GP6 for GP5 Users FAQ


Q1 : How can I use tablature for non-stringed instruments? Top

In GP5, tablature was always offered, no matter the type of track. For that reason, it was impossible to write properly for a number of instruments -- such as the piano, since GP5 did not offer any "grand staff". Furthermore, the piano's notes could not always be placed on the guitar's fretboard (the piano's range being wider than the guitar's). Finally, it limited the possible number of simultaneous notes to 6 or 7 only, due to the number of strings on a guitar.

GP6 solves that problem by adapting the type of notation to the type of instrument. This allows you to obtain scores that are visually correct for all instruments, and which sound right thanks to the program's defining the transposing key according to the instrument.

Of course, It is still possible to use GP6 like GP5. You just need to create guitar tracks only, and change the type (sound) of the instrument in the Instrument panel (choose piano, for instance), as well as the possible effect in the Effects panel.

You can then create an actual piano track if you need one, and use copy/paste to place your notes on it.
The reverse is possible too: If you open a GPX file with a piano track that you would like to play on the guitar, simply create a guitar track and copy/paste the notes from the piano track onto it. GP6 will automatically work out the transposition.

Lastly, you may ask GP6, via the "Preferences" window, to force the transposition of non-fretted instruments into guitar tracks by default, when you open GP3/4/5 files. That way, you will get tablatures for every track, guitar or not.


Q2 : Can I change the sound of a track in the middle of a song? Top

Guitar Pro 6 allows you to insert RSE-soundbank changes in the course of a track by way of the [Edit > Insert a soundbank change] menu. You can handle all of your soundbanks changes on a selected track via the [Edit > Soundbank changes] menu. Check out all the new features available in the Guitar Pro 6.0.9 update, and read our tutorial to learn more about it.


Q3 : Where can I find the Mixing Table window? (F10) Top

The "Mixing Table" window has been replaced by the Automation wizard (F10), a more convenient tool. It allows you to visually define the changes in tempo, as well as in volume and panoramic, for the master or for any given track. You can switch between different effect chains via the [Edit > Variations] menu.


Q4 : Where is the piano window? Top

The fretboard, keyboard, and drumkit panels are now accessible via the [View > Instrument Panel] menu. Which instrument panel you get depends on the type of the active track. Please note that displaying a guitar fretboard for a piano track, or vice versa, would pose a technical problem as those instruments vary in tone range.


Q5 : How do I display tablatures for drums? Top

This kind of view has been removed for drums, because it does not cover the full range of articulations available in our bundled drumkit.

However, drum edition is quite easy to handle after a short practice time. Indeed, you just have to move your cursor onto the appropriate item's line, and press '0' or '1' to insert the most common articulation, or '2' and '3' to insert other articulations (eg.: closed HiHat = 1, half-opened HiHat = 2, opened HiHat = 3). Moreover, the name of the item at the cursor's point is displayed in the status bar (at the bottom side of the window). This contextual help will be enhanced in a near future to show the articulations right above the cursor. A shortcut table will be available in the User's Manual (Help file).

The instrument panel allows you to edit your drum track, and it shows the shortcuts for every articulation.

Most of the people who were initially reluctant to use this new method but have actually tried it out, do not miss the former way any longer.


Q6 : Can I export to GP5 format? Top

Of course. GP6 imports from older Guitar Pro formats, and also allows you to export into gp5 format.


Q7 : Will you add more soundbanks in the future? Top

Guitar Pro 6 now proposes some additional soundbanks. 6 packs are available: Electric vintage guitars, Electric modern guitars, Acoustic/Exotic guitars, Basses, Keyboards/Synths and Drums. Visit our Product page to know more about it, or simply listen to the samples we provide.


Q8 : When I open a GP5 file in Guitar Pro 6, it doesn't sound as good as it did in Guitar Pro 5. Why? Top

Guitar Pro 6 being very different from Guitar Pro 5, you'll have to tweak volume levels and all other fine sound-tuning options by yourself. Once that is done, Guitar Pro 6 will sound even better than its predecessor. We are also currently working on enhancing the importing of gp5 files.


Q9 : Why can't I read GTP files (Guitar Pro 1 & 2)? Top

This feature will be implemented in the near future.


Q10 : Why can't I use MIDI and RSE at the same time? Top

In Guitar Pro 6, all of the tracks are played using RSE or MIDI, but not mixing both. You may need to be aware of the following points:

- Master audio tuning cannot be done in MIDI;
- WAV export will only work with RSE tracks;
- Using MIDI and RSE together causes some latency between the two signals, which requires some added fine tuning by the user, a rather difficult thing to do;
- MIDI playback greatly differs from one computer to another, so that a song that resorts to RSE and MIDI together will sound very differently on someone else's computer;
- MIDI and audio volume levels need to be adjusted separately, which will cause some volume discrepancie between the tracks if you open your score on someone else's computer.

For all those reasons, although it mixing MIDI and RSE together remains technically possible, we have chosen to completely separate them. We also want to keep Guitar Pro as easy to use as possible. As a workaround, we have added RSE soundbanks for most of the instruments and percussion kits.


Q11 : Why can't I have different dynamics on each notes in a chord? Top

Unlike Guitar Pro 5, Guitar Pro 6 now shows various changes in dynamics directly on the score. Considering that, adjusting dynamics per note would not allow for a clear display of those dynamics. It is thus preferable to use accentuations and suggested notes if you wish to fine-tune your audio playback.


Q12 : Why is there no longer an online-tab search function in Guitar Pro 6? Top

Arobas Music now offers GP users its own music-score portal, called mySongBook. MySongBook is a 100%-legal library of high-quality scores and is regularly updated by professional transcribers. It contains new, previously unreleased arrangements for stringed instruments (guitar, ukulele, bass, and banjo), as well as full scores that include the detailed transcriptions of every track from the original pieces.

You can gain access to it directly via Guitar Pro 6 (version 6.1 or higher), or by downloading the free software application mySongBook Player.

For any further questions regarding mySongBook, please send a message to our commercial team.

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