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Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Sun 30 Sep 2018 10:30 pm
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October Regulatory Dates for Broadcasters – Quarterly Issues Programs Lists and Children’s Television Reports, EEO Public File Obligations, Nationwide EAS Test, Registration of C Band Earth Stations, and Comments in Numerous FCC Proceedings

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Sun 30 Sep 2018 5:23 pm

October is one of the busiest months on the broadcast regulatory calendar, as it includes a confluence of routine EEO filing requirements, quarterly filing requirements for Children’s Television Reports, public file uploading for all stations for their Quarterly Issues Programs Lists, a Nationwide EAS test, and comment dates in many FCC proceedings. Make sure that you are aware of these upcoming deadlines, particularly ones that may impact your station’s operations.

On October 1, Annual EEO Public Inspection File Reports must be uploaded to the online public inspection filed by Commercial and Noncommercial Full-Power and Class A Television Stations and AM and FM Radio Stations in Alaska, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Missouri, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Guam, the Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands that are part of an Employment Unit with 5 or more full-time employees. There is an additional obligation for Television Employment Units with five or more full-time employees in Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, the Mariana Islands, Oregon, and Washington which must file Mid-Term EEO Reports with the FCC by October 10.

An additional obligation for all full-power broadcast stations is the requirement to upload to the online public file Quarterly Issues Programs Lists. These must be uploaded by October 10. Given that these have the potential to lead to many fines by the FCC during the license renewal cycle that begins next June 1 if they have not met these obligations, this deadline takes added importance in the current time period. See our article here for a discussion of the importance of these Quarterly Issues Programs lists in a world with an online public file, particularly during the license renewal process.

Also, by that same October 10 deadline, all TV stations (including Class A TV stations) need to file Quarterly Children’s Television Reports with the FCC. These too, were the source of many fines during the last renewal cycle, so be careful of the deadline and be sure to meet these deadlines. See our article here discussing fines issued for not filing these reports on a timely basis, and the FCC’s use of the online public file to catch violations of these filing rules.

Another regulatory obligation for all broadcasters is the Nationwide EAS Test which will now be conducted on October 3 after being postponed by Hurricane Florence. ETRS Form Two, which reports whether or not the test was received, is due that same day by 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Form Three, which gives a more detailed analysis of the test results, is due by November 19. See our article here for more information.

While we hate to sound like a broken record, there is another important deadline for a great many radio and TV stations nationwide. Any station using a C Band satellite dish for the reception of programming is urged by the FCC to register those dishes by October 17. The registration will give the FCC a good idea of what users are operating in the band, as they consider how to repurpose the spectrum for potential use by wireless 5G operations. Stations that do not register their earth stations operating in this band by the deadline also will not be included in any plans for compensation or other considerations if the band is indeed repurposed for other uses. See our article here.

In another proceeding, reply comments on FCC proposal for reporting on false EAS alerts are due October 9. This proceeding is looking at whether to require all stations to report to the FCC any time a false EAS alert is aired on a station. See our post here on the dates, and here on the issues involved in this proceeding.

October 9 is also the date that Reply Comments are due to be filed with the FCC on facts to be included in a required report to be submitted to Congress dealing with the state of competition in the audio marketplace. This Audio Competition Report will take comments filed by parties and the FCC’s own research to inform Congress as to who compete in this marketplace. As the FCC is also looking at reforming the ownership rules for radio in its next Quadrennial Review, these same facts may well inform the proposals made in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in that review. See our summary here.

Reply Comments are also due on the FCC proposals for reimbursing LPTV and FM stations for costs they incur due to the repacking of the TV band as a result of the incentive auction. These reply comments are due October 26. See our article here.

For TV broadcasters, another important proceeding is the FCC’s review of the weekly obligation for broadcasting 3 hours of educational and informational programming directed to children. Reply comments on reforming these “KidVid” rules are due October 23. See our summary of the issues raised in that proceeding here.

So October is a very busy month. Pay attention to the obligations that we highlight above, and be alert for and any other obligations that may apply to your station in the upcoming month.  Avoid regulatory issues that can cost you time and money.

Roosevelt: Young Romance review – enjoyable, airbrushed synth pop

Delivered... Tara Joshi | Scene | Sun 30 Sep 2018 8:00 am


Twentysomething German producer Marius Lauber, AKA Roosevelt, first emerged with his Elliot EP in 2013. Released on Greco-Roman, it showcased all the hallmarks of that label: ever-so-slightly left-field, poppy electro that was perfect for the then in-vogue indie dancefloor. Roosevelt’s eponymous debut album followed in 2016 to solid reviews: these were dynamic, disco-tinged bangers which, while hardly groundbreaking, were certainly enjoyable.

