In Guitar Pro 8 you can now add an audio file to your scores. This new essential feature changes everything! Here is why and how to use the audio track.
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What are the benefits of adding an audio recording to your transcriptions?
1 – It helps you transcribe a song
Adding the audio track of the song you want to transcribe into Guitar Pro will help you edit it correctly. Having the audio track in the score will allow you to check if the notes you add are melodically and rhythmically correct. You can easily and quickly find out if the edited score contains errors or differences.
2 – And it saves you a lot of time during the edition process
Use one software only instead of 2! Do not switch anymore from Guitar Pro to audio software to listen to the song you’re transcribing!
3 – It improves the sound of your tabs
For instance, adding the recording of a singer’s voice will add realism to your tabs. How cool is it to add the recording of a real human voice or real instruments to your compositions?
4 – You can use it to practice
Insert the audio file of a backing track to improve your practice time. This also can boost your motivation to learn new songs or to practice difficult exercises.
5 – You can share your knowledge more easily
Add the recording of your own voice into your tabs to share your pedagogical instructions with your students or band members. Your students will be guided by your voice rather than by text. This can motivate them more and give them more confidence in their learning.
How to access the audio track feature?
Click on the icon with the waveform on the top right of the interface to open the audio track window.
Please note that when you click again on this icon, you close that window. But you don’t activate or deactivate the audio track, you simply open or close the window of the audio track. It doesn’t delete your changes.
The window display can also be accessed from the toolbar via the button or via the View > Show Audio Track menu.
How to synchronize the audio file with your score?
2 situations: you can add an audio track in a new file or in a score that you have already edited.
TIP: click on the “+” icon to add bars on the score until the end of the audio track.
We advise you to follow these 2 steps, ideally in that order:
STEP 1 – Adjust the “padding”
Adjust, move and match the beginning of the audio file with the beginning of the score.
The first step consists in adjusting the padding of the audio file, in order to make a first correspondence between the score and the audio file that will be used as a starting point for the synchronization process.
Most of the time, the goal is to try to make the beginning of the audio file coincide with the beginning of the score, but it is also possible to do it at any time of the file as long as it coincides with the same time of the score.
Move the waveform on the grid with the mouse by holding down the “Ctrl” (Windows) or “Cmd” (macOS) keys.
1 – you can also move the grid on the waveform using the first synchronization point [.
2 – you can zoom in and out the waveform with the 2 buttons and with the keyboard pad to be very precise.
3 – a little “speaker icon” appears when you place your mouse cursor on top of the waveform. Click it to play the score from the beginning of the bar.
STEP 2 – Place the sync points to adjust the synchronization
Once the starting point is established, you can now add and move sync points via the grid displayed on the waveform. The grid corresponds to the structure of the score. The vertical bars correspond to the beginnings of the bars, and the dotted bars correspond to the beats of the bar, (based on the time signature).
You can visually match the grid with the waveform by moving the bar and time bars or via the sync points directly ▼.
1 – double click on the sync point triangle head to fix it. When the triangle is white, it means that the point is fixed. Moving a sync point never affects the position of the other existing white fixed points. Black points will obviously move.
2 – you can add synchronization points. You do that by double-clicking above the waveform, or by selecting a note on the score and then double click above the waveform.
3 – double click on the vertical bar to cancel the changes of position.
Here is some advice to help you synchronize your audio files:
1 – synchronize the beginning and end first, then adjust the middle of the song.
2 – synchronize from the left to the right, by synchronizing the beginning first, then progressing in the song set by step.
Please note that the sync points take over the tempo of the score, they modify the tempo of the score. The tempo on the score is indeed bypassed as soon as synchronization points are set. But it’s possible to create sync points from score tempo automations. And to create score tempo automations from sync points.
You can also deactivate the audio track, without deleting it completely, to return to the tempo of the score.
How to change the pitch of the audio track?
Why would you need to change the pitch after adding an audio file? Simply to match the tonality of the score already edited. You can change the pitch with these 2 buttons: “Semitones” and “Cents”.
How to apply filters?
What are the benefits of applying a filter on the audio track?
It can help your edition process to isolate the bass for instance to listen to it more closely and find the note more easily by ear.
There are 2 ways to save a score containing an audio track:
Embedded (The file size may be bigger).
The audio file is integrated into the Guitar Pro file, and if you simply move or share the Guitar pro P file, the audio file will always be present.
The audio file stays separated from the Guitar Pro file, so you have to keep the same path if you move the audio or Guitar Pro file. This puts the Guitar Pro and the audio files in the same folder for easy sharing.
What’s new in Guitar Pro 8?
We hope that this tutorial will help you make the most of this new and very useful feature of Guitar Pro 8.
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