Rob Toulson

Professor of Commercial Music

+44 20 7911 5000 ext 68477
Harrow Campus Northwick Park HA1 3TP

Rob Toulson is Professor of Creative Industries: Commercial Music at the University of Westminster, London. He was previously Director of the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. Rob is a research leader in the field of commercial music and he has collaborated with many international organisations in the music industry. He is a successful music producer and studio engineer working across most musical genres, from pop to classical and metal to electronica. In particular, he has worked as recording, mixing and mastering engineer on a number of albums for Mediaeval Baebes, who have previously topped the UK classical album chart.

Rob’s research covers both creative and technical fields, being an expert in sound, music production and electronics. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering (1999), a PhD in Digital Signal Processing (2004) and is a certified Chartered Engineer (2009). He has a number of years’ experience working in the electronics industry as well as teaching electronics, music production and audio technology in Higher Education. Rob is Co-Chair of both the Innovation in Music Conference and the Audio Engineering Society European Conference, and a former committee member of the AES British Section. He is also Director of his own music production and audio software development company, RT Sixty Ltd. Rob is co-author of ‘Fast and Effective Embedded Systems Design: applying the ARM mbed’ published by Newnes first in 2012 and a second edition in 2016. He is also inventor of the iDrumTune iPhone App, which assists percussionists with drum tuning.

Rob has designed and delivered a number of research, consultancy and knowledge transfer projects funded by, amongst others, The European Commission, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, NESTA, The Royal Society, The European Regional Development Fund and Innovate UK. He has published numerous patents and journal articles and delivered many academic papers at international conferences, as well as supervising PhD students to completion. He has been an invited keynote speaker at many prestigious events hosted at, for example, The Natural History Museum and Dolby Laboratories.

www.robtoulson.com

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- Hepworth-Sawyer, R., Hodgson, J., Paterson, J. and Toulson, E. R. (editors) 2016 - Innovation In Music II, Future Technology Press, ISBN tbc (awaiting publication in 2016).

- Toulson, E. R. & Wilmshurst, T. 2016 - Fast and Effective Embedded Systems Design: Applying the ARM mbed, 2nd Edition, Elsevier Publishing, ISBN 9780081008805.

- Toulson, E.R. 2016 - The Dreaded Mix Sign-Off: handing over to mastering, in: Perspectives on Music Production: Mixing Music, Routledge, ISBN tbc (awaiting publication).

- Toulson, E. R. & Burgess, R. J. 2016 - Singer-Songwriter meets Music Production and Studio Technology, in: The Bloomsbury Handbook for the Singer Songwriter, Bloomsbury Press, ISBN tbc (awaiting publication).

- Toulson, E. R. 2016 - Interview with Mix Engineer David Wrench, in: Innovation In Music II, Future Technology Press, ISBN tbc (awaiting publication).

- Toulson, E. R. & Paterson, J. 2016 - Interactive Digital Music: enhancing listener engagement with commercial music, in: Innovation In Music II, Future Technology Press, ISBN tbc (awaiting publication).

- De Groen, P. C., Lopez, M., Patel, S., Szewczynski, M. & Toulson, E. R. 2016 - Combining Science with Art to Educate and Motivate Patients prior to Colorectal Cancer Screening, in: SMART Digital Futures 2016, IOS Press, ISBN tbc (awaiting publication).

- Sheppard, M., Toulson, E. & Lopez, M. 2016 - Sonic Quick Response Codes (SQRC) for embedding inaudible metadata in sound files, proceedings of The Audio Engineering Society Conference, Los Angeles, Oct 2016.

- Toulson, E. R & Shakhovskoy, J. 2015 - Future Music Formats: evaluating the ‘album app’, The Journal on The Art of Record Production, Issue 10, ISSN: 1754-9892.

- Toulson, E. R. & Paterson, J. 2015 – Cross-Fading Between Audio Files, British patent application number 1518717.2.

- Hepworth-Sawyer, R., Hodgson, J., Paterson, J. and Toulson, E. R. (editors) 2014 - Innovation In Music 2013, Future Technology Press, Dec 2014, ISBN 9780956151681.

- Toulson, E. R. & Cirstea, S. 2014 - Holistic Acoustic Absorber Design: from modelling and simulation to laboratory testing and practical realization. Proceedings of The Audio Engineering Society Conference, Los Angeles, Oct 2014.

- Toulson, E. R., Campbell, W. & Paterson, J. 2014 - Evaluating harmonic and intermodulation distortion of mixed signals processed with dynamic range compression, in: Innovation In Music 2013, Future Technology Press, ISBN 9780956151681.

- Toulson, E. R., Grint, B. & Staff, R. 2014 - Embedding ISRC Identifiers in Broadcast Wave Audio Files, in: Innovation In Music 2013, ISBN 9780956151681.

- Campbell, W., Toulson, E. R. & Paterson, J. 2014 - A Quantitative Evaluation of Signal Masking in Summed and Compressed Audio, in: Innovation In Music, ISBN 9780956151681.

