Selecting Circuits Patents (Class 84/615)
  • Patent number: 10311848
    Abstract: An application for operating on a smart phone that records a musician's performance, either voice or instrumental, in combination with pre-recorded music. The combination allows for the auto tuning of the recording, the compression of the recording, the equalization of the recording, adding in reverb, and the audio quantization of the rhythm. Once combined, the song is transmitted to social media and/or to an online store for sale. The user can also make a video with the song. Additional marketing such as song competitions or music reviews and ratings are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Louis Yoelin
  • Patent number: 10261965
    Abstract: Audio generation method, server and storage medium are provided. The method includes obtaining a comparison audio, and performing a theme extraction on the comparison audio to obtain a comparison note sequence, the comparison note sequence comprising comparison note positions, comparison note pitches, and a comparison note duration; obtaining an original audio matching with the comparison audio via audio retrieval, and obtaining an original note sequence corresponding to the original audio by performing a theme extraction on the original audio, the original note sequence comprising original note positions, original note pitches, and an original note duration; calculating theme distances between fragments of the comparison audio and fragments of the original audio according to the comparison note sequence and the original note sequence; and generating an audio by capturing a fragment that is of the original audio and that satisfies the smallest theme distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Hongcheng Fu
  • Patent number: 10186245
    Abstract: A content control device includes: a plurality of controls to which a plurality of parameters for controlling properties of a content containing at least one of sound and video are respectively assigned, each of the plurality of controls outputting a first indicated value in accordance with an operation amount of the control; and a processor configured to previously create setting information used to determine respective values of the plurality of parameters in accordance with the second indicated value; determine the values of the plurality of parameters corresponding to the second indicated value respectively in accordance with the second indicated value and the setting information; and revise each of the values of the parameters to be determined in accordance with the first indicated value outputted for the control assigned to the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Ohta, Taku Ohno
  • Patent number: 10121165
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods that recognize audio queries and select related information to return in response to recognition of the audio queries. The technology disclosed facilitates easy designation of aggregate user experience categories and custom audio references to be recognized. It facilitates linking and returning of selected information in response to recognition of audio queries that match the designated aggregate user experience categories or custom audio references to be recognized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: SoundHound, Inc.
    Inventors: Keyvan Mohajer, Aaron Master
  • Patent number: 10083600
    Abstract: A mobile computing device that is configured to wirelessly transmit audio data to an audio sink device. The mobile computing device has a wired audio input connector that is constructed and arranged to accept input audio data from an audio data source that is directly electrically coupled to the wired audio input connector. The mobile computing device includes circuitry that is configured to route the input audio data to the audio sink by wireless transmission. When input audio data is available from the audio input connector, the circuitry is configured to determine whether to route the audio input data to the audio sink device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Naganagouda Patil, Stephen McDonald
  • Patent number: 10049158
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for identifying events in media content based on user actions with respect to the rendering of such media content. To this end, media content is rendered in a computing device. User actions are obtained relative to a user interaction with the media content item. Such user actions are sent in the form of user behavior reports to at least one server. Each user behavior report indicates the user action and a timestamp associated with the user action, the timestamp indicating a point in the media content item. An application on the server identifies events in the media content based on the information in the behavior reports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeromey R. Goetz
  • Patent number: 9953545
    Abstract: A musical-performance-information transmission method using a first instrument and a second instrument, wherein the first instrument produces sounds in accordance with a user's musical performance and generates musical-performance data in accordance with the produced sounds and the second instrument produces sounds by receiving the musical performance data via a communication means. In the musical-performance-information transmission method, a mixed-sound signal is generated in accordance with a mixture of sounds produced by the first instrument and sounds that are different from the sounds produced by the first instrument, a reference signal is generated in accordance with the sounds produced by the first instrument, and on the basis of the mixed-sound signal and the reference signal, the reference signal is removed from the mixed-sound signal, generating a separated signal, and sound is emitted on the basis of said separated signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kenji Matahira, Haruki Uehara, Akira Maezawa
