Sound Recording Ph.D. Admissions

Program Overview

Highly regarded within the music industry, this research-based program builds on the Tonmeister tradition program of the MMus.   Applicants have a music degree and substantial experience in sound recording combined with a strong technical background and ability to conduct and report experiments in sound. Areas of research include the development of new techniques and technologies for multichannel sound, virtual auditory environments, microphone techniques, automated mixing, advanced technical ear training, audio-visual correlation and internet music delivery.


Faculty includes prominent researchers, as well as award-winning recording engineers and producers in the fields of music production, television, and film sound familiar with cutting-edge technologies and new developments.

Resources & Opportunities

Students benefit from:

  • State of the art recording facilities including 4 concert halls, an opera studio and:
    • Audio recording studios equipped for surround recording
    • Virtual acoustics research and testing lab
  • A technical ear training lab
  • Post-production and editing suites, along with an orchestral film scoring stage
  • Environment of performance excellence in variety of musical styles and opportunities to work on individual and high profile team production projects, with strong links to CIRMMT and industry
  • Strong professional mentorship in multiple domains including grant writing


Students in this program have received funding from many sources, including: SSHRC, Canada Council, MIDAS internship, Audio Engineering Society Prizes, Schulich Scholarships, RA (supervisor supported), Graduate Student Recording Competition, Nikki Yanofsky, Audio Techno Prize.


Graduates hold industrial positions at prestigious companies (e.g. Bang&Olufsen, Harman International, Barcelona Media), or are tenured and tenure track academic staff at universities.

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