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Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Sat 29 Sep 2018 7:00 pm
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One to watch: Ider

Delivered... Damien Morris | Scene | Sat 29 Sep 2018 2:00 pm
The London flatmates combine introspective lyrics with gorgeous harmonies and memorable melodies

“I’m trying to enjoy myself, love myself/ Who the fuck is myself?” is a very Ider lyric. Lily Somerville and Megan Markwick (Ider is the “mysterious third band member” that manifests itself when they harmonise) may not have found themselves yet, but were lucky enough to find each other at university, and they’ve sung and written their way to a promising career since. Now flatmates in London, their shared setup allows constant collaboration and produces a series of thoughtful, gorgeous songs that mostly attempt to map the worlds outside and within.

If you’re not a lyrics person, tracks such as Does She Even Know bring enough beautiful, indelible melodies, power synths and ghostly, funky fingerclicks to decorate all the damage and eviscerated hearts. You’ll hear everything from Haim to Frank Ocean and Portishead in Ider’s anxiety dream pop and heartbreak ballads. Their latest track, Mirror, broods over identity, imposed or chosen, but with a steroidal kick fattening their spare sound to radio strength.

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Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Fri 28 Sep 2018 3:30 pm
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Tim Hecker: Konoyo review – Japanese forms abstracted by ambient dystopias

Delivered... Ben Beaumont-Thomas | Scene | Fri 28 Sep 2018 10:30 am


Having created his own particular aesthetic over nearly two decades – imagine an ambient dreamscape in the rain-soaked alley between a church and a nightclub – the Canadian composer Tim Hecker continues to hone and broaden it out. On his previous album he semi-abstracted an Icelandic choir; now he looks to Japan, collaborating with Tokyo Gakuso, a group who play traditional courtly gagaku music. Hecker takes their drums, chimes, and close, borderline discordant strings – a heady, spiritual sound – and adds his own sense of disruption, suggesting real or psychological fracture.

On the most adventurous pieces, such as This Life and Keyed Out, the instruments are made to shiver and thrash as if on a hospital gurney, struggling for equilibrium, as Hecker’s trademark plumes of static billow beneath. On the magnificent Across to Anoyo, the album’s only steady pulse is crowded out by a kind of maniacally melodic feedback, itself taken over by industrial chords and bass notes of pure dread.

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Logic Pro 10.4.2, MainStage 3.4: why you’ll want to update now

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Fri 28 Sep 2018 1:48 am

The new Logic adds multi-track Smart Tempo, and sorely needed external storage of sounds, among other improvements – and live performance-friendly MainStage syncs up with Logic’s latest instruments, effects, and features.

Note that Mojave actually isn’t specifically mentioned in these updates – but pro audio users will, as always, want to move nice and slow with major OS updates to let hardware and software developers catch up and find any issues.

But existing Logic users should grab this one. Here’s the big one: if you’re running Logic on a machine that’s low on hard disk space (raises hand), you can now move your Logic Sound Library to an external storage device. So while 10.4 did add improvements for choosing what to install and what not to install, this is … possibly even better, because you can just buy a big, cheap drive and not sweat it at all.

Smart Tempo was a fascinating idea in 10.4, but now it’s actually fleshed out – so multi-track recordings, MIDI data, and imported stems now can all work with flexible time, without a metronome. (That is, they can both be a source or a target.)

Another overdue but important improvement: automation points can align vertically.

None of that will make you more creative, but Alchemy could. It’s an instrument that’s one of the best reasons to use Logic at the moment, even if we’re all sad it’s no longer a plug-in. And if you weren’t already importing audio into its powerful engine, now’s a good time to start, with a workflow that lets you choose how the engine will play that audio right as you drag it in.

The word from Apple:

• The Sound Library can be relocated to an external storage device
• Smart Tempo can analyze tempo data across multi-track recordings to define the Project Tempo
• Imported multi-track stems can follow or define Project Tempo
• Smart Tempo now analyzes the tempo of MIDI performances recorded without a metronome
• Alchemy provides drag and drop hot zones that let you select re-synthesis and sampling options while importing audio
• Alchemy allows numerical editing of parameter values
• Dragging one automation point over another now aligns them vertically
• New mixer mode allows channel strip fader and pan controls to be used to set send level and pan
• Automatic Slurs can be applied to selected notes in the Score Editor
• Add a photo to track or project notes to help remember key session details or studio hardware settings
• This update also contains numerous stability and performance improvements

Now we’re just waiting on a release that finally cleans up some of the older effects and instruments in Logic’s library – one by one, we’re getting there. (Sculpture and Space Designer gladly got a big refresh in 10.4!)


