Capo for Mac

Reverse Engineering Rock 'n' Roll

Capo uses advanced signal processing and machine learning technology to help you learn songs by ear quickly. Its powerful, simple-to-use tools allow you to dig deep into the details of a recording so you can learn to play songs more accurately, and in less time.

Slow it Down

Slow down (or speed up) the recording without changing its pitch. Practice with the recording at a comfortable pace, or listen more carefully to make sure you haven't missed any notes. Capo’s high-quality time stretching engine ensures that your music sounds great at any speed.

Get the Chords

Capo analyzes the songs you load by “listening” to them, and then displays all the chords it hears. In addition to naming the chords, Capo can show diagrams for guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin and even 4-6 string bass. It can even display left-handed chords. Rock on, southpaws!

Solo / Mute Instruments & Vocals

By adjusting Capo’s isolation controls, you can solo or mute a single instrument/vocal to hear it more clearly, or eliminate it to create a custom backing track. Capo’s cutting-edge isolation effect is powered by the Neptune isolation engine.

Tab It Out, Hear Each Note

Use your mouse to “draw” notes inside the spectrogram. As you click and highlight each note, hear it played back as tablature is generated automatically for you—no need to keep a notepad at hand to transcribe solos.

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Apple Design Award

Mac Developer Showcase

Winner 2011

Best of Mac App Store

Best Apps of the Year

2011

iMore Best of 2014 Award

Audio App of the Year

2014

“Whether I go to learn a song myself or teach someone how to play a song, I bring it up in Capo.”

Read about Capo's use in Education ›

Capo is a fantastic way to analyze & learn music quickly; I love how clean the pitch algorithm is even at 1/4 speed. Capo is a great teaching & learning tool whether you're a rank beginner or a seasoned professional.

I have been wishing for this software for years. It's incredibly useful, whether I'm charting my own songs for the players who join me, or discovering exactly what is being played on a recording I love.

I am a devout Capo user for a couple of years now—it's the GREATEST of all, especially since it makes a library of your tunes you work on and is sonically great. It's my go-to music learning app!

Capo is an invaluable learning tool. I use it to loop hard phrases, and slow them down with very few artifacts, making them easy to master!

Vernon Reid

Guitarist for Living Colour

Kristian Bush

Guitarist/Singer for Sugarland

Will Lee

Bassist for David Letterman

Pete Thorn

Guitarist for Chris Cornell

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Capo Specifications

Playback

  • Slow down audio without affecting pitch
  • Transpose to different keys
  • Isolate instruments and vocals
  • Eliminate instruments and vocals
  • Scrub with audio frozen in time

Song Analysis

  • Detects chords, and the key of your song files
  • Uses beat detection to calculate tempo and provide snapping
  • Powerful Spectrogram display for simple tabbing

Tabbing

  • Draw on the Spectrogram to generate tablature
  • Displays tablature for Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, and 4-6 string Bass

Chords

  • Detected chords can be edited one at a time, or globally
  • Displays chord boxes for Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, and 4-6 string Bass
  • Left-handed chord box display also available

Metronome

  • Song-synchronized click track
  • Includes 5 different metronome sounds
  • Metronome can count in your looping regions

Markers/Regions

  • Regions can be looped for practice
  • Markers mark the notable points in a song
  • Rename regions and change their colors to keep organized

User Interface

  • Designed specifically for the Mac
  • Switch between Practice and Tabbing modes
  • Supports MacBook Pro with Touch Bar
  • Toggle visibility of Chords and Notes
  • Full Screen support
  • Autosave

Projects

  • Audio, user entries, and effects are saved into Projects
  • Sync projects using iCloud for use with Capo touch and your other Macs
  • Share projects using AirDrop, Messages, and more

Custom Control

  • Capo can be configured to use custom keystrokes for playback control
  • Use MIDI foot switches and controllers to control Capo's playback

Supported File Formats

  • Purchased, DRM-free audio from iTunes
  • WAV, AIFF, MP3, MP4, M4A
  • Cannot load protected M4P files

Exporting

  • M4A/AIFF files with playback adjustments
  • Audio-synchronized MIDI files with chord and note entries

Requirements

  • A Mac with macOS El Capitan or newer
  • Legacy versions also available

Capo requires macOS 10.11 or later

Capo uses [aufTAKT] V3 by zplane.development for tempo and beat tracking, [tONaRT] V2 by zplane.development for key detection, and ZTX PRO Time Stretch/Pitch Shift Technology licensed from Zynaptiq GmbH.