It all starts right here. Our Pro LANDR User’s Guide will help you get the very best results possible from your LANDR Releases. In this guide, you’ll find all the info to prepare your tracks for releasing.
You’re an independent artist, and we’re here to make sure there’s nothing in your way. With LANDR you can quickly submit tracks for release to all the top music streaming platforms, AND keep 100% of the royalties.
What a time to be alive!
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What is LANDR,
and What Does it Do?
LANDR has changed the way independent artists create and release their original work. The mastering process uses drag-and-drop simplicity, giving results that rival professional studio work in minutes.
From there, artists can use sharing and annotation functionality to collaborate with their band members and other musicians or professionals.
Finally, with the sharpest sounding tracks at the ready, artists can then release their music and collect 100% of the royalties.
A whole new way to create and share music.
Digital Distribution with LANDR
First Thing’s First
Mixing and mastering.
If you haven’t checked out our guides on mixing and mastering, you can find them at the links below.
Tracks already finished? Boss! Read on to prepare yourself and your work for unleashing to the world.
HOT TIP: Which LANDR subscription did you choose? If you have tracks that were already mixed but not yet mastered, and if you have an ongoing need to release-ready your music, you might want to consider a combination subscription that includes both mastering and releasing. Head to your Account page in LANDR to edit your subscription type.
Use this list to guide you, and read on for elaboration on each of the steps. Some of you might be starting at different stages of the process, so check off the things you might have already nailed before coming to this guide, and start where it makes the most sense for you.
First timers? Stick to the list in sequence and we’ll make a hit machine outta you in no time.
FIGURE OUT YOUR ALBUM ART
Your album art is still an essential part of your music. Finding an image that fits your sound can be tough. We recommend reaching out to artists in your network and collaborating on something that you really care about—don’t phone it in!
Avoid album art hassles by following these handy guidelines:
•A perfect square
•Minimum 1400 x 1400 pixels
•Make sure there’s no blurriness or pixelation
•Don’t include URLs
•Leave out all social media logos
•No references to brands
•Absolutely no pornographic images
•Either JPG or PNG format
•Minimum 72 dpi
PICK YOUR TRACK TITLES AND COMMIT
Track titles make your music findable on the web—like digital music stores, blogs, or playlists. Take time to fill them out right.
Here’s some helpful dos and don’ts for titling:
• Don’t include the release date
• Don’t include the release format—like album or EP—in your track title
• Don’t Include search terms in your track titles like ‘pop punk’ or ‘lo-fi house’
• Don’t include artist names that aren’t performing on the release, like ‘Drake type beat’
• Do spell everything correctly and spellcheck!
• Do enter the track title exactly how you want it to appear in the stores
• Do stick to the same formatting across an entire release
PICK YOUR PROJECT TITLE AND COMMIT
Try to pick a title that fits your project and represents your sound on its own—not whatever the trend is that week. You want your music to be timeless, so your title should be too.
Once you have your title picked, you need to consider the formatting.
Remember, each online music store has their own style guidelines for titling. The iTunes Store Music Style Guide is a great reference to make sure your titles work.
FIND YOUR PERFECT GENRES AND SUBGENRES
Your main genre should be the one that best represents your music. Genres help music stores categorize your music and make it findable to your fans.
Your subgenres let you describe your sound a bit more in depth. Do your research when you’re picking subgenres. Dig into some of the niches that each store includes. Tag your music properly and find some new fans!
ARE ALL YOUR COLLABORATORS INCLUDED?
Include everyone you worked with on your music. Collaboration is key for finding your best sound, so give credit where it’s due!
If you’re not sure if someone should be featured on your track or not, discuss it with your collaborators and make sure everyone has the same expectations and definition of “featured artist.”
SORT OUT YOUR ISRCS
If your music already has ISRC codes from a prior release, then the same ISRC code should be on it for all subsequent releases. If you don’t have one, LANDR will generate one for you.
ISRCs are International Standard Recording Codes. Each code is 12 digits long and identifies things like country of release, and the year the ISRC was issued. They’re used to identify every unique recording in existence.
IS YOUR RELEASE A SINGLE, EP OR ALBUM?
Each digital store categorizes releases differently. Know how your release will appear before you start promoting.
Generally speaking, your release will appear as a Single if:
• There are one to three songs that are less than 10 minutes in length
Your release will appear as an EP if:
• There are one to three songs with one song at least 10 minutes long and a total running time of 30 minutes or less or;
• There are four to six songs with a total running time of 30 minutes or less
All other releases will appear as Albums.
Remember: each release type will appear in the stores automatically based on these criteria.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS YOUR MUSIC GOING?
Beyond choosing which stores to send your music to, you can also choose which countries you want your music available to.
If you don’t want your music in a certain country, just exclude it when choosing your country restrictions.
You need to be aware of where your music will be live in order to focus your music promotion efforts
LEGAL RELEASED AND SAMPLES CLEARED?
When you’re preparing to release your music and there’s samples in it, the number 1 rule is: If you are using a sample of someone else’s music without their consent, it’s illegal. However, not all samples need to be cleared, like certain royalty-free sample packs.
If your song does contain problematic samples, most distributors will contact you and your track will get taken down.
To avoid the hassle, make sure your project is clear of sampling and copyright issues before you try to release your music.
DO I HAVE THE RIGHT FILE FORMATS?
Your music needs to sound great on every online music store, so you need to start with a file that’s at least 44.1kHz – 16bit WAV—the current industry standard.
If your tracks aren’t 44.1kHz – 16bit WAV, you won’t be able to release them on the bigger platforms.
MP3s are great for sharing your music with friends, or offering for download to your fans. But MP3s aren’t accepted by most major digital music stores.
Start by exporting a high-quality WAV from your DAW and you’ll be all set for sharing, mastering, distribution and sounding great everywhere that matters.
Need some more help?
We’re here for you. We've got an awesome team of audio engineers who are readily available to give LANDR Select members feedback and insight.
Write to us at anytime via firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the track and the date you mastered or submitted for release.