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INTERCHANGEABLE PICKUP SYSTEM FOR AN ELECTRIC STRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A guitar body having an inner sidewall forming an opening extending from a front to a back of the guitar body is provided. The inner sidewall includes electrical contacts electrically connected to a wiring of the guitar. A seat with magnets is formed about a periphery of the inner sidewall. A pickup cartridge includes a pickup, electrical contacts, and a flange with magnets. The opening is sized to receive the pickup cartridge so that the magnets of the seat attract to the magnets of the flange and releasably retain the pickup cartridge within. The electrical contacts of the pickup cartridge electrically connect with the electrical contacts of the inner sidewall.



Drum Slip

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An interchangeable drum slip that may be quickly installed to change the appearance of a drum and to provide protection to the drum shell. The drum slip is a rectangular piece of material that is pre-cut to precisely fit specific models of drums. Openings are cut into the material that correspond with hardware that is attached to the drum shell. A user installs the drum slip by placing the drum slip around the drum shell and securing the ends of the drum slip together. The openings in the drum slip fit over and around any hardware that is attached to the drum shell and any apertures formed in the drum shell. The ends of the drum slip are pulled together and secured with an adhesive. For some drums, the drum slip may be installed without disassembling any parts of the drum. For other drums, one or more drum heads and retaining hoops must be removed to install the drum slip. The drum slip may be transparent, and the drum slip may be made in any color and messages, designs, or information may be printed on or molded into the drum slip. Anyone can quickly and easily change drum slips to change the appearance of a drum.



ONE TOUCH DRUM TUNING SYSTEM

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A cam operated drum tuning system which is rotatable clockwise and counterclockwise to tunes a musical drum. A cam ring mechanism employs multiple helical tracks. A removable radius plate and tool facilitates rotation. The tuning system may be attached directly to drum lugs, to a retrofit ring attached to the lugs, or to a full floating I or II framework which use edge or full floater rings, and/or adjustable pull rods to connect the top and/or bottom tuning systems so that nothing need contact the drum shell. Eccentric micro tuners adjust the rim rollers which ride on the inner hoop, which has a lip on the underside to add overlap. Elevators are used to raise and/or lower the cam ring to align it perpendicular to the bearing edge of the drum shell.



APPARATUS FOR ENHANCING SOUNDS PRODUCED OUT OF SINGLE-REED WIND MUSIC INSTRUMENTS

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Apparatus for enhancing tunes produced out of single-reed wind music instrument are disclosed. Apparatus comprise one or more sound enhancing elements in form of a plurality of elongated ribs or grooves, or one or more studs affixed to a reed's table side. Patterns of the elongated ribs/grooves can be straight or wavy lines orientated in longitudinal, transverse or oblique direction with respect to the reed. Each stud contains a three-dimensional (3-D) geometric shape portion for altering sounds produced out of a single-reed wind music instrument when played by a player, and a base of the 3-D geometric shape portion for affixing the stud to the table side of a reed in an area directly opposite to the heart of the reed. Dimensions of the area are single-reed wind music instrument dependent.



GUITAR PLECTRUM AND HARNESS COMBINATION

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A thumb pick is provided that includes a harness and plectrum. The harness is provided for securely holding the plectrum in firm engagement with a guitar player's thumb. The harness includes a strap contoured to fit around the thumb in advance of the first knuckle. The harness has a central portion with a slot therein to receive and hold the plectrum firmly against the undersurface of the thumb with the pointed end of the plectrum protruding through the slot in a playing position.



ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND OPERATION METHOD THEREOF

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Disclosed is an electronic device, which can acoustically or visually synchronize a plurality of independent beats and output the synchronized beats (or tempos) when executing a music application, including a user interface, a memory, and one or more processors electrically connected to the user interface and the memory, which display tempo progress information of music in response to playing of the music, detect an event while the music is played, synchronize the played music and tempo progress information of music according to the event, and output the synchronized music and tempo progress information.



ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR REPRODUCING SOUND IN THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An electronic device and a method for reproducing a sound in the electronic device are provided. The electronic device includes a touchscreen displaying a keyboard having a plurality of keys and a plurality of sound source buttons corresponding respectively to a plurality of different sound sources, a processor connected electrically to the touchscreen, and a memory connected electrically to the processor, wherein the memory stores instructions that are executed to cause the processor to perform control such that when an input to at least one key among the plurality of keys is received, the sound source corresponding to at least one sound source button selected among the plurality of sound source buttons is reproduced as a sound corresponding to the received input.



METHOD FOR PLAYING VIRTUAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR SUPPORTING THE SAME

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a touch screen display, at least one of a speaker and a sound interface, a processor configured to electrically connect to the touch screen display, the speaker, and the sound interface, and a memory configured to electrically connect to the processor. The memory stores instructions for, when executed, causing the processor to display at least one item comprising a musical instrument shape on the touch screen display, receive a touch input through the touch screen display, load sound data corresponding to the at least one item based on the touch input, process the sound data based at least in part on information associated with the touch input, and output the processed sound data through the speaker or the sound interface.



Electronic Instrument and Method for Using Same

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An electronic instrument comprising an elongated member, comprising a plurality of detectors aligned in the elongated member, each detector for detecting a finger-sized object in the vicinity thereof and for providing a corresponding signal; a processing unit operatively connected to the plurality of detectors, the processing unit for receiving the signals from the plurality of detectors and for generating a signal indicative of a sound to generate and a sound generating unit operatively connected to the processing unit, the sound generating unit for receiving the signal indicative of a sound to generate and for generating a sound accordingly and wherein the processing unit and the sound generating unit are located inside the elongated member.



SYSTEM FOR ELECTRONICALLY GENERATING MUSIC

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A musical instrument for electronically producing music from audio segments. The musical instrument comprises: an apparatus having a first surface; a plurality of selectable elements disposed in a substantially circular geometry on the first surface; and at least one memory storing the plurality of audio segments, each of the plurality of audio segments being associated with a respective selectable element in the plurality of selectable elements, wherein, in response to detecting selection of a subset of the plurality of selectable elements, the system is configured to generate music using audio segments in the plurality of audio segments that are associated with the selected subset of the plurality of selectable elements.



SOUND PROVIDING METHOD AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE FOR PERFORMING THE SAME

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a display; a memory for storing at least one audio signal; a communication circuit configured to establish wireless communication with an external device; and a processor electrically connected with the display, the memory, and the communication circuit, wherein the memory stores instructions for, when executed, causing the processor to: produce the at least one audio signal, receive data associated with a gesture through the communication circuit from the external device apply a sound effect, selected based at least in part on the data associated with the gesture, to the produced at least one audio source, and output or store a resulting audio signal, wherein the resulting audio signal represents application of the sound effect to the produced at least one audio signal.



Musical Instrument Multiple Membrane Percussion and Shaking

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Musical instrument of the type called “ocean drum” provided with three or more vibratile membranes, in the interspaces of which some balls of different materials and diameters, phosphorescent as well, are inserted. By tilting said drum, provided with two or more planes bearing some balls, the latter roll on the internal surface of the membranes produces sounds that evoke sea waves. Said “ocean drum” has a plurality of rings with a common central axis, aligned in a fixed way to enable the insertion of three or more vibratile membranes between them. Said rings are made of laminated plywood, solid wood or plastic material. They are glued, without discontinuity, to the circular membranes made of animal leather, or of polymer films provided with holes on a median diameter of the rings for more resistant gluing.



SUPPORT ASSEMBLY AND KEYBOARD APPARATUS

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A support assembly including a support rotatably disposed with respect to a frame, a repetition lever hinge mounted to the support, and a repetition lever supported by the repetition lever hinge and rotatably disposed with respect to the support, wherein the repetition lever has a contact surface and the contact surface contacts a hammer shank roller provided to a hammer shank for rotating a hammer, and the repetition lever hinge is mounted to the support in a mounting direction that crosses with a tangent-line direction of a line tangent to the hammer shank roller at the contact between the hammer shank roller and the contact surface.



