AES Technical Committee

Microphones and Applications

Chair:    Helmut Wittek      Send Email
Vice Chair:    David Josephson      Send Email

Over the past half century, developments in electronics have removed nearly every electrical limitation in audio performance. However, the transducers at the ends of the signal chain remain the main source of nonlinearity in reproduced sound. This committee serves as a focal point for information on new theories and techniques in microphone transducer technology and application.


Areas of Concentration

  • Design Theory
  • Promoting Awareness of Emerging Technologies
  • Analog, Power and Digital Interface Methods
  • Objective Measurement Techniques
  • Subjective Measurement Techniques
  • Psychoacoustic Interpretation of Performance
  • Specifications Correlated with Perception

Current Areas Of Work

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

Detailed Microphone Specifications

Despite efforts of the IEC and other standards bodies, microphone manufacturers have not adopted a standard method for measuring microphone performance and presenting these specifications to their customers. In conjunction with AES Standards Committee Working Group SC-04-04 on Microphone Characterization, we are attempting to develop and refine the interface between microphone maker and (potential) user, so that the user can have a clearer idea of the microphone performance characteristics that the maker intends.


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.

2016-6-23     Minutes 140th Convention
Description: Report of the TC-MA Meeting in conjunction with the Paris convention

2014-11-23     Minutes - AES 137th Convention
Description: Report on TC meeting held in conjunction with the 137th AES convention LA, CA, USA, October 10th 2014

2014-1-9     Minutes - AES 135th Convention
Description: Report on TC meeting held in conjunction with the 135th AES convention New York, NY, USA, October 17th 2013

2013-8-22     Minutes - AES 134th Convention
Description: TCMA meeting report, May 5th 2013

2013-8-22     Minutes - AES 133rd Convention
Description: TCMA meeting report, October 27th 2012

2012-6-2     Minutes - 132nd Convention
Description: TCMA meeting report, April 28th 2012

2011-11-17     Minutes - 131st Convention
Description: TCMA meeting report, October 20th 2011

2011-6-22     Minutes - 130th Convention
Description: TCMA meeting report, May 14th 2011

2010-10-30     Munutes - 128th Convention
Description: TCMA meeting report, May 22nd 2010

2009-11-18     Minutes - 123rd Convention
Description: Meeting report

2009-11-18     Minutes - 125th Convention
Description: Meeting report

2009-11-18     Minutes - 126th Convention
Description: Meeting report

2009-11-18     Minutes - 127th Convention
Description: TCMA meeting report

2006-5-24     Minutes - 120th Convention
Description: Minutes from the meeting of the Technical Committee on Microphones and Applications from the 120th International Convention. (2006 05 20 - Paris)

2006-5-14     Minutes - 119th Convention
Description: Minutes from the meeting of the Technical Committee on Microphones and Applications from the 119th International Convention. (2005 10 10 - New York)

2005-6-12     Minutes - 118th Convention
Description: Minutes from the meeting of the Technical Committee on Microphones and Applications from the 118th International Convention. (2005 05 28 - Barcelona)

2004-11-15     Minutes - 117th Convention
Description: Minutes from the meeting of the Technical Committee on Microphones and Applications from the 117th International Convention. (2004 10 29 - San Francisco)

2004-5-23     Minutes - 116th Convention
Description: Minutes from the meeting of the Technical Committee on Microphones and Applications from the 116th International Convention. (2004 05 10 - Berlin)

2003-11-10     Minutes - 115th Convention
Description: Minutes from the meeting of the Technical Committee on Microphones and Applications from the 115th International Convention. (2003 10 10 - New York)


Technical Report:

2014-7-16     Emerging trends
Description: Emerging technology trends - Technical Committee on Microphones and Applications.


Committee Members

 Bob Moses  David Josephson  Douglas McKinnie 
 Hans-Elias de Bree  Steven Lee  Robert Schulein 
 Ronald Ajemian  Wieslaw Woszczyk  Tony Faulkner 
 Wolfgang Niehoff  Tad Rollow  Stephan Peus 
 Jim Bobisuthi  Mark Gilbert  Richard Barnert 
 Norbert Sobol  Ronald Streicher  Eddy Bogh Brixen 
 George Massenburg  Kelly Kay  Geoff Martin 
 Morten Stove  Stephen Thompson  Michael Daley 
 Osman Isvan  Rachel Uwa  Jackie Green 
 Roger Grinnip  Yong Khian Chew  Jean-Pol Gerard 
 Hans van Maanen  Robert Baum  J M Woodgate 
 Christopher Struck  Antonio Oliart  Kenneth Platz 
 Rene Moerch  Julien Bergere  Helmut Wittek 
 Brandie Lane  Ole Dahl Moesmann  CheahHeng Tan 
 Stacey Turtscher  Hans Riekehof-Boehmer  Andy Pearce 

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

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