GB2204180A - Sound reproduction system - Google Patents

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GB2204180A
GB2204180A GB8810233A GB8810233A GB2204180A GB 2204180 A GB2204180 A GB 2204180A GB 8810233 A GB8810233 A GB 8810233A GB 8810233 A GB8810233 A GB 8810233A GB 2204180 A GB2204180 A GB 2204180A
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Norman Leslie Rimmer
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HAZEL GROVE MUSIC CO Ltd
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HAZEL GROVE MUSIC CO Ltd
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Abstract

A sound reproduction system has a recording medium, such as digital recording tape, which contains multiple recordings which can be individually selected and played. The system also has a display device, such as a liquid crystal screen, on which details of the recordings can be displayed as a guide to selection. The details to be displayed are obtained from recorded information which may be contained on the recording medium for example on a lead track of the digital recording tape. <IMAGE>

Description

SOUND REPRODUCTION SYSTEM This invention relates to a sound reproduction system of the 'ju-ke box' kind i.e. a system having a plurality of stored sound recordings which can be individually selected and played after actuation of the system by insertion of one or more coins or tokens into a coin mechanism or the like.

Conventional juke box systems use sound recordings on separate discs. The recordings on both sides of the discs are listed on title cards which are inserted in supporting slots on a display area. After insertion of a coin or coins of appropriate value into a coin mechanism, buttons can be pressed to cause a selected recording to be played, this being effected with the assistance of an automatic mechanism which transfers the pertaining disc to a turntable with the appropriate side of the disc uppermost. The discs, automatic mechanism and turntable may be contained in a floor-standing box structure which also contains the coin mechanism, selection buttons and title cards.Alternatively, the coin mechanism, selection buttons and title cards may be contained in a wall-mounted box which is connected via leads to a remotely located structure containing the discs, automatic mechanism and turntable.

In order to maintain user interest and hence profitability it is desirable to be able regularly to change sound recordings and, with the conventional system, this is done by changing discs and correspondingly changing the pertaining title cards. However, this can be inconvenient and time-consuming. Moreover, the use of discs can be generally inconvenient in so far as it requires the use of a complicated and expensive automatic mechanism for transferring discs to and from the turntable, and also in so far as titles of little or no interest may have to be included simply because they accompany interesting titles on opposite sides of discs.

An object of the present invention is to provide a simple sound reproduction system with which sound recordings can be readily and conveniently incorporated and changed as desired.

According to the invention therefore there is provided a sound reproduction system utilising a sound recording medium containing multiple separate sound recordings and having a sound reproduction device for selectively reproducing said recordings characterised in that the medium is provided with recorded information of titles corresponding to said sound recordings, the system includes a controllable electronic display device, and a title reproduction device is provided for reading said information and for producing a corresponding visual display of said titles on said display device.

With this arrangement it will be appreciated that the said medium can be recorded with a desired selection of sound recordings and the system can automatically produce a corresponding display of titles.

There is no need for recordings which are not of interest to be incorporated, and when it is desired to change the selection of recordings, the displayed list of titles can be correspondingly changed in convenient manner simply by changing the recorded title information.

Most preferably the said recording medium is a magnetic tape recording medium on which the sound recordings are recorded digitally.

The sound recordings may be recorded in such a manner that it is possible easily to replace a selected recording with a different recording without requiring any modification to other recordings on the tape.

This may be achieved e.g. by allocating a predetermined common length of tape or track for each recording. Most conveniently two or more recording mediums may be used so that a subsequent recording can be selected whilst a first recording is playing.

With regard to the title information this may be stored as digital data. Where the recording medium comprises a magnetic tape, the information may be stored on the tape e.g. on a leader track so that the data is read and utilised e.g. when the tape is first inserted into the system.

The display device may comprise a vdu or a liquid crystal screen or the like. All title information may be displayed simultaneously or, alternatively, only part of the information, e.g. relating to a particular kind of music, may be displayed at any one time, press buttons or other controls being provided for calling up other title information as required. Operational information e.g. relating to the location of each recording on the medium may also be incorporated.

The invention will now be described further by way of example only and with reference to the accompanying drawings in which: Figure 1 is a diagrammatic representation of the structural parts of one form of a system according to the invention; and Figure 2 is a circuit diagram of the system of Figure 1.

With reference to Figures 1 and 2 of the drawings, a sound reproduction system such as may be used in a club, public house or other premises, comprises a main control unit 1 at a convenient central location (e.g. in a cellar of a public house), a customer control unit 2 mounted on a wall at a location conveniently accessible to customers loudspeakers 3 appropriately mounted in a room where music is required, and leads 4, 5 connecting the control unit 1 with the speakers 3 and with the customer control unit 2.

