Expression Or Special Effects (e.g., Force Or Velocity Responsive, Etc.) Patents (Class 84/626)
  • Patent number: 9824670
    Abstract: A musical instrument activity monitoring system having a tracking and monitoring assembly including a microcontroller with non-volatile memory, an accelerometer, at least one sensor, and an antenna each in communication with the microcontroller, a power source, and a coupler. In-use parameters of musical instrument activity is tracked and monitored by the tracking and monitoring assembly. The microcontroller with non-volatile memory stores data. The data relates to values and timestamps retrieved from use of the at least one musical instrument and environmental conditions at least one musical instrument is in to analyze performance of the at least one musical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Shannon Pahl, Earl Goedvolk, Dawn Pahl
  • Patent number: 9685147
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for detecting actuation of a deflectable transmitter component, comprising the steps of: recording (20) a measured value (U) corresponding to a deflection of the deflectable transmitter component; comparing (30) the measured value (U) with a predefined threshold value (Us); if a result of the comparison (30) is that a predefined condition has been satisfied (34): storing the measured value (U) as a first measured value (U1); allowing (40) a predefined time difference (?t) to elapse; recording (50) a second measured value (UM) corresponding to a deflection of the transmitter component; and calculating (60) a value representing the actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Jürgen Scriba
  • Patent number: 9653055
    Abstract: A vibrato tailpiece system for a stringed instrument includes a tailpiece, a vibrato bar operable with the tailpiece and having an end portion rotatable about an axis of rotation, and a magnet attached to the end portion of the vibrato bar. A sensor chip is spaced from the magnet by a gap sufficiently small to enable the sensor chip to detect a change in the magnetic field due to a rotation of the vibrato bar. The sensor chip outputs a control signal based on the change in the magnetic field. A sensor circuit uses the control signal from the sensor chip to adjust or modify the pickup output signal based on the position of the vibrato bar and deliver an adjusted output signal to an output connector of the stringed instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Steven B. Savage, Harris Flaum
  • Patent number: 9560440
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for detecting the location of a moving body. The apparatus may include a speaker configured to intermittently generate a pulse signal to a detection space and a microphone array configured to obtain a reflected sound of the pulse signal that is generated in the detection space. The location of a moving body is estimated by extracting a change of a sound field from the reflected sound. The present invention can be applied to an apparatus for detecting a moving body without any side effect because the location of a moving body can be accurately detected up to an angle and distance. Furthermore, the present invention can be applied to various application apparatuses, such as a lighting apparatus, an air conditioning apparatus, a security apparatus, and a parking lot management apparatus because there is no problem in health and there is no side effect in application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: GWANGJU INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Se-Myung Wang, Kihyun Kim, Homin Ryu
  • Patent number: 9529566
    Abstract: An audio/visual system (e.g., such as an entertainment console or other computing device) plays a base audio track, such as a portion of a pre-recorded song or notes from one or more instruments. Using a depth camera or other sensor, the system automatically detects that a user (or a portion of the user) enters a first collision volume of a plurality of collision volumes. Each collision volume of the plurality of collision volumes is associated with a different audio stem. In one example, an audio stem is a sound from a subset of instruments playing a song, a portion of a vocal track for a song, or notes from one or more instruments. In response to automatically detecting that the user (or a portion of the user) entered the first collision volume, the appropriate audio stem associated with the first collision volume is added to the base audio track or removed from the base audio track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Flaks, Rudy Jacobus Poot, Alex Aben-Athar Kipman, Chris Miles, Andrew John Fuller, Jeffrey Neil Margolis
  • Patent number: 9418635
    Abstract: A heater system for the mouthpiece of a musical brass instrument includes a heater element and a heat sensor, both in thermal proximity to the mouthpiece, closed-loop electronic circuitry coupled to the heater element and heat sensor, and a battery power source. The musician playing the mouthpiece uses a control to adjust desired mouthpiece temperature. The circuitry compares musician adjusted temperature to heat sensor detected mouthpiece temperature and controls electrical current through the heater element to adjust mouthpiece temperature as required. The heater system preferably fits within a cylindrical-shaped housing having a central opening through which the mouthpiece fits. In practice the mouthpiece is removed from the instrument leadpipe, is passed through the central opening of the housing, and reinserted into the leadpipe. A battery supply may be attached to the instrument to couple battery operating power through a cable to the circular housing and components within.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventor: Donald Bedlington
  • Patent number: 9135903
    Abstract: When a key depression speed and a key release speed of a key is to be detected based on a value of a counter (44) which accumulates a value every time the key passes through key switches (SW1, SW2), a number of digits of data indicating the key depression speed, a unit of the data being a bit and a number of digits of data indicating the key release speed, a unit of the data being a bit, are made the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA KAWAI GAKKI SEISAKUSH O
    Inventor: Seiji Okamoto