MIDI Controller Utilizing Replaceable Controls

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An electronic microcontroller-based device outputting electronic signals in one or more electronic communication protocols such as serial MIDI and MIDI-over-USB that features inputs for the connection of user selectable control devices which can control all aspects of the outputted electronic signals is disclosed. External inputs may be switches, analog or digital controls, or a combination, outputting one or more electronic values, digital control messages or both. The apparatus may be used to control: musical sounds in the manner of a limited or fully chromatic musical instrument, musical software, or any electronic device or software that permits control by externally based electronic signals, messages or both.



THIGH DRUM

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A wearable drum adapted to be strapped to a drummer's limb provides a resonance space between the drum head and the limb so that the drum produces a sound that is suitable to be heard by people other than the drummer.



DRUM MOUNT PROVIDING ISOLATED RESONANCE

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Some embodiments provide drum mounts for mounting a drum to supporting bracket arms, stands, or racks in a manner that does not impede drum shell resonance and that shields the drum mount and structure upon which the drum is mounted from absorbing the drum's vibrational energy during play. The drum mount is comprised of an inner mount plate, outer mount bar, and coupling assemblies. Each of the inner mount plate and outer mount bar couple to a drum shell or tension ring using the coupling assemblies. The coupling assemblies also couple the inner mount plate to the outer mount bar. The coupling assemblies include dampeners and endcaps with protrusions for minimizing surface area contact points from which energy can be transferred to the drum mount.



Tunable vibrating membrane tensioning system

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A cable and pulley operated membrane tuning system suitable for drums and other musical instruments, as well as other applications requiring tunable membranes. The cable is threaded through pulleys or guides attached the mounting assembly of the membrane, and tightened by means of a tensioning mechanism. The system tensions membrane by varying the tension on the cable. The system may be employed in single-membrane systems or in multiple membrane systems.



Incentive Spirometer and Musical Instrument

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Systems and methods for teaching proper wind usage for a musical instrument. One embodiment comprises an incentive spirometer apparatus having a tubular body with a bore therethrough. The apparatus has a series of ribs and grooves that are formed in the bore, on the interior surface of the tubular body. The ribs have a first, smaller inner diameter (e.g., ⅙ inch) and the grooves have a second, larger inner diameter (e.g., ⅓ inch). The ribs and grooves may be evenly spaced (e.g., ⅕ inch between successive ribs). When airflow through the tubular body is within a predetermined range, the airflow over the ribs and grooves produces an audible tone from the apparatus. When airflow through the tubular body is outside the predetermined range, no audible tone is produced by the apparatus.



Musical Strum And Percussion Controller

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A controller for musical instrument models is presented, comprising acoustic elements with embedded vibration sensors that the user actuates for example by plucking, strumming, or striking the elements. A vibration sensor attached to each acoustic element is used to generate an excitation signal for musical instrument models. A note input interface can be included so that note input such as MIDI can be used to control the musical pitch of the musical instrument models.



MUSICAL SOUND GENERATOR

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A musical sound generator is provided including a tube defining a resonant cavity, the tube having a plurality of sound producing chimes configured to produce an audible sound when at least one object impacts on at least one of the chimes; a reservoir configured to hold a number of objects; and a transfer mechanism configured to transfer the objects from the reservoir to an elevated position within the resonant cavity, wherein the objects fall down from the elevated position within the resonant cavity by gravity after being transferred by the transfer mechanism, to strike the plurality of sound producing chimes; and wherein the position of the reservoir is configured to be moved depending on the level of the objects held in the reservoir.



ADJUSTABLE AND FOLDABLE SHOULDER REST FOR VIOLIN OR VIOLA

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An adjustable and foldable shoulder rest for a violin or viola includes a shoulder-engaging body having first and second foldable forks at first and second ends of the body for attaching to the violin or viola, first and second slidable end members for supporting the first and second forks, the first and second slidable end members being slidable between retracted and extended position. In the extended position, the end member is cantilevered beyond its respective slot. The shoulder rest may have a foam cushion with openings attached to the shoulder-engaging side of the shoulder rest. The end members may define rotational housings for receiving respective rotatable drums that receive threaded stems of the forks, thereby enabling the height of the forks to be adjusted and further enabling the forks to fold.



