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Undergraduate Laboratory

This room is used to teach laboratory skills to our students. Out on the benches you´ll usually see equipment you might recognize, such as signal generators, amplifiers, and oscilloscopes, as well as equipment which is likely to be much less familiar. This includes impedance tubes used to measure acoustic characteristics of materials, PC-based acoustic and electro-acoustic frequency analysers, various loudspeakers and precision microphones, and a selection of purpose-built equipment for psychoacoustic experiments.

Students soldering in the undergraduate lab

There is also a semi-anechoic room within the undergraduate laboratory. This is a room where sound reflects only from the floor, because the walls and ceiling have been treated to be acoustically absorbent. The semi-anechoic room is structurally isolated from the building and has acoustic doors, resulting in a very ‘quiet’ space. Students measure responses of microphones and loudspeakers in here, and the space is often used for experiments on sound perception.

Studios and laboratories

  • Audio production suites - containing PCs and Macs for audio production using Pro Tools and Reason.
  • Video post production suites - containing PCs and Macs for video production using Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • TV Studios - containing PCs and Macs for video production using Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Radio Studios - containing PCs and Macs for video production using Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Digital Media Performance Lab - a 100 seat multi-media performance space used for live sound.
  • Recording studios - a set of four fully acoustically treated studios, each with its own live room.
  • Anechoic chamber - a room with no echoes used to measure, for example, directionality of loudspeakers. Includes a virtual tour.
  • Semi-anechoic chambers
  • Reverberation chambers - rooms with little absorption, used to measure, for example, the absorption of concert hall seating. Includes a virtual tour.
  • Transmission suite - two rooms used to measure how much sound goes through the walls of buildings
  • Listening room - used to carry out subjective tests, for example on audio quality.