Why Should I Care About Metadata?


The music industry has changed in a big way.  The internet revolution, along with file sharing services, has led to the devaluing of recorded music.  Over the years it has become harder and harder for musicians to generate revenue from their recordings.  Payment models have drastically changed in the last ten years.  Streaming services are supposed to pay artists a small fee every time their music is played.  However, unreliable methods of documenting these plays can lead to musicians missing out on earnings that they deserve.  

Studio engineers and musicians are often left uncredited.  This prevents them from building a resume and receiving residual payments for their work.  For studio engineers, past projects are often used to onboard new clients.  Lots of uncredited work means that it can be difficult for engineers to gain notoriety.  So, what can we do about all this?

Standardized formats are needed for compiling and communicating metadata about the participants in a recording production. This is why the Digital Data Exchange (DDEX) created the RIN standard.  The Recording Information Notification (RIN) standard allows for producers to capture and communicate essential metadata in the most efficient way.  That metadata can then be communicated to record labels, publishing, and distribution companies to ensure that musicians and engineers are credited properly.  DDEX created this standard with the intention of full DAW integration.  Soundways has now created RIN-M, the first software implementation of the RIN standard.  

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The music industry's metadata revolution is here!  Soundways has developed the first software implementation of the RIN standard, in a multi-platform plug-in format.  Now engineers can compile vital metadata in seconds, all from the convenience of their DAW.  

If you are a studio musician, enter your information before you leave the session.  For engineers, make sure that you and your clients are credited properly for all of their work.  Whenever you work on a project, check-in with RIN-M.  Any time a studio event occurs, be sure to enter the information of all individuals involved.  At the end of your session, export the .RIN file and then send it downstream. 

The adoption of RIN-M means that music industry professionals can receive more accurate credits and earn more money from their recordings.  Record labels will be able to accurately document the production of a recording and then communicate this information to distribution companies in the most precise and efficient manner.  

Did I mention that RIN-M is free?  So, download your copy and join the metadata revolution!  Start compiling metadata and sending files downstream today!  

For more information on RIN-M visit www.soundways.com/rin