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May 2019 MSP Audio Geeks meetup

Monday, May 20, 2019

The May MSP Audio Geeks meetup will be on Monday, May 20th from 7-9pm at HDMG, thanks to sound designer Ben O'Brien. 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.

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.

Audio Society of MN

"The Audio Society of Minnesota is a noncommercial hobby organization incorporated in 1979. We present monthly meetings from September to May/June of each year where we discuss, learn about, and experience the latest and greatest audio gear and software. Of course, we also operate this web page.

We support all audiophile interests. We 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 we all have one thing in common: We love music and we love to hear it accurately and emotionally recreated in our homes.

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."

The Audio Society of MN is currently on its summer hiatus. To find out more, check out their website at or their Facebook page at

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.

Larry Crane Recording Workshop

May 4-5, 2019
Jackpot! Recording Studio
Portland, Oregon

Larry Crane, editor and founder of Tape Op Magazine, owner of Jackpot! Recording Studio, Archivist for Elliott Smith and a successful producer/engineer with hundreds of albums to his credit, occasionally presents his Weekend Recording Workshops for recording engineers, musicians and producers. These seminars are two eight hours days (11 am to 8 pm), including a one hour “lunch” break (3-4 pm), and cost is $400 per person. Class is always limited to 10 students.

To learn more head to

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.

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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