Acoustics - part of something bigger

Acoustics booth

When you start an acoustics and audio-based degree with Salford, you are also joining a community making a difference in industry, our local region and in our wider society.

Many of our academics and technicians who help to deliver your course are also delivering collaborative, interdisciplinary, high-impact work that addresses a range of local and global issues and challenges.

Read on and discover how you will become part of something bigger.

Local roots. Global ambition

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As a pioneer in teaching, research, and commercial work in acoustics for five decades, the University of Salford's subject expertise has led to some cutting-edge, real-world technologies. One example where we’ve taken our local initiative worldwide is Salsa Sound.

Created in 2017 from research led by our Acoustics Research Centre, Salsa Sound creates innovative software to give sports fans an immersive and enhanced audio experience, regardless of whether they are watching content on a big screen or via social media on a mobile device

Growing from strength to strength, Salsa Sound continues to improve fans' audio immersive sports experience across the world.   Its latest software MIXaiR 2.0 uses AI to produce multiple simultaneous automated mixes for multiple platforms or different audiences, all compliant to appropriate noise standards. At the 2021 Sports TV Awards, it won the Outstanding Audio Innovation accolade.

Research with impact

Acoustics researcher working with a microphone

The Acoustics Research Centre at the University of Salford has pioneered acoustics research for over 60 years. Our Centre brings together interdisciplinary expertise to explore societal challenges brought by noise and vibration in our environments, facilitate the development of global acoustics, audio and sound products and services, and influence regulations and standards used in the UK and worldwide.

Working closely with research councils, national and international government bodies, and industry partners, our research is enabled and supported by a range of world-class acoustics laboratories, including listening rooms, reverberation rooms, anechoic chambers, an accredited calibration laboratory, and advanced equipment and instrumentation.

In our quest to create a better sounding world, we currently prioritise a range of research themes that includes:

  • Acoustics measurement
  • Architectural and building acoustics
  • Audio engineering
  • Computer modelling
  • Environmental noise and soundscapes
  • Vibro-acoustics
  • Acoustics materials
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Public engagement

Universities are integral to advancing our understanding of the world around us.  At Salford, we're leading vital research that addresses noise and vibration-related challenges.

Our pioneering research in reducing noise and improving the sound of the built environment is just one example of how we do this.  Watch our REF21 summary video to learn more about this fascinating research project.

Research and Enterprise: Reducing noise and improving the sound of the built environment