  • Patent number: 9953624
    Abstract: In some implementations, a computing device can be configured to present a graphical user interface that enables the dynamic authoring of music by a user of the computing device. The computing device can present a grid of cells, where each cell represents a music segment. The cells can be configured to playback the music segment once or playback the music segment in a repeating loop. The user can select (e.g., touch) one or more cells in the grid to cause the corresponding music segment to play. While playing selected cells, the user can provide input selecting various musical effects to apply to the playing music. The user can record a dynamically selected sequence of cells and musical effects to create an original musical product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Robert Baker, Gerhard Lengeling, Alec Little, Patrick Beard, Ole Lagemann, Danny Patterson, Tobias Hermann
  • Patent number: 9946389
    Abstract: The disclosed variable pressure touch system includes an information handling system (IHS) that may take many forms. In one embodiment, the IHS may be a tablet with a touch sensor in the form of a touch sensitive display. A user may apply pressure to the touch sensor with a finger, stylus, or other pointing device. The touch sensor may then generate a current pressure indication of the current pressure exhibited by the touch on the touch sensor. In one embodiment, a touch tool of the IHS may receive the current pressure indication and generate a display image on the display of the IHS that changes as the current pressure indication changes. In other embodiments, the touch tool of the IHS may receive the current pressure indication and generate a visual indicator on the display of the IHS that changes as the current pressure indication changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jennifer L. Milam, Pamela A. Nesbitt
  • Patent number: 9921553
    Abstract: A specification of one of a plurality of controls is accepted, a specification of a plurality of items is accepted with respect to parameters, and among the plurality of controls, a plurality of controls to which parameter items are to be assigned are determined with reference to the control for which the specification is accepted. To each of the determined plurality of controls, one of the plurality of items for which the specification is accepted is assigned, and each of the plurality of controls is made to function as a control for operating the set value of the item assigned to this control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Masaaki Okabayashi
  • Patent number: 9916824
    Abstract: An electronic percussion instrument controller includes a selection input device, a setting input device and a processor. The selection input device is configured to select an instrument which defines a tone that corresponds to a musical performance input device. The setting input device is configured to selectively set a tone lock for the musical performance input device. The processor is programmed to maintain a set tone of the musical performance input device for which the tone lock is set by the setting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hideaki Takehisa
  • Patent number: 9905209
    Abstract: An electronic keyboard musical instrument with a plurality of keys is provided. The electronic keyboard musical instrument comprises a detection sensor configured to detect a gentle key press to an adjacent position that is shallower than and adjacent to a resonant performance position; a computer configured to, when the detection sensor detects a gentle key press to the adjacent position of at least one first key, execute a resonance permission process to give a permission to output a resonant tone of the at least one first key; and a tone emission device configured to, when at least one second key different from the at least one first key and having a resonant relationship with the at least one first key is regularly pressed, emit a regular tone of the at least one second key and the resonant tone of the at least one first key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: KAWAI MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kiyomichi Kushimiya
  • Patent number: 9900720
    Abstract: Audio stems are generated to contain audio content to be mixed by recipient devices. Multiple sets of mixing instructions for multiple audio channel configurations are determined, for example, based on input of audio producers. Each set of mixing instructions is to be used for mixing the audio stems for rendering in a corresponding audio channel configuration. A bitstream is generated to carry both the audio stems and the sets of mixing instructions. A recipient device receives the bitstream as the input. The recipient device determines a specific audio channel configuration to be used for rendering the plurality of audio stems. Based on that determination, a specific set of mixing instructions is retrieved from the bitstream and used to mix the audio stems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignees: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation, Dolby International AB
    Inventors: Michael Grant, Timothy Addy, Michael Hoffmann, Sachin Nanda
  • Patent number: 9842576
    Abstract: For music production, the velocity values with the purpose of creating dynamic percussion in cooperation with a value measuring surface (a touch screen tablet or touch screen phone) has the ability to simulate the tension of a percussion instrument thus tone values are correlated with X, Y values from a measuring surface and dynamics values are measured with velocity, all inclusive, wireless and cooperative with MIDI software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventor: Anthony Giansante
  • Patent number: 9779706
