StaffPad by StaffPad Ltd. (iPad)
Released: Feb 4, 2020
Version: 1.4.6
Size: 1 GB
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StaffPad Ltd.
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StaffPad is designed for composers who want to write music effortlessly, using handwriting recognition. Write your music using Apple Pencil, and the app will transform your writing into beautifully typeset notation that can be edited, played back, printed and shared.


Build you score with the fluidity of natural handwriting combined with the convenience of digital editing. Use touch and Apple Pencil to quickly change the pitches, transpose selections, add additional elements, symbols, lines, text, quickly cut/copy/paste, quick repeat. Customise the tempo with a unique tempo staff (or import a tempo map from a MIDI file), add chords with the chord staff - or let StaffPad automatically analyse the score and write the chord symbols for you and much more. You can even copy music written in StaffPad into other apps, simply using the normal copy and paste functions. Paste an idea quickly into an email, or Messages, or build worksheets in Keynote or Pages just as easily as working with pictures.


With a groundbreaking playback engine and over 55 included instruments, StaffPad is ready to perform your written piece by just tapping the play icon. You can even draw automation using the Apple Pencil to customise and automate the each instrument's dynamics, volume and pan. For professional quality playback, add industry standard sample libraries directly into the app from the StaffPad Store - these unique StaffPad Editions of flagship libraries, created by the world's leading sample library development houses, provide truly breathtaking results with true legato, multiple repetition samples, many more instrument choices, additional playing techniques and much more. This is a leap forward for composers working at the highest levels.


ScoreSync is our revolutionary technology for sharing individual instrument parts of your score with all the musicians in the room using StaffPad Reader. Any Reader on the local WiFi network is instantly synchronised, with edits and changes made in StaffPad instantly reflected on the Readers. StaffPad even synchronises playback, so that all the Readers can provide a synchronised click track, count-in, playback markers, and even to turn the pages automatically. This means no more printed parts, no more confusion about where to start, no more missed changes or reprints due to edits. A true revolution for working with live musicians.


StaffPad imports and exports MusicXML and MIDI files for easily working with other music apps. You can also export your playback as WAV, AAC or MP3.


Write chords manually, and they'll be automatically formatted into chord symbols. Or, simply toggle "Show Chords" on an instrument staff to have StaffPad intelligently analyse and write the chord symbols for you. StaffPad can even provide a harmonic analysis of the whole piece, correcting automatically for non-pitched and transposed instruments, and create a unique chord staff with customisable chord complexity levels.


Annotate your score with either private or public (shared with the Readers) annotation pens. Public pens allow for instant written communication with individual musicians in the room via ScoreSync and StaffPad Reader.


As well as digital parts via ScoreSync, StaffPad will automatically format and print parts or export PDFs for you. Customise the paper size, bar number styles, number of bars per line, scaling, margins, multi-bar consolidation and more. StaffPad automatically formats the score for consistent presentation.


StaffPad features "Fenby", our voice-activated composer assistant, who can assist you in routine tasks like setting up your score, adding instruments, tempos, bar line styles, key changes and more.

What's new in version 1.4.6
-- This hot fix addresses some issues with audio distortion that could occur with the previous update.

Previous release notes included below:
We've been working hard to improve the app for this maintenance update - but we still managed to squeeze in a few new features!

- You can enjoy a brand new interactive tutorial that guides you through the concepts of the app. This is show automatically to new users, but you can also work through this tutorial at any time by tapping the settings icon and choosing "Interactive Tutorial".

- We've made the "tap to finalise" action more robust against adding unintentional markings to other bars
- We fixed an issue when importing MusicXML that could result in multiple tuplets stacked on top of each other
- We also fixed an issue with MusicXML import that could result in double sharps/flats being used in certain key signatures
- We fixed an issue whereby it wasn’t possible to create a minim based tempo
- The red/yellow colour highlight on cut/copied bars now fades out after 10s, rather than sticking around until the paste action is completed
- We fixed some issues relating to audio not restarting after the app was “backgrounded” - this is a complex issue since it also involves reloading samples and things due to the way iPadOS multitasking works. Let us know if you still find problems here.
- We fixed some bugs when switching versions that contain different instrument and bar structures
- We fixed a few issues with the automation staff
- Changing instruments mid-staff is now more reliable
- We’ve fixed some layouts when using keyboard entry on the Welcome Page
- We’ve done a lot of work on the time synchronisation code which keeps StaffPad and StaffPad Reader locked in sync. You’ll need to update StaffPad Reader for this new build to connect properly.
- We addressed some issues of audio distortion that were present in the previous update.

We hope you're enjoying StaffPad - we'll see you in the next update!
Our verdict: Ok
  • + StaffPad is an ok, 3.5-star app.
  • The app is pricier than similar apps available on the App Store.
  • + StaffPad is currently ranked #29 in paid Music apps for iPad.
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