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Industrial Masters by Research - Acoustic perception on the transition from tonal modal decays to reverberance - defining a perceptual ‘Schroeder Frequency’

Project Description

The studentship is with University of Salford and Music Tribe

Academic Supervisor: Dr Bruno Fazenda
Academic Co-Supervisor: Dr Jonathan Hargreaves
Industrial Supervisor: Dr Alessandro Palladini
The studentship is fully funded and includes:

• A fee waiver
• A stipend of £15,824
• All bench fees and consumable costs
• Funds specifically allocated for conference travel

Final date for applications: Friday 18th October 2019
Interviews will be held on: Week commencing 28th October 2019
The candidate must be able start on January 2020.


The Acoustics Research Centre at the University of Salford has been conducting research since before 1965. Our research has fed into products that companies make and sell worldwide, as well as regulations and standards used in the UK, Europe and internationally. We currently have 12 research active staff, 7 post-doctoral research fellows and a lively community of research students who have authored many prizewinning publications including two major texts on acoustics. The acoustics laboratories are world class having been completely rebuilt in 2005 at a cost of £2.5M. They include a listening room, reverberation rooms, three anechoic chambers, an accredited calibration laboratory and state of the art equipment and instrumentation. Through the laboratories we are able to bring much of our fundamental research into real life applications.

Music Tribe is a world leading holding company for pro audio and music products, holding brands such as Midas, Klark Teknik, Lab Gruppen, Lake, Tannoy, Turbosound, TC Electronic, TC Helicon, Behringer, Bugera, Coolaudio and Auratone.

This research project is part of an existing collaboration between the Acoustics Research Centre at The University of Salford and Music Tribe. It focuses on new research and methods to establish improved solutions to the problem of room modes in live sound. The aim of the project is to investigate the issue of modal to chaotic soundfield transition frequency from both objective as well as perceptual perspectives.

The problem of room modes (resonances) is well known in the field of audio reproduction. These cause alterations in the frequency and time response of the sound field within rooms, affecting the correct and acceptable perception of sound within them. In live sound applications, correction for modal problems is known to take considerable effort and time during calibration and tuning of the sound system. The University of Salford and Music Tribe have been working on automatic systems to aid engineer expedite the live sound calibration and EQ processes whilst also focussing on improving the experience for both the engineer and the audience.


Applicants will be expected to hold an upper second-class honours degree or better in engineering, acoustics & audio, science, computing or maths. They should demonstrate excellent communication skills through a variety of modes of communications, with a diverse range of individuals. Analytical and programming skills are essential and some prior experience in numerical modelling and subjective testing are sought.

As part of your application please provide a CV, covering letter and research proposal. The proposal should include a brief literature review related to this project, with an outline of the studies that you would propose to answer the aims of the Masters. The proposal should be concise (between 2 to 4 pages), single line spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman.
For full details of student requirements and specification please visit:

Enquiries: Informal enquiries should be made to either Dr Bruno Fazenda or Dr Jonathan Hargreaves by email: or .

Curriculum vitae, research proposal and cover letter (supporting statement) explaining their interest should be sent to Vicky Beckett ()

Funding Notes

This studentship is only available to students with settled status in the UK, as classified by EPSRC eligibility. Please visit: View Website

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