A recording is an entity in MusicBrainz which can be linked to tracks on releases. Each track must always be associated with a single recording, but a recording can be linked to any number of tracks.

A recording represents distinct audio that has been used to produce at least one released track through copying or mastering. A recording itself is never produced solely through copying or mastering.

Generally, the audio represented by a recording corresponds to the audio at a stage in the production process before any final mastering but after any editing or mixing.

The diagram below shows some examples of recorded audio, recordings and released tracks and the relationships between them:

Recordings Helper Diagram.svg


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.


The length of the recording. It's only entered manually for standalone recordings. For recordings that are being used on releases, the recording length is the median length of all tracks (that have a track length) associated with that recording. If there is an even number of track lengths, the smaller median candidate is used.


The International Standard Recording Code assigned to the recording.


See MusicBrainz Identifier.

Disambiguation comment

See Disambiguation Comment.


See Annotation.