Tempo Control Patents (Class 84/612)
  • Patent number: 10338880
    Abstract: Audio devices and related methods are disclosed. An audio device includes audio inputs configured to receive audio signals from a media player, speaker elements configured to convert the audio signals to acoustic waves, and control circuitry. The control circuitry includes a tracking module configured to extract use information from the audio and store use data including the use information on a data storage device of the audio device. A method includes transmitting the use data to a use data router configured to route the use data to a remote sever. A method of transforming a personal computing device into a use data router includes storing computer-readable instructions configured to instruct a processing element of a personal computing device to receive the use data from the audio device, and transmit the use data to the remote server. The method also includes transmitting the computer-readable instructions to the personal computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Skullcandy, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas Burton
  • Patent number: 10284809
    Abstract: Systems for synchronizing events or transitions in visual content with musical features in audio content are configured to obtain audio and visual content; determine a minimum, maximum, and/or a target display duration for items of visual content; determine a first playback-time in the first audio content to associate with a start-of-display time for the first visual content; identify a first timeframe in the first audio content corresponding to a range of acceptable end-of-display times for the first visual content; identify musical features within the first timeframe; identify a candidate musical feature among the identified musical features in accordance with a hierarchy; and/or define a first candidate end-of-display time that aligns with the playback time of the candidate musical feature. A set of candidate end-of-display times are defined for multiple visual content items in a single multimedia project, the set identified by seeking a solution that increases rank among the hierarchy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Baptiste Noel
  • Patent number: 10225640
    Abstract: One or more accelerometers embedded with an earbud and/or a set of earphones are able to sense a moving pace of a user. Based on a moving pace of the user, a signal is sent to a remotely connected electronic device. The electronic device is able to separately increase and decrease a beat or rhythm of the audio from the electronic device based on a pace of the user. In some embodiments, an audio alert is sent to the user to inform the user of pace and whether the user has increased or decreased their pace. Additionally, in some embodiments, a program stored on the electronic device is used to compare the user's current progress and/or speed based on past runs and workouts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Snik LLC
    Inventor: Rob Honeycutt
  • Patent number: 10192460
    Abstract: The teachings described herein are generally directed to a system, method, and apparatus for separating and mixing tracks within music. The system can have a video that is synchronized with the variations in the musical tempo through a variable timing reference track designed and provided for a user of the preselected piece of music that was prerecorded, wherein the designing of the variable timing reference track includes creating a tempo map having variable tempos, rhythms, and beats using notes from the preselected piece of music.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: JAMMIT, INC
    Inventor: Scott Humphrey
  • Patent number: 10192583
    Abstract: Video editing using contextual data may include collecting metadata from a sensor concurrently with recording a video, wherein the metadata is synchronized in time with the video, detecting attributes within the metadata and attributes from the video, and correlating the attributes with a plurality of editors. An editor may be selected from the plurality of editors according to the correlating and a video editing workflow may be automatically initiated. Content discovery using clusters may include receiving a user request for video content from a device, determining a behavioral cluster for the user according to demographic data for the user, determining a video of interest associated with the behavioral cluster, and providing a video of interest to the device using the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Meng Chee, Paul Dixon, Florian Dusch, Hyung Keun Kim, Luyza Viana Pereira, Bartley H. Calder, Scott Barrow, Sudhir Kumar Misra, Gabriel Nicolae
  • Patent number: 10179264
    Abstract: Athletic performance monitoring and tracking may provide multiple ways in which to track athletic movement and activity. In one example, an athletic monitoring device may include or be associated with multiple types of movement sensors and switch between the sensors or use both depending on various factors including type of workout. Workouts may also be tagged with various parameters including mood, weather, terrain, athletic equipment used and the like. In one or more examples, the parameters may be automatically determined based on location. User workouts and accomplishments may also be celebrated through messages from celebrities, family, friends and other users. In some cases, the messages may be triggered by various conditions. Coaching may also be provided to the user to help improve workouts and overall athletic performance. Running routes may also be automatically tracked, stored and shared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Hoffman, Kwamina Crankson, Jason Nims, Michael L. Orenstein, Kristen L. White
  • Patent number: 10133539
