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Hi-Resolution Music Production Recommendations Published

Recording Academy Producers & Engineering Wing publishes Recommendations for Hi-Resolution Music Production and its for Delivery of Recorded Music Projects.


Hi-Resolution Music Production Recommendations Published
Addressing the lack of standards for the production of high-resolution audio content, the Recording Academy has published its Recommendations for Hi-Resolution Music Production.
Robert Archer · November 10, 2017

Addressing the lack of standards for the production of high-resolution music/audio content, the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing has published its new and updated best practices standards for high-resolution audio and recorded music projects. 

Previous versions of the documents have been used by record labels, schools and other entities for guidance and best practice applications.

The updated "Recomendations for Delivery of Recorded Music Projects" specifies the physical deliverables that are the total results of the creative process, with the understanding that all parties involved with the project ensure recorded masterss are safely stored and accessible. 

"Recommendations for Hi-Resolution Music Production" is a brand new product from the Recording Academy that provides standardized guidance for the production of high-resolution audio content.  

Created by a dedicated committee chaired by Leslie Ann Jones, a GRAMMY Award Winning engineer and the director of music recording and scoring at Skywalker Sound, the "Recommendations for Hi-Resolution Music Production" guide is designed to help the music industry improve its production efficiencies by providing the guidance the industry is currently lacking.  

Pros Back Recording Academy's Hi-Resolution Music Recommendations

Cookie Marenco of the audiophile record label Blue Coast Music, and the DSD Guide, applauds the Recording Academy's introduction of high-resolution audio production guidelines. 

Marenco a recording engineer that advocates the adoption of the DSD high-resolution audio format as well as PCM formats, including 24-bit/96kHz, stated in a recent DSD-Guide email newsletter, that high-resolution audio technologies are under utilized, and the Academy's recommendations could help grow high-resolution audio adoption. 

"Most professional audio engineers don't record in formats above 44.1kHz, sad to say. Most engineers don't realize there is a community like ours that wants better sound," she says. "One of the reasons I went to AES after an absence of eight years as to talk to the engineers and let them know there is a growing community of people who wants better sound."

Recent data from the NPD Group indicates that high-resolution audio equipment sales have grown 77 percent from 2014, and according to Ben Arnold, executive director, industry analyst for The NPD Group, the popularity of 4K video is helping to drive consumer interest in high-resolution audio. 

“The success of 4K Ultra-High Definition in television illustrates that consumers desire high quality viewing experiences,” states Arnold. “Hi-res audio continues to build awareness among consumers; however, the sales growth we’ve observed demonstrates similar demand exists for high quality audio listening.”



  About the Author

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at [email protected]

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Speakers · Loudspeakers · Audio/Video · Distributed Audio · News · High-Resolution Audio · NPD Group · Recording Academy Producers & Engineering Wing · All Topics
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