Apple patent filing involves ‘dynamic music authoring’

Apple has filed for a patent (number 9,953,624) for “dynamic music authoring,” which hints at possible interface tweaks in its Logic Pro X and GarageBand apps. It involves enabling a “computing device” (a Mac or iPad) to be configured to present a graphical user interface that enables the dynamic authoring of music.

The Mac or iPad can present a grid of cells, where each cell represents a music segment. The cells can be configured to playback the music segment once or playback the music segment in a repeating loop. The user can select (e.g., touch) one or more cells in the grid to cause the corresponding music segment to play. While playing selected cells, the user can provide input selecting various musical effects to apply to the playing music. The user can record a dynamically selected sequence of cells and musical effects to create an original musical product.

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In the patent filing, Apple notes that modern computing devices can be configured with software that allows users to create music at home. For example, music authoring software can provide features that allow users to store music tracks, samples, or other prerecorded music segments and combine the music segments to create an original musical product. However, the tech giant says that music authoring software is often difficult to use and often requires the user to have specific expertise or training in how to use the music authoring software to combine the music segments into a coherent musical product. The company wants to change this.

Of course, Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product.