    Abstract: Sensor data generated by one or more sensors associated with a digital content playback device can be used to identify that a modification to a current audio content item being supplied to a user by the digital content playback device is indicated. The current audio content item can be modified accordingly. Methods, systems, articles of manufacture and the like are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventor: Adam Riggs-Zeigen
  • Patent number: 10120639
    Abstract: A multimedia playing application control method and a terminal. A terminal receives physical indication information, where the physical indication information is used to control a multimedia playing application running in the terminal. The terminal converts the physical indication information into corresponding control indication information according to a preset correspondence. The terminal sends the control indication information to the multimedia playing application running in the terminal, where the control indication information is used to instruct the multimedia playing application to execute an operation corresponding to the control indication information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuandan Ke
  • Patent number: 10101960
    Abstract: A system for playing media content items operates to provide smooth transitions between the media content items to continuously support a user's repetitive motion activity. The system can generate crossfade data containing information for transitions between media content items. The mix-in and mix-out points for the transitions are calculated to eliminate one or more portions of media content items that have lower musical energy than a majority portion of the items, and to maintain substantially consistent and/or stable musical energy (e.g., audio power or sound power) throughout the media content items including transitions therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Tristan Jehan, Sten Garmark, Nicola Montecchio
  • Patent number: 10082939
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns the providing of media, and more particularly to the streaming of media. In accordance with an example embodiment, a visual queue of media items (e.g. media items B and C) to be played next may be displayed at a user interface of the electronic device. Each one of the media items is associated with media content of a respective media content stream. While a media content stream is being played (e.g., a media content stream associated with media item A), a request to play another media content stream in accordance with a user preference may be received by the electronic device. This request may, for example, be a user selection of one of the available mood options. In response to receiving this request, the visual queue of the media items to be played next can be adjusted, and thus changed, in dependence of the selected mood option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Souheil Medaghri Alaoui, Miles Lennon, Kieran Del Pasqua
  • Patent number: 10018974
    Abstract: A device for altering processing of a signal during processing of the signal has a display unit, an input unit and a processing unit. The display unit is configured for graphically displaying at least a predetermined interval to-be-processed-next of the signal. The input unit is configured for receiving at least one of: a selection input for selecting duration of a time period within the interval and a command input for commanding altering the processing using the time period. The processing unit is configured for processing the signal and for altering the processing in response to the command input. The input unit is touch-sensitive and the processing unit is configured to control the display unit for displaying graphically the time period at least while the input unit is touched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: NATIVE INSTRUMENTS GMBH
    Inventor: Michael Koczynski
  • Patent number: 9977643
    Abstract: Implementations generally relate to providing beat matching. In some implementations, a method includes determining beat characteristics of at least one soundtrack. The method further includes selecting video clips based on one or more selection criteria. The method further includes adjusting a length of one or more of the video clips based on one or more beat matching policies. The method further includes combining the video clips to be played with the at least one soundtrack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Ryan James Lothian
  • Patent number: 9978426
    Abstract: Systems, devices, apparatuses, components, methods, and techniques for repetitive-motion activity enhancement based upon media content selection are provided. An example media-playback device for enhancement of a repetitive-motion activity includes a media-output device that plays media content items, a plurality of media content selection engines, and a repetitive-activity enhancement mode selection engine. The plurality of media content selection engines includes a cadence-based media content selection engine and an enhancement program engine. The cadence-based media content selection engine is configured to select media content items based on a cadence associated with the repetitive-motion activity. The enhancement program engine is configured to select media content items according to an enhancement program for the repetitive-motion activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Owen Smith, Tristan Jehan, Sten Garmark, Rahul Sen
  • Patent number: 9966056
    Abstract: Apparatus having corresponding methods and computer-readable media comprises: a speaker configured to provide a masking sound to an individual; a biometric sensor configured to collect biometric data from the individual; and a controller configured to modify the masking sound based on the biometric data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Plantronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Evan Harris Benway, Jacob T Meyberg
