Technical Committees: Current Areas Of Work

Network Audio Systems
  • Collected papers on audio networking
Coding of Audio Signals
  • Parametric Multi-Channel Audio Coding
  • Parametric Multi-Object Audio Coding
  • Low Delay General Audio Coding
Recording Technology and Practices

The Technical Committee of Studio Practices and Production is currently collaborating with the Producer's and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy in several areas.

In the area of Master Delivery Recommendations, we support a best-practices document that is released to both the AES and the NARAS constituencies.

Also, we are currently developing high-resolution, surround demonstrations for the upcoming AES Convention in San Francisco in the fall of 2006. These demonstrations will be hands-on with broad interaction between the audiencees and well-known practitioners in the field.

Microphones and Applications

At this moment the TCMA is providing input for workshops, tutorials, etc. to be held in conjunction with society conventions.

Hearing and Hearing Loss Prevention
  1. Organizing a 2nd International AES Conference on Hearing and Hearing Loss Prevention
  2. Re-starting an program to provide hearing screening testing at AES Conventions in the US and Europe.
  3. Organize a Special issue of JAES on hearing and Hearing Loss Prevention topics.
Audio Forensics
  • To extend knowledge of audio forensic practice and techniques world-wide
  • To identify areas requiring additional research
  • To bring together professionals and students in the area of audio forensics
  • To encourage publication of papers, and to arrange tutorials, conferences and workshops, within the AES
  • To support standards committees on forensic audio via fostering of refereed journal publications
Sound for Digital Cinema and Television

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

Committee chair Ben Kok has asked that members read and comment on a submitted "starting point" document on the Nordtest Method of Calibrating PA Systems. This document is available from the technical library below. Please download this document and take the time to comment on sections of this method prior to the next meeting cycle at AES 137 in October.

Standards work has been proposed to develop systems to educate the sound production community in evaluating overall sound levels being re-recorded for films, along with tools that can be used by cinema operators to protect their audiences from overly-loud movies.

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