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BOTTLEROCK 2020 TICKETS JUST WENT ON SALE

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Tue 7 Jan 2020 8:12 pm
Tickets are available as General Admission, VIP, Platinum and Skydeck passes.

Comments Due March 9 on FCC Proposal to Allow All-Digital AM Stations

Delivered... David Oxenford | Scene | Tue 7 Jan 2020 4:50 pm

The FCC’s proposal to allow AM stations to voluntarily transition into all-digital operations (see our post here for a summary of the FCC’s proposal) was published in the Federal Register today.  That sets the comment deadlines in this proceeding – with initial comments due March 9, 2020 and reply comments due by April 6.  AM stations interested in making this voluntary conversion should file their supporting comments in this filing window.

As we wrote last week, this proposal could, in some instances, tie in nicely with the FCC’s proposal to change their rules that currently prohibit AM stations serving the same geographic area from duplicating more than 25% of their programming.  Were that rule to be changed, an AM station transitioning to digital could theoretically acquire (subject to multiple ownership rule limitations) another local AM to continue to broadcast an analog signal – giving an operator a beachhead in the new digital technology while still serving audiences who do not have digital AM receivers.  We will see how the comments play out in the coming months – but if you are interested in filing, pay attention to these comment dates that have now been set.

THE BONNAROO 2020 LINEUP IS OUT!

Delivered... Spacelab - Independent Music and Media | Scene | Tue 7 Jan 2020 4:00 pm
Tool, Lizzo and Tame Impala headline! Miley Cyrus, Flume, Lana Del Rey, Bassnectar, Oysterhead and Vampire Weekend also top the list!

News | Tiny Mix Tapes Announces Closure – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Tue 7 Jan 2020 9:00 am
News | Tiny Mix Tapes Announces Closure  The Quietus

Roland has a new 88-key keyboard, and it means MIDI 2.0 has arrived

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Tue 7 Jan 2020 6:45 am

Roland has a new high-end keyboard with weighted action and lots of extras. The real news, though: this is the first MIDI 2.0 instrument from Roland.

Roland was part of the birth of MIDI 1.0, connecting their product in the first public demonstration with partner Sequential (and “father of MIDI” Dave Smith). So it’s fitting that they’ve got something with MIDI 2.0 support, even if the product itself might not be so radical.

As a piano controller, the new A-88MKII looks solid – and it’s a strong alternative to something like Native Instruments’ popular 88-keyboard, in that the Roland here isn’t locked to particular software and doesn’t require a computer to use. (Cough.)

Features:

  • USB-C connectivity
  • RGB-lit controls
  • PHA-4 keyboard action, fully weighted 88-keys (it isn’t just marketing speak – Roland do have a good record on response time, etc.)
  • Three zones for defining your own layers and splits
  • Arpeggiator onboard
  • Roland’s “famous pitch/mod lever” – yeah, it’s a Roland paddle, which you’ll love or hate
  • Full MIDI and USB compliance, so you can use this with anything, with or without a computer
  • Dedicated sustain, plus two additional control inputs (for expression or footswitches, as you define)
  • Chord memory
  • Pad triggers (assignable)
  • Assignable controls (also look handy with MIDI 2.0, and ideal for synthesists, for instance)
  • Wooden construction
MIDI 2.0 means easier automatic assignment between devices, and greater resolution, among other features.
Less future shock, more future proof? This is what we’d hope for in 2020: full backwards compatibility with 1983 MIDI, full forward compatibility with USB-C and MIDI 2.0, end result being compatibility with basically everything. We hope.

But really, this is the important part: the A-88MKII is “ready” for high-resolution control and all the extra features in MIDI 2.0. This should mean that you can take full advantage of the sensors, instead of mapping them only to 0-127 quantized values, and map more easily to software and hardware as MIDI 2.0 support rolls out. I really hope that includes full resolution for the key sensors, as that would make this worth the investment.

In the meantime, you can still use it with everything you’ve got now via that USB and MIDI support.

US$999.99 street, but will definitely be high on my list looking for an 88-key controller. Coming in March.

