Soord - The Idea

Soord is designed to work out guitar tabs from an external sound source using the device microphones. You can play guitar or record any other external source. Basically, Soord assists you to learn to play a music piece on guitar and gives an hint what is really played.

Soord defines a bundle of filters to adjust the tabs to your needs and is optimized for tabs played on acoustic guitars on the first five frets. Soord is not convenient to work out sound effects like distortion.

All filters extract or remove ,but ,do not add or modify any tones.

Version Information

Platform: IOS
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The Best Microphone Position

The best results for IPhones can be achieved when the sound source position is next to the Home button. When using an IPad the sound source should be next to the microphones.

Getting Started

Every recording is stored as a separate album.

Tap [Listen] on the start screen and Soord will ask you for an album name. Leave the album name unchanged and press [Go!] to start recording.

Press [Stop] to stop tab recording. The recording duration is limited to 90 seconds at maximum and recording will be automatically stopped once the time limit expires.

Tap [Albums] on the start screen to show all existing recordings. The first recording was stored under [New Album]. Tap [New Album] to open the album and to display the included songs.

Every recording generates a new album with one song [Raw] holding the microphone data without any applied filters. Soord does not apply any filters by default since it is hard to predict which filters work best. E.g. some songs have to be transposed up or down, first.

Song Filters

Soord provides several optional filters to optimize the tab to your needs. From inside a song press [Filters] to show a list of all available filters.

No.FilterUse CaseName
1Apply Volume FilterExtracts the loudest four picked tones. (If the sound source uses a standard picking pattern only four tones can be played in parallel).(Pick)
2Filter Attack TonesExtract attack tones and remove intermediate tones(Attck.)
3Remove Discordant TonesRemove all tones which do not match the detected chord. (-Dscrd.Tns)
4Extract Most Frequently Played VoicingsBest to find your own style to play a song. The voicings are sorted in the played order.(Vcng)
5Simplify Right HandApply well known right hand patterns.(Rght.Hnd)
6Simplify Left HandApply well known left hand patterns.(Lft.Hnd.)
7Transpose Up By One ToneThe song is in a hard-to-play key like Ab and could be played more easily in the key of A.(+1)
8Transpose Down By One ToneThe song is in a hard-to-play key like Eb and could be played more easily in the key of E.(-1)
9Extract Melody and BassExtract the Melody and Bass Voices(MldBss)
10Push Down All Tones By One StringUse this filter if the song includes tones above the fifth fret. All tones are pushed down by one string and the tab becomes better playable.(Psh)

Filters and Song Names

Every filter clones the source song and applies to the clone. All applied filters are subsequently part of the songs' titles using the naming conventions as stated in column [Name] in the table above. E.g the raw song without discordant notes with simplified right and left hands will be named Raw(-Dscrd.Tns)(Rght.Hnd)(Lft.Hnd):

No. Filter Name
1 Remove Discardant Tones(-Dscrd.Tns)
2 Simplify Right Hand (Rght.Hnd)
3 Simplify Left Hand (Lft.Hnd)

Inside an album the songs are sorted descending by the songs title length. Thus, the songs with the most number of applied filters are displayed, first.

Life Cycles and Exports

Albums and all its' songs can be deleted by pressing the Delete-Button in the upper right corner from inside the album list. Songs can be deleted in the same manner from inside the song list.

Song tabs are exported from your device by using the email function from inside a song. Soord sends a text file representation of the song's tab to the email recipients.