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THE SONAR HONG KONG LINEUP IS OUT!

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Thu 18 Jan 2018 8:30 pm
Laurent Garnier, The Black Madonna and Mouse On The Keys all headline! Laurel Halo, Mount Kimbie, Keys N Krates and Jaques also top the lineup!

THE SONAR HONG KONG LINEUP IS OUT!

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Thu 18 Jan 2018 8:30 pm
Laurent Garnier, The Black Madonna and Mouse On The Keys all headline! Laurel Halo, Mount Kimbie, Keys N Krates and Jaques also top the lineup!

KORG just released a bunch of new stuff – here’s what’s what

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 18 Jan 2018 6:37 pm

Call it KORGmas. Okay, probably don’t call it that. But KORG just released a mess of gear for musicians. Here’s all of it in one place – and what to know.

KORG Gadget for Nintendo Switch
Available: Spring 2018
Price: Unknown

What’s it for: Get a production studio on your Nintendo Gadget – which means You’ll be able to download from Nintendo’s eShop. 16 synth and drum machine gadgets. Running on Nintendo’s game console means you can go from handheld to couch and TV screen easily (a trick even your iPad can’t pull off), using the JoyCon.

Coolest feature: 4-player Multiplayer Mode for collaboration.

Volca Mix
Available: This month
Price: US$169.99

What’s it for: Connect up to three volcas, give them a master clock, power, mix the, route out to effects, and add compression/expansion with sidechaining.

Coolest feature: All the cables are in the box – add three volcas and nothing else, and get playing.

Prologue
Available: This month
Price: US$1499-$1999

What’s it for: Builds on the popular Minilogue and Prologue with 8- or 16-voice polyphony and 49- or 61-key keyboards, plus new Mod and Delay/Reverb effects. A deep architecture lets you split or layer, and play in different modes (poly / chord / mono / unison).

Coolest feature: An upcoming SDK will let you code your own oscillators and effects – or just sit back and grab ones other people have built.

Konnect
Available: This month
Price: US$399.99

What’s it for: It’s a portable PA – Bluetooth, four-channel mixer, EQ, and a connected app.

Coolest feature: Finally, it’s Bluetooth for people who like it loud. It’s 300 watts peak.

AW-OTG, AW-OTB tuners
Available: February
Price: US$49.99

What’s it for: KORG’s AW tuners started the electronic tuner revoution. Now, they’ve got OLED screens. Plus there’s a new chord finder (which responds as you play) on the guitar model, and a tempo finder on the ‘bass’ model.

Skip it: You can save money with the new GA/CA-50 tuners for about half this price, but… they’re not as cool.

Coolest feature: Well, tough to choose: smart chord and tempo detection, plus that pretty screen.

KDM-3 metronome
Available: This month
Price: US$59.99

What’s it for: It’s the latest generation of KORG’s flagship digital metronomes. And it brings new patterns and new sounds, including an acoustic metronome.

Coolest feature: The design, obviously, which comes in black or white – it’s finally a metronome gadget that doesn’t look like a metronome gadget.

KR-55 Pro/strong>
Available: This month
Price: US$299.99

What’s it for: It’s a drum/groove machine for people who like the sound of real drums – a little like those groove plug-ins, but in hardware. 24 rhythm styles, multiple patterns and chaining, and SD card playback.

Coolest feature: There’s “Acoustage” built in – for virtual immersive surround meant to sound like an acoustic stage.

D1 Digital Piano
Available: TBD
Price: TBD (actually now shows EUR699 here in Eurpoe including tax, so that’s aggressive)

What’s it for: KORG’s finest graded action now is in a more compact body.

Coolest feature: 88 keys in 16 kg and one that looks like you could tote. This could compare favorably against tough competition from Yamaha and Casio.

And you could still get an ARP ODYSSEY

It wouldn’t be KORG without some bundling and special color schemes. Now the ODYSSEY FS is back for 2018 with historical limited-edition paint schemes and the SQ-1 sequncer bundled in free. US$1599.99, this year (no month info).

Odyssey modules are coming?!

Oh yeah, KORG also refers to coming “modules” of the Odyssey FS series. Is this KORG’s Eurorack entry for Odyssey? Let’s see about that….

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First Appeal of Multiple Ownership Rule Changes Filed by Public Interest Groups

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Thu 18 Jan 2018 6:05 pm

Prometheus Radio Project and Media Mobilizing Project, public interest groups who have been opponents of relaxation in the FCC’s broadcast ownership rules, have filed the first Petition for Review of the FCC’s Order on Reconsideration of the Quadrennial Review of those rules. In November, the FCC by a 3 to 2 vote eliminated the rule requiring that eight independent television voices remain in a market before a TV duopoly would be approved, eliminated the newspaper/broadcast and radio/television cross-interest rules, and made other changes (which we summarized here). The petitioners filed their appeal in the Third Circuit, which has for more than a decade heard appeals of FCC ownership rulemakings, and has often been skeptical of FCC actions (though most recently, as we wrote here, seemed to express some views that the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership ban was outdated). In any event, these groups have filed before the effective date of the new rules, and there is some thought that they may seek a stay of that effective date (the filing of the appeal itself does not itself stay the effectiveness of the decision). Stay tuned….

New “Blue Alert” EAS Warning Order Published in the Federal Register – To be Implemented By Broadcasters by January 18, 2019

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Thu 18 Jan 2018 6:00 pm

As we wrote here, the FCC recently adopted a new Blue Alert code to be added to the warning codes in the EAS system. This code is to be used for warnings about imminent danger to law enforcement authorities. The FCC’s Order (available in full here) has now been published in the Federal Register, making the rule changes effective. However, the FCC has provided one year for new equipment or upgrades to existing equipment to be rolled out, meaning that broadcasters will need to implement these new EAS codes and be prepared to use them by January 18, 2019. Start your preparations to implement these new codes now.

