Search Images Maps Play YouTube News Gmail Drive More »
Sign in
Screen reader users: click this link for accessible mode. Accessible mode has the same essential features but works better with your reader.


  1. Advanced Patent Search
Publication numberUS3538805 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 10, 1970
Filing dateJun 18, 1968
Priority dateJun 18, 1968
Publication numberUS 3538805 A, US 3538805A, US-A-3538805, US3538805 A, US3538805A
InventorsUetrecht Dale M
Original AssigneeBaldwin Co D H
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Rc distributed filter for electronic organ
US 3538805 A
Abstract  available in
Previous page
Next page
Claims  available in
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

ULTL M 20,1.14,l.l9|.23(B):323/74. 79. 81,93.

7 7 7 7 B 65 6 C7 2Z 6 6 6 E F 6 1 31 39 31 9,

1 26 To TONE SOURCES Unlted States Patent 1111 3,538,805

[72] Inventor Dale M. Uetrecht [56] References Cited in in Ohio UNITED STATES PATENTS [211 P 738,024 2,233,948 3/1941 Kock 84/12 [221 Flled 1968 2,254,284 9/1941 I-lanert 84/].19 [451 i him-1011970 3,098,407 7/1963 Brand 6161.. 84 1.11 [731 3,136,838 6/1964 l-Ieytow 84/l.1l c'ncmnafiohl" 3,148,344 9/1964 Kaufman 333 70 3,233,196 2/1966 Osafune m1. 333/70 3,328,678 6/1967 Middleton 323/74 [54] RC DISTRIBUTED FILTER FOR ELECTRONIC Primary ExaminerWarren E. Ray

ORGAN AttorneysW.H. Breunig and Hurvitz, Rose & Greene 7 Claims, 2 Drawing Figs.

[52] U.S.Cl 84/141, 84/] .19, 323/74, 333/70 ABSTRACT: An RC distributed low pass filter employable as [51] Int. Cl GlOh 1/06, a tone coloring filter of an electronic organ, groups of tone H03h 7/14 signals being introduced at diverse sections of the filter, so [50] Field oiSearch 84/].01, that multiple inputs exist, and the entire output of the filter being taken from one point. The inputs are applied across resistances in the shunt paths of the filter.

I R 2363. c. #5 T S Ptented Nov. 10, 1970 I 3,538,805

lllll 11 20] T0 TONE SOURCES ATTORNEYS .lO B6 fism am 2 3 s 4 S618$l m FREQUENCY m CYCLES/ COND INVENTOR DALE MUETRECHT 7W W WQ 17 RC DISTRIBUTED FILTER FOR ELECTRONIC ORGAN BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION It is usual in electric organ practice to generate complex or harmonic rich tones in terms of square waves or sawtooth waves, and to modify the spectrum of the square waves or sawtooth waves by means of voicing filters, to provide an ultimate acoustic wave which sounds like one or another voice of a pipe organ. One of the important voices is the flute, the germane characteristic of which is that it is essentially a sine wave form. The problem presented in the present system is then that of filtering harmonic rich tones, whose fundamental frequencies extend over the musical spectrum, to form essentially sinusoidal waves having those fundamental frequencies.

This clearly can be done in many ways; for example, in the extreme a separate LC filter may be provided for each note. It is desirable, in designing filters, to avoid use of inductances, and it is important to minimize cost of the filtering. This is accomplished, according to the present invention, by utilizing one novel RC ladder network as a filter for the entire musical spectrum and applying different harmonic rich tone signals 'at different points along the ladder, selected on a frequency basis. I am aware that the use of LC ladder networks for tone color voicing is old.

