Music Lead Sheets and Charts For iPad
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Practice makes perfect. iReal Pro – Music Book & Play Along offers an easy-to-use tool to help musicians of all levels master their art. It simulates a real-sounding band that can accompany you as you practice. The app also lets you create and collect chord charts of your favorite songs for reference.

• It’s a Book:
Create, edit, print, share and collect chord charts of your favorite songs for reference while practicing or performing.

• It’s a Band:
Practice with a realistic sounding piano (or guitar), bass and drum accompaniments for any downloaded or user-created chord chart.

What’s New in Version 6.1
– New Visual Count-In
– ADDED new Hand Writing Font for the chord charts
– ADDED new option to highlight rehearsal symbols in red
– ADDED a second option for Rhodes sound
– Stability improvements and bug fixes


Have a virtual band accompany you as you practice
• Choose from 35 different accompaniment styles. (More available with In-App purchase)
• 15 Jazz Styles: Afro 12/8, Ballad Even, Ballad Swing, Bossa Nova, Double Time Swing, Even 8ths, Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Latin/Swing, Long Notes, Medium Swing, Medium Up Swing, Slow Swing, Swing Two/Four, Up Tempo Swing
• 8 Latin Styles: Argentina-Tango, Brazil-Bossa Acoustic, Brazil-Bossa Electric, Brazil-Samba, Cuba-Bolero, Cuba-Cha Cha Cha, Cuba-Son Montuno 2-3, Cuba-Son Montuno 3-2
• 12 Pop Styles: 12/8 Rock, Bluegrass, Country, Disco, Funk, Reggae, RnB, Rock, Shuffle, Slow Rock, Smooth, Soul
• Personalize each style with a variety of sounds including piano, fender rhodes, acoustic and electric guitars, acoustic and electric basses, drums, vibraphone, organ, and more

Play, edit, and import any songs you want
• 1000s of songs can be imported from the forums in a few simple steps
• Edit existing songs or create your own with the Editor
• The Player will play any song that you edit or create
• Create multiple editable playlists

Improve your skills with the included chord diagrams
• Display guitar tabs and piano fingerings for any of your chord charts
• Look up piano and guitar fingerings for any chord
• Display scale recommendations for each chord of a song to help with improvisations

Practice in the way, and at the level, that you choose
• Includes 50 exercises for practicing common chord progressions
• Transpose any chart to any key or to number notation
• Loop a selection of measures of a chart for focused practicing
• Advanced practice settings (automatic tempo increase, automatic key transposition)
• Global Eb, Bb, F and G transposition for horn players

Share, print, and export – so your music follows you wherever you need it!
• Share individual charts or whole playlists with other iReal Pro users via email and the forums
• Export charts as PDF and MusicXML
• Export audio as WAV, AAC and MIDI
• Support for AudioBus and guitar connection kits
• Support for AirTurn™ and other bluetooth page turners

12 Extra Jazz Styles:
– Ballad Double Time Feel
– Ballad Melodic
– Blue Note
– Doo Doo Cats
– Even 16ths
– Even 8ths Open
– Guitar Trio
– Medium Up Swing 2
– New Orleans Swing
– Second Line
– Trad Jazz
– Up Tempo Swing 2

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Best Orchestral Sounds For iPad
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Best Orchestral Sounds For iPad

Gain access to The London Symphony Orchestral and have them right at your fingertips with NOTION. Notion is a notation editor and playback tool for your iPad, giving you the convenience of an easy-to-use music creation tool right at your fingertips. An incredible composition app for any music lover, NOTION gives you the ability to compose, edit, and playback scores using real audio samples performed by The London Symphony Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios. You can capture your musical ideas anytime, and with the mobility of the iPad, you can take this helpful application anywhere.

With a user-friendly interface and simple interactive piano keyboard, fretboard, and drum pad; 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 iPad.

In addition to the notation editor you can also hear your music performed with real audio samples, giving you the most realistic playback possible. NOTION comes bundled with piano and orchestral samples recorded by The London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios as well as popular instruments such as guitar, bass, and much more.

Begin your project by using the simple score setup tool or open your NOTION and Progression iPad files as well as import MusicXML, Guitar Pro, and MIDI files. You can continue to alter your score and playback using a palette full of articulations, expressions, and dynamics. Or create the perfect balance using the full-featured multi-track mixer with effects.

