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---- Official.FLAC.Standard.Rules v1.1 ----
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INTRODUCTION
To satisfy the long lasting audiophiles demand for a music scene of higher
quality than LAME mpeg compression encoding, and since nowdays space and
bandwidth are able to accomodate more, this set of rules were made to
initiate the LOSSLESS music scene space.
To avoid mistakes made in the music scene in the past, a group of old farts
gathered to decide upon these rules. A common understanding amongst all is
that material from non-physical media can easily be doubtful of its
origin of source and hence of questionable quality. To keep things simple
and to avoid mess as experienced in existing music scene, these rules
decided to strictly consider only physical media as a valid source.
NOTE: The definitions of these keywords are to be interpreted as follows:
MUSTobligatory (not allowed if not comply).
SHOULDsuggested.
CAN+MAYoptional (allowed if not comply).
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GENERAL
1.1 Releases must contain an SFV, NFO, JPG (proof).
1.2 Currently valid media sources are: CD, VINYL for the time being.
1.3 Bonus tracks from previously released albums must be released separately.
Mandatory BONUS_TRACKS dir tagging (ref to rule 3.6).
1.4 Releasing a previously released album again is only allowed if:
.1 The previous release was ripped from a lower quality source.
Higher to Lower: CD Vinyl
.2 The new release has 30 or 5 tracks more.
.3 The new release has bonus tracks and the previous release is older
than 91 days.
1.5 Trackfixes are not allowed, bad quality rips require a complete repack.
Obligatory -REPACK- dir tagging (ref to rule 3.6).
1.6 The following reasons can be a reason for a bad quality rip:
.1 One or more tracks from the release are incomplete or contain skips.
.2 The tracks are distorted and constantly clipping (eg. vinyl rips).
.3 The tracks contain a constant hiss which was avoidable (eg. vinyl rips)
NOTE: A -PROPER- rip with no hiss should exist. (also -PROPER- must
mention which release its propering in nfo).
1.7 If tracks from release were already pred as bonus or inside any other
reissue/limited/special/deluxe editions they will be considered as dupes.
1.8 The maximum directory and filename length is 128 characters. Directories
and filenames must only contain valid characters: a-z A-Z 0-9 _ . - ()
1.9 Releasing a retail is not allowed if its 100 identical to advance
release.
1.10 All CD releases (including mixed CDs / e.g. DJ-Mixes) MUST be ripped
as separated tracks according the TOC (Table Of Contents) on the CD.
The only occasion where a CD is released as one single track is when
there is only 1 track on the CD.
NOTE: Lossless data compression excludes the possibility of the introduction
of padding, all lossless audio file formats are inherently gapless.
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ENCODING CD/VINYL
2.1 Releases must be encoded using FLAC 1.2.1 with compression level 8 (best)
2.2 Encoding quality must be: 44.100 Hz / 16 bit PCM (2.0) for CD sources
and 48.000 Hz / 24 bit PCM (2.0) for VINYL sources.
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RELEASE NAME
3.1 The FLAC tag must be included in the release name before YEAR-GROUP.
3.2 Release name MUST contain: Artist, Title, Source, Year, Group.
3.3 Using CATALOGUE number in a release name is optional but recommended.
3.4 Currently valid SOURCE tags:
.1 CD, CDS, CDM, CDR, MCD, CDEP (2CD, 3CD etc.)
.2 VINYL, VLS, LP, MLP, EP (2VINYL, 3VINYL etc.)
3.5 Currently valid TYPE tags:
- Advance, Bonus, Bootleg, Deluxe, Digipak, Ltd, Limited, Mag, Magazine,
- Promo, Reissue, Remastered, Retail, Sampler, 7-Inch, 10-Inch, 12-Inch,
- Special, Collectors, Ed, Edition, Extra, Flexi, Split, Demo, Tracks.
3.5.1 TYPE can be a combination of the keywords featured in 3.5 rule using
the _ (underscore) space replacement. (eg. -Deluxe_Special_Edition-)
3.6 Currently recommended ADDITIONAL tags:
- DIRFIX, NFOFIX, PROPER, READNFO, REPACK, BONUS, RERIP.
3.7 LANGUAGE (LANG) must follow the ccTLD identifiers (2-chars):
http://www.iana.org/domains/root/db/
3.8 Mandatory release name formats:
- Artist-Title-SOURCE-FLAC-YEAR-GROUP
- Artist-Title-LANG-SOURCE-FLAC-YEAR-GROUP
- Artist-Title-LANG-TYPE-SOURCE-FLAC-YEAR-GROUP
- Artist-Title-(CATALOGUE)-LANG-ADDITIONAL-SOURCE-FLAC-YEAR-GROUP
- Artist-Title-(CATALOGUE)-LANG-TYPE-SOURCE-FLAC-YEAR-GROUP
- Artist-Title-(CATALOGUE)-LANG-ADDITIONAL-TYPE-SOURCE-FLAC-YEAR-GROUP
3.8.1 Any spaces in ARTIST and TITLE should be replaced with _ (underscore).
If ARTIST or TITLE has . (dots) or - (dash), it is encouraged to be
kept as close as they appear on the cover/booklet/physical medium,
but they do not have to be nuked if not.
3.9 .1 Internal releases must be tagged GRP_iNT or GRP_INT.
.2 Internal releases must follow FLAC ruleset.
.3 Internal releases must not dupe an existing one that is 732 days old
or newer.
