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FCC Starts Rulemaking to Look at LPFM Issues and the Protection of Channel 6 TVs by Noncommercial Radio Stations and Whether “Franken FMs” Can Continue

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Tue 6 Aug 2019 4:49 pm

Last week, the FCC started a new proceeding through the adoption of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to review several restrictions that currently apply to Low Power FM stations.  While doing so, it will also review the current rules, dating from the analog television days, restricting certain FM operations in the non-commercial reserved band of the FM dial where those operations are near Channel 6 TV stations.  Comments will be due on this proposal 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register, with Replies due 15 days later.

The LPFM proposals look at a number of issues.  The Commission asks if LPFM stations should be allowed to operate with directional antennas, which are currently routinely barred given that these antennas may be more difficult to operate and maintain.  When the rules were originally adopted, there was a fear that LPFM licensees, who may not have a technical background or substantial resources for engineering support, could not maintain those antennas so as to protect other FM stations operating on the same and adjacent channels.  Similar concerns currently limit LPFM stations from using on-channel boosters to fill in holes in their service area.  The FCC asks if these prohibitions can be lifted as the LPFM industry has become more mature, allowing LPFMs to use both directional antennas and on-channel boosters without risking increased interference to other stations.

The FCC also proposes to change the definition of a minor change for LPFM stations. Now, LPFM minor changes that can be made outside of an LPFM filing window are limited to site changes of a distance of 5.6 kilometers or less.  The change would allow a move to be treated as a minor change, as long as the 1 mv/m of the proposed site overlaps with the 1 mv/m of the current site.  A few other technical changes in the LPFM rules are also proposed.

The Channel 6 proposed change is the one proposal in this NPRM that is not limited to LPFM stations.  Currently, the FCC rules limit the power and location of any station, LPFM or full-power noncommercial stations, in the reserved FM band (below 92 FM) where those applications are near to Channel 6 TV stations.  The lower part of the FM band is adjacent to Channel 6. In the analog world, that meant that FM stations could interfere with the signals of Channel 6 TV stations.  It also allowed TV stations, particularly LPTV stations, to transmit audio signals that could be heard on FM radios on 87.9 or 87.7 FM.  In a number of markets, LPTV stations are offering audio services – which some have deemed “Franken FMs.”

In the digital world, the FCC suggests that the interference to Channel 6 should be much less or nonexistent, suggesting that LPFM or full-power noncommercial stations should no longer be required to protect Channel 6 operations.   The FCC also asks if, at the end of the digital transition for LPTV stations in July 2021, LPTVs should still be able to continue to generate an analog signal to permit these virtual FM stations (see our prior posts on these stations here and here).

So watch for the comment dates on these matters affecting LPFM stations and full-power alike – likely due sometime this Fall.

Deckard’s Dream could be your reality, with Deckard’s Voice

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Tue 6 Aug 2019 12:14 pm

Deckard’s Dream is a lavish, 16-VCO beauty, inspired by the Yamaha CS-80 and Blade Runner. But now for the first time, it could also be a module – and one within reach.

Creator Roman Filippov is teasing the new invention with this image. And naturally, it’s called “Deckard’s Voice.”

Fiery the angels fell. Deep thunder rolled round their shores. Burning with the fires of Orc.

Somehow to me personally, this is more exciting than the original, but then I’m always biased toward distillations of things. What you will notice is that all the luscious Yamaha-driven sound design features are present. So that means the essential hands-on control of envelopes, all the filters, and modulation. This is a bite off the full-sized Deckard’s Dream, but it has the same personality and workflow, if not all those layers of sound.

Apart from a more compact size (and the chance of something you can afford without being someone like Trent Reznor), then there’s easy access to patch points. And the CS-ish design is really suited to a modular environment, so it’s easy patching into the LFO and pulse width modulation, brilliance and EG levels, and different waveform component outs.

That’s relevant, because I think you can get a thick CS sound design without necessarily needing so many voices. For their part, even Yamaha made a monophonic CS-15; there’s still a lot to do with that single voice and modulation, especially with this much in the way of timbral and envelope control.

I imagine just as the flagship has been a luxury item, this could rapidly become one of the more sought-after voice ideas out there. It’s complete enough to start to have its own identity, but compact enough to still make sense as a voice inside a modular.

Of course, this could disturb some people, convinced that such a replicant might take over human studios, overthrow humans, trigger dangerous amounts of GAS in our already damaged Earth environment.

To that I say, of course —

Modules are like any other machine, are either a benefit or a hazard. If they’re a hazard, it’s not my problem.

(“Too bad my credit card won’t live, but then again who does?” No?)

Deckard’s Dream site

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How Nucleya Became The Biggest Brand In Electronic Music In India – IWMBuzz

Delivered... | Scene | Tue 6 Aug 2019 8:00 am
How Nucleya Became The Biggest Brand In Electronic Music In India  IWMBuzz

Nucleya is the king of the millennial when it comes to Electronic Music in India and his journey in this industry is very inspiring!

How we made Good Life: Paris Grey and Kevin Saunderson of Inner City

Delivered... Interviews by Dave Simpson | Scene | Tue 6 Aug 2019 6:00 am

‘When the song was a global hit, I flew to London every week, while working at a department store in Chicago. My bosses said: “Take another day off! This is great!”’

I was in Chicago and a DJ friend told me about Kevin Saunderson, who needed a singer. Back then there was no internet or email, so Kevin sent me a tape in the post. I put it on my little cassette recorder and out came Big Fun. The version was very basic, just a keyboard line I think, but I listened to the melody and sang whatever came into my head.

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