  • 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: 9006552
    Abstract: Provided are an effect device and method to receive an input tone signal based on vibrations of a stringed instrument. A pitch is determined. Parameters specifying filter characteristics are determined from the pitch. The determined parameters are set in at least one filter. The input tone signal is passed into the at least one filter set with the determined parameters to produce a filter output signal that is used to generate an output signal for feedback performance produced through a speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventor: Yasuhiro Fukuda
  • Publication number: 20150090101
    Abstract: Provided is a sound source control information generating apparatus, adapted for performing slapping techniques. According to the present invention, information based on an output value of a first sensor that detects striking on the housing is stored in a memory means. If striking on the struck head of a percussion instrument is detected based on an output value of a second sensor that detects striking on the struck head, whether an output value equal to or greater than a predetermined value is obtained from the first sensor in a predetermined time interval before a timing of detecting the striking on the struck head is determined based on the information stored in the memory means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: RYO TAKASAKI
  • Patent number: 8981198
    Abstract: A stringed instrument includes a body, a string, a string exciting device and a bridge. The body supports the string, the string exciting device and the bridge. The string has a scale length determined by a distance between a first support point and a second support point. The string exciting device is designed to be driven by an electrical signal having a certain frequency and vibrate the string by applying an excitation signal having a frequency corresponding to the frequency of the electrical signal. The bridge has the first support point and a surface located between the first support point and the second support point and designed to come into contact with the string during vibration of the string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Toru Nakatani
  • Publication number: 20150013531
    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: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Christoph Buskies, Matthias Gros
  • Patent number: 8933314
    Abstract: We describe a musical effect device comprising drive electronics to drive a first tuned resonant circuit at a resonant frequency, a moveable mechanical control associated with a second, passive tuned resonant circuit and read-out electronics coupled to the first tuned resonant circuit to sense a position of the control. A first frequency of resonance of the first tuned resonant circuit matches a second frequency of resonance of the second, passive tuned circuit, and the first and second frequency resonance match a resonant frequency of the drive signal. The first tuned resonant circuit has an input coupled to the drive electronics, an output coupled to the read-out electronics and a resonant LC circuit coupled in series between the input and output. The variable output signal is dependent on an amplitude of a signal at the output of the first tuned resonant circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Sonuus Limited
    Inventors: James Hastings Clark, Morag E. Clark, John M. McAuliffe
  • Patent number: 8901408
    Abstract: An electronic musical instrument has a front side, back side, right side, and left side with respect to a perspective of a performer of the musical instrument, and comprises: a planar surface having a first speaker positioned on the front side and the left side, a second speaker positioned on the front side and the right side, and a third speaker positioned on the back side; a first localized sound processing section receives left and right channel signals of tone signals assigned as first localized sounds and produces sound signals to the first speaker, the second speaker and the third speaker to form a first sound image; and a second localized sound processing section receives left and right channel signals of tone signals assigned as second localized sounds and produces sound signals to the first speaker, the second speaker and the third speaker to form a second sound image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventor: Tadashi Nakayama
  • Patent number: 8896458
    Abstract: This method of converting a displacement of a magnetic object into a signal directly perceptible by a human being, comprises: —the acquisition (32) of a temporal succession of measurements of a magnetic field modified by the displacements of the object during a sliding time window of predetermined duration, —the construction (34) on the basis of this acquired temporal succession of measurements of several signals each representing a characteristic of the measured magnetic field dependent on a corresponding characteristic of the displacement of the object, and —the adjustment (50) of several parameters of the directly perceptible signal as a function of the signals so as to render these characteristics directly perceptible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'energie atomique et aux energies alternatives
    Inventors: Jerome Doutaz, Roland Blanpain, Viviane Cattin
  • Patent number: 8895831
    Abstract: An electronic piano includes a tone signal synthesizing system implemented by software, keys and key sensors monitoring the keys and reporting the key positions to the tone signal synthesizing system, and the tone signal synthesizing system includes damper model calculating modules for determining resistance against vibrations of wires of an a piano, a hammer model calculating module for determining force exerted on the wires, string model calculating modules for determining force exerted on an instrument body of the piano by the wires on the basis of the resistance and force exerted on the wires, an instrument body model calculating module for determining displacements of instrument body on the basis of the force exerted on the instrument body and an air model calculating module for determining a sound pressure at an observation point from the displacement of instrument body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Tominaga
