Capo
Capo 3.0.3
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Slow down and learn to play your favorite songs.   Demo ($29.99)
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Capo lets you slow down your favorite songs so you can hear the notes and learn how they are played. With Capo, you can quickly tab out your songs atop a highly-detailed OpenCL-powered spectrogram display.
  • Detect, and enter chords
  • Pitch adjustment
  • Mark song sections
  • Loop at slower speeds
  • Export Capo-adjusted music
  • Basic effects available
What's New
Version 3.0.3:
  • Fixes various crashes
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.8 or later





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ver. 3.x:
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Djefis reviewed on 23 Feb 2014
I do not like it, costs too much to upgrade periodically.
[Version 3.0.3]


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-8

chrisalbert reviewed on 03 Jan 2014
There’s a big difference between Capo and others, the point is it allows me to listen to a song at a pace that I like, so the good thing will be I can learn to sing a song and meantime to do that in an unfamiliar language. Love it.
[Version 3.0.3]


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-1

Kihoalu reviewed on 19 Dec 2013
Correcting a comment someone made below:

you can drag a tune from iTunes just fine.

It just doesn’t get dragged into the usual launch window, it has to get dragged into the blank window intended for this.
[Version 3.0.3]


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Petersreviews reviewed on 20 Nov 2013
As a music teacher, I've been transcribing musical solos for over 25 years and I have to say I love this program. I just upgraded from version 2 and version 3 adds a few bells and whistles that make it a more polished product.

Pros: Fast, easy to use, built-in vocal reduction, built-in speed and pitch changes, chord recognition, an all-in-one solution for transcribing songs and solos.
Cons: Chord recognition isn't perfect, a bit pricey for the hobbyist, can get a little glitchy at extreme pitch or time changes.

For me, this is a great for teaching and also for figuring out those really tough solos. Another reviewer pointed out that it wasn't accurate for detecting chords but that's a tall order since the same group of notes can technically be more than one chord. Add to that a moving bass line and other instruments playing different inversions and even a human will have some trouble from time to time detecting the correct chord.
And as others have pointed out, you can do pitch changes and time changes in Logic and other audio programs (if you own them) but having all the tools optimized for learning makes this a faster solution. I used to bounce songs between two audio editors and now I just use Capo. It also looks like the developers are always tweaking the software and adding features so I can't wait to see how Capo improves over the next year. This is a must have for serious students and music arrangers and educators.
[Version 3.0.2]


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+88

Iliketrash reviewed on 07 Oct 2013
I don't know what all the fuss is over this program. The "demo" lasts only 10 minutes! The chord identification failed miserably on a popular song with an orchestral background. And I mean _miserably_. The orchestration had some augmented fifths and sixths and, apparently failing to identify them, it just started making up simple chords like Em etc. So I tried a clean recording of one of my own songs which was only an acoustic guitar playing strummed chords and a simple, one-note lead. The piece contained some jazz chords. It identified Cmaj7 as Em and completely punted similarly on things like Gaug7. So I tried it on a simple three-chord song (Buck Owens' Cryin' Time). It correctly identified the chords that are in the song (I, IV and V in the key of Ab) but missed numerous transitions and the ones that were correctly identified were frequently displaced in time, according to the cursor position.

I did have a chance to try slowing down the music, and that part seemed to work well.

Maybe I could work something out with this program if the trial period were longer than 10 minutes, but phewy on the whole thing. :-D
[Version 3.0]

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Iliketrash replied on 07 Oct 2013
Oh—I forgot to mention that dragging a file from iTunes to the program's window does not work; you must locate the file in the Finder and drag it from there.
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Supermegaultragroovy (developer) replied on 24 Oct 2013
Please ensure that you have the latest version! The dragging issue was related to a combination of sandboxing and iTunes music located outside of the standard ~/Music folder. We've fixed this since, and thank everyone for their feedback!
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+10
Dualie commented on 07 Oct 2013
I'd buy this for the uke in a heartbeat
[Version 3.0]


