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METHOD AND DEVICE FOR RECHARGEABLE, RETROFITTABLE BATTERY PACK

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A power system on an electric guitar may include a cover plate covering a standard cavity in the electric guitar. A rechargeable power source may be contained within the standard cavity and may not extend beyond an external surface of the cover plate. Other instruments or configurations may be used.



ELECTROMAGNETIC TRANSDUCERS AND METHODS OF MAKING

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Electromagnetic transducers suitable for a variety of uses, including but not limited to musical instrument pickups. Such a transducer has a primary loop formed by an electrically conductive strip having oppositely-disposed ends and a slot extending therebetween that defines electrically conductive runners. The strip is bent to define a first section of the primary loop that overlies a second section of the primary loop and a gap therebetween. The transducer further comprises sensing or driving elements that are at least partially received in the slot in the first section of the primary loop and a transformer electrically connected to the strip at one of the ends thereof opposite the first section of the primary loop.



DEVICE AND METHOD FOR GENERATING A REAL TIME MUSIC ACCOMPANIMENT FOR MULTI-MODAL MUSIC

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device for generating a real time music accompaniment includes a music input interface, a music mode classifier that classifies pieces of music received at the music input interface into one of different music modes including at least a solo mode, a bass mode, and a harmony mode, a music storage, and a music output interface. A music selector selects one or more recorded pieces of music as real time music accompaniment to an actually played piece of music received at the music input interface, wherein the one or more selected pieces of music are selected to be in a different music mode than the actually played piece of music. A music output interface outputs the selected pieces of music.



OPTICAL ELECTRONIC MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An optical electronic musical instrument device (“e-instrument”) that is configured to identify colors and output sounds that are associated with the identified color is disclosed. The e-instrument may detect colors using a color sensor and generate a color signal as a result. Additionally, the volume of the sound may be influenced by a motion signal generated by a motion sensor, wherein the lower or higher the motion signal's value corresponds to a lower or higher volume. The color and motion signals may be sent to one or more processors, either local or remote from the e-instrument, that generates or retrieves a sound signal based on the color and motion signals. The sound signal may then be transmitted to a speaker and the speaker outputs the sound signal accordingly. The sound signal may be any instrument, including a sound of a guitar, piano, drum, etc.



METHOD OF DISPLAYING MUSICAL SCORE

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method of displaying a musical score by identifying segments or blocks of material and organizing them linearly on a display template. Also described is the visual layout of the musical score after being arranged in blocks.



Musical Bar for Musical Instrument

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A musical bar for a musical instrument includes a striking surface and a back surface which is a back side of the musical bar from the striking surface. When the striking surface is struck, the musical bar is vibrated to produce a musical tone with a unique pitch as a pitch of a fundamental tone. A recess is formed in the musical bar so as to be recessed from the back surface toward the striking surface. A position of a node of vibration of the fundamental tone for the musical bar is substantially aligned with an imaginary center of gravity of the recess in a longitudinal direction of the musical bar.



Modular Self-Dampening Triggering System for Acoustic Percussion Elements

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A modular trigger system releasably attaches to a cymbal or other percussive element. The trigger system has a metal cover plate releasably affixable to a surface of the cymbal or percussive element, at least one piezo sensor releasably affixable to a surface of the cover plate, and a dampening element sandwiched between the undersurface of the cymbal or percussive element and the metal cover plate. The dampening element comprises a flexible thin sheet of rubber with a plurality of openings aligned with the piezo sensors.



CAPO

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A capo for use with a guitar includes a clamp arm, a contact element and an opposing element to provide a clamping force via the contact element over the strings. A flowable material such as a fluid, gel or paste is retained in a cavity behind the contact element so that it can adjust to the curvature of the guitar and strings which otherwise vary between instruments and dependent on string gauge.



ELECTRIC STRINGED INSTRUMENT AMPLIFIER

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An electric stringed instrument amplifier includes a housing including an inner surface that defines a cavity configured for disposal of at least a portion of a headstock of an electric stringed instrument that emits sound. A tension member extends from the housing and is engageable with the headstock. Systems and methods are provided.



Multi-Touch Piano Keyboard

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

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.



