Patents by Inventor Takeo Shibukawa

Takeo Shibukawa has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 7720913
    Abstract: An electronic musical apparatus M1 transmits apparatus ID information and a common mail page access signal to a server computer SC. The server computer SC receives the signal and apparatus ID information. On the basis of the apparatus ID information, the server computer SC searches a user database 206a to identify the mail box of the user of the electronic musical apparatus M1. The server computer SC also searches an e-mail database 206b to retrieve an e-mail message stored in the identified mail box. The retrieved e-mail message is adjusted in accordance with display capabilities of a display unit 13 of the electronic musical apparatus M1. The server computer SC then transmits the retrieved e-mail message to the electronic musical apparatus M1. The user of the electronic musical apparatus M1 is allowed to easily read e-mail messages on the display unit 13.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Yanase, Satoru Umezawa, Takeo Shibukawa
  • Patent number: 7700866
    Abstract: An electronic musical apparatus is of a data processing type and is connectable to an external server via a communication network. The apparatus comprises a display screen, item selecting keys arranged around the display screen, and a communication device to connect with the server via the communication network. The apparatus transmits a connection request to a server, receives a list of available service items from the server, displays the list for selection on the display screen, permits the user to select from the list an intended service by operating the item selecting key, transmits a request of the selected service, and receives from the server the service corresponding to the transmitted request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Yanase, Takeo Shibukawa
  • Patent number: 7498503
    Abstract: An electronic musical apparatus comprises an instructing device that instructs establishment of connection to a network via a communication interface, a first time information obtaining device that obtains time information from a first time information provider connected to the network, a second time information obtaining device that obtains time information from a second time information provider connected to the network when the first time information obtaining device cannot obtain the time information, and an executing device that executes a service via the network by using the time information obtained from either one of the first and the second time information providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2009
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Yanase, Takeo Shibukawa, Ikuro Oshima
  • Patent number: 7432434
    Abstract: An electronic musical apparatus M1 transmits apparatus ID information and a common page access signal to a server computer SC. The server computer SC receives the signal and apparatus ID information. On the basis of the apparatus ID information, the server computer SC searches a user database 106a to identify the model of the electronic musical apparatus M1. The server computer SC also retrieves content data of a dedicated page for the identified model from a content data storage section 106b. The retrieved content data is created in accordance with display capabilities of a display unit 13 of the electronic musical apparatus M1. The server computer SC then transmits the retrieved content data to the electronic musical apparatus M1. As a result, the user of the electronic musical apparatus M1 can view the information contained in the whole dedicated page in colors on the display unit 13 without the need for scrolling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Yanase, Satoru Umezawa, Takeo Shibukawa
  • Patent number: 7385133
    Abstract: From an external terminal apparatus, an electronic music apparatus acquires, online or offline, environment setting information for setting an environment for connecting the electronic music apparatus to a communication network via given network connecting equipment. The electronic music apparatus stores the acquired environment setting information into a storage section as connection environment information defining an environment for connecting the electronic music apparatus to the communication network via the given network connecting equipment. Connection to the communication network via the network connecting equipment can be established in accordance with the stored connection environment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Takeo Shibukawa
  • Patent number: 7368653
    Abstract: An electronic musical apparatus in which operators for changing pages on a musical instrument function-related screen and history pages on a Web screen are shared, so that those pages can be changed using similar operating systems to improve the userfriendliness. A display controller 38 is operable when the Web screen is displayed by the display 19, to change the history pages of the Web screen forward in terms of time in response to operation of a Next switch 47, and the display controller 38 is operable when the Web screen is displayed by the display 19, to change the history pages of the Web screen backward in terms of time in response to operation of a Back switch 48.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Takeo Shibukawa, Tsutomu Yanase
  • Publication number: 20070033065
    Abstract: An electronic music apparatus which can simplify the operating procedure for reproduction of sample contents. When a user designates a sample content as an object for download distribution using a setting operator, the sample content is distributed by download distribution and received by the electronic music apparatus. The received sample content is stored in a storage medium, and automatically read out from the storage medium and stored in a temporary memory. The sample content stored in the temporary memory is automatically reproduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2006
    Publication date: February 8, 2007
    Applicant: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsutomu Yanase, Satoru Umezawa, Takeo Shibukawa
  • Publication number: 20060042453
