Module Leader

Dr Lorenzo Picinali

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An introduction to audio technology and perception, which includes acoustics, psychoacoustics, digital signal processing, audio recording techniques, audio reproduction techniques, 3D sound synthesis and reproduction and other selected topics such as data sonification and loudspeakers design.               

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students will be better able to:

  •   Apply the basic principles of acoustics and digital signal processing
  •   Explain the physiology of the hearing system, and of the main principles of hearing perception
  •   Integrate different audio software and hardware components, designing and creating audio products and/or complex interactions/experiences
  •   Apply such knowledge to appropriate case studies              


Description of Content

Acoustics and DSP:
  Introduction to acoustics
  Introduction to digital signal processing
  Introduction to audio recording and reproduction
  Introduction to the physiology of the hearing system
  Introduction to hearing perception
SPRINTs (The choice of the SPRINTs which will run each year will be given to students before the beginning of the term):
  AA – Architectural Acoustics
  SPAT – Spatial audio and 3D sound
  PsyPhy – Psychology and Physiology of the hearing system
  DSP – Digital Signal Processing
  MIA – Musical Instruments Acoustics
  SRT – Sound Recording Techniques
  SPEDE – Speaker Design
  SONIFY – Data Sonification