  • Publication number: 20140311322
    Abstract: The object of the present invention concerns a control device (100) for a generation module (GM) of sound effects (EFA, EFB) of a musical instrument (MI), such device comprising computer software configured for: —the capture, using a digital camera (10), of at least one digital image (I) comprising at least one portion of the user's (U) face; —processing of such at least one image (I) to define expression data (D_EXi, i being a positive integer) containing information relating to facial expressions (EXa, EXb) of the user (U); —an analysis of such expression data (D_EXi) using a predefined first database (DB1) to determine a sound effect data (D_EFj, j being a positive integer) containing information relating to at least one sound effect (EFA, EFB) corresponding to the facial expression (EXa, EXb) of the user (U).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Baptiste DE LA GORCE
  • Patent number: 8859876
    Abstract: Multi-channel audio signal processing systems and techniques are provided for electronic instruments having multiple and distinct output channels. Such systems may be used in conjunction with instruments comprising multiple vibrating elements, each with a dedicated signal output. Each received audio signal channel may be directed to a dedicated or shared signal processor for variably changing selected attributes of pitch, timing, timbre, and amplitude in ways that are unique for each signal. Signal processors may be shared using an allocating mixer, allocating switch, or both. An output mixer may be used to mix signal processor output signals into one or more outgoing mixed audio signals. Signal processors, mixers, and switches may be configured by stored program control and controlled in real-time. Real-time pitch variations can be used to change the pitch organization of fixed-pitch vibrating elements within an electronic musical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Lester F. Ludwig
  • Publication number: 20140298975
    Abstract: A system for using body motion capture for musical performances. A motion detection camera captures a series of body movements which are assigned to begin one of more songs, to activate musical filters, and to active sound effects. Once the movements are captured and assignment, the user begins the performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Kevin Clark
  • Publication number: 20140260916
    Abstract: A percussion electronic device allows a percussionist to learn, through electronic feedback, the correct playing of the right or left hand. The percussion device could be struck by the percussion player on the right or left side of the pad. Alternatively, the percussion device can connect to a visual detector to detect motions of the user's left and right hands. Computer software may display written music or instructions of what hand to play at what time and the percussion device would input the performance of the percussionist into the computer, designating which inputs were from the right hand/side and which inputs were from the left hand/side. Optionally, foot sensors can be used to detect movement of the left and right feet to assist in teaching of instruments such as a drum set where the feet may control operation of instruments such as a bass drum and hi-hat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Samuel James Oppel
  • Patent number: 8822802
    Abstract: A guitar amplifier system is disclosed. Specific implementations for the guitar amplifier system may comprise an audio input for an audio signal, a preamplifier coupled to the audio input, a tone control element coupled to the preamplifier, a power amplifier coupled to the tone control element, and an audio output coupled to the power amplifier. In an implementation, the tone control may be configured to control at least one of sound equalization, compression distortion, chorus or reverb. In an implementation, at least one of the preamplifier and the power amplifier may comprise at least one distortion multiplier circuit. The distortion multiplier circuit may comprise an audio signal multiplier configured to amplify an audio signal and output an amplified audio signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: James Mark McGillivary
  • Patent number: 8785759
    Abstract: An electric keyboard musical instrument 10 includes: keys 32; third switches 36 that detect that the keys 32 are pressed down to a position x3; various switches 12 to 15 that receive a selection of a kind of tone; and a CPU 21 that executes generating a sound with a tone of the kind received by various switches 12 to 15 in response to the third switch 36 detecting that a key 32 is pressed down to a position x3. The CPU 21 changes a time from when the third switch 36 detects that a key 32 is pressed down to position x3 until sound generation is executed, according to a kind of tone received through the various switches 12 to 15.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Iwase, Tomomi Notsu
  • Patent number: 8754316
    Abstract: A string signal generator generates a string signal representing vibration of a string corresponding to a specified pitch in response to a note-on instruction such that the string signal rises and then attenuates in response to a note-off instruction. The string signal generator distributes the generated string signal to a plurality of loop circuits of a string resonance simulator. The plurality of the loop circuits correspond to a plurality of pitches and circulate resonant signals of the corresponding pitches, each loop circuit having a delay element for delaying the resonant signal by a time depending on the corresponding pitch, and an attenuation element for variably attenuating the resonant signal according to an attenuation coefficient. A controller respectively provides attenuation coefficients to the attenuation elements in the plurality of the loop circuits based on the note-on instruction, the note-off instruction, a damper-pedal-on instruction, and a damper-pedal-off instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Shimizu
  • Publication number: 20140150630
    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: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: Gison Guitar Corp.