    Abstract: The present disclosure presents a novel approach to automatic transcription of piano music in a context-dependent setting. Embodiments described herein may employ an efficient algorithm for convolutional sparse coding to approximate a music waveform as a summation of piano note waveforms convolved with associated temporal activations. The piano note waveforms may be pre-recorded for a particular piano that is to be transcribed and may optionally be pre-recorded in the specific environment where the piano performance is to be performed. During transcription, the note waveforms may be fixed and associated temporal activations may be estimated and post-processed to obtain the pitch and onset transcription.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignees: University of Rochester, Los Alamos National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Andrea Cogliati, Zhiyao Duan, Brendt Egon Wohlberg
  • Patent number: 9646591
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatuses may be used to determine fretted positions associated with a stringed instrument. Stringed instruments may be used for interfacing with at least one musical synthesizer interface. A specially-modified stringed musical instrument or system applied to a stringed musical instrument may be used to determine where a guitarist is pressing guitar strings against guitar frets (e.g., ‘stopped positions’ or ‘fretted positions’) without resorting to sending electrical current down the strings or having segmented frets. Special techniques may be used to determine when a pluck of a string occurs. A guitarist may be allowed to play a guitar in a normal manner and control a musical synthesizer or other sound generating device with the same level of predictability that keyboard players have enjoyed for years.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Leroy Daniel Young
  • Patent number: 9639606
    Abstract: A host computing device includes a communication subsystem for communicatively coupling the host computing device to one or more user computing devices. The host computing device includes a logic subsystem and a storage subsystem containing instructions executable by the logic subsystem to send a musical soundtrack matching graphical user interface to the one or more user computing devices. The musical soundtrack matching graphical user interface comprises a plurality of user-selectable musical arc descriptor selectors configured to receive input of a user-selected musical arc descriptor selection, wherein each of the user-selectable musical arc descriptor selectors corresponds to a different one of a plurality of musical arc characteristics. The musical soundtrack graphical user interface further includes a results region displaying one or more musical tracks that embody the user-selected musical arc descriptor selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Marmoset, LLC
    Inventors: Justin DeMers, Ryan Matthew Wines
  • Patent number: 9619025
    Abstract: A method and system for operating a mobile device according to a rate of change of a touch area are provided. The system includes a touch screen for creating a touch event according to a touch and a controller. The controller detects the rate of change of the touch area, according to information of a location where the touch event occurred and the occurrence of the touch event. The controller performs a function linked to the touch event detected location, by varying a property of the function according to the rate of change of the touch area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Byoung Hyun Lim
  • Patent number: 9600114
    Abstract: The disclosed variable pressure touch system includes an information handling system (IHS) that may take many forms. In one embodiment, the IHS may be a tablet with a touch sensor in the form of a touch sensitive display. A user may apply pressure to the touch sensor with a finger, stylus, or other pointing device. The touch sensor may then generate a current pressure indication of the current pressure exhibited by the touch on the touch sensor. In one embodiment, a touch tool of the IHS may receive the current pressure indication and generate a display image on the display of the IHS that changes as the current pressure indication changes. In other embodiments, the touch tool of the IHS may receive the current pressure indication and generate a visual indicator on the display of the IHS that changes as the current pressure indication changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jennifer L Milam, Pamela A Nesbitt
  • Patent number: 9602619
    Abstract: Ordering of digital content based on a content model is presented. A user request for digital content is received. A content playing model is selected from a plurality of content prefetching models. The content playing model is used for playing a plurality of portions of the digital content. The content playing models are generated based on prior history associated with the digital content. A play sequence for the digital content is generated based on the selected content playing model. The plurality of portions can be obtained using the play sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Mohamed S. Eldawy
  • Patent number: 9596314
    Abstract: Ordering of digital content based on models is presented. A user request for digital content is received. A content prefetching model is selected from a plurality of content prefetching models. The content prefetching model is used for prefetching a plurality of portions of the digital content. The content prefetching models are generated based on prior history associated with the digital content. A prefetch sequence for the digital content is generated based on the selected content prefetching model. The plurality of portions can be obtained using the prefetch sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: GOOGLE INC.
