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Guitar Pro is first and foremost a program designed to edit tablatures for guitar, bass, and other fretted instruments from 4 to 8 strings. - - Its great ease of use and the success of its specific file format have made it a program used by guitarists worldwide. - - It now includes editing support for many other instruments like the piano or the drums, a realistic audio engine, and interactive tools to support every musician's practice.

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Comments If you do not own this program, I would suggest it as a regular part of your set of tools. The primary function of this program apart from notation, is that it gives you the tools to manage practice in the context of a solo player or a band. The latest and greatest feature that this program has to offer is the new Realistic Sound Engine.

When I first started using the program, I was confused because it was completely different from GP5. It was obvious to me that the interface was altered to allow one to add realistic effects, and to allow the user to add dynamics, expression, and articulation.

They finally implemented adding dynamic symbols to the sheet music itself such as forte, mezzo-forte, etc. Before, they had them, but they were hidden with no visual aids except for an abysmal view with a gradient of various shades of gray to depict the volume of the notes. You can now crescendo and decrescendo with accuracy. Before, you could increase and decrease the volume by beat and it would ruin a song that had volume changes that didn't conform to units of quarter notes. The only downside is that the easy navigation using rehearsal symbols is gone. That was what made Guitar Pro 5 so special.

Let's talk about the best part of the program. Pedals, amps, and effects galore! There are about as many customizable options as there are on a multi-effects pedal, in essence that's what this project includes. I would be sure to have a great system to put the program on. I would suggest 4Gb of RAM or more for optimum performance. The best part is that not only is the sound reasonably realistic, it exports into a WAV file which you can later mix with your own playing via a recording program. You can create a demo to distribute to band mates for practice along with the sheet music in PDF format. I wouldn't get a gig with it, but maybe the next version might be that good.

If I had anything negative to say about the program besides the previous comment I made about the navigation, is that the orchestral sounds are horrible. I have been playing classical before I picked up the guitar, and Guitar Pro 5 actually had a fairly decent sound (which I enhanced by accident when I failed to install a MIDI editor, but ended up with a better version of GP5). While I realize the direction that Arobas was going (and they went there), they could've kept that aspect untouched and I would've been satisfied.

Now, I use Finale 2011 for orchestral scores and I can reintegrate my WAV exports from each program using a recording program such as Cubase, or Adobe Audition when I want to throw something together quickly.

Hats off to Arobas for bringing us this latest release that we had anticipated for so long.

Liked about it -The new Realistic Sound Engine! (and all that implies)
-Exporting WAVs!
-Improved standard notation symbols!

Didn't like -Poor orchestral soundbank
-No quick navigation using rehearsal symbols

Still gets a 5 despite these set backs!

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By psychokannibal
Mar 17, 2012
Last updated: April 03, 2012
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A great piece of software all guitar players should check out featured

Comments I have been using the free Power Tab guitar tablature software for many years now. It's a pretty good piece of free software, but it does have it's bugs. I hasn't seen any development for many years either. I had been quite curious about Guitar Pro, and it's RSE2 sound banks. Thanks to Shelley at eMedia Music, I received a copy of Guitar Pro 6 to review. I have only scratched the surface of Guitar Pro's powerful functionality in this review, but I believe it will give any potential buyers an idea of what they can do with it.

Guitar Pro is fairly easy to use straight out of the box. You have musical notation, and guitar tablature line to work with on the page, and musical notation options on the left hand side. All you have to do is move the cursor on the notation page with your arrow keys to the string you want to be on, and enter a number representing the fret you want the note to be on. You can select the type of note you want (for instance, whole, half, quarter, etc note) from the tool pane on the left hand side. All of the standard musical symbols are available hear to set tempo, treble or bass staff, repeating options, codas, etc.

This tool pane also gives you all of the symbols to note guitar specific techniques like slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs, palm mutes, tremolo picking, and more. You can select chord shapes, and tab them out automatically, write musical notes and directions.

You can make multiple instrument lines in your music too. Whether it be multiple guitars, bass, drums, even piano/keyboard, orchestral instruments, all of it can be done by Guitar Pro 6, and more.

It is quite easy to write up your piece of music using all of these tools using your mouse and keyboard. I found a few things a little awkward to do at first, but I think that this might have just been to do with my time using Power Tab, and Guitar Pro just did things a little differently.

Once you've started to get some music written up you might want to take a listen to it. Click the play button and you will be greeted by the sound of your music playing right in front of you. This is where the next part of Guitar Pro gets interesting.

Guitar Pro 6 comes with a really awesome sound bank system called the "Realistic Sound Engine" (RSE). The RSE gives you the power to set up your instruments to sound pretty much exactly the way you would want them to sound played through guitars, amps, and effects, etc. There are a range of amplifier and effects modules, plus studio processing modules as well. You can dial them in just like you would a real amp or stomp box, and whilst the sounds are still a little synthesized they make a great tool emulating the sound you may want to someone. Guitar Pro 6 is also configured with a whole range of "signature sounds", so if you are having a bit of difficulty dialing your own sounds in you can select from these presets.

Once you have finished your piece of music you can export the tabs as PDFs for distribution, and export sound files of the music in formats such as MIDI and Wave files. With all of this power at my fingertips I have been able to write up songs that my band has written, tabbing out all parts (including drums) for the members to practice, and also give them a basic demo to listen to and practice against. Guitar Pro has saved me a lot of time due the fact that I didn't have to sit down and record the demos as well. Sure the demos definitely aren't something I'd be distributing to try and get gigs, but they are incredibly useful for the band members.

Overall I think Guitar Pro 6 is an amazing tool that any musician should have on their computer. It's available for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and iOS (iPhone, iPad, etc) so really anyone will be able to use it. If you are interested merely in playing back tab files from the Internet, or you want to have all the power to compose music at your fingertips Guitar Pro is a must have application.

Liked about it Great layout
* Fantastic sound modules
* Love exporting WAV files for demos

Didn't like Some things were a little fiddly to do.

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By LonePhantom
Feb 04, 2011
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A highly awaited release

Comments I've used the Guitar Pro 5(.2) software for years now, and even had it before I was a guitar player. I loved its easy-to-use GUI and how real the instruments sounded, and how much customisation you have on tone. Guitar Pro 6 is everything that Guitar Pro 5 is, and much, much more. The new sounds are amazing - very real-life like.

There's a ton of pedals you can choose from for guitars, from flangers, to chorus, to wah, to distortion - you name it, it's there. There's also a ton of amps and cabinets, and infinite amount of tweaking with the knobs to do.

The drums are probably the best part about it, though. They do sound very true to real life.

It's very easy to do some complex inputting of music too, with the vast array of things to choose from.

If you're looking for some new software, don't look any further. This is what you want, hands down.

Liked about it Ease of use

Didn't like Doesn't open powertab files like GP5 does.

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By meticadpa
Dec 02, 2010
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