    Inventor: Henry E. Juszkiewicz
  • Patent number: 8735710
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic stringed instrument comprising: a pickup that detects vibration of a string; a feedback operator used to select a level of feedback effect; a feedback control device that controls to add a feedback effect to a tone signal based on the vibration of the string detected by the string vibration detection device and based on the selected level of feedback effect from the feedback operator; and an output device that outputs the tone signal to which the feedback effect is added by the feedback control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventor: Toshio Yamabata
  • Publication number: 20140123838
    Abstract: This invention introduces several methods, apparatus, and systems for controlling musician audio effects or musical instruments wirelessly from the performer's footwear. In one embodiment, the performer's foot motions are monitored using a motion detection device and compared against a set of criteria by a microprocessor to activate or deactivate one or more audio effects. Once the foot controller is activated, a radio transmits either data from the motion detection device (or sampled foot pressure from an optional pressure sensor in the footwear) for used by the Base Unit to modulate one or more audio effect. In addition, effect activation can occur through gesture recognition (remotely) or on the Base Unit (locally). Tactile feedback is provided in the footwear as a means to confirm system status changes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: John Robert D'Amours
  • Patent number: 8710345
    Abstract: A performance apparatus prevents a player's unintentional motion from being detected as a playing, thereby generating no sound, when the player plays a virtual musical instrument. The performance apparatus has a player operated stick, a ROM for storing layout information, which correlates plural areas set on a virtual plane to tone colors, respectively, an image sensor for continuously taking pickup images of a subject including the stick, and a CPU for calculating a difference image between a first pickup image and a second pickup image taken prior to the first pickup image and for detecting an operating position of the stick based on the difference image. A CPU refers to the ROM to specify a tone color correlated to the area corresponding to the operating position detected by the CPU. And a sound source generates a tone of the tone color specified by the CPU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuji Tabata
  • Patent number: 8697976
    Abstract: Each parameter is provided with increase/decrease switches and a slider. In a case where a user desires seamless rough control of the value of a target parameter, the user is to use the slider. In a case where the user desires easy control of the value of the parameter with the smallest unit of the resolution, the user is to use the increase/decrease switches. Since the slider specifies a parameter value in accordance with the position of the manipulated slider, the range within which the parameter value can change is determined on the basis of the current parameter value and the maximum value and the minimum value of the parameter. Because the increase/decrease switch increases/decreases a parameter value by “1” at each manipulation, the range within which the parameter value can change by a single manipulation of the increase/decrease switch is “±1”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Maruyama
  • Patent number: 8697977
    Abstract: This display is a light-emitting display that is capable of creating unique and/or pleasing visual effects. It incorporates a light-emitting diode (LED) display into a sound-generating portion of a sound-generating system. The two are interactive with each other. The idea behind this product line is to create a circuit that “listens” to the music that is being played, and then changes the output state of several lights or LEDs based on the pulses that are being generated by the music. The lights or LEDs would be embedded directly into the musical instrument or speaker cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventors: Travis Lysaght, Richard Lysaght
  • Patent number: 8692101
    Abstract: Disclosed is a stringed instrument that includes a plurality of strings and a pickup to which each of the plurality of strings is respectively coupled that is connectable to a computer to implement DSP modeling. A serial interface circuit is coupled to the pickup and to a digital connector that formats each digital string vibration signal received from the pickup into a digital serial protocol. A computer is coupled by a serial link to the digital connector such that the computer receives each serially formatted digital string signal (SFDSS). The computer operates at least one audio DSP-based software module to process each received SFDSS wherein each SFDSS is processed in order to emulate a corresponding string tone of one of a plurality of stringed instruments to create an emulated digital string tone signal (EDSTS). Each EDSTS is then transmitted back over the serial link to the stringed instrument for playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Line 6, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus Ryle, Michel A. Doidic, Peter J. Celi, Alan Zak
  • Publication number: 20140090546
    Abstract: A foot-operated pedal for programming audio and other effects, including an HMI or Human-Machine Interface that digitally communicates with a CPU, providing the parameters of effects set by the user, where a PC Interface is responsible for the mediation of the communication between the CPU and an external computer used to program the settings and adjustments of the device, with the audio interface having the function of promoting the compatibility between the electrical signal from the musical instrument and the CPU.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Gianfranco Ceccolini, Rosa Alexandre Leite, Ladeira Rodrigo Tadeu de Oliveira
  • Publication number: 20140090547
    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: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Chester James Udell, III
  • Patent number: 8686274
    Abstract: A pitch shift device provides pitch-shifted sounds based on performance sounds generated by an electronic string musical instrument. The pitch shift device has a device that detects vibrato. When vibrato is detected, an interpolation device of a pitch shift control device performs a control of interpolating for a pitch shift change in the musical sound signal accompanying a change in pitch shift information stored in a pitch information storage device and read out by a pitch shift readout device from a group of pitch shift information. Therefore, unnatural pitch changes in pitch-shifted sound can be suppressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Fukuda, Shoichi Ikeda
  • Publication number: 20140083281
    Abstract: A musical keyboard touch sensor pad having a plurality of integrated sensors disposed in an array is disclosed. The plurality of integrated sensors represents a keyboard key. A processor is electronically coupled to the plurality of integrated sensors. The processor is programmed to receive signals from several of the plurality of integrated sensors and to generate a sound signal based on input from the several of the plurality of integrated sensors. The output is variable based on the number in the plurality and the location of the plurality in the array. An audio output device is electronically coupled to the processor to generate a sound based on the sound signal. A keyboard using a plurality of the sensor pads as well as a method of generating sounds from the keyboard are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew McPherson, Youngmoo Kim
  • Patent number: 8674206
    Abstract: A method for generating music via a computing system includes providing a website coupled to a computing system. A music application is executed on the computing system. Generated music is audibly played at least in part using the computing system. As a first step musical data is provided for a complete music piece, and the musical data for the complete music piece includes one or more seed parameter values transmitted by the website that are determinative of the complete music piece and based on which the music is generated. At least one seed parameter value is processed by a pseudorandom number generator routine to generate the music.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Medialab Solutions Corp.