The main control unit 1 contains, within a box structure, a sound reproduction arrangement for use with digitally-recorded magnetic tape, such arrangement comprising drives 6 for driving two spools of magnetic tape, magnetic playback heads 7, 8 (or a double head) adjacent the tapes, a microprocessor-based control circuit 9, a sound amplification circuit 10 and memory storage 11.

The wall unit contains, within a box structure, a liquid crystal screen 12, microprocessor-based electronic circuitry 13, memory storage 14, a coin mechanism 15 for receiving coins inserted through a slot 16 in the box structure and switches 17 operated by press buttons 18 accessible externally of the box structure.

Each tape contains the same plurality of digital sound recordings at regularly-spaced intervals along the tape. That is, the same length of tape is allocated for each recording. In addition at the start of each tape (or one of them) there is a leader track which contains data relating to the titles of the sound recordings and to their location on the tape.

Initially, in a set-up mode initiated by operation of controls (not shown) at the main control unit 1, the tapes are loaded into the unit 1 and each tape (or one of them) is advanced so that the data is read off the respective leader track and is stored in the memory 11. Title information is transmitted to the memory 14 in the wall unit 2 and a selected range of titles (e.g. relating to a common type of music) accompanied by code identifications are displayed on the liquid crystal screen 12.

In use, a customer inserts a coin or coins through the coin slot 16 to generate credit sufficient for the playing of one or more recordings. A recording shown on the screen 12 can be selected by pressing buttons 18 corresponding to the displayed code identification.

The customer can also obtain a display of further selectable recordings by pressing a button 18 which causes the display on the screen 12 to be replaced by a different display (e.g. relating to a different common type of music).

On selection of a recording an appropriate signal is transmitted to the main control unit 1 to cause one tape to be wound to the appropriate position and the recording is then played. If a number of selections is made at the same time, a first selection is played from one tape whilst the other tape is wound to the appropriate position ready for the playing of the next selection and so on.

When it is desired to change the sound recordings it is only necessary to replace the tapes with tapes containing the changed recordings and also correspondingly changed leader-track data so that the display of titles on the screen is appropriately changed. It will be understood that a tape can be updated by replacing one or more recordings. That is, the pertaining length or lengths of tape can be re-recorded without re-recording the entire tape because each recording is made on a fixed length of tape.

With the arrangement described recordings can be changed as required in a quick and convenient manner. Due to the use of digitally recorded tape high quality reproduction can be achieved with a system which can conveniently also accommodate digital data relating to title and recording location information.

It is of course to be understood that the invention is not intended to be restricted to the details of the above embodiment which are described by way of example only.

Thus, although reference is made to twin tapes containing the same set of recordings, it is to be understood that it is possible to use two or more tapes with different sets of recordings, or even to use a single tape.

In practice, tapes may be distributed from a central location to sound reproduction systems at different sites and periodically tapes from the different sites may be returned to the central location and replaced with updated tapes.

Moreover, although reference is made to digital audio tape it is to be understood that other kinds of sound recording medium may be used. In particular one or more compact discs may be used and the title information may be recorded e.g. in a start track or segment of the compact disc (or one or each of the discs where there are multiple discs).

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1. A sound reproduction system utilising a sound recording medium containing multiple separate sound recordings and having a sound reproduction device for selectively reproducing said recordings characterised in that the medium is provided with recorded information of titles corresponding to said sound recordings, the system includes a controllable electronic display device, and a title reproduction device is provided for reading said information and for producing a corresponding visual display of said titles on said display device.
2. A system according to claim 1, wherein the recording medium is a magnetic tape recording medium on which the sound recordings are recorded digitally.
3. A system according to claim 2, wherein there is a common length of tape or track for each recording.
4. A system according to any one of claims I to 3, wherein there are two or more recording mediums.
5. A system according to any one of claims 1 to 4, wherein the title information is stored as digital data.
6. A system according to claim 5, when dependent on claim 2, wherein the information is stored on the tape.
7. A system according to claim 6, wherein the information is stored on a leader track of the tape.
8. A system according to any one of claims 1 to 7, wherein the display device comprises a liquid crystal screen.
9. A system according to any one of claims 1 to 8, wherein all of the information is arranged to be displayed simultaneously.
10. A system according to any one of claims 1 to 8, wherein only part of the information is arranged to be displayed at any one time and controls are provided for calling up other information.
11. A system according to claim 1, substantially as hereinbefore described with reference to and as illustrated in the accompanying drawings.
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