About  Us

Find out a bit more about the team behind Manipulated Acoustics.

Long story short

Manipulated Acoustics are a Manchester based provider of audio material for the creative industries, specialising in obscure and inspiring locations and objects. We seek out and capture the acoustic DNA of spaces and objects and utilise these in our unique series of products and design applications.

Everyone forgets about sound, but as the adage goes ‘you can watch a film with a bad picture and good sound, but you can’t watch a film with bad sound’.

At Manipulated Acoustics, we take a personal and conversational approach to dealing with our clients, we want to talk to you, and help you achieve your goals by releasing the potential that exceptional music and sound design can offer, be it in a film, or in a public square, or for your on-hold service, or the bleep your widget makes.

If you need music or a sound or you need to know about sound, pop over and say hello!

From original music, scores, jingles, and sound design, we can produce something to fit your budget so you get music and sound that works, sounds great, and is affordable.

Why Manipulated Acoustics?

It is the strong emphasis on creative engineering and design which makes us stand out from the crowd. Rob and Neil, the founders of Manipulated acoustics bring a strong academic foundation in acoustics & audio engineering matched with traditional music and composition, which will not be found elsewhere. We have the skills, knowledge and experience!

What is Sound Design?

Sound design is a technical/conceptually creative field. It covers all non-compositional elements of a film, a play, computer game software or any other multimedia project. Sound design is ultimately responsible for all aspects of a film’s audio track, from the dialogue and sound effects recording to the re-recording of the final track.

In film, for example, sound design helps with the realisation of the director’s audio vision. This normally entails the creation of sound elements for unusual sources. Whilst this utilises creative skills, the process can be long and drawn out without the fundamental understanding of how sound works.

Expertise in the fields of acoustics and psychoacoustics, plays a crucial role in creating a soundtrack which goes beyond mere sound effects, to the creation of a sonic experience like no other. We apply our expertise in these areas to develop outstanding sound libraries for you to use.

Hand-crafted audio, compositions and media content with the highest quality

Our Team

Meet the Manipulated Acoustics team…

Robert J. Baldwin
Founder of Manipulated Acoustics

Robert is a media composer with over twenty years’ worth of experience creating music and sound design assets. His passion first began when he was 12 years old, using an Atari ST running Hybrid Arts Edit Track, Steinberg Cubase and a four-track tape recorder.

Robert’s past clients include Greater Manchester Police, the NHS, Henshaw’s Society for the Blind, Dance Syndrome, TV Salford, Classical Revolution, the Edinburgh String Quartet, and Manchester University to name a few. Additionally, Robert is very active scoring many independent short and feature length films.

Robert has a Master’s Degree in composition, a BA (Hons) Popular Music & Recording degree from the University of Salford and currently holds the position of Lecturer of Composition & Music Production at Futureworks School of Media & Music in Salford, teaching undergrad students how to make an absolute racket.

His weapons of choice are the piano, synthesiser, guitar, voice, microphone, sampler, objects and things, other assorted studio based noise machines, red wine, and salami.

Robert is the co-founder of Manipulated Acoustics, alongside Dr Neil Bruce, and both have an obsession with interfering with sounds and recording bodily noises and laughing about the results to pass the time as they are both still about 10 years old mentally.

Neil S. Bruce
Founder of Manipulated Acoustics

Dr. Neil is a guitarist, composer and sound designer, with an obsessive love for audio. This started when he got his first Yamaha MT120 cassette multitrack and got into recording! Neil has been playing and recording for over 30 years and has been fortunate enough to have gigged around the world and had his guitar playing featured on numerous recordings, TV and film and corporate jingles.

Neil also worked at Manor Mobile recording studio, with artists, including Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Al Green, Barbara Cooke, and now lectures at a number of Universities, including The University of Manchester, Salford University and School of Electronic Music.

Neil has a PhD in Soundscapes, MSc in Multimedia Signal Processing, B.Eng (Hons) in Electroacoustics  Diplomas’ in Music (Open University), Media Composition (Film institute of LA) and Orchestration (Berklee). Neil also has a Specialist Blues, Rock and Jazz Guitar and General Music (including Steve Vai guitar Module) Certificate from Berklee.

His weapons of choice are the guitar, random microphones, a collection of random junk, Logic Pro and a far to many bizarre plug-ins to count.

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