ELECTRONIC GUITAR PICK AND METHOD

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An electronic guitar pick, system, system and method may include an enclosure forming a cavity, the enclosure having a first end that is substantially pointed and a second end opposite the first end that is substantially flat, the enclosure having a thickness proximate the cavity greater than a thickness proximate the first end. The electronic guitar pick, system, and method may further include a sensor contained, at least in part, within the cavity and configured to generate a sensor output based on an interaction with the enclosure and a sensory output device, communicatively coupled to the sensor, configured to output a sensory output based, at least in part, on the sensor output.



WRAPAROUND BRIDGES OR TAILPIECES FOR STRINGED INSTRUMENTS

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A wraparound bridge or tailpiece for a stringed musical instrument such as guitar, banjo, and the like, comprising an elongate body having top and bottom surfaces, and front and back edges, and a mounting means for mounting to the instrument such that the bottom surface faces the instrument and the front edge faces the neck of the instrument, and a plurality of string channels defined in the bottom surface, each string channel extending from the front edge toward the back edge and including a narrow portion open to the bottom surface to receive a string and a wider front cavity open on the front edge to receive and capture the ball end of the string. Hence the end of a string with the ball end may be slid underneath the body in a fore direction and once the ball end clears the front the string may be moved upwards until it is received within the string channel, and then drawn rearwards until the ball end abuts the narrow portion of the string channel.



Metal-Plated Music String

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

A music string for a fretted instrument with extended life of initial tonal characteristics has a central core wire having a wrapped wire wound around it. The wrapped wire is coated with a metal or metal alloy. The metal coating may be nickel or tin or alloys of nickel or tin. The coating may be applied on the wrapped wire by a process of electroplating.



CAPO WITH ATTACHMENT MECHANISM AND FRETTING ACTION IN SEPARATE OFFSET PLANES

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

Embodiments of a capo and fretting component are described. In certain embodiments, the fretting component is threaded onto a crossbar configured to overlie the instrument strings when in use and to pivot with respect to the crossbar so as to contact and press the strings against a fret on the instrument neck. The fretting component is offset with respect to the attachment mechanism of the capo, allowing the attachment mechanism to be offset on the neck of the instrument from where it would normally be positioned to achieve a comparable fretting effect.



Integrated system and method providing users with non-destructive ways of manipulating musical scores and or audio recordings for student practise, testing and assessment.

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 EST

An integrated system and method that provides users with non-destructive ways of manipulating musical scores and or audio recordings for student practise, testing and assessment. The said integrated system and method allows users to create questions that utilise one or more of the manipulated items, present questions to a student, collect the said students answer and assess the said students answer. The said integrated system is delivered via digital devices including computers, tablets, smartphones and other such devices.



ELECTRONIC DEVICE, METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

An electronic device comprising a processing unit arranged to determine an estimation signal (y(k)) based on an input signal (x(k)) and based on a non-stationary reference signal (s0(k)).



ELECTRONIC MUSICAL INSTRUMENT SYSTEM

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

Provided is an electronic musical instrument system. A PC is configured to perform an operation of emulating an analog synthesizer by a first software synthesizer. The PC installs a second software synthesizer to a hardware synthesizer on condition that the hardware synthesizer is confirmed to be the device corresponding to the second software synthesizer. The hardware synthesizer performs the operation of emulating the analog synthesizer by the second software synthesizer. The first software synthesizer and the second software synthesizer related to the operation of emulating the analog synthesizer have the same function respectively, and are capable of generating the same tone respectively, the effect of reproducing the same function and tone as the synthesizer that is to be emulated can be achieved respectively in two different devices, i.e. the PC and the hardware synthesizer.



SYSTEM OF MODELING CHARACTERISTICS OF A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A system for modifying an audio signal comprises a computer including a first digital signal processor (DSP). The first DSP includes a first module and a second module. The first module is coupled to the interface to provide a musical instrument with a set of testing input signals and obtain a set of testing output signals from the musical instrument via the interface. The second module is configured to perform functions including: analyzing the set of testing output signals to obtain a set of parameters, constructing an acoustic transducer to model characteristics of the musical instrument based on the set of parameters, and receiving the audio signal to modify the audio signal using the acoustic transducer, wherein the first DSP module obtains the set of parameters at least by identifying occurrences when an output level state determined at least based on the set of testing output signals significantly changes.



