Capo 1.1

Friday, August 14, 2009 • Chris Liscio

Today I’m extremely happy to announce the availability of Capo 1.1. This new release adds the two most-requested features—exporting, and effects.

The exporting feature was very important to add, as it was the most requested. I heard from drummers, pianists, and other musicians who couldn’t move their instruments any closer to their computers, and vice versa. They wanted to get the slowed music and loops onto their iPods, and practice in a way that was more convenient to them.

Other musicians came looking for effects to help them isolate parts of the music they were trying to learn. For instance, some jazz learning material comes with the full band in one channel, and the band without a guitarist in the other channel. Capo now lets you slide the MONO effect all the way to one side, and hear just the part that you want, so you can easily switch between learning and playing along on these tracks.

In addition, users can make EQ changes to isolate only a section of the spectrum. For instance, isolating only the bass frequencies makes it easier to hear a bass line among many more instruments occupying higher frequencies.

And, finally, budding vocalists can use Capo to reduce the original voice in songs so that they can sing in place of their favorite artists, and create karaoke versions of their favorite tracks to put onto their iPod using the export feature. The vocal reduction range can be modified as the song is playing, so you can dial in the ideal setting for reducing the vocals in a particular song.

This release took a lot of work to complete, and I’m very proud of how it all turned out. In addition to launching the product update, I am also formally introducing the Capo Podcast series to the world. I’m aiming to produce a high-quality video series aimed at helping people to learn the ins and outs of learning music by ear, as well as some Capo-specific tips and tricks.

If you haven’t already, check out the new product site and download Capo 1.1.