Guidelines For Hi-Res Music Production

Created by The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing      25/06/15

Guidelines For Hi-Res Music Production


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The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing has announced, during CE Week in New York City, that it has embarked upon the creation of a series of Hi-Res Production Guidelines, with the goal of further clarifying the technology and techniques essential to producing great high-resolution music.Here's the story in their own words...

In June 2014, a coalition that included the Consumer Electronics Association, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group and The Recording Academy agreed upon a common definition for Hi-Res Music. However, some misperceptions still remain when it comes to the correct methods for recording, mixing and mastering these titles resulting in the creation of Production Guidelines.

Topics to be addressed in these guidelines include:

  • The importance of providing masters that have either been digitally recorded or re-mastered from analog sources at the highest resolution possible.
  • The value of establishing workflow protocols and procedures for recording new projects at 96K/24 bit and higher.
  • The need for utilizing best practices when transferring analog masters to hi-res digital formats.
  • The importance of packaging Hi-Res files with high quality digital liner notes, credits, and other descriptive metadata that complements these recordings.
  • The use of best efforts when documenting the origin format ("provenance") of these recordings, in order to provide as much transparency to consumers as possible.
  • A list of recommendations that support the minimum production requirements necessary to enable music labels to deliver hi-res content.

 


"Hi-Res Music is becoming more popular every day, and demand for these digital files is increasing rapidly," said Maureen Droney, Producers & Engineers Wing Managing Director. "Our members want to ensure that there is enough music product in the pipeline to satisfy this demand. These professionals, who represent some of the best ears in the business, have volunteered their time, energy and expertise in order to demystify and simplify the overall process of creating Hi-Res Music. The guidelines they will create will go a long way towards realizing this."

Even discerning music creators and listeners have acknowledged that thanks to advancements in technology, digital audio sound quality today can rival or even surpass the finest analog recordings. As a result, the market for high-quality music is growing exponentially, with an increasing number of online retail outlets now offering Hi-Res Music titles, in genres ranging from classical and jazz to pop, country and rock.              

About The Recording Academy: Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY® Awards -- the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music -- The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture.

About The Producers & Engineers Wing: Currently more than 6,500 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives.

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