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March 2016 MSP Audio Geeks meetup

Thursday, March 31st

March 2016 marks 6 years for the MSP Audio Geeks! Thanks to everyone who has hosted an event, attended a meetup, spread the word, and otherwise supported audio geeks! In honor of the anniversary we will be holding a town hall style meeting. Come and share your ideas for the group's future and hear about ways you can become more involved.

March's meetup will be on Thursday, March 31st at 7pm at Town Hall Tap (apropos, yes?). Invite your friends and join us for a fun evening of audio geekery!

If you would like to join us, please RSVP to mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com so we can get a large enough table. If it's nice and there's space, we'll try to grab an outdoor spot.

Date: Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Town Hall Tap
4810 Chicago Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 767-7307
Click here for a map
There is ample street parking on the surrounding streets.

Soundgirls Minneapolis Chapter meetup

Sunday, March 13th

Sound Girls, is holding its first meeting for the Minneapolis chapter this Sunday, March 13th, at 6pm at Caffetto Coffee Shop. They will be planning future events, workshops, and seminars. All genders and non-conforming genders are welcome to attend.

From the website: " supports women working in professional audio and music production by highlighting their success and providing a place for them to connect, network, and share advice. SoundGirls.Org provides support, career development, and tools to help those working in the field advance in their career.

SoundGirls.Org's vision is to inspire and empower young women and girls to enter the world of professional audio and music production while expanding opportunities for girls and women in these fields, and to share resources and knowledge through cooperation, collaboration, and diversity."

Date: Sunday, March 13th, 2016
Time: 6pm
Location: Caffetto Coffee Shop
708 W 22nd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 872-0911
Click here for a map

Audio Society of MN

Tuesday, March 15th

The Audio Society of MN's next meeting is on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 7pm. Manufacturing hollow state gear in St. Paul since the last centennial year, Atma•Sphere Music Systems is known for their meticulously built OTL amplifiers. In particular, their MA-3 defines direct–coupled power amplification, generating 500W into a load of 2-16Ω. Founder Ralph Karsten will bring some of his tasty tubular treats to the meeting, along with some fascinating stories of audiophilia.

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

The Audio Society of Minnesota is a non-commercial hobby organization incorporated in 1979. They present monthly meetings from September to May/June of each year, and publish a monthly ASM Bulletin during that time.

Meetings are held at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting:
3517 Raleigh Avenue
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Membership is just $25, or $15 after the December break. To learn more about the Audio Society of Minnesota, head to their Facebook page or their website,

Recording Studio Rockstars Podcast

Featuring Chris Mara!

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. You can check it out 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.

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!

From the website: "Pink Noise is dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices speaking about recordmaking and to fostering an intellectual tradition to accompany the practice of recordmaking.

The initial impulse for Pink Noise grew out of frustration with the persistent male-dominance and chauvinism in the modern recording scene, and so this publication unabashedly has a feminist slant. Pink Noise also operates from the idea that the diversification of voices requires an intellectually rigorous critical dialogue about recordmaking. We look to architecture, design, photography, theater and filmmaking and as models of how a technical and aesthetic field can foster a parallel intellectual tradition that raises the self-awareness and intellectual rigor of the field in general. In turn, that self-awareness and intellectual rigor can help give rise to new voices, ideas and dialogues.

Recording technology is already robustly covered in other publications. When discussing technology, Pink Noise aims to explore how technology interacts with and gives shape to creative processes, interpersonal dynamics and what actually happens when making records. We aim to avoid gear-centrism, tool-obsession and techno-fetishism in general."

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

Support for Ray Wilson

Ray Wilson is the man behind Music From Outer Space, a wealth of knowledge for all the synth DIY-ers out there. He is also the author of Make: Analog Synthesizers. A month ago he was diagnosed with cancer and his family is using GoFundMe to raise money to help offset medical costs and the loss of income due to his illness. Read more and donate if you are so inclined at

Job Postings

We stumbled across some job postings and wanted to pass them along here. Good luck!
  • American Public Media / MPR is hiring an audio applications developer, an on-call audio engineer, and a host for The Current - Duluth. See these & other job listings at
  • CheerSounds is hiring a full time audio editor. Please note you will be working in Stony Brook, NY. Contact Phoebe Danskin if you are interested in learning more & applying for the position.
  • Anki is hiring a senior sound designer. This position is in San Francisco. See the job posting and apply here.

