How to Deliver Your New Release to Absolute

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How to Deliver Your New Release to Absolute

Before we get started you will need an Absolute Project account, you can register here.

Once you’ve registered simply click on Catalogue’ then ‘Create’ and follow the on-screen prompts to add your metadata, artwork and media files.

What format should my artwork be in for an audio release?

Please follow the guidelines below. Your artwork should be uploaded directly to Absolute Project. You will be notified if your artwork fails to meet the required specification.

  • File Format: JPG / JPEG
  • Colour Space: RGB
  • Dimensions: 4000×4000 pixels
  • Aspect Ratio: 1:1 (Square)
  • Resolution: 300DPI (preferred)
  • Maximum File Size: 20MB

Art must not contain website addresses, logos or QR codes. Images must not be blurry, pixelated, mismatched, misaligned, rotated, or have other quality issues. Art must not include references to the physical packaging (for example, CD or vinyl), digital products, or any retailers.

What format should my audio files be in?

Please follow the guidelines below. Your audio should be uploaded directly to Absolute Project. You will be notified if your files fail to meet the required specification.

  • Codec: WAV
  • Channels: Stereo
  • Sample Rate: 96kHz (44.1kHz minimum)
  • Sample Size: 24 bit (16 Bit minimum)

How do I add lyrics to my release?

Absolute Project will prompt you to add lyrics to your tracks during the new release setup process.

When transcribing lyrics, it is important to separate the lyrical sections and changes within a song with line and section breaks.

All lyric lines must begin with a capital letter. Capitalisation in your lyrics should follow traditional grammar rules. Proper nouns must be capitalised

There should be no full stops or commas at the end of any lyric line. Exclamation points, question marks, and quotation marks should be the only end-line punctuation and should be included as needed.

Background vocals should be wrapped in parentheses at the end of a line, with the first letter capitalized

The lyrics should match the audio. If a line is repeated, it should be written out. (Repeat x3) will not be accepted

If the track is explicit, all explicit language must be transcribed as it is heard in the audio.

You should also consider supplying your lyrics directly to Musixmatch.

To add lyrics to a previous release please contact your label manager.

What if I have Apple Digital Masters (ADM)?

Please upload your 24 Bit mastered WAV files to Absolute Project.

Please contact your label manager with details of the Apple accredited mastering house / engineer who worked on the project.

I have a Dolby Atmos master, how do I upload?

  • Dolby Atmos master file must be provided as a BWF ADM file using 24fps timecode for all tracks.
  • All audio must be 24-bit LPCM audio at 48kHz.
  • All deliverables must be conformed and synced to the original stereo reference masters.
  • Target Loudness value should not exceed -18 LKFS measured as per ITU-R BS. 1770-4.
  • True-peak level should not exceed -1 dB TP measured as per ITU-R BS. 1770-4.
  • For albums where gapless playback is intended between tracks:
    • Each album track must be delivered as an individual BWF ADM file.
    • Each track boundary must be no more than half a frame (1,000 samples @ 48 kHz) earlier or later than the same track boundary in the corresponding stereo deliverable.
    • There must be no additional silence at the end of each track when compared to the same track from the corresponding stereo deliverable.

If you require your files to be mastered here is a list of all approved Dolby Atoms mastering houses.

Please let your Label Manager know if you require to set up a Dolby Atmos product and they will arrange for the Digital Submissions team to action this.

How do I deliver a music video to Apple?

Please complete our metadata form for both Video and Bundle tab .

Your video will need to meet the following specifications:

  • Presentation
    • 1 second of black and silence at the beginning & end of the video
  • Video
    • Container: QuickTime .mov
    • Video Codec: Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)
    • Frame Dimensions: 1920×1080
    • Frame Rate: Minimum 23.98 frames per second (progressive)
    • Bit Rate: Between 88mbps – 220mbps
  • Audio
    • Codec: Linear PCM
    • Format: Big Endian or Little Endian
    • Sample Rate: 48kHz
    • Sample Size: 16 or 24 bit
    • Channels: Stereo

Failure to adhere to these specifications will likely incur additional QC/encoding charges – please double-check with your video editor before supplying your file.

Please contact digitalsubmissions@absolutelabelservices.com to deliver your video files and metadata. We will provide you with a unique link to upload your video files.

A minimum of 4 weeks is required for all submissions due to Apple’s quality assurance process.

How do I deliver a concert film?

Please complete our metadata form by completing Video, Audio, and Bundle tabs.

Your video will need to meet the following specifications:

  • Presentation
    • 1 second of black and silence at the beginning & end of the video
  • Video
    • Container: QuickTime .mov
    • Video Codec: Apple ProRes 422 (HQ)
    • Frame Dimensions: 1920×1080
    • Frame Rate: Minimum 23.98 frames per second (progressive)
    • Bit Rate: Between 88mbps – 220mbps
  • Audio
    • Codec: Linear PCM
    • Format: Big Endian or Little Endian
    • Sample Rate: 48kHz
    • Sample Size: 16 or 24 bit
    • Channels: Stereo
  • Closed Captions
    • Closed Captions must be supplied for all concert film deliveries
    • Format: Cheetah International Caption (.cap – preferred) or Scenarist DVD (.scc)
  • Artwork:
    • File Format: JPG / JPEG
    • Colour Space: RGB
    • Dimensions: 2000×3000 pixels (minimum)
    • Aspect Ratio: 2:3
    • Resolution: 300DPI (preferred)
    • Maximum File Size: 20MB

Failure to adhere to these specifications will likely incur additional QC/encoding charges – please double-check with your video editor before supplying your file.

Please contact digitalsubmissions@absolutelabelservices.com to deliver your video files and metadata. We will provide you with a unique link to upload your video files.

A minimum of 12 weeks is required for all submissions due to Apple’s quality assurance process.

The information in the article is up-to-date as of March 2022. Updates will be published as and when amendments are made to these rules.

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