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Transcription Resources. Software to slow down music.

There are various other tools aimed at helping people to transcribe music from recordings. Here are the ones I am currently aware of. None of them are in head-on competition with Transcribe! as they all have differing approaches. Personally I don't think any of them equal Transcribe! as a general purpose transcribing assistant but perhaps I'm biased - try them and see.

There are also tools which are quite different from Transcribe! such as hardware playback devices, and software which attempts automatic transcription (output as MIDI or notation, Transcribe! doesn't do).

Software - desktop

AKoff Music Composer
AmazingMIDI by Araki Software
Amazing Slow Downer by Roni Music
AnthemScore by Lunaverus
Audio Speed Changer from
AudioScore from Neuratron
BestPractice by Robert Moerland
Capo by SuperMegaUltraGroovy
Chord Pickout
CLAM Music Tools, and Chordata
DDMF Chorddetector
DsChordFinder by Dubbeldam Software
ELAN by Eudico
Elevation by Superscope
f4 transcription software for audio and video
Guitar & Drum Trainer by Renegade Minds
Guitar Shed by Astoundit
GuitarMaster by RoboSens
Intelliscore by Innovative Music Systems
iRehearse from RJV Media
Loop-A-Lick by DPR Technology
LoopyLoopX by Jean-Louis Valero
MPEX time stretching by Prosoniq
mTrax by TerraSofta
muDic by
Music Analyzer by Andrei Volkov
Music Explorer by Geoff Peters and Gabriel Lo
MusicTrans music transcription tool
Neutrino by MachineCodex
Online Time Stretcher from
PaceMaker WinAmp Plugin
Phrase Trainer by
Pitch 'n Time by Serato
PitchScope by Creative Detectors
Play It Slowly by Jonas Wagner
Pulse Master by Pianosoft
Riff Master Pro
ScoreExtractor by Roman Yakimenko
Slow Me Down by Roni Software
Slow MP3 by Pekka Kauppila
SlowGold & SlowBlast by World Wide Woodshed
Solo Explorer by Recognisoft
Song Surgeon
Sonic Visualiser
SoundTouch Audio Processing Library
Speedshifter from The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Tartini - real-time music analysis tool
33 RPM by Edenwaith
TimeStretch Audio Player from Jonas Wagner
Transcribe! by Seventh String Software
Transkriber by Reed Kotler Systems Inc
Tune Transcriber
TwelveKeys from NCH Software
Video Surgeon
Waon Wave-to-Notes transcriber
WIDI Recognition System

Software - iOS

Amazing Slow Downer
Anytune by Anystone Technologies
Audipo by Hidekazu Seto
Capo by SuperMegaUltraGroovy
Learn That Song (previously iLift) by rCreativ
RiffMaster Pro
Slow Down Music Player by Santa Cruz Integration
Slow Down Music Trainer by Santa Cruz Integration

Software - Android

Transcribe Player by Tommy Holmberg (no connection with Transcribe! or Seventh String Software)
Audipo by Hidekazu Seto
Maple Player Classic
Search Google for more Android apps.

Source Code

If you are a programmer and you want to know how to write such programs, some of the above projects are "open source" which means you can download the source code and look at it. For spectrum analysis see Music Explorer, and for slowdown see Best Practice. I haven't actually looked at the source for either of these so I can't say for sure what you'll find.

Other Transcription Resources

How to Slow Down - my own technical article on how to slow down music without changing the pitch.

Automatic transcription - some thoughts of my own about the difficulties of automatic transcription. - tutorial material about using Transcribe!

Matija Marolt, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia - research in automatic transcription.

Anssi Klapuri, Tampere University, Finland - research in automatic transcription.

Other names/places for automatic transcription:,, Keith Martin, David Mellinger, Dan Ellis, Paul Walmsley, Simon Godsill, Manuel Davy.

Alisdair MacRae Birch site - a useful page with more info about transcribing hardware and software.

Wikipedia: "Audio timescale-pitch modification"

MIT: interesting project separating instrument sounds.

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