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Foot Pedals for Transcribe!

Transcribe! can be controlled (start and stop playback, etc) by various kinds of pedals, which can be convenient if you have an instrument in your hands while you transcribe, or pencil and paper. Pedals are also useful for controlling Transcribe! while a different application is in the foreground - perhaps a music notation package.

Pedals intended for transcription use are really aimed at speech transcription, but are just as useful for music. They usually have three pedals : a large Play pedal in the middle, with smaller Rewind and Forwards pedals at either side.

They will usually cost more than Transcribe! itself, but are well worth it if you are doing any serious amount of transcribing. You can set them up so that the big middle pedal does Play/Stop and the left & right pedals take you backwards or forwards by one measure (bar). See Transcribe!'s Help - File menu - Foot pedals, for more about this.

Here are some notes about pedal compatibility. If you have a pedal already then please try it with Transcribe!. If it isn't listed here then please let me know what the pedal is and where you got it. If it doesn't work then I might be able to help. And if it does then I can list it here.

Note that I cannot guarantee compatibility of a pedal you buy, with Transcribe!. All I can tell you is what I've tried, and what works for me and for other people who tell me of their experiences.


Transcribe! talks directly to these pedals, which means you can just plug the pedal in and Transcribe! should see it right away. This means you should not install any software that comes with the pedal. It isn't needed, and may cause conflicts with Transcribe! and the other software both trying to read from the pedal at the same time.

On Windows you should expect to see the usual "New hardware found" message when you plug a USB pedal in. On Windows 7 that may not happen and you should go to Control Panel - System and Security - Find and Fix problems - Hardware and Sound - Configure a Device, to make Windows find it.

Once you have plugged the pedal in, run Transcribe!'s "Foot Pedals" command on the File menu. Make sure "Respond to pedals" is turned on, and program the responses as you wish. Click the Help button in this dialog for more info.

VEC Pedals

VEC IN-USB-2 pedal

This is the VEC "Infinity IN-USB-2", which is compatible with Transcribe! for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It can be obtained from various distributors.

Places to get them:
The above pedal came from Dictran in the US.
In the UK & EU you can get it from

VEC IN-USB-1 pedal

This is the VEC "Infinity IN-USB-1", which is compatible with Transcribe! for Windows, Mac and Linux. These days it has been superceeded by the IN-USB-2 shown above.

Places to get them:
The above pedal came from LE Technologies.
There is a similar looking one at Executive Communication Systems. I've not tried it myself but I've been told it works with Transcribe! on Intel Mac, and may well work on other systems too - let me know if you try it.

Philips Pedals

Philips LFH-6212 pedal

This is the Philips LFH-6212 which I am told is compatible with Transcribe! for Windows. If you try it on Mac or Linux, do let me know if it works.

Philips LFH-2310 pedal

This is the Philips LFH-2310/2320/2330 which I am told is compatible with Transcribe! for Windows and Mac. If you try it on Linux, do let me know if it works.

VPE VPedal

VPE VPedal

Some pedals present themselves as being joystick / game controller devices and Transcribe! should be able to use these on Windows, Mac and Linux. Of course, these pedals aren't really intended for games, it's just that they use the same interface. The picture above is the VPE VPedal, but in fact any joystick / game controller should work, even those which aren't pedals at all.

On Windows, any controller which Windows recognises as a Joystick should be ok with Transcribe!, whether USB or serial or gameport connector. On Mac or Linux you will need a USB model.

Get it from V PEDAL themselves.

P.I. Engineering Pedals

PIE Xkeys pedal

P.I. Engineering make a three-pedal unit, the "XF-10-US-R", which is compatible with Transcribe! for Windows and Mac. For me it doesn't work on Linux but it might for you. You need the USB version for use with Transcribe!

Get it from P.I. Engineering themselves.

Other Non-MIDI Pedals

Olympus pedals generally don't seem to work with Transcribe! or indeed with any non-Olympus software. Do let me know if you find any exceptions to this rule.
!!! And I have in fact been told that the Olympus RS27 USB foot pedal that comes with their AS-2400 kit, does work with Transcribe! on Mac Yosemite.

I have been told that the Airturn BT 105 Bluetooth foot pedal works well with Transcribe! on Windows.

MIDI Pedals

MIDI pedals - or indeed any kind of MIDI controller - should work fine for controlling Transcribe! on Windows, Mac and Linux. As a musician, you might already have some MIDI pedals. If you want to buy pedals specifically for controlling Transcribe! then you might do better with one of the transcription pedals listed above. But if you want a MIDI pedal for the purpose, then you can get three-pedal units intended for use with pianos, for instance if you Google for "fatar pedal" then you will find units with 1, 2, or 3 pedals. Of course you also need a MIDI interface for your computer.

These days there are some pedals and other controllers which have a built-in USB/MIDI interface, which means that the thing simply has a USB lead to plug in to your computer and does not require a separate MIDI interface. A good example is the Akai LDP8. It's not strictly a pedal though I'm told you can work it with your feet if you take your shoes off.

The Behringer FCB1010 MIDI foot-pedal has been recommended to me as working well with Transcribe!

I've also been told that the TranzPort remote control by Frontier Design works by sending MIDI messages so can be used with Transcribe!, though I haven't tried it myself.

Pedals which generate keystrokes

Some pedals generate keystrokes as if from a keyboard. If you have one of these then of course you will need to configure it using Transcribe! "Keyboard Commands" since it is pretending to be a keyboard.

For example, you can find one here.

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