TECHNIQUE FOR REPRODUCING WAVEFORM BY SWITCHING BETWEEN PLURALITY OF SETS OF WAVEFORM DATA

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The object of the invention is to switch between plural sets of waveform data at desired timing while preventing noise. In response to an instruction for switching from a currently reproduced set of waveform data to another set of waveform data, either a switching position in the other set of waveform data or a switching in the currently reproduced set of waveform data is set as end timing for ending the reproduction of the currently reproduced set, with reference to switching position information of the two sets. If the switching position in the currently reproduced set is present within a 50 msec time range before a switching position in the other set that is present immediately after the switching instruction, the switching position in the currently reproduced set is set as the ending; if not, the switching position in the other set is set as the end timing.



Universal Effects Carrier

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A universal effects carrier for use with electric instruments that allows for reduced or eliminated signal loss before the electronic signal of the instrument is passed through an effects pedal. A mounting cartridge includes a first receiving slot and a second receiving slot for retaining a primary effects pedal and a secondary effects pedal; the primary effects pedal and the secondary effects pedal being electrically connected to a signal-in port and a signal-out port via a signal-in pedal connector and a signal-out pedal connector. The primary effects pedal and the secondary effects pedal are further electrically connected by a bridge cable. The mounting cartridge is attached to an electric instrument through a cartridge receiver; the cartridge receiver including a signal-in terminal to be electrically connected to the signal-in port and a signal-out terminal to be electrically connected to the signal-out port.



Drumhead Tuning Rim System and Method of Use

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A drumhead tuning rim system and method for securing and tuning a drumhead on a drum shell of a drum, comprising a drumhead tuning rim apparatus comprising a cable tension dial assembly configured for operably engaging a rim of the drum so as to increase or decrease tension on the rim, the rim being configured for seating over the drumhead on the drum shell, and an apparatus controller configured for operably interfacing with the drumhead tuning rim apparatus so as to selectively control the cable tension dial assembly and thereby adjust the overall pitch of the drumhead as by adjusting the tension on the rim.



TUNING MECHANISM

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A tuning mechanism (1) for a stringed instrument (2), including: a body (3); a neck (4) extending from the body (3); strings (5) secured to a headstock (6) by a headstock string retainer (7) and to the body (3) by a tailpiece (8). The strings (5) are tensioned over a span formed between a first (10) and a second string supports (11), respectively located on the body (3) and at, or adjacent, the headstock (6). The tuning mechanism (1) includes a manually adjustable tensioning mechanism (13), locatable on the body (3) and connected to at least one movable string deflector (14), contacting a string (5) between the first string support (10) and the tailpiece (8) along a deflection path (28) co-incident with the longitudinal axis of the string (5) between the first string support (10) and the tailpiece (8). Tensioning mechanism (13) adjustment produces a commensurate string deflector (14) movement generating lateral deflection of the string (5) along the deflection path (29) from contact with the string deflector (14).



Simple Music - Next Generation Keyboard

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Musical instruments are circumscribed to their physical boundaries. They produce sound through vibrations at different frequencies constraint by the instruments themselves. The representation of these frequencies, rather than geometrical and mathematically simple, is the result of very complex vibration patterns. Some instruments get away with arranging individual notes to the player's convenience by the inclusion of multiple individual instruments within one body. The piano is a prominent example of an instrument with manipulated note architecture. It has an individual musical instrument for each sound although still circumscribed to a common body with its sound implications. However it follows a chromatic pattern, including consecutive series of each musical note according to its pitch rather than taking full advantage of its opportunity to translate the complex frequency behavior of notes into geometrical, visual patterns.On the other hand, we introduce the Keyboard, an instrument intended to accommodate for the sound of most instruments, but still resembling the pattern of one of them, the piano. Like the piano, still forces players to separate their fingers by predetermined amount of spaces over other keys to obtain basic chords. Moreover, when trying to change the way the chords sound through changing their voicing, the fingers pattern changes widely. Not to mention, this happens even with the use of white keys only; it gets much more complicated when the black keys are incorporated into the musical play.At present, there has been a tendency for technology and games to providing for people to feel like they are playing musical instruments, to mention, Guitar Hero, Wii Music, etc. People are eager to try these games as within most people there is a desired of understanding music and musical instruments but find themselves incapable of learning and developing instrument specific musical skills, especially as time goes by.New Board of Keys patterns are proposed. These key patterns prioritize on the visualization and building of chords. Although with similitude to the keyboard in the sense of providing for pressing individual keys and to the guitar in the sense of allowing multiple instances of each particular note, they provide for a simplified way for common people, on instances limited by time or abilities to further developing musical skills to use a visual, simple way of learning and playing music. Moreover, these new boards of keys provide for reapplying learned music patterns for any given key to every single music key, a feature rarely found in musical instruments.