Once you are happy with your creation you can share your work with anyone by simply sending a file that they can use NOTION to view, hear, and edit your creation. Other options include sending MIDI or MusicXML files, or emailing a PDF file that can be viewed and printed anytime they want.

NOTION Features:
– Enter, edit, and playback notation, tab, or both
– Orchestral samples by The London Symphony Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
– Piano, keyboards, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric bass
– Clean and intuitive user interface
– Interactive piano keyboard for fast entry
– Interactive 24-fret guitar fretboard
– Interactive drum pad
– 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 and drop cursor option
– Switch Instruments
– Transposition
– Insert text
– Lyrics
– Chord Symbols and Diagrams
– Quick “Undo” and “Redo” functions
– Chord and melody modes
– Easy delete and erase capabilities
– Enter and edit title and composer information
– Convenient file sharing
– Import .notion, MIDI, MusicXML, GuitarPro 3-5 files
– Email .notion, PDF, MusicXML, or MIDI files
– Search for tabs, MIDI, or MusicXML online from within the app
– Import from Dropbox
– In-Store app to add more instruments and gear
– Help Files
– And much more…

Notion is available for $7.99

Hypertunes Sequence Arranger For iPhone
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Hypertunes Sequence Arranger For iPhone

HyperTunes lets you compose and arrange music directly in terms of musical structure, such as verse-chorus-bridge song forms. It also lets you collect and organize all your musical patterns, song fragments, and songs within the app, so that they’re ready to “plug and play” in a new song with just a few touches.

Instead of recording and editing your songs on a linear, multitrack timeline, in HyperTunes song sections and instrument parts are building blocks that you can easily reorganize on a small screen, even one-handed. This helps you focus on the big picture as you compose – for example, trying out different variations of a song form – without getting bogged down in note-by-note tweaking on the timeline.

Ready access to virtually all of your musical ideas and content within the app means new songs can get off the ground quickly based on parts you already have, and ideas you don’t use in one project are easy to recycle in later projects, instead of getting lost and forgotten.

HyperTunes is designed to be as accessible to non-musicians and beginning composers as it is powerful for seasoned pros:

☆ Flexible creative process:

Start from a song form and plug in instrument parts – drum grooves, bass lines, guitar licks, keyboad riffs – later, the way a painter might sketch out a piece before filling in the details. Or, work in a more exploratory manner, adding one new section at a time. Rearrange the entire song in one step, just by selecting a different song form from the extensive built-in menu, or by typing in your own custom form.

☆ Intelligent sequencing:

Assign an instrument part to a section and HyperTunes automatically transposes it to fit; reorder sections and it automatically merges pickup notes to make the transitions seamless.

☆ Powerful analysis tool:

Rapidly break up existing songs into their component sections, so that you can freely rearrange them, repurpose their parts in new songs, mash them up with other songs, or simply as way of learning about arranging.

☆ General MIDI format:

Import original content and third party pattern libraries in General MIDI format. Export arrangements as General MIDI for performance, or for further production using other tools. More music formats are planned for future versions.



HyperTunes is compatible with iPad but not yet optimized for the iPad screen.

HyperTunes includes a very small set of very basic patterns for drums, bass, and guitar just for exploring the features of the app. For actual use, you need to import your own MIDI files, or third party midi libraries.

HyperTunes is available for $9.99

Symphony Pro Notation For iPad
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Symphony Pro Notation For iPad

Symphony Pro is a complete music notation editor that allows you to quickly write and playback music wherever you and your iPad go.

Open up one of your saved compositions, or begin with a blank page, and you’re ready to start writing. You can import MusicXML, MIDI, ABC, MXL, Symphony files, and even some scanned music sheets downloaded from the web, opened from other apps such as Mail and Safari, or from the device via iTunes File Sharing.

Select a note length and then tap anywhere on the score to add a note. Use the 88-key virtual keyboard or a Core MIDI compatible keyboard to rapidly enter a series of notes or chords. You can use the recording tool to play in phrases in real-time.

Symphony Pro supports a wide range of notational elements, including dynamics, arpeggios, trills, mordents, accelerandos, glissandos, tuplets, tempo changes, time and key signature changes, alternate endings, double bar-lines, and repeats. You can create and edit chord symbols and lyrics easily using the iPad’s standard keyboard.

