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March 2019 MSP Audio Geeks meetup

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The March 2019 MSP Audio Geeks meetup is this Wednesday, March 20th from 6-8pm at Grey Ghost Music. Grey Ghost's new studios are up and running and we're excited to return to see and hear them.

Grey Ghost specializes in full service music creation, licensing, supervision and audio post production. Our studios are fully equipped for whatever curveball your project presents. We connect brands and agencies directly to the pulse of the music industry and finish spots with industry standard quality.

Grey Ghost Music's team is Brack Herfurth, Creative Director/Founder, Greg Geitzenauer, Senior Sound Engineer, and Laurel Turek, Producer. You can read more about the unique paths that brought them together here. They also work with a variety of composers who contribute to their music library, providing a wide range of great custom music.

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

Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Grey Ghost Music
400 1st Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Click here for a Google map
Parking: Metered parking on surrounding streets; pay parking in nearby lots.
Metro Transit: Grey Ghost Music is accessible via many public transportation routes. Please check for your route.

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

April 2019 MSP Audio Geeks meetup

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The April 2019 MSP Audio Geeks meetup is 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. We'll provide a number to call when we're closer to the 29th.

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, March 19, 2019

On March 19th the Audio Society of MN enthusiastically presents Larry Smith, National Sales Manager for Wireworld Cable Technology, a long standing leader in the manufacture of high-performance audio and video cabling products.

Larry will display testing and listening equipment and be able to address questions about cables.

They hope to be able to conduct an Audio and Headphone Cable Polygraph session, as created by Wireworld founder and designer David Salz, and be able to hear and learn exactly what cables do to audiophile sound.

As a side note, since the Pavek is closed on Tuesdays, they must open just for their meetings. Please try to arrive as close to 7:00 as reasonably possible to lessen the workload on the people who kindly come into work to open up just for the meeting.

Please join the Audio Society of MN at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in St. Louis Park for an evening of in depth discussion and listening. 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, March 19th, 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!

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.

2019 AES International Conference on Immersive & Interactive Audio

March 27-29, 2019
York, UK

Immersive audio systems are ubiquitous and range from macro-systems installed in cinemas, theatres and concert halls to micro-systems for domestic, in-car entertainment, VR/AR and mobile platforms. New developments in human-computer interaction, in particular head and body motion tracking and artificial intelligence, are paving the way for adaptive and intelligent audio technologies that promote audio personalisation and heightened levels of immersion. This three-day conference will explore the unique space where interactive technologies and immersive audio meet and aims to exploit the synergies between these fields.


April 12-14, 2019
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel
1551 Thoreau Dr. N.
Schaumburg, IL 60173

AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) is the largest high-end audio show in North America. The three-day experience features multiple hotel floors packed with listening rooms, The Expo Hall featuring The Record Fair, a dedicated Ear Gear Expo, seminars and live musical performances. Whether you’re a serious audiophile, a newcomer to high-end audio or simply a music lover, you’ll find everything you need to immerse yourself in your favorite sounds.


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.

The early bird price is just $40 through March 22nd. After that prices increase to $50. For more information and to register click here.

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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