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Innovative music learning software gains new MIDI functionalitySuperMegaUltraGroovy 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 tran-
scription 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
"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
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
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.