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
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.”