MainStage now syncs up with the latest Logic, though it’s a shame these releases are not in (word of the week) “lockstep.”

So the following list is so long for MainStage because it’s partly catch-up with Logic 10.4’s various additions. That is a big deal for MainStage, because 10.4 included a bunch of effects and instruments.

This also means MainStage could be a go-to if you just want to jam with those toys and don’t care particularly about Logic – or, for that matter, even a DAW, period.

The “3.4” version number gives you a clue that this is the bigger of these updates:

• Channel Strip MIDI input inspector allows any MIDI CC data to be filtered, transformed or passed through
• Text notes can be added to the bottom of channel strips
• The Metronome is now fully configurable, with separate settings for Bar, Group, Beat, and Division
• This update also contains numerous stability and performance improvements

Sound Library
• The Sound Library can be relocated to an external storage device
• 2 vintage brush kits for Drum Kit Designer
• More than 800 new loops in a variety of instruments and genres
• New Visions library for Alchemy adds 150 cinematic presets

• ChromaVerb is a sophisticated new algorithmic reverb with a colorful, interactive interface for creating rich acoustic spaces
• Space Designer offers a new design and a scalable, Retina interface
• Step FX adds rhythmic multi-effect processing using 3 powerful step sequencers and an X/Y pad
• Phat FX makes your tracks bigger and bolder using 9 effects that add warmth and punch to your sounds
• The Vintage EQ Collection provides 3 accurate models of vintage analog EQs from the 1950s to the 1970s
• Studio Strings and Studio Horns are deeply sampled, realistic ensemble instruments with custom articulation controls
• Mellotron is now available as a standalone instrument plug-in
• Retro Synth now offers 18 different filter models
• The length of individual steps in the Arpeggiator plug-in are adjustable
• Loopback now applies a small crossfade at each loop cycle to reduce the likelihood of clicks or other audio artifacts

• Alchemy provides drag and drop hot zones that let you select re-synthesis and sampling options while importing audio
• Alchemy allows numerical editing of parameter values
• Alchemy adds 12 new synthesized formant filter shapes
• Alchemy now offers a side chain input that can be used as a source for envelope followers
• Alchemy includes an automatic time align feature for improved morphing
• New additive effects in Alchemy expand the options for filtering and modulating sound


Logic Pro X 10.4: New effects, and play and mix audio without a click

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Auxy Studio gets ‘smoother’ in version 5.2

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Fri 28 Sep 2018 12:06 am

Auxy has been around for a while, and it was only in the last few days that I was remembering the very first time I heard about the idea. I was impressed back then, and I’m really pleased that Auxy is still around. Since it went to a subscription model we’ve seen some new packs, but not a huge number of updates, in fact this is the first Auxy update since May. Version 5.2 brings in some nice new features like tagging and sample reverse. It’s not a bad list at all.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Sort your projects with tags. Swipe left in the list to tag a project.
  • Reverse playback option for any sample. New toggle added under the length setting for each sample.
  • Trigger the ducker with any sample. New toggle added under the volume setting for each sample.
  • Quickly reorder instruments with drag and drop.
  • ‘Select All’ option added to the editor. Touch and hold the grid until the selection box appears, then tap the box to select all notes in the loop.
  • Current song length timer added to settings.
  • The ‘Make new loops chromatic’ setting is now applied to all projects and properly stored between sessions.
  • Now possible to clear sample slots.
  • Imported samples can now be up to 20 seconds long.
  • Fixed an issue where Auxy would take more space after exporting stems.
  • The app is updated for and tested for iOS 12.
  • Some bug fixing and lots of polish as usual… 🙂

Auxy is free on the app store but with a subscription model

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And then there were two more handy audio units from 4Pockets

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Thu 27 Sep 2018 11:15 pm

4Pockets have gone and done it again. Having initially launched their expander and compressor plugins, followed by their flange, phaser and vintage vibe plugins, then the panning delay and stereo graphic EQ, and lastly the reverb and auto-wah. Well now they’ve added two more. A noise gate plugin, and an analyser / tuner.

Here are the details:

Noise Gate AUv3 Plugin

Anyone working in a live recording environment whether that be with a microphone or a high gain guitar effects will feel the need to suppress unwanted noise. This gated noise gate allows you to suppress any background noise over a specified level by a chosen suppression amount. This allows subtle sounds to still be heard as opposed to the brick wall approach. The effect has controllable attack, release and hold times as well as high and low pass filtering to eliminate main hum and hiss.

