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September 2016 MSP Audio Geeks meetup

Wednesday, September 28th

September's MSP Audio Geeks meetup is Wednesday, September 28th from 7-9pm at the new Bad Weather Brewing Company taproom in St. Paul. If you are hungry you are welcome to bring your own food. They will also have Cora's Best Chicken Wings food truck on site, or you can order something for delivery. It also happens to be video game night, so we can amuse ourselves with NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, and Genesis games!

Invite your friends and join us for an evening of audio geekery! If you are planning to join us, please RSVP here so we can keep an eye out for you.

Date: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Bad Weather Brewing Company
414 7th St W
St. Paul, MN 55102
Click here for a Google map

Audio Society of MN meeting

Tuesday, September 20th

The Audio Society of Minnesota is kicking off another season on Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30pm.

From the website: "For this season opener, our guests will be Thomas Sulentic and Ze'ev Schlik of Pure Audio Project, who will be discussing their line of advanced, non–traditional loudspeakers. Known for reasonably priced time aligned open baffles, they’ll be bringing the AMT version of their Trio15, featuring the giant, horn–load Beyma TPL150/H mid–tweeter, a 15” Eminence mid–woofer and 15” Eminence woofer.

The presentation begins at 7:00 PM, though we encourage you to join us at 6:30 for casual discussion. Everyone is welcome, so drop by for some light refreshments and a listen to a reasonably priced alternative to boxless sound.

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, September 20th, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
3517 Raleigh Avenue
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Professional Music Business Advice meetup

Tuesday, September 27th

James M. Davis, of Cade Michaels Management and Consulting, has been organizing monthly events for the Professional Music Business Advice Meetup group. Some of you enjoyed our field trip to Green River Recordings last month where we learned all about merchandise. This month's event is on Tuesday, September 27th from 7-9pm at The Pearl Recording Studio. The topic is EPK 101.  

For more details and to RSVP, click here.

About the Professional Music Business Advice group: "This group meets once a month to discuss all the business obstacles that face talented musicians. More than a conversation, this group focusses on solving issues and helping artists/music professionals develop their careers. Hosted by a professional Music Manager with 20+ years experience in the music business."

Date: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
Time: 7-9pm
Location: The Pearl Recording Studio
720 Central Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Minnehaha Recording Company Open House

Saturday, October 8th

Congratulations to Minnehaha Recording Company, which is celebrating its 2nd anniversary with an open house on Saturday, October 8th from 6pm-1am. Check out the Facebook event for more details and to RSVP.

From the website: "Minnehaha Recording Company is a Minneapolis recording studio located, two blocks from historic Minnehaha Falls. Services include engineering, production, sound design, tape transfers, podcasts, forensic audio, or any audio-based oddity you may need.

We have a great deal of experience with engineering and producing music for local and national artists of most every genre, ranging from hip hop to noisy punk music.

Our goal is to ensure you are getting the desired sound out of every recording. In the end, we want to help you create and capture a recording that will likely be forever."

Date: Saturday, October 8th, 2016
Time: 6pm-1am
Location: Minnehaha Recording Company
4501 Minnehaha Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Audio Files from July's meetup

Thanks again to Zach Hollander of The Pearl Recording Studio for hosting July's meetup! For those of you who attended, or if you didn't but wnat to check it out anyway, you can download the files from the evening here. It is a 183MB .zip file.

Matt Mayfield on

Foundations of Digital Audio

Congratulations to fellow audio geek Matt Mayfield, who was approached by popular online education website to create a course that teaches everything you need to know about digital audio.

From the course description:
"Learn everything you need to know about working with digital audio. In this flagship course, author Matt Mayfield demonstrates a wide array of audio and music fundamentals. The lessons are designed for new musicians, songwriters, producers, and engineers; those making the leap from analog to digital; and professionals who need to brush up on a concept or two."

About Matt:
"Matt Mayfield is a musician from Saint Paul, Minnesota. He is a teacher of music theory and audio engineering, and the author of the "Audio Fundamentals Course" and the original "Loudness War" demonstration videos on YouTube. Matt is also a composer and arranger, photographer, web designer, and technology enthusiast. He performs on guitar, keyboard, saxophone, and vocals in various bands in the Twin Cities area."

You can see a preview of Matt's course here. While you're there don't forget to check out the other audio-related courses and sign up for a free 10-day trial.

Designing Sound Seeks Correspondents

Back in April Designing Sound enjoyed an overwhelming response to their call for contributing editors. Based on that response they have created an opportunity for even more people to become involved as a correspondent.

From the website:
"The correspondent role is a way for you to get involved on your own time and at your own pace. You can’t directly publish on your own, but you also don’t have the regular responsibilities and requirements that we ask of the contributing editors. You’ll be given a login for the site, which will allow you to come here and write your article, upload and link to media, and generally get your article formatted and prepped for release. You’ll submit those articles to the editorial team for review, and we’ll get them into our schedule for posting. You can write about the monthly themes, or go off in your own direction…preferably not more than once a month. What you choose to share with the community (within reason) is up to you."

If you are interested in learning more and applying, read more here.

Job Postings

We stumbled across some job postings and wanted to pass them along here. Good luck!
  • The Woodbury campus of Eagle Brook Church is hiring a full-time FOH engineer. If you love the art of mixing, working with professional musicians, and partnering with other full time production staff to create amazing experiences, this could be a great fit for you. To learn more and submit an application, send an email to productionteam at eaglebrookchurch dot com.

