Sound Analysis Workshop

BRP Sounds Analysis Workshop

We offer a five-day introductory-level Sound Analysis Workshop, usually twice per year. The workshop is intended primarily for biologists interested in analysis, visualization, and measurement of animal sounds. The workshop covers basic principles of spectrographic analysis and measurement of animal sounds, as well as specific tools and techniques in Raven Pro, a sound analysis application program developed by BRP. Watch a 5-minute video illustrating one type of analysis covered in the Sound Analysis Workshop.

Upcoming workshops: 

 15-19 October 2018, Ithaca, NY

October SAW is FULL

Since its inception in 2007, more than 350 participants from 32 countries have taken the class, with basic and applied research interests in the sounds of birds, marine mammals, bats and other terrestrial mammals, frogs, insects, and fish.

The workshop provides an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow participants on your sound analysis research and to develop new contacts with staff and researchers in the Bioacoustics Research Program.

 Workshop Content and Format

The first three days of the workshop consist mainly of lectures, demos, discussions, and hands-on exercises covering general principles and specific techniques in Raven Pro. In the last two days we focus on review and follow-up of this core material and on specific needs and interests of the participants, in both small-group and individualized consultation sessions. Limiting the class size to 12 participants allows us to give attention to each individual’s needs. Throughout the week, guest presentations by Cornell and visiting researchers illustrate diverse applications of analysis principles and techniques discussed in the workshop.

Is the Workshop Right for You?

In a one-week workshop, there is not enough time to cover everything that participants might need to know in order to use bioacoustic principles and methods in their work. Instead, our goal is to provide a basic foundation of concepts and tools, upon which participants can continue to build after the workshop ends.

The following two documents should help you determine whether this workshop would be worthwhile for you, given your specific interests and needs.

Detailed outline of topics covered in the workshop (PDF).

List of related topics that are not covered in the workshop (PDF).

If, after reading these documents, you’d like to apply, please follow instructions below.

Registration and Logistics

Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity, home of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New YorkImogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity, home of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York

The course is presented at the Imogene Powers Johnson Center for Birds and Biodiversity, home of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, in Ithaca, New York.

The standard fee for the course is $1,400, but students enrolled in a degree program are eligible for the discount rate of $1,050. A deposit of $300 is required to reserve a place. The fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch for five days, a one-year license for Raven Pro, and a hard copy of the Raven Pro User’s Manual. (Students may renew the Raven license for as long as they remain students.) Participants are responsible for their transportation, accommodation, and meals other than lunch. A range of accommodations is available nearby.

Information about traveling to Ithaca and local accommodations (PDF).

Workshop registration is open to anyone. If you’re interested in attending the October 2018 or the April 2019 (exact dates to be announced) workshop, please complete this questionnaire with information about your background and interests in bioacoustic sound analysis. We will be in touch with you thereafter. If you have specific questions about the workshop, contact Liz Rowland (

Participants are expected to provide their own Windows or Mac laptop.

Contact Information

If have further questions about the Sound Analysis Workshop please contact Liz Rowland.