Optek Music Systems Inc. (www.fretlight.com), makers of the Fretlight® guitar and Arobas Music (www.guitar-pro.com), creators of the Guitar Pro™ guitar tab software, today announced the release of Guitar Pro 6 Fretlight Ready™. For the first time, guitar players can view tablature using Guitar Pro 6 Fretlight Ready while watching the fingering positions light-up on their Fretlight’s fretboard. Players can now download a limitless number of guitar songs all of which can light up a Fretlight Guitar.
“Our hope and belief is that our customers will love this partnership because it proposes a new way to learn an infinite number of songs on the guitar,” said Langé Jean Michel, Vice President of Marketing at Arobas Music. “The Fretlight guitar can help guitarists play the tabs they download every day.”
Millions of guitar songs, known as “tabs”, are available online from dozens of web sites, such as Ultimate Guitar and 911 Tabs. Simply download the file, connect your Fretlight to your PC or Mac, and watch the song come to life on the guitar’s fretboard. The lights showcase the exact fingering position on the guitar while the software displays the tab notation on-screen so that you always have a reference of where you are in the song. Use the Fretlight footswitch to be hands-free and control playback features such as slowing down the tempo, pausing playback, looping a desired part and more.
“The Fretlight and Guitar Pro are a natural fit,” said Rusty Shaffer, CEO of Optek Music Systems, Inc. “Connecting the Fretlight’s learning system with industry standard tablature is a significant step, it allows guitar players, from beginner to advanced, to access and play virtually any song imaginable. There simply isn’t an easier way to learn!”
Guitar Pro 6 Fretlight Ready is available in 18 languages and includes the following key features.
• Compatible with six different guitar tab file types
• Light-up tablature in tab, chord diagram or scale mode
• Light other instrument parts on the Fretlight, such as bass or piano
• Connect the Fretlight dual footswitch for a hands-free experience
• Facilitate learning or composing a piece with the power score player
• Create and edit scores quickly and easily
• Includes chord and scale libraries, digital tuner, virtual fretboard and keyboard
• Download and share thousands of guitar songs in a variety of file formats
• Export tablature as a MIDI file
• Convert ASCII into tablature or Guitar Pro files into an audio file
Guitar Pro 6 Fretlight Ready is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems and is available immediately as a limited trial download. The cost of the full version is $79.95 and can be purchased at http://www.store.fretlight.com. For existing Guitar Pro 5 or Guitar Pro 6 users, upgrade pricing is available. For more information, visit www.fretlight.com/guitarpro.
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About Optek Music Systems, Inc.
Optek Music System, Inc. was founded in 1988 and is based in Reno, Nev. Developers of the Fretlight® Guitar, this privately-held company manufactures and distributes six-string electric guitars that utilize a truly revolutionary patented technology through its interactive light system that allows the player to learn the guitar quicker and with better retention. Notes, scales, chords, progressions, lessons, songs, riffs and more are easily accomplished through its Video Player software. Additionally, Optek produces and sells educational products available online, through its distributors and exclusive partnerships. Optek has many U.S. and international patents as well as patents pending for its interactive guitar learning systems and musical instrument manufacturing designs. For more information, visit www.fretlight.com.
About Arobas Music
Arobas Music is first and foremost a young, dynamic team of 14 people. Developers, musicians, researchers, webmasters – all are committed to offering a professional-level, top-quality electronic support for musical edition. The company was founded in 1997 by two guitar lovers, and it is based in Euratechnologies, a cluster of Technological and Information Technologies located in the heart of the glorious city of Lille, in the North of France. It deals exclusively with the development and marketing of Guitar Pro. For more information, visit www.guitar-pro.com.