December 2014 Meetup

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

December's MSP Audio Geeks Meetup is this Tuesday, December 30th from 7-9pm at Essential Sessions, hosted by Phoebe Danskin and Brad Matala.

From the website:
"Essential Sessions Is home to a world class audio recording studio and have hosted artists and producers ranging from Lady Gaga's band, Producer Michael Blake (Whitney Houston) and gospel great Sheila Ray Charles (daughter of Ray Charles), Tom Herbers as well as a host of local bands including Cloud Cult, Fury Things, Charlie Parr, Cactus Blossoms, Limns, The Honey Dogs, and Sims.

Our staff works to not only record audio but develop a game plan with musicians. We help encourage musicians to set goals and use recordings as a method to achieve those goals.

We commonly provide full production assistance with Kickstarter campaigns to help fund projects including a day to day strategy to raise funds through crowdsourcing. We also support artists with affordable ways to provide their audience with a constant drip of new and exciting content which may include live on-location recordings and in-studio video/concerts."

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

Date: Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Essential Sessions Studios
1583 Hamline Ave. N.
Roseville, MN 55108
The entrance to the studio is off W Iowa Ave. Come downstairs and the studio is on the left.
Parking: There is plenty of street parking in the neighboring streets.

January 2015 Audio Society of MN Meeting

The Audio Society of Minnesota will have its next meeting on Tuesday, January 20th, from 7-9 PM. 

From the website:
"It's our annual Bring & Brag. Pick out a favorite tune to share, and bring it in on CD or vinyl for all of us to listen to together. It's a great event to discover new music, and an opportunity for you to share what you've been into recently.

As per usual, we'll do our best to make a list of what was played, so if you hear something you like, you can look it up later.

Bring & Brag is a nice break from the technical lectures and gear demonstrations that normally fill our calendar: it reminds us it's all about the music, after all. Also, it's a fantastic opportunity to bring guests that are on the fence about coming. So invite those friends!

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 about the Audio Society of Minnesota, check out their website or their Facebook page

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.

Music+Sound International has been set up to establish the criteria and standard for international excellence in music and sound for visual media and to shine a light on those who create, source and commission it. We encourage everybody involved in a production to come together and celebrate the art and talent involved in what is an essential part of any commercial, film, video game or TV show."

To learn more, check out

SFX Sales

Blastwave FX is holding a year-end sale that will get you 25% off all sound effects products at their website. Head to to audition the libraries and purchase some sweet sounds!

Chuck Russom FX is offering $25 off the Guns: Volume 1 SFX library. Check it out at

Videos from your fellow Audio Geeks

Phoebe Danskin created a cool video that gives a glimpse into her work for Cheer Sounds.

Have you ever wondered what's going on in our brains when we hear and listen? Check out this video from John Calder of Acoustic Geometry.

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.

The NAMM Show

January 22-25, 2015
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802

The 2015 NAMM Show is an action-packed global industry event where you can expand your share of the market in the coming year with face-to-face meetings, product demos, idea-filled sessions and networking opportunities.

Tape Camp

February 21-23, 2015
Welcome to 1979
1110 48th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37209

"Tape Camp is for all recording enthusiasts. Whether they are a seasoned recording professional looking to brush up on skills and network, a student or young engineer just starting out, or someone who is interested in recording as a hobby, Tape Camp has something for everyone!"

Weekend Pass (2/21-2/22): $200
Lathe Night (2/21): add an additional $50
Alignment Day Pass (2/23): $200

To learn more about and register for Tape Camp, head to

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.139th AES Convention

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.

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

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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