Understanding Sound Recording Metadata

When you're actively managing a catalog, it's important to make sure that you're including as much information to the included assets as possible. Although none are required (except for Title), you and your team will benefit from filling out as many fields as you can. Adding details to songs and recordings within Songspace helps you to find exactly what you're looking for when you need it - for example, if you're curating a pitch for a TV show that needs a love song, you might want to search for all of your songs and recordings that are tagged with "love" or "love song".

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There are several metadata fields on recordings in Songspace - below is a complete list:

  • Recording Type: The type of recording - your options are None, Demo, Master (Commercial Release), Master (Unreleased), Worktape, Video, Production Music, and Stem/Loop/Effect.
  • Instrumental: A checkbox to be checked if the recording is an instrumental.
  • Explicit: A checkbox to be checked if the recording is explicit.
  • Master Rights: A checkbox to be checked if your company controls the or represents the master recording for third-party licensing.
  • Current rights owner name: The name of the current rights owner.
  • Title: The recording title.
  • Artist: The recording artist.
  • Original record label: The original record label associated to the recording.
  • Current record label: The current record label associated to the recording.
  • ISRC: The ISRC associated to the recording.
  • BPM: The BPM of the recording (to be entered manually).
  • Duration: The auto-populated duration of the recording.
  • Release information: The Release that the recording is associated to.
  • Genres: The genres associated to the recording (from a pre-populated list).
  • Tags: The tags associated to the recording.
  • Moods: Any moods associated to the recording - you can use an option from our pre-populated list or create your own.
  • Themes: Any themes that appear in the recording - you can use an option from our pre-populated list or create your own.
  • Tempo: The tempo of the recording to be selected from a drop-down menu of 5 options.
  • Decade: The decade that the recording is from to be selected from a drop-down menu of 31 options.
  • Key: The key of the recording to be selected from a drop-down of 24 options.
  • Vocals: Any information related to the vocals on the recording (such as Male, Female, etc.) - you can use an option from our pre-populated list or create your own.
  • Instruments: The instruments on the recording - you can use an option from our pre-populated list or create your own.

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Most of these fields can be used to filter your catalog so that you can find the exact recording you're looking for when you need it. Additionally, you can create a Smart Playlist to pull in any songs that have an associated recording with a certain value in these fields.

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