Patents Examined by David S. Warren
  • Patent number: 10388181
    Abstract: In one aspect, provided herein is a device for notating a musical composition. The device, in various implementations, is structured so as to be less laborious to notate, easier to read, and more simple to employ in notating, reading, and/or playing the music of a given composition to be composed and/or played. Accordingly, in its most basic form, the device herein disclosed includes a template, upon which template one or more symbols may be notated, where such notation is configured in a manner that more closely relates the note to be played with the mechanical action needed to be performed so as to play that note, such as on an instrument to be or being played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Ginitech, Inc.
    Inventors: Giovanni Marradi, Thomas Cain
  • Patent number: 10387106
    Abstract: A media-playback device acquires a heart rate, selects a song with a first tempo, and initiates playback of the song. The song meets a set of qualification criteria and the first tempo is based on the heart rate, such as being equal to or less than the heart rate. The media-playback device also initiates playback of a binaural beat at a first frequency. Over a period of time, the binaural beat's first frequency is changed to a second frequency. Over the period of time, the first tempo can also be changed to a second tempo, where the second tempo is slower than the first tempo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Mateo Rando, Tristan Jehan
  • Patent number: 10377610
    Abstract: A linear lifting device including a lifting column, a synchronous adjusting mechanism, a first motion element and a second motion element is provided. The lifting column has a fixed end and a movable end. The synchronous adjusting mechanism, disposed on the movable end, has a first force-bearing end and a second force-bearing end, which are respectively separated from the center of the synchronous adjusting mechanism by a rotating radius and remain at a synchronous state. The first and second elements respectively connect the first and second force-bearing ends for generating a first force to push the first force-bearing end to move in a first force direction and generating a second force to push the second force-bearing end to move in a second force direction, such that the movable end can move with respect to the fixed end in a resultant force direction of the first and second force directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: BenQ Medical Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Yuan-Chen Chen, Chih-Ching Hu
  • Patent number: 10380984
    Abstract: A modular instrument pedalboard is provided. The modular instrument pedalboard provides a plurality removably connectable pods, which may be effect pedal pods, power distribution pods, audio distribution pods, power/audio distribution pods, or a combination thereof. The pods include a base that has a first part of a connector that is adapted to be coupled to a second part of the connector which allows the pods to be connected, rearranged, expanded, contracted, and/or a combination thereof. Further the connectable pods include a circuit board to for parts of one or more audio loops as well as a power bar to transmit audio signals and power between pods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Inventor: Jerry L. Calder
  • Patent number: 10373597
    Abstract: A string-vibration transducer for an electric, stringed instrument that provides effective noise or hum cancellation while retaining single-coil tone. The transducer includes a permanent magnet, at least two ferromagnetic metal poles, a coil that is configured to loop around the at least one ferromagnetic metal pole, and a bottom flatwork comprising at least two apertures to receive the at least two ferromagnetic metal poles, wherein the permanent magnet comprises a north magnetic pole and a south magnetic pole, wherein the at least two ferromagnetic metal poles are configured to be displaced on top of the permanent magnet and through the at least one aperture on the bottom flatwork, wherein the coil is configured to loop around the at least two ferromagnetic metal poles to comprise two loops in a shape of figure eight, and wherein the bottom flatwork is configured to be on top of the permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Ubertar LLC
    Inventor: Paul Rubenstein
  • Patent number: 10373595
    Abstract: A musical sound generation device including a first memory having a plurality of waveform data, a second memory which stores waveform data read out from the first memory, and a control processor which controls such that, when a sound emission instruction is provided and specified waveform data is in the second memory, the waveform data is read out by the sound source processor, or controls such that, when a sound emission instruction is provided and specified waveform data is not in the second memory, the specified waveform data is transferred from the first memory to the second memory and read out by the sound source processor, in which the control processor controls such that waveform data satisfying a set condition is not subjected to a waveform data change by the transfer and waveform data not satisfying the set condition is subjected to the waveform data change by the transfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroki Sato, Hajime Kawashima
  • Patent number: 10365890
    Abstract: A data sonification system for representing a plurality of channels of numerical information is described wherein the rate of the periodic modulation is itself used as a vehicle for carrying information of at least one component of the multidimensional numerical data. The data sonification system includes a plurality of audio waveform generator elements. Each of the audio waveform generator elements generates an associated audio frequency waveform. Each audio frequency waveform has an audio frequency parameter and at least one timbre modulation parameter having a settable value. The timbre modulation parameter affects the timbre of the audio waveform. The data sonification system includes a mapping element for associating aspects of multidimensional numerical data with the timbre modulation parameter of each audio frequency waveform. The mapping element sets the value of the timbre modulation parameter in response to multidimensional numerical data and/or periodic modulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: NRI R&D PATENT LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Lester F. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 10366684
    Abstract: The information providing method includes: sequentially identifying a performance speed at which a user performs a piece of music; identifying, in the piece of music, a performance position that is performed by the user; setting an adjustment amount in accordance with a temporal variation in the identified performance speed; and providing the user with music information corresponding to a time point that is later, by the adjustment amount, than a time point that corresponds to the performance position identified in the piece of music.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Maezawa, Takahiro Hara, Yoshinari Nakamura
  • Patent number: 10360888
    Abstract: A musical instrument comprising a mouthpiece and an elongated body, the elongated body comprises a plurality of finger contacts. The finger contacts comprise a first set of contacts arranged such that they may be simultaneously contacted by the little, ring, middle and index finger of the right hand and a second set of contacts arranged such that they may be simultaneously contacted by the little, ring, middle and index finger of the left hand. It further comprises a first thumb contact for contact by the right thumb and a second thumb contact for contact by the left thumb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Annie Rose Boyd
