Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Publishes New and Updated Recommendations for Industry Best Practices
Documents, Now Posted Online, Outline Recommendations for Recording Deliverables and Hi-Res Music Production
Santa Monica, Calif. — Reflecting its ongoing mission to educate and offer technical guidelines, the Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® has officially published a new paper titled "Recommendations for Hi-Resolution Music Production"; and an updated version of its historically influential "Recommendations for Delivery of Recorded Music Projects."
"Recommendations for Hi-Resolution Music Production" (available here)
is brand new for 2017. Although it is now possible for consumers to
hear music at its best, rather than converted to conventional
uncompressed digital resolutions (or worse: inferior compressed consumer
formats), the industry currently lacks hi-res production standards,
causing confusion and inefficiencies in the digital music supply chain.
To address this, the P&E Wing has created this new document to help
increase efficiency and transparency in the production process. This
easy-to-read paper was created by a dedicated committee, chaired by
Leslie Ann Jones – a GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer and currently the
Director of Music Recording and Scoring at Skywalker Sound.
The new revision of "Recommendations for Delivery of Recorded Music Projects" (available here)
specifies the physical deliverables that are the culmination of the
creative process, with the understanding that it is in the interest of
all parties involved to ensure that recorded masters are safely stored
and remain accessible for both the short and long term.
Previous versions of the Delivery
Recommendations have been widely used by record labels, schools, etc. as
guidelines and best practices. This updated version provides crucial
information about available technologies and includes a new section on
recommended file hierarchy and management for recorded music that studio
pros will find especially helpful. The revision committee, chaired by
producer/engineer Jeff Balding (Don Henley, Taylor Swift, Maren Morris,
Megadeth) and mastering engineer and educator Jim Kaiser (Director of
Technology, MasterMix, and Audio Engineering Technology instructor at
Belmont University), consists of a cross-genre, cross-region,
cross-discipline group of respected recording professionals.