Electrical Musical Tone Generation Patents (Class 84/600)
  • Patent number: 10360885
    Abstract: A method for generating a musical composition based on user input is described. A first set of musical characteristics from a first input musical piece is received as an input vector. The first set of musical characteristics is perturbed to create a perturbed input vector as input in a first set of nodes in a first visible layer of an unsupervised neural net. The unsupervised neural net comprised of a plurality of computing layers, each computing layer composed of a respective set of nodes. The unsupervised neural net is operated to calculate an output vector from a higher level hidden layer in the unsupervised neural net. The output vector is used to create an output musical piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Inseok Hwang, Jente B Kuang, Janani Mukundan
  • Patent number: 10325627
    Abstract: [Object] To propose an image processing method, image processing apparatus and program which are capable of exciting the emotions of a viewer more effectively. [Solution] An information processing method including: analyzing a beat of input music; extracting a plurality of unit images from an input image; and generating, by a processor, editing information for switching the extracted unit images depending on the analyzed beat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ikeda, Atsushi Kimura, Kazuhiro Shimauchi, Nobuho Ikeda
  • Patent number: 10304435
    Abstract: A musical instrument, including: an acoustic portion configured to generate sounds in accordance with a vibration; a plurality of soundboard braces attached to a flat surface of the acoustic portion; a bracket supported by two of the plurality of soundboard braces; and an acoustic transducer supported by the bracket and configured to vibrate the acoustic portion based on an acoustic signal inputted thereto, wherein the bracket is disposed so as to bridge the two of the plurality of soundboard braces, and the acoustic transducer vibrates the acoustic portion at a position between the two of the plurality of soundboard braces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shingo Ekuni, Tadaharu Kato
  • Patent number: 10283098
    Abstract: A controller to control an electronic musical instrument includes: first to third input units for a user to input play data and a frame having the first to third input units arranged therein. The frame has a wall surrounding an internal space, the wall has a three dimensional surface, the first to third input units configure one set, and the first to third input units configuring one such set are arranged adjacent in a circumferential direction of the three dimensional surface and the plurality of sets are arranged adjacent in a longitudinal direction of the three dimensional surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: ZOOM CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shunsuke Kudoh
  • Patent number: 10222194
    Abstract: In the preset invention, in an initial stationary state of a drumstick section, a CPU stores each axis component of geomagnetism obtained by a magnetic sensor in a RAM, and obtains each axis component of geomagnetism obtained by the magnetic sensor which is changed by a motion provided to the drumstick section at every predetermined timing. Then, the CPU accumulates each axis component of geomagnetism obtained at every predetermined timing, for each predetermined interval, and conforms each axis component of geomagnetism accumulated thereby to each axis component of geomagnetism stored in the RAM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keiichi Sakurai, Ryutaro Hayashi, Yuji Tabata, Kazutaka Kasuga
  • Patent number: 10192533
    Abstract: A voice generation device (10b) is configured to generate a voice corresponding to one or a plurality of characters designated in a pre-defined character string. A controller (10a) for the voice generation device is provided with a character selector (60a) configured to be operable by a user to designate the one or a plurality of characters in the character string, and a voice control operator (60b) configured to be operable by the user to control the state of the voice to be generated by the voice generation device. The controller (10a) is provided with a grip (G) suitable for being held with a hand of the user, and the character selector and the voice control operator are provided on the grip. The character selector and the voice control operator are provided on the grip at such positions as to be operable with different fingers of the user holding the grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Keizo Hamano, Kazuki Kashiwase, Yoshitomo Ota
  • Patent number: 10146427
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing a touch user interface using at least one at least one edge detection algorithm to produce edge data that is in turn provided to at least one curve-fitting algorithm to produce curve parameter data. The curve parameter data in turn provided to at least one calculation algorithm to produce interpreted data, wherein the interpreted data comprises user interface information responsive to the human touch made by the user to the touch surface. In various implementations the touch sensor can include a capacitive matrix, pressure sensor array, LED array, arrays of on-off contact sensors, or a video camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: NRI R&D PATENT LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Vadim Zavila
  • Patent number: 10142758
    Abstract: A system for and a method of outputting sound having a variable apparent source distance and/or width is provided. The system may be used in a vehicle and the apparent source distance may be varied depending on parameters of a driving style or a driver's behavior.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: HARMAN BECKER AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS MANUFACTURING KFT
    Inventor: Grzegorz Sikora
  • Patent number: 10114607
    Abstract: Using data generated by a sensor, a current value of a metric representative of a physiological state of a user of a digital content playback device can be determined. This metric can be compared to a set of predefined target ranges, and a tempo increase factor can be selected based on a range within the set of predefined target ranges to which the metric corresponds. The tempo increase factor can be applied to adjust a current playback tempo of music provided by the digital content playback device to the user. Methods, systems, articles of manufacture, and the like capable of implementing such features are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Rock My World, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Riggs-Zeigen, Alexander White
