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ASTM E3150-18(2023)

Standard Guide for Forensic Audio Laboratory Setup and Maintenance

Standard Guide for Forensic Audio Laboratory Setup and Maintenance E3150-18R23 ASTM|E3150-18R23|en-US Standard Guide for Forensic Audio Laboratory Setup and Maintenance Standard new BOS Vol. 14.02 Committee E30
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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.


1.1 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.

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Book of Standards Volume: 14.02
Developed by Subcommittee: E30.12
Pages: 3
DOI: 10.1520/E3150-18R23
ICS Code: 07.140