    Inventor: Alain Georges
  • Patent number: 8653351
    Abstract: An apparatus for combining input signals produced by a plurality of electric musical devices includes a plurality of audio buses and a plurality of segments. Each segment includes input circuitry configured to receive at least one input signal from at least one electric musical device and to deliver the at least one input signal to one of the plurality of audio buses; a plurality of variable adjustment devices each associated with a corresponding one of the audio buses and each configured to change at least one property of an input signal received by another of the plurality of segments and carried on the corresponding one of the audio buses independent from input signals carried on other of the plurality of audio buses; and a mixer configured to combine the input signals carried on each of the plurality of audio buses into an output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: JamHub Corporation
    Inventor: Steve Skillings
  • Publication number: 20140020548
    Abstract: An electronic percussion device includes a drum shell, a drumhead as striking surface, vibration sensors, and a peripheral and a central vibration carrier. The vibration carriers abut against the drumhead to convey vibrations therefrom to the sensor(s). The central vibration carrier is a helicoidal spring. The peripheral vibration carrier is a rigid body of solid material supported by peripheral sensors disposed thereunder. Two electrical leads of each one of the peripheral sensors are correspondingly coupled in parallel to produce only two common output leads. An electronic sound module is configured to sample the sensors and employs software procedures to detect percussion strokes delivered on the drumhead, and to generate sounds accordingly. The software procedures use averaged and aggregated signals to provide accurate detection of position and intensity of a drum stroke. Alternative embodiments of the device use only a peripheral vibration carrier or only a central vibration carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Guy SHEMESH
  • Publication number: 20140020547
    Abstract: An electronic percussion device includes a drum shell, a drumhead as striking surface, vibration sensors, and a peripheral and a central vibration carrier. The vibration carriers abut against the drumhead to convey vibrations therefrom to the sensor(s). The central vibration carrier is a helicoidal spring. The peripheral vibration carrier is a rigid body of solid material supported by peripheral sensors disposed thereunder. Two electrical leads of each one of the peripheral sensors are correspondingly coupled in parallel to produce only two common output leads. An electronic sound module is configured to sample the sensors and employs software procedures to detect percussion strokes delivered on the drumhead, and to generate sounds accordingly. The software procedures use averaged and aggregated signals to provide accurate detection of position and intensity of a drum stroke. Alternative embodiments of the device use only a peripheral vibration carrier or only a central vibration carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Inventor: Guy SHEMESH
  • Patent number: 8620661
    Abstract: A system for controlling digital effects in live performances with vocal improvisation is described. The system features a controller that utilizes several switches attached to clothing that is worn by an artist during a live performance. The switches activate a digital vocal processor unit that provides a dual mode, multi-channel phrase looping capability wherein individual channels can be selected for recording and replay during the performance. This combination of features allows a sequence of digital audio and video effects to be controlled by the artist during a performance while maintaining the freedom of movement desired to enhance the performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Momilani Ramstrum
  • Patent number: 8609972
