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[Site News] The New Verification and Star System Is Here!

Postby DMS » Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:53 pm

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Nothing says more that you are the real deal than your verified badge with your star rating on your profile page. The D.M.S. has a new verification system and the actual process has new rules as well!

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Effective April 26, 2016, and released as part of DMS version 3.1, our star rating system has been merged into the DMS verification process.

All services will continue to be reviewed by an unbiased professional mastering engineer who will generate our 'verified' badge, then rate your service according to a simple set of rules and guidelines which will continue to be discussed and debated here.

Disclaimer: The star rating system is not an indication of a mastering studio quality results but a combination of elements and criterias proprietary to the DMS co-admins. For example, a 3 star studio rating (3 of 5) is considered a high score while one star (1 of 5) is viewed as a modest but decent service.

Even when there are no stars in a studio profile page, there is no such thing as a bad service here at the DMS. There are only legit or fraudulent mastering studios on the web, in which case it would have neither a badge, nor stars to show for at the DMS.

If you are a mastering engineer or studio owner, feel free to join in the discussion to offer new ideas or propose changes.



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Attention Studio Owners: Our rules to rate a DMS studio have changed (revised on April 8, 2017) and are no longer a free service ($25):
Image 1 star (modest/decent service). Any service that has at least one (1) piece of gear (e.g. equalizer, compressor etc) characterized to be fairly commonly used in mastering. A professional set of mastering speakers could also be considered to meet this minimum requirement.

Image Image 2 stars (good service). Any service that has in addition to mastering equipment one (1) dedicated mastering room.

Image Image Image 3 stars (very good). Any service that has at least one (1) mastering engineer providing services in the business for at least five (5) years (verifiable via Allmusic.com).

Image Image Image Image 4 stars (outstanding). A service that meets all the requirements for 3 stars but had at least one (1) artist who is considered to be "A List", and/or had at least one (1) of its clients nominated for a music award (e.g. Grammy, Oscar, Dove, etc).

Image Image Image Image Image 5 stars (top of the line) A service whose work has produced at least one (1) accolade for its clientele (e.g. Grammy, Oscar, Dove, etc) and it can be verified by the usual channels, for example, Grammy.com.

All studio owners requesting star rating are advised to provide via email or PM any links and/or attachments that might help confirm any claims made on their websites.

In addition, the guidelines above are not ironclad rules to rate mastering studios.
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The purpose of the D.M.S. is twofold; build the best directory of mastering studios in the world and help empower the general public to find their ideal mastering service by offering them total transparency of the music mastering online market.

Most importantly to you, the studio owner, we are building the first true support system for all the mastering engineers of today and the future generations of tomorrow.



The following are the old rules to rate a studio and no longer apply:

Image 1 star (modest service). When admin finds errors with an url website and/or contact information and is unable to contact the studio. Also, when it is assumed that you are a new studio service or someone with no previous mastering work history.

Image Image 2 stars (good service). A studio that has a verifiable online service without a website, and otherwise has filled out everything else (e.g. a physical legal address). Special precaution will be taken with a member using a country, a region, or a province location in the world as an official studio address.

Though sometimes this could be unverifiable, a member simply doesn't realize the importance of having a legal or physical address listed on his own web site. A co-admin could investigate and probably fill that out after taking it from social media pages (e.g. Facebook) or the member's web site, but they are not required to do that.

Image Image Image 3 stars (very good). A service that has filled out at minimum our 3 required fields when publishing a studio page and has a verifiable physical address.

Image Image Image Image 4 stars (outstanding). A service that has filled out all our primary fields (the navy blue areas of the form) and has included gear list and pictures. A service that a co-admin considers, in terms of presentation and professionalism, outstanding.

While we won't rate based upon the quality of the gear, there should be at least one piece that is fairly commonly used for mastering. A professional set of mastering speakers could also be considered to meet this minimum requirement.

Image Image Image Image Image 5 stars (top of the line) Admin discretion only. A service that a co-admin considers, in terms of presentation and professionalism, outstanding and has either the an acoustically designed room, top of the line mastering gear and/or A-list clientele to boot.
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  • Re: [DMS Update] The New Verification and Star System Is Her

    Postby DMS » Sun May 01, 2016 3:00 am

    BorisV wrote:Effective April 26, 2016, and released as part of DMS version 3.1, our star rating system has been merged into the DMS verification process.

    If you are a mastering engineer or studio owner, feel free to join in the discussion to offer new ideas or propose changes.

    Here are our current rules to rate a studio:

    Image 1 star (the new default). If admin finds errors with contact information and is unable to contact the studio.


    After reading some of the comments at the new Gearslutz thread here, effective May 1, 2016, the new star rating default is 0 stars (none). This is to reduce a bit the noise floor level or expand our headroom, however you want to look at it.

    This means that if a new studio entry (for whatever reason) is aborted at our page builder interface, the resulting page will not only look pretty sad & empty, but also starless. We have to liken the creation of pages to the filling out of an application form prior to an audition. If you don't fill out the form, then you don't get auditioned (reviewed).

    Then our search engine will ignore those pages until the studio owner takes action. And, if a visitor browsing for studios in our directory (i.e., not using the search filters) stumbles upon one of these pages, the stark differences between our best profiles will be sufficient reason (I think) to hit back button and move on to the next service.

    What do you guys think?

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