Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Define High-Res Audio Recording Requirements

The Grammy's Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing have defined methods to record high-resolution audio music through its new 'Recommendations for Hi-Recommendations for Hi-Resolution Music Production' document.

Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Define High-Res Audio Recording Requirements
The panel from left to right: Darren Stupak, Sony Music Entertainment; Ty Roberts, Universal Music Group; Richard Burgess, A2IM; Maureen Droney. The Recording Academy P&E Wing members: Howie Singer, Warner Music Group; and Marc Finer, Sr. director, DEG.

Robert Archer · May 19, 2017

The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing has announced the release of its "Recommendations for Hi-Resolution Music Production."

This project is the result of three years of research, and the group says this new set of technical guidelines joins other important papers it has previously published that promote best practices in audio recording.

"The release of this new set of recommendations is a milestone," says Maureen Droney, managing director, The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing. "We are extremely excited by the collaborative efforts and shared vision of our industry towards the goal of providing consumers with studio-quality music listening. We are proud to be a partner in this initiative and also very grateful to all of the recording professionals who contributed their thoughts and expertise to this important document."

Grammy-Winning Standards

The recommendations were developed by a group of leading Recording Academy members, including numerous multiple Grammy Award-winning engineers and producers, and included input from a cross section of the recording industry.

The document covers a variety of topics including:

  • High-resolution audio definitions
  • Hardware and software considerations
  • Recording and mixing parameters
  • Pros and cons of upsampling
  • Provenance
  • Other important issues

The debut of the document coincides with "Stream the Studio—The Next Wave in Subscription Music," a panel sponsored by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, which was held at the Music Biz 2017 conference in Nashville.

In addition to Droney, the Recording Academy points out the panel also featured Richard Burgess, A2IM, Ty Roberts, Universal Music Group; Howie Singer, Warner Music Group, and Darren Stupak, Sony Music Entertainment.

The panel was moderated by Marc Finer, senior director, DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group. The panel discussion follows an announcement made earlier this spring in which the consumer electronics companies Bluesound, MQA, Astell & Kern, and Onkyo Pioneer USA, joined DEG's Hi-Res Audio Committee.   

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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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