    Abstract: A performance apparatus 11 is provided with a first acceleration sensor 22 at its head portion and a second acceleration sensor 23 at its base portion. CPU 21 determines operation of the performance apparatus 11 during a period from the first timing to the second timing, based on a first acceleration-sensor value and a second acceleration-sensor value, and determines operation mode corresponding to the operation of the performance apparatus. Referring to a tone-color table stored in RAM 26, CPU 21 determines a tone color of musical tones to be generated, based on the determined operation mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Eiichi Harada, Naotaka Uehara
  • Patent number: 8609973
    Abstract: This invention introduces several methods, apparatus, and systems for controlling musician audio effects or musical instruments wirelessly from the performer's footwear. In one embodiment, the performer's foot motions are monitored using a motion detection device and compared against a set of criteria by a microprocessor to activate or deactivate one or more audio effects that are ready or “armed.” Once the foot controller is activated, a radio transmits sampled foot pressure that is used by the Base Unit to modulate all armed audio effects capable of being modulated. Tactile feedback is provided in the footwear as a means to confirm system status changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: CleanStage LLC
    Inventor: John Robert D'Amours
  • Publication number: 20130327200
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an application for an iPad or similar electronic device having a touch screen. It provides a sensor to detect the touch position along the vertical length of a key as it is being engaged and to then offset the notes of the keyboard accordingly. This enables several octaves of notes to be accessed on the touch screen at any given time with a key size that is sufficient for real time playing. This arrangement further enables the incremental offset of the note pitches in a continuous manner to emulate the “string stretching” and “fretless neck” techniques of guitars and basses. The invention further provides a screen overlay to physically define the borders and travel of the on-screen keys thereby emulating the tactile feedback of real keys, again in a manner sufficient for real time playing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Gary S. Pogoda
  • Publication number: 20130327201
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a programmable pedalboard for a musical instrument is provided. The pedalboard includes a docking station for receiving a removable portable computer that provides a plurality of instrument effects. The docking station is configured to receive an audio signal from a musical instrument and to modify the audio signal from the musical instrument based on at least one instrument effect from the plurality of instrument effects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventors: Robin M. Urry, John D. Hanson, James D. Pennock, James E. Lambrick, William E. Clements
  • Publication number: 20130291708
    Abstract: A system, method and computer-readable medium incorporating instructions are provided to enable a user to create and to share a digital effects package. The instructions enable user input of a first sound effect, and a first trigger that, when activated, plays the first sound effect, and to associate the first sound effect and the first trigger with the digital effects package. The trigger can be on a musical instrument, such as on a fretboard or fingerboard of a stringed instrument. The digital effects package may be created and shared by a user at a first terminal connected via a network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Jesse Harris Orshan
  • Patent number: 8569606
    Abstract: An apparatus for synchronizing light signals to a music input signal includes an analog to digital converter to generate a digital signal equivalent of the analog music input signal, an digital signal decoder to generate an output pulse width modulated signal that is representative of the tempo and the volume of the music input signal, a light driver unit that receives the output pulse width modulated signal to correspondingly light up a lighting unit, and a lighting unit that emits light. Thus, light brightness synchronizes with the music volume amplitude, and the light blinks on and off with the music tempo and beating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignees: Panasonic Corporation, Panasonic Semiconductor Asia Pte.Ltd.