    Inventor: Mohamed S. Eldawy
  • Patent number: 9584432
    Abstract: A method of processing first and second record packets of real-time information includes computing for each packet a deadline interval and ordering processing of the packets according to the respective deadline intervals. A single-chip integrated circuit has a processor circuit and embedded electronic instructions forming an egress packet control establishing an egress scheduling list structure and operations in the processor circuit that extract a packet deadline intervals, place packets in the egress scheduling list according to deadline intervals; and embed a decoder that decodes the packets according to a priority depending to their deadline intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Andrew W. Welin
  • Patent number: 9542916
    Abstract: A user designates any one of a plurality of types of key ranges via a key range designating switch and designates, for example via a keyboard, a desired key position to be set as a boundary of the designated key range. In response to such user's operations, an actual key range of the designated key range is determined in accordance with the designated boundary key position, and the keyboard is set in a divided usage state, where the keyboard is usable divided in a plurality of key ranges, on the basis of the determined actual key range. For example, once a left (low-pitch-side) key range is designated, the designated boundary key position defines the upper limit of the left key range, while, once a right (high-pitch-side) key range is designated, the designated boundary key position defines the lower limit of the right key range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Maruyam
  • Patent number: 9501098
    Abstract: An interface controlling apparatus and method using a force may generate content control information by analyzing force input information received from at least one force sensor, and may control content based on the content control information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Bho Ram Lee, Joon Ah Park, Hyun Jeong Lee, Soo Chul Lim, Hyung Kew Lee, Seung Ju Han
  • Patent number: 9495074
    Abstract: An example information processing device includes: a selection unit that selects a predetermined number of contents including at least one of first contents available at an information processing device and at least one of second contents usable with restriction; a display controller that displays objects each corresponding to a content included in the selected at least one of first contents and the selected at least one of second contents; and an execution unit that executes a processing corresponding to an object included in the displayed objects in response to designation of the object by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hisashi Nogami, Kiyoshi Mizuki, Ryota Oiwa, Ichiro Suzuki, Wataru Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9449646
    Abstract: Methods and systems for media file management are provided. A music file including music samples is provided. The music file is analyzed to calculate a gain for each music sample. At least one valley point is detected based on the gains of the respective music samples. A first and a second specific valley points are selected from the detected valley point, and respectively setting the first and second specific valley points as a start and an end of a music segmentation. Media data is generated for media files in the electronic device based on the music segmentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: HTC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jing-Lung Wu, Hsin-Ti Chueh, Jenn-Wein Wu, Lo-Chien Lee, Wen-Yuan Chen
  • Patent number: 9424826
    Abstract: A method represents musical scales by means of tiles, including pentatonic scales (arbitrary scales with five notes per octave), heptatonic scales (arbitrary scales with seven notes per octave), Major blues and Minor blues scales (specific scales with six notes per octave). An electronic musical device has an interface that uses this representation. The device uses a multi-touch interface with or without strings, which allows the musician to concentrate on the melodic line only, making it easier to improvise and perform music composed in one of the scales. The representation differs from the traditional interfaces on string instruments (such as a guitar) in that only the notes of a given scale (with five, six or seven notes per octave) can be played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: ASSOCIACAO INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE MATEMATICA PURA E APLICADA
    Inventors: Luiz Carlos Pacheco Rodrigues Velho, Marcelo Cicconet, Paulo Cezar Pinto Carvalho
  • Patent number: 9384720
    Abstract: Dampers provided in corresponding relation to a plurality of keys are each controlled in response to both an operation of a pedal and an operation of the corresponding key. One half region or half point is determined based on a plurality of half pedal regions or half pedal points, in a stroke of the pedal, specific to the individual dampers. Performance data instructing a pedal operation is generated and recorded on the basis of a stroke position detected in response to a pedal operation and the determined one half region or half point. For each of the keys, a key-damper half region or key-damper half point in a stroke of the key is identified in advance. Performance data instructing key operations is generated and recorded on the basis of the key-damper half regions or key-damper half points specific to the keys and stroke positions detected in response to key operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yasuhiko Oba, Yuji Fujiwara
  • Patent number: 9384275
