Transcribe! Tutorial – My Favorite transcribing Software Explained (Plus: Best key commands!)

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Transcribe! is one Nifty Program

Here are 9 reasons why you really should look into it:

  • It is far superior to iTunes and other audio players (or worse, YouTube!) in just finding your spot. Ever try to transcribe a tune using YouTube? Forget about getting to your spot instantly (wheel galore! But also inaccurate). With Transcribe! you can quickly navigate to exactly where you need to be. And I mean exactly– down to the very note! Or explore a fraction of the beat. Zoom into that waveform until it fills your screen!
  • Awesome key commands to make navigating the song a breeze!
  • Speed up or slow way down without changing the key!
  • Change the key of any song (Working with singers, anyone?)
  • Loop sections and shed!
  • Boost frequencies to hear certain instruments better!
  • Set section markers, measure markers or even beat markers!
  • Export transposed or slowed down files for students, band mates…!
  • Even slow down videos and zoom in down to the exact note!

Yes, there are other programs that can fulfill basic slow down/speed up functions – even free ones like Audacity. There is the “Amazing Slow-downer” and iPhone app I like, AnyTune Pro.

But Transcribe!‘s cool features and intuitive layout, great algorithms (minimizing mickey-mousing when changing tempo or keys) and killer exporting options make it by far my favorite of the lot.



Whether you are new to taking tunes off a recording or are shedding bebop solos trying to check out the nooks and crannies of your heroes’ work, Transcribe! will be your best friend.

But use wisely- as a tool, not a crutch.

Check out my tutorial, complete with a list of my favorite, easy to remember key commands.

Full disclosure: I’m an affiliate, y’all!  But I only recommend products I believe in and actually use on a daily basis myself. Boom! So, if you are interested, please use the following links to purchase.

Transcribe! for Windows

Transcribe! for Mac

Transcribe for Linux


Download Transcribe! Key commands List as a PDF


PS to add: Proud to say Seventhstring Software’s Andy Robinson listed this tutorial on his website with a nice endorsement after watching it. Oh yes, and we are right under Jennifer Batten’s tutorial 🙂

Here is an excellent 30 minute tour of Transcribe! – thank you Ariane Cap.

Transcribe! Key commands


  • Chris Denslow
    May 23, 2019, 07:37  Reply

    Awesome read as I had no idea how to use in a beneficial way.

  • Wes Watson
    May 25, 2019, 10:50  Reply

    I’m on iOS – iPhone XR: I picked up Anytune which does a lot of great things free or pretty inexpensively.

    • May 27, 2019, 00:39

      yes, I do recommend AnyTune for ithings as well. If you want completely free, Audacity is an option as well.

      Transcribe just sounds so much better when you speed up/slow down and the interface is much more intuitive. Plus: can’t beat the keycommands and functionality!

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