The Computational Acoustic Modeling Laboratory (CAML) at McGill University is devoted to musical acoustics and sound synthesis research. Lab projects are also directed toward the development of software tools to assist with audio processing, music performance, and pedagogy. CAML is part of the Music Technology area of the Schulich School of Music of McGill University and is directed by Gary Scavone. CAML is also part of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT).

Research Overview

Scientific research conducted in CAML includes:

  • Measurements and analyses of music instruments and other sounding objects to gain a theoretical understanding of their fundamental acoustic behaviors;
  • The development of computer-based mathematical models for the analysis of acoustic systems and for subsequent use in studying variations in instrument designs;
  • Perceptual studies to better understand how performers sense variations between musical instruments;
  • The creation of efficient, real-time synthesis algorithms capable of producing convincing sounds (perhaps informed by psychoacoustic data);


CAML has been funded by grants from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada and the Fonds Québécois de Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC). Students working in the lab have received funding from NSERC, the Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies (FQRNT), the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) and Hexagram. In-kind donations for equipment and software purchases have been received from Yamaha Corp., Godin Guitars, AuSIM Engineering, Apple Computer, Dell Computer, Universal Audio, National Instruments, Media Musique, and Cycling '74.