Data Storage Patents (Class 84/601)
  • Patent number: 10347024
    Abstract: An apparatus includes: a similar plant information retrieval unit retrieving plant information of a similar plant similar to a creation object plant from plant information versus control logic diagram association information stored in a plant information versus control logic diagram association information storage unit; a plant information difference detector comparing the plant information of the creation object plant with the plant information of the similar plant to acquire difference information; a plant information editor that, based on the difference information, deletes an element included in the similar plant but unnecessary for the creation object plant, and retrieves an element included in the creation object plant but not included in the similar plant from the plant information versus control logic diagram association information storage unit to add the retrieved element; and a plant information editing result display displaying a result of the plant information editor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Nagata, Koichi Nakagawa, Shinichiro Tsudaka
  • Patent number: 10339906
    Abstract: Advanced, but user-friendly composition and editing environments for musical scores may be provided using the types, and in some cases the instances, of computing devices that will in turn consume musical score content so generated. Indeed, by integrating musical composition facilities within synthetic musical instruments that can be widely deployed on hand-held or portable computing devices, a social music network that includes such synthetic musical instruments gains access to a large, and potentially prolific, population of authors, editors and reviewers, as well as to the community-sourced musical scores that they can generate. By curating such content and/or by applying crowd-sourcing or other computational techniques to maintain quality, a social music network may rapidly deploy the new and ever evolving content that its user community desires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Smule, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Espeleta, Jeannie Yang, Perry R. Cook, Oscar Corral, Jonathan Moody, Ran Xie, Jeffrey C. Smith, Dean Schaffer
  • Patent number: 10140083
    Abstract: Techniques described herein include a platform for generating customized media content to a user. In some embodiments, a service provider may receive attribute data related to an environment in which a media file is to be presented. In some embodiments, the service provider may receive a user configuration setting indicating one or more preferences for media presentation. The service provider may store media content as separate components, with each component being separately adjustable. Upon receiving a request for particular media content, the service provider may generate a media file from the stored media content in accordance with the user configuration settings and/or environment attribute data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technolgies, Inc.
    Inventors: Luan Khai Nguyen, William Alexander Strand
  • Patent number: 10026386
    Abstract: Some timbres in the timbre combinations are selected and memorized according to the above timbre selection means corresponding to the timbre groups that the selected timbres belong to. The timbre combinations are classified and memorized according to the timbre groups. Thus it is made easy to search a timbre combination. When the store button 27 is turned on (step 61), it is identified which zone is appointed by the zone select buttons 24 being turned on placed on the switch table (step 63) and tone number data in the zone in the setup timbre register 42 are read out (step 64). At the top address of the vacant area in the setup area of the timbre group area on the timbre table 61 corresponding to the selected tone number data, tone number data, loudness data and setup range data of all the zones of the setup timbre register 42 (step 65).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: KAWAI MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshifumi Kira
  • Patent number: 9942615
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for presenting targeted metadata associated with media asset identifiers. For example, based on stored user preferences (e.g., the user likes a particular actor) and context (e.g., whether an actor is trending on social media near the user's location), the systems and methods may rank attributes associated with the media asset (e.g., title, actors, director, genre, etc.). The systems and methods may then determine a number of attributes that can be displayed based on a size of the media asset identifier (e.g., a cell in a grid-guide) and select the number of attributes that can be displayed (e.g., based on the number of characters, the top two ranked attributes are selected). The systems and methods then display the media asset identifier (e.g., the cell in the grid-guide) with the selected attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventors: Vishwas Sharadanagar Panchaksharaiah, Vikram Makam Gupta
  • Patent number: 9848236
