Transpose-iT v1.0

Quick Reference guide

1.0 General information

This Quick Reference gives a detailed explanation on the features and functions of Transpose-iT.
Transpose-iT is a software utility to transpose musical notes into printable sheets. It’s a practical approach to study and analyze musical rules. (We provide an extensive example database to start you off with). Furthermore you can work with bookmarks and create printable sheets to support study and teachings.



1.1 System overview

Transpose-iT is a next generation database application. The Interface aims to support simplicity and less distracton during the use of the software. We gave it the look and feel of an old-school software-utility to give it a solid feel. Some say it’s a calculator, while others say it’s a musical notebook. It all depends on how you want to use it. There is no entry level to use the software so it can be used for everyone's unique learning process.

1.2 System summary

Transpose-iT is a Windows only software.The software is written in clarion which produces very fast and solid code. We created a 32bit version of the software making it run on any version of windows from Windows-XP to Windows 10 and higher versions. There are also no limitatons for the hardware, except the faster your processor, the faster the software will work. The software requires a connection to the internet in order to “confirm licenses”, request support or follow URL’s for advice in topics. After installation, Transpose-iT can be used immediately without any further configuration. Transpose-iT is designed as a standalone program but can be used in a network with the proper licence (see licensing).

1.3 System restrictions

Everyone can use Transpose-iT, but only registered users are able to create and store bookmarks, create printable sheets and use all the features. (see list of features)In case there is no Internet connection available, purchases can not be confirmed, support can’t be requested and URL’s cant be followed for advice in topics.

2.0 Getting started

To get Started you have to download Transpose-iT from the website first. The latest installation version currently available can be downloaded from https://www.transpose-it.info/reference.html . There are two installation-version, one for windows 10 systems and one for Windows -version below Windows 10. Please choose the proper version for your Windows system.

2.1 Installation

After downloading, transpose-it-v1.0-#.rar can be found in your directory for downloads. Find the file and dubbel-click to open it. It will reveal setup.exe . Run the installer and your good to go. Once installed, Transpose-iT will run in “Freeware” mode. All information on how to buy a full license can be found in the software (under the key-icon) or at: https://www.transpose-it.info/reference.html.

2.2 Interface summary

Transpose-iT has a main-page-interface. All important features can be accessed from this main-page. It consists of buttons, dropdown-menu’s, an interactive keyboard and a few message-areas. The Interface aims to support simplicity and less distracton during the use of the software. At a glance the main-page can be divided into the following areas:

The top area

In this area, all the database-actions take place.

  • Clear workspace.
  • Select topic.
  • Select bookmark.
  • View bookmark.
  • Create bookmark.
  • Edit bookmark.
  • Delete bookmark.
  • Copy to printer.

The middle-area.

In this area, results can be viewed and manual input can be done. Furthermore, system messages can be monitored.

  • System message 1.
  • Input fields for manual input.
  • View keyboards.
  • View text-grid.
  • System message 2.

The bottom-area.

In this area, the interactive keyboard is present for input by mouse. In addition, system-messages can be viewed and all interactive functions can be controlled. Licensing and support-requests can also be done from here.

  • The interactive keyboard.
  • System messages 3.
  • Set keys to intervals.
  • Set keys to note-names.
  • Set keys to sharps.
  • Set keys to flats.
  • Basic view.
  • Extended view.
  • Read forward.
  • Read backward.
  • Set to structure.
  • Set to pattern.
  • Hints.
  • About/Licence/Support.

3.0 The top area

3.1 Clear workspace (all versions)

With this button you will be able to clear the workspace and start a new fresh screen. The rest of the settings keep their current status to reduce the amount of extra clicks and keep the workflow fast.

3.2 Select topic (all versions)

With this dropdown you will be able to select a main topic. This dropdown shows available topics from the example database. After selecting a main-topic you should select some content available with this topic with the “select bookmark” function There is a topic called “bookmarks” where you can find the bookmarks you created with the “create bookmark” function.

