Notion Notation App For iPad and iPhone


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. 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 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 iOS device.

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. 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.

Begin your project by using the simple score setup tool or choose a template. You can also open 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 by emailing the Notion file. Or you can send MIDI or MusicXML files, or send an audio or PDF file. You can sync your scores across devices, and with Notion for Windows and Mac, by using iCloud and Dropbox.

Notion iPad

What’s New in Version 2.0.143
– Handwriting in-app purchase for iPad now available
Notion can now turn your handwriting into notation! Write with your finger, stylus or Apple Pencil and Notion will convert it. Open Notion on iPad and open/create a score. Tap Settings cogwheel and select Handwriting> Purchase

– Handwriting recognizes the following notation elements:
Standard notehead
Ledger lines
All Notion clefs
Whole note to 64th note (and rests)
Dotted and double dotted notes (and rests)
Single, final, double, repeat measure lines
Accidentals including double sharps/flats
Triplets, custom tuplets and ratios
Time signatures including common and cut-time symbols
Ties and slurs
Articulations: accents, staccato, staccatissimo, tenuto, marcato
Stopped note +, Upbow, downbow

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– Support for Apple Pencil with Handwriting
As you write your notation, you can press harder for a thicker line, which gives a much more natural feel. Apple Pencil also gives you greater accuracy not just in recognition but in selecting and adjusting other elements

– Other Fixes:
All chords now enter on iPhone
Score setup images now correct resolution on iPad Mini


Notion Features:
– Handwriting in-app purchase for iPad now available
– 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
– 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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