KORG’s Volca Mix is the little mixer your compact gear was missing

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 18 Jan 2018 5:32 pm

You’ve got the inexpensive, compact gear, like the volcas that started it all. Now you need a mixer. KORG finally responds.

Volca Mix is the hardware everyone’s been predicting for about as long as we’ve had Volcas, only now, it’s real. And it also reveals KORG’s answers to some questions that weren’t so obvious. How many channels should this thing have? Mono or stereo? What would make it special?

Well, here you are:

4-channel analog – two mono, and one stereo pair.

Three faders: so mono, mono, stereo

Low/high-cut filter on each channel

Analog stereo expander/compressor with sidechaining

Master clock with sync out – so you can clock all your other KORG gear (or other stuff that takes that signal, like the Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators)

Patchable power: you get one DC power in, three out

Dedicated stereo send out

Stereo line out (phono)

Stereo speakers! And a switch so you don’t have to hear them if you don’t want.

All the cables / power are in the box: AC adapter, DC-DC cables, and audio cables. That’s a huge change; in the past, those volcas were actually priced deceptively cheaply by not including a power adapter in the box. (AA batteries don’t grow on trees, that is!)

We’re of course really keen to use this with our own MeeBlip, too. (Heck, we should make new stuff to plug into it, huh?)

But there’s your winning answer, I think: it’s just enough channels, and the effects are built-in. So it’s not just a utilitarian solution to this problem – it’s really a performance tool. You had me at sidechaining compressor.

The stereo send is useful, too – I’m just double-checking that in fact there’s an aux return you can use so you still have 4 inputs.

That said, it’s really the effects I’m interested in testing – and noise floor and overall sound performance – to determine whether this is the Mixer We Really Want.

US$169.99, available this month.

korg.com

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THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS TODAY

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Thu 18 Jan 2018 5:30 pm
Check out a video of the opening day press conference and find out what's happening!

THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL BEGINS TODAY

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Thu 18 Jan 2018 5:30 pm
Check out a video of the opening day press conference and find out what's happening!

KORG has a polyphonic Prologue synth – and it’s programmable

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Thu 18 Jan 2018 5:11 pm

This one isn’t a remake or reboot: KORG’s new generation of analog synths is growing, with 8- and 16-voice polyphonic Prologue keyboards.

And whereas the Minilogue and Monologue are all about affordable, new synthesis, the Prologue is something else: it’s really a new analog flagship, something KORG haven’t had in decades.

Case in point: the keyboards, in 49- and 61-key variants, come with the action shared on the KRONOS. You get 8-voice / 49-key, or 16-voice / 61-key – all with discrete analog circuitry.

There’s another departure here, too: an open source multi engine, which will feature an SDK for developers.

But the basic argument for the Prologue is this: maybe you want a different architecture that lets you mix up sounds and voices in interesting ways. So you get the ability to play two timbres at once, layering and splitting, or playing in Poly, Mono, Unison, and Chord modes. (New, indeed, but that also shares some of the kind of musical thinking that made the KORG Mono/Poly great.)

To that, you can add a deeper multi-effects unit – making this more of an all-in-one sound creation workstation than the entry level units. Two effects slots give you Mod and Delay/Reverb.

But I think it’s the openness that could be most interesting. You can actually program your own oscillators and effects or download community-contributed code.

That’s up our alley, of course, so naturally I’ll be finding more about that soon for y’all.

Available this month:

8-voice, 49-key US$1499
16-voice, 61-key US$1999

www.korg.com/products/synthesizers/prologue/

Aw, I still wanted Polylogue, even though that’s not a word. 😉

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Readers recommend playlist: songs about industry and manufacturing

Delivered... Pairubu | Scene | Thu 18 Jan 2018 1:00 pm

Iggy Pop, OMD, Spandau Ballet and the Commodores have their say on a hard working and eclectic reader-curated list

Here is this week’s playlist – songs picked by a reader from your suggestions on last week’s callout. Thanks for taking part. Read more about how our weekly series works at the end of the piece.

The rhythmic sound of machinery and the subject of work and industry seem to lend themselves to musical expression almost as a matter of course. Before we begin, an observation: for some reason, this week’s list is heavy on the 1980s – perhaps that decade, when industry was rapidly declining in many Western countries, was one where such topics were in the forefront of musical minds?

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FS FreezeVerb isn’t your ordinary reverb app, it has a couple of features you need to check out

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Thu 18 Jan 2018 1:13 am

Bang Means Do it software have brought us another FX app to add to their portfolio. FS FreezeVerb is a lush sounding stereo reverb, useful for both subtle ambience and cavernous reverberation. The app features a clear and simple design, FS FreezeVerb aims to make it easy for users to dial in their ideal reverb settings – complete with a visualisation of the virtual room, which is one of the most interesting features from my perspective.

The Dampen function lets users vary the damping within their virtual room – lower settings mean less damping, making the room’s walls more reflective.

The other feature that has really caught my attention is the Freeze Mode. When this mode is turned on, the reverb signal at that particular moment is ‘frozen’ and continues indefinitely, which sounds like something that could be used in some really creative ways.

FS FreezeVerb can be used as standalone application or can be used as an Audio Unit.

Main Features:

  • Stereo Width control
  • Room Size slider with room size visualisation
  • Freeze Mode
  • Dampen control to alter the reverb’s tonal characteristic
  • Wet/dry mix control
  • Clean and simple design
  • Runs on both iPad and iPhone
  • Selection of factory presets (when used as an Audio Unit)

FS FreezeVerb costs $3.99 on the app store:

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