Patents Examined by Christina M Schreiber
  • Patent number: 11127385
    Abstract: A support device has a planar base that is positioned under the legs of a user and on top of the surface of the chair, when a user is in a seated position. An adjustable tube connects the base to an adjustable joint, with a platform on the opposing side of the adjustable joint. The adjustable joint provides position adjustments to the platform in the orientations of pitch, roll, and yaw. The adjustable tube allows the distance from the base to the platform to change. The device supports the weight of an instrument which may be placed on the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Barry Hulce
  • Patent number: 11127383
    Abstract: A musical notation system is disclosed. The musical notation system comprises: a pitch symbol representing a key of a keyboard instrument, wherein the pitch symbol corresponds to a number representing a pitch in a numbered musical notation system, and is displayed in a first form when representing a white key of the keyboard instrument and in a second form when representing a black key of the keyboard instrument; and a duration symbol representing a duration of the pitch symbol, the duration symbol corresponding to a symbol representing a duration in the numbered musical notation system, wherein the pitch symbol representing the black key of the keyboard instrument is assigned a sol-fa name independent of a sol-fa name of the pitch symbol representing the white key of the keyboard instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Inventor: Jianxun Zhou
  • Patent number: 11120780
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a removable electronic device for emulating at least one sound of a drum-type percussion instrument, said device being intended to instrumentalise a striking element. A defining means defines a striking area on a tangible support. An allocating means allocates a drum element associated with a predetermined sound to the striking area, in a database. At least one sensor generates a stroke signal having at least one piece of stroke information on a stroke of a user with the striking element in the striking area. A computer processing means implements a processing algorithm configured to process the stroke signal to spatially locate said stroke in order to detect the area struck and to determine the drum element corresponding to this area struck. A generating means is configured to generate a sound signal comprising information on the sound virtually generated by said stroke of the striking element in said area struck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2021
    Assignee: REDISON
    Inventor: Jerome Dron
  • Patent number: 11107450
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate to a pedalboard configured to house a musical effect component. A musical effect component housing may be configured to house a musical effect component and be disposed in a cavity of the pedalboard without the use of an adhesive fastener. The musical effect component housing may include a first plate, a second plate, and standoffs connecting the first plate and the second plate. A musical effect component may be disposed between the first plate and second plate to secure the musical effect component. The first plate may include an aperture formed within the first plate configured to dispose a portion of a musical effect component and a rail formed on both a first end and a second end of the first plate configured to engage the musical effect component housing with the pedalboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Jonathan Chickneas
  • Patent number: 11107449
    Abstract: A electronic portable keyboard instrument includes a plurality of keys arranged in a first direction; a plurality of hammers respectively corresponding to the plurality of keys, each of the plurality of hammers including a force application point that is formed on one end side and that is pressed down when the corresponding key is pressed, a weight that is formed on another end side and imparts action weight to a pressed key, and a fulcrum formed between the force application point and the weight so that the hammer rocks in vertical directions about the fulcrum when the corresponding key is pressed; and a casing including at least one reinforcing member that is formed in a gap between the plurality of hammers so as to not be contacted by the weights of the hammers when the hammers rock about the respective fulcrums with a lateral positional shift in the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: So Sato, Naoya Ishibashi, Kouji Oshima, Naoto Imamura
  • Patent number: 11094304
    Abstract: A mute holder for a music stand includes a mute supporting plate having a plurality of mute supporting through holes for holding mutes, a non-continuous flat bottom edge, and a curved front edge forwardly extended from the flat bottom edge; a locking mechanism having a half-circular locking ring having one end attached on the flat bottom edge of the mute supporting plate and an opposite free end pivotably rotated with respect to the flat bottom edge of the mute supporting plate to lock the free end thereon and to release from the passes supporting plate; wherein the locking mechanism further includes a locking screw passing through the half-circular locking ring and to be biased against the music stand for locking thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventor: Steven Klein
  • Patent number: 11094308
    Abstract: A keyboard device includes white keys, black keys adjacent to the white keys, and guides that are arranged between the white keys and the black keys and restrict operation by coming into contact with the white keys and the black keys. The keyboard device may further include a housing that covers parts of the white keys and the black keys, and the guide may be arranged in the region covered by the housing. The keyboard device may further include caps that are provided between the guides and the white keys and the guides and the black keys, and that have a lower Young's modulus than the guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunsuke Ichiki
