After tracking, mixing, and mastering. After the design and graphics are done. The final step before shipping your product for retail sales is packaging. As with all other aspects of making your CD, this too takes some well thought out and careful planning.
*Is this just for selling to your fans at your concerts?
*Will you be placing it in retail stores or just selling on line? *Will you need an ISRC or UPC code?
*Will you need to register a title with Nielsen Soundscan?
SOME FACTS TO CONSIDER
Nielsen SoundScan clients include all major and most independent record companies, distribution companies, artist managers, booking agents, concert promoters, performing rights organizations, government agencies, venue owners, traditional retailers, online retailers and digital delivery companies. Since March 1, 1991, Billboard Magazine charts have been constructed directly from Nielsen SoundScan data. MTV, VH1, CMT, MuchMusic and all major media regularly use Nielsen SoundScan data as well.
* UPC—Universal Product Code
* ISRC—International Standard Recording Code
* RIAA—Recording Industry Association of America
* IFPI—International Federation of the Phonographic Industry
"The effects of good music are not just because it's new; on the contrary music strikes us more the more familiar we are with it." Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe