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June 2016 MSP Audio Geeks meetup

Monday, June 20th

We are excited to announce that we have rescheduled the First Ave. behind-the-scenes tour, a joint event with the Minneapolis chapter of SoundGirls.Org, for Monday, June 20th at 3pm. Special thanks to Holly Ann Latcham, Hippo Campus PM/FOH engineer and instigator of the Minneapolis SoundGirls.Org chapter, for coordinating this event!

From the SoundGirls.Org website:
"SoundGirls.Org was formed in 2013 by veteran live sound engineers Karrie Keyes and Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato and operates under the Fiscal Sponsorship of The Northern California Women’s Music Festival, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Mission Statement: To inspire and empower the next generation of women in audio. Our mission is to create a supportive community for women in audio and music production, providing the tools, knowledge, and support to further their careers."

Greg Huber, head tech of First Ave., will be showing us a behind-the-scenes tour of the live sound system. This tour is an educational outing for local new and old audio professionals alike to come in and see how things are run in a 1200 CAP venue. It will give many the chance to wrap their heads around the science behind setting up systems, the kind of power and processing it takes, the standard gear that is popular amongst many clubs of similar size, along with many other audio-related topics that we can nerd out about!

Please RSVP to mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com if you are able to attend.

Date: Monday, June 20th, 2016
Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Location: First Avenue & 7th Street Entry
701 N 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Parking: Metered street parking, and paid surface lot and ramp parking is available in the surrounding areas. Please read all signs carefully!
First Ave. is also easily accessible by Metro Transit. Please visit to find your route.

Cool stuff from around the web

  • The Last Cassette Tape Factory

    Check out this fun short video featuring Robert Coverston, Chief Technician at National Audio Company.


  • Lost My Head

    We enjoyed this music video for "Lost My Head", from local singer-songwriter Katy Vernon's album "Present".

    From Katy:
    "The video was shot in the Badlands in February. We shot it as a family adventure, renegade style, running in and out of parks and abandoned off season tourist attractions! Randy Vanderwood shot the footage and then through a Facebook connection I found the amazing Lauren Josephine. She cut it all together and colored it too. I wanted it to look like an old Western movie."

    To hear more of Katy's music & find an upcomin gshow, head to

  • Cool Tools Show 049: Meara O'Reilly
    In this episode of the Cool Tools podcast, Meara O’Reilly describes four of her favorite tools.

    "Meara O'Reilly is a sound artist and educator, most recently in residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. She is co-creator of the Rhythm Necklace app, a musical sequencer that uses two-dimensional geometry to create rhythms. Her collaboration with Snibbe Interactive on sound-based cymatic concert visuals for Björk’s Biophilia album was included in the world tour.

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.

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:

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 and a host for Morning Edition. See these & other job listings at
  • 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.

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.

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.

Media Sound Hamburg

July 8-17, 2016
Hamburg, Germany

From July 8th - July 17th 2016 the 6th International Hamburg Summerschool for Filmmusic, Gamesmusic and Sounddesign – MSH MediaSoundHamburg takes place in Hamburg/Germany. Also this year we offer a wide range of MasterClasses, workshops, Forums and Special Events.

Our headquarters will be once more at the Elsa-Braendstroem-Haus in Hamburg-Blankenese. This white mansion with its inspiring atmosphere, numerous seminar rooms, guest house and magnificent view of the river Elbe will be again at our exclusive disposal. In addition to the Elsa-Brändström-Haus, individual events will be organised in cooperation with our partners at other venues in Hamburg.

All workshops, master classes, forums and special events can be booked individually. We are also offering our traditional FLATRATE / FORUM FLATRATE.

For more information and to register, head to

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.

Fall Tape Camp

September 24-26, 2016
Welcome to 1979
Nashville, TN

Tape Camp is a weekend of hands-on analog recording and networking for people of all ages! During the two-day workshop (Saturday & Sunday), participants will learn the differences and similarities between analog & digital recording through discussion, demonstrations, and hands-on practice.

We'll bring in an acoustic act on Saturday afternoon, and at the end of the weekend, we bring in a band for participants to try out their newfound techniques on -- everyone gets to engineer, assist, tape op, punch-in, and learn how to use our "Mara Machines" to the fullest!


  • Weekend | Sept. 24th, 25th: $250
  • Weekend + Lathe Night | Sept. 24th (day & evening) + 25th: $300
  • Weekend + Alignment Day | Sept. 24th (day), 25th + 26th: $500
  • Weekend + Lathe Night + Alignment Day: $550

To read more about the event and to register, head to

Audio Society of MN

"The Audio Society of Minnesota is a noncommercial hobby organization incorporated in 1979. We present monthly meetings from September to May/June of each year where we discuss, learn about, and experience the latest and greatest audio gear and software. Of course, we also operate this web page.

We support all audiophile interests. We 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 we all have one thing in common: We love music and we love to hear it accurately and emotionally recreated in our homes.

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 about the Audio Society of MN, check out their website at or their Facebook page at

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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