Accelerometer and Gyroscope Controlled Tone Effects for Use With Electric instruments

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A movement actuated tone effects system is provided for manipulating the electrical signal of an electric instrument by moving the electrical instrument in relation to a set of reference axes. A movement actuated tone effects unit is positioned within the electric instrument or within an effects cartridge attached to the electric instrument via a cartridge receiver. The movement actuated tone effects unit includes a motion sensor unit, a processor, a tone effects circuit, and a power source, wherein the motion sensor unit measures the motion of the electric instrument and generates electrical signals directed to the processor. The processor analyzes the electrical signals, determines the appropriate tone effect to apply, and then directs the tone effects circuit to produce the desired tone effect. The movement actuated tone effects unit may further include an integrated speaker, a signal converter, a transmitter, and a device terminal.



String bender attachment for guitar vibrato

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A string bending device includes a handle, handle bracket, and a lever, referred to as the puller, which replace the standard handle and handle bracket of a Bigsby® Vibrato. The handle bracket attaches to the string bar of the vibrato, about which the guitar strings are wrapped and terminated by attaching to pins projecting from the shaft of the string bar. The handle bracket is rigidly attached to the shaft and handle and lever are pivotally attached to handle bracket by separate parallel centers. The puller is pivoted through a limited arc, with adjustable stop screws at start and end of arc. The primary end of puller is actuated by contact with handle and secondary end of puller has aperture thru which one string passes, allowing compound leverage to stretch string to greater length when puller is pivoted about its axis. The pivot centers of both handle and lever are perpendicular to and offset from axis of shaft. An extension spring connects lever and handle bracket to apply torque to lever opposite that of string, reducing force required to stretch string. The handle is positioned generally parallel to top of guitar. Handle is generally parallel to strings, but lateral position is determined by start and stop positions of arc of lever travel. Handle is moved toward top of guitar to lower pitch of all strings and/or toward strings in direction generally parallel to top of guitar to raise pitch of one string. These movements can occur independently or simultaneously.



ELECTRONIC DRUMS

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An electronic drum having a shell, a drum head mounted to the shell, and at least one distance detector arranged below the drum head and configured to detect and quantify a change in distance between the distance detector and the drum head.



KEYBOARD UNIT

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A keyboard unit includes: a key; a plurality of members which include the key, and each of which has an engaged section for forming an engaged state, the engaged state changed by turning of the key, at least a portion of the engaged section formed of a conductor; a detector which is configured to detect information on the engaged state of the plurality of members by detecting a conduction state between the at least portions of the engaged sections which are in contact with each other; and a determiner which is configured to determine a musical sound parameter based on a detection result of the detector.



KEYBOARD UNIT

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A keyboard unit includes: a key; a displacement member which is configured to be driven directly or indirectly with the key by a pressing operation of the key to be moved in a forward stroke direction; a detector which is configured to detect that an operation direction of the displacement member has changed from the forward stroke direction to a returning direction; and a generator which is configured to generate sound generation indication information based on information detected by the detector.



KEYBOARD UNIT

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A keyboard unit includes: a key; a displacement member driven directly or indirectly with the key by a pressing operation to be moved; object detection sections including: detection sections, states of which become state change detection state when detecting changes instates of the key and the displacement member; and a generator, in a case that states of all the object detection sections become the state change detection state in the forward stroke of a key pressing operation, obtaining detection results of at least two sets of the detection sections, each set including two object detection sections, selecting at least one of the obtained detection results of the at least two sets of the detection sections, and generating sound generation indication information based on the selected at least one of the detection results.