    Abstract: A method and system for providing on-site content delivery and on-demand content access. The method comprising recording digital media content on a DMR device, managing distribution of the digital media content to one or more remote devices, automatically distributing the digital media content to the one or more remote devices, the distributed digital media content configured for local hosting at the one or more remote devices, and monitoring consumption of the digital media content distributed to the one or remote devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: MEDIAPOINTE, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Villoria, Kevin Bergner, James P Block
  • Patent number: 9779710
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a plurality of pads, each of the plurality of pads including a touch sensor and an acceleration sensor, a sound output interface configured to output sounds that are set to the respective pads, a display configured to display visual feedback, and a processor configured to, in response to the touch sensor in a pad among the plurality of pads detecting a touch of the pad, and the acceleration sensor in the pad detecting an intensity of the touch that is greater than or equal to a value, determine that a beat is performed on the pad, control the sound output interface to output a sound that is set to the pad on which the beat is determined to be performed, with a magnitude corresponding to an intensity of the beat, and control the display to display the visual feedback corresponding to the beat determined to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Mi-ra Yu, Eun-seok Choi, Yong-wan Choi, Kun-sok Kang, Sang-on Choi
  • Patent number: 9778897
    Abstract: A system is described for maintaining synchrony of operations among a plurality of devices that have independent clocking arrangements. The system includes a task distribution device that distributes tasks to a synchrony group comprising a plurality of devices that are to perform the tasks distributed by the task distribution device in synchrony. The task distribution device distributes each task to the members of the synchrony group over a network. Each task is associated with a time stamp that indicates a time, relative to a clock maintained by the task distribution device, at which the members of the synchrony group are to execute the task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas A. J Millington
  • Patent number: 9449083
    Abstract: A user inputs, as a query pattern, a desired search-object rhythm pattern using a control, corresponding to a desired one of a plurality of performance parts constituting a performance data set (automatic accompaniment data set), in a rhythm input device. An input rhythm pattern storage section stores the input rhythm pattern (query pattern) into a RAM on the basis of a clock signal output from a bar line clock output section and input trigger data. A part identification section identifies a search-object performance part corresponding to the user-operated control. For the identified performance part, a rhythm pattern search section searches an automatic accompaniment database for an automatic accompaniment data set including a rhythm pattern that matches, i.e. has the highest similarity to, the input rhythm pattern (query pattern).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Daichi Watanabe, Takuya Fujishima
  • Patent number: 9412113
    Abstract: A user inputs, as a query pattern, a desired search-object rhythm pattern by operating a rhythm input device. At that time, a determination is made of a style of operation performed by a user on a rhythm input device, such as whether the user has operated a single key or a plurality of keys, or duration or intensity of the operation, and then, a user-intended performance part is identified, on the basis of the determined style of operation, from among one or more performance parts constituting a performance data set (automatic accompaniment data set). For the thus-identified performance part, a rhythm pattern search section searches an automatic accompaniment database for an automatic accompaniment data set including a rhythm pattern that matches the input rhythm pattern (query pattern).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Daichi Watanabe, Takuya Fujishima
  • Patent number: 9305601
    Abstract: A system and method for generating a synchronized mix of a plurality of audiovisual tracks is provided. A new audiovisual track may be recorded simultaneously while one or more other audiovisual tracks are being played to help simulate a live jam session as closely as possible. In a “DJ Mix” mode, a user may manipulate sequencing and/or characteristics related to one or more audiovisual tracks included in a project in real-time while the project (e.g., song) is being played. A synchronized mix of a plurality of audiovisual tracks may be generated based on various attributes associated with the audiovisual tracks. For example, audiovisual tracks that are recorded along with a metronome may be synchronized based on a metronome clock rate selected by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: JAMR LABS, INC.
