Standards: Appendix H - List Of AES Audio Standards

This is a more comprehensive list of the AES Standards & Recommended Practices, AES Information Documents and AES Project Reports.

This is an Appendix to our series of articles on  Standards.

There are broadly three categories of AES documentation available. Contributing members may also gain access to draft versions of new standards while they are evolving towards their eventual release. These categories are summarised in the following tables:

  • Standards & Recommended Practices
  • Information Documents
  • Project Reports
AES Standards & Recommended Practices

Here is a list of the currently active AES standards. Some new ones are on the horizon at draft stage but they have not yet been released.

Number Notes
AES-2 Acoustics - Methods of measuring and specifying the performance of loudspeakers for professional applications - Drive units.
AES-3 Digital audio engineering - Serial transmission format for two-channel linearly represented digital audio data. Also known as AES/EBU.
AES-3 (Am-6) Amendment 6 to digital audio engineering - Serial transmission format for two-channel linearly represented digital audio data.
AES-3 (Am-5) Amendment 5 to digital audio - Digital input-output interfacing - Serial transmission format for two-channel linearly represented digital audio data.
AES-3 Part-1 Part 1: Audio Content.
AES-3 Part-2 Part 2: Metadata & Sub-code.
AES-3 Part-3 Part 3: Transport.
AES-3 Part-4 Part 4: Physical & electrical.
AES-5 Recommended practice for professional digital audio - Preferred sampling frequencies for applications employing pulse-code modulation.
AES-6 Method for measurement of weighted peak flutter of analogue sound recording and reproducing equipment.
AES-7 The preservation and restoration of audio recording - Method of measuring recorded fluxivity of magnetic sound records at medium wavelengths.
AES-10 Recommended Practice for Digital Audio Engineering - Serial Multichannel Audio Digital Interface (MADI).
AES-11 Recommended practice for digital audio engineering - Synchronization of digital audio equipment in studio operations.
AES-14 Professional audio equipment - Application of connectors, part 1, XLR-type polarity and gender.
AES-15 Recommended Practice for Sound-reinforcement systems - Communications interface (PA-422) (Withdrawn: 2002).
AES-17 Standard method for digital audio engineering - Measurement of digital audio equipment.
AES-18 Recommended practice for digital audio engineering - Format for the user data channel of the AES digital audio interface.
AES-19 AES-ALMA standard test method for audio engineering - Measurement of the lowest resonance frequency of loudspeaker cones. (Withdrawn: 2003).
AES-20 Recommended practice for professional audio - Subjective evaluation of loudspeakers.
AES-22 Recommended practice for audio preservation and restoration - Storage and handling - Storage of polyester-base magnetic tape.
AES-24 Sound system control - Application protocol for controlling and monitoring audio devices via digital data networks.
AES-24 Part-1 Part 1: Principles, formats, and basic procedures.
AES-24 Part-2 PROPOSED DRAFT Part 2, data types, constants, and class structure (for Trial Use).
AES-26 Recommended practice for professional audio - Conservation of the polarity of audio signals.
AES-27 Recommended practice for forensic purposes - Managing recorded audio materials intended for examination.
AES-28 Audio preservation and restoration - Method for estimating life expectancy of compact discs (CD-ROM), based on effects of temperature and relative humidity.
AES-31 Network and file transfer of audio - Audio-file transfer and exchange.
AES-31 Part-1 Part 1: Disk format.
AES-31 Part-2 Part 2: File format for transferring digital audio data between systems of different type and manufacture.
AES-31 Part-2 (Am-1) Amendment 1 to AES31-2 - Extended file format for audio to exceed 4 GB.
AES-31 Part-3 Part 3: Simple project interchange.
AES-31 Part-4 Part 4: XML Implementation of Audio Decision Lists.
AES-32 PROPOSED DRAFT professional audio interconnections Fibre optic connectors, cables, and characteristics (for Trial Use).
AES-33 Audio interconnections - Database of multiple-program connection configurations (Withdrawn: 2004).
AES-35 Audio preservation and restoration - Method for estimating life expectancy of magneto-optical (M-O) disks, based on effects of temperature and relative humidity.
AES-38 Audio preservation and restoration - Life expectancy of information stored in recordable compact disc systems - Method for estimating, based on effects of temperature and relative humidity.
AES-41 Digital audio - Audio-embedded metadata.
AES-41 Part-1 Part 1: General.
AES-41 Part-2 Part 2: MPEG-1 Layer II or MPEG-2 LSF Layer II.
AES-41 Part-3 Part 3: AAC & HE-AAC.
AES-41 Part-4 Part 4: Dolby E.
AES-41 Part-5 Part 5: EBU loudness, true-peak, and down-mix.
AES-42 Acoustics - Digital interface for microphones.
AES-43 Forensic purposes - Criteria for the authentication of analogue audio tape recordings.
AES-45 Single programme connectors - Connectors for loudspeaker-level patch panels.
AES-46 Network and file transfer of audio. Audio-file transfer and exchange. Radio traffic audio delivery extension to the broadcast-WAVE-file format.
AES-47 Digital audio - Digital input-output interfacing - Transmission of digital audio over asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) networks.
AES-47 (Am-1) Amendment 1 to AES47 - digital audio - Digital input-output interfacing - Transmission of digital audio over asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) networks.
AES-48 Interconnections - Grounding and EMC practices - Shields of connectors in audio equipment containing active circuitry.
AES-49 Audio preservation and restoration - Magnetic tape - Care and handling practices for extended usage.
AES-50 Digital audio engineering - High-resolution multi-channel audio interconnection.
AES-51 Digital audio - Digital input-output interfacing - Transmission of ATM cells over Ethernet physical layer.
AES-52 Digital audio engineering digital audio engineering - Insertion of unique identifiers into the AES3 transport stream.
AES-53 Digital audio - Digital input-output interfacing - Sample-accurate timing in AES47.
AES-54 Interconnections - Grounding and EMC practices.
AES-54 Part-1 Part 1: Connection of cable shields within connectors attached to portable balanced audio cables.
AES-54 Part-2 Part 2: Shields of balanced audio wiring within fixed and portable passive connector panels, jack fields, and passive microphone splitters.
AES-54 Part-3 Part 3: Shields of balanced microphone-level outputs of active equipment other than microphones.
AES-55 Digital audio engineering - Carriage of MPEG Surround in an AES3 bitstream.
AES-56 Acoustics - Sound source modelling - Loudspeaker polar radiation measurements.
AES-57 Audio metadata - Audio object structures for preservation and restoration.
AES-58 Digital audio - Audio applications of networks - Application of IEC 61883-6 32-bit generic data.
AES-59 Professional audio - Audio application of 25-way D-type connectors in balanced circuits.
AES-60 Audio metadata - Core audio metadata.
AES-62 Audio connectors - Modified XLR-3 Connector for Digital Audio.
AES-63 Interconnections - Data connector in an XLR connector shell.
AES-64 Audio applications of networks - Command, control, and connection management for integrated media.
AES-65 Interconnections - Connector for surround microphones.
AES-66 Professional audio equipment - Application of connectors - Miniature XLR-type polarity and gender.
AES-67 Audio applications of networks - High-performance streaming audio-over-IP interoperability.
AES-68 Audio connectors - XL Connectors to Improve Electromagnetic Compatibility.
AES-69 File exchange - Spatial acoustic data file format.
AES-70 Audio applications of networks - Open Control Architecture.
AES-70 Part-1 Part 1: Framework.
AES-70 Part-2 Part 2: Class structure.
AES-70 Part-3 Part 3: OCP.1: Protocol for IP Networks.
AES-71 Recommended Practice Loudness Guidelines for Over the Top Television and Online Video Distribution.
AES-72 Interconnections - Application of RJ45-type connectors and quad twisted pair cable for audio interconnections.
AES-73 Information document for acoustics – Loudspeaker driver comparison chambers.
AES-74 Audio applications of networks - Requirements for Media Network Directories and Directory Services.
AES-75 Acoustics – Measuring loudspeaker maximum linear sound levels using noise.
AES-76 Audio forensics - Speech Collection Guidelines for Speaker Recognition: Interviewing at a Temporary Location.
AES-77 Recommended Practice Loudness Guidelines for Internet Audio Streaming and On-Demand Distribution.