  • Patent number: 11094297
    Abstract: A sound post assembly for a musical instrument, comprising two or more mechanically movable parts that allow for a length adjustment of the sound post assembly and one or more electrical components. In an example embodiment, the electrical components are configured to electrically measure the force exerted by the sound post on the upper and lower walls of the instrument's sound box. In some embodiments, the electrical components may operate to mechanically change the length of the sound post assembly through an electrical actuator, such as a piezo-electric actuator or an electro-magnetic motor. Also disclosed are example safety mechanisms and methods of wiring and interfacing said sound post assembly with a control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: Peter Winzer, Matthias Lehner
  • Patent number: 11094216
    Abstract: A musical system may include one or more storage media, at least one processor, one or more sensors corresponding to keys of a musical instrument, and a display. The storage media may be configured to store a set of instructions for modifying a music score for a user based on a performance level of the user. The at least one processor may be configured to communicate with the one or more storage media. When executing the set of instructions, the processor is directed to determine a user performance level of a user and provide a modified music score for the user based on the user performance level. The sensors may be configured to sense a motion of at least one key of the keys and generate a key signal accordingly. The display may be configured to display the modified music score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: SUNLAND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Bin Yan
  • Patent number: 11094305
    Abstract: An information processing device, a tempo detection device and a video processing system are provided. A beat of a piece of performed music is detected from a musical viewpoint. The information processing device includes: an acquisition part that acquires samples of musical sound signals in a time series; an evaluation part that has an adaptive filter using the acquired samples of the musical sound signals as reference signals and using samples of musical sound signals acquired a predetermined time earlier than the samples of the musical sound signals as input signals; and a tempo determination part that sequentially inputs the samples of the musical sound signals to the adaptive filter and determines a tempo corresponding to a musical sound based on a filter coefficient when a value of the filter coefficient of the adaptive filter converges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventor: Keigo Tsutaki
  • Patent number: 11094307
    Abstract: An electronic musical instrument includes a playing operator, and a sound source which performs processing of receiving, in response to a user operation on the playing operator, a sound generation instruction according to playing operation information including the pitch information indicating the certain pitch and sound volume information indicating a certain volume, and generating sound according to the certain pitch and the certain volume, based on excitation data generated by multiplying partial data by a window function, the partial data being included in excitation signal waveform data generated based on a plurality of waveform data items which are respectively different from each other in sound intensity in the certain pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Goro Sakata
  • Patent number: 11094306
    Abstract: A sound control device includes a plurality of setting interfaces. Each of the setting interfaces includes a parameter operator, a communication interface performing control change message transmission and reception, a generation unit generating the control change message, a designation unit designating validity or invalidity of generating respective sound signals for the plurality of setting interfaces, a mode selection unit selecting a control mode of the communication interface, and a control unit. The control unit controls such that, when a first mode is selected, the control change message generated by the generation unit for a setting interface which is designated as valid among the plurality of setting interfaces is not transmitted through the communication interface, and the control change message generated by the generation unit for a setting interface which is designated as invalid among the plurality of setting interfaces is transmitted through the communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Yuji Yamada
  • Patent number: 11087730
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the creation and playback of music and/or sound, so that sound sequences are generated that vary from one playback to another playback. In one embodiment, during composition creation, artist(s) may define how the composition may vary from playback to playback using visually interactive display(s). The artist's definition may be embedded into a composition dataset. During playback, a composition data set may be processed by a playback device and/or a playback program, so that each time the composition is played-back a unique version may be generated. Variability during playback may include: the variable selection of alternative sound segment(s); variable editing of sound segment(s) during playback processing; variable placement of sound segment(s) during playback processing; the spawning of group(s) of alternative sound segments from initiating sound segment(s); and the combining and/or mixing of alternative sound segments in one or more sound channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: James W. Wieder
  • Patent number: 11087729
