AES Technical Committee

Audio for Cinema

Chair:    Julian Pinn      Send Email
Chair:    Julius Newell      Send Email
Forum:    Committee Discussion Forum


With the 57th Conference on the Future of Audio in Entertainment now a happy memory, our attention is turned to the 138th Convention in Warsaw, Poland.

We are planning the usual array of workshops for this European Convention, the first visit by the AES to Warsaw.

The calendar of events is available here:

We are also planning a site visit to the world class Dreamsound Studios in Warsaw for a Dolby Atmos demo.

We look to seeing everyone there.

Areas of Concentration

We look forward to seeing our European AES members at the Paris Palais des Congrès, June 4-7.

The agenda for our next TC meeting will be posted shortly, and will also be emailed to registered participants of the committee.

Current Areas Of Work

Standards work to produce a modern, workable, and accurate procedure to test and calibrate a sound system is underway as SC-04-08.

Cinema Loudness: a study group, led by Eelco Grimm, is working on a report dealing with aspects of this issue.

Subbass Loudness/Measurement: We are continuing to have discussions on this issue, raised at the 57th Conference in Hollywood and discussed in New York.


At the recently concluded 57th Conference in Hollywood, several items were identified as action items by the Conference.

One of these is the issue of bass management.

The SMPTE B-Chain Report issued last October identified bass and subbass as a major area of discrepancy between both the dubbing rooms as well as the cinemas. Additionally, this confusion about audio in the bass region has spilled over into home theater and music production. This is what happens when no Standards exist.

I'd like to announce the formation of a task group as part of AC to look at the issue, and provide recommendations that may be the basis of a new AES Standard in this area.

I expect the group to be activated on the website shortly, and a chair to this group will be appointed prior to the Warsaw Convention.

I look forward to the participation of a cross-section of entertainment audio production experts so that we can handle this issue in a comprehensive manner.

Meeting Report:

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2013-7-11     Loudness Metering
Description: Engineering Brief presented at Rome 134 by Alessandro Travaglini

Technical Report:

2013-7-11     HELM: High Efficiency Loudness Model for Broadcast Content
Description: Paper from Budapest 132 on HELM: High Efficiency Loudness Model for Broadcast Content, submitted by Alessandro Travaglini, et. al.

2013-7-11     Defining the Listening Comfort Zone in Broadcasting through the analysis of the Maximum Loudness Levels
Description: Paper presented at Budapest 132 by Alessandro Travaglini, et. al. on loudness broadcast issues

2012-4-27     Cinema & Home Theater Audio Compatibility
Description: "Implications of Standards Changes in Cinema Sound on DVD and Home Theater" Wilfried Van Baelen

2012-4-21     A New Draught Proposal for the Calibration of Sound in Cinema Rooms
Description: A New Draft Proposal for the Calibration of Sound in Cinema Rooms from Philip Newell

2012-4-15     Is the X Curve Damaging Our Enjoyment of Cinema?
Description: A technical examination of the theory behind the X-curve. Paper originally given to SMPTE 2011 Sydney Conference by Glenn Leembruggen

2012-4-11     Dr. Toole Presentation on Cinema Audio
Description: A PowerPoint presentation prepared by Dr. Floyd Toole concerning issues of audio reproduction and the current standards

2012-4-11     Newell et. al. Cinema Standardization V.2
Description: Reference documents from Philip Newell et. al. on Cinema Standardization


2015-4-21     TC SDCTV Agenda Warsaw
Description: Agenda for TC Meeting in Warsaw, Poland

2015-4-21     138th/TC-SDCTV Agenda
Description: Agenda for the SDCTV Committee meeting at the 138th Convention

2014-7-10     Nordtest Room Calibration Method
Description: This documents the Nordtest method of in-situ measurements of permanently installed public address systems, submitted to SC-04-08 by Mr. Brixen. This document was suggested by chair Ben Kok as a good starting point for comment and revision as the Standards group works towards a cinema sound calibration Standard.

2013-10-11     TC-SDCTV 135 Agenda (v2.0)
Description: Second draft version of TC Agenda for New York 135th Convention

2013-9-10     AES 135 TC AGENDA (V1.0)
Description: Agenda for TC meeting in New York

2013-7-11     High Efficiency Loudness Model
Description: Powerpoint from Alessandro Travaglini, et. al. for reference in Cinema Loudness Group

2013-4-22     ROME TC MEETING AGENDA - v4
Description: One additional discussion item added under "Immersive Audio"

2013-4-20     ROME AGENDA - TC-SDCTV v3
Description: Updated version 3 of agenda for TC meeting in Rome, Italy

2013-4-17     ROME AGENDA - TC-SDCTV
Description: Draft agenda for our TC meeting in Rome, Italy during the 134th Convention.

2012-10-13     SFO TC SDCTV MEETING AGENDA v2.0
Description: Revised meeting agenda for TC meeting at San Francisco convention. Meeting time scheduled for Sunday, Oct 28, at 9AM.

2012-10-1     TC SDCTV Meeting Agenda (v1.0)
Description: Proposed agenda for the TC Sound for Digital Cinema and Television. Note a discussion on room measurement techniques and sound system performance may be proposed to become standards work

2012-4-11     Budapest April 28 Agenda
Description: Agenda for Budapest TC Meeting of this Group

Committee Members

 Floyd Toole  Kurt M. Graffy  Neil A. Shaw 
 Peter Mapp  Robert Ellis-Geiger  Robert Schulein 
 Garry Margolis  Glenn A. Leembruggen  David Weinberg 
 David Murphy  Kevin Gross  Scott Norcross 
 Andreas Floros  Esben Skovenborg  Nuno Fonseca 
 Charles van Winkle  Jeff Levison  Vene Garcia 
 Steve Martz  Phil Manchester  Linda Gedemer 
 Paul Keller  Carlos Ronconi  Curt Hoyt 
 Philip Newell  Gunter Oehme  David Revel 
 Brian Vessa  Alessandro Travaglini  Kent Siew 
 Sean Richardson  Wilfried Van Baelen  Shusen WANG 
 Miles Rogers  Mark Genfan  Julius Newell 
 Ron Lagerlof  Jennifer Rarick  Dmitri Chernov 
 M.K. Ramkrishnan  Peter Soper  Darren Ma 
 Rod Elliott  Bob Claeys  Chuck Mulhearn 
 John Burnett  Nicolas Hamon  Steve Haas 
 Brian Claypool  Ioan Allen  Douglas Greenfield 
 John Murray  Robert Lee  Eelco Grimm 
 Bruce Black  Charles Robinson  Julian Pinn 
 Alan Haigh  Florian Camerer  Phillip Williams 
 Kazuho Ono  Sunil G. Bharitkar  Andrew Poulain 
 Richard Van Everdingen  Bert Van Daele  Kate Tary 
 Tamas Szekely  Roger Dressler  Steve Strassberg 
 Dr. Gerhard Bauer  Fei Yu  Mark Mayfield 
 Michael Kratschmer  Paul Tapper  Steven Ghouti 
 Frédéric Sauvé  Shawn Nageli  Stephanie Willis 
 Reginald Walsan  Samuel Nucach  Arjun Demeyere 

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