Obviously there are lots of questions here – even on something as similar as a piano controller – and there’s more to say about MIDI 2.0, so stay tuned. But while I hope MIDI 2.0 has some more far-out applications for its launch, it’s also good to see a bread and butter keyboard example there, too.

https://www.roland.com/global/products/a-88mk2/

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KORG wavestate synth is modern successor to Wavestation

Delivered... Peter Kirn | Scene | Tue 7 Jan 2020 6:18 am

Don’t call it a comeback. KORG R&D is reimagining one of their more unique ideas from the 90s – but the result promises to be very 2020.

First – about the 90s instrument that started this. The Wavestation worked with “vector synthesis”. The idea was, start with multiple sound sources (four is a good number), and cross-fade between them.

The 1986 Prophet VS from Sequential brought the idea to market. But when Sequential died, Korg picked up the torch (and the research, and some of the brains – including John Bowen and Dave Smith).

Enter the Wavestation (1990). The Prophet VS’s joystick worked as well on the Korg. And the Wavestation added another idea – wave sequencing, so you could piece together multiple sounds in… uh… sequence. (Hey, I’m still coming back from the holidays.)

The KORG wavestate is not a Wavestation remake. But it is getting the band back together again – John Bowen, John “Skippy” Lehmkuhl (Plugin Guru), and Peter “Ski” Schwartz. They all worked on the 1990 synth, and they’re back on this one.

But now, all of that 1990 futurism is coupled with a body that looks like KORG’s recent ‘logue keyboards, new features, and samples measure in the gigabytes instead of megabytes. (That was 2 – two! – megabytes on the original. So the Wavestation sounded like a 1990 ROMpler, and the 2020 wavestate doesn’t.)

KORG also took the wave sequencing idea, and built on it. Wavestation: duration, sample, pitch are sequenced, but they’re repetitive. wavestate: independent timing, sample sequence, and melody, plus shapes, gate times, step sequencer values, independent lanes – all add together for something dynamic and organic.

And another thing – digital in 2020 can mean modeled sounds that are indistinguishable from analog. (Don’t send letters. It’s true.) Want a filter that sounds like an MS-20? Polysix? Both are in there.

So in other words, instead of bringing back a 1990s thing and pretending it’s relevant now – yes, Frasier reboot, I’m looking at you – the KORG wavestate is something new. (Think more Bojack Horseman – 90s references, but self-aware.)

There are just a hell of a lot of features in this thing, a totally new take on wave sequencing, in a more compact and friendly form factor, plus modeled filters and a bunch of effects. And you can play all this from the front panel with tons of real-time controls.

That combination sounds fantastic.

Available this month for $799.99.

Features:

  • Wave Sequencing 2.0 (more parameters, lanes!)
  • Deep, hands-on modulation
  • Gigs of samples, coming from KORG, third parties, and the Kronos and Krome libraries
  • Wavestation original samples and wave sequences, for the retro touch when you want it
  • Modeled filters, including MS-20 and Polysix
  • 64 stereo voices
  • 4 Layers with Vector control (4x what you had on the original)
  • 14 simultaneous effects (meaning this is more OASYS or Kronos than Wavestation)
  • Tons of effects (Wave Shaper, Talking Modulator, Reverse Delay, Multiband Mod Delay, OASYS Overb, etc.)
  • Set Lists and Smooth Sound Transitions
  • Randomization (dice button)
  • 37 full-size keys

Where did this come from? Well in addition to some of the original Wavestation creators, the Belgian artist Airwave, KORG R&D in the USA (including their voicing team and veterans of OASYS and Kronos) all worked together in California. And clearly that got an infusion of some of the Japanese designs on the ‘logues.

This does mean making some choices, though. KORG’s competition here may come from itself – the ‘logue line offers its own distinctive sound, makes different choices about limitations, and features the open ‘logue SDK. So much as I love vector synthesis, I’m a little torn – I’m still partial to those ‘logues for their focus on one hand, and their openness to development on the other. At least it’s nice to have the choice.

And all of this proves that a synth maker can draw on its past designs but make new instruments, not just recreate old ones. I think having the choice of remake or new approach is ideal. And KORG is uniquely delivering both options in parallel.

But I digress – as has already been leaked (including in KORG teasers), more might be on its way.

https://www.korg.com/us/

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