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Foot Pedals for Transcribe!

Transcribe! can be controlled (start and stop playback, etc) by various kinds of pedals, which can be convenient if you have an instrument in your hands while you transcribe, or pencil and paper. Pedals are also useful for controlling Transcribe! while a different application is in the foreground - perhaps a music notation package.

Pedals intended for transcription use are really aimed at speech transcription, but are just as useful for music. They usually have three pedals : a large Play pedal in the middle, with smaller Rewind and Forwards pedals at either side.

They will usually cost more than Transcribe! itself, but are well worth it if you are doing any serious amount of transcribing. You can set them up so that the big middle pedal does Play/Stop and the left & right pedals take you backwards or forwards by one measure (bar). See Transcribe!'s Help - File menu - Foot pedals, for more about this.

Here are some notes about pedal compatibility. If you have a pedal already then please try it with Transcribe!. If it isn't listed here then please let me know what the pedal is and where you got it. If it doesn't work then I might be able to help. And if it does then I can list it here.

I cannot guarantee compatibility of a pedal you buy, with Transcribe!. All I can tell you is what I've tried, and what works for me and for other people who tell me of their experiences.


Transcribe! talks directly to these pedals, which means you can just plug the pedal in and Transcribe! should see it right away. This means you should not install any software that comes with the pedal. It isn't needed, and may cause conflicts with Transcribe! and the other software both trying to read from the pedal at the same time.

On Windows you should expect to see the usual "New hardware found" message when you plug a USB pedal in. On Windows 7 that may not happen and you should go to Control Panel - System and Security - Find and Fix problems - Hardware and Sound - Configure a Device, to make Windows find it.

Once you have plugged the pedal in, run Transcribe!'s "Foot Pedals" command on the File menu. Make sure "Respond to pedals" is turned on, and program the responses as you wish. Click the Help button in this dialog for more info.

VEC Pedals

VEC IN-USB-2 pedal

This is the VEC "Infinity IN-USB-2", which is compatible with Transcribe! version 8.80 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. In fact earlier models of this pedal (Version 14 - you can find the version number on the bottom of the pedal) are compatible with earlier versions of Transcribe! but if you are thinking of buying a pedal now then you will probably get the version 15 pedal which ONLY works with Transcribe! 8.80 or later. If you are a Mac user then also note that Transcribe! 8.80 for Mac requires macOS 11 (Big Sur).
The older model "Infinity IN-USB-1" is also compatible with Transcribe! for Windows, Mac and Linux.
And I also have a report that there is now an "Infinity IN-USB-3" which apparently works ok with Transcribe! for Windows and Mac. I would guess that you probably need Transcribe! 8.80 or later, if it is the same as the IN-USB-2.

WARNING there does seem to be a problem using the USB-1 and older USB-2 V14 models with macOS 12 Monterey : please see the FAQ query here. However it does seem that more recent USB-2 V15 model works ok, and the current model - the Infinity USB-3 - also works ok with macOS Monterey.

Places to get them:
LE Technologies
SpeakiT solutions
There is a similar looking one at Executive Communication Systems. I've not tried it myself but I've been told it works with Transcribe! on Mac, and may well work on other systems too - let me know if you try it.

Philips Pedals

Philips LFH-6212 pedal

This is the Philips LFH-6212 which I am told is compatible with Transcribe! for Windows. If you try it on Mac or Linux, do let me know if it works.

Philips LFH-2310 pedal

This is the Philips LFH-2310/2320/2330 which I am told is compatible with Transcribe! for Windows and Mac. If you try it on Linux, do let me know if it works.

I also have a report that the Philips ACC2330 4 button pedal works fine with Transcribe! for Windows. If you try it on Mac or Linux, do let me know if it works.

VPE VPedal

VPE VPedal

Some pedals present themselves as being joystick / game controller devices and Transcribe! should be able to use these on Windows, Mac and Linux. Of course, these pedals aren't really intended for games, it's just that they use the same interface. The picture above is the VPE VPedal, but in fact any joystick / game controller should work, even those which aren't pedals at all.

