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Support AES Standards Activity - Become a Standards Sustainer!

The Audio Engineering Society Standards Committee is at the forefront of defining and codifying best practices for audio engineering. From its first standard on playback equalization in 1951, through its pioneering work in digital audio interfaces (AES-3) and measurement (AES-17), up to the recent work in networking digital audio (AES-67), the AES has become the premier organization for developing standards for audio engineering. This work is international in scope, uniting researchers and practitioners from around the world, creating standards with broad and lasting impact. New technologies lead to new products, new workflows and new businesses. The AES Standards Committee is there every step of the way, uniting leaders in each segment of the field and facilitating innovation that fuels growth within audio. The AESSC provides the mechanism for diverse interests to gather, cooperate and create audio standards in a forum fully sanctioned under international legal norms.

Unlike other organizations, the AES does not charge individuals or their companies for participating in standards development. This helps AES standards reflect a consensus between all interested parties, not just the largest and best funded. From the beginning of the AES Standards activities it was felt that open participation would yield better standards. Even small companies who couldn't afford to pay for participation would have a voice and insure that standards served broader applications than just what their major proponents could forsee. This openness also encourages innovation. Many of the brightest people are in small companies or are independent.

Becoming an AES Standards Sustainer provides much needed funding, allowing the AES to continue this open development model, and insures that these standards are in place when you need them.

Please click here for more information on the AESSC.

Standards Sustainer Recognition and Benefits

The AES website is a portal to a number of important member services, which is accessed over 1 million times by audio professionals every year. As a Standards Sustainer, your brand will have a high profile with the international audio community via:

  • Listing on the inside cover of every AES standard (download an illustrative example here)
  • Your company logo on the AES standards home page
  • Linking from the online Standards Sustainer List to your website
  • Use of the AES Standards Sustainer logo on your web site and promotional materials
  • Recognition in the Convention program materials
  • Listing in the Journal of the AES
  • Free downloads of AES Standards (number of licensed users scales with Sustainer Level)

Levels of Support

The Standards Sustainer program offers four levels of support. Each comes with its own logo identifying the support level you have selected.

  • Standards Sustainer Basic: $1,000 annually, 5 licensed users
  • Standards Sustainer Silver: $2,000 annually, 15 licensed users
  • Standards Sustainer Gold: $5,000 annually, 50 licensed users
  • Standards Sustainer Platinum: $10,000 annually, 200 licensed users
Click here for a list of current Standards Sustainers.

Please support the AES Standards Committee and the valuable work it does for the audio industry. To sign up or to get more information, contact the AES Standards Manager.

Contact

Dr. Richard C. Cabot
AES Standards Manager

AES - Audio Engineering Society