    Inventor: Ron Itelman
  • Patent number: 9263015
    Abstract: An electronics module for an electric guitar is provided. The electronics module includes a processor, a plurality of controls, an antenna, and a computer-readable medium. The processor receives an audio signal generated by a vibration of a plurality of strings of the electric guitar. The plurality of controls are operably coupled to the processor and provide a mechanism for adjusting a sound created from the audio signal. The computer-readable medium is operably coupled to the processor and configured to cause the electric guitar to determine a control of the plurality of controls associated with the received effects parameter; adjust a state of the determined control based on the received effects parameter; modify the audio signal based on the plurality of controls and on the received effects parameter; and output the modified audio signal through the antenna to a second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Gibson Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry E. Juszkiewicz
  • Patent number: 9166976
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards a method and system for automating workflow. The method and system includes receiving data from a portable identification key communicatively coupled to a processing device to initiate automation processes. The profile information comprised in the data is accessed, the profile information including an identification of a user associated with the portable identification key. The method and system further includes retrieving one or more instructions and parameters associated with the identified user by the processing device to initiate an automated workflow session, and initiating the automated workflow session according to the one or more instructions and parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Villoria, Remco Treffkorn, Kevin Bergner, James Patrick Block
  • Patent number: 9153285
    Abstract: A content play device capable of forming content and a method for forming content thereof. The method for forming content of the content play device, according to an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, comprises providing a content forming user interface (UI) which reflects a plurality of data to be played, receiving a play time of each of the plurality of data via the content forming UI, and forming content in which the plurality of data is reproduced according to a received play time of each data. Accordingly, a user may easily form content in which background music is set for each image file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jung-il Park
  • Patent number: 9153096
    Abstract: A computerized wagering game system has a gaming module comprising a processor and gaming code which is operable when executed on the processor to present or conduct a wagering game on which monetary value can be wagered. An audio module is operable to process markers embedded within an audio stream, wherein the markers comprise structured audio commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Radek
  • Patent number: 9123317
    Abstract: A method for motivating physical performance through music includes the acts of presenting a musical rendition to a user while concurrently receiving workout information. The workout information includes one or both of a current performance level of the user or a current geographical characteristic being traversed by the user. The method further includes modifying the musical rendition based on one or both of the current performance level of the user or the current geographical characteristic being traversed by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Watterson, Mark D. Watterson, David Watterson
  • Patent number: 9064480
    Abstract: An electronic device and a method for playing a plurality of audio objects is provided. The method includes displaying the plurality of audio objects on a display, each audio object being displayed at a location having a horizontal component and a vertical component, wherein the location of each audio object is changeable by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: INMUSIC BRANDS, INC
    Inventors: Timothy Jay Adnitt, Wolfram Knelangen, John O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 9040799
    Abstract: Techniques for analyzing a musical performance of a sequence of events. The events have parameters, such as timing, pitch and dynamics. A processor inputs (1-2) the performance; accesses (1-4) a standard performance of the musical piece; identifies (1-6) and compares (1-8) mutually corresponding events and determines (1-10) one of a set of classes: correct”, “low” or “high”. A current marker is displayed on an area of a display. The marker's position depends on the classification and the position of the previous marker, whereby trends and changes in performance accuracy are easily detected during performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Aalto-Korkeakoulusäätiö
    Inventors: Henri Penttinen, Ole Kirkeby
  • Patent number: 9029676
    Abstract: A reproduction apparatus (2) collects sounds on which spread codes are superimposed with a microphone (20) to calculate correlation values between the collected sound signals and the same spread codes as those of an apparatus which performed the superimposition to identify content reproduced by a reproduction apparatus (1) in accordance with the intensity of the peaks of the calculated correlation values. A control portion (22) identifies content which is correlated with the identified content and is necessary for the reproduction apparatus (2). The control portion (22) reads out the identified content data from a content data storage portion (25) to output the musical score data and the audio data to a display portion (23) and a reproduction portion (26), respectively. The display portion (23) displays the input musical score data on a screen, while the reproduction portion (26) reproduces the input audio data to generate sound signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Iwase, Takuro Sone
  • Patent number: 8962964
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating and editing collaborative music compositions via a computer network, including remote uploading tracks by musicians, and for creating and joining a band, wherein the system and methods provide for at least one musician to join a virtual group of at least one other musician for the purpose of virtual collaborative creating and/or editing music tracks remotely, via an online network and interactive website therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Parker M. D. Emmerson
  • Patent number: 8935444
    Abstract: A method of controlling a plurality of external devices is performed on a computer which is set up with a plurality of remote control processes corresponding to the plurality of the external devices, and a management process for managing the remote control processes while communicating with the remote control processes. The management process is called to display icons corresponding to the remote control processes in a display field provided by the management process. Further, the management process acts when a specified operation is applied to one of the icons on the display field for sending a screen open instruction to one of the remote control processes corresponding to the icon to which the specified operation is applied. The remote control process which receives the screen open instruction is activated to display a control screen for use in remotely controlling the corresponding external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Tatsuya Umeo, Takao Yamamoto, Masaaki Okabayashi, Hideo Miyamori
  • Patent number: 8878040
    Abstract: A music support apparatus includes: a display unit; a bar width calculating unit configured to set display widths of the plurality of bars at a constant width; a bar width correcting unit configured to correct the display width of the bar to which the musical symbol for changing a performance tempo is designated; and a display information generating unit configured to generate display information to be displayed on the display unit from the plurality of bars of which display widths are calculated by the bar width calculating unit and the bar width correcting unit. The display unit is configured to display the display information and a performance position display portion for displaying a current performance position, and scroll either one of the display information and the performance position display portion at a constant tempo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Casting Media Inc.
