Patent number 8565450 is assigned to Dronge; Mark (
The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "When playing an electronic musical instrument, such as an electronic guitar, pedals are often used to enable variations in the audio effects generated by the instrument. Each pedal is typically situated in the audio path from the instrument to an amplifier and effects a specific modification of the audio being generated by the instrument, the modification being determined by the construction and setting of the pedal.
"A significant drawback of such pedals is that when multiple pedals are used, they must be placed in a specific order and sequentially connected together. The order in which the pedals are placed determines the order in which the audio effects are applied and the order of application of the audio effects significantly affects the audio sounds being output from the amplifier.
"The order of the pedals cannot be easily changed while playing the instrument due to the necessity of unplugging and re-plugging audio cables interconnecting the instrument, the pedals and the amplifier. As such, during a live performance, a guitarist cannot readily stop the performance to re-arrange the pedals in order to provide a different audio effect.
"It is therefore desirable to provide a player of an electronic guitar or other electronic musical instrument with the ability to easily vary the effects provided by pedals or other audio effect components."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "It is an object of the present invention to provide an arrangement and method for enabling audio effects provided by audio effect components to be easily varied, and a computer program which facilitates the variations of the application of audio effect components.
"In order to achieve this object and others, an arrangement for controlling application of audio effect components in an audio path from a musical instrument to an audio output component in accordance with the invention includes a crosspoint switch device having an audio input connection adapted to be coupled to the instrument, an audio output connection adapted to be coupled to the audio output component, a plurality of effect input connections and a plurality of effect output connections. Each audio effect component has its input coupled to a respective effect input connection and its output coupled to a respective effect output connection. The crosspoint switch device enables connection of each effect input connection to the audio input connection and all of the effect output connections, and each effect output connection to the audio output connection, as well as a connection between the audio input connection and the audio output connection which would be used if no audio effect components are to be used. A control unit controls the connections between the audio input connection, the audio output connection, the effect input connections and the effect output connections to enable variations in the audio path from the audio input connection to the audio output connection via the audio effect components. For example, the control unit can control the connections to enable variations in the number and order of the audio effect components being interposed in the audio path between the audio input connection and the audio output connection.
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