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.
What is RIN?
DDEX is in the process of developing its Recording Information Notification (RIN) standard that will allow studio equipment manufacturers, including Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) manufacturers, to enable their users to capture and store essential metadata and then communicate it into the commercial supply chain alongside the audio files to which the metadata relates. As RIN will be one of the DDEX family of standards, the metadata will be interoperable with all the other DDEX standards used to communicate data along the supply chain. Once studio personnel use this opportunity to capture meaningful metadata, this will enable retailers to have better metadata about the products they are selling and it will smooth the process by which all rights holders and other contributors are properly remunerated.
A description of the Recording Information Notification is provided for web reading and here for printing. Technical information, including the RIN XML Schema Definition as it stands today, a number of sample RIN files together with a human readable representation of these, can be downloaded as zip archive (via the dark blue box on the right).
Next Steps and Timetable
The first public release had now been released; you can find full details on the DDEX Knowlesge Base. DDEX continues to engage with the community to make sure RIN meets all requirements.