Any assets you control that are not currently available on distribution services, you can upload directly through Revelator. This is a complete walk-through of the process of creating and uploading a release prior to distribution. To learn more about editing individual aspects, see our guide for more information.
If you would like to upload a large catalog of music, please contact us to evaluate which ingestion solution might be the right choice for you.
Make sure that all metadata is complete to ensure proper reporting and accounting, and so fans can easily search and find your content. Once assets have been uploaded, they can be streamed on streaming platforms, sold on download stores, and promoted across all platforms.
Getting your music in the marketplace will allow you to earn royalties, measure and optimize your business with both financial and consumption data.
Before uploading a release, first prepare all your files, including audio, images, album and song credits. Make sure to upload uncompressed audio files with minimum 16 bit, 44.1 kHz specs. Always upload the highest quality files possible, as the Revelator platform will automatically transcode and prepare the right file type for each of the stores and services requirements.
To upload music, follow the steps below:
- From the main navigation menu, click Assets.
- Then click the Actions button on the right side and select Create new album. You will be taken to the “Main info” tab of the upload wizard.
Album: Main information:
Upload the original cover image that will identify the release across all platforms. In order to comply with each services minimum requirements, the image must be:
- File format: JPG or JPEG
- Color space: RGB
- Minimum dimensions: 1400x1400 pixels but highly recommend: 3000x3000 pixels.
- Square image: width and height must be the same.
- Images may not contain more than 50 megapixels or be larger than 10 Mb.
- Your image cannot be stretched, upscaled, or appear to be low-resolution.
- Any information displayed on your cover art must match your album title and artist name.
- Website addresses, social media links and contact information are not permitted on album artwork.
- Your cover art may not include sexually explicit imagery.
- Your cover art cannot be misleading by displaying another artist's name more prominently than yours.
- You may not use a third-party logo or trademark without the express written permission from the trademark holder.
Choose the language will you be writing your titles, artist name(s) and release description for your content. This exclusively refers to the language of the metadata being entered, not the language of the song or lyrics.
Choose the release type. You can choose LP, EP, ringtone, single, or video.
In the title section, enter the name of the release, and specify the title version if necessary. You may enter the title in other languages as well. We recommend this especially if the title is in non-Latin characters, or your listeners will likely be searching for the release in other languages.
Select whether the release is by a single artist, or is a compilation of various artists.
- If the release is not a compilation of various artists, add the artist name and any additional artist names such as a remixer or featured artist. As you begin typing, matching names from your existing catalog will appear, and you may select them.
- If the release is a compilation of various artists, select this option and you will be asked to enter the artist information separately for each track on the next page.
In the release Info section, enter at least one genre.
Enter the year the rights were retained and the name of the Sound Recording Copyright holder in the textbox labeled (P) Copyright. Read more here.
Enter the year the rights were retained and the name of the Artwork Copyright holder in the textbox labeled (C) Copyright. Read more here.
Select whether this album has been previously released. If it has been, you will need to enter the existing UPC/EAN/JAN code* for the album. You may also provide the existing ISRC codes for each track on the following page.
Click Next to confirm your entries and advance to the track information tab.
*Note: UPC, EAN, and JAN are the barcode standards controlled by the US, the EU, and Japan, respectively, that would be printed on any physical version of a release. This code is used to identify album sales across all platforms. See more on UPC format here.
If other tracks have previously been uploaded, they may be selected to be included in this release.
Click “+ Upload a new track” to add new files for this release.
Either click the “Audio file” text box or drag a file from your desktop to upload a new file. Files should be uncompressed stereo WAV format with a minimum 16 bit, 44.1kHz sample rate. Revelator will automatically transcode and prepare files for distribution to each service.
Note: Select or drag only one file at a time for each track.
Select the language of the lyrics in the performance. If there are no lyrics, select Instrumental.
Enter the track title and accompanying title version such as “Bonus” or “Remaster” if relevant.
Click “+Add a title in another language” to do so. We recommend this especially if the title is in non-Latin characters, or listeners will likely be searching for the release in another language.
Enter the Artist name if the release is a compilation of various artists. If the release is not a compilation but the track has more than one artist performing, click to add each additional artist or contributor featured.
Select whether the release already has an ISRC code* assigned to it. If the music has not been previously released, Revelator can generate ISRC codes for you.
Select whether the track has explicit lyrics or does not.
Note: Click 'yes' if your song contains one or more of the following:
- anything unsuitable for children
- strong language
- references to violence or abuse
- sexual content
- anything that might be regarded as racist, homophobic, discriminatory, or misogynistic
- anything that encourages or celebrates criminal behavior
Select whether this is an original song or a performance of a song in the public domain. The relevant publishing information required will be entered on the next page.
Under Additional Info you may:
- Edit the genre or copyright information for this song if it is different than the album.
- Choose the starting point, written in seconds, that you would like a short preview on some download services to begin. For example, if you would like the 30-second preview to begin 1 minute and 20 seconds into the track, enter “80.”
- Expand the Lyrics section to optionally enter the lyrics to the song.
Once you have uploaded all the files that will be included in this release, confirm that the track order is correct. If you would like to rearrange the order, you may do so by simply dragging the track title to the correct position on the list.
- Click next to confirm your changes and advance to the Publishing Information tab.
Note: All artist names and contributors entered in this section will appear in metadata, and do not affect publishing details.
*Note: ISRC stands for “International Standard Recording Code” and is a system for identifying sound recordings and music videos. It “provides the means to automatically identify recordings for royalty payments.” This is also the code used to report plays for Nielsen SoundScan, the UK Official Charts and other charting organizations.
To add publishing information for each song, click the title of the track to be edited, and then complete the following steps:
Enter the full name of a writer of the song. As the text is entered, matching names from existing assets will appear and may be selected. If there is more than one writer, you may repeat this process as many times as necessary.
Select the role of the current writer. The options are:
Enter the percentage share of the publishing rights the writer is entitled to. This will be used within Revelator for further accounting and earnings reports.
Select the publishing type. The options are:
- Copyright control (self-published)
- Public domain (no publisher)
- Published (managed by a publisher)
Enter the name of the publisher. As the text is entered, matching names from previously entered publishers will appear, and you may be selected from the list.
Click “+ Add another writer” for each additional writer with a percentage share of publishing.
Click Save to confirm all entries and return to the Publishing Information tab.
Repeat this step for all available tracks as necessary.
When all tracks have publishing information completed, click Next to continue on to Review & Save the release.
Note: The Share percentage must add up to 100% for all writers included on each track.
Review and Save:
This is the last step before a release and all included track uploads are saved to Revelator. Make sure to:
- Review the information that has been entered for all tracks within this release.
- If there are any errors on any tracks, return to the relevant tab, correct the information as necessary, and save all changes.
- If all information is correct for all tracks within the release, click Approve to save the release.
Once you have completed and approved the release you may:
- Distribute this release
- Upload a new release
- View your entire catalog