  • Patent number: 10032441
    Abstract: A system is described that permits identified musical phrases or themes to be synchronized and linked into changing real-world events. The achieved synchronization includes a seamless musical transition—achieved using a timing offset, such as relative advancement of an significant musical “onset”, that is inserted to align with a pre-existing but identified music signature, beat or timebase—between potentially disparate pre-identified musical phrases having different emotive themes defined by their respective time signatures, intensities, keys, musical rhythms and/or musical phrasing. The system operates to augment an overall sensory experience of a user in the real world by dynamically changing, re-ordering or repeating and then playing audio themes within the context of what is occurring in the surrounding physical environment, e.g. during different phases of a cardio workout in a step class the music rate and intensity increase during sprint periods and decrease during recovery periods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: TIME MACHINE CAPITAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Joseph Michael William Lyske
  • Patent number: 9972150
    Abstract: Vehicular systems and related methods offer improved user control over activations of vehicular components. User intent to perform an action can be detected using one or more sensors. The user may be prompted by the vehicle to verify the intent by further user behavior. The intent may also be confirmed by requiring that a set of conditions be fulfilled before the action associated with the intent is performed. For example, a sensed gesture and specific position of a key fob may need to both be established before the vehicle performs the action associated with the intent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Huf North America Automotive Parts Mfg. Corp.
    Inventors: Lynn D. Da Deppo, John Nantz, Yipeng Tang, Khalid Kamal, Cristian Murarescu, James Sanborn, Yi Luo
  • Patent number: 9857934
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for assembling and displaying a visual ensemble of musical performances that were created and uploaded from one or more locations that are remote from a host of the network, a director or other administrator reviewing submissions for selection and assembly, or perhaps merely remote from one or more other submissions received over a computer network. The assembled performances include a plurality of submissions, the submissions including performances created and uploaded at one or more locations remote from the location of the director for the assembly and display over the computer network. Systems and methods are also included for mapping one performance against another performance qualitatively, quantitatively, in real-time, or some combination thereof, enabling a musician, or a reviewer of performances, in the assessment of one performance relative to another performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: JAMMIT, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Humphrey, Frank Gryner
  • Patent number: 9818319
    Abstract: A wearable device apparatus, comprises: a first and second housings configured to be connected with each other; a plurality of light emitters configured to be separately located and configured to emit a light through the first housing; a light guide configured to guide a direction of the light emitted from the plurality of light emitters; a plurality of force detection sensor configured to detect a force applied to a certain point of the first housing; and a control board configured to control the plurality of light emitters through detection of the plurality of force detection sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: DNX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Eun Kyeong Kwon
  • Patent number: 9786201
    Abstract: Vibratory motors are used to generate a haptic language for music or other sound that is integrated into wearable technology. The disclosed system enables the creation of a family of devices that allow people with hearing impairments to experience sounds such as music or other auditory input to the system. For example, a “sound vest” or one or more straps comprising a set of motors transforms musical input to haptic signals so that users can experience their favorite music in a unique way, and can also recognize auditory cues in the user's everyday environment and convey this information to the user using haptic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Mick Ebeling, David Francis Putrino, Daniel Biscaro Loureiro, Patrick Hanlon
  • Patent number: 9767780
    Abstract: A pedal sound modification device is disclosed for varying an electrical signal. The device includes a plate pivotably coupled to a base. A slide potentiometer is coupled to the base and has a slider arm slidably engaging a linear potentiometer. The linear potentiometer extends between proximal slide end and a distal slide end. A linkage rod is pivotably coupled to the plate and the slide potentiometer for displacing the slide arm relative to the linear potentiometer upon a pivoting displacement of the plate relative to the base. The plate contacts the base for defining a proximal slide arm stop and positions the slide arm immediately adjacent to the proximal slide end for preventing damage to the slide potentiometer. The plate contacts the base for defining a distal slide arm stop and positions the slide arm immediately adjacent to the distal slide end for preventing damage to the slide potentiometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Armorit Engineering, LC
    Inventor: Floyd A. Asbury
  • Patent number: 9756436
    Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, a terminal and a method for controlling an audio output path is provided. The terminal includes: an audio output path setting unit to determine an audio output path for one or more audio data when one or more audio event occurs; an audio output unit to output a first audio data in a first audio output path; and a data communication unit to transmit one or more audio data other than the first audio data to external terminal(s) by setting a second audio output path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Pantech Inc.