  • Patent number: 9965477
    Abstract: Example methods and systems for determining media files based on activity levels are described. An example method includes receiving information indicative of a first speed of the computing device, and receiving information indicative of a geography of a location of the computing device. The method further includes determining, from a plurality of media files tagged with respective tempo identifiers, a first media file based on the geography of the location of the computing device and also having a tempo that substantially matches to the first speed of the computing device. The method includes providing an indication of the first media file to a media player, and based on a change in the first speed of the computing device to a second speed, determining from the plurality of media files tagged with respective tempo identifiers, a second media file having a tempo that substantially matches to the second speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Angana Ghosh, Marc Stogaitis
  • Patent number: 9946583
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing media playback are described. In one embodiment, a third party media request is received from a third party application. A native media request is sent to a native media player in response to the third party media request. The native media request causes the native media player to access content or metadata. Metadata is returned to the third party application if the third party media request requested data. The native media player performs a content operation on the content if the third party media request requested a content operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Lucas Christopher Newman, Charles John Pisula
  • Patent number: 9933993
    Abstract: A system and methods for acquiring cadence and selecting a song version based on the acquired cadence are disclosed. If the system detects a new cadence, then a new song version that corresponds to the new cadence can be played. The new song version playback can start in a corresponding position as the location of playback in a currently-playing song version. Each related song version shares one or more characteristics, such as melody, but is different in at least one characteristic, such as tempo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Sten Garmark, Dariusz Dziuk, Mateo Rando, Angus William Sackfield
  • Patent number: 9880805
    Abstract: A workout music playback device for playing workout music during a workout with given workout parameters by arranging and assembling song segments of original musical recordings in accordance with workout parameters. The device has a media output manager configured to receive said workout parameters and prepare audio output information on arranging a sequence of song segments into an edited song recording. It has an instruction relay module configured to receive said audio output information, and transmit said workout audio output instructions. The device has a media output generator configured to receive said audio output instructions from said instruction relay module, retrieve and assemble said song recording data of said original musical recording from said memory in accordance with said audio output instructions, and transmit a data stream of workout music corresponding to said workout parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Brian Howard Guralnick
  • Patent number: 9875304
    Abstract: A content selection system and method for identifying and organizing moods in content using objectively measured scores for rhythm, texture and pitch (RTP) and clustered into six mood classifications based on an objective analysis of the measured scores. Digitized representations of the content may also be identified and organized based on the content's frequency data, three-dimensional shapes derived from the digitized representations, and colors derived from the frequency data. Each piece of content may be identified by at least a mood shape, but may also be identified by a mood color and/or a mood based on the clustered RTP scores and/or the digitized representation. Users of the selection system may be able to view the moods identified in the different manners, or combinations of two or three mood identifying manners and select and organize content based on the identified moods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: APERTURE INVESTMENTS, LLC
    Inventors: Jacquelyn Fuzell-Casey, Skyler Fuzell-Casey, Timothy D. Casey
  • Patent number: 9837060
    Abstract: A method for stringed instruments' pickup, the method comprising a step of: capturing mechanical vibrations of at least one string; and converting them to a signal representative of a string's current state, the method being characterized in that the capturing comprises the following steps: capturing, using an image capturing device, image frames comprising views of at least one musical instrument's string in a still state; storing the captured image as a reference of a still state; capturing (500), using the image capturing device, image frames comprising views of at least one musical instrument's string in a vibrating state; storing the captured image as a reference of a vibrating state; comparing (520) the still state reference with a vibrating state reference in order to find (530) amplitude of vibrations of each string as well as frequency of each string vibrations based on amplitude height in pixels with reference to the still state and determining a frequency of each vibrating string on the basis of th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: ADVANCED DIGITAL BROADCAST S.A.