Movement Musical Instrument

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A wearable wireless device. The wireless device has musical functionality. The wireless device captures, processes, and transmits movement information to an app based device.



Dual Mode Tuner Display

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A tuner, a display, and a method implement the steps of (a) illuminating a configuration of elements within a first pattern of elements to indicate the target frequency for tuning; (b) illuminating a configuration of elements within a different, second pattern in which the number of illuminated elements corresponds to the number of coarse increments of sharp or flat deviation or total coarse deviation of the sensed waveform fundamental frequency relative to the target frequency; and (c) upon tuning to less than the minimum coarse sharp or flat deviation relative to the target frequency, illuminating a configuration of elements within a different, third pattern in which the number of illuminated windows corresponds to the number of fine increments of deviation or total fine deviation relative to the target frequency. These steps are substantially simultaneously implemented for both sharp and flat deviation to arrive at a final tuning.



PORTABLE COMPONENT MARIMBA

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A portable component marimba comprising a frame having two opposing sections facing each other. A resonator support rack held in place by gravity extends between the two frame sections. A resonator assembly having a linearly arranged series of resonators extends between the two frame sections and is engaged with the resonator support rack by means of two lateral support brackets. A tone bar assembly extends between the two frame sections and includes a linear series of tone bars interconnected by two lateral laces and is supported by a tone bar support rack. The laces may be tied off on cleats located on the crossbeams. The tone bar support rack may include dampening lace support brackets. The resonator assemblies may incorporate balanced resonators. The tone bars may include sustained dampeners.



VARIABLE CHAMBERED PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention is a percussion instrument comprising a body enclosed on all sides by one or more walls. Internal to the body is a matrix comprising two or more compartments. One or more solid masses are located within at least one of the two or more compartments, and are used to produce sound.



CONSTANT TENSION DEVICE

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A support is configured to support and apply a constant or near-constant tension onto a wire or string, such as a musical string of a stringed musical instrument. The wire is attached to a carrier that moves axially. One or more springs operate between the carrier and a point that is fixed relative to the carrier and apply a transverse spring force to the carrier. A spring angle is defined between a line normal to the axis and a line of action of each spring. The transverse spring force can have an axial force component and an axial spring rate that is a function of the spring angle. The carrier can be positioned so that the axial spring rate is zero, negative or positive. A primary spring can apply a primary force directed coaxial with the wire. If the wire changes in length the primary force will correspondingly change, as will the axial force component. The transverse spring can be selected so that the axial force component of the transverse spring approximates the change in the force applied by the primary spring so that the axial force applied to the carrier and wire remains generally constant.



FOLDING STRINGED INSTRUMENT

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A folding stringed instrument has a narrow body, a neck with a fret board and strings. Tuning pegs and a bridge are on a front face of the body, with an optional microphone pick-up and a stand at the end of the body. The neck and body are connected about a pivot set back from the face. The pivot comprises a pin between the opposite sides of the flange and a secondary roller. The neck is formed of an aluminum channel, with the fret board secured to one side and a closure plate closing the channel. Trunnions extend from the channel at the body end of the neck for connection to the pin. At the head end, the web of the channel is cut away and the flanges bent inwards in a lazy Z manner to support a further pivot pin for a primary roller around which the strings pass.



Handheld Vibration Control Device for Musical Instruments

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A handheld device for controlling a vibration of a resonant musical member of a musical instrument includes a handheld housing; at least one transducer on the housing that is configured to sense a proximity and/or vibration of a resonant musical member and output an actuating vibratory electromagnetic force based on the vibration of the resonant musical member; and a haptic component on the housing that is configured to output a tactile feedback responsive to a location and/or vibration of a resonant musical member.



Electronic Bass Drum

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An Electronic Bass Drum includes one or more loudspeakers, an internal amplifier system, a removable electronic drum module and control panel, at least one impact sensitive electronic kick pad, an attachment for mounting a bass drum pedal, mounting hardware for tom toms or other acoustic or electronic instruments, legs for stabilization, one or more headphone jacks for silent play, input jacks for other instruments and/or microphones, and an MP3 player cradle for playing along with or recording music.