    Inventors: Jae Sung Park, Hyae Ran Kim
  • Patent number: 9734812
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for a virtual instrument playing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventors: Jiro Katto, Tomohisa Ogawa
  • Patent number: 9723130
    Abstract: A unified communications system enables a user to simultaneously manage real time voice communication with background audio streams such as a music. In one embodiment, the system comprises a plurality of devices connected through a persistent voice over IP channel, where each device is playing background audio independently, and each device is operatively coupled to a microphone. When a connected user speaks, Voice Activity Detection results in the automatic adjustment of background audio on other connected devices, the adjustments based upon user-input settings on each device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: James S. Rand
  • Patent number: 9696812
    Abstract: A user input processing apparatus using a motion of an object to determine whether to track the motion of the object, and track the motion of the object using an input image including information associated with the motion of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Keun Joo Park, Jun Haeng Lee, Hyun Surk Ryu, Jun Seok Kim, Chang-Woo Shin, Jooyeon Woo, Kyoobin Lee
  • Patent number: 9679546
    Abstract: Vibratory motors are used to generate a haptic language for music or other sound that is integrated into wearable technology. The disclosed system enables the creation of a family of devices that allow people with hearing impairments to experience sounds such as music or other auditory input to the system. For example, a “sound vest” transforms musical input to haptic signals so that users can experience their favorite music in a unique way, and can also recognize auditory cues in the user's everyday environment and convey this information to the user using haptic signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Mick Ebeling, David Francis Putrino, Daniel Biscaro Loureiro, Patrick Hanlon
  • Patent number: 9640162
    Abstract: A musical instrument switching system includes a) a control circuit controllable for combining and routing the analog audio, the control circuit comprising a plurality of instrument pickups for transmitting analog audio, and a controller connector for allowing connection of the control circuit to a computing device, and b) a software program, installable in the computing device, for modifying the characteristics of the musical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Ernie Ball, Inc.
    Inventors: Sterling Ball, Drew Thomas Montell, Robert James Wolstein, Dudley Dean Gimpel, Christopher Pullen Stephens
  • Patent number: 9613118
    Abstract: Methods, systems and computer program products are provided for cross-media recommendation by store a plurality of taste profiles corresponding to a first domain and a plurality of media item vectors corresponding to a second domain. An evaluation taste profile in the first domain is applied to a plurality of models that have been generated based on relationship among the plurality of taste profiles and the plurality of media item vectors, and obtain a plurality of resulting codes corresponding to at least one of the plurality of media item vectors in the second domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventor: Brian Whitman
  • Patent number: 9578070
    Abstract: A background noise inserter server is described that includes a communication interface for communicating with a network, memory for storing background audio, and a processor coupled to the communication interface and the memory. The processor controls the server to connect to a phone call session in response to a session initiation protocol (SIP) invite from a calling device indicating that the calling device is requesting the background audio in the phone call session with a called device. The processor also controls the server to insert the background audio into the phone call session so that the inserted background audio is mixed with audio from the phone call session transmitted to both the calling device and the called device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Cellco Partnersip
    Inventors: Alice Yuan Bain, William Andrew Fish, Andrew Wahlon Lam
  • Patent number: 9548712
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for controlling a volume in a mobile terminal are provided. The apparatus includes a motion detector and a controller. The motion detector outputs motion information from a user's movement. The controller determines the user's activity from the motion information output from the motion detector, and determines an appropriate output volume level responsive to the activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Byung-Jai Im, Kyoung-Man Lim, Jung-Hoon Sok, Hyoung-Sang Cho, Jin-Young Huh, Sei-Hwa Park
  • Patent number: 9536507
    Abstract: A symphony playing method using an electronic device includes calculating a distance value between a first GPS device of a first detecting device and a distal terminal of a baton. An angle between a first straight line and a second straight line is calculated. A capturing device is controlled to capture images of hand gestures of a user. Once a music instrument is determined to be currently pointed to by the distal terminal of the baton, according to the first distance value and the calculated angle, and a beat is determined according to the captured images, notes on the symphony is played using a tone of the determined music instrument according to the determined beat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xue-Qin Zhang, Neng-De Xiang
  • Patent number: 9526987
    Abstract: An example game apparatus includes a CPU, and the CPU reproduces a BGM according to BGM data. When a ball object and an item object are shot at a predetermined timing, and a player object catches or receives the ball object at a point of impact, a part of melody of a main theme of the BGM is output. In a case that each player object catches or receives a ball object of the same color as that assigned to the own player object, a correct melody is output, but in a case that it catches or receives a ball object of a different color, a melody being different in pitch is output. Alternatively, in a case that the ball object cannot be caught or received, no melody is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignees: NINTENDO CO., LTD., KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX