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for building an implicit music recommendation is presented. Listening habits and selections of a recommender are monitored. A determination that the recommender has repeatedly listened to a particular music selection is made. A recommendation is generated for the repeated music selection. The recommendation is transmitted to one or more recipients on behalf of the recommender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Palo Alto Research Center Incorporated
    Inventor: Mark Jeffrey Stefik
  • Patent number: 9330649
    Abstract: Systems and methods for selecting audio samples in response to musical stimuli are provided. In some embodiments, an audio sample can be selected based on the excitation state of an instrument. A musical stimulus can be received, and a current excitation level associated with previously received musical stimuli calculated. An audio sample can be selected for playback using the current excitation level. In some embodiments, audio samples having different velocity levels can be selected in response to repeated musical stimuli. A first instance of a musical stimulus having a first velocity level can be received, and a first audio sample corresponding to the first velocity level played back. A second instance of the musical stimulus having the first velocity level can be received, and a second audio sample corresponding to a second velocity level can be selected for playback. The first and second audio samples can have different audio characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christoph Buskies, Matthias Gros
  • Patent number: 9311309
    Abstract: A method of operating an entertainment system includes computer-implemented steps including accessing a source of audio/video content. The source is capable of providing a plurality of media items. The media items are analyzed to thereby determine a corresponding classification for each of the items. A visual representation of each of the classifications is provided on a display of the entertainment system. One of the classifications being selected by a user is sensed. In response to the sensing, one of the media items corresponding to the selected classification is played, and/or the user is offered a choice among a plurality of the media items corresponding to the selected classification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Faenger, Zhongnan Shen
  • Patent number: 9311824
    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 components that include a processor, an input device, a database, a transformation module, an emulation recording module, an integration engine, an output module, and an output device, wherein each component is operable in itself to perform it's function in the system and operable with other system components to provide a system to a listener of music.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: JAMMIT, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Humphrey
  • Patent number: 9280962
    Abstract: Provided is a sound preview device including, in an electronic musical instrument which includes a keyboard 2 and an operation button 1 to perform tone selection or a sound setting and in which tone selection or a sound setting corresponding to a key is performed in advance by pressing the operation button 1 while pressing one of the keys in the keyboard 2, a changed state recognizing unit 3 that recognizes from a pressed key a changed state of tone selection or a sound setting determined corresponding to the key in advance, a phrase storing unit 4 in which phrases of sounds by which an influence of the changed state is easily known are stored in plural numbers according to the changed state, and a sound emitting unit 5 that emits a phrase corresponding to the changed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: KAWAI MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS MANUFACTURING CO., LTD
    Inventors: Kohtaro Ilimura, Sachie Ilimura
  • Patent number: 9269340
    Abstract: A wireless sensor network for musical instruments is provided that will allow a musician to communicate natural performance gestures (orientation, pressure, tilt, etc) to a computer. User interfaces and computing modules are also provided that enable a user to utilize the data communicated by the wireless sensor network to supplement and/or augment the artistic expression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: University of Florida Research Foundation, Incorporated
    Inventor: Chester James Udell, III
  • Patent number: 9269090
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing indications regarding recommended content may include a processor. The processor may be configured to receive an indication of a recommended content item, determine a recommendation criteria associated with the recommended content item, select a graphical symbol for presentation in association with the recommended content item in which the graphical symbol is indicative of the recommendation criteria associated with the recommended content item, and provide for display of the graphical symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Arto Juhani Lehtiniemi, Antti Eronen, Jukka Antero Holm
  • Patent number: 9244586
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for providing enhanced user interfaces and functionalities for internet radio applications are presented. In some embodiments, a computer system may provide a user interface that includes one or more regions configured to control playback of an internet radio station. The computer system then may determine, based on music purchase history associated with a user account, whether a selected song associated with the internet radio station has been previously purchased. In response to determining that the selected song has not been previously purchased, the computer system may display a user-selectable control that enables the selected song to be purchased. On the other hand, in response to determining that the selected song has been previously purchased, the computer system may display a user-selectable control that enables the selected song to be downloaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: William Bachman, Imran Chaudhri, Jeffrey L. Robbin, Policarpo B. Wood, Elbert D. Chen