3.3 Select bookmark (all versions)

With this dropdown you will be able to select bookmarks available with the previous selected topic. After selecting a bookmark, the workspace will adjust to your latest selections.

3.4 View bookmark (all versions)

With this button you will be able to view the content of the selected bookmark. Bookmark-information is constructed from a description, an annotation and a footnote, which reflect in the printable sheet.

3.5 Create bookmark (full version)

With this button you will be able to create your own bookmark. Bookmarks can be created from topics in the example database or from bookmarks previous created or from scratch. When creating a bookmark, in addition all interactive settings will be stored. Description, Annotation and Footnotes are manatory fields. When creating a bookmark from existing content a ’*’ will be placed into the description to remind you on the version your working on. The ‘*’ is just a reminder and can be removed.

3.6 Edit bookmark

With this button you will be able to edit a previous created bookmark. The fields have a size of 500 chrs but it is advisable to keep your notes short and clean. This will look better on the printable sheet.

3.7 Delete bookmark (full version)

With this button you will be able to delete a selected bookmark. When deleting a bookmark, The bookmark will be completely removed from the database. So pay attention when deleting a bookmark.

3.8 Copy to printer (full version)

With this button you will be able to copy a bookmark to a printable sheet. The layout of the sheet is fixed to create consistency in the paper administration.

4.0 The middle-area.


4.1 System message 1

This message shows all the basic information of the interactive settings. This information can help to determine what the status of the interactive settings are: This message displays: basic or extended, forward or backward and structure or pattern.

4.2 Input fields for manual input (all versions)

“Input fields for manual input” is a series of input fields where you can manually insert note-names or interval-numbers. The engine is build around the diatonic scale or C-scale so all input is allways transposed from the C-key to the other keys. There are a couple of rules for using input-fields manually. Rule 1. Notes-names in the first octave must be all CAPS and in the second octave, all SMALL. for example; C D E Eb AbF# and c d e eb ab f# where ‘b’ stands for flat and ‘#’ stands for sharp. Rule 2. For intervals, the ‘b’ or ‘#’ must be preceding the number of the interval first. Example: 1 2 b3 #11 If you want to manually insert values, select an input-position, insert a note-name or interval-value and press tab. If you want to clear a field, select this fiels and insert a space. Then press tab. Tab moves to the next field. Shift-Tab moves to the previous field.

Note: if you want a 5 in the second octave you must fill 12 to get that note. In music theory the 12 is always interpreted as a 5 or fifth. The same for a b7 or 7. In the second octave you must fill in b14 and 14. In practical music theory the 14 is always the 7 and b14 is b7 (so fill in 12 to create visual structures and patterns BUT always interpret a 5 instead of a 12 the same for 7 instead of a 14). A known limitation is that Bbb will be substituted with A and Fb with E (this will be fixed in the next version).

4.3 Keyboards view (all versions)

This view shows 13, 3-octave keyboards for the 12 keys, to which the informations is transposed to. The 13th keyboard is for making a difference between C# and Db which graphically consists of the same notes but has different accidentals (flats and sharps). Next to the keyboard there is a small button with the name of the key. Thus it is easy to navigate between keys. Additionally you can press this button and experiment with placing the content of that key into the Root or C-Key to see what effects there are.

4.4 Text-grid view (all versions)

This view shows the result expressed in text. If you are not a keyboard-player and just need the notes from the grid-information, this is an universal way to share that information. The grid is consistent according to the cycle of fifth up and fourth down from the Root or C-key.

4.5 System message 2

This message shows the structure information for a certain setting. For example C D E F G A B has a structure of 1-1-0.5-1-1-1. These numbers give information about the distance between one and the next note expressed in half-steps. Structure-information is used to recognize known structure’s. Hints are based on structures known to the system.

