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You should delay upgrading to iOS 13, too, music makers – but don’t sweat the future

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 14 Oct 2019 6:32 pm

Okay, so you got the message not to rush into macOS Catalina. But we didn’t talk about the new iOS and what it means for musicians using iPads and iPhones in their work. Let’s explain.

What’s the hurry?

With iOS, just as with macOS, the main message is – don’t rush. Moving to grab a new OS the day it’s out is crazy. There’s virtually no case where you need to stay that current for music making. At the opposite extreme, never upgrading the OS is also problematic in most cases. You’ll eventually miss out on newer features in your favorite apps, and can even create security vulnerabilities if you wait long enough. (Since an iPad or iPhone is definitely connected to the Internet, that’s a serious issue in a way that it wouldn’t be on, say, a vintage KORG MS-20 hardware synth.)

iOS does pose an additional challenge: it’s practically impossible to roll back after upgrading. So take your time, leave some weeks for the bugs to be ironed out, and make sure you’re not upgrading right before going onstage with your iPad as a live instrument.

Okay, with all of that out of the way – iOS 13 doesn’t appear as though it will cause any long-lasting incompatibilities with music software. iOS 13 brought some major changes, particularly on the iPad, but those are gradually getting smoother out – in particular with the iOS 13.1 release.

Fixes are here or inbound

iOS 13 got off to a somewhat rocky start for music, but Apple are fixing issues and redeemed the OS, according to various developers with whom I’ve spoken.

There are two specific areas I’ve been tracking.

Bluetooth MIDI. iOS 13 does in the short term introduce some connectivity issues with working with MIDI over Bluetooth and discoverability. I’ve seen sporadic unconfirmed reports of this, plus an official statement from KORG that their wireless devices that work over Bluetooth MIDI are presently incompatible. (That’s microKEY Air, nanoKEY Studio, and nanoKONTROL Studio.)

Apple did make changes to some Bluetooth security permissions, as the company seems uniquely focused on security and privacy as issues. (See also: macOS Catalina.) I would presume that may be the reason for this.

KORG says they are working on a fix, though. Wired connections are also a workaround. There seems to be no evidence this will be a long-term issue, just something that requires some short-term fixes.

Inter-App Audio (and Audiobus). This one I think probably impacts more people – but there’s actually good news here.

Starting in iOS 12.4, software like Audiobus might encounter an issue where routing audio between apps ceased working when operating in the background (or interrupted by a call, etc.).

Anyway, it’s not so important now. These issues are fixed, both on iOS 12 (12.4.2+) and iOS 13 (13.1+).

Audiobus remains a great way to route audio between apps. And the migration to AUv3 from the original architecture is – actually okay, as well. I spoke with the developer of Audiobus and Loopy about how that transition will go earlier this year:

Other issues. iOS 13.1 delivered a bunch of fixes to various unexpected behaviors, and developers are following suit. (Bleeding edge, advanced apps like Moog’s Minimoog Model D and Model 15 saw some issues, which have since been resolved, CDM has confirmed.)

There are also some reasons to genuinely look forward to iOS 13, particularly in that it finally adds real file management (with Files), though it’ll take some time for developers to update their tools.

Bottom line

I’m not here to bash Apple releases or to be a cheerleader. The question is what will allow you to focus on making music. Right now, from Apple, that’s looking like macOS Mojave for the rest of 2019, and iOS 12.4.2+ or 13.1.

iOS 13 is a reasonable update at the moment if you’ve got some time to make adjustments. You don’t need to grab it right this instant, but you certainly could if you’re not sitting backstage about to play live on Bluetooth MIDI controllers.

Love it or hate iOS, I think it is plainly inaccurate to claim that Apple isn’t looking at these issues. We can say objectively they are attempting to fix issues identified by third-party music developers – as they should, as any OS vendor should. You don’t have to love the results, but you can’t say the process isn’t happening.

And on another level, I think it’s equally fair to say that Apple’s iPad is unmatched if what you’re looking to buy is a dedicated touch tablet. Sure, Windows is a player with its Surface line for running Windows software with some touch capabilities, and you will definitely even prefer a Surface if you want to run desktop-only software like Ableton Live or Reaktor.

But there’s no reason to change the evaluation of the iPad as a platform. Their low-end models are already powerful enough to run a host of live music and audio apps, with a growing range of pro-quality tools from the likes of Eventide. (That in itself is a big enough story to talk about separately, since it makes Eventide’s effects accessible and affordable like never before. There are other examples, too – but this one is particularly plain.)

