Transcribe! for Mac
Software to help transcribe recorded music.
Transcribe! for Mac is the world's leading software for helping musicians to
work out music from recordings.
It is also used by many people for play-along practice, and also for speech transcription.
The Transcribe! application is an assistant for people who sometimes want to work out
a piece of music from a recording, in order to write it out, or play it themselves, or both.
It doesn't do the transcribing for you, but it is essentially a specialised player program
which is optimised for the purpose of transcription. It has many transcription-specific features
not found on conventional music players.
Transcribe! is also used by many people for play-along practice. It can change pitch and
speed instantly, and you can store and recall any number of named loops.
There is some advice about this in Transcribe!'s help, under the heading "Various Topics".
And it is also used for speech transcription. With its support for foot pedals
and its superior slowed-down sound quality, it is an excellent choice for this purpose.
- Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later
- 1GHz Intel/AMD processor or above
- 50MB space for installation
|License:||Free to try, $39.00 to buy|
Key Functions for Transcribe! for Mac:
- Depending on version, Transcribe! reads audio
from many different types of audio file and audio CD. It also has a "Record" facility
for recording from analog sources such as cassette or vinyl. It displays the audio waveform
and allows you to scroll around, place markers for sections, measures and beats,
and easily play or loop from any point.
- Transcribe! can also display the video synchronised to the
audio for some video files (on Windows & Mac, not yet Linux).
- Loops and positions can be stored and recalled.
There are many keyboard shortcuts and you can configure these as you like.
You can configure Transcribe! to respond to pedals of various types so as to
keep your hands free : start and stop playback with your feet!
- There is extensive and readable help accessible from within the program.
- The "spectrum" feature displays the strength of the
various pitches in any chord or note you select, in the form of a graph - a wavy line over
a piano keyboard graphic. The height of the various peaks in the graph indicate the strength
of the note above which the peak appears. This is not a magic bullet for analysing chords
but it can be a very useful source of information.
- Transcribe! will perform "note guessing" and "chord guessing" -
that is, it will attempt to interpret the spectrum information for you, marking the notes
being played on the piano keyboard, and attempting to name the chords
(in standard form such as "Am", "E7#9", etc).
- Transcribe! supports Automation (or Scripting).
You can run Transcribe! automatically from commands in a file, perhaps to process a number
of sound files, saving them at different altered speeds, or to instruct Transcribe!
to play various sound files with various effects.
- Transcribe! offers various audio processing effects
(Slowdown, Pitch Change, EQ filtering etc) intended to help with transcribing.
These effects all run in "real time" unless your machine is old & slow. This means there is
no pre-processing or other waiting, the processing is performed on-the-fly while playing
and you can instantly hear the effect of changes to EQ etc.
For instance if you press the half-speed button while playing then playback simply continues,
at half speed.
- Mono/Karaoke - This effect allows you to mix the two channels
of a stereo recording together in various ways including phase-reverse,
commonly known as "karaoke" as it sometimes has the effect of removing the vocal
(if the vocal is panned dead-centre).
- A powerful EQ filter.
- Tuning - Adjustment to playback pitch,
in cents (hundredths of a semitone) for fine tuning and also larger shifts of up
to three octaves, which can for instance be useful in hearing low, murky bass parts
by raising them by an octave or two.
- Transposition - Special handling for those of you who
play a transposing instrument such as trumpet or saxophone.
- Speed variable from one twentieth to double speed.
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