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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 12 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

New paper: A case study investigating the interaction between tuba acoustic radiation patterns and performance spaces

27 October 2022

Recent CMS undergraduate Silas Sanders just presented his dissertation project at the 153rd Convention of the Audio Engineering Society. The project is entitled 'A case study investigating the interaction between tuba acoustic radiation patterns and performance spaces'. Silas put together an impressive pipeline of acoustic...

New PhD and research assistant positions: Score design for music reading

11 October 2022

We are happy to share several new positions at our Centre for Music and Science (Faculty of Music, Cambridge). These positions are part of the Leverhulme Trust-funded project Score designs for the facilitation of music reading: Cognitive and artistic perspectives led by Professor Ian Cross (Principal Investigator) and Dr...