    Inventor: Jacek Dobryniewski
  • Patent number: 9823894
    Abstract: A method for controlling an audio output comprises playing a first audio file having a first tempo, measuring a first heart rate of a user, determining whether the first heart rate of the user is greater than a target heart rate, and playing a second audio file having a second tempo, the second tempo is slower than the first tempo, responsive to determining that the first heart rate of the user is greater than the target heart rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Adam T. Bishop, Matthew R. Catalfamo, Al Chakra, Indrajit Viswanath
  • Patent number: 9817551
    Abstract: A method includes uploading a plurality of songs to a server; allowing a first user to listen to a selected song from the plurality on an electronic device, the selected song being transmitted across an electronic network from the server; allowing the first user to record a user-generated stem track using the electronic device, the electronic device being located at the user location; without saving the user-generated stem track, transmitting only the user-generated stem track across the electronic network to the server; storing the user-generated stem track on the server; allowing the first user to select a plurality of other individual user-generated stem tracks from the server and combine the selected user-generated stem tracks to form a user-generated cover song; and transmitting an electronic message to other users who generated the other individual user-generated stem tracks, informing them of the combination of their stem tracks to form the cover song.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Charles Moncavage, Joseph E. Maenner
  • Patent number: 9786294
    Abstract: This disclosure describes architectures and techniques to visually indicate an operational state of an electronic device. In some instances, the electronic device comprises a voice-controlled device configured to interact with a user through voice input and visual output. The voice-controlled device may be positioned in a home environment, such as on a table in a room. The user may interact with the voice-controlled device through speech and the voice-controlled device may perform operations requested by the speech. As the voice-controlled device enters different operational states while interacting with the user, one or more lights of the voice-controlled device may be illuminated to indicate the different operational states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey P. Bezos, Gregory Michael Hart
  • Patent number: 9700759
    Abstract: Athletic performance monitoring and tracking may provide multiple ways in which to track athletic movement and activity. In one example, an athletic monitoring device may include or be associated with multiple types of movement sensors and switch between the sensors or use both depending on various factors including type of workout. Workouts may also be tagged with various parameters including mood, weather, terrain, athletic equipment used and the like. In one or more examples, the parameters may be automatically determined based on location. User workouts and accomplishments may also be celebrated through messages from celebrities, family, friends and other users. In some cases, the messages may be triggered by various conditions. Coaching may also be provided to the user to help improve workouts and overall athletic performance. Running routes may also be automatically tracked, stored and shared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Hoffman, Kwamina Crankson, Jason Nims, Michael L. Orenstein, Kristen L. White
  • Patent number: 9656146
    Abstract: Athletic performance sensing and/or tracking systems include components for measuring or sensing athletic performance data and/or for storing and/or displaying desired information associated with the athletic performance to the user (or others). Such systems can allow users a wide variety of options in creating workouts, selecting and presenting media content during the athletic performance, etc., e.g., to help keep users entertained and motivated. In some instances, user feedback may be used, optionally in combination with objective data relating to a workout, to control features of the workout routine, to control the music or other media content selected and/or presented, and/or to control features of future workout routines and/or the presented media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond W. Riley, Kevin W. Hoffer, William E. Berner, Allan M. Schrock, James A. Niegowski, William F. Rauchholz
  • Patent number: 9656145
    Abstract: Athletic performance sensing and/or tracking systems include components for measuring or sensing athletic performance data and/or for storing and/or displaying desired information associated with the athletic performance to the user (or others). Such systems can allow users a wide variety of options in creating workouts, selecting and presenting media content during the athletic performance, etc., e.g., to help keep users entertained and motivated. In some instances, user feedback may be used, optionally in combination with objective data relating to a workout, to control features of the workout routine, to control the music or other media content selected and/or presented, and/or to control features of future workout routines and/or the presented media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond W. Riley, Kevin W. Hoffer, William E. Berner, Allan M. Schrock, James A. Niegowski, William F. Rauchholz
  • Patent number: 9613605
    Abstract: Methods, systems and devices may automatically determine splice points within a song to alter a length of the song. Possible splice points may be obtained by comparing different portions of the song with each other. After obtaining possible splice points, the song may be shortened by deleting/skipping portions of the song between two paired splice points. Alternatively the song may be lengthened. The altered song may be used with an audio-visual presentation, such as a slide show or commercial, or as a ringtone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: TUNESPLICE, LLC
