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University of Derby at the cutting edge of new sound environments

Wave 1 processor “3D sound is something we take very seriously. We are pleased to be forging strong links with such a state of the art company.” John Crossley

Date posted: 12 February 2015

The University of Derby will be the first university in the UK to have a Wave1 processor installed.

Swiss-based company Sonic Emotion are to supply the University with a Wave1 processor on loan. The processor will be used for teaching and academic research by Music and Performing Arts students and staff.

Sonic Emotion specialise in several fields related to 3D sound for professional applications, including hardware/software design for real time/low latency and interactive sound rendering.

Following the success of their Wave1 3D in Europe and Northern America, Sonic Emotion are looking to grow their market share in the UK, using the University of Derby as their first demonstration facility.

John Crossley is the Head of both the MA Music Production and BSc (Hons) Music Technology with Production at the University of Derby. He said of the project: “3D sound is something we take very seriously here at the University of Derby. We are pleased to be forging strong links with such a state of the art company. Our staff and students can’t wait to get their hands on the kit.”

Dr Richard Hodges, Deputy Head of Performing Arts, added: “We are delighted that this relationship with Sonic Emotion offers our students the opportunity to be at the forefront of development in 3D sound.”

Dr Etienne Corteel, Chief Science Officer at Sonic Emotion, commented: “We, at Sonic Emotion are most happy that the students of the University of Derby will experience the Wave1 technology for 3D sound mixing, spatial sound reinforcement and interactive installations. We look forward to hearing about their creations and receiving their feedback.”

Prospective students and local secondary schools will be able to see a demonstration of the Wave1 processor at the University’s Music Production Show and Music Industry Day, on Tuesday 3 March 2015, at its Markeaton Street site. The processor will also be available for viewing on University Open Days throughout 2015 on:

  • Saturday 28 February
  • Saturday 6 June
  • Friday 19 June
  • Saturday 26 September
  • Saturday 17 October
  • Saturday 21 November

For more information about the University of Derby's Music Technology and Production courses please go to: www.derby.ac.uk/arts.

For further information on this release, please email Kirsty Reynolds, University of Derby Press and PR Assistant, on 01332 591187 or email: K.Reynolds1@derby.ac.uk.