Power Tab Editor

Power Tab Editor


Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 104 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.7 build 80
File Size:
5.64MB
Date Added:
February 28, 2006
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Total Downloads:
5,434,186
Downloads Last Week:
1,352
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Power Tab Editor may easily become the veteran fretter's best friend. This feature-packed program lets you plot music onto digital tablature for exporting, burning, or playing MIDI files. The features are staggering--11 toolbars, 47 tips, and a max of seven guitars or basses per song are just the beginning. Deluxe tabbing capabilities let you adjust octaves and phrasing, and place an onslaught of markings, such as slides, bends, and vibratos. You can also create notes, store lyrics, and enter your favorite Italian music term if you're in the mood for something vivace. Well-stocked chord and tuning dictionaries help move you along.

Unfortunately, the software's features sometimes outpace its functionality. Though attractive, the interface isn't very intuitive and contains character errors and other mistakes that could frustrate the most intrepid user. One crucial broken Quick Start link for creating new tablature spoils an otherwise robust and detailed Help menu.

However, if you're feeling scrappy enough to push past the lesser points, the power payoff for using Power Tab Editor--digital tunes you tab yourself--may sound like rockin' music to your ears.

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  • All Versions:

    4.1

    out of 104 votes

    • 5 star: 51
    • 4 star: 35
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 8
  • Current Version:

    4.1

    out of 104 votes

    • 5 star: 51
    • 4 star: 35
    • 3 star: 8
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 8
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  • 4 stars

    "Good But Clunky"

    May 17, 2014   |   By KingMango

    Version: Power Tab Editor 1.7 build 80

    Pros

    Easy to learn. Entering notation is very easy and fluid.

    Cons

    Just feels clunky for some things. Changing tempo. Playback.
    No deal breakers, just not how I would have done it I guess.

    Summary

    I just need a piece of software to quickly enter notation when a riff or a melody pops into my head. I have never tried any of the fancy commercial software out there so I can't make a comparison. But this suits my needs just fine.

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  • 1 stars

    "mierda de nuevo"

    May 16, 2012   |   By raftorres

    Version: Power Tab Editor 1.7 build 80

    Pros

    ninguno!!!!

    Cons

    todas las esperadas

    Summary

    Because of your downloader I couldn't download it so i don't know if it is good or not, but your downloader is a real S#@&%

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  • 5 stars

    "Cracking program"

    January 19, 2012   |   By spoffs

    Version: Power Tab Editor 1.7 build 80

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    Old Program but ticks all the boxes

    Summary

    Can't go wrong

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  • 4 stars

    "Interesting Tool"

    December 19, 2011   |   By mrbiscuit76

    Version: Power Tab Editor 1.7 build 80

    Pros

    You can punch fret numbers in there and listen to it playback as different instruments.Seems to have all the little tab symbols on it.

    Cons

    none,it is free after all

    Summary

    I thought it kind of fun to play around with.I'm not a tab guy or able to read music,I've always played by ear but it does seem to work good.This is probably great for someone giving lessons or just trying to use tab

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  • 5 stars

    "This thing is awesome."

    October 03, 2011   |   By psimmons0524

    Version: Power Tab Editor 1.7 build 80

    Pros

    Great shortcuts. Easy to use. Wide range of ability.

    Chord finder is an amazing tool to have.

    Cons

    Umm... It won't deliver pizza. Or your soul mate.

    Summary

    I'm a newbie just picking out notes, and this helps me to record what I play. It's so quick to learn. Be sure to check out the hot keys in the help menu.

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  • 1 stars

    "Can't make this do anything useful at all"

    August 07, 2011   |   By gkcarver

    Version: Power Tab Editor 1.7 build 80

    Pros

    none that I can find

    Cons

    Can't make this do anything useful at all, and can't uninstall.

    Summary

    I just wanted to stick some notes on a staff but this thing doesn't do anything but give me one lousy empty measure. Useless. If it really does do what I want it to do, then its interface must just be counter-intuitive. I would uninstall if there was any such function. Can't believe I downloaded this bag of dog poo.

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  • 4 stars

    "WAS ABLE TO WRITE MY PIECE WITHOUT READING DIRECTIONS."

    July 09, 2011   |   By JOHNNYCHICAGO

    Version: Power Tab Editor 1.7 build 80

    Pros

    i AM JUST LEARNING AND IT IS SO EASY TO JUST PUT IN THE TAB AND IT AUTOMATICALLY SHOWS THE NOTES. (IMPORTANT IF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO READ MUSIC GOOD YET).

    Cons

    DOE'S NOT PRINT OUT ALL THE LYRICS I PUT DOWN NOR PRINT THE WORDS WHERE I PUT THEM. (I HANDWRITE WHAT'S MISSING).

    Summary

    IT'S FREE, IT'S EASY, AND MAKES LEARNING A SONG MUCH MORE SIMPLE THAN TO STOP YOUR PRACTICE TO TURN PAGES FROM A BOOK.

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  • 5 stars

    "Wonderful program."

    June 01, 2011   |   By nirvnanow

    Version: Power Tab Editor 1.7 build 80

    Pros

    Easy to use, tons of down-loadable songs available.

    Cons

    None that I can think of yet.

    Summary

    Very highly recommended for all guitarist. Can also help to learn to sight read music.

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  • 4 stars

    "Beautiful layout and Extensive Menu Options"

    May 07, 2011   |   By JonBradInVic

    Version: Power Tab Editor 1.7 build 80

    Pros

    -Free
    -Lots of options
    -Nice crisp GUI

    Cons

    -May be a little more than some need

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  • 4 stars

    "Very good program"

    March 14, 2011   |   By Hathei

    Version: Power Tab Editor 1.7 build 80

    Pros

    - It's free
    - Has many song customization features (over 100 MIDI options, various tunings and effects, different time and key signatures, etc)
    - Helpful score checker for correcting any mistakes

    Cons

    - Adding a drum track is impossible
    - 7 instrument limit
    - Effects are not particularly well done (slides and harmonics, for the most part)
    - Sound occasionally stops working for some reason

    Summary

    Despite minor flaws, this program is quite useful and lacks only a few features a professional program would have. That is all.

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