AES Member Profile

Bruce C. Olson

Bruce C. Olson

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Audio Fields:

  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Architectural Acoustics
  • Recording Industry - Music Recording/Mix Studio
  • Recording Industry - Location Sound Recording
  • Live Sound - Concert Sound
  • Live Sound - Public Address
  • Live Sound - Church Sound
  • Acoustics, Psychoacoustics, Hearing - Measurement and Instrumentation
  • Educational Institutions - Educator

Job Duties:

  • Systems Designer
  • A/V Computer Designer
  • Acoustic Consultant
  • Acoustician
  • Educator
  • Musician/Talent
  • Software Designer
  • Sound Designer


Bruce C. Olson is the founding member of Olson Sound Design, a consulting firm started in 1991 specializing in acoustical and technical systems design for Performing Arts Centers, Recording Studios, and Houses of Worship. Prior to this, he worked for 13 years in audio and acoustical systems design, installation, testing, and project management for AVC Systems, a systems contractor in Minneapolis, MN.

As the Chair of the Audio Engineering Society Standards Committee (AESSC), and having served as the Chair of the AES Working Group on Grounding and EMC Practices (SC-05-05), Vice-Chair of the AES Technical Committee for EMC (AESTC-EMC), and as a member of various AES standards groups, Bruce is actively involved in the latest technology in audio and acoustics. He has also served as Chair, Treasurer, and committee member of his local AES chapter, Governor of the AES, and President of his local ASA chapter.

Mr. Olson has been an invited speaker for sessions, workshops, classes, and seminars for the AES, The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Acoustical Society of America (ASA), InfoComm, International Commission for Acoustics (ICA), Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA), National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA), Synergetic Audio Concepts (Syn-Aud-Con), and United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT). He is a Fellow of the AES and the ASA, and a member of IEEE, SMPTE, Syn-Aud-Con and USITT. He continues as an active musician and is a member of the Ria Saxophone Quintet and The Bend in the River Big Band.

AES Awards

In 2018, Bruce Olson was presented with the AES Fellowship Award for outstanding contributions to AES Standards and to sound reinforcement system design and practices.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

In 2017, Bruce Olson was presented with the ASA Fellowship Award for contributions to design and modeling of electro-acoustic systems for architectural spaces.

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