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FCC Announces Deadlines for the Next Auction for New FM Channels – And a Filing Freeze

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Mon 16 Dec 2019 6:21 pm

On Friday, the FCC released a Public Notice setting out the rules for the auction for new FM channels, which will being in April. We wrote about that auction when it was first announced here. The Public Notice sets out the bidding process for the auction, and the dates for pre-auction filing deadlines necessary to participate in the auction. The notice also rejects several petitions asking that additional channels be added to the auction and one request for a deletion from the auction list. Thus, the channels to be sold in the auction remain the same as originally proposed. A list of the 130 available FM construction permits, with the minimum bid necessary for each of these channels, is available here.

The Public Notice sets out the following pre-auction dates and deadlines that those planning to participate in the auction must observe. These dates are as follows:

  • Auction Tutorial Available (via Internet) by January 22, 2020
  • Short-Form Application (FCC Form 175) Filing Window Opens January 29, 2020, 12:00 noon Eastern Time (ET)
  • Short-Form Application (FCC Form 175) Filing Window Deadline February 11, 2020, 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Upfront Payments (via wire transfer) March 20, 2020, 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Mock Auction April 24, 2020
  • Auction Bidding Begins April 28, 2020

The “short-form” is an application that anyone wishing to participate in the auction must file. This short-form application sets out the channels in which the applicant is interested and some basic information about the applicant. Specific site locations that an applicant wants to protect can also be listed in the short form. Upfront payments are required monetary deposits that must be made by auction participants in amounts sufficient to cover the minimum fees for the channels on which the applicant is interested in bidding. More details on the information required in the forms, and the mechanics of the auction, are set out in the Public Notice which should be carefully reviewed by parties interested in any of these construction permits authorizing the new stations. 

FCC staff separately released a Public Notice announcing a freeze on the filing of all FM minor change applications during the Form 175 auction filing window from January 29, 2020 to February 11, 2020.  This freeze is to stabilize the FM database so that applicants can file for the channels that they desire and protect any transmitter sites in which they are interested, without having to worry about technical changes being made by stations not involved in the auction.

So, if you are interested in one of these new FM stations, you now know the deadlines, and should be completing your due diligence on channels in which you might have an interest. The opportunity to file for new FM channels comes up at best once a year and often more infrequently (e.g. the last auction was over 4 years ago because of the preoccupation of the FCC’s auction staff with the TV incentive auction), so survey the list and see if there is a channel in this auction that might be of interest to you.



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ARP 2600 will return with KORG, says Jean-Michel Jarre

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 16 Dec 2019 4:43 pm

KORG will remake the iconic semi-modular subtractive instrument in 2020, or so says Jean-Michel Jarre.

The ARP 2600 is the legendary semi-modular synth from the 70s. It’s the instrument that made the sound of R2-D2 and a ton of music in the rigs of everyone from Orbital to Herbie Hancock. Software emulation has some advantage here, in that there were so many variations. But before Behringer was fighting with … uh, well everyone else … Moog raised alarms about the ladder filter copy in ARP’s 2600.


And that brings us to Jean-Michel Jarre’s 2600 reflections:

I’m here in Japan, where I haven’t seen much of KORG this trip, so I can’t tell you whether Jean-Michel Jarre just broke an NDA. (I am guessing that answer is ‘mais oui.‘ But, uh, what are you going to do to the guy? At least this time a legend leaked the news, and not some random German dealer.)

Maybe the most interesting parts of what Maestro Jarre says – the year 2020, the original filter design, and “cheaper”… well, cheaper than eBay.

I’m sure someone somewhere prefers the later variants to the original, but there you go.

If you’re wondering why this particular synth, that’s presumably the ongoing partnership with ARP co-founder David Friend. This also seems to have been part of the plan from the beginning, but with KORG and Behringer possibly each remaking the 2600, we may see multiples of this once-rare semi-modular synth.

I’m not as worried about the endless remakes of vintage synths, even if it does threaten to make us perpetually relive the 70s, 80s, and 90s. I would ask instead this:

Historical parts, new whole: Will synth makers find a way to leverage the historical work on new instruments? It’s unclear exactly what form that would take, and so far it seems on the surface like the recreations compete with new engineering. But it remains a question.

Back to the future: Will the push toward historical analog finally motivate more radical designs? We’re seeing plenty of that in individual modules or software, but (understandably) integrated desktop synths may not seem the best venue to take chances.

There is a feeling that the high-tech push is framed as automating out musicians entirely (let’s use AI to make the music! let’s choose what you hear!). And that gets contrasted with the idea that electronic instruments only become retro (let’s make this look like NAMM 1981 and put wooden side panels on the wooden side panels so it’s even more ‘warm and so you can play an instrument everyone’s heard of even the people who have never heard of it!’).

I don’t think it’s that bad. But part of why these things could come in waves is, the feeling that that’s where we’re at might easily make some people rebel and go somewhere else altogether.

The gorgeous cover image has a whole text from it and comes from a great Flickr account (CC-BY-ND-SA rockheim)

I know you’ve always wanted to read about the ARP in Norwegian.

While looking for that, it’s worth noting that the DIY efforts to clone the 2600 have produced some lovely results. Hey, at least the DIYers will now turn to new designs, perhaps.

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Now that MOTU’s DP does clips, here’s a video explaining how to use them

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 16 Dec 2019 1:16 pm

If you normally leave a DAW like DP in order to do non-linear clip triggering with other software or hardware, MOTU have something they’d like to show you.

There’s no mistaking what this looks like – this really is the Session View from Ableton Live. Then again, we’ve had some glimpse of that for nearly 20 years, so it’s surprising – given the usual leapfrog and borrowing DAWs do in music production – that no traditional DAW has really pulled off the same thing. (Cakewalk’s SONAR tried, as did Cakewalk’s little-known tool called Project5, but their implementation didn’t really catch on, making that more historical footnote than anything.)

Deja vu?

And we’re not only talking about Live – this same sort of non-linear clip triggering is also something familiar in samplers and other tools.

So it is a big deal that MOTU has added clips, with some twists of their own – a couple I wouldn’t mind Ableton picking up on. And I think it’s telling that you aren’t hearing a lot of complaints that this rips off Live, which says to the Live user base and the DP user base are likely fairly independent – or that these tools solve different problems. (Feel free to give more feedback on this, though.)


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News | Synth Pioneer Gershon Kingsley Dies Aged 97 – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Mon 16 Dec 2019 9:00 am
News | Synth Pioneer Gershon Kingsley Dies Aged 97  The Quietus
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