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…
I want this app to be awesome. I love it so much. It’s simple, fast, and extremely functional. It does what I need. I’m a middle school band director and a trumpet instructor. I have premiered pieces with it and written SO MANY exercises with it. However there are a lot of bugs that make it frustrating. I would pay more money to have a constantly updating and improving app.
This is only for a quick scores, don’t expect to do a detail charts. It helps a lot to bring down some ideas, plus you have the option to pair a Bluetooth keyboard for notes input. It works fine to do jazz charts, or vocales arrangements. But again, don’t expect to have all the tools you normally use for scoring.
Be forewarned, this product, its services and support are not up to Apple standards. My download yesterday was useless from the get-go. 1. The space bar did not function in lyrics. Try writing lyrics without a space bar! 2. I could not enter a rest after a 1/4 note without it sliding down the measure 1.5 beats and making the phrase totally useless. I then purchased the writing app hoping I could do this manually. No luck. Now I’m out a few more bucks. If you have a problem you can not phone support. You have to file a ticket. I have yet to hear back from them. It also lacks an introductory demo. ProSonus should take a look at the two minute clips Apple Support has on YouTube for iPad. So I am frustrated, annoyed, out some money and listening to the crickets waiting for a reply to my ticket complaint. There is no meaningful support with this product. Next step: asking Apple for a refund.
The notation system gets confused at very simple things: I mark a single measure to be in 3/16 meter, and the surrounding measures as 4/4, yet on playback, empty beats manifest after the three sixteenth-note beats in the 3/16 measure. Sometimes using the <, > buttons at the lower corner, for navigating through notes, *changes* selected notes when you move past them; other times it doesn’t. When using the keyboard feature to add notes into a single chords (i.e. stacking pitches), moving > to the next beat to begin stacking a new chord for some reason replicates the previous chord in that spot, in the way of the new one you want to make. It’s confusing and odd to have *both* the green-highlight-select and the tan, note-editing select, completely independent of each other. This leads to confusion if you’ve been editing a note or chord, and then want to hit play to hear it. This is why Noteflight recognizes one, unified form of selecting a note or section.
Grace notes won’t attach to the selected note, plain and simple—the app seems to want to smack it onto the first note of the measure, regardless of what note you picked. This is very frustrating. Otherwise it’s a good app.
When I enter notation with Apple Pencil it disappears a second after I enter it. Seems like a good app but disappointing also service is frustrating. Please respond. Thank
I want to start off this review by saying while I absolutely love this app to the point where I don’t think I can live with out it, there is room for improvement. I’d like to get my very few negatives out of the way. I’m using an iPad Pro 10.5 inch, and I do believe the stability can be improved. It does crash maybe about once a day (I do compose for hours at a time, so keep this in mind), and there are times where the audio is heavily distorted. This can be fixed by closing the app and pulling it back up, but it is a slight inconvenience. Some instruments should be free. I don’t think I should pay 99¢ for a cowbell, when a Violin Ensemble is the same price. I don’t find this to be acceptable. Writing with Apple Pencil is great, amazing even, but it can be a little more accurate at times. Now for the positives. This app has literally change the way I compose. I hate using those apps like Sibelius on my Mac, because I hate trying to click to a different note, and it turns out to take a lot longer than it should to come home something simple. While I like using Logic Pro X to compose at times, it’s nice to see things with accurate sheet music. I love that there are different formats that you can export your music to (although, I do wish there was a MP3 option, since WAV files tend to be really big). Apple’s new iOS 11 update, adding things onto the file app is a breeze. I currently attend Berklee College of music, and I’ve turned into about 80% of my assignments with this app, and my iPad alone. Overall, if you’re a composer, I think this app is essential. Some people might think the price is a bit high, but I promise that it’s worth every penny, and has improved my workflow in such an amazing way.
Send email option is not working! Fix it The keyboard doesn’t show once email window came out !
Why are all piano sounds
Handwriting is unreliable, needs to be better at recognizing what I have written and also needs to recognize more symbols in general. Really good app but definitely needs improving. If I see change I will gladly raise the score