  • Patent number: 9159325
    Abstract: System and methods for audio editing are provided. In one implementation, a computer-implemented method is provided. The computer-implemented method includes presenting a visual representation of digital audio data as a frequency spectrum including a first visual region corresponding to a first time period and a first frequency range in the digital audio data. A first user input identifies a second visual region within the first visual region and corresponding to a second time period and a second frequency range. A second user input specifies one or more frequency modifications to the second visual region. The second time period and the second frequency range corresponding to the second visual region are modified creating a modified second visual region. The modified second visual region is mixed into the first visual region creating edited digital audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Peter Green
  • Patent number: 9142202
    Abstract: An electronic percussion pad includes a pad layer and a holding layer that holds this pad layer from a back surface thereof, in which the pad layer is formed of polyurethane foam laminated on a front surface of the holding layer. This pad layer is directly bonded to the holding layer by allowing a polyurethane foam composition, which is supplied to one surface of the holding layer, to foam and be cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Tomoya Miyata
  • Patent number: 9126094
    Abstract: An electronic track baton device having fully cooperating functions for a plurality of users, including split timing, magnetometer, speedometer, pedometer, accelerometer, heart rate monitor, stride measure, multi-user timer, audio feedback, EPROM, RFID, gyroscope, GUI, capacitive sensors, a speaker/microphone, a clock, a USB port, a WiFi, and a Bluetooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Inventor: Donnell A. Davis
  • Patent number: 9128961
    Abstract: In general, the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products for loading media files to a mobile computing device. A media library that includes media files is stored at a server system. Information indicating a present state of the mobile device is accessed, where the present state is based on the device being at a geographical location at a present time. Information indicating a previous state of the mobile device is accessed, where the previous state is based on the device being at a previous geographical location at a previous time. A selection of preferred media files are accessed based on the present state and the previous state. A selection of a subset of media files are accessed based on the preferred media files. At least a portion of each media file in the subset is transmitted to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: David L. Sparks
  • Patent number: 9117431
    Abstract: An electronic device adapter for storing and mounting a computer application device such as a smart phone or a personal computer comprises a guitar body and an adapter which enables a user to play the guitar in a wired or wireless manner while accessing music applications, adjusting sound levels, and downloading music. The computer application device is positioned and secured upon the rear surface of the guitar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Michael D. Rudes
  • Patent number: 9099013
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for representing musical scales by means of tiles, including pentatonic scales (arbitrary scales with five notes per octave), heptatonic scales (arbitrary scales with seven notes per octave). Major blues and Minor blues scales (specific scales with six notes per octave), and to an electronic musical device with an interface that uses this representation. More specifically, the device uses a multi-touch interface with or without strings which allows the musician to concentrate on the melodic line only, making it easier to improvise and perform music composed in one of said scales. The representation differs from the traditional interfaces on string instruments (such as a guitar) in that only the notes of a given scale (with five, six or seven notes per octave) can be played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: ASSOCIACAO INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE MATEMATICA PURA E APLICADA
    Inventors: Luiz Carlos Pacheco Rodrigues Velho, Marcelo Cicconet, Paulo Cezar Pinto Carvalho
  • Patent number: 9083938
    Abstract: A media player enables insertion of advertising content during playback of received content. This facilitates targeted product placement, advertisements, and the like. The media player identifies an advertising insertion event, which may be based on a viewer profile. Upon identification of an advertising insertion event, the media player varies playback of the received content to add advertising information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: Gary Zalewski
  • Patent number: 9081780
    Abstract: A system and method for assigning user preference settings for fields in a category using selected settings for only a subset of the media category fields is disclosed. A subset of fields for a media category is defined. A base setting for each field in the subset of the category fields is established. The base setting may be a weight or preference value. The base setting may be established by the user selecting a base setting or may be a default base setting. Once a user selects the settings for the subset of category fields, a set weight for the fields in the category not in the subset is determined using the base setting. That is possible because the fields in the subset of category fields are chosen from fields that contain aspects and attributes of the other fields.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Abo Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Hugh Svendsen, Waymen Askey