If we missed something, do sound off in comments – developers or users – as we’d love to hear your experience and pass it along.

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Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Mon 14 Oct 2019 4:30 pm
Rufus Du Sol, Bassnectar and Vampire Weeknd headline! Arizona, Kaskade, Haim, Said The Sky, Gunna, Tipper, Phantoms, Big Gigantic and Sublime With Rome also top the lineup!

NAB and APTS Seek Changes in Rules to Allow Greater Use of Distributed Transmission Systems by TV Stations – FCC Seeks Initial Comments on Proposal

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Mon 14 Oct 2019 4:01 pm

The National Association of Broadcasters and APTS (America’s Public Television Stations – the associations of public television stations) have filed a Petition for Rulemaking seeking to expand the area in which licensees can locate distributed transmission system transmitters (also known as single frequency networks), in connection with ATSC 3.0 operations. With the new ATSC 3.0 transmission system soon to be rolled out commercially by some TV stations, multiple transmitters on the same frequency can amplify a station’s signal, rather than causing destructive interference to it. Thus, rather than operating with single big transmitter in the center of a station’s service area, with signal strength decreasing as one moves away from that transmitter, a station could instead construct multiple transmitter sites throughout its service area, providing more uniform coverage and filling in what might otherwise be service gaps within its market in areas blocked by terrain obstructions, or otherwise remote, from the station’s main transmitter site.  NAB and APTS claim that current rules need to be amended to allow stations to best take advantage of the potential for DTS technology.

Under the current rules, TV stations cannot use a distributed transmission site to extend their signals beyond the interference-free contour of the full-power station. Under their proposal, APTS and NAB suggest that these distributed transmission sites could be located anywhere in the market as long as they do not extend the interference contour of the station – for UHF stations, the DTS transmitter’s 36 dBu would not be able to exceed the 36 dBu of the reference station.   The proponents of this idea suggest that it would allow stations to improve service to remote portions of their service areas.

The FCC has put this petition for rulemaking out for public comment. Comments are due by November 12, and reply comments are due by November 27, 2019. This is just a request for preliminary comments as to whether or not the FCC should proceed on this proposal. After receiving comments, the FCC will review them and if they conclude that the proposal has merit and support, the FCC will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking additional comments on a more specific FCC proposal for amending the rules. If you are interested in the NAB/APTS proposal, send in your comments by the November deadline.

Freeze on Proposals that Could Affect FM Channels Included in April Auction

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Mon 14 Oct 2019 3:55 pm

On Friday, we wrote about the auction that the FCC is planning for next April for construction permits for 130 new FM stations. As we noted in that article, the FCC will usually announce a freeze on FM applications or proposed allotments that could affect any of those channels. Later Friday, the FCC announced that it was imposing that freeze – effective immediately. That freeze prohibits any application that would limit applications at the reference points of any channel included in the auction. The freeze also prohibits any rulemaking or proposed allotment that would limit applications at those reference points, as well as any change in the channel or reference points for any of the proposed new stations. So, until long-form applications are filed by winning applicants after the auction, at which point the freeze will lift, all FM applications and rulemakings need to protect these 130 channels. Watch for more information about the proposed auction in the coming months.

No Bounds festival review – from bassline to ambient at Sheffield weekender

Delivered... Jemima Skala | Scene | Mon 14 Oct 2019 2:45 pm

Various venues, Sheffield
With spectacular AV sets in a steelworks museum and immersive ambient in a swimming pool, local talent, international DJs and the city share equal billing

The dance music festival calendar is largely defined by two elements: the summer months and European outfits such as Dekmantel and Dimensions. But No Bounds in Sheffield is putting in the work to maintain a thriving electronic music festival scene in the UK even as the seasons turn and the skies get gloomier.

It’s heartening to see that the organisers have invested care to make sure that its lineup isn’t just a copycat of its European cousins, nor concentrated on big names for maximum commercial success. There’s a particular focus on acts from close to home: Sheffield DJs including Tino, Stevie Cox and 96 Back are booked alongside bigger names to ensure the local scene is nourished by the festival.

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Features | Baker’s Dozen | Dawn To Dusk: Richard Dawson’s Favourite Albums – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Mon 14 Oct 2019 8:00 am
Features | Baker's Dozen | Dawn To Dusk: Richard Dawson's Favourite Albums  The Quietus
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