    Abstract: An electronic musical apparatus comprises an instructing device that instructs establishment of connection to a network via a communication interface, a first time information obtaining device that obtains time information from a first time information provider connected to the network, a second time information obtaining device that obtains time information from a second time information provider connected to the network when the first time information obtaining device cannot obtain the time information, and an executing device that executes a service via the network by using the time information obtained from either one of the first and the second time information providers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Publication date: March 2, 2006
    Applicant: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Tsutomu Yanase, Takeo Shibukawa, Ikuro Oshima
  • Publication number: 20050251559
    Abstract: An electronic musical apparatus M1 transmits apparatus ID information and a common mail page access signal to a server computer SC. The server computer SC receives the signal and apparatus ID information. On the basis of the apparatus ID information, the server computer SC searches a user database 206a to identify the mail box of the user of the electronic musical apparatus M1. The server computer SC also searches an e-mail database 206b to retrieve an e-mail message stored in the identified mail box. The retrieved e-mail message is adjusted in accordance with display capabilities of a display unit 13 of the electronic musical apparatus M1. The server computer SC then transmits the retrieved e-mail message to the electronic musical apparatus M1. The user of the electronic musical apparatus M1 is allowed to easily read e-mail messages on the display unit 13.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Publication date: November 10, 2005
    Applicant: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsutomu Yanase, Satoru Umezawa, Takeo Shibukawa
  • Publication number: 20050204902
    Abstract: From an external terminal apparatus, an electronic music apparatus acquires, online or offline, environment setting information for setting an environment for connecting the electronic music apparatus to a communication network via given network connecting equipment. The electronic music apparatus stores the acquired environment setting information into a storage section as connection environment information defining an environment for connecting the electronic music apparatus to the communication network via the given network connecting equipment. Connection to the communication network via the network connecting equipment can be established in accordance with the stored connection environment information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Publication date: September 22, 2005
    Applicant: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Takeo Shibukawa
  • Publication number: 20050155484
    Abstract: An electronic musical apparatus is of a data processing type and is connectable to an external server via a communication network. The apparatus comprises a display screen, item selecting keys arranged around the display screen, and a communication device to connect with the server via the communication network. The apparatus transmits a connection request to a server, receives a list of available service items from the server, displays the list for selection on the display screen, permits the user to select from the list an intended service by operating the item selecting key, transmits a request of the selected service, and receives from the server the service corresponding to the transmitted request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Publication date: July 21, 2005
    Inventors: Tsutomu Yanase, Takeo Shibukawa
  • Publication number: 20050150363
    Abstract: An electronic musical apparatus in which operators for changing pages on a musical instrument function-related screen and history pages on a Web screen are shared, so that those pages can be changed using similar operating systems to improve the userfriendliness. A display controller 38 is operable when the Web screen is displayed by the display 19, to change the history pages of the Web screen forward in terms of time in response to operation of a Next switch 47, and the display controller 38 is operable when the Web screen is displayed by the display 19, to change the history pages of the Web screen backward in terms of time in response to operation of a Back switch 48.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2005
    Publication date: July 14, 2005
    Inventors: Takeo Shibukawa, Tsutomu Yanase
  • Publication number: 20050150358
    Abstract: An electronic music apparatus which can simplify the operating procedure for reproduction of sample contents. When a user designates a sample content as an object for download distribution using a setting operator, the sample content is distributed by download distribution and received by the electronic music apparatus. The received sample content is stored in a storage medium, and automatically read out from the storage medium and stored in a temporary memory. The sample content stored in the temporary memory is automatically reproduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2004
    Publication date: July 14, 2005
    Inventors: Tsutomu Yanase, Satoru Umezawa, Takeo Shibukawa
  • Publication number: 20050132869
    Abstract: An electronic musical apparatus M1 transmits apparatus ID information and a common page access signal to a server computer SC. The server computer SC receives the signal and apparatus ID information. On the basis of the apparatus ID information, the server computer SC searches a user database 106a to identify the model of the electronic musical apparatus M1. The server computer SC also retrieves content data of a dedicated page for the identified model from a content data storage section 106b. The retrieved content data is created in accordance with display capabilities of a display unit 13 of the electronic musical apparatus M1. The server computer SC then transmits the retrieved content data to the electronic musical apparatus M1. As a result, the user of the electronic musical apparatus M1 can view the information contained in the whole dedicated page in colors on the display unit 13 without the need for scrolling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Publication date: June 23, 2005
