and is used to identify your release and make sure the income generated goes to the correct people.

Label Name

You don’t have to enter anything in this field but if you want to use your own Label Name for your release you can enter that here. If you do not enter any label name Make Waves will set the Primary Artist name(s) as Label Name.

Catalog Number

You don’t have to enter anything in this field but if you want to use your own Catalog Number for your release you can enter that here. A catalog number is just an administrative code helping labels to identify the release.

Example

Label name is Great Records, the first catalog could be GR001. You are free to pick any type of catalog number.

Recording Location

You don’t have to enter anything in this field but if you want to add your recording location you can enter that here. Recording location should be the city and country you recorded the music in.

Example

Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Adding the recording location can help make sure you get paid your copyrights correctly by your country's PRO (Public Rights Organisation). Examples of PRO’s are: Buma/Stemra (NL), Ascap (US), PRS (UK).

Original Release Date

You don’t have to enter anything in this field but if you want to add the original release date for your release you can enter that here. There is no need to enter an original release date if this is a new release. However, if you have released this music before it might be good to enter the original release date. Also if you are moving this release over to Make Waves from a different distributor, label or aggregator we advise to enter the original release date.

(C) Copyright

You don’t have to enter anything in this field but if you want to add the copyright representative for your release you can enter that here. This could be your own name or the name of your publisher. We advise to make this match the copyright name as registered with your PRO (Public Rights Organisation) for matching purposes. Examples of PRO’s are Buma/Stemra (NL), Ascap (US), PRS (UK).

(P) Master Owner

You don’t have to enter anything in this field but if you want to set a custom Master Owner for your release you can enter that here. By default Make Waves will enter the Label Name or if that is not set the Artist Name as Master Owner.

The (P) Master Owner will also show under the release in many Stores like on Spotify, Apple, Tidal, Deezer etc.

Tracklist

Here you order your tracks, you can drag & drop to change the order.

Track title

Please enter the track title of your song here.

Example

If you are releasing an album called ‘Greatest Hits By Me’ with ten tracks and track no.1 is called The First Great Hit. You enter The First Great Hit in this field.

Track version

This is where you enter the Track Version of your release. Example: Your track should be cold is ‘Great Track (Mark vd K Remix)’ You enter Mark vd K Remix in this field

Master audio

This is where you upload you .wav audio file. The standard format is 16 bit and 44.1 khz but you can definitely upload a higher quality. We will send the best audio format out to the selected stores for distribution.

Preview Start

Here you can set the start time of the audio snip-it or song clip used by platforms such as TikTok or Instagram. We deliver this to the stores and they will usually respect this setting although their algorithm might adapt your setting due to popular demand.

Vocals

If there are vocals / lyrics on your track please add these in the text field. We will send these lyrics to as many connections as you select and this might help promote your release. We also advice to create an account at Musixmatch (it’s free!) and upload your lyrics there as they can add you lyrics on Spotify and Instagram.

Cover or remix

Let us know if this is not an original composition but a remix or a cover of a different track. Just enter the name of the artist and track of the original here.

Contributors

This is where you set the people the worked on creating the song. This will also be displayed under song credits is some stores like on Spotify. We need at least one name from who created the music to be able to distribute your release.

ISRC

You don’t have to enter anything in this field but is you want to use a custom ISRC you can set this here. If you do not set anything we will allocate an ISRC to this track for you and let you know the ISRC for your track in your release overview after distributing the release. ISRC stands for International Standard Recording Code. This code should be unique to your song and only used for one song.

Track Artists

You don’t have to enter anything in this field but If the artists on your track should be different from what you set on the release level you can set these here.

Track Genres

You don’t have to enter anything in this field but If the genres on your track are different from what you set on the release level you can set these here.

Track (P) Master owner

You don’t have to enter anything in this field but if you want to set a custom Master Owner for your track you can enter that here. By default Make Waves will enter the Label Name or if that is not set the Artist Name as Master Owner.

You don’t have to enter anything in this field but if you want to add the copyright representative for your track you can enter that here. This could be your own name or the name of your publisher. We advise to make this match the copyright name as registered with your PRO (Public Rights Organisation) for matching purposes. Examples of PRO’s are Buma/Stemra (NL), Ascap (US), PRS (UK).

Distribution

Release Date

This is the date your release will go live on the selected stores. You can only set a date one week away from submitting the release to Make Waves as we need this time to process the release to all the stores.

Territories

This is where you set the territories you want the release to go live in. The default is set to World but you can make any custom selection.

Platforms

We support all major platforms, and are always adding new ones. By default, we distribute to all our supported platforms.

  • Stores and streaming providers, like Spotify, Apple, Tidal
  • Social channels like Instagram, Tiktok and Facebook
  • Music recognition services like Shazam and Gracenote

Last updated in 09-22

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