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Patent Application Titled "Vocal / Instrumental Training System and Method of Same" Published Online

May 22, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- According to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews journalists, a patent application by the inventor Leflore, Bradley Wilson (Morgan City, MS), filed on July 25, 2013, was made available online on May 8, 2014.

No assignee for this patent application has been made.

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to a system for developing and/or improving a person's vocal or musical abilities, such as in singing, game calling and/or playing musical instruments. One embodiment of the invention is a vocal training system comprised of a software program that can be used in smartphone based applications and/or downloadable software for a PC and/or Mac computer that helps users replicate a desired vocal sound, such as a wild game call.

"Wild game hunting has been a popular recreational activity in the United States for generations. Many hunters utilize the tactic of game calling, in which the hunter uses his voice to try to mimic the mating, gathering and/or feeding calls of the desired game in an attempt to attract the game to within firing range of the hunter. However, game calling is not easy, and typically requires a great deal of practice and training to become proficient in accurately reproducing a particular game call."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent application, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "Therefore, one object of the present invention is to provide a system for developing a person's ability to accurately replicate a desired sound, such as wild game calls, or other vocal performances. These and other objects of the invention can be achieved in the preferred embodiments of the invention described below.

"One embodiment of the invention comprises a system that helps users accurately replicate a desired sound comprising a software program that can be used in smartphone based applications and/or downloadable software for a PC and/or Mac computer. The system gives the user the ability to see their sound on a sound graph in comparison to the desired original sound from the software or application or a recorded sound stored on the PC or Mac. The smartphone or computer shows both sounds on the sound graph to help the user improve his performance showing where the user's performance was accurate and the user's mistakes in the performance. The software and application also gives the user a number grade from 0-100% on how well they replicated the original desired sound. The user also has the ability to listen to both sounds at the same time to determine where mistakes were made. The user can share his grades through social media, and challenge others to beat his score. The user can record sounds he desires to emulate, and save them to a PC, Mac or smartphone application for future tutorial sessions.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, a vocal and instrumental training system can include a processor device comprising a central processing unit, and a software program operatively connected to the central processing unit, whereby the central processing unit carries out instructions of the program. A sound storage database stores a plurality of model sound files processable by the processor device, and a recording storage database stores a plurality of recorded performance files processable by the processor device. The program instructs the central processing unit to allow a user to select one of the plurality of model sounds files and one of the plurality of recorded performance files, and instructs the central processing unit to perform an analysis comparing audio characteristics of the selected recorded performance file with the audio characteristics of the selected model sound file.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, the processor device comprises a computer.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, the processor device can be a personal computer or a smartphone.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, the plurality of model sound files can include recordings of wild game calls, recordings of vocal performances and/or recordings of musical performances.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, the training system includes means for connecting the processor device to the Internet, and the program allows for sound files to be uploaded via the Internet into the model sounds database.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, the program instructs the central processing unit to perform an analysis comparing audio characteristics such as pitch, tone, timbre, cadence, rhythm, beat, and/or amplitude of the selected recorded performance file with the corresponding audio characteristics of the selected model sound file.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, the program instructs the processor device to graphically display the analysis comparing the audio characteristics of the selected recorded performance file with the audio characteristics of the selected model sound file on a sound graph.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, the training system includes an audio unit operatively connected to the central processing unit, so that the audio unit can transmit sound audible to a user, and input means operatively connected to the processor drive and adapted to receive audio input from the user. Recording means can be operatively connected to the processor drive for recording audio input from the user. The recording means includes a selectable recording option, in which selection of the recording option by the user initiates recording of the audio received by the input means. The recorded audio is stored in the recording storage database as one of the plurality of recorded performance files. Playback means can be operatively connected to the processor device to play a selected recorded performance file and a selected model sound file through the audio unit.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, the playback means includes a playback option, in which selection of the playback option initiates simultaneous playing of the selected recorded performance file and a selected model sound file through the audio unit.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, the audio unit comprises at least one audio speaker.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, the input means comprises a microphone.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, a method of vocal or instrumental training comprises providing a sound storage database comprising a plurality of model sound recordings, and providing an input device for receiving audio input from a person. A recording device is provided for recording audio input received by the input device, and one of the model sound recordings is selected to emulate. Audio input is provided into the input device that is intended to emulate the selected model sound recording. The audio input is recorded, and the audio characteristics of the recorded audio input is compared with corresponding audio characteristics of the selected model sound recording.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, an alphanumeric score is assigned to the recorded audio input based on the comparison of the audio characteristics of the recorded audio input with the audio characteristics of the selected model sound recording.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, the audio characteristics of the recorded audio input in comparison with the corresponding audio characteristics of the selected model sound recording are graphically displayed.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, the pitch, tone, timbre, cadence, rhythm, beat, and/or amplitude of the recorded audio input are compared with the corresponding audio characteristics of the selected model sound recording.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, an Internet website can be provided on which users can upload audio files into the sound storage database.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, users of the Internet website can download model sound recordings from the sound storage database. The users can be charged a monetary fee for downloading the model sound recordings from the sound storage database.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, recorded audio inputs are stored in a database that can be accessed by website users. The users can listen to a selected audio input, and enter ratings data on the website regarding the selected audio input. A score can be assigned to the selected audio input based on the ratings of the website users.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, the model sound recordings are recordings of wild game calls, recordings of vocal performances and/or recordings of musical performances.

"According to another embodiment of the invention, the model sound recordings are recordings of wild game calls, and the audio input comprises a person vocally performing a wild game call in an attempt to emulate a selected model sound recording of a wild game call.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a schematic view of a vocal/instrumental training system according to a preferred embodiment of the invention;

"FIG. 2 is a schematic view of a sound graph of the system of FIG. 1; and

"FIG. 3 is a schematic view of a website page according to another embodiment of the invention."

For more information, see this patent application: Leflore, Bradley Wilson. Vocal / Instrumental Training System and Method of Same. Filed July 25, 2013 and posted May 8, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=7127&p=143&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140501.PD.&OS=PD/20140501&RS=PD/20140501

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Software.

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