Welcome! All Around Audio is owned and operated by myself (Steve Simonson), and has been incorporated for more than 15 years. I am an independant Audio Engineer and Producer, Sound Designer, Educator and Live Sound Technician. I began playing drums at age 10 and started recording and performing professionally at 13, playing festivals and weddings. Later, since I had the station wagon to haul my drums, I also hauled the PA gear, and it soon became my job to hook it all up! From there I began dabbling in recording with 'shoebox' cassette decks and my neighbors reel-to-reel machines.
My formal percussion education was classically based, starting with private lessons, public school groups and several summers at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. After graduating High School, I enrolled at Michigan State University as a music major, studying Performance and performing in the MSU Marching Band, Concert Band and Orchestra, and Hockey Band.
After a short time away from college (pursuing a career as a "Rock Star"), I returned to MSU and became a Telecommunications Major. My interests and studies focused on Broadcast Production (TV & Radio) and Mutli-track Music Production. I was the Production Director at MSU Student Radio when it transitioned to FM from carrier current AM, and won a MAB Best Production Award in 1988.
After graduation from MSU, I began working at Harvest Productions (Now Harvest Creative Services) and I have been actively producing, recording, running live sound and performing in the Lansing area (and beyond!) ever since. In 1996 I began working at Lansing Community College as a part time Instructor and Supervisor of the LCC Audio Production Labs and Studios. It has become my passion to teach what I know, and to learn what to teach by working with my professional clients.
In the course of my professional life, I have done thousands of performances, shows and recordings. I invite you to look over these pages and explore a small sample of my work, a virtual demo of what I do everyday. I have every confidence that I can help you reach your creative and aesthetic goals, on time and on budget! If you'd like to see or hear more of what I have done (or what I can do for you NOW!), please contact me via email at TheSteve@AllAroundAudio.com. I have the knowledge and experience you need to tame your Media Circus, and to help you fully realize your artistic ambitions!
My Location Recording Rig set up to track piano at CPAC.
Steve Simonson, with a friend, at a Surf Band Gig!