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  Electronic musical instrument Summary
But beyond the voice, other musical instruments have been developed over the millennia because of a desire to extend the range of sounds that are possible for the listener to hear.
Simple electronic musical instruments are sometimes called sound effects; the border between sound effects and actual musical instruments is often hazy.
The most commonly used electronic instruments are synthesizers, so-called because they artificially generate sound using techniques such as additive, subtractive, FM and physical modelling synthesis to create sounds.
www.bookrags.com /Electronic_musical_instrument   (1586 words)

  Electronic musical instrument - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An electronic musical instrument is a musical instrument that produces its sounds using electronics.
Simple electronic musical instruments are sometimes called sound effects; the border between sound effects and actual musical instruments is often hazy.
The most commonly used electronic instruments are synthesizers, so-called because they artificially generate sound using techniques such as additive, subtractive, FM and physical modelling synthesis to create sounds.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Electronic_musical_instrument   (854 words)

 Musical Instrument Digital Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or MIDI, is an industry-standard electronic communications protocol that defines each musical note in an electronic musical instrument such as a synthesizer, precisely and concisely, allowing electronic musical instruments and computers to exchange data, or "talk", with each other.
Electronic musical instruments, including synthesizers, samplers, drum machines, and electronic drums, which are used to perform music in real time and are inherently able to transmit a MIDI data stream of the performance.
Traditional instruments such as drums, pianos, and accordions which are outfitted with sensors and a computer which accepts input from the sensors and transmits real-time performance information as MIDI data.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Musical_Instrument_Digital_Interface   (3981 words)

 Electronic musical instrument - Patent 4419919
A digital electronic musical instrument according to claim 1, wherein two musical tone generating means are provided, and further comprising means in one of said musical tone generating means to generate a musical tone signal representing a tone with vibrato.
If a musical tone data representing a tone with vibrato and a musical tone data representing a tone without vibrato are present in the two musical tone control means, respectively, the musical instrument will produce a musical tone with a delicately changing pitch.
Similarly, the musical tone signal from the unit 2 is supplied via a D/A converter 8 and a filter 11 to the combination circuit 13, and the musical tone signal from the unit 3 via a D/A converter 9 and a filter 12 to the combination circuit 13.
www.freepatentsonline.com /4419919.html   (4228 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
A musical keyboard system as claimed in daim 2, wherein the first sensor and the second sensor are mounted in a spaced apart relationship by a distance that is set and known, the first sensor and the second sensor being spaced apart by either or both of vertically and horizontally.
A musical keyboard as claimed in claim 4, wherein the first sensor is located towards an outer end of the key, and the second sensor is located towards an inner, pivoting end of the key, the second sensor being of a height greater than a height of the first sensor.
A musical keyboard system as claimed in claim 6, wherein the first sensor is biased towards the key and is able to move with the key against the bias until the key activates the second sensor.
www.wipo.int /cgi-pct/guest/getbykey5?KEY=05/17876.050224&ELEMENT_SET=DECL   (3922 words)

 Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
Musical instrument repairers and tuners, often referred to as technicians, work in four specialties: band instruments, pianos and organs, violins, and guitars.
Some musical instrument repairers and tuners learn their trade on the job as apprentices or assistants, but employers willing to provide on-the-job training are difficult to find.
Musical instrument repairer and tuner jobs are expected to increase more slowly than the average for all occupations through the year 2006.
www.umsl.edu /services/govdocs/ooh9899/65.htm   (1815 words)

 Sampler (musical instrument) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A sampler is an electronic musical instrument that can record and store audio signal samples, generally recordings of existing sounds, and play them back at a range of pitches.
An early form of sampler was an instrument called the 'Mellotron' (later Novatron due to licensing issues) which used individual pre-recorded tape loops, one under each key on the keyboard.
Akai entered the electronic musical instrument world in 1984 with the first in a series of affordable samplers the S612, an 8bit digital sampler module.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sampler_(musical_instrument)   (1290 words)

 Automatic arpeggio electronic musical instrument - Patent 4054078
A musical instrument according to claim 1, further comprising a pulse-width change circuit interconnected between said pulse generator means and said timing pulse generator.
A musical instrument according to claim 1 further comprising word converting circuit means for converting a word of a major scale into a word of a minor scale, said word converting circuit being interconnected between said memory means and said digital-to-analog converter means.
The musical instrument preferably includes word converting circuit means for converting a word of a major scale into a word of a minor scale and which is interconnected between the memory means and the digital-to-analog converter means.
www.freepatentsonline.com /4054078.html   (2846 words)