    Inventor: Paul Brewer
  • Patent number: 9595932
    Abstract: An adaptive music playback system is disclosed. The system includes a composition system that receives information corresponding to user activity levels. The composition system modifies the composition of a song in response to changes in user activity. The modifications are made according to a set of composition rules to facilitate smooth musical transitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Justin Fraga, Levi J. Patton
  • Patent number: 9576566
    Abstract: An electronic bass musical instrument that has the appearance, character and ambiance of a traditional washtub bass where the sounds of the bass are produced electronically by manually pressing an electrically conductive string extending along a neck of the bass against selected electrically conductive contacts arranged at spaced positions along the neck thus sending signals to an electronic control circuit of the instrument, whereby the sounds of the bass are produced electronically, providing vastly improved tonal quality and pitch accuracy to the sounds produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: David Senften
  • Patent number: 9563700
    Abstract: A system for supporting a user's repetitive motion activity operates to manage cadence-based playlists identifying one or more media content items having a tempo corresponding to a user's cadence. The cadence-based playlists can be categorized by different tempi or tempo ranges that cover all likely cadences during the user's activities. A media-playback device is provided to acquire a user's cadence and retrieve a cadence-based playlist associated with a tempo or a tempo range corresponding to the cadence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Spotify AB
    Inventors: Sten Garmark, Dariusz Dziuk, Owen Smith, Lars Christian Olofsson, Nikolaos Toumpelis
  • Patent number: 9526967
    Abstract: Athletic performance monitoring and tracking may provide multiple ways in which to track athletic movement and activity. In one example, an athletic monitoring device may include or be associated with multiple types of movement sensors and switch between the sensors or use both depending on various factors including type of workout. Workouts may also be tagged with various parameters including mood, weather, terrain, athletic equipment used and the like. In one or more examples, the parameters may be automatically determined based on location. User workouts and accomplishments may also be celebrated through messages from celebrities, family, friends and other users. In some cases, the messages may be triggered by various conditions. Coaching may also be provided to the user to help improve workouts and overall athletic performance. Running routes may also be automatically tracked, stored and shared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Hoffman, Kwamina Crankson, Jason Nims, Michael L. Orenstein, Kristen L. White
  • Patent number: 9502017
    Abstract: A digital medium environment includes an audio editing application that remixes an original audio recording to play back over a target duration. An improved audio remixing method implemented by the audio editing application comprises segmenting the original audio recording into individual beats, computing costs for transitioning between different beats of the original audio recording, and creating a remixed audio recording using the transition costs and beats of the original audio recording. As the remixed audio recording is created, transition costs are updated by assigning penalties to transitions as the transitions are inserted into the remix. Using the beats of the original audio recording with updated transition costs ensures that a remix retains a quality and structure of the original audio recording while avoiding repetition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    Inventor: Nico Alexander Becherer
  • Patent number: 9478205
    Abstract: Example methods and systems for determining media files based on activity levels are described. An example method includes receiving information indicative of a first speed of the computing device, and receiving information indicative of a geography of a location of the computing device. The method further includes determining, from a plurality of media files tagged with respective tempo identifiers, a first media file based on the geography of the location of the computing device and also having a tempo that substantially matches to the first speed of the computing device. The method includes providing an indication of the first media file to a media player, and based on a change in the first speed of the computing device to a second speed, determining from the plurality of media files tagged with respective tempo identifiers, a second media file having a tempo that substantially matches to the second speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Angana Ghosh, Marc Stogaitis
  • Patent number: 9460697
    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: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Mixwolf LLC
    Inventor: Michael Yang
  • Patent number: 9449084
    Abstract: A method implemented by a mobile device for music recommendation to a user of the mobile device, the method comprising acquiring one or more measurements from at least one biometric sensor to obtain biometric information of the user, determining a music based at least in part on the biometric information, and recommending the music to the user for playing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Chia-Chin Chong, Jianyu Zhang
  • Patent number: 9424348
