August 2015 Meetup

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

August's MSP Audio Geeks Meetup is Thursday, August 27th from 6-8pm at Merlins Rest.

Join us for a night of geeky audio conversation and delicious whisky! We are meeting a little earlier this month, as they typically have live music starting around 8pm. You're welcome to stay for the live music, but this way it'll hopefully be easier to engage in said geeky audio conversation!

Feel free to invite your friends. Please RSVP to mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com if you're planning to attend so we can keep an eye out for you.

Date: Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Merlins Rest
3601 E Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Parking: There is free and metered street parking.

Apologies again for the delayed announcement! We promise next month's announcement will come out with more notice.

Send WAM to AES!

Women's Audio Mission (WAM) is a San Francisco-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the advancement of women in music production and the recording arts, a field in which women are critically under-represented (less than 5%). WAM is changing the face of sound by providing women and girls with access to and training in music production and the techniques and technology used in the recording arts. In an era that is increasingly dependent on technology, WAM believes that women’s participation in this field will expand the voice of music and media, ensuring that women's ideas, interests, and points of view are conveyed throughout our culture and society.

WAM is currently holding an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds so they can attend this year's AES convention this October in New York City. They've got a lot of nifty perks at various price points if you'd like to help them on their way. Learn more and donate here.

Cool stuff from around the webz

Eye and Ear Candy

We came across this cool video by DC Shoes and thought we'd pass it along. It's beautifully shot and has some great sound design and music.

Music recorded in space!

Astronaut and musician Chris Hadfield is set to release an album that was partially recorded in space. Read the article & listen to some samples here.

Undertone Sound Library

Undertone Music has created a new boutique sound library. Last month they released several libraries from their vaults of recordings for films they’ve worked on. So far they’ve released Prairies and Small Forests; Cornfields; ’67 Camaro SS; Classic Cars; and Wood Doors, with more to come. You can check it out and hear samples at undertonesoundlibrary.comYou can also follow them on Twitter at

Job Postings

We stumbled across some job postings and wanted to pass them along here. Good luck!
  • Nest has an opening for the position of Head of Audio. Learn more here.
  • Obsidian Entertainment has a position open for an Intermediate to Senior Sound Designer. Here is the job posting.
  • Crytivo Games is seeking a freelance audio engineer for their game The Universim. More information about the job here.
  • American Public Media / MPR is hiring an Archive Audio Engineer. This job is in St. Paul at MPR. More information here.
  • In addition to the above job opening, there are a handful of other opportunities with APM, locally & elsewhere. Check them out at
  • Detroit based producer/composer/artist Celldweller is seeking a full-time Music Programmer/Sound Designer to work in Celldweller Studios. You can see the job posting here.
  • 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.

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.


California Audio Show

August 14-16, 2015
Westin SFO
Millbrae, CA

Come experience the mesmerizing sounds and audio equipment presented by over over 120 brands in 30+ rooms. You’ll be able to hear audio systems from $1000 to $200,000 from exhibitors in the Bay Area and around the country. Explore our list of exhibitor systems and exhibitors from our 2014 show.

Fall Tape Camp

September 19-21, 2015
Welcome to 1979
1110 48th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209

"Tape Camp is for all recording enthusiasts. Whether they are a seasoned recording professional looking to brush up on skills and network, a student or young engineer just starting out, or someone who is interested in recording as a hobby, Tape Camp has something for everyone!"

Weekend Pass (9/19-9/20): $200
Lathe Night (9/19): add an additional $50
Alignment Day Pass (9/21): $200

Online registration is available from the Tape Camp page on the Welcome to 1979 website. Registration is limited to 10 people for Saturday & Sunday and 6 people for Alignment Day.

Still have questions? Shoot them an email and they will answer them all!

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

October 2-4, 2015
Denver, CO

The 12th Annual Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) is the largest consumer audio and home entertainment show in the United States. Simply put: “mega stereo systems!” Denver’s own audio wonderland now features over 160 exhibit spaces representing more than 400 hundred companies from North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Attendees are encouraged to go from room-to-room, interact with salespeople and engineers, have a seat and casually listen. Many bring their own iPods, discs or vinyl records, as most exhibitors are happy to play one or two favorite songs as a demonstration of sound quality. A variety of equipment is demonstrated, ranging from affordable audio systems to ultra-expensive high-end gear.

RMAF also features live entertainment, informative seminars, equipment show specials, and prize drawings throughout the weekend.

More information at

139th AES Convention

October 29-November 1, 2015
Jacob Javits Center
New York City

The 139th AES Convention is gearing up to take place October 29 through November 1 at the Jacob Javits Center, and will bring together the world’s largest gathering of audio professionals. Attendees will be offered opportunities to hear from top audio industry figures while also sharing in the latest research and technology information through informative papers, tutorials, workshops and special events. To learn more about the convention, register, and reserve your hotel room, head to

Game Sound Con

November 3-4, 2015
Millenium Baltimore Hotel
Los Angeles, CA

Early bird registration is $425, through October 2, 2015.

Panels and Session Topics Include:

  • How to Write and Implement an Video Game Score
  • How Creating Music and Sound for Games Differs from Traditional Media
  • Essential Game Audio Tech
  • Game Music and Sound Design Tools
  • Integrating Audio Using Game Engines Such as UDK and Unity
  • Navigating the Video Game Music Business
  • And many more
For more information and to register, head to

Welcome to 1979's Recording Summit

November 6-8, 2015
Welcome to 1979
1110 48th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209

Welcome to 1979's Annual Recording Summit is scheduled for November 6th, 7th, and 8th. Panels are being finalized, and so far they have confirmed the following:

  • Friday Night Kick Off Party featuring a “Live To Vinyl” recording of Josh Hoyer & The Soul Colossal.
  • Tape Machine Calibration demonstration and critical listening panel with Mara Machines owner Chris Mara.
  • Saturday Night Listening Party will be Weezer’s Blue Album, followed by an interview/Q&A with Chris Shaw, who engineered and mixed the album.

Weekend Pass (11/6-11/8): $175
Student Weekend Pass (11/6-11/8): $150
Friday Night Party Guest Pass* (11/6): $50
*Friday Night Party Guest Pass must be purchased with regular Weekend Pass

To learn more about last year's Summit & to register for this year's Summit check out Space is limited to 60 people and the Summit fills up each year, so reserve your spot now!


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.

Audio Society of Minnesota

*** The Audio Society of Minnesota is currently on summer hiatus. Their next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 15th, 2015. ***

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

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

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!
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