    Inventors: Shigehiko Araki, Masato Kobayashi, Hiroko Kawamura, Sachiko Kon
  • Patent number: 8853516
    Abstract: In an audio analysis apparatus, a component acquirer acquires a component matrix composed of an array of component values, columns of the component matrix corresponding to the sequence of unit periods of an audio signal and rows of the component matrix corresponding to a series of unit bands of the audio signal arranged in a frequency-axis direction. A difference generator generates a plurality of shift matrices each obtained by shifting the columns of the component matrix in the time-axis direction with a different shift amount, and generates a plurality of difference matrices each composed of an array of element values in correspondence to the plurality of the shift matrices, the element value representing a difference between the corresponding component values of the shift matrix and the component matrix.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Keita Arimoto, Sebastian Streich, Bee Suan Ong
  • Patent number: 8809663
    Abstract: A method and system for generating a synthetic simulation of a media recording is disclosed. One embodiment accesses a sound reference archive and heuristically creates a new sound that is matched against at least one sound in the sound reference archive. The media recording is analyzed and a synthetic sound based on the analyzing of the media recording is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Hank Risan
  • Patent number: 8735708
    Abstract: Systems and methods for music recognition and/or tag history synchronization are described. The system includes, for example, a first device, a second device and a server. The first device is configured to record music from a surrounding environment. The first device wirelessly sends the recorded music to the server for identification. The server is configured to identify the recorded music and to generate a tag corresponding to the identified music. The first tag history is updated to include the tag which includes information corresponding to the identified music. The first device and the second device are registered with the server as part of a particular user account. The server is configured to synchronize a second tag history stored in the second device with the updated first tag history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Joyce, Dominik Roblek, Owen Daniel Otto, Matthew Sharifi, Annie Chen, Lars Fabian Krüger
  • Patent number: 8697975
    Abstract: Provided are a musical performance-related information output device and a musical performance system capable of superimposing musical performance-related information on an audio signal without damaging the general versatility of the audio signal. The musical performance-related information output device includes a musical performance-related information acquiring section that is adapted to acquire musical performance-related information related to a musical performance of a performer, a superimposing section that is adapted to superimpose the musical performance-related information on an analog audio signal such that a modulated component of the musical performance-related information is included in a band higher than the frequency component of the analog audio signal generated in accordance with the musical performance manipulation of the performer, and an output section that outputs the analog audio signal on which the superimposing section superimposes the musical performance-related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Iwase, Takuro Sone, Mitsuru Fukui
  • Patent number: 8686271
    Abstract: Systems and methods of synchronizing media are provided. A client device may be used to capture a sample of a media stream being rendered by a media rendering source. The client device sends the sample to a position identification module to determine a time offset indicating a position in the media stream corresponding to the sampling time of the sample, and optionally a timescale ratio indicating a speed at which the media stream is being rendered by the media rendering source based on a reference speed of the media stream. The client device calculates a real-time offset using a present time, a timestamp of the media sample, the time offset, and optionally the timescale ratio. The client device then renders a second media stream at a position corresponding to the real-time offset to be in synchrony to the media stream being rendered by the media rendering source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Shazam Entertainment Ltd.
