Industry veteran Richard Cabot to manage AES Standards

The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced that one of its former presidents, Dr. Richard C. Cabot, will assume the duties of standards manager at the organisation.

Cabot has been involved with AES Standards since its early years, having chaired the development of the AES17 standard on digital audio measurement.

He was one of the founders of Audio Precision and developed their digital audio measurement technology, while his company, XFRM, Inc., designs pro audio equipment, consults on intellectual property patentability and infringement issues, and evaluates technology to guide companies in their investment decisions.

“I look forward to the opportunity to guide AES Standards development going forward,” stated Cabot, “to build further on the solid foundation of AES standards that have served our industry well. In a rapidly-changing technological landscape, new and evolving standards are crucial to progress."

Mark Yonge, standards manager since 2001, announced his intention to retire after the 2017 AES International Convention in Berlin.

“During Mark’s 16 years in the post he has expertly shepherded dozens of standards through the process from initial concept to published document,” noted AES Standards Committee chair Bruce Olson. “Under his guidance, the AES Standards organisation has grown to become the premier venue for coordinating technology in the audio field. We sincerely thank Mark for his dedication to the society’s standards activities. We also have great expectations for Dr. Cabot’s tenure as standards manager and are delighted that he has accepted the challenge.”

The AES Standards Committee is the organisation responsible for conducting the standards programme of the Audio Engineering Society. Technical standards, information documents and technical reports within the field of pro audio technology include such ubiquitous standards as the two-channel AES3, to multi-channel MADI (AES10), to the promise of AES67 and AES70 to facilitate interoperability in digital audio networking and control. Recommended practice documents range from subjective loudspeaker evaluation, to synchronisation of digital audio devices, to restoration and archiving.