The attached four RIN sample files detail the session activity of 14th April 1969 at Abbey Road Studio 3 in London, UK where John Lennon and Paul McCartney (working as The Beatles) recorded the single "The Ballad Of John And Yoko". Also included are hypothetical sessions from 2009 where the multi-track and mix master tapes were digitised for archival and digital distribution. The original session data has been taken from "The Beatles Recording Sessions" by Mark Lewisohn. The 2009 session data is derived from the article "Remastering The Beatles", Sound On Sound Magazine, October 2009.

  1. The first sample RIN file contains only the minimal metadata set as defined by The Recording Academy (see here for details). In this file, one would find details about the session itself (date, time, venue, location), the parties involved in the session (be they artists, producers, engineers or “tea boys”), the recordings of musical works (in this case, ten recordings (takes) of one musical work) and the overall project information.
  2. The second sample RIN file contains the minimal metadata set plus all of the recording components identified for each sound recording. In studio parlance, these recording components would be called “tracks”. In this sample file, one will see the three recording components for each of the sound recordings that were designated as “outtakes” and the eight recording components that comprise the sound recording “master take” (Take 10).
  3. The third sample RIN file builds on the typical metadata set from the second example but also includes metadata about any data carriers used during this session (in this case, both analogue tape and hard disk drives). Additionally, metadata about the sound recording elements is listed. This metadata represents the actual multi-track set, stereo mix files, transfers, stems and other configurations of the sound recording. Using this sample file allows the location of all elements’ data carriers.
  4. The final sample RIN file shows the full flexibility of the RIN format. In this file which can be used to describe an archival scenario, all of the metadata from the three previous examples is present as well as metadata for all of the files associated with this project (whether they be audio, image or data files) and finally metadata about pertinent equipment used during the sessions.

Not shown in any of the files is the capability to include an old RIN file for archiving and storage.

Please note that these sample files are formed in accordance with the current draft of the RIN XML Schema Definition. They serve, at this stage, solely to demonstrate some of the capabilities of Recording Information Notifications format and the RIN standard, once published, may differ from what is presented  here.