PERCUSSION MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A drumhead that is removably fitted onto a drum shell and seated in a rubber ring to create a seal to form a percussion instrument is disclosed. The percussion instrument thus formed does not require any hardware, rope, or adhesives applying tension to hold the drumhead to the drum shell to create a normal percussive sound.



MARCHING DRUM HARDWARE ARTICULATION DAMPENER

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A marching drum articulation dampener for percussion instrument holder that allows attachment to a user mounted carrier. The holder allows adjustment for positioning about the user, and pivoting of the holder to allow the holder to pivot or rotate up to allow the holder with instruments to fit a narrower space. The holder further allows for pivotal attachment of individual drums to link or pivot allowing the linked drums to articulate. The holder can also consist of members that allow a connected drum to move in horizontal position, angle, or height of the drum. A plurality of unique drum connecting members is disclosed that allow the connecting members to connect onto drum tension rods or on a drum lug. A lift assisting mechanism is used to assist in lifts drums from a horizontal to a vertical orientation.



ELECTRONIC MUTE FOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A musical instrument mute, a mute body, a microphone, a speaker, and a microcontroller for electronic modification of sound emitted from a musical instrument. A mute body is positionable within a bell or horn of the musical instrument, and the body has a proximal end portion and is configured to at least partially occlude the bell or horn. A microphone is positioned at the proximal end portion of the mute body and is configured to transduce a sound produced by the musical instrument. A speaker is positioned in the mute body as well. A microcontroller is configured to receive a signal from the microphone and to electronically modify the sound of the instrument when emitted through the speaker. Some mutes also provide a communication transceiver, sensors, and input devices to control and manipulate sound produced by the mute.



SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HOLDING AN INSTRUMENT PICK

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A device configured for holding a plectrum to a user's hand. The device includes a loop end and a pick end, the loop end configured to be disposed over a user's thumb, and the pick end configured to hold at least one pick. The pick end may include adhesive or an area of higher friction by which the pick is coupled with the device. The pick end may include a cavity configured for receiving the pick. The cavity may be substantially rigid, configured to fit a particular shape and size of plectrum. The cavity may be substantially flexible, configured to receive plectra of different shapes and sizes. The pick end and loop end may be a single unit. The pick end may be removably coupleable with the loop end, allowing a user to prepare multiple pick ends or to interchange an adhesive pick end with a cavity pick end.



STRING TENSIONER FOR STRINGED INSTRUMENT

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A string tensioner module for a stringed musical instrument is configured to apply a constant or near-constant tension to the musical strings of the instrument. The module is divided into a plurality of string tensioners, one string tensioner for each musical string. Each string tensioner employs a primary spring that apply the primary force coaxial with the string. Each string tensioner also employs a secondary spring that applies a secondary force in a direction crossing the axis of the string, and thus applying an axial force component that changes as the angle of the secondary spring changes. The primary and secondary springs are selected so that the change in the axial force component of the secondary spring as the string changes in length approximates the change in force applied by the primary spring so that the axial force applied to the string remains generally constant even as the string changes in length.



STRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENT PERFORMANCE FEEDBACK SYSTEM AND METHOD

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A real time performance pressure feedback system for a stringed instrument includes a pressure sensor, a desired pressure input device, a feedback device, and a controller. The pressure sensor is configured to be fixedly and removably attached to the stringed instrument on a pressure surface, and to generate a pressure signal indicative of a pressure being applied to the pressure surface. The desired pressure user input device is configured to receive a desired pressure input and to generate a desired pressure signal indicative of the desired pressure input. The feedback device is configured to generate feedback to a performer at least in part in response to a performance feedback signal. The controller is communicatively connected to the pressure sensor, the desired pressure user input, and the feedback device, and is configured to generate the performance feedback signal at least in part in response to the pressure signal.