 History of Electronic Instruments and Film
Yet his concept of a multi-timbral and highly flexible electronic musical instrument (the first to employ additive synthesis) controlled by a traditional musical keyboard had established, if unsuccessfully for the moment, a vision that would not again be fully realized until the invention of the synthesizer half a century later.
In 1917, he designed the prototype of the theremin (or thereminvox), an instrument that allowed the musician to modulate an electronic tone (fixed to resemble a violin) by moving her hands in proximity to two antennae (one for pitch, one for volume).
In fact, despite its significant contribution to film and popular understanding of electronic music, the theremin was something of a commercial failure in comparison to one of the instruments it inspired.
www.trifectapress.com /text/ElectronicInstruments.html   (5296 words)

If you ask just about anyone who owns an electronic musical instrument that was made since 1984 or so, the answer you'll get is likely to be, "It's those plugs on the back." And that answer is right, as far as it goes.
It was developed jointly by the major manufacturers of electronic musical instruments, and as such, represents a cooperative effort of impressive proportions.
A typical MIDI instrument will have some kind of audio output, whether it consists of built-in speakers or jacks for connection to external amplification; this audio output is necessary for you to hear the sound that the instrument produces.
www.iaekm.org /nutshell.html   (1291 words)

 Electronic musical instrument - Patent 4483229
The present invention relates to an electronic musical instrument and, more particularly, to a digital tone generating system suitable for the large scale integrated circuit (hereinafter referred to as an LSI circuit).
17 is a block diagram of an electronic musical instrument in the third embodiment of the present invention.
The major portions of the electronic musical instrument, even if the microcomputer is contained, can be constructed on one printed circuit base plate, thus resulting in a remarkable progress as compared with the conventional construction using the ten-odd or several tens of printed circuit base plates.
www.freepatentsonline.com /4483229.html   (8377 words)

 AMIS: Abstract: The Fine Craft of Electronic Musical Instrument Making   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Most early instruments were designed to be played in ways analogous to traditional acoustic instruments, while a few enabled musicians to create music offline by mechanical programming.
As the technical base of electronic musical instruments has shifted from vacuum tubes to transistors, to integrated circuits, to very-large-scale digital chips and complex software, the factors governing the instruments' 'playability' have also shifted.
Considerations regarding the timbral and response characteristics of electronic musical instruments will be discussed, and directions for future development will be identified.
www.amis.org /meet/01abstracts/moog.htm   (205 words)

 Take an Electronic Odyssey with inventor Theremin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The eponymous electronic musical instrument of the late Lev Sergeivich Termen represented a turning point in the nascent phase of electronic technology.
The futuristic Theremin was the first musical instrument to employ electricity and amplification (it has the capacity to out-blast an orchestra of 200 people).
It is also the first musical instrument (other than the human voice) that is aurally transmutative, yet, paradoxically, was and is the only "non-contact" musical instrument.
www.stp.uh.edu /vol61/951102/8a.html   (525 words)

 Casio v. U.S.
(c) the term "electronic musical instruments" embraces all musical instruments in which the sound is generated electrically, and conventional- type instruments not suitable for playing without electrical amplification, but the term does not include conventional- type instruments, fitted with electrical pickup and amplifying devices, when the instrument is suitable for playing without such amplification.
We deem it essential to its classification as a "musical instrument" -- in the absence of some indication of legislative intent to the contrary -- that there be a capability in an organ of producing sound when played upon.
The court further emphasized its position that audible sound was required for proper classification of an article as an electronic musical instrument in a later section of the opinion discussing the adequacy of the assignment of error.
www.ll.georgetown.edu /Federal/judicial/fed/opinions/95opinions/95-1099.html   (2086 words)

 Artifact: Full Record for 120 years of electronic music : electronic musical instrument 1870-1990
Description: Created in 1998, this is version 3 of a web site, which documents the development of electronic musical instruments from 1870 to 1990 - although the main focus is on instruments being developed from the beginning of the twentieth century to 1960.
Electronic musical instruments are defined here as "instruments that synthesise sounds from an electronic source".
Hybrid electronic instruments from the end of the nineteenth century are left out of this definition and some non-electronic instruments (for example, the Futurists' 'Intonarumori') have been included, since it was thought that they were important in the historical development of modern music.
www.artifact.ac.uk /displayoai.php?id=665   (223 words)

 Electronic medical record and electronic express including medical record electronic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Electronic component reliability data in http://electronic-component-reliability-data.xdrx.az.pl electronic component reliability data.
Electronic sweep in http://medical-electronic-billing.xdrx.az.pl medical electronic billing.
http://electronic-procurement-software.xdrx.az.pl electronic procurement software and electronic chocks.
www.cs.bsu.edu /~kwsweger/bboard/messages/1279.html   (924 words)

 Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners
Musical instruments are a source of entertainment and recreation for millions of people.
Maintaining these instruments so they perform properly is the job of musical instrument repairers and tuners.
Musical instrument repairer and tuner jobs are expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2005.
www.umsl.edu /services/govdocs/ooh9697/200.htm   (1557 words)

 Measuring Behavior 2002: Bongers
Musical instruments have a long history of development as the most sensitive artefacts for human expression.
Electronic musical instruments, developed in the last century, are no exception.
In the field of the electronic arts, examples can be found of human interfaces that are extremely sensitive and precise, enabling the artist to have profound and intimate control over the complex processes inside the computer.
www.noldus.com /events/mb2002/program/abstracts/bongers.html   (974 words)

 Moog Patents
Possibly the most famous electronic music patent ever, this is the guts of the circuitry for the Moog 904A voltage-controlled low-pass filter, the Moog 904B voltage-controlled high-pass filter and the Moog 904C filter coupler.
Bob Moog probably noted that a filter for musical applications should have a steep slope (24 dB/oct in this case), should have the resonance adjustable without affecting the tuned frequency (and vice-versa), and that the resonance should be adjustable to oscillation.
In the early days of hobbyist electronic music a VCA or VCF was often implemented on the cheap, avoiding transconductance amps and matched transistors, by pulse-width-modulating a CMOS gate at a high frequency to simulate a voltage controlled resistor.
www.till.com /articles/moog/patents.html   (3599 words)

 Phil Rees music tech history links
Compehensive review of the subject of music controllers, discusses all kinds of innovative and facinating devices for interacting with electronic music.
This information center for electronic music is part of a project to make known the work of the pioneers and to support those who are working in the field.
He has a collection of electronic music and technopop by Japanese artists.
www.philrees.co.uk /links/histmt.htm   (387 words)

 Vanderbilt Register: Good vibrations coming out of Intelligent Robotics Laboratory
Electronic virtuoso: Engineering professor Kazuhiko Kawamura (left), director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, observes as graduate student Kar-Wing Chan readies a humanoid robot (left foreground) to play a theremin, an electronic musical instrument that requires great precision to be played properly.
The instrument has been used in such movie soundtracks as "Alice in Wonderland" as well as numerous science fiction motion picture scores to suggest the eerie and frightening.
He explains that, unlike conventional instruments such as the piano, guitar or trombone, there is no physical reference between any note and its location relative to the instrument.
www.vanderbilt.edu /News/register/Mar16_98/vr5.html   (726 words)

 (WO 03/030142) VOICE-CONTROLLED ELECTRONIC MUSICAL INSTRUMENT   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
(57) An electronic, voice-controlled musical instrument called the Vocolo, in which the player hums into the mouthpiece, and the device imitates the sound of a musical instrument whose pitch and volume change in response to the player's voice is disclosed.
The player is given the impression of playing the actual instrument and controlling it intimately with the fine nuances of his voice.
The invention comprises techniques for pitch quantization that provide esthetically pleasing note transitions, mechanisms for song recording that are suited for rhythmic repeated playback and performance evaluation of the player's pitch control, techniques related to expressive control and pitch detection, and techniques for mitigating the effect of pitch detection errors.
www.wipo.int /ipdl/IPDL-CIMAGES/view/pct/getbykey5?KEY=03/30142.030410   (230 words)

 Patents and Applications
Musical tone synthesizing apparatus utilizing an all pass filter for phase modification in a feedback loop
Musical tone synthesizing apparatus for synthesizing a musical tone of an acoustic musical instrument having a plurality of simultaneously excited tone generating elements
Musical tone synthesizing apparatus capable of convoluting a noise signal in response to an excitation signal
www.sondiusxg.com /patent.html   (1008 words)

 Stein Electronic Instrument Collection at the National Music Museum
Charles D. Stein shows a model how to play the emicon at the Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas in June 1936.  The emicon is a monophonic electronic keyboard instrument invented by Nicholas Langer in 1929-30.  It can produce tones similar to those of a violin, 'cello, saxophone, oboe, trumpet, mandolin, guitar, and bagpipe.
In addition to the Stein electronic instruments, the Museum also has, in the Arne B.
Both of these instruments are on display in the Museum's Everist Gallery.
www.usd.edu /smm/stein.html   (475 words)

 Worldwide Internet Music Resources: Instruments
Theremin: an electronic musical instrument based on the the theory of beat frequencies
Musical Instrument Exchange: Site for stringed musicians and artists interested in exchanging information about: 1) The purchase or sale of fine stringed instruments and bows 2) Quality dealers 3) Cultural events in the world of music 4) Employment and Educational opportunities.
This music resource list is offered as a service of the William and Gayle Cook Music Library, Indiana University.
library.music.indiana.edu /music_resources/instr.html   (376 words)

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