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Capo 3

By SuperMegaUltraGroovy, Inc.

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Apple Design Award Winner

Capo is a revolutionary tool that helps you learn to play the music in your iTunes library. World-class musicians are praising Capo’s flexibility, speed and reliability and consider this a must-have tool for learning and experimenting with music.

"Quite simply the best and only app you need to learn how to play a song. The chord detection is accurate and being on the phone now with Capo touch is great, where I need it the most —on the fly in a rehearsal studio. Useful, easy to understand, and packed with features, Capo is the secret weapon for figuring out how a song is played."
— Billy Morrison, Guitarist for Billy Idol and Royal Machines

"Capo is AMAZING!!!! Very clutch. Especially when parts are kinda tough in the mix that I can’t make out easily. With other apps you lose quality, this still sounds correct. Even when I’m tracking and need to get the BPM, it’s quicker than in my DAW. It’s so simple, user friendly... really impressed!"
— Omar Edwards, Keyboardist/Music Director, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Eminem and more


AUTOMATIC CHORD DETECTION: Capo saves you time by automatically detecting chords when you open a song. Our chord detection engine is based upon machine learning technology, and will have you learning to play your songs faster than ever.

SLOW YOUR MUSIC: Practice along with songs at a comfortable pace by slowing down your favorite music without affecting its pitch. Capo employs a very high-quality time stretching engine that makes your music sound great at any speed.

LOOPING REGIONS: Easily practice the chorus, riff or any part of a song over and over again by adding looping regions. Click and drag in the waveform to create regions that snap to the beat and loop in time with the original recordings. You can also change region colors and give them names to help you keep organized.

SPECTROGRAM: Capo's spectrogram display allows you to look deep inside your music to not only see what is being played, but how. Identify bends, vibrato, slides, and other nuances of the performance to help you play exactly what you are hearing.

TAB IT OUT: Charting music just got easier. Capo allows you to generate tablature by clicking and dragging on notes in the spectrogram. No need for a notepad, and you can even work without your instrument nearby.

CHORD BOXES: Not only does Capo show you the chords in a song, but also how to play them. Capo can display a myriad of chord shapes in various tunings. Choose the voicing you’re most comfortable playing or learn new ones.

TRANSPOSING MADE EASY: Instantly change the key of your songs using an easy pitch slider, and watch as the chords and chord boxes update to reflect the key change instantly. Now you can quickly transpose your music to a key you're more comfortable playing, or singing along with.

INSTRUMENTS: In addition to guitar, Capo shows chords for ukulele, banjo, mandolin and 4-6 string basses.

CAPO AND ALTERNATE TUNINGS: By adjusting the tuning of your instrument, Capo will adjust its displayed chord shapes accordingly. You can also add a capo and select from different capo positions, which will automatically adjust the chords such that they are displayed in relation to the capo.

EFFECTS: Capo lets you modify panning, adjust a 10-band graphic equalizer, and apply vocal reduction to help you isolate the parts of the music you wish to learn.

METRONOME AND COUNT-OFF: The Metronome and Count-off features let you rehearse like a pro. Give yourself a bar or two to take a deep breath before rocking out with your favorite songs.

iCLOUD SYNC BETWEEN DEVICES: Share Capo projects between Capo touch and Capo 3 on your Mac automatically for complete freedom to work on your songs wherever you are.

SHARING: Capo documents can be shared easily via email, AirDrop, Messages, or by simply copying a file to another Mac. This is great for collaborating on transcriptions with your students or colleagues.

What's New in Version 3.1.5

• This update should resolve issues with iCloud sync between Capo touch and Capo 3. We deeply regret the error.


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Customer Reviews

Much Worse Than Version 2

I used Ver. 2 for a long time until it broke itself when OS X updated. Now Ver. 3 imposes what it thinks are bars/measures instead of indicating real time but it gets the bars completely wrong. (If it can’t find the beat in a slow blues with a heavy back beat then how will it ever find anything??) And there is no real way to fix the measures, so you’re left with fake/incorrect bar numbers that run at the wrong tempo over the entire song. Worse, selections for looping or regions “snap” to those incorrect bars. Also, the new chord detection is wildly inaccurate. Then there’s the spectrograph which was useful in Ver. 2 but now the display is washed out and vague. Also, you can no longer just drop a marker to name the start of sections and instead you must have “regions” that run for some duration - I just want to mark the start of verses, solos, etc! Everything has taken a huge step backward with no indication that the developer gets it. I can’t even export the TABs that I would spend hours inputting? (Never could do that.) On the plus side, the interface is clean and inviting. But it has to be useable and it no longer is. I’ve gone with AnyTune which does not have the useless chord or spectrograph features but is worlds more robust for playback, slowdown, looping, marking, etc. Wish I had not bought Capo 3 first.

So good!

Where has Capo been all my life?
I do a lot of session work, in both production and performance, and all I can say is thank you for saving me so much time and effort. So often, I’ll get a two-track in my dropbox that needs guitar, bass or other instrumentation, and being able to instantly have the chord changes in front of me saves so much time and effort.
The fun of being able to instantly and correctly play along with my music library is worth the cost of admission alone, but whoa…the audio engine within the app sounds mighty great when you slow down the tempo to learn the more complicated parts. It is wild playing along to prohibitively fast guitar lines at 1/2 speed.
One thing to note - nothing is perfect 100% of the time, but Capo comes mighty close and works mighty fast. Fortunately, its really easy to edit any errors and add whatever chords and voicings that you’d like.
Thanks for making such a killer app!


Chord detection is all over the place. I have tried numerous songs in my iTunes library and it has gotten a handful of chords correct. NOT timing. NOT changes. Tabs? Aparently you write them yourself. Spectogram is a complete gimmick. It literally can’t pick up a simple opening to an acoustic song. Be warned, you will still visit google regularly to search for tabs and chords. But hey, spend thirty bucks and you can comlpetely transcribe them over to this crapapp while looking at your guitar on the stand. Asked for refund and got no response. Typical. Ladies and Gents, apps won’t make you guitarists or musicians. Playing music will. Listening to music will as well. I thought this could be a cool app to easily jam along to songs with, while helping me out with some notation. Wrong. Save your money and go learn some Jimi.

EDIT** Can we get some development people? This app cost me $30 and hasn’t been touched since day two of having it. Keep up the great work.

Capo 3
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  • $29.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.1.5
  • Size: 7.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor

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