Catching Up with the Metadata Revolution | Soundways

The Changing Music Industry

For the last 17 years, the music industry has been rapidly changing.  The introduction of the internet, along with large amounts free content has lead to the devaluing of recorded music.  In the days of CD's, consumers were forced to buy physical products if they wanted to hear a song.  Now, streaming services allow listeners to access huge libraries of music for only a small monthly fee.  

These trends have caused payment models to change drastically within the music industry.  Streaming services are supposed to pay artists a small fee everytime a listener plays their song.  However, unreliable methods of documenting these plays may cause artists to miss out on revenue that they have earned.  Many artists release music indepently these days, without the help of a record label.  This method of distribution may be beneficial to the artists.  However, the lack of business structure often leads to engineers and studio musicians missing out on credits for their work.  These credits are essential for music industry professionals, and building a resume can be extremely difficult without them.  

The music industry deserves credit for its work!  There is a need for standardized formats of compiling metadata and communicating this information throughout every aspect of the music distribution pipeline.  These factors have lead to the formation of DDEX and the RIN standard.  

So, what is DDEX?  What is RIN?

The History of DDEX and RIN

DDEX was formed in 2006 as the "Digital Data Exchange, LLC."  A number of industry leading media companies, including Sony, Warner Music, and Universal Music Group saw the need to standardize the way digital information is communicated.  Unreliable methods of documenting and communicating different stages of production can lead to missed credits for performers.  This information needs a standardized format to ensure that artists get what they deserve for their work.  

Thus, DDEX created the first standardized XML messages and methods for the exchange of digital data in the music industry.  DDEX has currently created the most common standards for the formatting and delivery of metadata.  

The Recording Information Notification (RIN) is a standard that allows for the proper documentation of the production of a recording.  Studio personnel can compile essential information about performances and assign proper credits during the recording session.  This information can then be communicated to record labels, publishing companies, distributors, and streaming services in the most precise and efficient way possible.  

DDEX developed the RIN standard with the intention of full DAW integration.  This would reduce the time it takes to enter metadata and provide engineers with a high level of convenience.  Now, Soundways has now developed the first software implementation of the RIN standard, RIN-M.

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The music industry metadata revolution has begun!  Soundways has created the first software that implements the RIN standard, in a multi-platform plug-in format.  RIN-M makes the process of entering metadata as convenient and efficient as possible.  In seconds, hundreds of lines of metadata can be created.  So, how does it work?

RIN-M is a check in system of people and companies, as they create music.  Users are able to record metadata and assign proper credits, all from the convenience of their DAW.  Simply enter the artists name and song title.  Then enter each participant's information and save it to a profile.  Once the production is complete and metadata has been documented, export the .RIN file and send it downstream.  

And wait, whats that!?  RIN-M is free!  So, download your copy and join the metadata revolution!  Begin entering metadata and sending files downstream today.

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