Innovative music learning software gains new MIDI functionality
WATERLOO, Ontario – SuperMegaUltraGroovy today announced the immediate availability of Capo 2.1 for Mac OS X 10.6. In this release, Capo has gained the ability to export MIDI transcription data, the waveform representation of audio has returned, and playback commands can now be controlled via learned keystrokes or external MIDI hardware.
“The Capo 2.0 launch was a huge hit, and it inspired many requests for new functionality that builds on the new transcription features,” said Chris Liscio, SuperMegaUltraGroovy’s founder. “This release is a very good representation of our customers’ most popular requests.”
Capo 2 was the first app to allow users to easily transcribe their music to a notational representation using tablature. Now, in 2.1, users can export their data out of Capo in the standard MIDI format, and
use it to incorporate transcribed solos into MIDI sequencers, or import the data into applications that facilitate advanced scoring work.
“The ability to export MIDI really extends Capo’s reach into a musician’s workflow,” says Liscio. “Because you can capture the precise timing of a performance using Capo, you can build a very accurate MIDI arrangement, or score, from a source recording.”
In addition to the requests for new functionality, there was also an overwhelming request to bring back the classic waveform representation. Capo 2.1 now allows users to set and manipulate their loops with an always-visible waveform that makes looping much easier to use.
“The waveform tackles two problems at the same time, offering both an improved interaction area, and a clearer visual representation for setting loops,” says Liscio. “I’m confident that both new and long-time users will really enjoy this addition.”
Because many Capo users come from a long history of using other transcription aids, their experience with Capo is dependent on the keyboard shortcuts they are used to. Capo 2.1 now adds the ability for users to train a set of new keystrokes, or assign MIDI commands, to control Capo’s playback.
“I think it’s really cool that I can use a group of MIDI foot switches to control Capo’s playback on my louder monitors while standing with my guitar on the other side of the room,” says Liscio. “Users are going to have a lot of fun with this.”
Capo 2.1 is available now as a free update to all 2.0 customers, and is still a $19 upgrade for 1.x users. Capo can be purchased for $49 at http://capoapp.com, or on the Mac App Store. A free trial is available for download at http://capoapp.com.