Monday, November 7, 2022, Daniel Scheer
Meanwhile, Linux also had a larger selection of notation software for stringed instruments (guitar/bass/ukulele, etc). While guitar And the KGuitar Seems to be dead, two weeks ago version 19 of PowerTabEditor was released, a cross-platform notation software for stringed instruments (mainly for guitarists and bassists). PowerTab is licensed under the GPL-3 license and can be used to rip and play music/tablets. It uploads files in PTE1 and 1.7 format as well as Guitar Pro (versions 3 to 8) and offers the following features:
• Tab layout to open multiple files simultaneously
• Mixer to adjust the volume during playback
• MIDI instruments can be changed using Guitar In
• Speed slider to slow down or speed up MIDI playback
• Irregular nested groups of possible notes
• There is no limit to the number of tools
• Configurable default tool type when opening new files
• Support 8-string guitars
Show/hide different combinations of tracks (eg show only bass or show only rhythm guitars)
• New file format (.pt2) which is a gzip compressed JSON file (easy to import for other applications)
• Full customization of keyboard shortcuts
With the new release, I asked myself the question: Is the switch worth it? Although I used to use PowerTab, I wake up later TuxGuitar, which is also a free string instrument notation program, transcribed. There are several reasons for this: In my experience, TuxGuitar runs more smoothly (and has fewer crash and error messages). Unlike TuxGuitar (which had its last minor update half a year ago), PowerTabEditor looks (still) a bit rudimentary – it offers less functionality (no browser wide, no loop options with increased tempo, no display of fretboards / consoles ) and no browser to download tabs provided by the community. Final markup as PDF looks well accepted in both programs. However, the main application of both editors is certainly transcription and practice of pieces for stringed instruments rather than layout.
Snap and Flatpak packages are in Linux. Alternatively, it can be installed using the instructions on the GitHub page for a system based on Ubuntu/Debian.
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