Hello Musicians, Cardinote is Live!

After several months of intense development on Tabophone, we finally launched this website to bring the project to light. We are very excited about showing (off) the Tabophone to you. We’re currently making demo videos, talking to guitarists, and getting feedback so we can make Tabophone the best tool for guitarists.

By the way, if you just landed here and don’t know what the Tabophone is, this may help.

At the time of writing, you may notice that we’re missing a ton of videos. Not to worry though – we’ll be releasing them very soon. Expect to see raw and exciting demos of the Tabophone here and on our YouTube channel. Those of you on our mailing list will be the first to know (as always)!

Lastly, a little bit about our blog. Besides the Tabophone, we also like to talk about everything music-related here. That includes things like gear, instruments, cool performances and tutorials – basically anything that inspires you to make music. So feel free ask questions, start a discussion, or comment on any of our posts! We’re all just a bunch of musicians and hobbyists here.

Do you have questions? Check out this post for frequently asked questions (FAQs).

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  1. Derrick Klotz

    I am the local Field Applications Engineer for Freescale Semiconductor. Obviously I'm curious to know what microcontroller you are using, but I'm personally interested in the Tabophone. :)

  2. Rome

    Hi Calvin – great idea and implementation. Does the Tabophone work with alternate turnings (i.e. Drop D, open D, etc)? I am interested in Tabophone from the perspective of tabbing finger style songs I've written – it would make the transcription process so much easier and seemingly more accurate. Also, do you have or will you recommend your favorite midi transcription software that provides the most accurate transcriptions from the Tabophone?


    • Hi Rome, thank you! Yes, Tabophone will work properly with drop D tunings. You can define any custom tuning in Tabophone App so the fretboard view reflects what you are actually playing. Most notation software also allow you to specify the tuning to correctly show finger positions on the score.

      Tabophone's detection algorithm was designed for notation from the get-go, so you can expect consistent results with any notation software. So far, we tested Tabophone with Guitar Pro 6, MuseScore, and Presonus Progression. We will be making more videos to show Tabophone working with your favourite software :)

    • Hello Ed, thanks for your comment! Tabophone will be available to order online early next year in 2016, shipping worldwide. We are now working with local musicians to get the final details right. You can find the answers to your questions (and many more) by visiting the recently updated FAQ link at the end of this blog post.

  3. Jeff Wagner

    Any thought given to providing the ability to create "collections" or lesson plans and playback scoring or comparison for instructors or just for improving your playing?

    • Hi Jeff! Though we are focused only on the recording aspect to get the devices ready as soon as possible, we do see how Tabophone can benefit musicians for those scenarios too.

  4. Zé Eduardo

    Hello Law
    Great idea! I wonder if it already has plans to manufacture models for electric guitar and bass guitar?

  5. Antonio

    Hey Calvin can Tabophone allow music notation writing from a nylon string guitar?

    I'm guessing that pickup is only for steel string guitars. I need a set up that can write what I play in notation format even if it is complex classical contrapuntal type music as the music I am thinking up is too much to keep up using a pencil and eraser..

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