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What or Who is the AES?

This forum is the place to discuss all things concerning podcasting. As far as audio loudness, we follow the recommended standards from the Audio Engineering Society, (AES).
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What or Who is the AES?

Post: # 91Post Dana
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:53 pm

What or Who is the AES?
AES stands for the Audio Engineering Society. The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.

Currently, over 12,000 members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth.

So why do I follow the AES recommended loudness for Podcasting? Well, it is not only for Podcasting but for any type of streaming audio. So what is "streaming audio"? Streaming media is video or audio content sent in compressed form over the Internet and played immediately, rather than being saved to the hard drive.. With streaming media, a user does not have to wait to download a file to play it. Because the media is sent in a continuous stream of data it can play as it arrives. The most common sources are smartphones, computers and tablets.

This is what the AES recommends for streaming audio as per their Technical Document AES TD1004.1.15-10. Recommendation for Loudness of Audio Streaming and Network File Playback. Rendering is the same thing as Exporting, between a -16 to -20 LUFS with an LRA (Loudness Range) of 4dbs as well as a -1dbTP, all with a + or – 0.5db tolerance range. Now you know.



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