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THE BEYOND WONDERLAND 2020 LINEUP IS OUT IN FULL!

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Mon 6 Jan 2020 8:00 pm
Alison Wonderland, Andrew Bayer, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Jack Beats, Markus Schulz, Loco Dice, R3hab and Mija to name a few!

While You Were on Vacation….Looking at FCC Regulatory Actions over the Holidays and Deadlines for January

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Mon 6 Jan 2020 5:45 pm

While many of us were trying to enjoy the holidays, the world of regulation kept right on moving, seemingly never taking time off.  So we thought that we ought to highlight some of the actions taken by the FCC in the last couple weeks and to also remind you of some of the upcoming January regulatory deadlines.

Before Christmas, we highlighted some of the regulatory dates for January – including the Quarterly Issues Programs Lists due to be placed in the online public file of all full-power stations by January 10.  Also on the list of dates in our post on January deadlines are the minimum SoundExchange fees due in January for most radio stations and other webcasters streaming programming on the Internet.  January also brings the deadline for Biennial Ownership Reports (postponed from their normal November 1 filing deadline).

In that summary of January regulatory dates, we had mentioned that the initial filing of the new Annual Children’s Television Programming Report would be due this month.  But, over the holiday week, the FCC extended that filing deadline for that report until March 30 to give broadcasters time to familiarize themselves with the new forms.  The FCC will be doing a webinar on the new form on January 23.  In addition, the FCC announced that many of the other changes in the children’s television rules that were awaiting review under the Paperwork Reduction Act had been approved and are now effective.  See our article here for more details.

Our summary of the January regulatory dates also mentioned the filing window that opens on January 29 for the April auction of new FM channels.  The deadline for applications to participate in the auction is February 11 at 6 PM EST (see our article here).  We did not mention another filing window falling in January, including one for amendments to pending applications for new LPTV stations or TV translators that had their proposals blocked by changes made during the repacking of the television band following the incentive auction.  These applicants can amend their applications to remove these conflicts with repacked channels by January 31.  See the FCC Public Notice of this filing window here.

New comment dates in rulemaking proceedings were also recently announced for January.  Comments are due on January 22 on the FCC’s proposal to change the rules that preclude radio stations in one service (AM or FM) from duplicating programming on another station in that same service if the two stations serve substantially the same area.  See our article here on the FCC’s questions about possible changes in this rule.  Comments are also due on the FCC’s inquiry as to whether to allow “Franken FMs” – LPTV stations on Channel 6 providing analog audio programming that can be received on FM 87.7 – to continue to generate an analog audio signal to continue the FM services after the otherwise mandatory end of analog television broadcasting on July 13, 2021.  See our article here on some of the issues raised by the FCC, and the Federal Register publication of this notice here setting the comment dates.

Also announced over the holidays was the FCC’s procedural reaction to the Third Circuit decision overturning its 2017 changes in the ownership rules – including the repeal of the broadcast-newspaper cross-ownership rules and the rules that allowed TV duopolies even in markets with fewer than 8 independent voices from those owning or programming stations in that market.  With these and other rules back in effect after the Court’s decision, the FCC now requires applicants for a renewal of license or for the acquisition of a station through an assignment or transfer to demonstrate that they meet the ownership restrictions that were in effect prior to the 2017 changes.  For more details on what is now required, see our post here.

It is also worth reminding stations that they should have updated their EAS certifications that expired back in November to authenticate EAS alerts transmitted through the IPAWs online alert system.  The updated certification to authenticate these alerts was late in coming out, so the FCC gave stations until January 7 to have their systems updated.  If you can’t meet that deadline, an STA is required.  See our article here on this issue.

Finally, stations need to remember that we are in political season.  Lowest unit rate windows are already open for ads targeting voters in Iowa and New Hampshire.  These rates kick in on January 8 for the Democratic caucuses in Nevada, and on January 15 for the South Carolina primary.  Only 3 days later, lowest unit rates for Presidential primaries or caucuses begin in Super Tuesday states including Alabama, American Samoa (D), Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.  Later this month, lowest unit charge windows for these presidential contests open in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota (D), Washington, US Virgin Islands, West Virginia, Guam (R), N. Mariana Islands (D) and Wyoming.  Watch for the exact dates in your state – as well as the lowest unit rate windows for Congressional, state and local races in your communities.  See our article here on the opening of the lowest unit rate windows.

Obviously, there are plenty of deadlines and other regulatory obligations coming up early this year.  This is but a summary of some of the obligations we see as generally significant to broadcasters – but check with your own counsel to see if there are other deadlines that apply to your own station.  Happy New Year – and good luck navigating the regulatory landscape of 2020.

A free 8-bit mod delay, and more goodies for KORG ‘logue instruments

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Mon 6 Jan 2020 5:35 pm

KORG’s ‘logue instruments let you run custom downloaded tools – now including recent additions like this excellent free delay.

Roll-log Sounds developed this free 8-bit, 2-tap modulated delay plug-in, which can be modulated for sounds ranging from slapback to drone effects and lots of areas in between.

