Recording Information Notification Standard

The DDEX standard that provides a file format that gives a uniform mechanism to enable the capture, storage and communication of “Recording Information”, i.e. information about recordings between studios – including any places where music is being recorded, mixed or mastered – and companies that make use of such information is the Recording Information Notification Standard (RIN).

The process of creating a recording is complex and iterative, with many production stages between capturing sound and releasing a finished recording. Every stage in this cycle can lead to new audio creations, be they a new composition, a new guitar track, a new mix, etc. In each of these “studio events”, there are a number of metadata elements that may be worth capturing. Who performed which musical work? Who played which instrument? When and where was this performance recorded? Who was the sound engineer? Which recording components (or, in studio parlance: tracks) were used to create a specific mix? And which sections of these recording components have been used? These pieces of information are important for several reasons, including to attribute credits and royalties to the correct people and because the richer the data provided to retailers, the better they can market the products – which can potentially increase the audience and, thus, the revenue generated.

The Recording Information Notification is a metadata file format that can capture and communicate such data. RIN is designed for machine-to-machine communication. It is not designed to be read by humans. Interpretation of RIN XML files will be performed by many front-end processor systems, including digital audio workstations and metadata collection applications.

A detailed explanation of the RIN standard and advise about how to go about an implementation of it is available at the Knowledge Base.

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