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December 2016 MSP Audio Geeks meetup

Wednesday, December 28th

November's MSP Audio Geeks meetup will be on Wednesday, December 28th from 7-9pm at Lake Monster Brewing. Join us as we close out 2016 and look ahead to 2017 - bring your ideas and suggestions for the future!

If you are hungry, Tiki Tim's food truck will be on hand, or you can bring your own snacks.

Invite your friends and join us for an evening of audio geekery! If you are planning to attend, please email mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com so we can keep an eye out for you.

Date: Wednesday, December 28th, 2016
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Lake Monster Brewing
550 Vandalia St.
St. Paul, MN 55114
Click here for a Google map
Parking: There is a free parking lot on the west side of the building, off of Cretin Ave. N.
Metro Transit: Lake Monster is accessible via local bus route #63. Please visit for more information.

Professional Music Business Advice meetup

Wednesday, December 15th

James M. Davis, of Cade Michaels Management and Consulting, has been organizing monthly events for the Professional Music Business Advice Meetup group. This month's event is on Wednesday, December 15th at 7pm. The topic is Music Business Q&A, and the meetup will be held online. Please note: RSVP is required to obtain the link to the meetup.

With the holidays, it can be hard to find a great time or date to physically get together, so this will be a virtual meeting!

On December 1st we'll start taking question submissions to JDavis at Please submit your questions early so I can be as prepared as possible for the event.

Nothing is off limits here, send in your questions and we'll have a very candid conversation about music business.

For more details and to RSVP, click here or check out the Facebook event.

About the Professional Music Business Advice group: "This group meets once a month to discuss all the business obstacles that face talented musicians. More than a conversation, this group focusses on solving issues and helping artists/music professionals develop their careers. Hosted by a professional Music Manager with 20+ years experience in the music business."

Date: Wednesday, December 15th, 2016
Time: 7pm
Location: URL sent out to those who RSVP

Audio Society of MN

Tuesday, January 16th, 2017

There is no ASM meeting in December, but January's meeting is on Tuesday, January 16th. This will be the annual Bring and Brag music fest.

From the website: "We encourage you to bring an interesting recording or two to listen to on our "Mostly Minnesota Made" system. We can accommodate many digital disc formats on our multiformat player and we also have an excellent turntable to play your (clean) vinyl records.

Please join us at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in St. Louis Park for an evening of in depth discussion and listening. Attendance is free for all, and light refreshments will be on hand. The presentation begins at 7:00 PM, and, as always we encourage you to join us at 6:30 for more casual conversation."

Refreshments are served; guests, visitors, and new members are welcome to attend.

Join: Individuals may join the ASM at any time by paying the annual dues of $25 at any meeting. Club dues for those who join after our December break are just $15.

To find out more, check out their website at or their Facebook page at

Date: Tuesday, January 16th
Time: 7pm
Location: Pavek Museum
3517 Raleigh Avenue
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Designing Sound Exchange December Giveaway

Designing Sound has created a discussion-based area of their site, dubbed Designing Sound Exchange. It's aiming to pick up where the Social Sound Design website left off. This month they are hosting a giveaway with all kinds of cool prizes including software, sound effects libraries, and training, to encourage more interaction on the exchange. Read more about the exchange here and check out the giveaway details here.

Mpls-St. Paul Studio Nerds Facebook group

Audio geek discussions galore!

If you are looking for another online outlet for meeting others in the audio world, check out the Mpls-St. Paul Studio Nerds Facebook group.

From the group's description:
"This is a space for all the Mpls-St. Paul folk (current or former) who spend a lot of time in the studio. This is a place for engineers, producers, songwriters, and session guys and gals to talk gear, share techniques, encourage each other, network, and collaborate."

If you're not yet a member, simply request to join the group and an admin will add you. With 500 people in the group, it's a great place to share ideas, learn from each other, and meet new people.

Job Postings

We stumbled across some job postings and wanted to pass them along here. Good luck!
  • APM is hiring a producer for the Performance Today program. Learn about the job here.

  • MMI is hiring an instructor for live sound. If you're interested, see the job posting here.

  • Hypberbolic Audio in New York, NY is hiring a post production audio engineer. See the job posting here.

  • "Sledgehammer Games is looking for a passionate and experienced game Sound Designer to help create a fresh new AAA aural experience for our next project. You will be involved in virtually every aspect of game audio content development alongside one of the most passionate and experienced audio teams in the industry."
    Read the description here. They are also hiring an Associate Sound Designer.

  • The Woodbury campus of Eagle Brook Church is hiring a full-time FOH engineer. If you love the art of mixing, working with professional musicians, and partnering with other full time production staff to create amazing experiences, this could be a great fit for you. To learn more and submit an application, send an email to productionteam at eaglebrookchurch dot com.

