Guitar Pro 6 Review
Guitar Pro 6 is a notation and TAB creation software specifically geared towards guitarists. If you need a quick, intuitive way to get your musical ideas onto a full score, sheet of TAB, or just a chord chart, Guitar Pro 6 is a great option for you. The special layout and features are obviously customized toward guitar players. This makes the learning curve for GP6 pretty attractive when compared to other musical notation software packages.
Once you learn the initial layout of Guitar Pro 6 you will probably be pretty surprised at how quickly you can get your ideas out of your head and onto a score. The customization options and specialized tools make the entire creation process move pretty quickly. The sounds that come with Guitar Pro 6 make the whole creation process even better. Once your music is notated you can hear it come to life with an entire library of high quality acoustic and electric guitar sounds.
|Price – 9/10|
Guitar Pro 6 is only $59.95 and I think that this is a pretty good deal. In fact, when you compare it to most other notation software packages it is downright inexpensive. If you are already a Guitar Pro 5 user the upgrade to Guitar Pro 6 will only cost you $29.95.
|Sound Quality – 8.5/10|
You might be thinking, “How in the world are you going to rate the sound quality of a notation program?” Well, Guitar Pro 6 comes with a pretty incredible library of RSE (Realistic Sound Engine) sounds to choose from when you play back the music that you have created. The library includes an amazing variety of acoustic guitars, electric guitars, basses, pianos, drums and more. You can even customize your sounds by selecting specific types of guitars, pedals, and amps. This is a ton of fun to play with but be warned, you might stay up all night creating your own custom tones.
|Build Quality – 8.5/10|
When I think about the build quality of software I tend to consider two things, bugs and ease of use. Guitar Pro 6 has quite a few improvements over Guitar Pro 5. It just seems to be more stable and there are a lot more options as far as customization goes. The layout options and specialized tools make Guitar Pro 6 fairly easy to use, even for knucklehead guitar players like myself.
|Features – 8.5/10|
• Chord Generator Tool Panel
• Alternate Tuning Panel
• Audio Mixer Panel
• Audio Mastering Panel
• Lyrics Panel
• Editing Tools Panel
• Realistic Sound Engine Instrument Library
• Special Guitar Editing Symbols
• Stylesheets for Layout Control
|Ease of Use – 7/10|
If you have ever used any other notation software on the market you probably know that they can be pretty cumbersome and the learning curve can be quite difficult. Guitar Pro 6 is a very intuitive program that was made by guitar players for guitar players. When I say that I simply mean that the people that made this program actually know what special tools and symbols guitar players need in order to quickly create incredible notation and TAB.
I use Guitar Pro 6 for all of the notation and TAB on GuitarLessons.com and my DVD/Book products. I have found that, after learning the initial layout of the program, Guitar Pro 6 really doesn’t impede my creative process with cumbersome layouts and difficult interfaces. If you are new to notation software you will have to put in some time to learn the layout and tools contained in Guitar Pro 6, but that is the case with any new program.
• Customizable Layout
• Relatively Quick Learning Curve
• Great Variety and Quality of Sounds
• Can be a bit challenging to use if you have no experience with notation software.
|Overall Rating – 8.3/10|
If you are a guitar player who has found yourself in a position where you need to start creating notation and TAB, Guitar Pro 6 is probably the fastest and simplest solution on the market for you. It doesn’t break the bank and you won’t get a brain cramp when learning how to use it. You can download a free trial version of Guitar Pro 6 here!