April 2015 Meetup

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

April's MSP Audio Geeks Meetup is Wednesday, April 29th from 7-9pm. Joe Mabbott of The Hideaway Studio will be our host.

From the website: "Nestled along the Mississippi in Northeast Minneapolis, The Hideaway Studio is one of the Twin Cities’ premier recording studios. The Hideaway was founded in 2004 by owner/engineer Joe Mabbott and quickly established itself as a home for local, national and international artists. Its comfortable yet professional environment has yielded hundreds of records from hip hop to punk rock to traditional Irish folk music and all points in between. With multiple tracking rooms, two control rooms, and a huge selection of the finest outboard gear, The Hideaway Studio is an extremely flexible recording facility that can meet most any budget."

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

Date: Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Time: 7-9pm
Location: The Hideaway Studio
77 13th Ave NE, Suite 110
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Parking: Free street parking; you may also park in the free lot behind the building.
Entrance: Doors lock at 6pm so look for The Hideaway on the front door intercom & you will be buzzed in.

Audio Society of MN April meeting

April 21st, 7-9pm

The Audio Society of Minnesota will have its next meeting on Tuesday, April 21st, from 7-9 PM. 

April's meeting will feature Tom Fine, the son of Bob and Wilma Fine. Tom will be joining us to discuss the intertwined history of his parents' Mercury Living Presence record label and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. Tom will Focus on several important MSO recordings making their debuts on CD in the 3rd Mercury Living Presence box set due out in March 2015.

Some discussion of past releases of these recordings can be found at Stereophile.

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

Welcome to 1979 7th Anniversary Party

May 2nd, 2015, 8pm

Congratulations to Chris Mara and the rest of the crew at Welcome to 1979 on their 7th anniversary! To commemorate the occasion, they're hosting a Chili Experience party. "That's right, we've been making noise as Welcome to 1979 for 7 years now, and what better way to celebrate than with our friends and a little competition? All you need to do is show up ready- and BYOB if you're feeling particularly thirsty!"

Location: Welcome to 1979
1110 48th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37209

As part of the Chili Experience, there will be a chili competition! For more information about the festivities, see the announcement here.

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 celebrated 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!

Employment Opportunities

We stumbled across a couple different job postings, and wanted to pass them along here. Good luck!

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.

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.


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.


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.

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

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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