Musical Instrument Digital Interface with Voice Note Identifications

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method for generating voice identifications for MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) note signals. The method provides voice identification for every note in MIDI signals, which makes music learning intuitive and easier. The method can be used with any MIDI instruments as a separate unit, or a part of such instruments. Solfege is used as voice identification system since it is widely used in music education. However, any such system can be used or newly devised by preparing a different set of patches.



UP/DOWN MOTION DETECTING APPARATUS FOR HI-HAT

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

An up/down motion detecting apparatus for a hi-hat, which is capable of detecting up/down motions of the hi-hat irrespective of a type of the hi-hat. An interlocked portion moves in response to up/down motions of the hi-hat mounted on an extension rod that constitutes a hi-hat stand. A seat unit does not move in response to up/down motions of the hi-hat. A sensor is provided on the seat unit. A connecting portion connects the interlocked portion and the sensor together and converts up/down motions of the interlocked portion into motions detectable by the sensor.



SYNTHESIZED PERCUSSION PEDAL AND DOCKING STATION

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

An apparatus for facilitating control of midi-sequence generation is disclosed. The apparatus may include a midi-sequence module configured for generating midi-sequences. Further, the apparatus may also include a foot-operated switch configured to operate the midi-sequence module. Additionally, the apparatus may include a docking station configured to connect the apparatus to a mobile device. Accordingly, the midi-sequence module may be controlled through the mobile device. Further, in some embodiments the midi-sequence module may be included in the mobile device instead of the apparatus. Accordingly, the apparatus may include a switch port configured to electrically couple the foot-operated switch with the mobile device in order to control the midi-sequence module included in the mobile device.



SYNTHESIZED PERCUSSION PEDAL AND DOCKING STATION

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

An apparatus for facilitating control of midi-sequence generation is disclosed. The apparatus may include a midi-sequence module configured for generating midi-sequences. Further, the apparatus may also include a foot-operated switch configured to operate the midi-sequence module. Additionally, the apparatus may include a docking station configured to connect the apparatus to a mobile device. Accordingly, the midi-sequence module may be controlled through the mobile device. Further, in some embodiments the midi-sequence module may be included in the mobile device instead of the apparatus. Accordingly, the apparatus may include a switch port configured to electrically couple the foot-operated switch with the mobile device in order to control the midi-sequence module included in the mobile device.



WRIST BAND PIANO

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

An electronic device capable of synthesizing one or more musical instruments. A plurality of sensors, which may be mounted on the hand of the user, provide signals to a control module indicating that a sensor has made contact with a surface. A control module receives signals and determines whether to play a sound. Exemplary sensors include pressure-sensitive resistors and dedicated motion-sensing integrated circuits, and are in communication with one or more integrated circuits in the control module over a communication link.



HAND ACTUATED TREMOLO SYSTEM FOR GUITARS

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A tremolo device with a movable bridge, an adjustment device, and a support frame is implemented on an acoustic guitar, with features that can also be employed on an electric guitar or other stringed instruments. The movable bridge holds strings of the musical instrument in tension. The adjustment device, such as a tremolo bar, moves the bridge to change the tension of the strings. The support frame engages the bridge at a first area and engages the musical instrument at a larger second area. When the tremolo device is used, the support frame receives a force over the first area and transmits a corresponding force to the musical instrument over the larger second area, reducing the pressure that would be experienced by the musical instrument. The support frame also transmits string vibration received through the bridge to the instrument body to produce proper acoustic tones.



GUITAR CAPO WITH UNIVERSAL DEVICE MOUNT

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

Described herein is a combination guitar capo with universal electronic device mount for placement onto a guitar. The mount allows a user to view the attached device while playing the guitar.



Electric Guitar System For Quick Changes

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

An instant access guitar system allowing easy access to cavities in the body portion of the electric guitar. The cavities are covered by plates, a pick guard, flexible laminates or other suitable cover materials. The covers are held in place by (1) cut-outs in the guitar body and (2) magnets that magnetically attach to magnetic material mounted in the guitar body. The appearance of the guitar may be changed by changing the pick guard and the decorative laminate on the headstock. The sound of the guitar may be changed by having unique pickups and wiring releases pre-built in multiple configurations on multiple pick guards as modules to change in and out of the guitar at will with no tools or solder.



