Dr. Jos Hirst

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Newton Building Room 116

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Current positions



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
  • Psychoacoustics
  • Musical Synthesis
  • Human Hearing

Qualifications and Memberships

  • PhD in Audio Technology
  • BSc (Hons) Audio Technology First Class
  • Full member of the Audio Engineering Society