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AES Celebrates 75 Years

The society has grown from 37 individuals to a global community 10,000 strong

The Audio Engineering Society will celebrate its contributions to the art and science of audio engineering when it celebrates its 75th anniversary later this year.

An early edition of the “Journal of the Audio Engineering Society” (Credit: AES)

It was back in March 1948 that a group of engineers who were committed to improving audio quality held the first AES meeting in New York City. That small group has grown from that charter membership of 37 individuals to a global community of more than 10,000 members who are affiliated with hundreds of local sections across the world. 

AES is credited as creating a forum for new ideas to be shared and refined, from the introduction of the large-hole 45 rpm 7-inch record, to tape-based noise reduction, to the evolution of digital interconnectivity protocols such as AES10. 

According to the society, AES’ 75th anniversary year began with news that the organization will be honored with a 2023 Technical Grammy Award, acknowledging the society for its technical contributions to the recording field. 

AES will continue its mission with events around the world this year including the AES Europe 2023 Convention, the AES Conference on Audio Archiving, Preservation and Restoration, and the 155th AES International Convention in New York in October.

“The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to advancing audio science, technology and its application,” said AES President Bruce Olson. “The AES has created an amazing community of like-minded, industry-leading professionals along with partner firms and organizations who share their knowledge and experience to improve audio quality. Our community has an ongoing and incalculably positive impact on not only professional audio production but wherever audio is created and heard.”

Attendees gather for a banquet during the 5th annual AES Convention in New York in 1953. (Credit: AES)

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