Hearing is Believing?

Hearing is Believing?

Date: 28 Nov 2012
Time: 19:00

Location: Anglia Ruskin University, Rom Mel001
Mellish Clark Building
Cambridge CB1 1PT

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Lecture by Dr Rob Toulson, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge


This lecture will discuss how a number of concepts of analogue and digital audio can be considered and evaluated with reference to simple sine wave examples and ideal signal flow scenarios. However, real audio signals are complex waveforms involving detailed frequency spectra and transient envelopes, so there is often a point where the theory alone gives insufficient grounding to make a professional judgement on sound.

A number of live recording projects will be presented and the many compromises of theoretical best practice are highlighted and discussed. The presentation will consider the notion that ‘if it sounds right, it is right’ and identify import aspects of professional practice which are often required alongside a theoretical understanding in order to be a successful recording engineer. Finally, a number of research topics related to the limitations of our hearing are also considered in order to discuss where and when we can truly believe our ears.

Rob Toulson is Acting Director of the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Rob is a music producer and recording engineer with a number of years experience teaching and developing innovative research projects in audio engineering. His first degree is in Engineering and his PhD in Digital Signal Processing. He is a Chartered Engineer and an active member of the Audio Engineering Society, the UK Music Producers Guild and the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

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