By NOTION Music, Inc.

  • Category: Music
  • Release Date: 2011-12-16
  • Current Version: 2.0.183
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 213.27 MB
  • Developer: NOTION Music, Inc.
  • Compatibility: iOS 8.2+
Score: 4
From 1,192 Ratings


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…


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Works as advertised. Actually, one of the easiest notation apps around.
By M Watkins

So broken not worth using

I purchased this app and several of the in app options. The app is so broken it's not worth using. Whole menus will fail to work or update. It feels like it was put together by someone who has never used a tablet. Don't waste your money.
By Artfulalibi

It’s the best thing we have for iOS

This app is wonderful, but I just wish it was capable of some simple things. Slurs between staves, chords entry from multi-touch (it currently holds onto each chord note, making multiple note entry for chords a REAL headache). The automatic scrolling, often causes you to spend most of your time shifting your display upon playback. Other than these items, it’s mostly wonderful.
By Jalexander355

It’s convenient

Notion is very convenient if you’re not someone who carries a laptop everywhere. However, despite its convenience, it has many issues. One that I am sure many Notion users can relate to is the constant crashing. Notion currently only supports 14-16 instruments at the same time, meaning that playing back a larger score means that the app will crash. Another issue I have is that every time I try to export audio files of my projects to different apps, they always end up being a little more than a half-step off key. If Notion were to fix all of these issues, I feel like it would be an amazing software. For now, it needs improvement
By kpeep417

Music educator approved

I have only been using this a few weeks, but so far I really enjoy it! The handwriting feature with my iPad Pro and pencil is awesome! There was/is a learning curve to use just the right gesture to get what I want notated-but I’m getting there! I haven’t encountered any problem or issue I haven’t been able to google my way out of. (Noticing some reviews saying “I can’t figure out how to...”. Use the Pre Sonus site and provided help- and when in doubt-there is probably a YouTube video! I’m not a huge Finale or Sibelius user- but I know enough to find my way through this app intuitively. I use it for quick transcriptions from a score (lost or missing parts) or other tasks like that. Love having the portability of this on my iPad-along with the quickness of the handwriting.
By Molonkers


Quiero un reembolso, la aplicación está defectuosa y no me abre las partituras.
By yamilgabs

Making music in a particular Key

My issue is it defaults to Key Of C. If I write something in a different key, I have to individually mark every note where there is a # or b. Also, there is no provision to loop a playback.
By Tony's G


All in all this is incredible. The handwriting feature takes away an incredible amount of frustration that I experienced with other notating apps or software. It is a little buggy sometimes (especially when trying to change time signatures and key signatures), and I wish there was a better way to organize the list of songs on the home page. Otherwise I just love it!
By ChezLesEtoiles

Great app honestly

I have only been using this app for 2 weeks now but I absolute love it. Coming from finale on a lap top, notion on the iPad is so easy to use comparatively. My only gripe is I wish some of the instrument sounds were a little better but that’s so nit picky.
By jcomposer

Great App

This app is my first choice when it comes to music composition and arranging. It’s so easy to work with.
By Saamaka


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