Notion by NOTION Music, Inc. (Universal)
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Released: Dec 16, 2011
Version: 2.5
Size: 237 MB
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Notion

NOTION Music, Inc.
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, 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 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…

What's new in version 2.5
Notion iOS v2.5 – Major Maintenance Update
For more info, head over to our NEW Facebook Group ‘PreSonus Notion Users’

NEW:
-Document handling: (iOS11 & later) now supports Apple’s built-in document opener. This allows you to create, open and save scores directly in the location of your choice, whether on the device in iCloud, or in any cloud folders (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive). NB If you are running iOS9/10 there is a built-in browser that will allow saving to the device or to Notion’s iCloud folder only
-Export as mp3
-Export for SMP Press: creates a single PDF containing the full score and all the parts in score order, ready for uploading to SMP Press, the self-publishing portal for composers
-Save as Template: saves a current document as a custom template, available via the Export dialog

FIXES:
Handwriting:
-Fix for handwriting engine hanging during a long session
-Later measures now don’t change after recognition in earlier measures
-Issue fixed with rests with ledger lines
-Fix for elements (e.g. ties) that cross systems in the handwriting area/continuous view

Audio:
-Fix for some devices not using the device sample rate in playback or export
-Playback warning pop-up removed
-Hi-hat foot splash sample fixed

MusicXML:
-New elements imported: sf, sfp, fp, sfz & fz; beaming; measured tremolos that include tuplets; very short notes; fermatas; circle symbol; snap pizz; scoop, doit & fall-off
-New elements exported: clef changes; pizz & arco; pre-bend; sf, sfp, fp, sfz & fz; mutes; measured trems; noteheads; fermatas; circle symbol; snap pizz; scoop, doit & fall-off
-TAB fully reworked
-Support for ‘.musicxml’ file extension
-Fix for long slurs
-Voices on grand staff fixed
-Time signatures with a high numeral (e.g. 11/4), now show whole measure rests
-Beaming information improved, inc. for grace notes
-Legato-accent & mezzo-stacc now correctly exported
-TAB pitches now not transposed by an octave on export, for e.g. banjo, mandolin, ukulele

MIDI:
-Improved rhythmic spelling on import
-MIDI now imported from all other apps

General notation & note entry:
-5th string banjo fret numbers now start at 5th fret
-Lyrics & chord symbols now paste without replacing notation after copying a selection that is longer than one measure
-When writing chords with the onscreen piano keyboard, notes are no longer ‘held down’ after moving to the next position
-When writing chords with the onscreen guitar fretboard, notes are held on the fretboard after moving to the next position to allow repeated chord strumming (keep moving to the next position with the right arrow to enter multiple chords). The chord is cleared from the fretboard if a new note is tapped on the fretboard

Slash Notation:
-Bass notes of Chord Symbol now play back
-Slashes with dots now have more spacing in Jazz Font
-Fix for issue caused by delete when rhythm slashes are present in another voice

Tremolo:
-Entry method changed: e.g. for a fingered tremolo with quarter duration, now insert two eighths before applying the trem
-Enter onto the first note or in between notes
-Stems now can go in either direction in a voice 2 trem
-Fingered trems that include chords now play back

Text:
-Fix for existing text in text boxes becoming hidden when editing
-Lyrics font can now be changed for whole document. (Full Score Settings/Parts Settings then Layout>Lyric Font)

Paste:
-Pasting into a different voice now doesn't remove any existing starting rests
-Whole measure is not replaced when pasting a partial measure
-Fixes for paste in Grand Staff
-Duplicate now adds more measures at the end of a score if needed

Languages:
-Drumpad now enters cymbals as crossheads if in Korean, Japanese or Sim Chinese
-General translation fixes

General:
-General performance & stability improvements
-Improvements for larger iPhones
-Optimised for Dark Mode
-Print Parts to PDF now prints in score order
-Min. iOS: now iOS9 or higher (NB Notion 2.5.x will be the final version to support iOS9)
Screenshot #1 (iPhone)
Our verdict: Good
  • = Notion has average ratings (3-star).
  • + Notion is currently ranked #278 in paid Music apps for iPhone, as well as #7 in paid Music apps for iPad.
  • + It is also the 240th most popular paid iPad app (all categories combined).
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