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Old 10-12-2006, 03:03 AM   #1
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Powertab vs. Guitar Pro

I felt that reading through the FAQ here, it didn't elaborate much on Power tab, and it didn't talk about Guitar Pro at all, so I'm making this thread. It's also much easier for users to single out this specific topic instead of having to look through the Faq for it.

There are many EXTREMELY out of date tablature editors, feel free to goolge them if you would like to look into them: MusicXML, Bucket O' Tab, TabRite, and TablEdit.

Power Tab- Only for Pc's. This Tablature Editor is free. Very easy to use for guitar and bass tabbing , but gets just a little tricky when trying to add drums (technically it is merely a drum sound, because there are no cymbols and such) when you're not an experienced user is a huge hassle.
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The only thing Power tab has over Guitar Pro is you can have low melody sections meaning pieces on Piano can be played easily. Just look at Tennessee by Hans Zimmer (its on UG).
The sound is only MIDI, which is suffice considering the program is free. It has a playback feature so once you tab out your song/riff, you can play it back in real time to hear how it sounds.
Power Tab can be downloaded here- http://www.power-tab.net/downloads.php
If you have any questions about using power tab, look in the powertab help thread- http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...ad.php?t=116345

Guitar Pro- For both Macs and Pc's. This Tablature Editor is not free; there is a 15 day free trial, then you either buy it or not use it again, and the full version for $59.00 USD (78.90 Australian Dollar, 31.75 Pounds, 65.06 Canadian Dollar, and 47.06 Euro). For the demo though, there is no Realistic Sound Engine, Guitar Pro's main aspect setting it appart from Power tab, and every time you print on the demo it has a huge label saying "GUITAR PRO DEMO" over every page. Very user friendly in all aspects other than that tabbing out drums can be a bit lengthy, as they just give you a list of 1 through 87 of their drum actions, and you need to use the key to pick out every one; However though, not near the hassle as drums are for power-tab, especially if your not an experienced user. In general, much more user friendly than powertab. The Real Sound Engine (RSE) is very cool if you are looking for a realistic sound, but when searching though the different amp distortions, they start to sound quite a bit the same when looking at similar settings. The RSE also has not only effects in the amp channels, but effects you can use seperately so that it only last for the number of measures you select. However though, for each main instrument (Guitar, Bass, and Drums) you can choose most aspects of it, to get a customized sound. Also has the playback feature, import and export feature, but a much better variety of imports and exports (significantly, Imports- Powertab, MIDI; Exports- Guitar Pro 4, MIDI). Guitar Pro also has a friendly online support page, say if you forgot your User ID or you bought GP5 via internet through credit card and you lost your software, it can be redownloaded.

Guitar Pro can be bought here- http://www.guitar-pro.com/en/index.php?pg=buy
And the demo downloaded here- http://www.guitar-pro.com/en/index.php?pg=download

My Overall Opinion- I like Guitar Pro 5 better, as to me it sounds realistic and is much more user friendly. 'Tis worth shelling out the sixty bucks for it.

Special Notes: Many people find they like power-tab better, which is why people need to use the Guitar Pro 5 Demo before they think of buying it.
Many people also dislike the RSE of Guitar Pro 5, thinking it sounds way too fuzzy or fake, and some just flat out dont want it.


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Guitar Pro for me was about 363MB, Power Tab is only about 4MB. So if you have a low memory computer, then you should go for Power Tab.


If I made any mistakes, big or small, forgive me as it was 2 in the morning in Tennessee...
Sorry about a) The mistake in the GP5 screenshot where I had to cross it out, I used so many text layers that I couldn't go back and edit that one once I had noticed...=\ and b) the fonts are a little hard to read, but none really worked too well.

Hope this helps!


Andrew EDIT: If this hasn't answered your question still, please also check the third post here.

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Old 10-12-2006, 03:14 AM   #2
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Can I just add.

Guitar Pro for me was about 363MB

Power Tab is only about 4MB

So if you have a low memory computer.
Then you should go for Power Tab.
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:20 AM   #3
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Crap... All that work and then this will probably get closed Well, at least it got a post.

EDIT: Or maybe there is hope for this, the mod deleted his post

By the way Bam_HIM_Bassist, I added your section in there.
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:40 AM   #4
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:46 AM   #5
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I actually have both. I'm more used to working and creating in powertab, but more songs seem to available to learn in GP. That's life, i guess. hahah.
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:48 AM   #6
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I should start using Power Tab. Thanks Adam.
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Old 10-12-2006, 03:51 AM   #7
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Old 10-12-2006, 04:10 AM   #8
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Looks good man, nice job!
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Old 10-12-2006, 04:44 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone for all of the positive responses, and I'm glad I got a suggestion!
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Old 10-12-2006, 12:40 PM   #10
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Looks good.

I personally prefer GP because I find it easier to use and understand. It has a nicer layout and is prettier IMO. Has many more features too, but you'd expect that for the price.
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Old 10-12-2006, 01:30 PM   #11
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I use GP 5 and I love it. Definitely worth the money IMO.
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Old 10-12-2006, 05:34 PM   #12
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Thanks man, nice summary of the differences between the two.
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Old 10-12-2006, 11:40 PM   #13
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awesome job. ive never used GP but PT can be pretty helpful when learning stuff

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Old 10-12-2006, 11:42 PM   #14
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Old 10-13-2006, 12:03 AM   #15
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Awesome man, now I know where chocolate milk comes from.

Thank you GP
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Old 10-13-2006, 12:35 AM   #16
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Looks good Adam. Great job.

I personally prefer GP5, though the RSE clips on me a bunch. It's just my crappy sound card I'm assuming though.
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Old 10-13-2006, 12:45 AM   #17
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this is really good. nice little list of the differences and such. maybe include a labeled screen shot of the two programs to give people who dont know them an idea of what they are getting in to if they decide to try them. i know that would have helped me when i was trying to figure some stuff out.
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this is really good. nice little list of the differences and such. maybe include a labeled screen shot of the two programs to give people who dont know them an idea of what they are getting in to if they decide to try them. i know that would have helped me when i was trying to figure some stuff out.

That is a great idea man! Thanks!!
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Old 10-13-2006, 12:49 AM   #19
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Nice post.

Btw I find guitar a lot easier to use than power tab.
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Old 10-13-2006, 02:17 AM   #20
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I have both GP and PT they both work fine for me. nice FAQ.
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