Secure Watermarked Promo Delivery

Inaudible, robust watermarking technology comprehensively protects your promo campaigns from leaks independent of what format your music is in.

Our watermarking service ensures your promo material is protected from the moment it leaves the studio. Our watermarks are highly robust and virtually indestructible ensuring your pre-releases sent to tastemakers, press and influencers are secure.

Watermarking is the best deterrent to dissuade industry from leaking. It also makes all recipients of your material 100% accountable. If they leak your release you'll soon know about it with our automated notifications.

The low-down on AudioLock Watermarks:

AudioLock watermarks are completely inaudible, and extremely robust so ensuring high quality whilst at the same time ensuring recipients of your pre-release material are fully accountable in their management of the exclusive promos you send them.

Watermarking is essential if you are to ensure your pre-releases are protected and your subsequent general release campaigns are not undermined by leaks.

The AudioLock watermark is actually within the sound but is inaudible. Because it is within the sound it will survive multiple conversions between different formats and bitrates making it extremely robust.

When delivering music through the AudioLock system you can decide what formats a user can download or even if they can only stream (even the streaming is watermarked!) the user can then chose to download from the range of formats you have specified either individual tracks or as a zip if there are multiple tracks being sent at a time.


  • Analogue based watermark solution
  • Extremely robust - survives re encoding to any other format
  • Delivery through global fast global secure delivery network (CDN)
  • Deliver in multiple formats including WAV, MP3 128Kbps, MP3 320kbps and MP4
  • Customisable download page *
  • HTML 5 player allowing watermarked streaming on mobile devices
  • Securely locked to the recipient ensuring links cannot be shared
  • Realtime stats showing how the recipient interacted including streaming and download

* This is an additional service.

Watermarked Promo Delivery Credits

Purchased as required; each credit protects an individual track with a unique watermark which enables it to be sent to a single recipient. If that recipient leaked their watermarked release onto the internet it can be traced back to them, so ensuring accountability.

Watermark credits do not expire and can be used at any time.

Credits Package Price Unit Price
100 £20.00 20p
500 £75.00 15p
1,000 £100.00 10p
5,000 £425.00 8.5p
10,000 £700.00 7p
50,000 £2,500.00 5p
100,000 £3,000.00 3p
500,000 £5,000.00 1p

Not sure how many credits you will need? Try our Pricing Calculator.

Who should use AudioLock?

This can be any person(s) or entity which either directly or indirectly owns the copyright to a given release. These individuals or groups are generally, although not exclusively, one of the following:

  • Record labels
  • Producers
  • DJs
  • Artists
  • Promo companies
  • Legal digital download stores
  • Digital aggregators / distributers

Why use AudioLock anti-piracy services?

By utilising AudioLock anti-piracy services you will help to:

  • Increase sales by removing the opportunity for customers to download your release(s) for free.
  • Mitigate against commercial pirate sites profiteering from your hard work.
  • Increase the control over who has access to your release(s).
  • Protect your label/ brand from being linked with copyright infringing sites and the associated negative publicity this brings.

What is watermarking?

Digital watermarking of promotional releases ensures that recipients are accountable, both deterring leaks and making them traceable.

How does it work?

It is a process whereby a user uploads a release in either AIFF / WAV format onto AudioLock for re-encoding to become an individually watermarked audio file. Once watermarked the file is then output as unique, individually marked MP3.

What if someone downloads and converts the file format - am I still protected?

The tagging is extremely robust and can withstand the file being converted many, many times even to very low bitrates. The music will be too degraded for the user to enjoy before the watermark is destroyed.

Will the watermark tag affect the sound for the user?

The tagging solution, whilst robust, is completely inaudible (unlike other music tagging and watermarking tools) and cannot even be found with audio analysis software.

In some extreme cases where the original file has been very heavily over mastered a slight reduction in the overall perceived volume of the music might be perceptible.

Do users have to have a specific codec or player to listen to the files?

There is no special player or codec. The users can simply use and play the files in the same way as they have before with any audio files of these formats.