Bourbon Barrel Guitar

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

An electric guitar having a body, a neck having a first end and second end wherein the first end is connected to the body, a fretboard positioned on the neck and a headstock connected to the second end of the neck. The body, neck, fretboard and headstock are formed from wood from bourbon barrels.



Support Assembly and Keyboard Apparatus

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A support assembly of a keyboard apparatus activated in accordance with pressing of a key to rotate a hammer provided at one end of a hammer shank, the support assembly includes a support rotatably disposed with respect to a frame, a jack having one side rotatably connected to the support and another side including a contact surface which makes contact with a hammer shank roller provided to the hammer shank, and a rib provided to the other side of the jack and projecting to a hammer shank roller side of the contact surface.



Support Assembly and Keyboard Apparatus

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A support assembly includes a support rotatably disposed with respect to a frame; a jack support portion connected to the support; a jack having a recessed portion in a lower portion of the jack, the jack having the jack support portion inside the recessed portion and being rotatably disposed to the support; and an acting portion fixed to the jack and receiving a downward action. The recessed portion has an open end with a width larger than a width of the jack support potion. The recessed portion may have an open end with a width larger than a width of the jack support potion.



Magic Music Method

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method of teaching music which utilizes a set of unique card and dice games, special charts and diagrams indicating finger and hand positions for keyboard, and a specific learning sequence, all of which teach the student how to play basic musical patterns such as notes, chords, scales, arpeggios, melodies, rhythms, and songs. This is taught in an organized sequence, before teaching the student how to read musical notation. Unlike standard methods which begin with the reading of musical notation, the Magic Music Method's sequence of skill acquisition begins with the student directly copying the teacher, and progresses to interactive card and dice games utilizing special charts and diagrams, which give the student the ability to play songs quickly. This allows for concrete visual and auditory instruction to occur before the student is expected to read musical notation. The foundation is keyboard, and the method may also be used to teach any other musical instrument, given the fact that piano proficiency is normally required for music majors no matter what their principal instrument may be, and given the fact that the method described herein has it's basis in the study of musical harmony, which may be applied to any instrument.



Hands Free Music Sheet Turner

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

The Hands Free Music Sheet Turner will allow a musician to flip a page of music by means of a mechanical foot pedal. Thus removing the need for having to flip the sheets with his/her hand and allowing the flow of music to be uninterrupted.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SOUND AUGMENTATION OF ACOUSTIC MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A sound capture device is affixed to an acoustic instrument to capture the natural sound output of the instrument. The captured sound signal is routed to an electronic sound augmentation system that is configured to augment the captured sound with spatial sound effects such as reverb, echo, delay, etc. The processed and augmented sound is then reproduced via a vibrating driver that has been affixed to the body of the acoustic instrument. This creates a situation where the body of the musical instrument, responding to a series of vibrations produced by the vibrating driver, acts as a speaker component, reproducing a rich augmented sound output that comprises the sum of the sound produced by the original sound production capabilities of the acoustical instrument plus the added augmented or enhanced sound effects.



INTERACTIVE INSTRUMENTS AND OTHER STRIKING OBJECTS

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

Systems, methods, and devices for providing interactive striking objects (e.g., drumsticks) and performing actions in response to striking motions of the striking objects are disclosed. In some embodiments, the systems and methods provide an interactive drumstick, which includes a lighting display located at a tip portion of the interactive drumstick, a motion detector contained at least partially within the drumstick, a processor and memory contained at least partially within the drumstick, and an interactive system stored within the memory of the drumstick. The interactive system includes a striking motion module that determines striking motions of the drumstick with respect to a virtual percussion instrument based on accessing information measured by the motion detector, and a display module that causes the lighting display to present a certain type of illumination based on the striking motions determined by the striking motion module.