5.0 The bottom-area.

5.1 The Interactive Keyboard (all versions)

The Interactive Keyboard can be used to insert note-names and interval values by mouse. see “Inputfields for manual input” for additional information. You can operate this keyboard by clicking on a note on the keyboard. When releasing the mouse –button the next input field is selected for input. On the left and right there are two arrows-symbols for navigating to and selecting the previous or the next input field. Above the keyboard there is a small space between the keyboard and the line above which can be used as a shortcut to refresh the screen. The Keyboard has a few different operation modes which can be set by clicking the settings on the right of the keyboard. These settings are from left to right:

  • -Set keys to interval .
  • -Set key to note-name.
  • -Set keys to sharps
  • -Set keys to flats

Set keys to interval (all versions - default setting)

When selected, the keyboard-mode is set to interval-input. The result will be interval-numbers from 1-14. Depending on the settings of the accidentals (#/b) the black keys will result in, for example: #4 or b3.

Set keys to note-names (all versions)

When selected, the keyboard-mode is set to note-name-input. The result will be a note name in CAPS or SMALL. See “Inputfields for manual input” for additional information. Depending on the settings of the accidentals (#/b) the black keys, will result in, for example: F# or Eb. in the first octave and eb or f# in the second octave.

Set keys to sharps (all versions)

When selected, the black keys on the keyboard produce sharp accidentals. (‘#’)

Set keys to flats (all versions – default setting)

When selected, the black keys on the keyboard produce flatted accidentals (‘b’).

5.2 Basic view (all versions - default setting)

With this button you will be able to set the grid to basic output: The output is a representation of notes which are enharmonically substituted by their diatonic versions. This will make the reading of the grid more practical.

5.3 Extended view (full version)

With this button you will be able to set the grid to extended output: The output is a representation of notes which are not enharmonically substituted. This will make the reading of the grid more theoretical.

5.4 Read forward (all versions - default setting)

With this button you will be able to set the interpretation of a pattern or structure from left to right (normal forward reading).

5.5 Read backward (full version)

With this button you will be able to set the interpretation of a pattern or structure from right to left (backward reading). The resulting structure will be maintained but will be started from the root directing backwards. For example: 1-1-0.5-1-1-1 which stands for C-D-E-F-G-A-B, will be backwards interpreted as C-Bb-Ab-G-F-Eb-Db. This is a nice feature to experiment with. For example: C-ionian-mode backwards will result in a C-Lydian mode. Interpreted from G-lydian, this gives the negative harmony: C-ionian -> G-lydian see example 3.

5.6 Set to structure (all versions - default setting)

With this button you will be able to set the “Keyboards view” to structure-mode. Stucture-mode shows the structure. If you insert C-E-G you will only see these notes. Exactly where you inserted them. See example 1.

5.7 Set to pattern (full version)

With this button you will be able to set the “Keyboards view” to pattern-mode. Pattern-mode shows a pattern. If you insert C-E-G, all notes will be repeated to create the pattern. A pattern can be used to recognize the implication of a structure over the whole range of the keyboard. The Pattern-mode should be used as a visual tool for example, recognize inversions, or create visual scales for improvising over a structure, see example 2.

5.8 Enable/disable hints (all versions)

With this button you can enable or disable the hints function. Hints are automated interpretations from the system to reflect what results you have produced. Hints are depended on the knowledge available in the system: The example database is just an example to start you off and does not contain the complete picture. This gives freedom in using this software for multiple purposes. You can extend the hinting system by creating bookmarks. The description of your bookmark will be used as hint and the structure will be used for interactive evaluation by the system.

6.0 Manage database (Network and Reseller versions

With this button you will be able to access the back-end of the system. We offer full access to the database with the possibility to create your own topics and related content: Here you can brand the content with your own specialized knowledge for more advanced usage. This feature comes with an additional licence. See licensing.