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+9

Lik reviewed on 30 Sep 2012
Awesome Tool! Great UI! Does exactly as advertised and has a modern and clean look & feel. Cool 1min explanation videos in the startscreen. 5 Minutes and you're good to go. This is the best guitar learning app I have ever seen!
[Version 2.1.7]


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Stef_Vandenabele reviewed on 28 Oct 2011
Whatever I try to slow down, the time stretch algorithm seems to be glitchy. For some minor slowdown it has no or less artifacts but more then 10% slow down is bad quality.
I understand it is hard to compete with the pro timestretch algorithms from for example Logic or Cubase (Warp is amazing btw) but the high asking price demants something that sounds better imo
[Version 2.1.4]

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RavenNevermore replied on 24 Jan 2013
You know, I never think about using Cubase to slow down fast musical passages so I can learn them! Duh! I've been using Amazing Slow Downer even though I have Cubase 6. Good suggestion.
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Espiridion commented on 12 Jan 2011
Just some comments since I can't review it, given that it requires 10.6.
From what I recall the previous version worked fine on my Mac running 10.5.x, but I never bought the application. Sound quality was really good even at extreme settings, it was easy to use, and had some useful effects (e.g., EQ., Voice Reduction, Mono).
Version 2 adds more features like spectrogram and TAB, but I can't comment on those.
When I tried Capo it was a $40 application, on sale for $20 here at Mupromo as I recall. I have to admit that $20 was a nice deal. That being said, there are plenty of alternatives these days, from the already established Transcribe! and Amazing Slow Downer to other applications that do MUCH MORE than slow down audio, such as Mac audio editors like Twisted Wave, Wave Editor, and DSP Quattro (currently on sale).
Many Digital Audio Workstations also include speed/pitch capabilities. Reaper for example has a very good algorithm, and the current price is $40 for versions 3 and 4, or $60 for versions 4 and 5 once version 4 is out.
To me Capo is a very nice sounding, easy to use application. However, it does not add as much value as other applications that have plenty of useful features, from full DAWs to batch processing audio to VST/AU hosting. With just a bit of work and Jack OS X, for example, I can also use DSP Quattro as a sound enhancer similar to Hear, DPS, AstoundSound, iWOW, etc. I haven't tried it system wide, though.
So for my needs $50 is just too much for Capo. I may take another look by version 3 since I do like it.
[Version 2.0.3]


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Kinetic reviewed on 21 Aug 2010
After having used the previous version of Capo and now 2.0.1 I can say that this is a great little program. Even if you have perfect pitch and can play anything by ear, this little app makes a big difference in learning new songs.

Just being able to slow down a song until I learn a specific part is well worth the price and the pitch adjustment is a great time saver. I don't have to tune my bass down a half step in the middle of practicing different songs with different tunings. If I need to drop down half a step for the song I'm learning, I just shift the pitch up half a step and I'm back to practicing.

The notation portion of the app is also useful for tabbing out songs as many times I don't go back to a song for a while and this feature makes it easier to pick up where I left off. The spectrograph can take some getting used to and could use a little work, but overall it's still a useful feature.

The only thing I kind of have half a beef with is the price. It's a little on the steep side, especially for someone who is just starting to learn music or a hobbyist. But if you compare the cost of music software in the industry it's really not that out of line.

Thanks to the developer for a cool little app.
[Version 2.0.1]


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InmaT2732 rated on 21 Dec 2013

[Version 3.0.3]



Hatstand rated on 07 Nov 2013

[Version 3.0.2]



depo_broker rated on 05 Sep 2013

[Version 2.1.12]



+4

Zac rated on 23 Apr 2011

[Version 2.1.2]



+7

Mail3 rated on 12 Feb 2011

[Version 2.0.6]



-175

Djefis rated on 11 Dec 2010

[Version 2.0.1]


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Date:19 Dec 2013
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Capo lets you slow down your favorite songs so you can hear the notes and learn how they are played. With Capo, you can quickly tab out your songs atop a highly-detailed OpenCL-powered spectrogram display.
  • Detect, and enter chords
  • Pitch adjustment
  • Mark song sections
  • Loop at slower speeds
  • Export Capo-adjusted music
  • Basic effects available


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