    Abstract: A method for generating a music file for recording user performance may include: detecting, by a sensor, an event indicating a status change of an execution device of the keyboard instrument; generating, by the sensor, a signal corresponding to the detected event; receiving, by a processor, the signal; and generating, by the processor, a music file based on the signal. In some embodiments, the execution device may include a weight lever. The weight lever may a concrete structure in the keyboard instrument to simulate a rebound force generated by hammer striking on string, by striking on an elastic structure. In some embodiments, a rebound force for a first weight lever may be different from a rebound force for a second weight lever by adjusting parameters of the elastic structure or the weight lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: SUNLAND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yangyi Teng, Xiaolu Liu
  • Patent number: 11087732
    Abstract: Methods and systems for generating oscillatory timbres for musical synthesis through synchronous ring modulation are described. An example method performing hard synchronization comprising using first and second oscillators, the first oscillator being a fundamental oscillator which provides a fundamental frequency, the second oscillator being a modulation oscillator operable at a frequencies higher than the first oscillator; and in response to the fundamental oscillator completing its cycle, synchronizing the modulation oscillator to the original point of its waveform. Ring modulation may be performed on the synchronized output by multiplying it by a waveform of the fundamental oscillator, such that the ring modulation is synchronized to produce a variety of oscillatory timbres. The method can create a variety of unique sounds having musically pleasing characteristics. A real-time audio signal can be used instead of the first oscillator to produce dynamically varying timbres.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Rossum Electro-Music, LLC
    Inventor: David Rossum
  • Patent number: 11087636
    Abstract: Disclosed are a method, a device and/or a system of a lights-guided piano key learning and teaching device. In one aspect, a piano teaching apparatus includes an elongated enclosure overlaid atop a portion of a set of keys of a piano and a set of lights, each light corresponding with each key of the set of keys respectively. A depth of an underside of the elongated enclosure permits the set of keys to be played in an unobstructed manner. The set of light illuminates when an application of a data processing system communicatively coupled with the piano teaching apparatus communicates a set of instructions synchronized with a musical note of a compilation displayed on the application of the data processing device. The musical note corresponds with a particular light that is directly above a particular key of the set of keys associated with the musical note.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Xingxin Liu, Bin Ye, Yuezhang Wang
  • Patent number: 11087724
    Abstract: A thumb pick for wearing on the thumb of a musician to strum guitar strings includes a pick having a front side, a rear side, a lower side terminating in a rounded point, and an upper side terminating at a pivot mechanism. A retaining ring has an inside surface, an outside surface, an upper side terminating at the pivot mechanism, and a lower side. The pivot mechanism includes two or more knuckles fixed with the upper side of the pick, two or more knuckles fixed with the upper side of the retaining ring, a pin traversing aligned apertures formed through the knuckles, and a coil spring urging the retaining ring towards the pick. In use, the musician wears the thumb pick encircling his thumb, so that he can strum the guitar strings with the pick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Cole Eshee Heve McBride
  • Patent number: 11087728
    Abstract: Systems, devices, media, and methods are presented for playing audio sounds, such as music, on a portable electronic device using a digital color image of a note matrix on a map. A computer vision engine, in an example implementation, includes a mapping module, a color detection module, and a music playback module. The camera captures a color image of the map, including a marker and a note matrix. Based on the color image, the computer vision engine detects a token color value associated with each field. Each token color value is associated with a sound sample from a specific musical instrument. A global state map is stored in memory, including the token color value and location of each field in the note matrix. The music playback module, for each column, in order, plays the notes associated with one or more the rows, using the corresponding sound sample, according to the global state map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: Snap Inc.
    Inventors: Ilteris Canberk, Donald Giovannini, Sana Park
  • Patent number: 11017751
    Abstract: Playback of a graphical representation of a digital musical score is synchronized with an expressive audio rendering of the score that contains tempo and dynamics beyond those specified in the score. The method involves determining a set of offsets for occurrences of score events in the audio rendering by comparing and temporally aligning audio waveforms of successive subclips of the audio rendering with corresponding audio waveforms of successive subclips of an audio rendering synthesized directly from the score. Tempos and dynamics of human performances may be extracted and used to generate expressive renderings synthesized from the corresponding digital score. This enables parties who wish to distribute or share music scores, such as composers and publishers, to allow prospective licensors to evaluate the score by listening to an expressive musical recording instead of a mechanically synthesized rendering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Avid Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Randy M. Fayan
  • Patent number: 11004434
    Abstract: The present invention relates to systems and methods for visual image audio composition. In particular, the present invention provides systems and methods for audio composition from a diversity of visual images and user determined sound database sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Roy Elkins