Roland has filed a patent for an electronic cymbal design that improves sensitivity to lateral strikes. The design includes a cover with an upper cover part and a lateral cover part that prevent contact with the sensor installation part, allowing for easier pressing of the protrusion to the edge sensor. The patent claims an electronic cymbal comprising a plate-like frame, a sensor, and a cover with specific features to limit deformation of the upper cover part. GlobalData’s report on Roland gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Patent filed for an electronic cymbal cover with improved sensitivity

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Roland Corp

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230317042A1) describes an electronic cymbal with improved design and striking detection methods. The electronic cymbal includes a plate-like frame, a sensor installed on the upper surface of the frame, and a cover that covers the upper surfaces of the sensor and the frame. The cover consists of an upper cover part, a lateral cover part, and a lower cover part. The upper cover part covers the upper surface of the frame with a space formed between the cover and the sensor. The lateral cover part extends from the outer edge of the upper cover part and covers the outer peripheral surface of the frame. The lower cover part extends from the lower end of the lateral cover part to the inner peripheral side and covers the lower surface of the frame. The upper cover part or the frame includes a stopper that limits the deformation of the upper cover part towards the inner peripheral side.

In addition, the patent also describes a striking detection method for the electronic cymbal. When the outer edge of the cover is struck, the stopper prevents the upper cover part from deforming towards the inner peripheral side. The striking is detected by pressing the sensor with the deformed upper cover part acting as a fulcrum. Another striking detection method is described where the upper cover part and the lateral cover part are prevented from contacting the outer edge of the sensor installation part when the cover is struck. The striking is detected by pressing the sensor with the protrusion on the upper cover part, which moves with the deformation of the cover.

These innovations in the design and striking detection methods of electronic cymbals aim to improve their performance and durability. The improved cover design with separate upper, lateral, and lower parts provides better protection for the sensor and frame. The inclusion of a stopper limits the deformation of the cover, ensuring its longevity. The striking detection methods enhance the accuracy and sensitivity of detecting strikes on the cymbal, allowing for a more realistic and responsive playing experience. Overall, these advancements contribute to the development of high-quality electronic cymbals for musicians and performers.

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