Can the tag be removed?

The tag cannot be found, decoded or removed by the user of your music.

Does the watermark carry any personal information?

The watermark is an encrypted unique id which relates only to a database which the record label or content owner has access to. There is no information such as name, email, address or anything identifying the recipient of the watermarked copy actually within the watermark itself.

Is the system a 100% accurate in identifying the person responsible for leaking it online?

Yes, every copy of every track is uniquely tagged so whoever the tracks was sent to can be identified as the responsible party whether they uploaded the copy to a sharing site or they let someone else get the link they were sent who shared the copy.

If I get sent a copy of a file can I test to see if it has been tagged?

Yes, within your account there is a tool allowing you to analyse the file which will report if it finds a tag, who the file was originally delivered to, when and where they were when they downloaded it.

100% Records

Toby Harris - Label Manager
100% Records

“AudioLock's automated algorithm is so fast and accurate we trust it fully to only remove copyright infringing links to our material, so freeing up our time to concentrate on promoting and marketing the release.”

Bright Antenna

Scott Schumaker - COO / Partner
Bright Antenna

“AudioLock went above and beyond for Middle Class Rut's "Pick Up Your Head" release. Bright Antenna used AudioLock's capabilities to reward fans who pre-ordered the album, offering a near-immediate stream. The fans loved it and, in turn, helped spread the word about the album and we didn't have to worry about unauthorized leaks.”

Cooking Vinyl

Chris Farrow - Product & Marketing Manager
Cooking Vinyl

“'The Day Is My Enemy' was The Prodigy's first studio album for 6 years and the follow up to the UK double platinum selling 'Invaders Must Die' and therefore a key release for our label. AudioLocks system prevented leaks from occurring which meant that international launch events like BBC Radio 1 world exclusives and instant grat launches were maximised and subsequent fan engagement increased though the band's official social media channels. On release 'The Day Is My Enemy' went straight in at #1 in the UK album chart and charted high across the world.”


Sandy Turnbull - Artist, DJ, Producer

“We use AudioLock in every upcoming release for at least the initial release period.”

Monologues Records

Ben Gomori - Owner
Monologues Records

“Audiolock is an super-effective and affordable solution to tackling piracy, with clear results updated in real time on your dashboard. I love that I can pay to just protect my newest release to keep costs down and tackle the problem when it's at it's worst.”

Pacha Recordings

Guy Woodhams - Label Manager
Pacha Recordings

“Pacha is known as one of the most recognised and influential dance brands in the world. As such our music content is a significant target for pirates. AudioLock has been instrumental in helping us protect our music sales and brand. We therefore see it as a vital tool which is now part an parcel of all our music campaigns worldwide.”

RGMusic Records

Robert Gecsey - Label Manger, Label Owner & Producer
RGMusic Records

“AudioLock is a really great service and very effective. I was very impressed how fast AudioLock finds and removes illegal links & downloads of our releases! After struggling for years with all the take-down notices and searching for illegal links i am more than happy with the great help from AudioLock! The control-panel is easy to use, self-explanatory and you will see instant results. Highly recommended.”


Tim Jeffery - Director

“We have been very impressed with the AudioLock system - on a recent Fatboy Slim release over 2000 illegal download links were removed in a week and it definitely made an impact on our sales, helping it to a Beatport top ten position.”

The Shapeshifters & Nocturnal Groove

Simon Marlin - Manager
The Shapeshifters & Nocturnal Groove

“We are really pleased with the services that AudioLock provide for Nocturnal Groove and The Shapeshifters. They offer a fully personalised, comprehensive service that's great value for label and artist alike. It gives us further peace of mind that AudioLock is helping us combat piracy very effectively. Highly recommended!”

Uprise Audio

Verity Johnson - COO & Co-Owner
Uprise Audio

“I have to say I am extremely happy with AudioLock, it's a simple and easy bit of software to use, whilst the support I have received from everyone has been fantastic. I've recommended it to other label owners and shared it via our social media. You're all doing a great job!”

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