December 2015 Meetup

Monday, December 21st

December's MSP Audio Geeks meetup will be on Monday, December 21st. John Miller of Secret Stash Records will be our host, and special guest Chris Mara of Welcome to 1979 and Mara Machines will be joining us. Come spend an evening with Chris as he demonstrates creative ways to use tape machines with DAW setups, talks about tape machine restoration and ownership, and spills some in-depth tips and tricks.

Chris Mara is a recording engineer, owner of Nashville’s Welcome To 1979 recording studio, and owner of Mara Machines; the largest analog tape machine restoration company in the world. Mara’s passion for recording led to founding the analog-centric Welcome To 1979; which has clients such as Pete Townshend, Eric Burdon and Third Man Records. Welcome To 1979 is also heavily involved in the vinyl industry via its vinyl mastering department, which cuts vinyl masters for Sony Records, Warner Records, Compass Records and Concord Records, Secret Stash Records, along with many, many independent artists.

John Miller is Chief Engineer at Secret Stash Records, an independent record label based in Minneapolis releasing reissues and compilations as well as new 45s, LPs, and CDs. The Secret Stash studio was built in Winter/Spring of 2015 as an analog-focused studio with a completely integrated digital side. The studio was built with the needs of the house band (The Lakers, of Sonny Knight and The Lakers fame) in mind, but since opening, they have done projects ranging from Afrobeat to Krautrock to Indie and back.

Feel free to invite your friends & BYOB. If you're planning to attend please email mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com.

Date: Monday, December 21st, 2015
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Secret Stash Records
1621 Hennepin Ave.
Suite 150A
Minneapolis, MN 55403 (In Loring Park)
Entrance: Enter through the alley off of Maple Street. Secret Stash shares a loading dock with Cherry Cycles.
Parking: Your best bet is on the street or in the MCTC lot. If you park on the street, please read signs carefully as parking rules can change from hour to hour due to valet considerations.

Click image for a detailed map

Support for Ray Wilson

Ray Wilson is the man behind Music From Outer Space, a wealth of knowledge for all the synth DIY-ers out there. He is also the author of Make: Analog Synthesizers. A month ago he was diagnosed with cancer and his family is using GoFundMe to raise money to help offset medical costs and the loss of income due to his illness. Read more and donate if you are so inclined at

Audio Society of MN

The Audio Society of MN is on its December break, but will resume its normal third Tuesday monthly meetings in January. Stay tuned for details.

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

Membership is just $25, or $15 after the December break. To learn more about the Audio Society of Minnesota, head to their Facebook page or their website,

Job Postings

We stumbled across some job postings and wanted to pass them along here. Good luck!
  • American Public Media / MPR is hiring a Broadcast 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
  • 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.
  • Anki is hiring a senior sound designer. This position is in San Francisco. See the job posting and apply here.

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.

2016 NAMM Show

January 21-24, 2016
Anaheim, California
NAMM's trade shows are attended by the most influential professionals from the music industry, including those that manufacture, distribute and/or retail musical instruments/products, along with manufacture representatives, commercial service providers as well as trade and consumer-focused media outlets.

Click the link above to learn more about the show.

AES 60th Conference

February 3-5, 2016
Leuven, Belgium
The AES 60th International Conference will be held February 3–5, 2016 in Leuven, Belgium, at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe. The conference will focus on Dereverberation and Reverberation of Audio, Music, and Speech and aims to bring together and provide a forum for researchers working on the modeling, control, removal, and synthesis of acoustic reverberation. The interdisciplinary nature of the topic will cover disciplines such as room acoustics, psychoacoustics, and signal processing, hence the conference is targeted at researchers working in any of these disciplines.

AES 61st Conference on Audio for Games

February 10-12, 2016
London, UK


February 18-21, 2016
National Harbor, MD
Short for "Music And Gaming Festival," MAGFest is a four day long party dedicated to the appreciation of video game music, gaming of all types, and the gaming community. The festival runs 24 hours a day, and offers consoles, arcades, tabletop, LAN, live video game cover bands, chiptunes, vendors, guest speakers, and much much more.

MAGFest is run by MAGFest, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the appreciation of games and video game music. MAGFest Inc.'s main method of achieving this goal is to create events which provide a means for people to enjoy games, as well as musical concerts. We hold several different events throughout the year, including Bit Gen Gamer Fest, MAGStock, and our touring concert series Game Over.

Game Developers Conference

February 18-21, 2016
Moscone Center
San Francisco, CA
The GDC attracts over 26,000 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.


April 15-17, 2016
The Westin O'Hare
Rosemont / Chicago

Whether you’re a serious audiophile, a newcomer to high-end audio, a musician or simply a music lover, you’ll find everything you need to immerse yourself in your favorite sounds at AXPONA. Join us for three solid days of great music, advanced technology, stunning design, education, networking and entertainment. Experience the world’s finest consumer audio systems, compare brands, and enjoy every minute. It’s guaranteed to be music to your ears!

NAB Show

April 16-21, 2016
Las Vegas Convention Center

The National Association of Broadcasters is the voice for the nation's radio and television broadcasters. As the premier trade association for broadcasters, NAB advances the interests of our members in federal government, industry and public affairs; improves the quality and profitability of broadcasting; encourages content and technology innovation; and spotlights the important and unique ways stations serve their communities.

Attendees representing every sector of the industry including Broadcast, Digital Media, Film, Entertainment, Telecom, Post-Production, Academia, Houses of Worship, Advertising, Military, Government, Retail, Security, Sports, Live Events, Online Video, IT, Virtual and Augmented Reality and more converge in Las Vegas for six days to embrace the immersive experiences reshaping the new reality of media.

Registration packages start at $150.


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.

140th AES Convention

June 4-7, 2016
Palais de Congres, Paris, France

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.

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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