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Bob Schulein

Bob Schulein

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Audio Fields:

  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Hearing and Hearing Loss Prevention
  • Recording Industry - Film/Video Sound
  • Consumer - Home
  • Consumer - Car
  • Consumer - Portable
  • Consumer - Internet
  • Product Design & Manufacturing - Research & Development
  • Educational Institutions - Educator

Job Duties:

  • Owner/Director
  • Acoustic Consultant
  • Designer
  • Engineer
  • Hardware Designer
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Producer
  • Researcher


Bob Schulein has been involved with the design, development, manufacturing, and marketing of electro-acoustical products for over 40 years. He is currently the owner of RBS Consultants, an international consulting firm in Schaumburg, Illinois, which provides consulting services in areas of acoustics, product research, product design and development, project management, and audio/video recording engineering and producing.

His areas of specialization include professional and consumer audio products and applications, telecommunications and the hearing-health industry.

Bob received BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he did research on piezoresistive semiconductor transducers.

Prior to forming his own consulting firm, Bob held positions at Shure, Inc., and Etymotic Research, Inc., in design, development, engineering management, corporate division management, and senior corporate management. During this period, his focus was in areas of consumer electronics, professional audio, telecommunications systems, audiology, and hearing-aid component development.

While at Shure, Bob managed the Home Theater Sound (HTS) division, which pioneered the development of the first enhanced matrix decoders emulating the professional Dolby products in theaters. This work led to the development of a complete line of processors, power amplifiers, and loudspeakers for high-end home theater systems, predating the introduction of THX performance concepts. The HTS division also developed and pioneered the use of enhanced matrix encoders and decoders for professional applications. Bob introduced matrix surround-sound encoding to baseball television broadcasting, episodic television, Saturday Night Live, The Grammy Awards broadcast, and Super Bowl XXIV in 1990.

Bob's earlier work at Shure was in the area of condenser-microphone research, development, and design. He led the group effort to introduce Shure's first professional condenser microphone, the SM-81.

Bob has been granted 25 patents in the fields of acoustics and electro-acoustics and has 2 patents pending.

Bob has been active in a number of professional organizations within the audio and hearing industries. He is a Fellow and Past President of the International Audio Engineering Society, where he received the Publications Award in 1977, the Board of Governors Award in 1990 and the Bronze Metal in 2013.

He currently serves as a vice-chair of the AES Technical Council, and is chair of the AES Technical Committee on Hearing and Hearing Loss Prevention. Bob is a member the American Auditory Society as well as the American National Standards Institute S3WG48 working group on hearing-aid measurements.

Bob's long interest and successful track record in solving difficult engineering problems has led to his development of miniature directional microphones for hearing aids, an acoustically transparent non-porous wax barrier for the hearing aid industry, and an advanced professional in-ear monitoring system used by major performers. It was the high-performance patented binaural audio technology used in these in-ear monitoring systems that served as a major component of ImmersAV Technology.

AES Awards

In 1977, Robert B. Schulein was presented with the AES Fellowship Award.

In 1977, Robert B. Schulein was presented with the AES Publications Award.

In 1980, Robert B. Schulein was presented with the AES Board of Governors Award.

In 2013, Robert B. Schulein was presented with the AES Bronze Medal Award in recognition for outstanding service in the advancement of the Audio Engineering Society, sustained over a period of more than 40 years.

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