With almost 10 years in the App Store, Notion is a best-selling music notation app for iPad and iPhone from PreSonus. Notion has been featured in various Apple campaigns including the 2014 YourVerse television commercials and has won several awards, including 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 iOS9 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. You can automatically sync your scores across devices, and with Notion 6 for Windows and Mac, by using iCloud Drive or other cloud providers such as Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive. 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 or MusicXML - Export/email .notion, mp3, PDF, MusicXML, .WAV, AAC or MIDI files - Supports Apple's Files App, so easy sync with iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and more - Print to AirPrint enabled printers - Expand your bundled sound library with in-app purchases - Help Files - And much more…
Don’t expect a God-tier Ableton Live, Photoshop, Logic Pro experience. Don’t expect a serious contender with a full product like Sibelius. Expect a really well made iPad app. If this is a vision for the future, thank God. It’s frustrating. It’s not perfect at all but it’s still great. Take your time. Chill. Learn it. Use it. Appreciate it. Don’t jump the gun judging it. Once you accept it for what it is and learn to use it it’s better than using even Sibelius. The ability to use a stylus and iPad to compose is amazing. The vision you have is what counts, trust me.
I've used this program on and off for a while, it's always been finicky, and not the easiest set up to learn, but today takes the cake: I cannot type in lyrics without the program freezing, I cannot easily select measures to copy/delete or add parts without the program eventually freezing. It seems to be on a steady decline to completely freezing up as I use it, in spite of resetting; even turning off my iPad after waiting for it to come back to life. For a paid program it's always been "just barely worth it." but at this point I'm surprised it was ever a paid program. Update: Now, removing a dot from a dotted half note has caused it to crash 4 times :/
LOVE THE APP but recently have been crashing multiple times in the middle of arrangements and compositions making me lose all progress. Please fix this? Can’t turn in my arranging finals for school 😭😭😭
When I reported this to Presonus support they confirmed MIDI entry is not working. Problem: For many MIDI keyboard entry is core to using a notation program. It’s also a basic function that works on so many other iPad apps. MIDI specifications date back 39 years ago in 1981. It also surprised me that their advice was to have me check updates from their developers. They simply could queue me and others experiencing this and send out a bulk email when it was fixed. Again, this is base functionality so if you were hoping to enter notes with a MIDI keyboard you’re out of luck. Here was my final exchange with support. Notice, I was surprised that an advertised and industry standard function for this product was a known issue. Me: Wait? What? Are you acknowledging this as a problem for all midi entry? Presonus Support: That is correct. The issue has been logged with our development team. Please take a look at the release notes for the next update to see if it has been addressed.
This is by far one of the best music notation apps I have ever used. That is without question. Like... when this app works... it freaking WORKS. However, there are some really stupid bugs that prevent it from being great. For example, I was trying to highlight a bar and it didn’t work. This randomly happens very frequently, and it is extremely annoying. Also, the app crashes randomly when I’m doing normal composing. Why!? It’s like this. You have Usain Bolt on your track team but sometimes he runs in the OPPOSITE direction. Most of the time, it’s perfect, but other times it’s unusable. I also wish that there were updated tutorial videos on YouTube for this app. The instruction manual is somewhat helpful, but there is no search option, which is bad. I love this app when it works, but that’s thing. It has to WORK.
I don’t know why, but I can no longer access previous work or even create new files! What happened to this app? I have used this for years and even got past the glitches, but now it’s useless.
I used to love this app until they changed it to use Apple’s ridiculous file system.
This is a great composition app :)
I feel like every update released has made this program worse. The latest example is that there is a bug with pinch to zoom which no longer functions correctly or reliably. The other issue is that screen recording from the iPad also no longer works correctly while using Notion. This is another issue that makes this app a giant disappointment. The only saving grace these people have is that no one else has made the same kind of program yet to compete. Once they do, we might be able to let this giant hunk of crap go.
I’ve been using this app to compose piano music for 3 months. One of the reasons I got an iPad Pro was to find an app like this, where I can easily input notes directly into the score on the screen. It works so well! The handwriting is fun to use, too. I’m discovering a couple of things that I find to be a pretty big deal for a pianist. The only pedal markings available are the cursive “Ped” and the “asterisk” method, rather than horizontal lines and carrots, which is much more accurate to use. I’m also finding it difficult to place finger numbers beneath the notes, as you would for bass clef notes. The program doesn’t leave enough room for them, which is awkward to mess with. I’ve found work-arounds for other issues (for example, the whole rest in 6/8 translates as too many beats)... I’m hoping they will update the space beneath the bass clef and especially the pedal marks. I may not stick with this program at some point, but it seems so easy to use otherwise!