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 important to capture. 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 ultimately been used? These pieces of information are valuable for many reasons, such as attributing credits, ensuring that royalties reach the correct people and facilitating subsequent studio sessions. In addition, providing richer data to retailers for discovery and marketing helps increase audiences and thus the revenue generated.

What is RIN?

DDEX has developed the Recording Information Notification (RIN) standard, a standard that allows 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. 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. The opportunity for studio personnel to capture meaningful metadata will ultimately enable retailers to have better metadata about the products they are selling and will facilitate 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, 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

RIN was released publicly in October of 2016. You can find full details on the DDEX Knowlesge Base. DDEX continues to engage with the community to make sure RIN meets all requirements.