The conventional or normal RC ladder filter is composed of series resistances and shunt capacitors, the latter being connected between junction points of the resistances and ground. An input to such a filter may be applied at a resistance. According to the present invention, a signal input resistance is inserted between each capacitor and ground, and the input signals are applied across these resistances. This implies that each input signal is applied in series with a shunt capacitor, which then becomes a blocking capacitor for undesired low frequencies which may be present at each input, but also becomes a shunting capacitor for harmonics applied to a lower frequency terminal. Since the shunt capacitors have increasing greater impedances at lower frequencies, the ladder may be extended to many sections with approximately constant peak responses. A specific embodiment employing eight sections is disclosed, but many more than eight may be employed, and the filter will retain approximately constant peak responses despite the large number of sections.

The normal RC ladder network has no low frequency roll off, and no low frequency isolation exists. The presence of input resistances in series with the shunt capacitors of the filter radically modifies operating characteristics, by introducing low frequency roll off and isolation. In addition, if input signal is applied to a junction of a resistance and capacitor located intermediate the ends of the filter, each signal is subject to multiple attenuations, so that the filter cannot have many sections.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The system includes an RC ladder filter, composed of series resistances and shunt capacities, each capacity being associated with a resistance connected in series with itself, across which input signal is applied. Output is taken from one side of the filter, the lowermost frequencies of a wide frequency spectrum being applied nearer the other end of the filter, and the higher frequencies nearer the output side of the filter.

Complex tone sources, provided by an organ tone generator are selectively connected by key switch means only, to each filter of a given footage, separate filter being provided for each footage of the organ. This implies that a single two contact switch is required as a tab switch for a flute tone coloring filter of a given footage. Adjacent groups of tones can be inserted at each input terminal of the filter, and a few sections added to the filter at the high end for which no input terminals are .provided. Further, each filter may be provided with an output amplifier which itself provides high frequency roll-off. It has been found that an entire manual 'of an organ, on one footage, can be efiectively filtered by one ladder network having nine input terminals, to provide flute tones when harmonic rich tones are applied as inputs.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a schematic circuit diagram of a distributed RC tone color filter according to the invention; and

FIG. 2 is a graph showing the responses of the filter of FIG. 1, over its array of input points, as a function of frequency.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring to FIG. 1, terminal A indicates by its notation (1) by A that the lowermost group of frequencies to be filtered is applied to'this terminal and (2) by the subscript 12 that 12 tone signals are applied. For flute tones these tone signals would be of square wave configuration, or some equivalent having harmonics which decrease in amplitude as l/n, where n is the order of the harmonic, and having only odd harmonics. A preferred wave shape employed is shown at 20, l/f being the period of the wave shape. The terminal A is connected to a terminal B by series resistance 21 and to ground lead 22 by a shunt resistance 23. The notation B indicates that the second group of tone signals, higher in frequency than group A, contains six tones. Terminal B, is connected to ground lead 22 via resistance 25, and to series filter resistance R;, via filter capacitor C In the specific embodiment of FIG. 1, signal input terminal A B C D E F G,,, H, and I, are provided and each terminal is connected by a signal input resistance to ground lead 22 and by a shunt filter capacitor, labeled C to C respectively, to a series filter resistance, these being identified as R; to R respectively. The highest frequency tone, applied to terminal 1-,, requires additional filter sections to attenuate its harmonics to acceptable level, the primary problem relating to the third harmonic. Therefore, additional filter sections are added on the high side of the filter, specifically composed of u, u, and C12, R12- Following R a load resistance R to ground is provided. The base-emitter circuit of an NPN transistor T is connected across R,,, and a collector load R, provided for 1",, a feedback circuit consisting of R, and C, in parallel is connected between the collector and base of T which provides roll off for the third harmonic of the highest fundamental frequency in group I7.

The collector of T, is then AC coupled to amplifier G, via tab switch TS, and via a conventional coupling circuit composed of series capacitor C series resistance R,, and shunt resistance R,

The values of the circuit components employed in the filter of FIG. I depend on the frequency range of the tones to be filtered, i.e., the footages involved. Further, the system may be employed for producing other than flute tones, for example, diapason, which would use the preferred input 26 having all harmonics present at relative amplitude l/n, and the filter capacitor values may be scaled appropriately to the filtering problem to be solved.

