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April 2019 MSP Audio Geeks meetup

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The April 2019 MSP Audio Geeks meetup is this Wednesday, April 17th from 6-9:30pm at Black Label Music. Lance Conrad will be our host. We're excited for this rescheduled opportunity to visit them!

About Black Label Music: Launched in 2015, Black Label Music specializes in high-quality custom music for commercial, branded entertainment, TV and film projects. Founded by composer Ken Brahmstedt, Black Label Music boasts a creative team with decades of well-established experience in advertising, film and emerging media. In addition to original content, Black Label also provides music supervision and a la carte audio branding services. With our staff of uber-talented composers and our extensive network of world-class and emerging composers, Black Label is a one-stop shop for meaningful audio content.

About Lance: Lance W Conrad has credits with artists spanning the world. Upon completing a degree in music production, he worked as live sound FOH engineer and freelance recording engineer for 4 years before founding Humans Win Recording Studio in 2006. Lissie, DeVotchka, The Fray, Modest Mouse, Owl City, Dessa, Lizzo, Belle & Sebastian, The Jayhawks, and over 200 more graced Lance’s studio in Northeast Minneapolis between 2008 and 2018. As producer and freelance music composer, he has placements with Netflix, ABC, NBC, CBS, HBO, and more, and companies like Target, Nike, Miller Brewing, Volcom, and more. As an avid collaborator, he has co-written work with both independent and major label writers including Dan Richards and Liam Payne (One Direction), Jerry ‘Wonda’ Duplessis (Fugees, Melissa Etheridge, Platinum Sound Studios), and Ashley DuBose (NBC’s The Voice). His reputation as one of Minneapolis's most referred event DJ's speaks for itself as he has played over 450 successful events. In the spring of 2016, shortly before Prince's tragic passing, he was honored with an offer to engineer at Paisley Park. Come 2018, he picked up and moved into a room at Black Label Music in downtown Minneapolis.

Invite your friends & join us for an evening of audio geekery! All are welcome to attend. Feel free to BYOB. If you are planning to attend please RSVP to mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com.

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Time: 6-9:30pm
Location: Black Label Music
10 S. 5th Street
Ste. 1103
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Click here for a Google map
Parking: There is metered street parking on surrounding streets and nearby pay ramps and lots.
Metro Transit: The nearest bus stops are serviced by many different routes, including Light Rail. Please check for your route.
Building entrance: Enter via the entrance off 5th St. (the Pourhouse side). The elevators will be accessible via keycard only. Please call 651 Two Six One 1 Five 3 Seven (Carly) or 612 Nine Six Eight 9 Four 8 Four (Lance) and someone will come get you.

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

May 2019 MSP Audio Geeks meetup

Monday, May 20, 2019

The May MSP Audio Geeks meetup will be on Monday, May 20th from 7-9pm. Nathan Lively of Sound Design Live will be putting on a presentation about sound system tuning.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could see sound? But wait, we can, with an audio analyzer. Nathan will demo some basic sound system optimization processes using a two channel audio analyzer (like Smaart) and we’ll discuss what is and isn’t possible through measurement.

Save the date and keep an eye out for more details.

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

Audio Society of MN Meeting

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

On Tuesday, April 16th the Audio Society of MN will host its monthly meeting.

From the website:
On April 16th at 7:00 PM, we look forward to hearing a full report on Axpona, the largest audio expo in North America, from those who were there to Hear It All. Expect a wealth of info.

We are also pleased to accommodate several recent Member requests! There will be a panel discussion on room acoustics and digital audio, two timely topics for The Society.

So, please join us at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in Saint Louis Park for these discussions and some quality listening, too!

Please try to arrive as close to 7:00 as reasonably possible to lessen the workload on the museum employees who kindly come in to open up just for us when the museum is normally closed.

Attendance is free for all, and light refreshments will be on hand. The presentation begins at 7:00 PM and as always they encourage you to join at 6:30 for more casual conversation.

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

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, check out their website at or their Facebook page at

Date: Tuesday, April 17th, 2019
Time: 7pm
Location: Pavek Museum
3517 Raleigh Avenue
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Job Postings

We stumbled across some job postings and wanted to pass them along here. Good luck!
  • The Varsity has a job posting for a stagehand. You can read the job description and apply here.
  • Salem Media Group is hiring a part-time board operatore. You can read more the job posting here.
  • PRI is hiring a sound engineer for the Studio 360 program. You can read more here.

Are we missing a job listing? Let us know via email at mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com.

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 25-28, 2019
Durham, NC

Moogfest is the synthesis of music, art and technology. Our Mission: To grow a global community of futurists who explore emerging sound technologies and design radical instruments for change.


April 27-28, 2019
Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios
1200 17th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212

WAMCon is an interactive recording conference for women (including transgender or cisgender; non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals) presented by Women’s Audio Mission and hosted by Belmont University’s Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios in partnership with Change the Conversation and sponsored by Spotify and Eventide.

Don’t miss this immersive experience with award-winning music producers, recording engineers, songwriters, beatmakers and record executives involved in making the music you love most! This event is perfect for aspiring producers and engineers as well as musicians and students interested in the recording and music industries.

Registration is $50. For more information and to register click here.

Larry Crane Recording Workshop

May 4-5, 2019
Jackpot! Recording Studio
Portland, Oregon

Larry Crane, editor and founder of Tape Op Magazine, owner of Jackpot! Recording Studio, Archivist for Elliott Smith and a successful producer/engineer with hundreds of albums to his credit, occasionally presents his Weekend Recording Workshops for recording engineers, musicians and producers. These seminars are two eight hours days (11 am to 8 pm), including a one hour “lunch” break (3-4 pm), and cost is $400 per person. Class is always limited to 10 students.

To learn more head to

Game Audio Retreat

May 5-10, 2019
Capon Springs, West Virginia

Recording Boot Camp presents this all-inclusive event at a beautiful resort in the mountains of West Virginia, 2 hours west of Washington DC (90 minutes from Washington Dulles Airport). The brainchild of Mark Kilborn, a principle Audio Designer for Activision and and audio engineer and educator Ronan Chris Murphy, Game Audio Retreat presents a unique opportunity for professionals in Game Audio connect, improve their craft and stay on top of the latest developments in game audio.

This event is for advanced sound designers with professional experience. In addition to our staff/presenters, we will only be accepting 12 participants. If you would like to attend please complete the first part of your application. Our screening committee will select 12 qualifying applicants. Final selection will be made no later than February 1, 2019.

To learn more head to

2019 AES International Conference on Audio Forensics

June 18-20, 2019
Porto, Portugal

The AES International Conference on Audio Forensics is dedicated to exploring advances in the field of Audio Forensics by providing a platform for research related to the forensic application of speech/signal processing, acoustical analyses, audio authentication, and the examination of methodologies and best practices. This is the seventh AES conference devoted to the technical developments and practical approaches developing in the field of Audio Forensics. The conference program will include Paper presentations and discussions as well as Workshops on topics related to Forensic Audio.

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.

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.

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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