With over five years in the App Store, Notion is a best-selling music notation app for iPad and iPhone. Notion has been featured in various Apple campaigns including the 2014 YourVerse television commercials and has won several awards, most recently a prestigious music industry NAMM TEC Award for Best Smartphone/Tablet App. Notion is a notation editor and playback tool for your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, (any iOS8 compatible device) giving you the convenience of an easy-to-use music creation tool right at your fingertips—and you can sync your music files across multiple devices! With a user-friendly interface and simple interactive piano keyboard, fretboard, and drum pad, and even optional handwriting recognition, Notion makes it easy to get started composing your music. And, with Notion's abundance of advanced functions you can take your most basic ideas to an entirely new level right on your iOS device or share with Notion 6 for Mac or Windows. You can also hear your music performed with the most realistic playback possible, using real audio samples performed by The London Symphony Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios. Notion comes bundled with piano and orchestral samples as well as popular instruments such as guitar, bass, and much more. The initial app download contains piano - you can then manage which of the bundled sounds to have on your device, or keep in the cloud, just tap on Sounds. Once you have the sounds, you can create the perfect balance using the full-featured multi-track mixer with effects. Once you are happy with your creation you can share the Notion file, or MIDI, MusicXML, PDF or audio files. Share files with other apps on your device, or with AirDrop using the Send To.. feature. Print via AirPrint, e-mail from the app, or send the audio directly to your SoundCloud account. You can automatically sync your scores across devices, and with Notion 6 for Windows and Mac, by using iCloud and Dropbox. Notion Features: - Handwriting in-app purchase for iPad now available - Enter, edit, and playback notation, tab, or both - Notion widget available to open a quick score, or recent scores - Orchestral samples by The London Symphony Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios. - Piano, keyboards, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric bass - MIDI step-time entry with your favorite MIDI device or MIDI Bluetooth device - Record real-time MIDI input into your score. - Audition Mode: Use the on-screen virtual instruments to hear sounds before entering them into your score. - Clean and intuitive user interface - Support for retina display - Native 64-bit support - Option to tap in notes with finger or stylus - Interactive piano keyboard, 24-fret guitar fretboard and drumpad for step, and realtime, entry - Quick and simple selection palette - Distortion and reverb effects - Full audio mixer - Full range of orchestral functions and articulations including: Staccato, Flutter tongues, Trills, Vibrato, and much more… - Full range of guitar functions and articulations including: bends, vibrato, slides, hammer on, pull off, mutes, whammy bar techniques, bass slap, harmonics, and more… - Drag score items such as dynamics - Switch Instruments - Transposition - Insert text - Rehearsal Marks - Lyrics - Chord Symbols and Diagrams - Rhythm Slashes - Cross staff beaming for grand staff instruments - Swing - Continuous and Page View - Quick “Undo” and “Redo” functions - Chord and melody modes - Easy delete and erase capabilities - Enter and edit title and composer information - Save as an audio file - Import .notion, MIDI, MusicXML, GuitarPro 3-5 files - Export/email .notion, PDF, MusicXML, .WAV, AAC or MIDI files - Sync with iCloud, Dropbox or iTunes File Sharing - Print to AirPrint enabled printers - Expand your bundled sound library with in-app purchases - Help Files - And much more…
My experience has been consistently frustrating for a couple of years. Yesterday it wouldn’t let me enter a rest at the beginning of the first measure. Lots of problems correcting mistakes I make — it won’t let me enter notes in the measure I want. The design is good, but lots of bugs!
I absolutely love this app! I’ve made tons of brass scores for the band I’m in, in high school. Me and my friends can do Carolina crown tuning sequences because this app allows me to write out the sequences and the parts for their big hit of their drumcorp show!! But when I add high notes for trumpet like the double notes, you can’t hear it, the app doesn’t have that sound registered for trumpet and souped low pedal notes for tuba, it doesn’t even have under the staff Bb for tuba but it does for for euphonium!! What!!?!? Please add more overall range for Brass!! But especially trumpet high range, ADD THE SOUNDS!! I want to hear a trumpets double g!! I still love this app as a 5 star just please add this!! PLEASE!!