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.


April 15-17, 2016
The Westin O'Hare
Rosemont / Chicago

Whether you’re a serious audiophile, a newcomer to high-end audio, a musician or simply a music lover, you’ll find everything you need to immerse yourself in your favorite sounds at AXPONA. Join us for three solid days of great music, advanced technology, stunning design, education, networking and entertainment. Experience the world’s finest consumer audio systems, compare brands, and enjoy every minute. It’s guaranteed to be music to your ears!

NAB Show

April 16-21, 2016
Las Vegas Convention Center

The National Association of Broadcasters is the voice for the nation's radio and television broadcasters. As the premier trade association for broadcasters, NAB advances the interests of our members in federal government, industry and public affairs; improves the quality and profitability of broadcasting; encourages content and technology innovation; and spotlights the important and unique ways stations serve their communities.

Attendees representing every sector of the industry including Broadcast, Digital Media, Film, Entertainment, Telecom, Post-Production, Academia, Houses of Worship, Advertising, Military, Government, Retail, Security, Sports, Live Events, Online Video, IT, Virtual and Augmented Reality and more converge in Las Vegas for six days to embrace the immersive experiences reshaping the new reality of media.

Registration packages start at $150.


May 19-22, 2016
Durham, NC

Moogfest is the synthesis of music, art and technology. Since 2004, Moogfest has brought together artists, futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists, and musicians.

By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation. This mind-expanding conference attracts creative and technology professionals for three days of participatory programming in Durham, North Carolina. Each evening, Moogfest presents cutting edge music in venues throughout the city. Performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant garde experimentalists of today.

Moogfest is a tribute to Dr. Robert Moog and the profound influence his inventions have had on how we hear the world. Over the last sixty years, Bob Moog and Moog Music have pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology tools for artists. This exchange between engineer and musician is celebrated with a unique festival format where the creative process is understood as a collaboration among many people, across time and space, in commerce and culture.

Pre-sale tickets are just $200 right now. Click here to purchase.

140th AES Convention

June 4-7, 2016
Palais de Congres, Paris, France

Vinyl Camp

June 10-11, 2016
Welcome to 1979
Nashville, TN

Under the direction of Welcome to 1979 studio owner & seasoned audio engineer Chris Mara, Vinyl Camp will explore recording and mixing techniques when recording direct-to-disc. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to learn about standard cutting procedures during a lathe room demonstration with '79 master cutting engineer, Cameron Henry, in the studio's cutting suite.

On Sunday, a band will be in studio where they will do a live, direct-to-disc recording. Attendees will have the unparalleled opportunity to see what goes into cutting a live record:

  • from band setup,
  • to eyeing microgrooves in real time,
  • to the finished product.

Sunday gives attendees their opportunity to get the hands-on experience that Welcome to 1979 camps are known for, bringing the concepts discussed throughout the workshop to life!

Lunch will be provided both Saturday & Sunday.

In order to keep the experience as personalized as possible, space is limited to 12 individuals. Register now to secure your spot!

Cost: $300 per person

Click here to register.

2016 AES International Conference on Sound Field Control

July 18-20, 2016
Guildford, UK

We invite you to participate in the second AES International Conference on Sound Field Control, which will gather researchers, engineers and users to explore and discuss arrays, algorithms, abstractions and applications for sound field control. Sound field control technology enables the active management of audio delivered within an acoustical environment. Potential uses of the technology include the creation of independent sound zones, active control of noise, personal communication systems, electroacoustic manipulation of room acoustics, and replication of complex spatial sound fields using multichannel audio systems. The three-day conference program incorporates keynote and tutorial lectures, research talks, themed workshop panel discussions, poster presentations and demonstrations.

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.

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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