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In MusicBrainz, a recording is a set of one or more audio tracks, which may have been mixed or edited, but have not been mastered.

An audio track is any captured sound, including (but not limited to) instrumental and vocal performances and existing recordings. Audio tracks should not be confused with release tracks.

Editing is defined as re-arranging audio tracks. This may involve adding, removing, lengthening or shortening sections of audio track, or moving them relative to other sections.

Mixing is the process by which audio tracks are combined into one or more output audio channels. Mixing may involve applying a variety of audio processing techniques to audio tracks, such as equalization, panning, volume adjustment and compression.

Mastering is a process that is applied to recordings to prepare them for release.

The following diagram shows how recordings are related to audio tracks and release tracks, and how the processes above might be used.

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It is usually the case that a recording is a mix of a performance of a work by a particular artist, and appears as a track on releases in one or more release groups.


These are all different Recordings:

Style Guidelines

Please see the guidelines for recordings.



The title of the recording.


The artist(s) that the recording is primarily credited to.


An approximation to the length of the actual mix, calculated from the lengths of the tracks using the recording.


The International Standard Recording Code assigned to the recording.


See MusicBrainz Identifier.

Disambiguation comment

See Disambiguation Comment.


See Annotation.