Around the Seattle area, Washington, U.S.A.
AES Mission Statement
The AES is dedicated to diffusing and increasing educational and scientific
knowledge in audio engineering and promoting and advancing this science
and its allied arts in both theoretical and practical application.
The AES is further dedicated to stimulating interest in audio engineering,
encouraging the interchange and intercourse of ideas and promoting and
maintaining high professional standards amongst its members.
The mission of our local section is one of holding meetings for the
reading or discussion of professional papers, publications, communications,
and for other professional activities as shall properly fulfill the objectives
and purposes of the Audio Engineering Society.
The PNW Section of the AES does not perform any data collection via this
you will only receive meeting notices from us or notices of other section
activities. We do not share/rent/allow/use these lists for any other purpose.
While the Audio Engineering Society and its PNW Section do not endorse
any commercial products or endeavors of any sort, from time to time our
meeting notices will be used to inform you, the regional AES membership,
of special events and/or educational programs coming to the area that may
be valuable to you in your audio profession.
Historical List of Section Officers
What is the AES?
The AES is the Audio Engineering Society, a national professional society
dedicated to all aspects of audio engineering. (see mission statement,
above) Visit their
The Audio Engineering Society encompasses the following activities:
A peer-reviewed scholarly journal devoted to the exposure and dissemination
of the newest research in the field of audio engineering.
exist in most major cities in the US, and in most countries of the World.
Each section operates independently, but under the auspices and guidance of the national society.
Sections hold meetings of interest to members and non-members in their local area.
- Conventions. The national society organizes and produces two national-level
each year. The fall convention is held in
United States (alternating between the east and west coasts), and the spring convention is held in Europe (currently rotating between Amsterdam, Berlin).
The conventions have several components, but the most visible two are the equipment exhibits and the technical meetings (presentation of papers and ongoing standards work). If you are at
all interested in audio engineering, attending an AES Convention is what you need to do to advance your knowledge to the next level.
What is the PNW Section?
The PNW section is a recognized, officially sanctioned local section of
the Audio Engineering Society. We are dependent on the national society
for funding and rely on local volunteers for Section personnel. These people
plan and hold the local section meetings. They also represent the local
section at the national society's conventions.
Please describe the section.
We're a medium-sized section, but we're active. We try to hold meetings
loosely within the framework of the traditional school year: September
What do the Section Officers and Committee do?
The Section Officers handle the day-to-day business of running the Section and they, with the assisstance of the Committee, produce and present the Section Meetings and other activities. For more information, click
I would like to participate beyond attending meetings. How can I do this?
If you have a meeting idea, help us organize it. If you'd like to work
'backstage', let us know and we'll get you added to the committee (via
election, June). If you'd like to serve as a section officer, again,
let us know. You must be an AES member (any grade) to participate as a
committee member or section officer. You may also nominate yourself at election time in June.
Our section operates according to bylaws passed down by AES HQ, and (over the years) modified
slightly to suit the way we operate. The bylaws may be found (and downloaded)
How do I find out about meetings?
Meetings are announced via our website, and
email meeting notices. We no longer use USPS mail.
The email list consists of member names that we get from AES HQ
plus any names we receive via the sign-in sheet at our meetings. We strive
for two weeks advance notice, but like meetings themselves, this can be
thwarted. You have yourself added to this list simply by
joining our email.list.
You stay on the list until you request otherwise. The email list is open
to all, member or not. We only use the email list to send meeting notices. You can
also be dropped from the email list if email sent to you bounces.
How often do you hold meetings?
We strive for monthly meetings, but often our best efforts are thwarted;
in which case there is no meeting. Sometimes our best efforts are rewarded
and we may hold two meetings in a single month. We try to avoid having a meeting in December.
Who can attend your meetings?
Anyone with an interest in audio engineering can attend our meetings. You
do not need to be an AES member to attend the local meetings.
Meetings are free of charge, member or not. Occasionally we may charge for special events.
When do you hold meetings?
Because of our location, the NW corner of the continental United States,
the availability of speakers is more often dictated by their schedules
rather than ours. Experience has taught us that being flexible on meeting
dates means being able to have more meetings actually come to fruition.
Thus, there is no set date for section activities.
Who decides the meetings?
The Section Committee, along with the Section Officers, decides the meeting
content, plans the meeting, and makes the arrangements.
Where do meeting ideas come from?
90% of the meetings we hold come from our own ideas, ideas from people like you,
and people that we meet in
the course of our daily work interactions.
I've got a meeting idea. What should I do?
You may have some ideas and some contacts that would be ideal for an AES
meeting. Please don't be shy. We welcome your involvement and suggestions.
Sometimes a simple email to one of the Section Officers with a name, email
address, and possible topic is enough to generate a We are
always interested in new meeting ideas.
Should I join the AES?
Absolutely! The AES serves its members, the industry and the public by stimulating
and facilitating advances in the constantly changing field of audio. It
encourages and disseminates new developments through annual technical meetings
and exhibitions of professional equipment, and through the Journal of the
Audio Engineering Society, the professional archival publication in the
audio industry. Your support, via your membership, is welcomed.
How do I join the AES?
Membership application form
is available online (click the link) or from Gary Louie, Section Treasurer.
There are both online and pdf versions.
The forms look a little imposing, but anyone can join. You will need three
references, which you can obtain from anyone (AES member or not) who knows of your interest in audio or
from any of the PNW Section
Officers or Committee. Note that the application requirements for full membership (voting rights) are different from those for associate membership.
The official description of the different grades of membership are described
How do I contact the local AES Officers?
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Last modified 07/11/2019.