    Abstract: Sensor data generated by one or more sensors associated with a digital content playback device can be used to identify that a modification to a current audio content item being supplied to a user by the digital content playback device is indicated. The current audio content item can be modified accordingly. Methods, systems, articles of manufacture and the like are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Rock My World, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Riggs-Zeigen
  • Patent number: 9398390
    Abstract: Systems and methods selectively mix a first and second song together during a live performance. The first song has a plurality of first stems, each having stereo audio that combine to form the audio of the first song. The second song has a plurality of second stems, each having stereo audio that combine to form the audio of the second song. A computer, with memory and a processor, executes machine readable instructions of a multiple channel audio mixing application with stored within the memory. The multiple channel audio mixing application plays and mixes audio of at least one of the first stems with audio of at least one of the second stems. The multiple channel audio mixing application is controlled in real-time during the performance to select the at least one first stem and the at least one second stem for the mixing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Beatport, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Peter Siciliano
  • Patent number: 9305534
    Abstract: An adaptive audio system for a motor vehicle is disclosed. The audio system is operable to retrieve a music item from a storage device, classify the music item in a predefined music category the basis of a determined audio profile, select a category from a plurality of predefined music categories on the basis of a current driving behavior of the driver, and output a music item included in the selected category via an output device. The driving behavior of the driver is understood to mean the mode or style in which the driver drives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Carsten Neitzke, Justus Illium, Torsten Kanning
  • Patent number: 9280961
    Abstract: Apparatus for audio processing comprises: a beat tracking module for identifying beat time instants in an audio signal and a downbeat identifier for identifying downbeats occurring at beat time instants, each downbeat corresponding to the start of a musical bar or measure. A pattern identifier identifies two or more adjacent bars or measures containing musical characteristics which repeat within the audio signal, the pattern identifier being configured to: generate for each downbeat a plurality of scores using respective analysis methods for indicating different characteristics within the audio signal at the downbeat; combine the scores for each downbeat; and identify based on the combined scores non-adjacent downbeats that correspond to the start of a musical pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Antti Johannes Eronen, Jussi Artturi Leppänen, Igor Danilo Diego Curcio
  • Patent number: 9280960
    Abstract: A device is configured to display images of sheet music or electronic sheet music. The device may generate and display an index including markers, locations of markers and series of notes associated with the markers. The device may link directly to a particular image of the sheet music or a particular location in the electronic sheet music using the index. The device may identify musical symbols displayed in the sheet music and generate electronic musical symbols associated with the musical symbols. The device may modify the electronic musical symbols and display the modified electronic musical symbols superimposed over the images of sheet music. The device may generate and output audio using the electronic musical symbols. The device may detect a series of pitches and display the sheet music or electronic sheet music based on a most recent pitch in the series of pitches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Frederick Hughes Clarke
  • Patent number: 9230527
    Abstract: The invention generally pertains to a hand-held computing device. More particularly, the invention pertains to a computing device that is capable of controlling the speed of the music so as to affect the mood and behavior of the user during an activity such as exercise. By way of example, the speed of the music can be controlled to match the pace of the activity (synching the speed of the music to the activity of the user) or alternatively it can be controlled to drive the pace of the activity (increasing or decreasing the speed of the music to encourage a greater or lower pace). One aspect of the invention relates to adjusting the tempo (or some other attribute) of the music being outputted from the computing device. By way of example, a songs tempo may be increased or decreased before or during playing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Bowen
  • Patent number: 9214144
    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: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Mixwolf LLC
    Inventor: Michael Yang
  • Patent number: 9208764
    Abstract: Example methods and systems for determining media files based on activity levels are described. An example method includes receiving information indicative of a first speed of the computing device, and receiving information indicative of a geography of a location of the computing device. The method further includes determining, from a plurality of media files tagged with respective tempo identifiers, a first media file based on the geography of the location of the computing device and also having a tempo that substantially matches to the first speed of the computing device. The method includes providing an indication of the first media file to a media player, and based on a change in the first speed of the computing device to a second speed, determining from the plurality of media files tagged with respective tempo identifiers, a second media file having a tempo that substantially matches to the second speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Angana Ghosh, Marc Stogaitis