    Inventors: Jumpei Horita, Nagako Ikuta, Toyokazu Nonaka, Shin Azuma, Hideki Matsuoka
  • Patent number: 9532428
    Abstract: A system for sensing emotions, which produce color or sound variation in a series of elements, which experience different patterns of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Leticia Sofia Susanna Bialoskorski, Joanne Henriette Desiree Monique Westerink, Egidius Leon Van Den Broek
  • Patent number: 9519644
    Abstract: A server system with one or more processors and memory receives, from a client device, information including one or more criteria for a media item to be generated. In some embodiments, the one or more criteria include one or more audio tracks for the media item to be generated. In some embodiments, the one or more criteria include one or more keywords for the media item to be generated. The server system identifies one or more media files in a database of media files for the media item to be generated based at least in part on the one or more criteria. The server system sends, to the client device, first information identifying the one or more media files. In some embodiments, the server system also sends, to the client device, synchronization information for synchronizing one or more audio tracks with the one or more identified media files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: FACEBOOK, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Snibbe, Graham McDermott, Justin Ponczec, Spencer Schoeben, Jesse Fulton
  • Patent number: 9520117
    Abstract: An optical electronic musical instrument device (“e-instrument”) that is configured to identify colors and output sounds that are associated with the identified color is disclosed. The e-instrument may detect colors using a color sensor and generate a color signal as a result. Additionally, the volume of the sound may be influenced by a motion signal generated by a motion sensor, wherein the lower or higher the motion signal's value corresponds to a lower or higher volume. The color and motion signals may be sent to one or more processors, either local or remote from the e-instrument, that generates or retrieves a sound signal based on the color and motion signals. The sound signal may then be transmitted to a speaker and the speaker outputs the sound signal accordingly. The sound signal may be any instrument, including a sound of a guitar, piano, drum, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: SPECDRUMS, INC.
    Inventors: Steven Dourmashkin, Matthew Skeels
  • Patent number: 9514724
    Abstract: The present invention receives sound wave data from a sound inputted into a microphone and samples the sound wave data received using a CPU to obtain sampled data as a digitized tone data, which is then stored in a sampling memory. The CPU performs auto-play of a sound using the digitized tone data sampled by the sampling and stored in the sampling memory. Thus, a result of the sampling is automatically provided to the user after the sampling takes place and the user can intuitively understand what can be done through sampling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masaru Setoguchi, Yukina Ishioka
  • Patent number: 9479594
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for pairing devices such as control devices and user devices, by determining location information relating to one or more of the control devices and the user devices. Location information can be used to identify at least one user device proximate to the control device. The method and system then identifies a selected user device to be paired with the control device. The control device is then paired with the selected user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Bryan Paluch, Arpit Mathur
  • Patent number: 9479261
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a system includes at least one tone generator, a first transmitter, and a second transmitter. The at least one tone generator is operable to generate a plurality of modulation tones comprising at least a first modulation tone having a first tone frequency and a second modulation tone having a second tone frequency that is different from the first tone frequency. The first transmitter is operable to apply the first modulation tone to a first optical signal such that at least a portion of the first optical signal is divided into one or more sidebands. The second transmitter is operable to apply the second modulation tone to a second optical signal such that at least a portion of the second optical signal is divided into one or more sidebands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Kuang-Yi Wu, Mary R. Phillips, Fred S. Hirt
  • Patent number: 9442626
    Abstract: Consumption and sharing of content, including music, is facilitated by an apparatus and a network configured to collect location information related to users of the network and the content. Users are provided with the capability to create playlists of content portions which may be graphically displayed atop a map. Location, playing and sharing information is used to evaluate the content portions, users and playlists. Content may be selected for playing by a user based on the evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: MUSIC SOCIAL, LLC
    Inventors: Nick Schupak, Todd Meagher, Donald Schupak
  • Patent number: 9401132
    Abstract: Systems and methods for collectively generating sound are provided. A sound composition can include multiple component pieces and those component pieces can be divided amongst devices so that the devices can collectively generate the sound composition. For example, each component piece may be assigned to a different device and the each device may provide its assigned component pieces in a synchronized manner so that the overall sound composition is collectively generated. By generating a sound composition in this manner, the network may create new and exciting spatial effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: Steven M. Gottlieb
