Stringed musical instrument device

  • US 7,241,948 B2
  • Filed: 03/03/2005
  • Issued: 07/10/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/03/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A stringed musical instrument device that also functions as a peripheral for a computer or comparing device, comprising:

  • a body having a soundboard;

    a neck extending from the body;

    at least one string extending over a portion of the body and the neck;

    a piezo bridge mounted on the body for providing a lower contact point with the string;

    at least one electronic transducer coupled to the body and configured for converting at least one of vibrations of the at least one string and the body into analog electrical signals;

    at least one analog-to-digital converter communicating with the at least one electronic transducer and configured for converting the analog electrical signals into digital signals;

    a digital signal processing system communicating with the at least one analog-to-digital converter and configured for converting the digital signals into line level signals having a USB signal format for coupling, via a USB connector, to USB input ports of a computer or computing device, the digital signal processing system including an engine configured for converting audio signals into class compliant USB signal format including streaming audio and MIDI data; and

    wherein said at least one analog-to-digital converter and digital signal processing system are configured to be powered by said computer or computing device via said USB connector.

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