    Inventors: Avery Li-Chun Wang, Rahul Powar, William Michael Mills, Christopher Jacques Penrose Barton, Philip Georges Inghelbrecht, Dheeraj Shankar Mukherjee
  • Patent number: 8686270
    Abstract: At an apparatus (200), which may be a consumer electronic device, the user may select a predetermined number of different music attributes (Attr) descriptive of a mood delivered by music represented by music content of a music file. From parameters of a music file available in the apparatus (200), the apparatus (200) determines a first vector (m1(Dat)) descriptive of a relationship between the music content and all selected music attributes (Attr) and a second vector (m2(Dat)) and outputs a classification information related to the music file and containing the first and second vectors (m1(Dat), m2(Dat)). The classification information may be used to assign a colour to a displayed object assigned to the music file. Perceptually similar music files may be displayed in similar colours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: SONY Corporation
    Inventors: Jana Eggink, Franck Giron, Thomas Kemp
  • Patent number: 8680385
    Abstract: An apparatus for signal processing, wherein a disc is placed on a turntable and is provided with a groove which can be followed by the pick-up element, and employing a time-code signal wherein during use of the disc the said time-code signal controls the digital audio source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: N2IT Holding B.V.
    Inventors: Mark-Jan Bastian, Tim Hemel
  • Patent number: 8648240
    Abstract: In an un-tuned state, the strings of a string instrument are excited, and a standard adjustment factor is determined for each string. When a pitch is generated as a result of a string being strummed (e.g., during normal playing of the instrument), the pitch generated by the string is adjusted by the standard adjustment factor and an intonation adjustment factor that accounts for intonation errors. An adjusted pitch is output that is in-tune and has accurate intonation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Auburn Audio Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Harold A. Hildebrand
  • Patent number: 8604327
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including a storage unit that stores music data for playing music and lyrics data indicating lyrics of the music, a display control unit that displays the lyrics of the music on a screen, a playback unit that plays the music and a user interface unit that detects a user input. The lyrics data includes a plurality of blocks each having lyrics of at least one character. The display control unit displays the lyrics of the music on the screen in such a way that each block included in the lyrics data is identifiable to a user while the music is played by the playback unit. The user interface unit detects timing corresponding to a boundary of each section of the music corresponding to each displayed block in response to a first user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Haruto Takeda
  • Patent number: 8592669
    Abstract: Provided are a musical performance-related information output device and a musical performance system capable of superimposing musical performance-related information on an audio signal without damaging the general versatility of the audio signal. The musical performance-related information output device includes a musical performance-related information acquiring section that is adapted to acquire musical performance-related information related to a musical performance of a performer, a superimposing section that is adapted to superimpose the musical performance-related information on an analog audio signal such that a modulated component of the musical performance-related information is included in a band higher than the frequency component of the analog audio signal generated in accordance with the musical performance manipulation of the performer, and an output section that outputs the analog audio signal on which the superimposing section superimposes the musical performance-related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Iwase, Takuro Sone, Mitsuru Fukui
  • Publication number: 20130305909
    Abstract: A raw sound data organizer includes a processing unit configured to extract and convert an input into a digital format, and a display unit connected to the processing unit. The processing unit is configured to convert the input into a sequence of digital data and display the sequence of digital data in a form of a multi-dimensional color representation through the display unit. A raw sound data organizing method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Chi Leung KWAN
  • Publication number: 20130239787
    Abstract: A highly configurable controller is described that includes a number of different types of control mechanisms that emulate a wide variety of conventional control mechanisms using pressure and location sensitive sensors that generate high-density control information which may be mapped to the controls of a wide variety of devices and software.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: Kesumo LLC
    Inventors: Keith McMillen, Daniel Eric McAnulty
  • Patent number: 8525012
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for mixing song data based on measure groupings. A player or program may recognize measure groupings in a song through identifying cuepoints. The player or program may use the cuepoints and/or other identifiers of measure groupings to generate a transition between the song and other songs. Parts of one or both songs may be time-stretched, or frames may be added or deleted, such that the beats in both songs are substantially aligned during the transition. The system and method may also involve altering the sequence of frames in one or both of the songs, so that the transition may have various sonic qualities as desired by a user. A choice of transition modes may be provided via a user interface that allow the user some control over when and how transitions between songs are executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Mixwolf LLC
    Inventor: Michael Yang
  • Patent number: 8513512
    Abstract: A personal music mixing system with an embodiment providing beats and vocals configured using a web browser and musical compositions generated from said beats and vocals. Said embodiment provides a plurality of beats and vocals that a user may suitably mix to create a new musical composition and make such composition available for future playback by the user or by others. In some embodiments, the user advantageously may hear a sample musical composition having beats and vocals with particular user-configured parameter settings and may adjust said settings until the user deems the musical composition complete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Funk Machine Inc.
