AES Technical Committee

Acoustics and Sound Reinforcement

Chair:    Kurt M. Graffy      Send Email
Chair:    Adam Hill      Send Email
Vice Chair:    Scott Burgess      Send Email
Vice Chair:    Alejandro Bidondo      Send Email
Forum:    Committee Discussion Forum

The committee's work is concerned with the following areas of interest as applied to audio engineering: general acoustics, architectural acoustics including building acoustics and room acoustics (including measurement, design, and simulation), electroacoustic systems (including virtual reality, virtual acoustics, and signal processing), psychoacoustics and physiological acoustics, noise control, sound and vibration isolation.

Resources & Events

The TC on Acoustics and Sound Reinforcement helps to maintain a Topic Website on Acoustics and Sound Reinforcement.

Areas of Concentration

  1. Auralization
  2. Electroacoustic Systems
  3. Electronic Architecture
  4. General Acoustics
  5. Noise Control
  6. Physiological Acoustics
  7. Psychoacoustics
  8. Room Acoustics
  9. Sound and Vibration Isolation

Recent/Planned Activities

3rd International Conference on Sound Reinforcement

30 August - 2 September 2017 | Struer, Denmark

Organized as a followup to the Montreal Conference (see below), this event will focus on the unique challenges of sound reinforcement in open air venues. For more information and the Call for Contributions, please see the Events tab above.

Sound Reinforcement Conference Montreal

TCASR Co-chair Peter Mapp & Wieslaw Woszczyk organised a 3 day Sound Reinforcement Conference held at McGill University in July. This was the first AES sound reinforcement conference for 25 years and coincided nicely with the centenary of the first use of a large scale PA system. The conference attracted more than 150 attendees coming from as far away as China, Australia, Japan Europe and of course the USA. The conference was conceived to be a workshop / tutorial based event with focusing on the practical side of the discipline. This approach was complimented by a series of papers. Many of ‘The names’ in the industry where present, enabling attendees to spent some quality time with their peers. A full conference report will appear in the December issue of the journal. At the New York TCASR meeting, a number of ideas were discussed for potential Tutorials and Workshops for the upcoming Paris and Los Angeles conventions.

AES Sound Reinforcement Conference – Montréal 15-17 July

The AES Sound Reinforcement conference program and speakers has been announced. Full details are available at There is a packed program of talks and papers from some of the world’s leading sound system designers, manufacturers and installers as well as a series of ancillary workshops and lectures on loudspeakers, array technology, microphones and signal processing and amplifiers. There are also tutorials on Hearing and Sound System Intelligibility, bass control and electroacoustic enhancement systems. There are preconference tours of a number of local facilities as well as installation tours during the conference itself. You can’t afford not to be there – so join us in Montreal in July !

Conference topics

Sound Reinforcement in Arenas, Stadiums, Theaters,

Houses of Worship and Auditoria

*Audio Control Systems & Networks

*Assistive Listening Installations & Technology

*Electronic Architecture & Reverberation Enhancement

*Advances in Transducer and Component Technologies

*Measurement Techniques and Equipment

*Sound System Modeling and Auralization

*Active Array Techniques

*Bass Frequency Control

*Sound System Optimization

*Hearing & Hearing Conservation

*Speech Intelligibility

*Wireless Technology

Want to contribute?

If you are interested in participating in the committee's work please send an e-mail to one of the two chairs (Kurt Graffy or Adam Hill) and (preferably) show up at the committee meetings. The committee communicates via e-mail and the TC forum but meetings are held at both US and European AES conventions.

Meeting Report:

These documents do not necessarily express the official position of the AES on the issues discussed at these meetings, and only represent the views of committee members participating in the discussion. Any unauthorized use of these publications is prohibited. Authorization must be obtained from the Executive Director of the AES: Email, Tel: +1 212 661 8528, Address: 551 Fifth Ave., Suite 1225, New York, New York 10176, USA.

2017-11-10     143rd New York Meeting Minutes
Description: Minutes of the TCASR meeting held at the 143rd Convention in New York on 19 October 2017.

2017-6-23     142nd Berlin Meeting Minutes
Description: Minutes of the TCASR meeting held at the 142nd Convention in Berlin on 21 May 2017.

2016-11-21     141st Los Angeles Meeting Minutes
Description: Minutes of the Technical Committee meeting held at The AES 141st Conference in Los Angeles, September 29th 2016, 10:00 – 11:00 am.