- Patel, S. & Toulson, E. R 2014 - Educating and Enhancing Compassion, Emotion and Reflective Professional Practice through Contemporary Digital Filmmaking, in: SMART Digital Futures 2014, IOS Press, ISBN: 978614994046.

- Sanaei, A., Toulson, E. R. & Cole, M. 2014 - Tuning and optimisation of an Electric Network Frequency extraction algorithm, The Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, Jan 2014, ISSN: 15494950.

- Toulson, E. R., Cirstea, S. & Flotre, B. 2014 – Sound Absorbing Film, Norwegian patent application number 20140549.

- Toulson, E. R. 2013  – The Lagoglyph Sound System, in: Making Art in Context, ISBN: 978-0956560865,

- Toulson, E. R. 2012 - Mastering a Multi-Genre Compilation Album in the Era of The Loudness War, Proceedings of The Art of Record Production Conference, Quebec, Canada, July 2013.

- Toulson, E. R. & Wilmshurst, T. 2012 - Fast and Effective Embedded Systems Design: Applying the ARM mbed, Elsevier Publishing, ISBN: 9780080977683 (Chinese language edition also published in 2014)    .

- Richardson, P. G. M., Toulson, E. R. & Nunn, D. J. E. 2012 – Analysis and manipulation of the modal ratios of cylindrical drums. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Volume 131, Issue 1, pp. 907-913 (2012). ISSN: 0001-4966.

- Richardson, P. G. M.  & Toulson, E. R. 2011 – Drum tuning education, The Journal on The Art of Record Production, Issue 6, ISSN: 1754-9892.

- Toulson, E. R. 2011 – Media and music technology education. The Journal on The Art of Record Production, Issue 6, ISSN: 1754-9892.

- Toulson, E. R. 2011 - Creation of media-based learning material for audio and music technology, ARU Inspire Networks, Issue 14, ISSN: 1743-9787.

- Toulson, E. R. 2010 - Mixing can be simple, you just have to think one step ahead... Sound On Sound, March 2010, p202, ISSN: 0951-6816.

- Richardson, P. G. M.  & Toulson, E. R. 2010 – Clearing the Drumhead, Proceedings of Reproduced Sound, Cardiff, UK, November 2010.

- Campbell, W., Toulson, E. R. & Paterson, J. 2010 - The effect of dynamic range compression on the psychoacoustic quality and loudness of commercial music, Proceedings of Internoise 2010 Conference, Lisbon, June 2010.

- Toulson, E. R., Cuny-Cringy, C., Robinson, P. & Richardson, P. G. M. 2009 - The perception and importance of drum tuning in live performance and music production, The Journal on the Art of Record Production, Issue 4, ISSN: 1754-9892.

- Toulson, E. R. 2008 - Managing Widening Participation in Music and Music Production, Proceedings of the Audio Engineering Society UK Conference, Cambridge, April 2008.

- Toulson, E. R. 2008 - Can We Fix It? The consequences of ‘fixing it in the mix’ with common equalisation techniques are scientifically evaluated, The Journal on the Art of Record Production, Issue 3, ISSN: 1754-9892.

- Toulson, E. R. 2008 - Instrument Tuning Device, International (PCT) Patent application number PCT/GB2009/002017.

- Toulson, E. R. 2007 - Instrument Tuning Device, British Patent application number GB0713649.2.

2017

The Resonant Tuning Factor: A New Measure for Quantifying the Setup and Tuning of Cylindrical Drums (2017)
Toulson, R. 2017. The Resonant Tuning Factor: A New Measure for Quantifying the Setup and Tuning of Cylindrical Drums. 143rd Audio Engineering Society Convention. New York 18 - 21 Oct 2017 Audio Engineering Society.

2016

Safe and Sound Drive: Design of Interactive Sounds Supporting Energy Efficient Behaviour (2016)
Toulson, R., Nykanen, A. and Lopez, M 2016. Safe and Sound Drive: Design of Interactive Sounds Supporting Energy Efficient Behaviour. Interactive Audio Systems Symposium. York, UK 23 Sep 2016 University of York.
Sonic Quick Response Codes (SQRC) for embedding inaudible metadata in sound files (2016)
Sheppard, M., Toulson, R. and Lopez, M. 2016. Sonic Quick Response Codes (SQRC) for embedding inaudible metadata in sound files. 141st Audio Engineering Society Convention. Los Angeles 29 Sep - 02 Oct 2016 Audio Engineering Society.

2014

Holistic Acoustic Absorber Design: from modelling and simulation to laboratory testing and practical realization. (2014)
Toulson, R. and Cirstea, S. 2014. Holistic Acoustic Absorber Design: from modelling and simulation to laboratory testing and practical realization. 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention. Los Angeles 09 - 12 Oct 2014 Audio Engineering Society.

2017

iDrumTune Pro (2017)
Toulson, R. 2017. iDrumTune Pro. Apple App Store Apple App Store.
Red Planet EP ()
Toulson, R. and Paterson, J. Red Planet EP. Apple App Store Apple App Store.

2017

Cross-Fading Between Audio Files (2017)
Toulson, R. and Paterson, J. 2017. Cross-Fading Between Audio Files.

