Arobas Music Releases Guitar Pro 6 with New Interface & Sound Engine

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Arobas Music has released a new version of Guitar Pro, the company’s tablature and scoring software aimed at guitar players. Guitar Pro 6 allows users to create and edit a tablature score for one or more tracks, and to play them back via MIDI sounds (including the ability to slow down or speed up the playback speed). The new version is a ground-up rewrite, has a new interface, and features an improved sound engine for more realistic playback.

The company has made the user interface more “sober,” leaving more room for the score itself on the screen. Editing and sound setting tools are now accessible through a side bad panel. You can also have multiple files open at one time, and there is now a full-screen editing option.

For those creating their own tab files, Guitar Pro 6 has style sheets for customizing the appearance of your tab files, as well as new symbols for more detailed notations. Users can also hand adjust the size of each measure.

The software’s Realistic Sound Engine now uses studio-recorded samples with several articulations (thumb, index finger, picking, etc.), with different styles such as fingerpicking and slapping, too. It includes 50 effects-simulators, and non-fretted instruments are represented by some 100 different samples.

Note: A common use of Guitar Pro is to learn how to play guitar solos. Feed it the tablature info, and Guitar Pro will play it back. The software allows you to slow the speed of the song down as needed, and allows users to loop selectable portions of the tab.

Guitar Pro 6 supports Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. Upgrading from previous versions is priced at US$39.95 (we noted on the site that it’s $29.95 until April 30th, 2010), and the full version is priced at $59.95.

Guitar Pro Screenshot
Guitar Pro Screenshot (reduced size)

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Guitar Pro 6 has inaccuracies. I am a banjo player and have been using Guitar Pro since Version 3 and the setup of the banjo has always been correct, until GP6. On previous versions of Guitar Pro they had always taken into consideration that the 5th string peg on a 5 string banjo is located at the 5th fret on the neck. On the current version of Guitar Pro they put the 5th string peg up with the rest of the tuners which makes the tuning of the banjo completely inaccurate and the program completely useless to me. There for I have wasted my money on this program. I have written the Guitar Pro tech support several times but have yet to get a reply, another downfall of Guitar Pro that I have recently discovered.


Arobas tech support is TERRIBLE!  I bought GP 6 online and emailed for a week just to get the license to use it.  Then downloading the complete version seems to be impossible.  I’ve been trying for a month to download the complete package without success.  No reply from tech support at Arobas.  Buy Sibelius instead!


I purchased and downloaded GP6 the install went fine except of course I had minimal soundbanks. I began the arduios process of attempting to get the soundbanks. I tried several attemps from home but the download woulsd not complete. It seemed like after about 35MB I was cut off, maybe a thing. So I downloaded the soundbanks from work, after two days of downloading I got the soundbanks. I copied them to a memory stick and when I got home I attempted to install them. First there were not instructions as to what to do with the soundbanks, but after a quick search on the WEB I intalled the soundbanks.

The installer counted up to over 7000 files and on completion reported an error. And Now I cannot get into Guitar pro. drat.. I re-installed GP but still could not get it I did a uninstall and re-install. Still cannot get in. Tonight I’ll try another uninstall then I’ll have to clean the registry of any GP stuff and I’ll try to reinstall again. And I don’t think there is any Tech Support, except through great forums such as these, thanks all

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