7.0 Confirm licence/about/buy/info (all versions)

With this button you will be able to confirm your licence. Once you’ve purchased Transpose-iT you will have to confirm your license. We will be asking you to provide your transaction-id together with some personalized information, We will return your updated license after approval of your purchase. In addition, you can buy Transpose-iT by pressing the ‘Buy Now’-button at the About-screen. For more information please visit the website: http://www.transpose-it.info.

7.1 Request support/about/info (full version)

With this button you will be able to request our support. Please state your question and we will help you find you an answer.

8.0 Ideas on how to use Transpose-iT

First of all, whatever you create with Transpose-iT, do try to play it on your instrument also. Secondly, Transpose-iT does not score anything. This creates the opportunity to score it yourself. And thirdly Transpose-iT does not play audible sounds. Again, use your instrument or DAW.

8.1 Example 1 (one way to look at the output)

If you are looking for a ‘b13’, just type b13 and press the tabkey. The result shows the b13 on the keyboard for all keys, additionally if you look at the grid, you can see that in the key of C it show an Ab, in the key of G it shows an Eb and in the key of D it shows an Bb. If you analyze this information you can use these notes to create a II-V-I like Bbmin–Eb7–Abmaj over C (C=I). or if you shift the root from C upwards or downwards like F-Bb-Eb over G or G-C-F over A you will notice that the grid is also a very handy tool to help you analyse structures and patterns in a well organized way.

8.2 Example 2 (Inversions)

Suppose you have a chord-structure and you want to look at it in a other way, just select the `set to pattern´. A pattern view is a great tool to visualize duplicated notes related to each other. Use pattern views to study inversions. If your structure contains for example 4 notes Just start from the next or previous note and play 4 notes. Now you have an inversion(s) of the structure you started with.

8.3 Example 3 (intermediate)

Suppose you have a scale like the c-major-scale or ionian mode and want to do some investigation on the concept of negative harmony, you can select ‘read backwards’. Read Backwards actually takes a structure like 1-1-0.5-1-1-1 and reads it backwards. The result structure is 1-1-1-0.5-1-1 which is lydian mode. Now look at the grid and find the result for G. Now you can exchange the corresponding intervals.

C-Ionian mode has the following notes; C D E F G A B.
G-Lydian mode has the following notes: G F Eb D C Bb Ab.

C->G D->F E->Eb F->D G->A A->Bb B->Ab
1->1 2->b7 3->b6 4->5 5->4 6->b3 7->b2

If you use this information in writing melody or bass-lines remember not to forget to translate the movement also. Like forwards-up (original line) = backwards-down. You can apply this information on chord-structures also or choose another root-result to experiment with the sound.

9.0 Licensing

Depending on the application, we supply different licenses for using Transpose-iT. As a starting point, Transpose-iT is designed as a standalone program. This gives you two leading versions namely Transpose-iT Freeware and Transpose-iT Full. Additionally we provide specialized licenses for multi-user and reseller -applications.

Transpose-iT Freeware

The freeware version is available to anyone, but has limited features. The main goal is to get around with the concept and get an impression of the software. This version can be installed on any Windows-computer and there are no licenses required. (http://www.transpose-it.info/features.html).

Transpose-iT Full

This version has no limited features, but is restricted to one computer and therefore can not be copied to another computer. To enable all features, a Full-licence will be required (http://www.transpose-it.info/features.html).

Transpose-iT Network

This version comes with your own logo and an additional feature to administrate the knowledge-database. Furthermore the program can be run from a network: The Network-Licence contains one Administrator with access to the knowledge-database and a pre-specified number of network-users. (Contact us at: network@transpose-it.info).

Transpose-iT Reseller

This version comes with your own logo and a additional feature to administrate the knowledge-database. The program cannot be run from a network. The Reseller-Licence contains one Administrator with access to the knowledge-database and an initially pre-specified number of user-licenses. Seperate licences will be distributed on a per/user base. (Contact us at: reseller@transpose-it.info).