ASTM E3150 - 18

    Standard Guide for Forensic Audio Laboratory Setup and Maintenance

    Active Standard ASTM E3150 | Developed by Subcommittee: E30.12

    Book of Standards Volume: 14.02

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    Significance and Use

    4.1 The design and configuration of an audio laboratory, as well as the maintenance of equipment, are factors that must be considered to ensure an optimal environment to produce the best results. This guide is intended to provide general guidance for laboratory setup and maintenance.

    4.2 This document is not meant to be an all-inclusive guide on how to set up a laboratory; nor does it contain information pertaining to specific commercial products as it relates to computer hardware, forensic, and non-forensic software applications.

    4.3 When dealing with equipment and technology outside your area of expertise, consult with an appropriate specialist.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide sets forth recommendations for the creation of a forensic audio laboratory space as well as the configuration, verification, and maintenance of the equipment contained within the lab.

    1.2 In designing and configuring an audio laboratory, it is important to consider the acoustical environment/room of the laboratory, as well as climate control. Other than having a viable location for the laboratory, computer hardware and software applications are the most important components of a laboratory.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    SWGDE Standard


    AES Standard

    AES Recommended Practice for Audio Preservation and Restoration Storage and Handling Storage of Polyester-Base Magnetic Tape, AES Standard 22-1997, Reaffirmed 2008

    ISO/IEC Standard

    ISO/IEC 17025

    ASTM Standards

    E1732 Terminology Relating to Forensic Science

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 07.140 (Forensic science)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code

    Referencing This Standard
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    DOI: 10.1520/E3150-18

    Citation Format

    ASTM E3150-18, Standard Guide for Forensic Audio Laboratory Setup and Maintenance, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2018,

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