Apparatus and method for composing piano pieces and teaching piano music notation and teaching piano playing

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

The present invention provides an apparatus and a teaching method, and a composing method; and provides Music Cling™ sheets printed with Berry Musical(© 2014 Carol Caldwell-Edmonds and Shannon Edmonds) music notation symbols. The Music Cling™ sheets cling to a piano keyboard, and to an apparatus that is an object of this present invention. The size of the spaces between the 5 Berry Musical staff lines comprise an exact match between placement of notes on said staff and finger placement on standard piano keys. The use of static cling vinyl sheets printed as described above as manipulatives, not as labels or identifiers is new and unique. This invention does not require that students memorize letters, symbols, and the music staff before they can play music; rather it allows students to manipulate symbols when printed on Music Cling sheets as described to learn how to play piano.



ONBOARD CAPACITIVE TOUCH CONTROL FOR AN INSTRUMENT TRANSDUCER

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A pickup unit for an electrical stringed instrument, such as an electric guitar, includes a housing structured to be connected to the stringed instrument and a number of pickups provided within the housing, each pickup being structured to produce signals corresponding to vibration of one or more strings of the stringed instrument. The pickup unit also includes a number of capacitive touch electrodes provided on or within the housing, wherein the pickup unit is structured to generate control signals in response to a user of the pickup unit touching one or more of the number of capacitive touch electrodes, the control signal being configured to control processing of the signals produced by the number of pickups.



SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PACING REPETITIVE MOTION ACTIVITIES

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for transferring data between a storage and playback device and a server containing at least one audio file having information for producing a tempo that is sensible to at least one user as the at least one user performs a repetitive motion activity, the storage and playback device being capable of storing and playing the information in the audio file, the method comprising, at the data storage and playback device, or at a combination of the server and the data storage and playback device: receiving a request to substantially match at least one audio file based on its beats per minute for outputting on the storage and payback device; identifying a metadata tempo tag for each designated audio file, each tempo tag indicating the tempo of the audio file; and causing to be delivered to, or providing to, the storage and playback device the audio file.



AUTOMATIC TRANSCRIPTION OF MUSICAL CONTENT AND REAL-TIME MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Various embodiments provide techniques for generating real-time musical accompaniment for musical content included in an audio signal. A real-time musical accompaniment system receives the audio signal via an audio input device. The system extract, from the audio signal, musical information characterizing at least a portion of the musical content. The system generates musical information that has at least one of a rhythmic relationship and a harmonic relationship with the musical information. The system generates an output audio signal that is complementary to the musical information. The system transmits, substantially immediately after receiving the audio signal, the output audio signal to an audio output device.



CONTROL METHODS FOR MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A method for generating music is provided, the method comprising receiving, on a capacitive touch sensitive interface such as a keyboard, multi-finger gesture inputs having a first component and a second component, wherein the second component has a temporal evolution such as speed; determining the onset of an audio signal, such as a tone, based on the first component, analysing the temporal evolution of the second component to determine MIDI or Open Sound Control OSC instructions; modifying the audio signal based on the instructions, in particular by decoupling the temporal relationship between specific gesture inputs (e.g. at key onset, during a note and upon key release), thus mapping gesture and motion inputs, to thus obtain previously unachievable musical effects with music synthesizers.



MULTIFUNCTIONAL DIGITAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An electronic musical instrument includes a database including timbre data corresponding to a plurality of musical instruments an acoustic data input unit configured to display an acoustic data input position corresponding to a selected one of the musical instruments, detect whether the acoustic data input position is touched, and receive information on the touched acoustic data input position a mouthpiece detachably provided and having a shape corresponding to a shape of a mouthpiece of the selected musical instrument a wind sensor unit configured to measure an amount of air to generate loudness data a control unit configured to receive timbre data corresponding to the information on the touched acoustic data input position, receive the loudness data from the wind sensor unit, and synthesize the timbre data and the loudness data to output an acoustic sound signal of the selected musical instrument and a power supply unit configured to supply power.



Piano Musical Notation

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A musical notation for piano music includes a top line including right finger numbering denoting finger positions of fingers of the right hand on keys of a piano and a bottom line including left finger numbering denoting finger positions of fingers of the left hand on keys of the piano. Each of the right and left finger numbering includes the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 that correspond to the thumb, the pointer finger, the middle finger, the right finger, and the pinky finger, respectively. Each of a right hand position change and a left hand position change is denoted by a symbol. A chord is denoted by stacked finger numbering.