When you’re done composing, you can export your piece as a MusicXML, MIDI, PDF, MP3, AAC, or Symphony file to iTunes or email. You can also quickly save a screenshot of each page in your score to Photos.

In addition, you can use the new AirPrint feature to print your scores directly from the iPad, AirPlay to wirelessly stream audio to compatible devices, and AirShare to easily share or transfer multiple files at once across your local network.

New Features:

Copy and paste using rectangle
Expandable crescendos and diminuendos
User defined beam groups
User defined stems
Added non-pitched neutral clef
Reposition rests vertically
Added note stem direction support to MusicXML import and export
Enable/Disable background music
Hold down any of the arrow keys to press it repeatedly
Preview MP3, AAC, and other audio files from inside the app

• Currently featured as a top creativity app by Apple at apple.com/education/apps/

Feature Highlights:
• 114 high quality instruments including drum kit
• Up to 12 tracks and 4 voices per composition
• Add and edit notes by tapping on the score, playing the built-in keyboard, or playing a Core MIDI instrument
• Supports tons of notational elements, including dynamics, arpeggios, trills, mordents, accelerandos, glissandos, staccatos, tuplets, double bar-lines alternate endings, pickup measures, and repeats
• Real time note entry
• Smart chord symbol, lyric, and text tool
• Grace notes
• Customizable noteheads
• Transposable instruments & score
• Import MusicXML, MIDI, ABC, MXL, Symphony files, or even some scanned music sheets
• Export as a MusicXML, MIDI, PDF, MP3, AAC, or Symphony file
• Change the tempo, time signature, key signature, or clef at any point in the score
• Advanced editing support, such as copy/paste and undo/redo
• Stream audio wirelessly with AirPlay to compatible speakers, stereo systems, AV receivers, Apple TV, and other devices
• Print a page or the entire score from your iPad
• Easily share your files over the air with others on the same local network
• Switch to portrait mode to view your composition in full screen, like sheet music
• Multi-touch gestures for easy navigation and editing
• Customizable layout & text sizes
• View and edit tracks one at a time, or all at once
• Delete individual notes, entire measures, or entire selection areas
• Use the keyboard without entering any notes to test out phrases
• Loop playback between specific measures
• Metronome
• Document recovery
• Built-in manual

Symphony Pro is great for working on pieces while you’re away from your workstation. It’s an invaluable tool for instructors, since it allows you to write out a part and have it immediately played back. It also works well as a sketchpad and sheet music viewer for musicians.

Symphony Pro is available for $14.99

Notation Sequencer For iPad
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Symphonix Evolution For iPad

Whether you’re an experienced musician or a learner, Symphonix Evolution is a powerful tool that helps take your music to a whole new level. Create music by dragging notes directly onto the score, and record or playback via MIDI devices or using the inbuilt virtual synthesizer. Then print your music to share with others in your group. Learners or musicians who play ‘by ear’ will appreciate the ability to associate note pitch with the notation.

Latest version updates have been announced.

Rhythm Maker now allows creation of custom rhythms and beat patterns
Files can now be opened or saved from Dropbox
It is now easier to locate files by filtering between All Files, Symphonix files and MIDI files
Double tap in the Selection bar to select a measure, triple tap to select the whole song
Touch the Measure button on the main toolbar to Go To a Measure
Added Go to Measure button to the Sheet Music View screen

Bug Fixes:
Fixed bugs in File Manager for filtering and default file names
Fixed bug where Repeats could not be added
After saving in MIDI format with lyrics, the file was not able to be loaded
The song was corrupted if duplicating or splitting tracks containing beamed or tied notes
Cut and paste operations could cause incorrect display of beamed notes
The client could crash when attempting to go to a measure
The Clear button on the Track Management screen did not operate correctl

Connect your iPhone and iPad, sync them, and use your iPhone as an additional controller!

Symphonix Evolution has numerous features, including:
* 16 track sequencer
* Support for external MIDI devices using the USB Camera Connector
* Wavetable synthesizer with GM/GS emulation
* Load and Save standard MIDI files
* AirPrint support for printing your sheet music
* Integration with email and web for easy file exchange
* Real time recording and conversion to notation
* Quantization of recorded input or MIDI files
* Complete online help to get you started

Use Symphonix Evolution to take your music studio with you wherever you go!

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