Noise Gate AUv3 Plugin costs $4.99 on the app store

Analyser & Tuner AUv3 Plugin

This plugin can be used directly within your DAW to analyse either the monitored input signal from your audio device or your mixer output. It uses Apple’s accelerate framework to perform fast high resolution 8K fast fourier transformations to display a real time frequency spectrum. The result is an accurate representation of the sampled sound broken down into its frequency components.

You can use this plugin in conjunction with equalisers and parametric filters to obtain a nice flat mix or eliminate hard to find unwanted noise or hiss.

Various display modes include, linear narrow band, logarithmic narrow band, Octave, 1/3 Octave, 1/6 Octave and Mixer Mode with selectable ANSI A and C weighting curves. Up to 64 times oversampling can be applied to obtain more stable readings.

This plugin also includes a Digital Tuner mode which allows real time note detection, frequency and cents deviation from true pitch.

Analyser & Tuner AUv3 Plugin costs $4.99

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Fred’s Envolver 2.1 gets even better

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Thu 27 Sep 2018 10:12 pm

FAC Envolver is a pretty cool audio unit. As are most if not all of Mr Corvest’s apps. In version 2.1 this AUv3 gets even better.

Here’s what’s new:

  • Replace MIDI Note Gate chart by dashed lines
  • Update rise and fall ranges
  • Update some labels and colours
  • Addition of a new preset (SQ BrB Tom)
  • Bug Fixes, Stability And Performance Enhancements

FAC Envolver costs $9.99 on the app store:

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If you’re looking for a simple and cheap granular synth for your iPad, then look here

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Thu 27 Sep 2018 8:47 pm

MonoGranulator is just a simple granular synthesis for live electronics.


  • Audiobus 3 and Inter-App Audio Filter
  • Waveform
  • Density and Duration
  • Control Pitch
  • FM and AM apply in every grain
  • Resonant Filter
  • Sound Source Localization, Reverb

MonoGranulator on the app store costs just $0.99

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Quantiloop Pro – Live Looper 2.90 brings a whole host of updates, new functionality and more

Delivered... Ashley Elsdon | Scene | Thu 27 Sep 2018 8:34 pm

Quantiloop Pro – Live Looper version 2.90 brings us a huge range of new updates and features that in a wide variety of areas that will make existing users very happy, and certainly temp new ones too.

Here’s everything that’s new:

User Interface:

  • Dark mode, for better readability on stage
  • Track Labeling
  • DSP display, click to get more info
  • Show status bar with battery display
  • Simplified/Rearranged some settings to more logical places (track, phrase, rhythm)
  • External Sync display
  • WaveForm display
  • Improvements to all stepper controls (E.g. BPM). Holding the control in the center brings up a dialog for direct text entry.
  • iPhone Xs support


  • Song Parts – Assign a track to any song part to allow for any serial/parallel looping setup. (E.g. Track 1 percussion, Track 2-3 part A, track 4 part B etc)
  • New Rec quantize option, allows starting recordings in the middle while keeping start sync
  • Quantized Undo/Redo
  • Blank Track creation: If the length of a track is known, then holding the track button for an empty track will pre create an empty loop, that then can be used to start dubbing in the middle for instance.
  • New AUTO size setting, creates tracks of equal lengths.

IAA/Audio Unit/Effects

  • Split effects seperate categories: Bultin, AU, IAA
  • Most recently used effects selection
  • Easier switching between effects
  • IAA Transport improvements from clients hosted in QL
  • New ‘Mute Audio’ track effect


  • Allow multi select loop import for rhythm loops
  • Improved rhythm save dialog
  • Import loops between begloop and endloop markers if they exist

Audio Engine

  • Re-enable Bluetooth output.
  • Multiroute audio setting
  • Added measurement mode option
  • Added 64 frames buffer size (1.5ms) option. (Warning CPU usage)
  • Post Fader option for discrete outputs

Advanced Settings

  • Added an advanced settings menu under system settings for detailed control of hold actions

MIDI Control

  • Added MIDI next/prev bank command (default hold action for next/prev preset

Latency Compensation.

  • Much improved automatic round trip latency compensation
  • Manual latency compensation on all loaded IAA apps, inputs and outputs. (Hold the icon in the connections panel to bring up the latency comp dialog)

And many other bug fixes and improvements.

Quantiloop Pro – Live Looper

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A Conversation With DJ Tennis About Life And Death, Burning Man And Social Media

Delivered... By Annabel Ross. Photos by Kimie Tanaka. | Scene | Thu 27 Sep 2018 8:15 pm

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Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Thu 27 Sep 2018 7:00 pm
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