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Recording Academy Plans High-Res Recording Guidelines

Santa Monica, Calif. — The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing plans to create high-resolution audio production guidelines to clear up what it called “some misperceptions” about the correct ways to record, mix and master high-resolution music.

The guidelines for music-industry professionals will clarify the technology and techniques needed to produce high-resolution music and help bring more high-res music to market, the group said.

“High-res music is becoming more popular every day, and demand for these digital files is increasing rapidly,” said managing director Maureen Droney. “Our members want to ensure that there is enough music product in the pipeline to satisfy this demand.” Members have “volunteered their time, energy and expertise in order to demystify and simplify the overall process of creating high-res music.”

The Guidelines, expected to be completed for the AES convention in October, will include such topics as:

  • the importance of providing masters that have either been digitally recorded or re-mastered from analog sources at the highest resolution possible;
  • the need to establish workflow protocols and procedures for recording new projects at 96kHz/24-bit and higher resolutions;
  • the need for best practices when transferring analog masters to high-res digital formats;
  • the importance of packaging high-res files with digital liner notes, credits, and other descriptive metadata to complement the recordings;
  • making a best effort to document the original format of recordings to provide transparency to consumers; and
  • recommendations that support the minimum production requirements needed to deliver high-res content.

The Recording Academy’s members are musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers and recording professionals, and it is known for the Grammy Awards. The Academy’s Producers & Engineers Wing consists of more than 6,500 producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field.