For filtering an 8 foot flute note, circuit values as follows are appropriate:

Resistance values not provided in the schedule are specified in the drawings.

In FIG. 2 is illustrated the response curves for the several input terminals. On the F, curve, for example, the, double line represents the band of input fundamentals, centered on 600 cps. The third harmonic is then 1,800 cps. and its intensity is down about 17 db. below the fundamental. The filter is so designed that each set of fundamentals applied to an input terminal appears at the output of the filter at somewhere near l db. level, the average fundamental characteristic being indicated by line 51. It may be noted that the fifth harmonic for the F, band is down about 29 db. relative to the fundamenml.

The characteristic of the filter of FIG. 1 is peaked, i.e. has low frequency roll off, so that subharmonics as well as harmonics of each input frequency are attenuated, each input terminal seeing a series capacitor as well as a distributed filter having shunt capacitive elements, in proceeding from an input terminal to the filter output terminal.


1. An electric organ, comprising:

a plurality of sources of complex tone signal covering plural octaves of the musical scale;

an RC ladder network having sections composed essentially of series resistances and shunt capacitors;

a signal input impedance connected between each of said capacitors and a common reference line;

means connecting said tone sources in groups of proximate tones to the junctions of said capacitors and input resistances;

said ladder network having an output terminal; and

the connections of the tone sources to said junctions being arranged to assure that tones of lower frequencies pass through more of said sections than tones of higher frequencies.

2. An electric organ, comprising:

a plurality of sources of complex tone signal covering plural octavesof the musical scale;

a tone color filter for said electric organ;

said tone color filter consisting of capacitors and resistances arranged in a multisection ladder configuration; and

means connecting said sources of complex tone signal selectively to different filter sections of said ladder configuration.

3. A tone color filter for an electric organ, comprising:

a plurality of signal input terminals arranged in order of increasing frequency;

a common lead;

a coupling resistance connected between each of said input terminals and said common lead;

an output terminal;

a string of series connected resistances terminating at said output terminal;

a shunt filter capacitor connected between each of said signal input terminals and a different point of said string of series connected resistances; and

means for applying harmonic rich tone signals to each of said input terminals.

4. The combination according to claim 3 wherein the tone signals applied to each of plural ones of said input terminals vided an input circuitconnected to one of said junctions. I

7. The combination according to claim 5, wherein 18 provided plural input circuits connected respectively to plural ones of said junctions. v

Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3960043 *Jun 24, 1974Jun 1, 1976Warwick Electronics Inc.Filter circuit
US4218950 *Apr 25, 1979Aug 26, 1980Baldwin Piano & Organ CompanyActive ladder filter for voicing electronic musical instruments
US4409877 *Jul 14, 1981Oct 18, 1983Cbs, Inc.Electronic tone generating system
US4422360 *Aug 25, 1981Dec 27, 1983Carter Barry EDevice for improving piano tone quality
US8552527 *Feb 20, 2012Oct 8, 2013Alpha And Omega Semiconductor IncorporatedApplying trenched transient voltage suppressor (TVS) technology for distributed low pass filters
US20120146717 *Feb 20, 2012Jun 14, 2012Madhur BobdeApplying trenched transient voltage suppressor (tvs) technology for distributed low pass filters
DE2911264A1 *Mar 22, 1979Sep 25, 1980Rainer Dr BoehmElectronic organ loudness correction circuit - varies loudness over each octave to avoid jumps between octaves using capacitor and resistor
U.S. Classification84/699, 333/168, 984/327
International ClassificationH03H11/12, H03H11/04, G10H1/12, G10H1/06
Cooperative ClassificationG10H1/12, H03H11/1291
European ClassificationG10H1/12, H03H11/12F
Legal Events
Nov 5, 1985ASAssignment
Effective date: 19840612
Apr 1, 1985ASAssignment
Effective date: 19840615
Jun 26, 1984ASAssignment
Effective date: 19840615