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== Introduction ==
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[[Category:Audio/Video]]
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[[Category:Wine]]
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Guitar Pro is great to transcribe and compose for stringed instruments, organized in terms of tablature notation correctness and ease of use. One use of using Guitar Pro is to create backing tracks and export them to MIDI, then use those as a backing tracks to practice with on an instrument.
  
This article covers how to start using Guitar Pro (wrote with current version 5.2 in mind) with Linux. Native binaries do not exist for Linux yet, so Windows/MacOS emulator is the only possibility now. I'm going to show how to use Guitar Pro with [[Wine]] as an emulator and [[Timidity]] as a MIDI backend.
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This article covers how to start using the outdated Guitar Pro 5.2 with Linux. Native binaries do not exist for Guitar Pro 5, opposed to the case of Guitar Pro 6, so this requires [[Wine]] running the windows version and [[Timidity]] as a MIDI backend.
  
I think Guitar Pro is the best possibility today, if one wants to transcribe and compose for stringed instruments. Speaking in terms of tabulature notation correctness and ease of use. My main point of using Guitar Pro is to create backing tracks and export them to MIDI, then use those as a backing tracks to practice with (I play guitar).
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{{Tip|If you want to use Guitar Pro 6, as it runs natively in Linux, you can use the {{AUR|guitar-pro}} package from the [[AUR]] instead.
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Guitar Pro 6 can also use timidity instead of RSE, so this guide maybe still be useful to Guitar Pro 6 users as well.}}
  
 
== Installation ==
 
== Installation ==
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As a prerequisite, you need [[Wine]] and [[Timidity]] installed. Consult respective wikis on how to install them.
 
As a prerequisite, you need [[Wine]] and [[Timidity]] installed. Consult respective wikis on how to install them.
  
I opt to use the directory ''~/wine'' for Wine installations. After downloading Guitar Pro installer (either [http://www.guitar-pro.com/en/index.php?pg=download demo versions] or [http://www.guitar-pro.com/en/index.php?pg=support-customers-area full versions]), I do (assuming I'm in my download direcotry where the just downloaded installer sits):
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The directory ''~/wine'' is suggested for Wine installations. After downloading Guitar Pro installer (either [http://www.guitar-pro.com/en/index.php?pg=download demo versions] or [http://www.guitar-pro.com/en/index.php?pg=support-customers-area full versions]), cd to the download folder and run these commands:
  
 
  $ WINEPREFIX="$HOME/wine/guitar_pro_5"
 
  $ WINEPREFIX="$HOME/wine/guitar_pro_5"
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  $ wine GP5FULL.exe
 
  $ wine GP5FULL.exe
  
What happens is a pretty much standard Windows install procedure that leaves me with $WINEPREFIX dirctory occupied with installed Guitar Pro ready to be configured/used.
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What happens is a similar to standard Windows install procedure that leaves you with $WINEPREFIX dirctory occupied with installed Guitar Pro ready to be configured/used.
  
 
== Configuration ==
 
== Configuration ==
  
Configuration of Timidity is covered in it's wiki. Once it's running, run Guitar Pro. I use a little convenience script to launch Guitar Pro from command line/prompt box (note I currently don't use Timidity as a daemon):
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Configuration of Timidity is covered in it's wiki. Once it's running, run Guitar Pro. You can use a little convenience script to launch Guitar Pro from command line/prompt box if you do not want to use Timidity as a daemon:
  
{{File|name=~/bin/GP5.EXE|content=<nowiki>#!/bin/bash
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{{hc|~/bin/GP5.EXE|2=<nowiki>#!/bin/bash
 
# script GP5.EXE
 
# script GP5.EXE
 
# author: dante4d <dante4d@gmail.com>
 
# author: dante4d <dante4d@gmail.com>
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</nowiki>}}
 
</nowiki>}}
  
First, you need to setup Guitar Pro to use right MIDI output device. In menu, go to '''Options->Audio Settings (MIDI/RSE)...''' . On top of the dialog, select Timidity as an output device for port 1 (that's what I do, I'm not exatly sure what all the options there mean). This should suffice.
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First, you need to setup Guitar Pro to use right MIDI output device. In menu, go to '''Options->Audio Settings (MIDI/RSE)...''' . On top of the dialog, select Timidity as an output device for port 1 as it should suffice.
  
You might also want to turn off the splash screen and the intro jingle under menu '''Options->Preferences''' (F12).
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You may also want to turn off the splash screen and the intro jingle under menu '''Options->Preferences''' (F12).
  