2016-3-21     59th Conference Report
Description: Conference report from the 59th AES conference on Sound Reinforcement Engineering an Technology

2014-11-2     AES 137 Los Angeles Meeting Minutes
Description: Minutes of TC Meeting held at AES 137 Los Angeles October 9, 2014

2014-10-5     AES 136 TCASR 2014 Berlin Minutes
Description: Meeting Minutes from Berlin and Agenda for LA

2013-11-10     AES 135 TCASR NY 2013 Minutes
Description: Meeting Minutes NY TCASR 2013

2012-10-25     AES 131 TCASR NY 2011 Minutes
Description: TCASR Meeting Minutes, NYC Oct 22, 2011

2012-5-10     TC ASR 132nd minutes
Description: Minutes of the TC ASR meeting during the 132nd AES Convention in Budapest

2012-4-24     TC ASR Agenda 132nd
Description: TC ASR Agenda 132nd Convention meeting

2009-11-18     Minutes - 122nd Convention
Description: Meeting report

2007-12-5     AES 122 TCASR Vienna 2007 Minute
Description: Meeting Notes from the TCASR Meeting in Vienna May 2007

2007-12-5     AES 123 TCASR 2007 New York Minutes
Description: TCASR Meeting Notes from New York October 2007

2007-5-3     AES 121 TCASR 2006 San Francisco minutes
Description: Chairperson's minutes

2006-9-30     AES_120_TCASR_2006_Paris minutes
Description: minutes AES_120_TCASR_2006_Paris

2006-9-30     AES_117_TCASR_2004_San_Francisco minutes
Description: minutes AES_117_TCASR_2004_San_Francisco

2006-9-30     AES_114_TCASR_2003_Amsterdam minutes
Description: minutes AES_114_TCASR_2003_Amsterdam

2006-9-30     AES_112_TCASR_2002_Munich minutes
Description: minutes AES_112_TCASR_2002_Munich

2006-9-30     AES_111_TCASR_2001_New_York minutes
Description: minutes AES_111_TCASR_2001_New_York

2006-9-30     AES_110_TCASR_2001_Amsterdam minutes
Description: minutes AES_110_TCASR_2001_Amsterdam

2006-9-30     AES_109_TCASR_2000_Los_Angeles minutes
Description: minutes AES_109_TCASR_2000_Los_Angeles

1999-10-8     AES 92 TCASR San Fransisco 1992 minutes
Description: Chairman's minutes

1999-10-4     AES 92 TCASR 1992 Vienna minutes
Description: Chairman's minutes

1999-10-3     AES 107 TCASR 1999 New York minutes
Description: Chairman's minutes

1999-10-3     AES 103 TCASR 1997 New York minutes
Description: Chairman's minutes

1999-10-3     AES 99 TCASR 1995 New York minutes
Description: Chairman's minutes

1999-10-3     AES 98 TCASR 1995 Paris minutes
Description: Chairman's minutes

1999-10-3     AES 97 TCASR 1994 San Francisco minutes
Description: Chairman's minutes

1999-10-3     AES 96 TCASR 1994 Amsterdam minutes
Description: Chairman's minutes

1999-10-3     AES 95 TCASR 1993 New York minutes
Description: Chairman's minutes

1999-10-3     AES 94 TCASR 1993 Berlin minutes
Description: Chairman's minutes

1999-10-3     AES 93 TCASR 1992 San Francisco minutes
Description: Chairman's minutes

1999-10-3     AES 92 TCASR 1992 Vienna minutes
Description: Chairman's minutes

Committee Members

 Douglas McKinnie  Francis Rumsey  Jim Brown 
 Jan Voetmann  Kurt M. Graffy  Peter Svensson 
 Mendel Kleiner  Neil A. Shaw  Wieslaw Woszczyk 
 Peter Mapp  Soren Bech  Wolfgang Ahnert 
 Diemer de Vries  Richard S Stroud  J M Woodgate 
 Bruce Olson  Eddy Bogh Brixen  Bernardus Kok 
 David Andrews  Robert Lee  Scott Burgess 
 Alan Clayton  Elena Shabalina  Adam Hill 
 Christian Frick  Hessam Alavi  Alejandro Bidondo 

To request membership in this Technical Committee please email the Chair by using the link above.

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