    Inventors: Louis S. Willacy, Randy Locklair
  • Patent number: 8514443
    Abstract: There is provided an image processing method of laying out and outputting an image of an original formed from a plurality of pages on one page, the method comprising: inputting image data of the original formed from the plurality of pages; dividing the image data input in the inputting into a plurality of blocks; discarding unnecessary information; appending necessary information to each block obtained by division in the dividing based on the predetermined rule; replacing the respective blocks obtained by division in the dividing with the block from which the unnecessary information is discarded in the discarding, and the block to which the necessary information is appended in the appending; and outputting the respective blocks which have undergone replacement in the replacing by laying out the respective blocks on one page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Fumihiro Goto, Ayumi Hori, Manabu Yamazoe, Tohru Ikeda, Maya Ishii, Hidetsugu Kagawa
  • Patent number: 8513513
    Abstract: During reproduction of drum-part performance tones with a predetermined performance pattern, comprising a combination of a plurality of drum tone colors, based on automatic performance style data including at least performance pattern data associated with a drum kit defining a combination of the plurality of drum tone colors, a drum kit editing section replaces any one or more of the drum tone colors, defined in the drum kit, with one or more other drum tone colors. Thus, even during an automatic accompaniment, a user can readily replace any one or more of the drum tone colors, defined in the drum kit allocated to the drum part, with one or more other drum tone colors while promptly checking an automatic accompaniment having the other drum tone colors reflected therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Takeshi Komano
  • Patent number: 8502056
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods, systems, and data structures for providing a music-subscription service customer with a portable music device that has been preloaded with customer-selected music. A music-subscription service provider receives a customer order to purchase a portable music device, and also receives the customer's selection of less than all of the music available on the music-subscription service provider's music database. The music-subscription service provider uses a computer to download the customer-selected music to the portable music device ordered by the customer. The music-subscription service provider then provides to the customer the portable music device that has been preloaded with the customer-selected music. The steps may be performed over the Internet and/or at a retail location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Pushbuttonmusic.com, LLC
    Inventor: Harold B. Oppenheimer
  • Patent number: 8494257
    Abstract: Data set generation and data set presentation for image processing are described. The processing determines a location for each of one or more musical artifacts in the image and identifies a corresponding label for each of the musical artifacts, generating a training file that associates the identified labels and determined locations of the musical artifacts with the image, and presenting the training file to a neural network for training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Museami, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Taub, George Tourtellot
  • Patent number: 8492635
    Abstract: A music sound generation apparatus generates music-sound data based on sound source data, and outputs the music-sound data in synchronization with audio data obtained separately from the music-sound data. A channel assigner assigns a predetermined number of channels to the audio data and the music-sound data. A read control unit reads the audio data and the music-sound data in accordance with their assigned channels. A signal processing unit generates predetermined music by controlling the sound level of the read audio data and the read music-sound data on each assigned channel and mixing the audio data and the music-sound data. When detecting no unoccupied channel, the channel assigner determines, as an unoccupied channel, a channel selected from channels excluding the channel to which the audio data has been assigned. The signal processing unit performs sound elimination on the unoccupied channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 8487173
    Abstract: Systems and methods for creating and editing collaborative music compositions via a computer network, including remote uploading tracks by musicians, and for creating and joining a band, wherein the system and methods provide for at least one musician to join a virtual group of at least one other musician for the purpose of virtual collaborative creating and/or editing music tracks remotely, via an online network and interactive website therefor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Parker M. D. Emmerson
  • Publication number: 20130112067
    Abstract: An example graphical programming interface system includes a processor. A grid matrix defined by a plurality of coordinate axes, having selectable matrix positions is displayed on a display device. Multiple movable object icons, each representing an object having a predefined output sound are also displayed on the display device. In one aspect, a single object data file is associated with each matrix position on said grid matrix. In this aspect, once a user places an object icon on a matrix position, the processor causes the predefined output sound associated with the object icon in accordance with the object data file associated with the matrix position at which the object icon is placed, and outputs the processed sound to an output device. This allows a user to program musical sequences by placing one or more object icons each on the selectable matrix positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Apple Inc.
