experience


Master Control Specialist (FT)
International Control Center, Minnesota Public Radio
June 2017 – Present
Roles: quality control for all MPR stations and affiliated distribution networks, help desk for studio facilities, underwriting production, news archiving

mpr.org

 

Podcast Engineer, VO Talent and Composer (Recurring Contract)
CIVIOS Podcast Initiative, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
September 2016 - Present
Roles: recording/mixing/mastering CIVIOS episodes, writing+recording original music and voicing scripts as needed
civios.umn.edu

 

Technical Training Specialist (Recurring Contract)
Radio KUOM, University of Minnesota
September 2016 - Present
Roles: teaching recording and mixing techniques to students
radiok.org
 

A/V Technician, FOH Engineer (Recurring Contract)
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
September 2016 - Present
Roles: A/V lead for events

hhh.umn.edu

 

Sound Designer/Voiceover Engineer (FT)
Audio Ruckus Recording
October 2014 – May 2016
Roles: recording voiceover, post-production for tv/radio/audiobook/podcast/film

audioruckus.com

 

Media Production Assistant (Temporary Grant-Funded FT)
Minnesota Public Radio
May 2014 – July 2014
Roles: digitizing the Classical 99.5 (KSJN) library for new play-to-air system

mpr.org

 

Chief Student Engineer (Student Staff PT)
Radio KUOM, University of Minnesota
March 2013 – May 2014
Roles: mixing bands for live in-studio broadcasts, recording/mixing/mastering in Pro Tools

radiok.org

Production Director (Student Staff PT)
Radio KUOM, University of Minnesota
December 2012 – April 2013
Roles: recording/mixing/mastering of all underwriting content

radiok.org

 

Studio Intern
Essential Sessions Studios
September 2013 - September 2014
Roles: recording/mixing/mastering projects, studio maintenance

essentialsessions.com

 

Studio Intern
Secret Stash Records
March 2014 - September 2014
Roles: recording/mixing/mastering projects, studio maintenance
secretstashrecords.com

 

7th St. Entry Stage Management Intern
First Avenue & 7th Street Entry
March 2014 – August 2014
Roles: FOH and monitor mixing, stage management
first-avenue.com

 

IT Assistant/Help Desk (Student Staff PT)
Psychology Office of IT, University of Minnesota
October 2011 – December 2012
Roles: tier 1 IT help desk tasks
cla.umn.edu/psychology

Volunteer DJ
Radio KUOM, University of Minnesota
January 2013 – May 2014
Roles: live on-air DJ
radiok.org


ENGINEERING CREDITS


SONNY KNIGHT & THE LAKERS (Live to Tape Album)
Driftwood Pyre (Studio Record @ Blue Bell Knoll)
PRAIRIE FIRE LADY CHOIR & ABY WOLF (Live record @ cedar cultural center)
JT BATES B3 ORGAN TRIO (Live record @ Jazz Central)
STRAYA (studio records @ secret Stash and Blue Bell Knoll)
Magic Castles (Studio Record @ Blue Bell Knoll)
Purple Funk Metropolis (Studio Record @ Secret Stash)
Tabah (multiple live to video recordings)
william within (studio records @ secret stash and blue bell Knoll)
Dracular (studio record @ Blue Bell Knoll)
SIX FAMILIES COLLECTIVE (multiple live recordings)
Grape whales (Studio recording)
AND MANY MORE

RADIO K SESSIONS:
NOAH & THE WHALE
KATE NASH
DESSA (DOOMTREE)
CSS
HAERTS
THE CLOAK OX
CAROLINE SMITH
DOSH (ANDREW BIRD)
BATHS
BRENDAN CANNING
SAINTSENECA
ISLANDS
CATE LE BON
PORCELAIN RAFT
STILL CORNERS
AND MANY MORE


Awards


RADIO K ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP
SPRING 2013

One of my biggest projects as Radio K's Production Director was implementing an in-house production standard, something that hadn't concretely existed before I worked there. Older content that was still being aired had been mastered differently than more recent content, resulting in an inconsistent broadcast that required listeners to ride the volume dial. To fix this, I remastered the old content and implemented the same mastering standard for all future content. I was fortunate enough to work one-on-one with broadcast engineers from Radio K and Minnesota Public Radio in the process.


testimonials


"During his time as Production Director, he made huge improvements to our broadcast. Most impressive was the arduous hours spent working not only to make it easier for DJs to manage audio levels, but also re-producing all of our pre-recorded spots and creating a first-ever station-wide audio standard. Alex’s work has greatly improved the listener’s experience which helps the station by in-turn increasing donations. He truly went ‘above and beyond’ in his work as Production Director."


Sara Miller
Station Manager
Radio KUOM

 

"Thanks to Alex Simpson for his masterful engineering and studio acumen. Sounds radical!"

Jon Davis
Musician
Ghostband

 

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