  • Patent number: 10360889
    Abstract: The present invention relates to the field of audio recognition, in particular to computer implemented note recognition methods in a gaming application. Furthermore, the present invention relates to improving latency of such audio recognition methods. One of the embodiments of the invention described herein is a method for note recognition of an audio source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: BERGGRAM DEVELOPMENT OY
    Inventor: Ali Ahmaniemi
  • Patent number: 10354631
    Abstract: A method for processing an input sound signal of singing voice, to obtain a sound signal with an impression different from the input sound signal, includes: selecting a genre from among a plurality of tune genres in accordance with a selection operation by a user, setting, to a first unit, a set of first parameters corresponding to the selected genre, displaying a first impression identifier corresponding to the selected genre for a first control of a first user parameter in the set of first parameters, changing the first user parameter in accordance with a change operation on the first control by the user, and strengthening, by the first unit, signal components within a particular frequency band of the sound signal, in accordance with the set of first parameters including the first user parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryunosuke Daido, Hiraku Kayama, Sumiya Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 10354624
    Abstract: A wind instrument includes a tube body; a tone hole tube that has an inner open end formed extending from the outer periphery of the tube body and opening to the inside of the tube body, and an outer open end opening to the outside of the tube body; and a finger pressing plate that, in the radial direction of the tone hole tube, extends from the outer open end of the tone hole tube to the outside of the tone hole tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuichiro Suenaga, Toru Ohno
  • Patent number: 10354630
    Abstract: Performance information of a music performance executed by a user is received, and temporarily stored into a buffer for each given time period. The performance information is recorded into a recording section in response to a recording instruction by the user. Second performance information having a definite time period is reproduced repeatedly, and the user ad-libs a desired musical performance while listening to the repeatedly reproduced tones of the second performance information. The given time period is set to coincide with the definite time period of the second performance information. Temporarily-stored performance information for the given time period is recorded in one of a plurality of recording tracks. In response to a plurality of user's recording instructions, a plurality of different segments of performance information for the given time period are recorded into respective ones of the recording tracks, and these different segments are reproduced repeatedly in synchronized fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryo Tabata, Jun Usui, Emi Tanabe, Takahiro Yanagawa, Yuji Yamada
  • Patent number: 10354629
    Abstract: A sound control device includes: a reception unit that receives a start instruction indicating a start of output of a sound; a reading unit that reads a control parameter that determines an output mode of the sound, in response to the start instruction being received; and a control unit that causes the sound to be output in a mode according to the read control parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Keizo Hamano, Yoshitomo Ota, Kazuki Kashiwase
  • Patent number: 10354626
    Abstract: A swiveling strap extension device and method of use is operable with an instrument strap. The extension device comprises a flat, elongated longitudinal member having an instrument end that attaches to an instrument. The instrument end has size-adjustable eyelets that fasten to the instrument at mount buttons. The swivel end has a terminus section and a body section. The terminus section attaches to a free end of the instrument strap. A swivel-coupling connects the terminus and body sections. The swivel coupling swivels up to 360°, allowing the terminus section to rotate correspondingly. The swivel-coupling is disposed at a fixed length from the instrument. The fixed length is defined as the distance from the eyelets to the terminus section of the swivel end. The fixed length enables the swivel-coupling to be disposed approximately in an open space that forms between the instrument and the back of an instrument operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Richard C. Lucas
  • Patent number: 10347222
    Abstract: Calculation is performed to provide a delay and attenuated oscillation to a blowing pressure detected by a blowing pressure sensor which detects blowing pressure, and a musical sound is generated based on the blowing pressure subjected to the calculation. As a result, for example, a blowing feeling of an electronic wind instrument can be made closer to a blowing feeling of a natural musical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Sasaki
  • Patent number: 10332498
    Abstract: Techniques are described that relate to various aspects of converting the mechanical energy of instrument strings to digital representations for use in a variety of applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: KMI Music, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith A. McMillen, Chris Shaver, Michael Rush, Evan Adams, Brian Wright
  • Patent number: 10332492
    Abstract: A double necked electric guitar/bass that can be divided into two separate autonomous guitars/basses. The division is possible due to the special guitar/bass body composed of two individual bodies, mate and held together by screws or clips. Such an invention provides multiple “3 in 1” uses: a) Double Neck Guitar/Bass, b) A separate instrument only with the first neck, and c) A separate instrument only with the second neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Christoforos Kanakis
  • Patent number: 10319352
    Abstract: Various systems and methods for air gesture-based composition and instruction systems are described herein. A composition system for composing gesture-based performances may receive an indication of an air gesture performed by a user; reference a mapping of air gestures to air gesture notations to identify an air gesture notation corresponding to the air gesture; and store an indication of the air gesture notation in a memory of the computerized composition system. Another system used for instruction may present a plurality of air gesture notations in a musical arrangement; receive an indication of an air gesture performed by a user; reference a mapping of air gestures to air gesture notations to identify an air gesture notation corresponding to the air gesture; and guide the user through the musical arrangement by sequentially highlighting the air gesture notations in the musical arrangement based on the mapping of air gestures to air gesture notations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Swarnendu Kar, Dipika Jain, Yingxi A Lin, Saurin Shah
  • Patent number: 10319354
    Abstract: A modulating keyboard having a relative transposition in an electronic keyboard musical instrument and a method for relative transposition are provided. An instrument includes a keyboard having a plurality of first keys alternating with a plurality of second keys and a modulator system coupled to the keyboard. The modulator system is configured to assign note values to each of the first keys and the second keys such that, for each key signature, notes associated with the key signature are assigned to the plurality of first keys and notes not in the key signature are assigned to the plurality of second keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Mercurial Modulation, LLC
    Inventors: D. Kevin Laughlin, James L. Laughlin