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Journal & E-Library

AES Members receive an online subscription to the renowned Journal of the AES, including all back issues to 1953, plus access to over 17,000 publications in the AES E-Library, the preeminent source of audio science and practice.


Learn from the masters via our growing AES Live library of video presentations
captured at events around the world.

Inside Track

And don't miss our latest online publication - AES Inside Track, featuring important innovations, best practices, people, and tips on a hot topic each month, available exclusively via the AES Member Portal.

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  • Global Events

    Stay plugged in with your peers and industry leaders internationally and online.

  • Local Meetings

    Connect with your peers close to home.

  • Online Profile

    Build a profile in our searchable "Find an Engineer" directory.

  • Job Board

    Find your next career (or employee) on our acclaimed Job Board.

  • Refer a Friend

    Our new Refer a Friend program rewards you for sharing AES with your colleagues, and keeps the AES community buzzing with interesting new people.

  • AES Opens Doors!

    If you're just getting started in your legendary audio career, AES is the proverbial "back door" to the industry.


  • AES Event Discounts
  • AES Store Discounts
  • AES Partner Discounts
  • 30% discount off Focal Press books
  • Discounts on Apple products (USA/Canada, Japan)
  • 20% discount on Sound Particles software
  • Discounts on Dell products (USA only)

AES Members enjoy the lowest prices for AES events, publications, and merchandise, plus exclusive discounts from our partners.


A Member may be anyone active in audio engineering or acoustics who has an academic degree or the equivalent in scientific or professional experience in audio engineering and its allied arts and is familiar with the application of engineering principles and data in that field.

A Member can vote in Society elections, hold office (e.g. Board of Governors, Board of Directors), and Members with public online profiles appear in the results of "Find an Audio Engineer" searches.

After you have become an Associate Member you will be invited to upgrade to Member status.

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If you already are an Associate Member you can Apply for Member Status.

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An Associate Member may be anyone interested in audio engineering and in the society's objectives, but who does not yet have the degree or the equivalent in professional experience required of a Member.

Associate membership includes all the privileges except voting, holding office or chairmanships, although Associate Members can serve on a professional section committee.

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A Student Member may be any student interested in audio engineering and enrolled in an audio program at a school, college, or university. Students may claim status as Student Members during any period(s) of academic training. These need not be consecutive but cannot exceed a total of 10 years. After 10 years a current Student Member will be converted to Associate Member according to the Recent Graduate fee schedule below.

Recent Graduate Fee Schedule - only available to current AES Student Members:
First year post-graduation: $50 (Student rate)
Second year post-graduation: $75
Third year post-graduation: $100
Fourth year post-graduation: $125 (Associate Member rate)

Please note that an AES Student Member loses eligibility for the Recent Graduate discount if the membership lapses anytime within the first 3 years after graduation.

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Life Membership recognizes long-standing members’ support for the Audio Engineering Society. Any Member or Fellow in good standing who has been a paid member for at least 25 years and a Member of the Society for at least the past five, may, when he or she reaches the age of 65, apply for life membership status and be exempt from paying dues from that time onwards. This includes all the existing privileges of their membership category plus the online edition of the AES Journal. In line with other membership categories, Life members also have the option to subscribe to the printed edition of the Journal at the prevailing rates.

If you believe you meet the above criteria you can request an upgrade to Life Membership.

Sustaining Membership is available to organizations who wish to support the AES.

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Gifting an AES membership - new or renewal - allows the person of your choice all the benefits of AES membership for one complete year (or more). AES is the only society devoted exclusively to audio technology.

For professionals that means instant access to latest developments and events in the audio industry and networking opportunities.

For students, it opens the doors to their future industry connecting them to the world's greatest professional and education audio network.

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