    Inventors: Tsutomu Yanase, Satoru Umezawa, Takeo Shibukawa
  • Patent number: 6696633
    Abstract: As an electronic tone is generated in response to performing operation, the electronic tone is picked up by microphones corresponding to left and right channels, and picked-up sound signals thus generated by the microphones are then subjected to signal processing, such as reverberation impartment utilizing acoustic conditions of the interior of a room. Picked-up sound signals having undergone such signal processing are audibly reproduced via rear speakers. Then, once an automatic adjustment instruction is given from a user, measuring tones are reproduced stereophonically, and contents of the signal processing of the individual channels are adjusted on the basis of measured results of picked-up sound signals generated by the microphones picking up the reproduced measuring tones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Miyagishima, Shinichi Sawara, Akira Miki, Fukushi Kawakami, Yasutake Suzuki, Takeo Shibukawa
  • Publication number: 20030121403
    Abstract: As an electronic tone is generated in response to performing operation, the electronic tone is picked up by microphones corresponding to left and right channels, and picked-up sound signals thus generated by the microphones are then subjected to signal processing, such as reverberation impartment utilizing acoustic conditions of the interior of a room. Picked-up sound signals having undergone such signal processing are audibly reproduced via rear speakers. Then, once an automatic adjustment instruction is given from a user, measuring tones are reproduced stereophonically, and contents of the signal processing of the individual channels are adjusted on the basis of measured results of picked-up sound signals generated by the microphones picking up the reproduced measuring tones.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Applicant: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Miyagishima, Shinichi Sawara, Akira Miki, Fukushi Kawakami, Yasutake Suzuki, Takeo Shibukawa
  • Patent number: 6515210
    Abstract: This invention provides players with easy identification of notes in a musical score and correspondences between performance operators and notes in a musical score. An electronic musical instrument comprises a keyboard 11 having a plurality of keys, key-depression indicators 12 each of which corresponds to each key, and a color monitor 13. A microcomputer embedded in the electronic musical instrument reads out performance data stored in memory such as RAM in sequence as time goes on, and lights the key-depression indicators 12 to indicate keys to be depressed according to the performance data. The microcomputer also displays a musical score on the color monitor 13, using the performance data. Additionally, the microcomputer assigns a different color to each note name by using a note number in performance data, so that note colors used for the musical score display on the color monitor 13 and light colors lighted by the key-depression indicators 12 are controlled to correspond by note names.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Takeo Shibukawa
  • Patent number: 6486387
    Abstract: In a fingering information analyzer, tone pitch information indicative of each tone pitch of a series of musical notes supplied from a flexible disc or a performance information memory is analyzed to produce fingering information indicative of a performance finger for each of the musical notes. The fingering information is mixed with the tone pitch information and memorized in a fingering memory. When the fingering information is reproduced, a performance finger for each of the musical notes is determined in accordance with a changing direction or variation width of the tone pitch information continual in time series and a changing condition of white and black keys based on the tone pitch information. The tone pitch information and fingering information memorized in the fingering memory is read out in accordance with progression of a musical tune and adapted for performance of the keys on a keyboard and for indication of the performance finger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Munekawa, Motoichi Tamura, Takeo Shibukawa, Eiichiro Aoki, Akira Nakada, Tokuji Hayakawa
  • Publication number: 20020134216
    Abstract: This invention provides players with easy identification of notes in a musical score and correspondences between performance operators and notes in a musical score. An electronic musical instrument comprises a keyboard 11 having a plurality of keys, key-depression indicators 12 each of which corresponds to each key, and a color monitor 13. A microcomputer embedded in the electronic musical instrument reads out performance data stored in memory such as RAM in sequence as time goes on, and lights the key-depression indicators 12 to indicate keys to be depressed according to the performance data. The microcomputer also displays a musical score on the color monitor 13, using the performance data. Additionally, the microcomputer assigns a different color to each note name by using a note number in performance data, so that note colors used for the musical score display on the color monitor 13 and light colors lighted by the key-depression indicators 12 are controlled to correspond by note names.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Publication date: September 26, 2002
    Applicant: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takeo Shibukawa
  • Patent number: 6417438
    Abstract: In addition to a general transposition setting device for setting a transposition for an entire musical instrument, there is provide an automatic-performance transposition setting device for optionally setting a transposition value for automatic performance. Automatic performance data is transposed in accordance with the transposition value set by the automatic-performance transposition setting device and a visual performance guide display based on the transposed automatic performance data is provided via a key display as an automatic performance process is advanced on a desired music piece. Human player depresses keys in accordance with the visual performance guide display so that tones corresponding to the depressed keys are generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuo Haruyama, Takeo Shibukawa