Transcribe Software - Free Update

Hi all,

I received an email earlier from Andy over at Transcribe.

There has been an update to the Transcribe Software which is free for existing users. I’ve been meaning to create a thread on Transcribe which I will do tomorrow.

I’ll add this thread to our Software & Programs area of the forum.

Here’s the email I received in case anyone is not on their mailing list. It provides an overview of the updated features:

Transcribe! version 8.71 is now available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

This release has some significant enhancements, and some bug fixes.

Transcribe! 8.71 for Windows requires Windows 10 (we are keeping version 8.40 available for people running older versions of Windows).

Transcribe! 8.71 for Mac requires OS 10.10 or later (we are keeping version 8.41 available for people running older versions of Mac OS).

To download it:

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.


  • We’ve added a new feature, the “Loop Line”, which appears in the main transcription window. “Show Loop Line” on the View menu will display the “Loop Line” above the profile and also in the Navigation Bar if this is shown. The loop line displays the same positions and loops that you see on the Misc page of the Fx window, but it can be more convenient to access them this way. You can click the loop line to select a loop or right-click (control-click on Mac) to create, edit, and delete loops (using a popup menu).
    If you would like the loop line to appear by default in new transcriptions then please see the FAQ “How can I set defaults for the appearance of new transcriptions?” on this page

  • New command LoopStoreInsert - this stores the current position and selection as a loop in the list on the Misc page of the Fx window. It creates a new loop and inserts it in sorted order into the existing list of loops. The “New Loop From Selection” command in the popup menu of the Loop Line uses this command, but you can also program a keyboard command if you want to.

  • You can now use the mouse wheel for scrolling the list of stored loops on the Misc page of the Fx window.

  • Mac: on some (not all) macOS versions some USB microphones (e.g. Logitech AK5370) would not work with Transcribe!'s Record New Sound File command. This should now be fixed.

  • Optional fat play position indicator for better visibility. See Preferences - Playback.

  • The Speed Up command on the Play menu can now be told to measure in seconds instead of in repeats. This means that you spend an equal amount of time at each speed, rather than having an equal number of repeats at each speed.

  • We’ve added a compressor/limiter to prevent 16-bit overload distortion if you turn up the volume or EQ too high. It’s on by default, in Preferences - Playback. When compression is operating, it will appear as a red line under the volume slider in the lower toolbar.

  • Added a “Reposition this Window” command on the Window menu, for if the window is too big, or off screen, or whatever.

  • Removed the click at start of notes played on Transcribe’s piano keyboard.

  • Mac OS 10.12 and later: removed the “Show Tab Bar” command from the View menu. This was not used by Transcribe! and should never have appeared.

  • Mac: the File Open dialog now remembers correctly what type of file you last opened (e.g. “Sound files” or “All files”).

  • Raised the limit on script file size from 100kB to 1MB - yes someone complained it was too low!

  • Various other minor improvements and bugfixes.

Andy Robinson, Seventh String Software,

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For those who still use Transcribe!, here’s the latest information regarding the new MacOS update to Big Sur.

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Thanks for sharing this Scott.

I’m yet to upgrade to Big Sur - I’m always a little reluctant to update immediately after the release in case of issues with my recording and editing programs. I’ll have to check compatibility.

Anyhow thanks for sharing the Transcribe link, it will be useful once I get around to the update!

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