AUTOMATIC TRANSCRIPTION OF MUSICAL CONTENT AND REAL-TIME MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

In at least one embodiment, a method of performing automatic transcription of musical content included in an audio signal received by a computing device is provided. The method includes processing, using the computing device, the received audio signal to extract musical information characterizing at least a portion of the musical content and generating, using the computing device, a plurality of musical notations representing alternative musical interpretations of the extracted musical information. The method further includes applying a selected one of the plurality of musical notations for transcribing the musical content of the received audio signal.



HI-HAT PEDAL ASSEMBLY

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Drum pedal assemblies are disclosed which can include one or more adjustment features. Adjustment features which can be included in embodiments of the present disclosure can include components for adjusting pedal angle and/or height, and the resistance offered by the pedal (such as due to a spring connection). Pedal assemblies according to some embodiments of the present disclosure can include rotatable base plates for easy storage and travel. Pedal assemblies according to some embodiments the present disclosure can include securing means such as retractable spikes for stabilizing the pedal assembly.



MOUNTING DEVICE FOR CYMBAL TYPE PERCUSSION INSTRUMENT

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A mounting device for a cymbal type percussion instrument, the cymbal type percussion instrument which includes at least one cymbal that is supported on a support, the mounting device includes: a mounting member which is mounted in at least two different positions on the cymbal type percussion instrument, the mounting member which is configured to suppress motion of the cymbal when the mounting member is mounted in the at least two different positions on the cymbal type percussion instrument so as to hold a position of the mounting member relative to the cymbal.



Electronic Cowbell

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Various implementations of an electronic cowbell are provided. In one aspect, an electronic cowbell may include a main holder, a first sensor, a second sensor, an elastic pad, and a back cover. The first sensor may be disposed on a first portion of the main holder. The second sensor may be disposed on a second portion of the main holder. The elastic pad may be disposed on the main holder. The first sensor and the second sensor may be configured to detect percussions of multiple percussion zones of the main holder. The back cover and the main holder may be coupled together to form an enclosure that contains either or both of the first sensor and the second sensor therein.



DRUM STAND BASKET WITH SPRING ADJUSTMENT AND OTHER FEATURES

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

Drum stands and drum stand baskets, including those for use with a snare drum, are described. Drum stands and drum stand baskets according to the present disclosure can include an adjustment feature which enables the basket to fit differently sized drums. Additionally, drum stands and drum stand baskets according to the present disclosure can include elements which result in less interference with the sound of a snare drum compared to a snare drum in a prior art drum stand. Finally, embodiments of the present disclosure can be compacted for easy storage or transport.



MUSICAL DRUM WITH REMOVABLE SNARE ASSEMBLY

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A housing for a musical instrument having a resonant chamber made from several integrated panel members with at least one snare assembly having individual wires with each grouping of individual wires having a first end portion connected to a first mounting member releasably supported at a first position inside the resonant chamber and a second end portion connected to a second mounting member releasably supported at a second position inside the resonant chamber. First and second mounting members are disposed cooperatively to vertically stretch the wires substantially taut in continuous contact relation with the inside surface of the strike plate. A first generally wedge-shaped support member is secured at the first position and a second generally wedge-shaped support member is secured at the second position. The first and second wedge-shaped support members are spaced apart and have sloping surfaces disposed towards the inside surface of a panel member or strike plate and conformed to receive corresponding first and second mounting members in angular relation.



MAGNETICALLY SECURED INSTRUMENT TRIGGER

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus, system, and method for a magnetically and releaseably attachable trigger for an instrument is provided. The trigger and securing device are disposed on either side of a drumhead or other instrument surface via magnetic force, keeping the instrument surface intact and not deforming the instrument surface. Additionally, the trigger provides for an increased sensitivity of sound by being in direct physical contact with the surface on which it is attached.



FINGERNAIL PICK APPARATUS AND METHOD

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 08:00:00 EDT

A fingernail pick having improved fingernail attachment systems and playing surfaces that are shaped for improved sound quality and ease of playing of stringed instruments.