August 14, 2009 in Music and Recording (E)
[prMac.com] Waterloo, Ontario - SuperMegaUltraGroovy today announced the immediate availability of Capo 1.1, and a supporting video podcast series to educate users about learning music by ear using Capo. Capo 1.1 is a free update that allows users to save their slowed and pitch-corrected audio for use on iPods while away from their Mac. "Many users requested that I allow them to save Capo's slowed versions on their iPod," says Chris Liscio, the company's founder. "They are not necessarily near a computer when practicing drums, or piano."
Users can choose to export entire songs, or just a loop region that can be set to repeat on iPod devices. "Creating an iTunes playlist with various slowed versions of a song, along with difficult looped passages, can yield hours of practice material to help you master your favorite tracks while you're away from your Mac," Liscio says.
In addition to slowing, and pitch-adjusting music, Capo 1.1 adds audio effects to help make learning easier. Users can adjust the balance of a song to focus on a single channel, adjust a 10-band graphic equalizer to better isolate or highlight an instrument, and reduce vocals in a specified frequency range.
Recently, Liscio has started filming a video podcast series aimed at Capo users. "I wanted to respond to customers requesting information about learning music by ear, and also pass along Capo-specific tips and tricks in the process." The podcast series covers topics including basic ear training, tips for learning to play music, and advanced Capo features.
Capo 1.1 is a free upgrade for existing users, and new users may purchase within the application's embedded, secure store for $49 (USD). Information about Capo, and the Capo Podcast, can be found on the product website. Capo is compatible with all Macs running Mac OS X 10.5 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 TapeDeck, and FuzzMeasure, the 2006 Apple Design Award runner-up in the Scientific Computing Solution category.