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Happy new year!

Thanks to all who came out to last month's meetup. We are working on all kinds of cool excursions for 2017, and it was great to hear some of your ideas. We need your help to fulfill one of those ideas - read on for more info.

Many of you have expressed interest in touring Orfield Labs. This may include some time in their anechoic and reverb chambers, depending on the level of tour. There is a cost (ranging from $100 to $300 per person) for the tour, though we've been told the tours are non-profit. We've been in contact with them but in order to set this up we need to get a handle on how many folks can commit to attending the tour (date TBD). Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey. Thank you for your time!

For more information about the tours, check out this PDF.

January 2017 MSP Audio Geeks meetup

Tuesday, January 31st

January's MSP Audio Geeks meetup is on Tuesday, January 31st at 2pm. We will be touring Copycats Media. Please note the afternoon time.

From the website and Facebook page:
Copycats is a DVD and CD duplication company based right in the heart of Minnesota. Our small, committed team is here for each one of our clients, large and small.

For well over a decade, COPYCATS has helped clients produce professional DVD & CD Duplication and Replication projects. Your single source solution, COPYCATS provides clients with a full suite of services:

  • CD/DVD Manufacturing
  • Short Run DVD & CD Duplication
  • Digital Download Cards - NEW!
  • CD Mastering
  • Graphic Design & Prepress Services
  • Silk Screen & Offset On-disc Printing
  • Print & Packaging Solutions
  • Assembly
  • Inventory & Fulfillment Services

Invite your friends and join us for an afternoon of audio geekery! If you are planning to attend, please email mspaudiogeeks at gmail dot com.

Date: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
Time: 2pm
Location: Copycats Media
2155 Niagara Lane North
Plymouth, MN 55447
Click here for a Google map
Metro Transit: Copycats Media is accessible via local bus route #771, though this route only runs during rush hour times. Please visit for more information.

Audio Society of MN

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

January's Audio Society of MN meeting is tonight, Tuesday, January 17th. This will be the annual Bring and Brag music fest.

From the website: "We encourage you to bring an interesting recording or two to listen to on our "Mostly Minnesota Made" system. We can accommodate many digital disc formats on our multiformat player and we also have an excellent turntable to play your (clean) vinyl records.

Please join us at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting in St. Louis Park for an evening of in depth discussion and listening. Attendance is free for all, and light refreshments will be on hand. The presentation begins at 7:00 PM, and, as always we encourage you to join us 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, January 17th
Time: 7pm
Location: Pavek Museum
3517 Raleigh Avenue
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Professional Music Business Advice meetup

Wednesday, January 25th

James M. Davis, of Cade Michaels Management and Consulting, has been organizing monthly events for the Professional Music Business Advice Meetup group. This month's event is on Wednesday, January 25th from 7-9pm. The topic is Booking your FIRST gig.

For more details and to RSVP, click here or via Facebook.

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: Wednesday, January 25th, 2017
Time: 7-9pm
Location: The Pearl Recording Studio
720 Central Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Feruary 2017 MSP Audio Geeks meetup

Wednesday, February 22nd

Save the date for February's MSP Audio Geeks meetup, which will be a joint outing with the Mpls.-St. Paul Studio Nerds group, which is moderated by Gregg Ward. Levi Stugelmeyer of Summer Winter Studios will be our host.

Stay tuned for more details!

Date: Wednesday, February 22nd
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Summer Winter Studios
550 Vandalia St.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114
Click here for a Google map
Metro Transit: Summer Winter Studios is accessible via local bus route #63. Please visit for more information.

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.

Job Postings

We stumbled across some job postings and wanted to pass them along here. Good luck!
  • Nissan Motor Company is hiring an audio / IT engineer. The job is for their Farmington Hills, MI location. For more information, see the post on LinkedIn.
  • The New York Times has posted some audio production jobs. Check out the info here.
  • APM is hiring a Traffic Associate and a producer for the Performance Today program. Learn about the jobs here and here.

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

Cool stuff from around the web

  • Isolated vocal tracks
    We came across this cool list of isolated vocal tracks. We hope you enjoy listening!
  • Raspberry Pi LED record-finder
    We came across this great idea to make finding a record quick & easy. And it makes a cool LED display to boot! Check it out here
  • Behind the Scenes at The Current studios
    The Current recently released a fun sneak peak behind the curtain of their live sessions, featuring some of your fellow audio geeks!
    "What makes the live sessions at The Current sound as good as they do? Take a peek behind the scenes with four of the people who make a live session sound as amazing as your favorite album and as effortless as a walk in the park."
  • 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!

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.

2017 NAMM Show

January 19-22, 2017
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

Mark your calendars now for the global family reunion of the music products, pro audio, live sound, lighting and entertainment technology communities, when The NAMM Show returns to Anaheim, CA, on January 19–22, 2017.

Badge registration and the opportunity to book your hotel is now open for all NAMM members. The non-member badge application is also currently open.

For more information, check out the website:

Spring Tape Camp

February 18-10, 2017
Welcome to 1979
Nashville, TN

Join Chris Mara at WELCOME TO 1979 Feb 18-20 2017 for Spring Tape Camp! Tape Camp is a weekend of ultra hands on analog recording and networking for recording enthusiasts of all ages. The two day workshop (Sat & Sun) is limited to 10 people, and the third day, which focuses exclusively on tape machine alignment is limited to five people. We keep the attendance numbers small to provide a truly unique experience, and our discussions/techniques can be tailor made depending upon what YOU want to learn.

For more information and to register, check out the website: and Facebook event.

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:

Audio Geek Podcasts

Here's a small selection of audio podcasts we think you might enjoy. If you've got a suggestion, feel free to send it our way!

Dolby Institute Podcast Series

The Dolby Institute has released a few seasons of really cool interviews with various sound artists like Randy Thom, Anna Behlmer, Jad Abumrad, and Walter Murch. You can check it out on their website here.

Recording Studio Rockstars

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.

Viny Emergency

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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