  • CheerSounds is seeking full-time remote producers who are Pro Tools savvy. CheerSounds is the world’s leading music production company for cheerleading and competitive dance music. They specialize in high energy/aggressive content--Pop/EDM/Trap related genres are right up their alley. Contact Phoebe Danskin if you are interested in learning more & applying for the position.

Are we missing a job listing? Let us know via email at mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com.

Cool stuff from around the web

  • Raspberry Pi LED record-finder
    We came across this great idea to make finding a record quick & easy. And it makes a cool LED display to boot! Check it out here
  • Behind the Scenes at The Current studios
    The Current recently released a fun sneak peak behind the curtain of their live sessions, featuring some of your fellow audio geeks!
    "What makes the live sessions at The Current sound as good as they do? Take a peek behind the scenes with four of the people who make a live session sound as amazing as your favorite album and as effortless as a walk in the park."
  • Physical Music Format Evolution
    Check out this cool interactive timeline showing the evolution of physical music formats.
  • Funklet
    Here's a cool educational tool that lets you manipulate drum patterns from classic songs or create your own patterns:
  • Radio drama staircase
    For all you Foley artists & fans out there, here's a staircase design for you to consider!
  • Recording studio construction in photos
    Oakland, CA studio 25th Street Recording recently shared some photos of their construction & build process. You can check it out here.
  • Inside Abbey Road
    Google teamed up with Abbey Road Studios to a cool interactive inside look at the studio. Grab your favorite pair of headphones and check it out!

Industry Events


Designing Sound Event Calendar

Are you looking for other events locally, nationally, and regionally that you don't see listed here? Check out the Designing Sound events calendar that lists all kinds of audio geek events.

Tape Camp

February 18-10, 2017
Welcome to 1979
Nashville, TN

Chris Mara of Welcome to 1979 is hosting another tape camp this coming February. Stay tuned for details, or keep an eye out for more info on their Facebook page:

GDC 2017

February 27-March 3, 2017
San Francisco, CA

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world's largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event. The GDC attracts over 26,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry. The GDC is produced by the UBM Tech Game Network. Learn more and stay updated at


April 21-23, 2017
The Westin O'Hare
Rosemont, IL

AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) is the defining high-end consumer audio show in the United States. The three day experience features multiple hotel floors packed with listening rooms, exhibit floors, seminars and live musical performances. Whether you’re a serious audiophile, a new comer to high-end audio or simply a music lover, you’ll find everything you need to immerse yourself in your favorite sounds.

The event features over 110 high fidelity listening rooms, providing guests the enviable opportunity to experience the newest technology in high-end consumer audio products. Attendees are encouraged to go from room to room and sit, listen and compare the various systems. The Marketplace and Ear Gear Expo play host to thousands of products and accessories from cables to headphones to LPs and SACDs.

AES Upper Midwest

Are you a member of the AES? Then check out the Upper Midwest Section website to see a list of the current officers, read the blog, participate in the forum, and more.

If you are a not an AES member but are interested in joining, click here for more information.

Pink Noise

Pink Noise is a cool online magazine brought to you by editors Catherine Vericolli and Allen Farmelo. It features interviews, technical papers, essays, and more. We think you should check it out!

Peruse their website at, like them on Facebook:, and follow them on Twitter:

Recording Studio Rockstars Podcast

Many of you know fellow audio geek Chris Mara as the owner of Welcome to 1979 in Nashville, TN. He was recently featured on the Recording Studio Rockstars podcast. Vinyl mastering engineer Cameron Henry, also of Welcome to 1979, was also interviewed. You can check out Chris's episode here and Cameron's episode here.

Vinyl Emergency Podcast

If you're into vinyl, then you should check out Vinyl Emergency, a new podcast hosted by Jim Hanke. He and "a wide range of guests discuss vinyl records as well as the lives of those who collect, create or commemorate them."

You can subscribe in iTunes here, and in other RSS readers here.

Do you have news to share?

We are happy to help promote your events, announcements, gear sales, and other audio-related news. Send an email to mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com with the pertinent information, including any links and images you'd like included. Please keep it brief!

Get involved!

Do you enjoy attending the monthly meetups and reading about audio-related happenings in each newsletter? The MSP Audio Geeks strives to provide a fun community for sound and music-minded people and is always open to your input to make it what you want it to be. If you'd like to help out by contributing content to the monthly emails and/or the website, assisting in arranging and promoting monthly meetups, or some other idea you have, we welcome your help. If you're interested in getting more involved, drop a line to mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com.
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