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July 2019 MSP Audio Geeks meetup

Monday, July 29, 2019

The July 2019 MSP Audio Geeks meetup is this Monday, July 29th from 7-9pm at Hennepin Technical College's Eden Prairie campus. Thanks to Matt Holmes for hosting us!

This event will be a swap meet! If you have gear that you are looking to re-home - even if it needs repair - feel free to offer it up. All gear swap terms are to be determined directly by the individuals involved. If you bring something that doesn't have a new owner at the end of the night you may choose to donate it to the HTC Audio Production program - please check with Matt if it is something they could use. Gear donations are eligible for a tax-deductible donation.

Thanks also to Roll Music Systems for providing some tasty eats for us! Justin will also be available to answer questions about troubleshooting gear that may be in need of repair. He'll also be showcasing a PACE desoldering system.

About the HTC Audio Production program:
The Audio Production program at Hennepin Technical College has been training audio professionals for over 25 years and offers an AAS degree and Diploma. The facilities offer 7 full production studios and 18 DAW workstations. As part of the MinnState education system, the Audio Production program offers some of the lowest tuition in the State, while maintaining small class/lab sizes, and up to date equipment/gear. Matt Holmes has been a full-time faculty member for 13 years, along with studio manager/lab assistant Mike Byrne. Matt also is an engineer at Wild Sound Recording Studio in northeast Minneapolis.

A bit about Roll Music Systems:
Roll Music Systems is a small Minneapolis company specializing in analog gear that brings big-studio sound to smaller studios, including the Folcrom passive summing device and a line of all-tube 500-series modules. They also design products for other manufacturers and consult for studio installations around the world.

Invite your friends & join us for an evening of audio geekery! All are welcome to attend. ***Please note that you may BYOB but it must be of the non-alcoholic variety. We can always go out for an adult beverage afterwards.*** Hennepin Technical College is also a tobacco-free campus. Learn more about it here. If you are planning to attend please RSVP to mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com.

Date: Monday, July 29, 2019
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie Campus
13100 College View Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Click here for a Google map
Parking: There is free parking in the lot.
Metro Transit: The nearest bus stop is serviced by the #690 bus line. Please check for your route.

If you have a venue suggestion for future MSP Audio Geek meetups, please email mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com.

Industry Events


California Audio Show

July 26-28, 2019
Hiltoan Oakland Airport
1 Hegenberger Road
Oakland, CA 94621

The CAS is an annual consumer high-end home audio show that addresses the passions of music lovers and audiophiles. Over 70 international manufacturers, U.S. importers and Bay Area dealerships will congregate here to present the hottest music systems at various budget levels.

Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest

Septebmer 3-5, 2019
Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center
6700 N Gaylord Rockies Blvd.
Aurora, CO 80019

The 15th Annual Rocky Mountain International 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 companies from North and South America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Tape Camp

September 21-23, 2019
Welcome to 1979
1110 48th Ave N.
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

The two-day workshop (Sat & Sun) is limited to ten 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 are tailored depending on what you want to learn!

You can read more about the event and register at

AES New York 2019 & NAB Show New York

October 16-19, 2019
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W 34th St.
New York, NY 10001

Do your interests or work include Studio Recording, Home Recording, Music Production, Electronic Dance Music, DJ, Live Sound, Theater Sound, Broadcast and Streaming, Networked Audio, Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, Game Audio, Sound for Picture or Product Development? AES New York 2019, the 147th Pro Audio International Convention has you covered in one exclusively end-user focused event.

AES New York 2019 will be co-located with the Independent NAB Show New York. In an adjacent exhibition hall, NAB Show New York exhibitors will be on hand with the latest video and distribution hardware and related sessions. Your Exhibits-Plus or All Access AES New York registration includes access to both exhibition halls.

For additional information, check out the website:

Game Sound Con

October 29-30, 2019
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Los Angeles, CA

Game Sound Con is for those working in game music, sound design, and virtual reality audio and those who want to learn more about that industry. Learn more and register on the website:

Recording Summit

November 9-11, 2019
Welcome to 1979
1110 48th Ave N.
Nashville, Tennessee 37209

The Annual Recording Summit is the largest event we host at Welcome To 1979! Come hear industry veterans and newcomers discuss the art & craft of making music for a living and meet other like-minded industry folk!

Read more about the event and register at

Are we missing an event? Let us know via email at mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com.

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.

Audio Society of MN

The Audio Society of MN is on its summer hiatus. Meetings will start up again in September.

"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."

The Audio Society of MN is currently on its summer hiatus. To find out more, 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.

Audio Geek Podcasts

If you're looking for some great podcasts to add to your collection, check out the list on our website: Happy listening!

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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