Fingerboard for musical instrument

  • US 5,398,585 A
  • Filed: 12/27/1991
  • Issued: 03/21/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/27/1991
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. For use with a music synthesizer:

  • an electronic musical keyboard instrument comprising;

    a fingerboard elongated in a first direction;

    a plurality of keys arranged in rows and columns along said fingerboard, wherein the rows extend along the fingerboard in said first direction;

    a circuit board within said fingerboard;

    means for mounting each said key movable independently of every other one of said keys and movable into contact with said circuit board;

    a central processing unit;

    said circuit board including means for forming key input signals in response to said keys contacting said circuit board and for transmitting said signals to said central processing unit;

    said central processing unit including means for scanning said circuit board and for receiving said key input signals from said forming and transmitting means, for converting said key input signals to digital signals representing musical notes, and for outputting said digital signals to said synthesizer.

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