May 2015 Meetup

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

May's MSP Audio Geeks Meetup is Tuesday, May 26th from 6-8pm. BWN Music + Sound is our gracious host this month. Come geek out with us and check out their recently 1expanded space!

From the website: "We may be young at heart but our industry wisdom is older than your grandpa’s secret collection of vintage pinup girl posters. Collectively, we share over 100 years of experience in music and sound design. We are multi-instrumentalists, award-winning musicians, and composers. We have also been around the block in our 10+ years of business, working with big-name ad agencies and international brands you never even knew were touched by the charm of our Minnesota-bred music house. We embrace our clients, new and old, as friends. Our knack for problem-solving, nimble response, commitment to client satisfaction, and delightful personalities are cherries on top of an already delicious cake."

BWN Music + Sound is also proud to announce the launch of their new sister company Black Label Music. Come find out more at this month's meetup.

Feel free to invite your friends and BYOB. Please RSVP to mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com if you're planning to attend.

Date: Tuessday, May 26th, 2015
Time: 6-8pm
Location: BWN Music + Sound
10 South 5th Street, Suite 1101
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Parking: Metered street parking or pay parking ramps. Please note there is a Twins game at Target Field this evening so event parking will be in effect. It is highly recommended you carpool or take mass transit!
Entrance: Enter at the S. 5th Street doors. The elevators will be locked so please call 612-252-3990 or 651-261-1537 upon arrival and someone will come get you.

Audio Society of MN April meeting

May 19th, 7-9pm

The Audio Society of Minnesota will have its next meeting on Tuesday, May 19th, from 7-9 PM. 

The theme of May’s ASM meeting is…HEADPHONES! It will be a joint gathering of the Audio Society of MN and the local Head-Fi chapter. Our special guest in May will be Marc Musselman, president of local IEM manufacturer Alclair, who will discuss the engineering challenges and design decisions that result in their product lineup. Mr. Musselman will have the entire range of Alclair IEMs available for folks to listen to. In addition, we’ll have a wide variety of headphone DACs and portables, amps plus in-ear and over the ear models to audition, including examples from Astell&Kern, Audeze, Fostex, Grado, Mytek Digital, PonoMusic, RBH, Sennheiser, and Ultimate Ears.

As always, lively discussion and snacks will follow.

Meetings are held at:
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
3517 Raleigh Avenue
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

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

To learn more, visit and like them on Facebook at

Employment Opportunities

We stumbled across a couple different 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.

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.


Vinyl Camp

May 30-31, 2015
Welcome to 1979
1110 48th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37209

"Vinyl Camp is a two day workshop centered around the art of creating great vinyl records.  Saturday will be an in-depth look at lacquer cutting and record pressing and Sunday we will do a live, direct to disc recording.  Welcome To 1979 is one of the few studios in the world that can record directly to a vinyl master!  The 7" record that is recorded on Sundaywill be pressed and released on vinyl!!  Everyone involved will be an important part of the session, and your name will appear in the credits!"

The cost for Vinyl Camp is just $250. This event is almost sold out, so register here today!

Potluck Audio Conference

July 31-August 1, 2015
Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort
Tucson, Arizona

Plan to stay a little longer to take advantage of the many manufacturers, participants and experts on hand as well as the plush environs of the El Con!

  • More Audio Fun in the Desert!
  • More hands-on workshops and training sessions!
  • Learn about the new ProTools 12 and its features!
  • Real-time gear demonstrations and DIY electronics!
  • Panels, giveaways, and much, much more!

Hotel and conference registration is now open.


  • Standard Registration: May 1 - June 30 = $65
  • Late Registration: July 1 - July 29 = $80
  • OnSite Registration: July 30 - August 1 = $125
  • Day Rate: $75 per day
  • (for student rate code, contact, Craig Schumacher directly at

More details at

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.

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

Audio Society of Minnesota

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,

Music Mafia Minnesota

Founded by Lance Conrad and Taylor Lewin, Music Mafia Minnesota (MMM) is a self assembled group of professionals from every corner of the music industry who gather to network and devise strategies for strengthening and expanding Minnesota's music scene.

To learn more about Music Mafia Minnesota and sign up for the e-mail list, head to their Facebook page or email musicmafiaMN at gmail dot com.

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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