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School of Computing Science and Engineering

Dr Jos Hirst



Having worked as a live and sometimes studio sound engineer for 15 years, I decided to find out about the 'hows and whys' of the equipment I was operating. I first came to the School of Acoustics and Electronic Engineering (as it was then known) in 1996 as an undergraduate, enrolling on the BSc (Hons) in Audio Technology. Since graduating in 1999, I studied towards a PhD in the research area of spatial audio. More specifically, investigating objective methods of assessing the spatial capabilities of surround sound systems as well as developing spatializing techniques for multichannel musical synthesis. I was awarded my PhD in 2006 and have been working as a lecturer since then.



Music Technology Systems (synthesis)

Live Sound Connections

Studio Production 2

Spatial Audio



Sound Synthesis and Audio Theory

Research Interests

Spatial Audio


Musical Synthesis

Human Hearing

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD in Audio Technology

BSc (Hons) Audio Technology First Class

Full member of the Audio Engineering Society


  1. B.M. Fazenda, M.Wankling, J.A.Hargreaves L.A. Elmer, and J.M.Hirst, 'Subjective Preference of Modal Control in Listening Rooms', Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, Vol 60, No. 5, May 2012
  2. Robert Oldfield, Ian Drumm and Jos Hirst, 'The Perception of Focused Sources in Wave Field Synthesis as a Function of Listener Angle', 128th Conv, Audio Eng. Soc., London, Preprint 8066, May 2010
  3. B.M. Fazenda, L.A. Elmer, M.Wankling, J.A.Hargreaves and J.M.Hirst, 'Subjective Preference of Modal Control in Listening Rooms' 129th Conv, Audio Eng. Soc.,San Francisco, Preprint 8312, Novemeber 2010
  4. Robert Oldfield, Ian Drumm and Jos Hirst, 'A Finite Difference Time Domain Approach to Analysing Room Effects on Wave Field Synthesis Reproduction', 124th Conv, Audio Eng. Soc., Amsterdam, Preprint 7359, May 2008
  5. Hirst, J.M., Davies, W.J. and Philipson, P.J. 2006: 'The Adaptation of Concert Hall Measures of Spatial Impression to Reproduced Sound', Audio Engineering Society Preprint, 120th Convention, Paris.
  6. Philipson, P.J., Hirst, J.M. and Woolard, S. 2002: 'Investigation into a Method for Predicting the Perceived Azimuth Position of a Virtual Image', Audio Engineering Society Preprint, 112th Convention, preprint no. 5597.
  7. Hirst, J.M., Davies, W.J. and Philipson, P.J., 'Multichannel Spatialization Techniques for Musical Synthesis', Proc. Institute of Acoustics 22(6), 117-128, (2000).