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 in the Department of Music Research, Schulich School of Music, 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 (aero)acoustic behaviours;
  • 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);


  • Miranda received an NSERC CGS Doctoral scholarship … congratulations!
  • Theodora, Alberto and Miranda received FRQ Doctoral scholarships … congratulations!
  • Mark Rau will join us in Fall 2023 as a postdoc, funded by an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship!
  • Takuto Yudasaka from Yamaha will join us in Fall 2023 as a visiting scholar for two years!


CAML has been funded by grants from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. Students working in the lab have received funding from NSERC, the Fonds de recherche du Québec: Nature et technologies (FRQNT), the Schulich School of Music, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) and Hexagram. In-kind donations for equipment, materials and software purchases have been received from D'Addario Woodwinds, Yamaha Corp., Godin Guitars, AuSIM Engineering, Apple Computer, Dell Computer, Universal Audio, National Instruments, Media Musique, and Cycling '74.