March 2014 MSP Audio Geeks Meetup

Tuesday, March 25th

March's MSP Audio Geeks Meetup will be on Tuesday, March 25th from 7:30-9:30pm at Merlins Rest. Come join us for a tasty beverage and a night of geeky audio conversation!

Feel free to bring your friends. Please send your RSVP to mspaudiogeeks [at] gmail [dot] com.

Date: Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Location: Merlins Rest
3601 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Click here for a Google Map
There is a small parking lot just south of Lake St. on the west side of 36th Ave. S. There is also plenty of street parking. Don't forget that Minneapolis is still observing a winter parking restriction!

Free Game Audio Design Tools

Fmod and Wwise free for indie developers

This last week Firelight Technologies and Audiokinetic announced the free release of game audio tools FMOD and Wwise, respectively, for independent game designers. You can read the Firelight Technologies press release here and the Audiokinetic press release here. Each have different stipulations for use, but it is a great way for people interested in learning more about game audio to have access to the same tools that the pros use, as well as acknowledging the up-and-coming indie game studios.

Urban Soundscape Competition

Sapporo International Art Festival 2014

As seen on Designing Sound, the Creative City Sapporo International Art Festival Executive Committee has announced a "worldwide invitation for submissions of sound files representing the SIAF 2014 theme that are suitable for reproduction in urban public spaces. The winning submission will be played at SIAF 2014 sites in the city during the festival, and will be heard in public spaces in Sapporo throughout the event."

To learn more about the competition, head to

Industry Events

Designing Sound Event Calendar

Are you looking for other events locally, nationally, and regionally that you don't see listed here? Designing Sound launched a new Events Calendar that will list all kinds of audio geek events. Check it out at

Audio Society of MN March Meeting: Sopranino Super Tweeter

Tuesday, March 18th
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
3517 Raleigh Avenue
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

This month's meeting will feature ENIGMAcoustics Inc. They will have on hand their new "Sopranino", a self-polarizing electrostatic super tweeter.

For more information head to or


SXSW 2014

March 7-16, 2014
Austin, TX

The first South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) was held in 1987 in Austin, Texas. The music event has grown from 700 registrants in 1987 to over 16,000 registrants. As Austin has grown and diversified, film companies and high-tech companies have played a major role in the Austin and the Texas economies. In 1994, SXSW added a film and interactive component to accommodate these growth industries. SXSW Film and SXSW Interactive events together attract approximately 32,000 registrants to Austin every March.

Game Developers Conference

March 17-21, 2014
Moscone Center
747 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world's largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event. The GDC attracts over 23,000 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.

The GDC attracts over 23,000 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.

For more information and to register, head to

PotLuck Audio Conference 2014

August 1-2, 2014
Hilton El Conquistador Resort
1000 North Oracle Road
Tucson, AZ 85704

PotLuckCon 2014 will feature expanded interactive workshops, training, and recording tips and tricks shared by our community of engineers, producers, studio owners and recording enthusiasts.

  • MAIN PANELS Engaging, informative and unpredictable. Representing some of the best and brightest in all levels of music recording and production, our panelists openly discuss their approaches and share their knowledge. Post-panel discussions are encouraged and expand your panel experience. Check out the panels from 2012 and 2013.
  • EXHIBIT HALL Featuring displays by over 50 pro-audio manufacturers. Representatives will be available on site to answer your questions and help connect you with the best gear for your needs.
  • CASITA SUITE DEMO COMMUNITY We convert 25 separate hotel rooms into mini-studios where our superb sponsors and exhibitors give you the opportunity for hands-on interaction and real-time recording. This is a unique chance to try the gear you’ve always heard about.
  • GEAR GIVEAWAY That’s right… you can go home with some awesome recording gear just by being at PotLuck Audio Con!
  • HOST HOTEL The Hilton El Conquistador is a beautiful 4-star golf resort located at the base of the picturesque Santa Catalina mountains. We have a special $99/night room rate, making the PotLuckCon extremely affordable for everyone.
  • REGISTER NOW! Take advantage of our early bird pricing. Early registrants qualify for exclusive items from our GEAR GIVEAWAY.
Early registration is just $60, through March 15. Click here to register now. To learn more about the conference, head to

137th AES Convention / AES Los Angeles 2014

October 9-12, 2014
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Save the date! The AES is returning to Los Angeles in October 2014. Keep an eye out at for more details.

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.

They support all audiophile interests. They 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 they all have one thing in common: They love music and they love to hear it accurately and emotionally recreated in their homes.

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.

MMM seeks to:
  • Provide a monthly opportunity for person to person exchange
  • Expand personal networks and eliminate industry barriers
  • Learn things about other professions that may benefit your own
  • Share knowledge, ideas, concerns, strategies
  • Work toward elevating the scene as a whole
  • Create workshops for internal members and the greater community
  • Participate in a monthly "Push Project." 
To learn more about Music Mafia Minnesota and sign up for the e-mail list, head to their Facebook page or email

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