  • Patent number: 9142201
    Abstract: A method of providing synchronized content to a user including: (i) an audio recording of a voice reading written language text and an audio recording of one or more pieces of music; (ii) written language text and music notation content, having elements that can be identified, displayed, and highlighted, the elements representing discrete segments of the written language and music notation content, each of the discrete segments having a beginning and end; and (iii) synchronization data marking beginning and end points in the audio recordings for each element. The method is implemented such that a user may play the audio recording of a voice reading the written language text, and the audio recording of the one or more pieces of music according to the EPUB format, and display the written language text and music notation content according to the EPUB format with synchronization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: MakeMusic, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Good, Steve Mills
  • Patent number: 9117376
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a digital musical instrument. The instrument comprises a fretboard and one or more strings extended over the fretboard. The instrument further includes an electric circuit for generating digital signals based on positions associated with contacts of the strings on the fretboard and a transceiver for transmitting the digital signals to a processing device that generates musical notation based on the digital signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Incident Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Idan Beck
  • Publication number: 20150143977
    Abstract: A music tempo calculation system uses a microphone to input ambient music; the input is then processed in real time to display beats per minute (BPM). Input from the microphone is decomposed by a detector into a plurality of digital signals ranging from a most sensitive signal to a least sensitive signal. A software-implemented algorithm is applied to the time between peak music values to determine tempo. BPM is then output to a display to provide feedback to performing musicians regarding tempo. The sensitivity of the detector adjusts automatically to compensate for changes in music volume. In another embodiment, the calculated tempo is used to control motors used to animate toys. Once BPM is known, the moment of an upcoming beat can be anticipated. It then becomes possible to start, stop, and reverse directions of a motor in anticipation of an upcoming beat thereby providing the appearance the animated toy is responding to music beat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Simon B. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9035743
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses, including computer programs encoded on computer readable media, for determining, using a pressure sensor, pressure data comprising a pressure indication and a time indication. A first mood is determined based upon the pressure data and one or more songs are selected based upon the determined first mood. A playlist is modified based upon the selected one or more songs, wherein the modified playlist comprises the selected one or more songs and the modified playlist is played. Song data, based upon the modified playlist, is wirelessly transmitted to a remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: New York University
    Inventors: Mohammed Yaseer Omar, Abdel Razzaq Sami Alsharif, Ramesh Jagannathan
  • Publication number: 20150114208
    Abstract: The aim of the invention is to harmoniously coordinate the tempo and the key (tonality) of a musical work such that the pulse frequency of the downbeats corresponds to the frequency of the fundamental tone. This defines the sound of a musical composition in terms of harmony, which increases the aesthetic attractiveness for the listener, and owing to the resultant resonance, such a musical composition sounds louder, which improves the power consumption, and increases the ergonomics of the performer. A method for adjusting the parameters of a musical composition is proposed, wherein a technical operator is additionally used which inputs data regarding a musical parameter, namely key (tonality) or tempo, into the system, whereupon corresponding data regarding another musical parameter, namely tempo or key, are determined, and output to the technical operator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Sergey Alexandrovich LAPKOVSKY
  • Patent number: 9018508
    Abstract: A sensor obtains an angular rate of a stick member. A sound source map includes plural areas disposed in a virtual space. CPU presumes a direction of a turning axis of the stick member based on the angular rate obtained by the sensor, while a user is operating the stick member, calculates an angular rate of a top of the stick member based on the angular rate obtained by the sensor with the angular rate in the longitudinal direction of the stick member removed, calculates a position of the holding member in the virtual space after a predetermined time, based on the recent direction of the turning axis of the stick member and recent angular rate of the top of the stick member, and sends a sound generating unit a note-on event of a musical tone assigned to an area corresponding to the calculated position among the plural areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiichi Sakurai, Ryutaro Hayashi, Yuji Tabata, Kazutaka Kasuga
  • Patent number: 9006551
    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 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Iwase, Takuro Sone, Mitsuru Fukui