  • CheerSounds is seeking full-time remote producers who are Pro Tools savvy. CheerSounds is the world’s leading music production company for cheerleading and competitive dance music. They specialize in high energy/aggressive content--Pop/EDM/Trap related genres are right up their alley. Contact Phoebe Danskin if you are interested in learning more & applying for the position.

Are we missing a job listing? Let us know via email at mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com.

Cool stuff from around the web

  • Physical Music Format Evolution
    Check out this cool interactive timeline showing the evolution of physical music formats.
  • Funklet
    Here's a cool educational tool that lets you manipulate drum patterns from classic songs or create your own patterns:
  • Radio drama staircase
    For all you Foley artists & fans out there, here's a staircase design for you to consider!
  • Recording studio construction in photos
    Oakland, CA studio 25th Street Recording recently shared some photos of their construction & build process. You can check it out here.
  • Inside Abbey Road
    Google teamed up with Abbey Road Studios to a cool interactive inside look at the studio. Grab your favorite pair of headphones and check it out!
  • The Last Cassette Tape Factory

    Check out this fun short video featuring Robert Coverston, Chief Technician at National Audio Company.


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.

Fall Tape Camp

September 24-26, 2016
Welcome to 1979
Nashville, TN

Tape Camp is a weekend of hands-on analog recording and networking for people of all ages! During the two-day workshop (Saturday & Sunday), participants will learn the differences and similarities between analog & digital recording through discussion, demonstrations, and hands-on practice.

We'll bring in an acoustic act on Saturday afternoon, and at the end of the weekend, we bring in a band for participants to try out their newfound techniques on -- everyone gets to engineer, assist, tape op, punch-in, and learn how to use our "Mara Machines" to the fullest!


  • Weekend | Sept. 24th, 25th: $250
  • Weekend + Lathe Night | Sept. 24th (day & evening) + 25th: $300
  • Weekend + Alignment Day | Sept. 24th (day), 25th + 26th: $500
  • Weekend + Lathe Night + Alignment Day: $550

To read more about the event and to register, head to

AES Los Angeles 2016

September 29-October 2, 2016
Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA

Interested in or work in Live Sound, Studio Recording, Home Recording, Music Production, Broadcast and Streaming, Sound for Picture, Networked Audio, Game Audio or Product Development? The 141st Audio Engineering Society International Convention has you covered in one exclusively end-user focused event.

Exhibits-Plus access, free with a promo code, gains you entry to the exhibition floor and demo rooms, where leading manufacturers reveal and demonstrate the latest in audio hardware and software tools. The “Plus” includes the application-oriented sessions on the show floor stages of the Live Sound Expo, the Project Studio Expo and the Plug-In Pavilion, along with other special events.

If you are interested in attending panels, technical discussions, and other events, you can purchase an all-access pass. Pricing and more information can be found at

AES LA 2016: Tools of the trade, breaking research, theory and application, historical perspective, student competitions and career development ­– presented by the best minds in audio!

Recording Summit

November 11-13, 2016
Welcome to 1979
Nashville, TN

Chris Mara and the Welcome to 1979 crew are hosting the 9th annual recording summit at their studio in Nashville, TN. This is a great event with cool events and panels. If you've never checked it out, it's well worth the trip!

Here's a teaser of what to expect from this year's summit:

  • A Direct to Vinyl Master session for the Friday night kick off party, (artist TBA). Records will be pressed the following morning and available that afternoon!
  • Saturday Night’s listening party will be Purple Rain with an interview of Susan Rogers by Larry Crane (Tape Op).
  • Demonstrations of our new vinyl electroplating facility.
  • Our own on site hotdog stand for lunches, with proceeds going to the local food shelf.
  • Much more to come!

Registration is open now, and at just $200 ($150 for students) is a great deal. This event is limited to 60 attendees and will sell out, so buy your ticket now! You can learn more about the summit at

GDC 2017

February 27-March 3, 2017
San Francisco, CA

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world's largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event. The GDC attracts over 26,000 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. Learn more and stay updated at


April 21-23, 2017
The Westin O'Hare
Rosemont, IL

AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) is the defining high-end consumer audio show in the United States. The three day experience features multiple hotel floors packed with listening rooms, exhibit floors, seminars and live musical performances. Whether you’re a serious audiophile, a new comer to high-end audio or simply a music lover, you’ll find everything you need to immerse yourself in your favorite sounds.

The event features over 110 high fidelity listening rooms, providing guests the enviable opportunity to experience the newest technology in high-end consumer audio products. Attendees are encouraged to go from room to room and sit, listen and compare the various systems. The Marketplace and Ear Gear Expo play host to thousands of products and accessories from cables to headphones to LPs and SACDs.

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.

Pink Noise

Pink Noise is a cool online magazine brought to you by editors Catherine Vericolli and Allen Farmelo. It features interviews, technical papers, essays, and more. We think you should check it out!

Peruse their website at, like them on Facebook:, and follow them on Twitter:

Recording Studio Rockstars Podcast

Many of you know fellow audio geek Chris Mara as the owner of Welcome to 1979 in Nashville, TN. He was recently featured on the Recording Studio Rockstars podcast. Vinyl mastering engineer Cameron Henry, also of Welcome to 1979, was also interviewed. You can check out Chris's episode here and Cameron's episode here.

Vinyl Emergency Podcast

If you're into vinyl, then you should check out Vinyl Emergency, a new podcast hosted by Jim Hanke. He and "a wide range of guests discuss vinyl records as well as the lives of those who collect, create or commemorate them."

You can subscribe in iTunes here, and in other RSS readers here.

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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