AES Information Documents

Information documents are not strictly standards but contain useful supporting material that helps you understand the technology.

Number Content
AES-ID-1 Acoustics - Plane wave tubes - Design and practice.
AES-ID-2 Digital audio engineering - Guidelines for the use of the AES3 interface.
AES-ID-3 Digital audio engineering - Transmission of AES3 formatted data by unbalanced coaxial cable (WITHDRAWN).
AES-ID-4 Room acoustics and sound reinforcement systems - Characterisation and measurement of surface scattering uniformity.
AES-ID-5 Acoustics - Loudspeaker modelling and measurement - Frequency and angular resolution for measuring, presenting, and predicting loudspeaker polar data.
AES-ID-6 Digital audio - Personal computer audio quality measurements.
AES-ID-10 Digital audio engineering - Engineering guidelines for the multichannel audio digital interface, AES10 (MADI).
AES-ID-11 Preservation of audio recordings - Extended term storage environment for multiple media archives.
AES-ID-12 Digital audio measurements - Jitter performance specifications.
AES-ID-14 Interconnections - Universal jack for IEC 60603-11 and B gauge 6,35 mm plugs.
AES-ID-16 Transfer technologies - Stylus dimensions and selection.
AES-ID-21 Audio-file transfer and exchange - Screen-less navigation for high-resolution audio on Blu-ray discs.


AES Project Reports

Project reports are more practical documents that describe how to set up and use audio resources. Reports also cover the results of meetings to test collaboration between different manufacturers who have implemented AES standards in their software or hardware products.

Number Notes
AES-R-1 Professional audio - Specifications for audio on high-capacity media.
AES-R-2 Articles on professional audio and for equipment specifications - Notations for expressing levels (Revision of AES-R2-1998).
AES-R-3 Single programme connector - Compatibility for patch panels of tip-ring-sleeve connectors.
AES-R-4 Guidelines for AES Recommended practice for digital audio engineering - Transmission of digital audio over asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) networks.
AES-R-6 Guidelines for AES standard for digital audio engineering - High-resolution multi-channel audio interconnection (HRMAI).
AES-R-7 Considerations for accurate peak metering of digital audio signals.
AES-R-8 Synchronisation of digital audio over wide areas.
AES-R-9 Considerations for standardising AES metadata sets.
AES-R-10 Use cases for networks in professional audio.
AES-R-11 Methods for the measurement of audio video synchronization error.
AES-R-12 AES67 Interoperability PlugFest - Munich 2014.
AES-R-15 AES67 Interoperability PlugFest - Washington 2015.
AES-R-16 PTP parameters for AES67 and SMPTE ST 2059-2 interoperability.
AES-R-17 AES67 Interoperability PlugFest - London 2017.
AES-R-19 AES67 Protocol Implementation Conformance Statement (PICS) Summary.
AES-R-20 AES67 beyond the LAN.


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