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Centre for Music and Science


The purpose-built CMS building houses a fully equipped recording studio, computer room and research room.

Recording Studio

The CMS Recording Studio comprises the Recording Room and the Control Room, both of which contain analogue and digital connections to West Road Concert Hall and the Faculty's Recital Room. The Studio is acoustically treated and isolated. Hardware includes Neumann, AKG and DPA microphones, RME preamps and converters and a Mac Pro and iMac running current versions of Reaper, Logic and Pro Tools Native. There is also a portable MADI rig that takes advantage of the building's fibre optic infrastructure and allows multitrack recordings of performances to be captured in the highest quality.

Computer Room

The Computer Room contains a large collection of Apple iMacs, each with a MIDI keyboard. Each iMac runs Sibelius, Microsoft Office and Pro Tools LE, as well as a wide range of freeware.

Research Room

The Research Room contains a collection of additional high-powered Windows and Macintosh machines running a variety of specialist software for audio analysis, video editing, composition, and architectural acoustic simulation. It also contains a sound-proofed booth for running auditory experiments.

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Latest news

Part II student research projects

2 December 2021

Michaelmas Term has been drawing to an end, and our Part II undergraduate students have been making excellent progress on their coursework research projects. Ellis Thomas has been studying the sense in which room acoustics affects expert performances of keyboard music. Emily Trubshaw has been running a series of large-...

DataCamp supports the CMS with free data science classes

1 December 2021

DataCamp will support our undergraduate Music and Science students with free data science classes over the 2021 Christmas holidays. Students will be taking classes in R and Python, learning fundamental programming and data analysis skills that will serve them very well for future research projects. Click here to learn more...