  • Patent number: 8438168
    Abstract: An exemplary method includes providing a music collection of a particular scale, determining a distance parameter for locality sensitive hashing based at least in part on the scale of the music collection and constructing an index for the music collection. Another exemplary method includes providing a song, extracting snippets from the song, analyzing time-varying timbre characteristics of the snippets and constructing one or more queries based on the analyzing. Such exemplary methods may be implemented by a portable device configured to maintain an index, to perform searches based on selected songs or portions of songs and to generate playlists from search results. Other exemplary methods, devices, systems, etc., are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Rui Cai, Lei Zhang, Wei-Ying Ma
  • Patent number: 8433575
    Abstract: A system and method is described in which a multimedia story is rendered to a consumer in dependence on features extracted from an audio signal representing for example a musical selection of the consumer. Features such as key changes and tempo of the music selection are related to dramatic parameters defined by and associated with story arcs, narrative story rules and film or story structure. In one example a selection of a few music tracks provides input audio signals (602) from which musical features are extracted (604), following which a dramatic parameter list and timeline are generated (606). Media fragments are then obtained (608), the fragments having story content associated with the dramatic parameters, and the fragments output (610) with the music selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: AMBX UK Limited
    Inventors: David A. Eves, Richard S. Cole, Christopher Thorne
  • Patent number: 8380051
    Abstract: In general, a digital video player is described that has a form factor that allows the video player to be built into or otherwise attached to another enclosure. The digital video player may be built into or otherwise attached to the other enclosure such as any physical packaging around or accompanying a product, a Point of Sale (POS) structure near the product in a store, or attached to the product itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: CISCO TECHNOLOGY, Inc.
    Inventors: Ariel Braunstein, John Louis Warpakowski Furlan, Jonathan Kaplan
  • Patent number: 8338685
    Abstract: An artificial intelligence video analysis recommendation system and method is provided that allows video viewers to discover new videos and video producers to evaluate the potential success of a new project as well as to understand the perceptual factors beneath audience ratings. The system and method accomplish these tasks by analyzing a database of video in order to identify key similarities between different pieces of video, and then recommends pieces of video to a user depending upon their video preferences. An embodiment enables a user to evaluate a new video's similarity to videos already established as commercially valuable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Polyphonic Human Media Interface, S.L.
    Inventors: Antonio Trias Bonet, Jesús Sanz Marcos, Antonio Trias Llopis, María Gimena Llopis Rivas
  • Patent number: 8324492
    Abstract: Provided is, among other things, a system of musically interacting devices. A first device has a first identification code, a first wireless communication interface and a first audio player, and a second device has a second identification code, a second wireless communication interface and a second audio player. The first device and the second device are configured to participate in an interaction sequence in which: the first device wirelessly communicates using the first wireless communication interface, the second device wirelessly communicates using the second wireless communication interface, a musical composition is selected based on both the first identification code and the second identification code, and the first device and the second device cooperatively play the musical composition, with each of the first device and the second device playing a different part of the musical composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Vergence Entertainment LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Feeney, Jeff E. Haas, Brent W. Barkley
  • Publication number: 20120297962
    Abstract: A keytar is disclosed. The keytar has a keyboard body having a front, back, left side, and right side. A piano-style keyboard with a number of keys is on the front of the keyboard body. A neck extends from either the left or the right side and the left side of the keyboard body. A number of drum pads are on the front of the keyboard body. An electronic circuit is electrically connected to the drum pads and keys. The electronic circuit is configured and arranged to scan the state of each of the drum pads and keys and generate a MIDI note signal corresponding to the state each drum pad and keys and transmit the MIDI note signal to the tablet computer. The keytar may further include an accelerometer to provide music effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2012
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: ALESIS, L.P.
    Inventors: John E. O'Donnell, David Gill, Brian R. Shim
  • Patent number: RE44309
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of displaying directories differently based on attributes of files included therein. The present method examines a directory structure and the attributes of data files recorded on a recording medium, generates a mark for visually differentiating directories including at least one file of a pre-specified attribute, based on the examined attribute information, and displays a generated mark with the examined directory structure information. Owing to the present invention, a user can recognize directories including at least one file having a desired attribute at a glance, therefore, reproduction, selection, or copy for a file having a desirable attribute can be conducted very quickly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Hwan Kim