January 2014 MSP Audio Geeks Meetup

Wednesday, January 29th

January's meetup is this Wednesday, January 29th from 6:30-8:30pm at HDMG. Oliver Masciarotte will be demonstrating Sonic Studio's Amarra Symphony software and how it can improve the sound of your system by taking into account your listening environment. From their website: "Amarra Symphony with iRC is very different from standard room correction technologies that rely on simple minimum-phase EQ technology because it optimizes not only the frequency balance of your sound system but also the impulse response at the listening position; which is critical for accurate sound staging, clarity and bass reproduction."

To learn more about Oliver, check out his websites and

Bring your stereo mixes and CDs (bonus points for acoustic instruments) to play through the system during the evening.

Invite your friends and join us for a night of audio geekery! Feel free to BYOB. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to mspaudiogeeks [at] gmail [dot] com so we can be on the lookout for you.

Date: Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: HDMG
555 1st Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
The Internet maps don't get it quite right, so click here for a map and directions.
There is a parking lot in front of the building. If the front door is locked, ring the doorbell to the left of the door.

New SFX Library - LA Underground

Released by Rabbit Ears Audio

From the website
REA015 features a unique collection of Los Angeles ambiences from guest contributor, Charles Maynes. Charles is an accomplished Sound Designer and Recordist.

REA015 LA Underground is all about grit and the unseen. Charles describes his recent infatuation with the underbelly of Los Angeles: â€œI found myself interested in recording ambiences in really seedy/unsafe places downtown that made me think of some of my favorite LA crime dramas namely, Billy Friedkin’s Too Live and Die in LA, and Michael Mann’s films, Heat and Collateral. I found the locations for all those films to be an incredible juxtaposition of the common sunny depiction of Los Angeles which draws so many tourists… well, those tourists probably don’t go to these places….”

Introductory offer: If you purchase before 1/31 you will also receive an additional 700+ MB of sounds from Charles’ recent recording trip to San Francisco. They are just as gritty!

For more information, and to purchase the library, head to

Bands Banding Together

A "Live to Lathe" recording event

From the Facebook event page
Welcome to 1979 is looking for 5 bands to team up with to record albums for a "Live to Lathe" recording series. Are you a band or artist interested in getting involved in this unique project? Full details about the project are here:

The first step is to complete this questionnaire:

Bands have until February 15th to complete the questionnaire. 15 finalists will be selected at that time to move on to a Facebook contest where the fans will pick the 5 bands that will be involved! Read the details and fill out the questionnaire now to get the ball rolling!!

To learn more about the competition, read the press release and head to the Facebook event page.

Urban Soundscape Competition

Sapporo International Art Festival 2014

As seen on Designing Sound, the Creative City Sapporo International Art Festival Executive Committee has announced a "worldwide invitation for submissions of sound files representing the SIAF 2014 theme that are suitable for reproduction in urban public spaces. The winning submission will be played at SIAF 2014 sites in the city during the festival, and will be heard in public spaces in Sapporo throughout the event."

To learn more about the competition, head to

Audio Society of Minnesota

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.

They support all audiophile interests. They have tube freaks and solid-state freaks, people who only listen to digital and people who would be happy if digital had never been invented, folks who have never seen an LP in their lives and others who have thousands, members who think nothing of making major expenditures for audio gear and others who are interested in the best bang for their buck, some with advanced degrees in engineering and some who don't know an Ohm from a Watt, those who think of their hobby as a science and those who think of it as an art. But they all have one thing in common: They love music and they love to hear it accurately and emotionally recreated in their homes.

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

To learn more about the Audio Society of Minnesota, head to their Facebook page or their website,

Music Mafia Minnesota

Founded by Lance Conrad and Taylor Lewin, Music Mafia Minnesota (MMM) is a self assembled group of professionals from every corner of the music industry who gather to network and devise strategies for strengthening and expanding Minnesota's music scene.

MMM seeks to:
  • Provide a monthly opportunity for person to person exchange
  • Expand personal networks and eliminate industry barriers
  • Learn things about other professions that may benefit your own
  • Share knowledge, ideas, concerns, strategies
  • Work toward elevating the scene as a whole
  • Create workshops for internal members and the greater community
  • Participate in a monthly "Push Project." 
To learn more about Music Mafia Minnesota and sign up for the e-mail list, head to their Facebook page or email

Industry Events

Designing Sound Event Calendar

Are you looking for other events locally, nationally, and regionally that you don't see listed here? Designing Sound launched a new Events Calendar that will list all kinds of audio geek events. Check it out at

Tape Camp

March 1-3, 2014
Welcome to 1979
1110 48th Ave. N.
Nashville, TN 37209

Tape Camp is a weekend of ultra hands on analog recording and networking for recording enthusiasts of all ages. The two day workshop (Sat. & Sun.) is limited to 10 people, and the third day, which focuses exclusively on tape machine alignment is limited to five people. We keep the attendance numbers small to provide a truly unique experience, and our discussions/techniques can be tailor made depending upon what YOU want to learn.

For more information and to register, head to

Game Developers Conference

March 17-21, 2014
Moscone Center
747 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world's largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event. The GDC attracts over 23,000 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.

The GDC attracts over 23,000 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.

For more information and to register, head to

PotLuck Audio Conference 2014

August 1-2, 2014
Hilton El Conquistador Resort
1000 North Oracle Road
Tucson, AZ 85704

PotLuckCon 2014 will feature expanded interactive workshops, training, and recording tips and tricks shared by our community of engineers, producers, studio owners and recording enthusiasts.

  • MAIN PANELS Engaging, informative and unpredictable. Representing some of the best and brightest in all levels of music recording and production, our panelists openly discuss their approaches and share their knowledge. Post-panel discussions are encouraged and expand your panel experience. Check out the panels from 2012 and 2013.
  • EXHIBIT HALL Featuring displays by over 50 pro-audio manufacturers. Representatives will be available on site to answer your questions and help connect you with the best gear for your needs.
  • CASITA SUITE DEMO COMMUNITY We convert 25 separate hotel rooms into mini-studios where our superb sponsors and exhibitors give you the opportunity for hands-on interaction and real-time recording. This is a unique chance to try the gear you’ve always heard about.
  • GEAR GIVEAWAY That’s right… you can go home with some awesome recording gear just by being at PotLuck Audio Con!
  • HOST HOTEL The Hilton El Conquistador is a beautiful 4-star golf resort located at the base of the picturesque Santa Catalina mountains. We have a special $99/night room rate, making the PotLuckCon extremely affordable for everyone.
  • REGISTER NOW! Take advantage of our early bird pricing. Early registrants qualify for exclusive items from our GEAR GIVEAWAY.
Early registration is just $60, through March 15. Click here to register now. To learn more about the conference, head to

137th AES Convention / AES Los Angeles 2014

October 9-12, 2014
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Save the date! The AES is returning to Los Angeles in October 2014. Keep an eye out at for more details.

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