August 3, 2010 in Music and Recording (E)
[prMac.com] Waterloo, Ontario - SuperMegaUltraGroovy today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Capo 2.0 for Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard. Capo helps musicians learn to play the music in their iTunes collection using their ears, and now also their eyes.
"This release marks a huge leap forward in self-directed musical study," says Chris Liscio, the company's founder. "Not only can you see the notes you're hearing, but also how they are being played. This is some really powerful stuff."
Capo 2.0 is a paid update that includes the ability to detect chords, and quickly create tablature from the songs that users are learning. The core of the update centers around a highly detailed spectrogram visualization that relies on OpenCL to compute.
"Months of research and development went into the Capo 2.0 release," says Liscio. "[This was] not only due to the complexity of the algorithms involved, but also the powerful new interface that allows users to quickly tab out the music they wish to play."
On the first launch, users will be greeted by a list of introductory videos that walk them through Capo's new interface. "[The videos] are far better than reading even the most well-written documentation. I believe that it's more powerful to show, than to tell," says Liscio.
Capo 2.0 is a $19 (USD) upgrade for existing users that purchased before May 2010, and $49 for new users. A 5-pack of licenses is available for families at a price of $89. Information about Capo, and a free trial download, can be found on the product website. Capo is compatible with all Macs running Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard.
Chris Liscio founded SuperMegaUltraGroovy in 1999, writing BeOS audio software during his undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo. SuperMegaUltraGroovy is best known for the Mac software packages Capo, TapeDeck, and FuzzMeasure, the 2006 Apple Design Award runner-up in the Scientific Computing Solution category. Copyright (C) 1999-2010 SuperMegaUltraGroovy. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iTunes and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.