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Established in 1948, the Audio Engineering Society (AES) draws its membership from amongst engineers, scientists, manufacturers and other organizations and individuals with an interest or involvement in the professional audio industry. They are mainly engineers developing devices or products for audio, and also people working in audio content production.

The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Its membership of leading engineers, scientists and other authorities has increased dramatically throughout the world, greatly boosting the society's stature and that of its members in a truly symbiotic relationship.

The organisation develops, reviews and publishes engineering standards for the audio and related media industries, and produces the AES Conventions, which are held twice a year alternating between Europe and the USAmarker. The AES and individual regional or national "Sections" also hold AES Conferences on different topics during the year.

The AES publishes a peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society (JAES).

The idea of a society dedicated solely to audio engineering had been discussed for some time before the first meeting, but was first proposed in print in a letter by Frank E. Sherry, of Victoria, Texas, in the December 1947 issue of the magazine Audio Engineering. A New York engineer, C.J. LeBel, then published a letter in response the following month asking for interested persons to contact him.

What came to be the AES was formed at an organizational meeting at RCA Victor Studios in New York City on February 17, 1948. Its first membership meeting followed on March 11, drawing primarily from the area's broadcast and recording operations. The guest speaker at the first meeting was Harry F. Olson, a prominent engineer and scientist at RCA and author of Acoustical Engineering.

AES Standards

The AES publishes a number of standards on the subject of both analog and digital audio recording. Additional information is available on
  • AES3, commonly known as AES/EBU, for digital audio interconnection
  • AES10, commonly known as MADI, for multichannel digital audio interconnection
  • AES11 for digital audio synchronization
  • AES47 for sending AES3 digital audio data over Asynchronous Transfer Mode networks.
  • AES53 for assigning absolute times to the time markers provided by AES47.

AES Gold Medal recipients

The AES Gold Medal is the Society's highest honor, and given in recognition of outstanding achievements, sustained over a period of years, in the field of Audio Engineering. The award was established in 1971; it was formerly known as the John H. Potts Memorial Award.

Awardees in chronological order

Officers and Key Staff

President: Diemer de Vries

President-Elect: Jim Kaiser

Past President: Jim Anderson

Treasurer: Garry Margolis

Secretary: Bob Lee

Vice President Eastern Region US & Canada: Peter Cook

Vice President Central Region US & Canada: Frank Wells

Vice President Western Region US & Canada: Sean Olive

Vice President Latin America Region: Joel Brito

Vice President Northern Region Europe: Jan Pedersen

Vice President Central Region Europe: Bozena Kostek

Vice President Southern Region Europe: Antonio Oliveira

Vice President International Region: Kimio Hamasaki

Governors: Durand Begault, David Bowles, Michael Fleming, David Josephson, David Murphy, Agnieszka Roginska

Executive Director: Roger K. Furness

Webmaster: Steve Johnson

Controller: Christine Carleo

Editor, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society: John Vanderkooy

Chair, 124th AES Convention (held May 2008, Amsterdam): Peter Swarte

Co-chairs, 125th AES Convention (held October 2008, San Francisco): John Strawn and Valerie Tyler

Chair, 126th AES Convention (held May 2009, Munich): Martin Wöhr

Chair, 127th AES Convention (held October 2009, New York): Agnieszka Roginska

British Section

The AES British section, which is the largest outside the US, issues a monthly newsletter and holds regular lectures, usually in London, with occasional visits to studios and other places of interest [98946]. Lectures, which are often on topics of topical interest to audio enthusiasts are usually recorded, with past lectures available to all as free MP3 downloads, sometimes with accompanying slides in PDF format [98947].

See also


  1. About the Audio Engineering Society. Award Guidelines
  2. AES Awards winners

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