METHOD, DEVICE AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR SCROLLING A MUSICAL SCORE

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method for scrolling a musical score on a screen of a device, comprising: loading a file having a digital score in a piece of memory of said device, wherein said digital score is in a digital format for representing musical notation; displaying a plurality of notes or at least one measure from said score on the screen. The method further comprises: scrolling said score in a continuous way by moving the notes or measures displayed on the screen, in such a way that additional notes of music or additional measures start to appear on the screen while the already scrolled notes or measures start to disappear from the screen; adjusting the scrolling speed according to the displayed notes or measures and to a tempo. Device, computer program product and computer-readable memory/medium.



INSTRUMENT TRIGGER SYSTEM AND METHODS OF USE

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

Aspects disclosed herein relate to an instrument trigger system and methods of using such a system. In one aspect, the instrument trigger system includes a plurality of triggers, where each trigger is vibrationally isolated from the other triggers and/or from vibrations of the instrument to prevent unintended actuation of a trigger. In another aspect, the instrument trigger system includes one or more triggers that are easily accessible by a musician such that trigger actuation can be naturally integrated into the musician's play. In some embodiments, a sound module is integrated with the instrument trigger system.



MUSICAL NOTATION, SYSTEM, AND METHODS

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

In one aspect, provided herein is a device for notating a musical composition. The device, in various implementations, is structured so as to be less laborious to notate, easier to read, and more simple to employ in notating, reading, and/or playing the music of a given composition to be composed and/or played. Accordingly, in its most basic form, the device herein disclosed includes a template, upon which template one or more symbols may be notated, where such notation is configured in a manner that more closely relates the note to be played with the mechanical action needed to be performed so as to play that note, such as on an instrument to be or being played.



METHOD FOR THE SYNTHETIC GENERATION OF A DIGITAL AUDIO SIGNAL

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A method for the synthetic generation of a digital audio signal by means of periodic sampling of a waveform shall permit the user a particularly simple and intuitive access to the changing and creative transformation of the waveform on which the sampling is based. For this purpose, according to the invention, the waveform is specified by using control points, which, in addition to position parameters, may contain further attributes, of which the parameters and attributes can be changed individually over time by means of control signals or spontaneouseous intervention. The control-point values which result in this way can be interpreted either as direct amplitude-period phase or as magnitude-frequency or phase-frequency pairs. A continuous waveform is generated by interpolation or approximation of the control points and the parameters/attributes of the latter, which assume a time-specific value depending on the current control signals and other influences, and is used for further processing, e.g. spectral band limiting.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THE CREATION AND PLAYBACK OF ANIMATED, INTERPRETIVE, MUSICAL NOTATION AND AUDIO SYNCHRONIZED WITH THE RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF AN ORIGINAL ARTIST

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

A music application guides a user with some musical experience through the steps of creating and editing a musical enhancement file that enhances and plays in synchronicity with an audio signal of an original artist's recorded performance. This enables others, perhaps with lesser musical ability than the original artist, to play-along with the original artist by following melodic, chordal, rhythmic, and verbal prompts. The music application accounts for differences in the timing of the performance from a standard tempo by guiding the user through the process of creating a tempo map for the performance and by associating the tempo map with MIDI information of the enhancement file. Enhancements may contain MIDI information, audio signal information, and/or video signal information which may be played back in synchronicity with the recorded performance to provide an aural and visual aid to others playing-along who may have less musical experience.



SYNTHETIC MUSICAL INSTRUMENT WITH TOUCH DYNAMICS AND/OR EXPRESSIVENESS CONTROL

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:00:00 EST

Notwithstanding practical limitations imposed by mobile device platforms and applications, truly captivating musical instruments may be synthesized in ways that allow musically expressive performances to be captured and rendered in real-time. Synthetic musical instruments that provide a game, grading or instructional mode are described in which one or more qualities of a user's performance are assessed relative to a musical score. By providing a range of modes (from score-assisted to fully user-expressive), user interactions with synthetic musical instruments are made more engaging and tend to capture user interest over generally longer periods of time. Synthetic musical instruments are described in which force dynamics of user gestures (such as finger contact forces applied to a multi-touch sensitive display or surface and/or the temporal extent and applied pressure of sustained contact thereon) are captured and drive the digital synthesis in ways that enhance expressiveness of user performances.