 
== Troubleshooting ==
 
== Troubleshooting ==
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=== MIDI doesn't play ===
 
=== MIDI doesn't play ===
  
Check Timidity settings in ''/etc/timidity++/timidity.cfg''. I had the samme 'issue' when I forgot to include soundpatches there :).
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Check Timidity settings in ''/etc/timidity++/timidity.cfg''. You may have this issue if you forget to include soundpatches there :).
  
 
=== Missing note heads and other symbols ===
 
=== Missing note heads and other symbols ===
  
Sometimes (I'm unaware of how it happens) you will see just whitespaces instead of note heads and some other symbols. One of the soulutions is to link font files from Guitar Pro directory in Wine folders to ''/usr/shared/fonts/TTF'' or ''~/.fonts''. For more info, check [http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=3782 Guitar Pro 5.x at WineHQ] or use [http://www.google.com/ Google].
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Sometimes you will see just whitespaces instead of note heads and some other symbols. One of the solutions is to link font files from Guitar Pro directory in Wine folders to ''/usr/shared/fonts/TTF'' or ''~/.fonts''. For more info, check [http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=3782 Guitar Pro 5.x at WineHQ] or use [http://www.google.com/ Google].
  
== Tips & Tricks ==
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== See also ==
 
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Yet to come...
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== More Resources ==
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* Guitar Pro Home - http://www.guitar-pro.com/
 
* Guitar Pro Home - http://www.guitar-pro.com/
 
* Guitar Pro 5.x at WineHQ - http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=3782
 
* Guitar Pro 5.x at WineHQ - http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=3782
 
[[Category:Audio/Video_(English)]]
 
[[Category:Wine_(English)]]
 

Revision as of 13:36, 13 June 2012

Guitar Pro is great to transcribe and compose for stringed instruments, organized in terms of tablature notation correctness and ease of use. One use of using Guitar Pro is to create backing tracks and export them to MIDI, then use those as a backing tracks to practice with on an instrument.

This article covers how to start using the outdated Guitar Pro 5.2 with Linux. Native binaries do not exist for Guitar Pro 5, opposed to the case of Guitar Pro 6, so this requires Wine running the windows version and Timidity as a MIDI backend.

Tip: If you want to use Guitar Pro 6, as it runs natively in Linux, you can use the guitar-proAUR package from the AUR instead. Guitar Pro 6 can also use timidity instead of RSE, so this guide maybe still be useful to Guitar Pro 6 users as well.

Installation

As a prerequisite, you need Wine and Timidity installed. Consult respective wikis on how to install them.

The directory ~/wine is suggested for Wine installations. After downloading Guitar Pro installer (either demo versions or full versions), cd to the download folder and run these commands:

$ WINEPREFIX="$HOME/wine/guitar_pro_5"
$ mkdir $WINEPREFIX
$ wine GP5FULL.exe

What happens is a similar to standard Windows install procedure that leaves you with $WINEPREFIX dirctory occupied with installed Guitar Pro ready to be configured/used.

Configuration

Configuration of Timidity is covered in it's wiki. Once it's running, run Guitar Pro. You can use a little convenience script to launch Guitar Pro from command line/prompt box if you do not want to use Timidity as a daemon:

~/bin/GP5.EXE
#!/bin/bash
# script GP5.EXE
# author: dante4d <dante4d@gmail.com>

timidity -iA &
PID=$!
sleep 1
WINEPREFIX="$HOME/wine/guitar_pro_5" wine "C:\\Program Files\\Guitar Pro 5\\GP5.EXE"
sleep 1
kill $PID

First, you need to setup Guitar Pro to use right MIDI output device. In menu, go to Options->Audio Settings (MIDI/RSE)... . On top of the dialog, select Timidity as an output device for port 1 as it should suffice.

You may also want to turn off the splash screen and the intro jingle under menu Options->Preferences (F12).

Troubleshooting

MIDI doesn't play

Check Timidity settings in /etc/timidity++/timidity.cfg. You may have this issue if you forget to include soundpatches there :).

Missing note heads and other symbols

Sometimes you will see just whitespaces instead of note heads and some other symbols. One of the solutions is to link font files from Guitar Pro directory in Wine folders to /usr/shared/fonts/TTF or ~/.fonts. For more info, check Guitar Pro 5.x at WineHQ or use Google.

See also