March 2015 Meetup

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

March's MSP Audio Geeks Meetup is Wednesday, March 25th from 7-9pm. David Russ of It's A Secret will be our host. It's A Secret is a music production company that does it all. They have everything you need in a comfy and inspiring environment. In addition to recording, they also compose music for film and TV, as well as provide post-production mixing and editing. Their new, old (1918) building "bIAS" also has plenty of space to handle your next rehearsal. And, if you need it live and like it appropriately loud, their PA company supports your on-site event with gear-only or gear+mixing services. Owned by David and Jenny Russ, the studio is in its 25th year of operation.

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

Date: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Time: 7-9pm
Location: It's A Secret
4458 S 34th Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Parking: On the street.

Five years!

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recently observed its 5th anniversary and released a sweet time-lapse video to commemorate the event.

Much like the SDO, the MSP Audio Geeks will also be celebrating our 5th anniversary this March. Unlike the SDO, there are no stunning images set to peaceful music but you might enjoy this video instead.

On a personal note I would like to thank everyone who has attended and hosted our meetups, taught us something, spread the word about us, and joined in the camaraderie. Out of a conversation with Kelly Pieklo and Jason Miller we have grown into a true community of enthusiastic audio geeks. It is because of your interest, support, and willingness to share that we mark this milestone. Thanks for hanging out with me!

Audio Society of MN March meeting

Tuesday, March 17th

March 2015 Meeting: Chris Connaker from Computer Audiophile

Chris Connaker from will be in to talk all things computer for audio geeks. In preparation, take a look at PS Audio’s How to Build a Music Server: single page overview may spark some curiosity and quest for more information…Chris is the man to answer your questions! 

As always, 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

Congratulations Welcome to 1979!

Congratulations to Chris Mara, Cameron Henry, and the rest of the crew at Welcome to 1979 in Nashville for their recent Grammy award nominations! They were involved in 6 albums that were nominated for 8 Grammys. Check out the news segment from Nashville News Channel 5 here. In case you missed it last November, Tape Op did a nice write up about the studio that you can read here.

Helping one of our own

You may remember Corey Schreppel, the Wits Technical Director, from such meetups as our November 2014 meetup. Corey's father, George, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) last summer. Some major modifications must be made to the home he shares with his wife Tammy and daughter Brittany. In order to accomplish this they are asking for help via Go Fund Me. You can read the full story and donate to the campaign here: We wish George, Tammy, Corey, and Brittany all the best.

2015 International Music+Sound Awards

The 2015 International Music+Sound Awards is accepting submissions for consideration, now through March 27, 2015.

From the website:
"We are proud to be the first ever global awards programme dedicated to music and sound for the creative media industries. 

Launched on 1st October 2011 in the UK, the Music+Sound Awards is now a global organisation that recognises and celebrates the indispensable role that music and sound design play in the world of visual media. We welcome all production partners to enter their work and put themselves on the worldwide stage through our Awards programme."

To learn more, check out

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.

Game Developers Conference

March 2-6, 2015
Moscone Center
San Francisco, CA

The Audio Track brings the industry's top professionals to share their knowledge and experience from the real-world, addressing these unique problems: aesthetic, technical, business, logistical and then some.

NAB Show

April 11-16, 2015
Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV USA 89109

The world craves quality content. And for the pros who hunger to create and deliver it, the 2015 NAB Show® is the only source to satisfy your appetite. Overindulge in hands-on experiences with emerging technologies and the latest innovations, limitless networking and learning opportunities, and the inspiration to take your work to the next level.

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.

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 and you can register here.

139th AES Convention

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

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.

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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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