On Windows, any controller which Windows recognises as a Joystick should be ok with Transcribe!. On Mac or Linux you will need a USB model.

Get it from V PEDAL themselves.

Other Non-MIDI Pedals

Olympus pedals generally don't seem to work with Transcribe! or indeed with any non-Olympus software. Do let me know if you find any exceptions to this rule.
!!! And I have in fact been told that the Olympus RS27 USB foot pedal that comes with their AS-2400 kit, does work with Transcribe! on Mac Yosemite.

MIDI Pedals

MIDI pedals - or indeed any kind of MIDI controller - should work fine for controlling Transcribe! on Windows, Mac and Linux. As a musician, you might already have some MIDI pedals. If you want to buy pedals specifically for controlling Transcribe! then you might do better with one of the transcription pedals listed above. But if you want a MIDI pedal for the purpose, then you can get three-pedal units intended for use with pianos, for instance if you Google for "fatar pedal" then you will find units with 1, 2, or 3 pedals. Of course you also need a MIDI interface for your computer.

These days there are some pedals and other controllers which have a built-in USB/MIDI interface, which means that the thing simply has a USB lead to plug in to your computer and does not require a separate MIDI interface. A good example is the Akai LDP8. It's not strictly a pedal though I'm told you can work it with your feet if you take your shoes off.

The Behringer FCB1010 MIDI foot-pedal has been recommended to me as working well with Transcribe!

I've also been told that the TranzPort remote control by Frontier Design works by sending MIDI messages so can be used with Transcribe!, though I haven't tried it myself.

Pedals which generate keystrokes

Some pedals generate keystrokes as if from a keyboard. If you have one of these then of course you will need to configure it using Transcribe! "Keyboard Shortcuts" (not "Foot pedals") since it is pretending to be a keyboard. Specifically what that means is:

  1. Bring up the Keyboard Shortcuts dialog from Transcribe!'s File menu.
  2. With the mouse, click in the "Type a key" box.
  3. With your foot, press the physical pedal button which you want to program. Whatever keystroke it generates, will appear in the box.
  4. With the mouse, press the "Create or edit normal shortcut" button in the dialog window.
  5. Now you can use the "Select..." buttons in the dialog to choose which Transcribe! command(s) should happen when you press this pedal button.

You may find it useful to look at Transcribe!'s Help for the Foot Pedals command, because that page lists some commands which may be useful with a pedal (the "Quick Setup" options on that Help page).

Here are some pedals which work this way:

STOMP Bluetooth Pedal from Coda Music Technologies

Coda Music Technologies - click here for their website - make a bluetooth pedal which generates keystrokes as if from a keyboard. See Pedals which generate keystrokes just above, about how to configure it.
STOMP Bluetooth Pedal
This is the STOMP Bluetooth Pedal which works fine on Mac, Windows, and Linux. It has various different modes, which cause the buttons to send different keystrokes. You could use any of these modes, since Transcribe!'s "Keyboard Shortcuts" command allows you to specify commands to be triggered by any keystroke you like.

AirTurn Bluetooth Pedals

AirTurn - click here for their website - make a range of bluetooth pedals which generate keystrokes as if from a keyboard. See Pedals which generate keystrokes just above, about how to configure them.
AirturnPED pedal
This is the Airturn PED which works fine on Windows & Mac. Probably it would work with Linux too but I don't happen to have a Linux machine with bluetooth. Do not use Mode 1 ("PED-APP-Direct"), instead use Modes 2 - 6 which enable you to choose what keystrokes it sends. Airturn make many kinds of pedals, I haven't tried the others but I imagine they probably work in a similar way.

I also have a report that the Airturn BT-200|S-2 and BT-200|S-4 work fine with Transcribe! on Windows 10.

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