    Inventors: Chun Kiong Leslie Khoo, Shuang Zhang
  • Publication number: 20130263721
    Abstract: A sound manipulator comprising a touch sensitive sensor detecting finger tapings and multiplying them electronically on simultaneously produced sound, such that touches and releases affect sound composition in part (e.g. added sound effects and their characteristics) or as a whole (e.g. full or partial muting). The Sound manipulator may be attached to a guitar and allow the player both pick and tap fretted tones to give a fully new type of sound producing to the guitar. Rhythmical and electronic music may be imitated by the Sound manipulator, without losing the basic authentic guitar sound and while maintaining the flavor of live play.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Shavit
  • Publication number: 20130239786
    Abstract: A first contact and a second contact are provided at each of a plurality of keys, and are successively closed in accordance with a key press operation. On the basis of respective closed sense signals from the first contact and the second contact, a duration from when the first contact is closed until the second contact is closed is counted as a first count value and then a duration after this counting has ended is counted as a second count value. An attainment duration value and the second count value are compared, and when a predetermined condition is satisfied, a control signal is outputted. When this control signal is received, sound emission information instructing an emission of a sound by a sound emission controller is sent. The sound emission information includes touch information based on the first count value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Goro SAKATA
  • Publication number: 20130233156
    Abstract: Various embodiments relate to a systems and methods for downloading one or more effects to an effects unit. One or more effects may be received on an effects unit. Audio signals for the one or more effects may be processed based on instructions for processing the audio signals received with the one or more effects. For each subsequent effect received on the effect unit, the processing of the audio signals may be reprogrammed. The one or more effects may be transmitted for output from the effects unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: Harman International Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Josh D. Kapp, James D. Pennock, Robin M. Urry, Christopher M. Belcher, William E. Clements, Darrell Brent Erickson, Craig B. DeVries
  • Patent number: 8530736
    Abstract: A musical tone signal is synthesized based on performance information to simulate a sound generated from a musical instrument having a string and a body that supports the string by a support. There is provided a closed loop circuit having a delay element that simulates delay characteristic of vibration propagated through the string and a characteristic control element that simulates a variation in amplitude or frequency. A string model calculation circuit inputs an excitation signal based on the performance information to the closed loop circuit, and calculates first information representing a force of the string acting on the support based on a cyclic signal generated in the closed loop and representing the vibration of the string circuit. A body model calculation circuit calculates second information representing a displacement of the body or a derivative of the displacement. A musical tone signal calculation circuit calculates the musical tone signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Encai Liu, Masatsugu Okazaki, Eiji Tominaga
  • Patent number: 8519248
    Abstract: A media application for providing outputs (e.g., audio outputs) in response to inputs received from an input device is provided. The media application may connect input mechanisms of an input device with parameters of channel strips (e.g., which may define output sounds) using an intermediate screen object. The media application may first assign an input mechanism to a screen object, and separately map a screen object to a channel strip parameter. The media application may map a screen object to several channel strips simultaneously such that, based on the value of the screen object, the volume of each of the several channel strips changes. The media application may provide a graphical representation of available channel strips using layers. As the media application accesses a channel strip, the appearance of the portion of the layer associated with the channel strip may change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Kerstin Heitmann, Robert Chin, Jan-Hinnerk Helms, Sascha Hoehne