  • Patent number: 9071871
    Abstract: A method of associating metadata with digital content items is provided. The method includes determining portions of a digital content item containing content meriting associating of preexisting or dynamically-determined metadata information, associating such preexisting or dynamically-determined metadata with selected portions of the digital content item via application of tags to the selected portions, and controlling, during a dynamically unfolding time interval definable via timestamps, subsequent consumption of the digital content item based on the intermittent presence of tags.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Porter, Charlie Nilsson, Ryan Andrew Powell
  • Patent number: 9040798
    Abstract: An inflatable electronic drum set includes an inflatable bladder, which when inflated, forms a three-dimensional outer configuration of a combination of a drum set and including multiple structural sections of drums and cymbals. The interior is filled up with air and each drum surface or cymbal surface is provided with a pressure detection film, so that through settings made with a control module, when a drummer hits, a corresponding drum sound or cymbal sound is generated. The inflated music instruments are set at positions corresponding to those of a traditional drum set. Due to high resiliency and flexibility, percussion can be made with perfect hand perception and no concern about collision and tumbling may be caused. Another advantage is that the sound volume can be adjusted. In addition, after air is completely discharged, the drum set can be stowed in a very limited space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Tien-Hwa Ho
  • Patent number: 9040804
    Abstract: An electronic stringed instrument has a bridge section attached to one end portion of each of a plurality of conductive strings; a string touch sensor detecting a pitch when the strings are respectively pressed against and conducted to a plurality of conductive metal frets; bridge saddles and insulation tubes, which insulate the strings from the bridge section; and electrically conductive tubes, serving as connection sections, respectively connected and conducted to the strings. While holding a string with a finger, the same string can be picked, and the string pushed by the finger can be pressed against the metal fret. Accordingly, the string can be operated without a sense of incongruity. Because the strings and the bridge section can be insulated even when the bridge section is formed of metal, musical sound information can be precisely and reliably detected, and a favorable musical performance can be achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuya Dejima
  • Patent number: 9040803
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for the creation and playback of music and/or sound, so that sound sequences are generated that vary from one playback to another playback. In one embodiment, during composition creation, artist(s) may define how the composition may vary from playback to playback using visually interactive display(s). The artist's definition may be embedded into a composition dataset. During playback, a composition data set may be processed by a playback device and/or a playback program, so that each time the composition is played-back a unique version may be generated. Variability during playback may include: the variable selection of alternative sound segment(s); variable editing of sound segment(s) during playback processing; variable placement of sound segment(s) during playback processing; the spawning of group(s) of alternative sound segments from initiating sound segment(s); and the combining and/or mixing of alternative sound segments in one or more sound channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: James W. Wieder
  • Patent number: 9040806
    Abstract: A multi-channel noise reduction system provides improved noise reduction with direct instrument tracking of all channels. In a two channel noise reduction system, both channels detect and track the input level and dynamic range of the guitar directly with one channel of dynamic noise reduction between the guitar and the input of a guitar amplifier to eliminate the noise of the instrument and another channel of noise reduction connected in the effects loop of the guitar amplifier. Multiple channels of noise reduction can be implemented with separated threshold controls and with low level expansion and dynamic filtering being combined so as to detect and track the input level and dynamic range of the guitar directly. A buffer amplifier can be used to feed the direct guitar signal to the detectors of the noise reduction system and the input of a stereo guitar system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: James K. Waller, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9035163
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods that recognize audio queries and select related information to return in response to recognition of the audio queries. The technology disclosed facilitates easy designation of aggregate user experience categories and custom audio references to be recognized. It facilitates linking and return of selected information in response to recognition of audio queries that match the designated aggregate user experience categories or custom audio references to be recognized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Soundbound, Inc.
    Inventors: Keyvan Mohajer, Aaron Master