2016

Sound Absorbing Material, A Method For Production Of The Same And Device For Cutting Apertures In The Sound Absorbing Material (2016)
Toulson, R., Flotre, B. and Cirstea, S. 2016. Sound Absorbing Material, A Method For Production Of The Same And Device For Cutting Apertures In The Sound Absorbing Material.

2017

Singer-Songwriter meets Music Production and Studio Technology (2017)
Toulson, R. and Burgess, R.J. 2017. Singer-Songwriter meets Music Production and Studio Technology. in: Williams, J. and Williams, K. (ed.) The Bloomsbury Handbook for the Singer Songwriter UK Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 91-112
The Dreaded Mix Sign-Off: handing over to mastering (2017)
Toulson, R. 2017. The Dreaded Mix Sign-Off: handing over to mastering. in: Hepworth-Sawyer, R. and Hodgson, J. (ed.) Perspectives on Music Production: Mixing Music London Routledge. pp. 257-269
Interactive Digital Music: Enhancing Listener Engagement with Commercial Music (2017)
Toulson, R., Paterson, J., Lever, S., Webster, T., Massey, S. and Ritter, J. 2017. Interactive Digital Music: Enhancing Listener Engagement with Commercial Music. in: Hepworth-Sawyer, R., Hodgson, J., Toulson, R. and Paterson, J.L (ed.) Innovation In Music II Shoreham-by-Sea, UK Future Technology Press. pp. 193-209
Interview with Mix Engineer David Wrench (2017)
Toulson, R. 2017. Interview with Mix Engineer David Wrench. in: Hepworth-Sawyer, R., Hodgson, J., Toulson, R. and Paterson, J.L. (ed.) Innovation In Music II Shoreham-by-Sea, UK Future Technology Press. pp. 1-13

2016

Combining Science with Art to Educate and Motivate Patients prior to Colorectal Cancer Screening (2016)
Toulson, R., De Groen, P. C., Lopez, M., Patel, S. and Szewczynski, M. 2016. Combining Science with Art to Educate and Motivate Patients prior to Colorectal Cancer Screening. in: Uskov, V., Howlett, R. J. and Jain, L. C. (ed.) Smart Education and e-Learning UK Springer. pp. 315-328
Music Making >= Computer Programming (2016)
Toulson, R. 2016. Music Making >= Computer Programming. in: Papadimitriou, I., Prescott, A. and Rogers, J. (ed.) Engineering the Future UK Uniform Communications Ltd. pp. 154-155

2014

Educating and Enhancing Compassion, Emotion and Reflective Professional Practice through Contemporary Digital Filmmaking (2014)
Toulson, R. and Patel, S. 2014. Educating and Enhancing Compassion, Emotion and Reflective Professional Practice through Contemporary Digital Filmmaking. in: Neves-Silva, R., Tshirintzis, G.A., Uskov, V., Howlett, R.J. and Jain, L.C. (ed.) SMART Digital Futures USA IOS Press. pp. 582-591
Evaluating harmonic and intermodulation distortion of mixed signals processed with dynamic range compression (2014)
Toulson, R., Paterson, J. and Campbell, W. 2014. Evaluating harmonic and intermodulation distortion of mixed signals processed with dynamic range compression. in: Innovation In Music Shoreham-by-Sea, UK Future Technology Press. pp. 224-246
A Quantitative Evaluation of Signal Masking in Summed and Compressed Audio (2014)
Toulson, R., Paterson, J. and Campbell, W. 2014. A Quantitative Evaluation of Signal Masking in Summed and Compressed Audio. in: Innovation In Music Shoreham-by-Sea, UK Future Technology Press. pp. 20-31
Embedding ISRC Identifiers in Broadcast Wave Audio Files (2014)
Toulson, R., Grint, B. and Staff, R. 2014. Embedding ISRC Identifiers in Broadcast Wave Audio Files. in: Innovation In Music Shoreham-by-Sea, UK Future Technology Press. pp. 213-223

2017

Innovation In Music II (2017)
Hepworth-Sawyer, R., Hodgson, J., Toulson, R. and Paterson, J. L. (ed.) 2017. Innovation In Music II. Bath, UK Future Technology Press.

2016

Fast and Effective Embedded Systems Design: Applying the ARM mbed. 2nd edition (2016)
Toulson, R. and Wilmshurst, T. 2016. Fast and Effective Embedded Systems Design: Applying the ARM mbed. 2nd edition. Oxford, UK Elsevier.

2014

Innovation In Music (2014)
Hepworth-Sawyer, R, Hodgson, J., Toulson, R. and Paterson, J. L. (ed.) 2014. Innovation In Music. Bath, UK Future Technology Press.

2015

Future Music Formats: evaluating the ‘album app’ (2015)
Toulson, R. and Shakhovskoy, J. 2015. Future Music Formats: evaluating the ‘album app’. Journal on The Art of Record Production. 10.

2014

Tuning and optimisation of an Electric Network Frequency extraction algorithm (2014)
Toulson, R., Sanaei, A. and Cole, M. 2014. Tuning and optimisation of an Electric Network Frequency extraction algorithm. Journal of the Audio Engineering Society. 62 (1/2), pp. 25-36.

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