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May 2019 MSP Audio Geeks meetup

Monday, May 20, 2019

The May MSP Audio Geeks meetup is tomorrow, Monday, May 20th, from 7-9pm at HDMG. Thanks to sound designer Ben O'Brien for hosting us! Nathan Lively of Sound Design Live will be putting on a presentation about sound system tuning.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could see sound? But wait, we can, with an audio analyzer. Nathan will demo some basic sound system optimization processes using a two channel audio analyzer (like Smaart) and we’ll discuss what is and isn’t possible through measurement.

We'll have a couple speakers to demo. You are also welcome to bring your speakers, audio analyzer, or even a musical instrument for us to play with.

About Nathan Lively:
Award winning sound designer, engineer, and author with 369,468 podcast downloads and 177 articles and interviews published through Pro Sound News Europe, The Pro Audio Files, Soulsound, SoundGirls, and Sound Design Live.

About Ben O'Brien:
I help elevate ideas, bringing 20 years of industry experience and some special sauce to the table every time.

I create, capture and shape audio (Single- to Multichannel) for Television, Radio, Film/Documentary, Corporate/Industrial, Web, Streaming, Installations, Exhibits, Kiosks, and Multimedia.

Specialties: Audio Design, Recording, Editing, Mixing, Spectral Editing, Audio Forensics and other unique Audio Post Production solutions.

About HDMG:
HDMG is a creative production company with a strong reputation for unique solutions, embracing change and creative thought while maintaining extremely high quality standards. Our production, edit, color, design, and sound departments are staffed with talented artists who form a cohesive team that is fully invested in delivering quality, informative and successful media.

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: Monday, May 20, 2019
Time: 7-9pm
Location: HDMG
555 1st Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Click here for a Google map
Building entrance: Please come around to the back of the building via 6th St. NE & use the door just to the left of the large garage door.
Parking: There is free parking in the back of the building. There is also free street parking on 6th St. NE and in the lot in front of the building.
Metro Transit: The nearest bus stops are serviced by the #4 and #10 bus lines. Please check for your route.

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

June 2019 MSP Audio Geeks meetup

Monday, June 24, 2019

Save the date! June's meetup will be on Monday, June 24 at The Terrarium. August Ogren will be our host. More details to come when we're closer to it!

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.

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, May 21, 2019

On Tuesday, May 21st, the Audio Society of MN will host its monthly meeting.

From the website:
On May 21st, we close out our season with the highly anticipated visit by Dr. Douglas Stauffer, principal at Wild Burro Audio, based locally here in Minneapolis.

Wild Burro is a developer of boutique full range drivers and have been building budget friendly open baffle speakers for more than a decade. Most recently, there is a new alnico magnet based 8” full range speaker designed for open baffle use. Dr. Doug will present some considerations to take into account with such things, and then showcase two different speaker builds, including a bass assisted, active analog crossover system using an amp-camp amp for power and a Reso enclosure system.

You don’t want to miss this!  Please join us at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in Saint Louis Park for this discussion.

Thank you everyone, for arriving close to 7 PM, it is helping the workload on the people who come into the Pavek to open up for us.  Thank you.

Attendance is free for all. 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, May 21st, 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

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.

2019 Summer NAMM

July 18-20, 2019
Nashville Music City Center
201 5th Ave S.
Nashville, TN 37203

All members of NAMM are invited to attend Summer NAMM. Qualified representatives from organizations that are not eligible for NAMM membership, including pro audio, live event and themed entertainment professionals, buyers and influencers from houses of worship, studios, concert halls, universities, casinos, hotels and other venues, as well as music educators and music majors may apply for a General Attendee badge.

For additional information, check out the website: .

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.

AES New York 2019 & NAB Show New York

October 16-19, 2019
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W 34th St.
New York, NY 10001

Do your interests or work include Studio Recording, Home Recording, Music Production, Electronic Dance Music, DJ, Live Sound, Theater Sound, Broadcast and Streaming, Networked Audio, Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality, Game Audio, Sound for Picture or Product Development? AES New York 2019, the 147th Pro Audio International Convention has you covered in one exclusively end-user focused event.

AES New York 2019 will be co-located with the Independent NAB Show New York. In an adjacent exhibition hall, NAB Show New York exhibitors will be on hand with the latest video and distribution hardware and related sessions. Your Exhibits-Plus or All Access AES New York registration includes access to both exhibition halls.

For additional information, check out the website:

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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