It runs on the KORG instruments that support the ‘logue SDK – so that’s the Prologue, the Minilogue XD, and even the Nu:Tekt NTS-1. That last one runs just around $100 street, and it’s even smaller than a volca, so it’s a good budget and mobile solution. (It’s similar to the developer board KORG originally released with the ‘logue SDK, with some convenient extras.)

There are some really nice-looking features, including sync, automation, and the ability to do audio-rate modulation of both time and amplitude. You can save presets, too, and to get you started, there are examples for “flanged” mod FX, a delay FX “modulated slapback”, and “dub drone” for the reverb slot.

Features (from the developer’s description):

  • 2.7 seconds 8-bit delay.
  • 2x Delay Taps with independent Time / Feedback control.
  • 2x audio-rate LFOs for stereo time and amplitude modulation of the delay taps.
  • Resonant pre-delay Highpass and post-delay Lowpass Filters.
  • Delay time sync-able to system BPM with custom time division.
  • Delay time, LFO rate and Filter cutoff can be mapped to accurate note for external Midi / CV automation.
  • All 16 internal parameters can be assigned to hardware knobs as macros with user-defined range.
  • 16 preset patches can be packed into one user unit, scrollable through hardware knob.
  • Carefully optimized algorithm, lighter than the factory flanger.

It’s all name-your-own-price, on Gumroad:

https://gumroad.com/l/logueMill_del_8

This is all a good time to check out the graphical editor logueMill, from the same developer. For now, it only has an editor for this Del-8 delay, but it’s possible we’ll see more tools supported in future. Also pay-what-you-will, so throw some coffee money at Roll-log Sounds!

https://gumroad.com/l/loguemill

Okay, I know that this shouldn’t appeal to me, but it does. Never tell me not to do something:

Important notice for Nu:Tekt NTS-1: currently there’s a bug that allows you to use custom delay and reverb concurrently, this is NOT INTENTED and may cause the two custom fx to malfunction or worse; if you aren’t sure you wouldn’t accidentally enable both of them, it’s highly recommended to not install any custom reverb until a firmware patch fixes it. Prologue and Minilogue XD does not have this issue.

But wait, there’s more in ‘logue news:

Distortion and bitcrushing/decimate from Sinevibes

Our friend Sinevibes, aka Artemiy, continues his run of great stuff for the KORG platforms.

This time, you get a 5-algorithm multi-effect distortion (Corrosion), and a sample rate + bit depth reduction (DCM8 – “decimate,” get it?):

Corrosion features a total of 5 different distortion curves that enrich the input signal with new harmonics, each doing it in its own unique way. This algorithm is built with 2x oversampling to reduce aliasing, giving a cleaner high-frequency response, and also includes an input noise gate to eliminate static analog noise amplification.

DCM8 changes the input signal’s digital resolution in both time and amplitude domains, degrading its quality. This results in the typical digital distortion – frequency aliasing and quantization noise, reminiscent of vintage sampling machines. Just like Corrosion, DCM8 also includes an input noise gate.

Sound mangling oscillators

Developer Tim Shoebridge is also making custom user oscillators, all for $12. (Swap that overpriced panini for an instant ramen and go!)

FOLD, the newest addition from Tim, emulates analog wave folding circuitry. There’s a long demo video, with some beautiful, warm space-out … s…. oh dear… must … finish … article … must not just … watch ambient music and wavefolding explanations…

He’s got a ton of other nice stuff in there, like simulating analog string synths (nicely lo-fi stuff there), plus a unique approach to plucked string modeling. Tim has done a nice job of making something vaguely like things you’ve heard before, but with a particular, grungy-retro tilt that’s all his own.

Check them all:

https://sellfy.com/soundmangling

All of this means, on even a fairly tight budget, you’ve got excellent choices both in the KORG stuff and in the Arturia MicroFreak with its custom oscillators. Either way, you get a range of wavetable and custom oscillators and effects. Heck, at these prices, you could pick up both. The workflow is totally different, but you would have at your disposal a lot of the same sonic range as a fairly pricey modular rig – and in form factors that might be more convenient for keyboardists, too.

I’m personally keen to try pairing our MeeBlip geode with a KORG NTS-1 (on effects, or adding voices) for an ultra-compact rig.

But this isn’t only about KORG, nice as the KORG stuff is. What we’re seeing is finally the commoditization of digital architectures are starting to make our hardware look as flexible as our software. I think that’s a very good thing, in that it takes a wide sonic palette and makes it eminently accessible and tweakable.

So happy new year, indeed. And here you can spend a few bucks on downloads and feel like you’ve got a new rig and get straight to playing it, even before we get to all the NAMM gear announcements next week.

Previously, Artemiy spoke about his developer experience and why he likes this approach:

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THE BOTTLEROCK 2020 LINEUP IS OUT!

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Mon 6 Jan 2020 5:00 pm
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Khalid, Anderson.Paak, Zedd, Brandi Carlile, The Avett Brothers and Janelle Monáe top the lineup!
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