So I almost give up early of scoring. Please do your work more harder. Thank you.
This is the best on iPad. But I don't know why it hasn't upper and lower mordent signs?! 😕🤔
In 2018, the app stopped working on my iPad. I can’t seem to find any support as to why this is happening. I try to load a new song, and the app crashes. I would give this a five star rating, but it’s of no use to me now, because it doesn’t work!
Overall, after maybe a couple of hours use, I think this is a pretty good app and certainly worth the low cost. Note entry is pretty fast with the keyboard entry, though I find the handwriting feature is not that great. Once you get a feel for step entry it goes pretty quick. I find that I end up using two fingers often for quicker entry since you have to select everything before you can edit it - so one finger selects, the other edits. I wish you could drag and select notes free-form. I also wish you could drag notes horizontally to make room for inserting other notes - right now it auto-adjusts making note inserting tricky. I actually haven’t found a way to insert notes but maybe I just haven’t discovered that yet. Help section is pretty light so you have to be willing to figure stuff out on your own. Editing the text is bad - there is no preview of the text you’re editing (it’s just a blank text field - a bug?) so if you have a typo you have to erase everything and start over. I also wish the “quick access” menu was customizable, or based on your usage. There’s stuff in there I don’t need and really wish other stuff was there. For example, if you are a bit anal like me and want to keep fixing stem groupings as you write, you have to constantly switch menus, which is a pain. It would be great to add this to a shortcut menu. So far I don’t think the notation add-on is worth it, but will see how it goes after more use. Haven’t really dug into the nuances yet, as I’m approaching this as a quick entry notation program and not a full engraving app. Overall a good purchase and I’m planning on using it more.
At $15, better than the free version of Finale, and a fraction of the $600 Finale. But I would pay $50 for a even simpler Notion. I’m not writing scores, just lead sheets for a cover band. I despise the “chords over lyrics” MS Word format. I like measures to show some type of timing of a song. But with Notion, it’s difficult to add lyrics without a written melody, or at least beat symbols. You can add a single six-syllable word over one beat, but small words that would fill up one, or 1 1/2 beat, for example, “have to go to the” would take up over one measure. In short, I would adore a way to just add free style lyrics, irregardless of any beats in a measure, with the chord(s) above the measure. The ability to change the key simply is awesome. Maybe I will find a way to add lyrics quickly, but at the moment I’ve gone back to using Word so at least the other band mates have some kind of sheet.
Super glitchy. I could not even move past the first bar because of the text/lyric option. It would not respond, hard to delete and the eraser or undo wouldn’t always work, some features would work, then stop working. Trying to make a simple chord chart with lyrics and would just end up having to fight with glitches. I want a refund and I’m gonna get another app. 👎🏽👎🏽👎🏽👎🏽👎🏽 super frustrating
The new writing app makes the app better; though it was good before. Just wondering what happened to all the instruments I purchased for a dollar a piece(I.e. dark bass). I hope there’s a restore purchases button in the next update, then I would give it more stars.
I purchased this app for the specific reason of writing out a horn charts for Saxophone. I am sure the app does everything that it specifies however some of the directions seem to be lacking. I tried to add a multi measure rest. I followed the Instructions in the help guide to a T and it did not work properly. I emailed customer support and they sent me a link to the same instructions that didn’t work the first time I tried it. When I got back to them they said to send them a copy of the chart which I can’t do because I don’t have a desk computer. Come on guys I’m sure you can simplify things a little better. This seems to be an app with much potential but very difficult to understand. I just want to write a horn chart with an easy way to write multi measure rests and add measures. Would give it five stars if there’s an easy way to do this. Until then I’m going back to the free app that I’ve been using. It doesn’t have the hand writing option in that notion does and it takes longer to write the charts but it’s much easier to navigate.