  • Patent number: 9402133
    Abstract: An entertainment system according to an embodiment of the present application includes a portable media device configured to produce an audible output signal, and a plurality of individual vibratory output signals representative of individual recorded tracks of a musical piece and a plurality of actuators positioned at various locations on a user's body, each actuator configured and operable to receive one of the plurality of individual vibratory signals and to vibrate based on the received vibratory signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: Brock Maxwell Seiler
  • Patent number: 9384716
    Abstract: An automatic key adjusting apparatus is provided, which determines keys on an input melody in real time and adjusts the determined keys in non real time to obtain accurate keys, thereby enhancing accuracy of placement of chords. The automatic key adjusting apparatus is provided with a keyboard for playing a melody of a musical piece. CPU judges keys on the melody in real time based on a history of pitches of the played melody of the musical piece, and adjusts the result of the key judgment in non real time after the melody of the musical piece is played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hiroko Okuda
  • Patent number: 9384723
    Abstract: Techniques for storing and retrieving processing properties for processing an audio signal in an audio processing system, such as, an audio mixing console are provided. The processing properties specify audio effects and/or audio mixing applied to the audio signal. Type information is established which relates to audio content properties of the audio signal. The type information allows classifying audio signals based on their audio content. Based on the type information, processing parameters are stored in a database and/or retrieved from the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Harman International Industries Limited
    Inventor: Richard Ayres
  • Patent number: 9373313
    Abstract: A musical system uses a musical instrument with a first communication link and music related accessory with a second communication link for transmitting and receiving the audio signal and control data. A controller within the musical instrument or music related accessory is coupled to the first communication link for receiving control data to control operation of the musical instrument and transmitting an audio signal originating from the musical instrument through the first communication link as a cloud storage recording on a server connected to the first communication link. The cloud storage recording is initiated by detecting motion of the musical instrument or presence of the audio signal. The cloud storage recording is terminated a predetermined period of time after detecting no motion of the musical instrument or absence of the audio signal. A user control interface configures the musical instrument and the music related accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
    Inventors: Keith L. Chapman, Charles C. Adams, Kenneth W. Porter, Stanley J. Cotey
  • Patent number: 9310196
    Abstract: A displacement detection device is for detecting a change amount of relative positions of two parts as an angle displacement amount. The displacement detection device includes a link mechanism configured to connect the two parts, the link mechanism including at least one joint part; and a rotation angle detector connected to one end of the link mechanism. A spring is used as the at least one joint part of the link mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: TRANSTRON INC.
    Inventors: Nobuo Sugamura, Yasukazu Komatsu
  • Patent number: 9307065
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounted device includes: a phone book acquiring section for acquiring a phone book data of a portable device via a communication section; a manipulation section for rejecting an arrival of a call at a call section; a specification section for specifying a mail address of the opposite party from which the arrival of a call is rejected by the manipulation section with reference to the phone book data; and a call-rejected party mail-reception notification suppressing section for suppressing the notification of reception of an E-mail from the mail address specified by the specification section to the vehicle-mounted device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Kindo
  • Patent number: 9299350
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying a user of a device includes comparing audio received by a device with acoustic fingerprint information to identify a user of the device. Image data, video data and other data may also be used in the identification of the user. Once the user is identified, operation of the device may be customized based on the user. Further, once the user is identified, data can be associated with the user, for example, usage data, location data, gender data, age data, dominant hand data of the user, and other data. This data can then be used to further customize the operation of the device to the specific user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael David Dumont, Jonathan White Keljo, Levon Dolbakain, Srinivasan Sridharan, Arnaud Marie Froment, Nadim Awad, Kenneth Paul Kiraly
  • Patent number: 9281793
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, methods, and articles of manufacture provide for determining tones and/or volumes based on color information associated with an image file. Some embodiments provide for generating tones as background chords, automatically in an auto-play mode, and/or manually (e.g., based on a user touching a touch screen).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: uSOUNDit Partners, LLC
    Inventors: Jean Cheever, Tom Polum, Tamra Hayden-Rice
  • Patent number: 9275612
