Getting Started

The very first thing you'll do in Capo touch is create a Project that contains a copy of the song you're learning, along with the detected chords, beats, and tempo information.

With a subscription or qualifying purchase, all your edits—changes to Chords, Regions, Markers, etc.—will be saved in the Project. The free edition of Capo only saves its baseline chord detection results and audio playback configuration (speed, key, pitch, and location) so you can resume learning where you left off.

There are only two steps to create a project:

  1. Select a location where the project will be saved
  2. Choose the song you want to start learning

Once the project is created, you'll be taken directly to the In-Song View where you will spend most of your time in Capo.

Project Locations

Like many other document-based apps on iOS (e.g. Pages, Numbers, Keynote) you must first select the folder where your newly-created Project will be stored. Typically, you will choose the Capo folder in iCloud Drive, or the Capo folder on your device.

The Projects that you create in iCloud Drive are made available to Capo 3 for macOS as well as your other devices that run Capo touch.

Image locations

At the time of writing, Capo touch cannot create Projects inside Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box. Unfortunately, these providers chose not to fully support apps like Capo that aim to efficiently synchronize changes in the cloud.

Selecting a Song

After you've picked where to create your Capo Projects, you can now choose the song you'd like Capo to import for you to learn.

Create Document

Tap the + at the top-right of the screen, or tap Create Document at the top of the list of projects, and Capo will present you with your song import options.

Choose Song Source

Import Songs from My Music

You can now choose a song from your music collection by Artist, Album, Song, or by Playlist. These are the same collections that you see in Apple's Music app on your device.

You can also browse your songs by the date that you last listened to them using the Recently Played list. To appear in this list, a song must reach the end to be marked as "played" by the Music app—merely tapping on songs to hear them for a few seconds will not add them to the list of Recently Played songs.

Song Availability

By default, all songs in your My Music collection will be visible but will be marked with either a + or cloud icon. A + indicates that songs are available and ready to import. Songs displayed alongside the cloud icon require further action.

Available Songs

Songs Not Available for Import

Capo Needs Your Help

Some songs require further action from you before they can be imported into Capo.

Why does Capo need your help?

The song is protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management)

Capo (and all other apps) cannot access music that is protected by DRM. This includes songs downloaded from streaming music services such as Apple Music. A subscription music service only grants you the right to listen to a track offline, but you cannot also use that audio in other applications that intend to analyze or otherwise manipulate the raw audio data.

To make DRM-protected songs accessible to Capo, tap Buy on iTunes. This will take you to the iTunes store where you can purchase the individual track or album. Once purchased, and downloaded to your device the song will be available for import into Capo.

The song is stored in the cloud

If you've already purchased music using iTunes, you need to download the music to your device. Capo cannot import the song if it's stored in the cloud. To download a song to your device, tap Show in Music. This will take you to the song in the Music app where you can download it to your device.

Filtering Songs

You can choose to see only the songs that are immediately available for import using the Filter option.

Song Filter

Import Audio Files (from iCloud, Dropbox, etc.)

Capo can create Projects from just about any MP3, AIFF, WAV, and M4A audio file as long as they are not protected by DRM.

Choose Song Source

Import Songs From Other Apps (e.g. Mail)

  1. Open an email that includes a (DRM-free) MP3, AIFF, WAV, or M4A audio file attachment.
  2. Tap on the song file.
  3. Choose the “Copy to Capo” action to load the song in Capo touch. You may have to scroll through a list of other apps to find Capo touch.
  4. Once you select Capo touch, a project will be created and opened immediately.

Last updated: December 10, 2020