Seventh String Software

Transcribe! History - version 9.25 Release Notes, released 18 March 2023

The Windows version requires 64-bit Windows 10 or 11. We will keep version 8.80.1 available for those few people still running 32-bit Windows 10.

The Mac version requires macOS 13 (Ventura) on Intel or Apple Silicon. We will keep earlier Transcribe! versions available for people running earlier versions of macOS.

The Linux version is 64-bit only. We will keep version 8.80 available for people running 32-bit Linux.

It is free to existing users : it will recognise your license key and you shouldn't need to enter it again.

Please let me know of any problems you find.


- If the Transcribe! main window is wide enough then we stretch the speed slider and allow up to 200% speed, and we add a cents (hundredths of a semitone) slider in addition to the semitones slider. Of course it has always been possible to get these effects in the audio effects window.

- We have overhauled the keyboard shortcuts system. We now allow the previously hard-wired shortcuts (like F1 and '.' and 'M' etc) to be reprogrammed just like any other keystroke, and if a menu command corresponds to a keyboard shortcut then we display the shortcut on the menu as an accelerator (in the past we only displayed those hard-wired ones). Also we now distinguish between some keystrokes which we used to regard as identical, e.g. PageUp/Down on the main keyboard, and PageUp/Down on the Num keypad. If you have programmed a shortcut for one of those keys then you may need to reprogram it if you want it to work for the other one of the pair.

We now report and recognise keyboard shortcuts always by the main character which appears on the physical keytop. It should always have been this way really. So if, for example, you had a shortcut created in a previous version of Transcribe! for alt-shift-! then this will not be recognised in version 9.25 because that same keystroke is now recognised as alt-shift-1.
To fix this, you should use the keyboard shortcuts dialog, highlight the shortcut in question in the list box, type the desired keystroke in the "type a key" box, and then in the "Change the keystroke" box press the "Use normal shortcut" button.
This replaces the keystroke which triggers the shortcut in question. It's still the same keystroke, just described differently.
I apologise for the inconvenience but the new way is definitely better. It only has to be done once and remember that if you have more than one computer then you can Export keyboard shortcuts from one machine and Import them on another.

- We have added a "Quick setup for pedals which pretend to be keyboards" button in the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog with ready-made setups for 1-button, 2-button, and 3-button pedals, and the Vidami 5-button pedal. The Vidami pedal is specifically designed for musicians, it has controls for switching between different speeds and different loops, and can trigger ten commands not five, because each button generates a different character for a tap and for a longer press.

- Some new commands, useful with pedals. You will need to program a keyboard shortcut if you want to use them: SpeedButtonCycleLtoR & SpeedButtonCycleRtoL to cycle through the speed buttons. Also PlayCueToggle & PlayReviewToggle needed for the Vidami pedal, and if you want to do Cue & Review using global shortcuts on Windows (which do not produce a key-up event).

- In the keyboard shortcut & MIDI shortcut dialogs you will see a new option at the bottom: "Change the keystroke for a shortcut which already exists" and "Change the MIDI controller for a shortcut which already exists". These enable you to take an existing programmed shortcut and change the keystroke or MIDI event which triggers it (instead of deleting the old shortcut and creating a new one).

- "Display as Mono" is now on the View menu where it always should have been, instead of being a Preference. This means that it is now saved in your transcription file. You can still set a Preference for newly loaded sound files by using Preferences - New Windows - "Set defaults from current window".

- Added a metronome clicks on/off switch on the Misc page of the Fx window and on the Play menu, and you can create a shortcut for the PlayClicksToggle command if you want. See the Help for the Misc page for more info.

- Added a command on the Play menu for switching loop delay on/off, and you can create a shortcut for the PlayLoopDelayToggle command if you want. The amount of delay is set on the Preferences - Playback page.

- The "Speed Up" command (Play menu) now saves its settings between sessions, like a Preference.

- Various other minor changes and bug fixes.