    Abstract: A keyboard instrument includes: an instrument body; at least one speaker; and at least one acoustic pipe configured to collect a sound emitted from the at least one speaker and guide the sound to at least one sound emitting opening formed in a front face of the instrument body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tsukasa Suenaga, Akira Miki, Hirofumi Onitsuka
  • Patent number: 9263004
    Abstract: A musical performance assembly includes a guitar that has a body and a neck. A control circuit is attached to the guitar and the control circuit is positioned within the body. A keyboard is attached to the guitar such that the keyboard may be manipulated in the convention of playing music. A first set of switches is attached to the guitar and each of the first set of switches is electrically coupled to the control circuit. A second set of switches is attached to the guitar and each of the second set of switches is electrically coupled to the control circuit. A microphone is attached to the guitar to record a voice. The microphone is electrically coupled to the control circuit. Each of the second set of switches is manipulated to actuate the control circuit such that the control circuit may modify a sound of the recorded voice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Jessie Brown
  • Patent number: 9223539
    Abstract: A portable hand-held apparatus includes a semiconductor memory, a reproduction block, a display, a control block, a housing, and an operation block configured to supply a signal to the control block depending on user manual inputs. The operation block includes a circuit at a surface of the housing configured to detect a first user manual gesture in a first direction approximately parallel to the housing surface, a second user manual gesture in a direction opposite to the first direction and also approximately parallel to the housing surface, and a third user manual gesture in a direction that is perpendicular to the housing surface. The first and second gestures are used to select a particular one of the one or more pieces of sound data, and reproduction of a particular piece of sound data occurs in response to the third gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: MobileMedia Ideas LLC
    Inventor: Kenichi Iida
  • Patent number: 9203533
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for the real-time wireless transmission of digital audio signals. A transmitter including a processor may be used to: generate a first digital data stream and a second digital data stream from a digital audio signal and transmit the first digital data stream at a first radio frequency and the second digital data stream at a second radio frequency. A receiver including a processor may be utilized to: receive the first and second digital data streams at the first and second radio frequencies, respectively, and generate the digital audio signal from the first and second digital data streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Line 6, Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Coker, James Purcell, Marcus Ryle
  • Patent number: 9196171
    Abstract: There is no staff in 3JCN Music Notation. Therefore, 3JCN Music Notation is very simple compare to Western Notation. A note in 3JCN Music Notation is represented by a lower case letter for the pitch class (a through g), preceded by the note's octave (1 through 11) and followed by the note's duration (a real number). For example, 6c1 is for note “c” in 6th octave (middle C) with 1 unit of duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9183769
    Abstract: The present invention adds a feature to the autograph ball in which the sports figure of interest adds a recorded message in addition to his or her autograph to the ball—for instance, personalizing the autograph ball; or simply recording a standard message such as “This is Ted Williams, the greatest hitter ever!” for posterity. In one embodiment, a ball shaped device is provided. The ball comprises an inner core that contains a recording means, a playback means, and advantageously, a switch that prevents erasure of the recorded message. The outer surface of the ball comprises a surface area suitable for placement of an autograph. With the ball of this invention, the sports fan is provided with not only the desired autograph, but also the recorded voice of the sports figure in question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Inventor: Corky Faulks Newcomb
  • Patent number: 9171531
    Abstract: Musical rendition is provided through the use of microsensors, in particular of accelerometers and magnetometers or rate gyros, and through an appropriate processing of the signals from the microsensors. In particular, the processing uses a merging of the data output from the microsensors to eliminate false alarms in the form of movements of the user unrelated to the music. The velocity of the musical strikes is also measured. Embodiments make it possible to control the running of mp3 or wav type music files to be played back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignees: Commissariat À L'Energie et aux Energies Alternatives, Movea SA
    Inventor: Dominique David
  • Patent number: 9171532
    Abstract: A sound signal analysis apparatus 10 includes sound signal input portion for inputting a sound signal indicative of a musical piece; feature value calculation portion for calculating a first feature value indicative of a feature relating to existence of a beat in one of sections of the musical piece and a second feature value indicative of a feature relating to tempo in one of the sections of the musical piece; and estimation portion for concurrently estimating a beat position and a change in tempo in the musical piece by selecting, from among a plurality of probability models described as sequences of states q classified according to a combination of a physical quantity relating to existence of a beat in one of the sections of the musical piece and a physical quantity relating to tempo in one of the sections of the musical piece, a probability model whose sequence of observation likelihoods each indicative of a probability of concurrent observation of the first feature value and the second feature value in c
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Akira Maezawa