3.10 YEAR tag must be the year when the record company/artist published it.
(example: release originally released in 1990, but rip is from 2000
reissue correct year would be 2000, with additional TYPE tagging.
3.11 LANGUAGE tag is MANDATORY for non english releases.
If the vocals are non-english and the majority of them must be described
using one TLD country code abbreviation, then the most appropriate
TLD SHOULD be chosen and MUST be used as a tag in the release name.
3.12 Typos in a release name ARE NOT TOLERATED. A proper ADDITIONAL tag must
be used to fix it -DIRFIX- (ref to rule 3.6).
NOTES:
- CATALOGUE + TYPE are optional tags. Altho when using, must be placed in
correct order.
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FILENAME
4.1 Filename must at least contain: Track number, Track artist, Track title.
4.2 All filenames (including SFV, NFO, JPG) should always be lowercase.
4.3 Track titles must be exactly the same as written on the covers/cd/inlay
and contain all additional infos like featured artists or remixers as
long it does not exceed the maximum filename length (see rule 1.8).
4.4 Recommended filename formats:
- nr-artist-title.flac
- nr-artist-title_(remixer_or_featured_artist).flac
- nr-artist-title__remixer.flac
- a1-artist-title.flac
- b2-artist-title.flac
4.5 Including -groupname in the filenames is allowed but not recommended.
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TAGS
5.1 Filenames must only contain vorbis comment tags.
Mandatory ogg comment tags must be unique
5.2 Tags must at least have: TRACKNUMBER, ARTIST, TITLE, ALBUM, GENRE,
DATE (format: YYYY).
5.3 FLAC PICTURE block must be empty. Any cover, booklet scans go with
additional covers, apply to rule 7.5
5.4 Tag field contents allow UTF-8 character encoding but it is recommended
to use ASCII characters as much as possible. The field contents should
not be internationalized; this is only a concession to simplicity not an
attempt to exclude the majority of the world that doesnt speak English.
5.5 For the time being GENRE tag MUST be the same for all the files of the
release and it MUST be one of the genres listed in the id3 specification
list: http://www.id3.org/id3v2.3.0#line-1089 and the additional nullsoft
genres index number 125 onwards. namely:
Goa, Drum Bass, Club House, Hardcore, Terror, Indie, BritPop,
Negerpunk, Polsk Punk, Beat, Christian Gangsta Rap, Heavy Metal,
Black Metal, Crossover, Contemporary Christian, Christian Rock,
Merengue, Salsa, Thrash Metal, Anime, JPop, Synthpop, Unknown.
5.5.1 These additional genres are considered valid for the previous ruleset
as well and any nuked releases for that reason should be unnuked.
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PROMO/BOOTLEG
6.1 Promo releases can always be duped by any retail release even if the
tracks on both releases are identical.
6.2 Promo releases with voice over, silence, cuts on tracks are not allowed.
6.3 A bootleg is a release or recording that was not officially released by
the artist or record company (unofficial / unlicensed recordings).
6.4 Conditions for bootleg releases are:
- There are no signs that the record company really released it.
- The artist or record company did not confirm the release as valid.
- The record company has no connection to the artist on the release.
- The record company does not exist and the release not self-released.
- The release is not available at at least three retail stores.
6.5 Currently valid retail stores (alphabetic order):
- www.amazon.com
- www.boomkat.com
- www.bestbuy.com
- www.cduniverse.com
- www.decks.de
- www.deejay.de
- www.hmv.com
- www.juno.co.uk
- www.sonymusicstore.com
- www.virgin.com
- www.ukdancerecords.com
- www.walmart.com
NOTE: The shop itself must sell the record, no private sellers.
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PROOF
7.1 Releases must always contain a proof CAMERA picture in JPG format.
7.2 Proof camera pictures must contain both, medium and cover together.
If cover isnt possible, a booklet or promo sheet or anything valid
proving ripper has release. If the medium/cover/booklet contain anything
that may expose your identity, then that part of image can be blurred or
blackened.
7.3 The proof picture MUST include small piece of paper over medium and/or
cover with GRP name.
Artist, title and any other relevant info that proves release, must not
be hidden behind the piece of paper.
7.4 GROUP tag must be photographed in the proof picture, software-edited
tags are considered invalid proof. Camera picture proof must not be
changed except to hide anything that might expose ripper (read rule 7.2).
7.5 Additional scans may be added but DO NOT count for proof.
7.6 Proof camera pictures resolution must be at least 640 width and 480
height in JPEG format.
Artist and/or album/single title must be clearly readable.
7.7 Proof fixes are not allowed, missing proof picture or bad resolution
requires a complete repack.
NOTE: EXIF metadata should be removed from JPEG files! Uniquely identifying
information such as the camera serial number and GPS coordinates can
pose a security threat if not removed, so this is very ESSENTIAL!
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CHANGELOG:
2011-10-03 first version (v1.0)
2011-10-10 rule 1.10 with NOTE added to forbid single file+cue unless
source is single track with index.
2011-10-10 rule 3.5.1 added (explanation for TYPE tag).
2011-10-10 rule 3.8.1 added (explanation for ARTIST and TITLE tags).
2011-10-10 rule 5.1 adjusted
2011-10-10 rule 5.5 adjusted
2011-10-10 rule 5.5.1 added
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Rules signed by (in alphabetic order):
2Eleven AUDIO BriBerY dL FWYH GRAVEWISH LITF MANDY PsyCZ SATURN SCORN SPL
FLAC rules V1.1 apply from 2011-10-03 00:00:00 GMT.
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