Doug Olson


1012 Lowell St
Madison, WI, 53715


To capitalize on my experience as a music producer, audio engineer and teacher - where I have collaborated with customers to solve both human and technical problems - and on my interest in programming and technology, in order to obtain a challenging and rewarding position as a technical consultant or liason.

Work experience

Madison Media Institute 2006 - Present

Program Chair - Recording and Live Sound As program chair, I oversee the operation of the Recording and Live Sound program at the Madison Media Institute. My responsibilities include, instructor hiring, evaluation, development and scheduling, compliance with accreditation standards, curriculum development and maintenance, student retention and academic oversight, equipment purchases and upgrades and running the program advisory committee.

Madison Media Institute 2003 - Present

Instructor As an instructor, I work with groups of students with diverse skills and motivations. I enjoy this challenge and strive to deliver as much value as possible to each individual in my class. I have taught courses in Audio Engineering, Digital audio workstations, Audio Mixing Techniques, Live Sound, Electronics

Mr. Colson 1992 - Present

Freelance Producer, Mixer, Engineer As a producer, mixer or engineer, I apply my technical, aesthetic and collaborative skills to each project with the ultimate goal of delivering an end product that meets or exceeds my client's expectations.

I have done work for the John Oliver Show, the HBO Reverb Show, the Smashing Pumpkins, Remy Zero, Paw, Skunk Anansie, The Watchmen, Cheap Trick, L7 and numerous other artists. I have also had the good fortune to work with and learn from some great producers like Butch Vig, Garth Richardson, Jack Joseph Puig, Steve Thompson, Mark Haines and Brian Paulson. Most of my work is documented on the projects page of my website. Partial external discographies are also available at and at

Smart Studios 1987 - 1992

Staff Engineer My time at Smart began as an apprenticeship and training ground, assisting on punk rock records and engineering demos for local bands, and over time evolved into a career that took me all over the world. It was not a traditional job - I was given tremendous latitude and had no formal job description. The only expectation was to make it sound great and leave my clients delighted, an ethos I have tried to apply throughout my career


I have written software in Python, R, Java, JavaScript and Swift, and developed my own website. Many of my projects are available on github


Bachelor of Science, English Literature 1982 - 1986

University of Wisconsin, Madison



  • Wisconsin Innocence Project Expert Witness in the exoneration of Richard Kittilstad
  • Interview in The Onion
  • I love to play the piano, guitar and mandolin, and try to spend a little quality time with at least one of them every day.


References available upon request.