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Hey Metronome: this $1 iOS app doesn’t threaten privacy or require online access

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 23 Dec 2019 7:13 pm

Now you can get hands-free metronome features while you practice and play – without worrying about privacy or needing signal.

Hands-free music makes sense. If you’re an instrumentalist, it means the ability to use your music gadgets along with your instrument, without taking your hands off the keys, string, bow, and so on.

But there are some issues with the way major tech providers generally provide voice recognition.

Big corporate Internet-powered online assistants pose some real privacy risks. For just one example, The Guardian surveyed the use of human contractors and other privacy worries around big five Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft – with a particular focus on Amazon. That may not be a big priority for musicians. But as I wrote when Roland adopted some (otherwise very cool) Amazon Alexa features on its digital pianos, those consumer concerns will bleed over in music manufacturing as the two industries partner.

Oh, yeah, and another problem – what if you don’t have any signal in your studio? Lots of musicians practice when touring, or in basements without cell phone reception or wifi.

Audiokit, the makers of friendly and open source developer tools for music and audio, have a solution. Their app ‘Hey Metronome’ uses voice recognition that works on the device, rather than connecting to the cloud. And given you’re using simple commands, that makes sense. You can set meter and tempo or even tempo and range simply by saying “Hey metronome, set tempo to allegro” or whatever bpm or time signature you want.

The iPad version is also looking really nice.

For musician users, you get a one-buck music app that’s likely a must-have. For developers, the code is open source – and if you’re learning how to develop apps, it also represents a simple app you can use to learn to code. (Audiokit promise a “free coding tutorial series, teaching students and enthusiasts how to build their own music app.” Looking forward to that!)

Synthtopia gets the first scoop on this, and say that the developers plan more voice-controlled music applications in the future. That’s thanks to a partnership with speech recognition experts KeenASR Research.

By the way, if you’re a developer, KeenASR has an on-device voice control SDK (it’s also right on GitHub). It works on Android as well as iOS; Audiokit is focused exclusively on Apple platforms (iOS, macOS, tvOS, and Apple Watch).

https://keenresearch.com/

Grab the app on the App Store, of course:

AudioKit Hey Metronome [iOS App Store]

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FCC Reinstates 2016 Ownership Order and Gives Instructions for Sale and Renewal Applications in Light of Third Circuit Decision Overturning Rule Changes

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Mon 23 Dec 2019 5:03 pm

Late Friday, the FCC issued an Order reinstating the FCC’s 2016 ownership rules, recognizing that the changes made in those rules in 2017 (see our post here) were no longer effective because the Third Circuit Court of Appeals had thrown out the 2017 decision. See our post here on the Third Circuit decision and our article here on the court’s denial of rehearing en banc.  While the FCC may still try to appeal the Third Circuit decision to the Supreme Court, the Third Circuit’s mandate has issued, meaning that its order is effective even if a Supreme Court appeal is filed.

Among the rule changes that have been rendered a nullity are the abolition of the broadcast-newspaper cross-ownership rule (once again reinforcing what we have written several times, that the rule may well outlive the daily newspaper) and the radio-television cross-ownership rule, the local TV ownership rule that had allowed combinations of two TV stations in the same market even if there were not 8 independent voices in the market after the combination, and changes to the FCC’s processing policy with respect to radio embedded markets.  These changes required the FCC to also issue two Public Notices dealing with these changes.

The first Public Notice deals with license renewal applications and requires that anyone with a pending license renewal application for a commercial station must file an amendment stating whether the station licensee (and each party with an attributable interest in the licensee) complies with the FCC’s 2016 cross-ownership rules that are now in effect.  Going forward, every renewal application for a commercial station must report any violation of the broadcast-newspaper or radio-television cross-ownership rules.

The second Public Notice similarly requires any application for approval of an assignment or transfer to confirm that the proposed sale will comply with the 2016 rules.

The Third Circuit decision certainly has affected the plans of many broadcast companies.  These FCC decisions help drive home the effect of the decisions.  While the FCC may still be taking steps to deal with the court’s decision (including a potential appeal of the decision), until such steps are taken, the Third Circuit’s decision is the rule of the land.  Watch for more developments after the holidays.

The best underground dance music of 2019

Delivered... Tayyab Amin and Lauren Martin | Scene | Mon 23 Dec 2019 11:00 am

Whether it was Conducta’s anti-nostalgic UK garage revival or the experimentalism of Shanghai’s SVBKVLT label, 2019 saw dancefloor boundaries staked out in exciting new territory

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