Patent Number: 7,786,371

Title: Modular system for MIDI data

Abstract: Rack mountable, user-programmable electronic modules are disclosed that may be used separately, or combined into an integrated system, to analyze, display, troubleshoot, or perform signal conversion on contents or a Musical Instrument Data Interface (MIDI) data stream. Signal conversion capabilities include conversion from a standard MIDI unbalanced current-driven signal format to other electronic forms, such as a balanced differential voltage format, or optical fiber or wireless media formats, that are more suitable for longer distance transmission, and include conversion from a format suitable for long distance back to a standard MIDI format. Custom, remotely controllable dimmer packs responsive to MIDI messages also provide verification and operating condition data, as may be useful in controlling and monitoring lights, pyrotechnics, lasers, fountains, music, and other elements of an animated display or entertainment show, back to a computer which may also be running custom software of the instant invention.

Inventors: Moates; Eric L. (Anniston, AL)


International Classification: G10H 7/00 (20060101); A63J 5/10 (20060101); A63J 17/00 (20060101); A63J 5/02 (20060101); G10H 1/32 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018