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AES74 Conformance Questionnaire has been published

The AES has launched a survey on AES74 Conformance.  This survey will assess the conformance of various media network directory schemes with AES74, the recently-published AES standard that sets forth technical requirements for media network directories and related services.

The survey is based on a downloadable questionnaire that may be filled out by proponents of directory schemes, by AES standards workers, or by a collaboration of the two. 

The completed questionnaires will be collated and summarized by AES standards workers.  Survey conclusions will be published in an AES Report.  AES Reports are non-normative documents that provide information.

The survey will not evaluate, review, or compare directory schemes or their implementations.  It will simply report on the AES74 conformance of each.

The results will be of interest to network media equipment manufacturers, to media system designers, and to media company technical architects and strategists.

Proponents of all media network directory schemes, whether public or proprietary, are encouraged to download and complete the survey instrument and forward the results to the AES according to the instructions given in the document. 

If you make, use, or know of a directory scheme that should be included, please email comments@standards.aes.org.

The AES Standards Committee has identified a list of well-known directory schemes it believes should be represented in the survey.  Members of AES Standards Task Group AES-SC-02-12-N will be explicitly contacting the owners of these schemes to ensure their representation in the final report.

The closing date for completed questionnaire submission is  February 28, 2021.

View / Download the questionnaire

Posted on November 3, 2020 at 6:00:00 AM EST



AESSC October 2020 meeting reports are online

Several reports of the October AES Standards Working Group meetings are now online.  

SC-02-01 on Digital Audio Measurement
SC-02-02 on Digital Audio Input/Output interfacing
SC-03-12 on Forensics
SC-04-04 on Microphone Measurement and Characterization
SC-04-08 on Measurement and Equalization of Sound Systems in Rooms
SC-05-02 on Audio Connectors


Additional reports will be posted as they become available.

View the reports here

Posted on November 2, 2020 at 6:00:00 AM EST



Fall 2020 AES Standards Meeting Schedule published

The New York AES Convention in October 2020 has been converted to a virtual format as a consequence of the COVID19 pandemic. Therefore the concurrent AES Standards meetings will be online as well. 

Since physical attendance is not required, the Standards meetings will not be held on the same dates as the technical sessions.  Standards meetings will be held before the technical sessions, to reduce schedule conflicts for attendees. 

Since attendees will no longer all be in the same time zone, as happens with physical meetings, the meeting schedule will be different. Meetings will occur over 5 days beginning October 5 with the Plenary session on Saturday October 10.  Meetings have been limited to 3 hours in any single day to allow meeting times which span the widest number of waking time zones.  

Since all active Task Groups hold regular online meetings, usually biweekly, they will not hold special meetings associated with the online convention.  

More Information

Posted on September 7, 2020 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



Call for comments on an AES74 Conformance Questionnaire

The AES has just published a request for comments on an AES74 Conformance Questionnaire.

This questionnaire will be the instrument of an upcoming AES survey of network media directory schemes.  The survey will assess the conformance of each scheme with AES74, the recently-published standard requirements specification for media network directories and related services. 

The survey will not evaluate, review, or compare directory schemes or their implementations.  It will simply report on the AES74 conformance of each.

The survey will be done collaboratively with the proponents of the various schemes surveyed.

The survey's conclusions will be published in an AES report that will be of interest to network media equipment manufacturers, to media system designers, and to media company technical architects and strategists.

The survey aims to be inclusive:  If you make, use, or know of a directory scheme that should be included, please inform the AES via email to standards@aes.org. 

Comments are invited from anyone.  Comments received will be incorporated into the final copy of the questionnaire.  Instructions for submitting comments are in the download page.

The closing date for comment submission is  September 30, 2020. 

More Information and to download a copy

Posted on August 18, 2020 at 6:00:00 AM EDT



AES Standards to remove culturally insensitive terms

The AES Standards Committee is starting a project to update terminology in AES Standards which may be culturally insensitive.  Use of the terms "master" and "slave" are specifically being examined, but others may be as well.  This is a general issue for all products, systems, architectures, and standards that have used those terms heretofore.

To avoid confusion it is also important that replacement terms be consistent with similar efforts being undertaken in the IEEE and SMPTE.  The AESSC has a strong liaison relationship with SMPTE and is looking to form one with the IEEE specifically to assist with this effort.

The committee hopes that in due course it can arrive at a uniform replacement that will work gracefully for the majority of cases, to avoid both opposing extremes:

1. having to develop case-specific solutions for each affected standard;

2. having generic but impossibly awkward terms.

The committee welcomes input on this topic.  Please address all comments and submissions to the Standards Manager.

Posted on July 31, 2020 at 6:00:00 AM EDT


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