Touch Notation by Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Universal)
Released: Mar 20, 2015
Version: 1.2.004
Size: 112 MB
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Touch Notation

Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
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Touch Notation is a powerful musical score creation app that allows anyone to enjoy writing music using touch gestures.

In Japan, Touch Notation was selected as one of the ‘App Store Best of 2014’ apps, and held the No.1 spot in the iPad Paid App index for music apps for over two weeks.

Up until now, musical score creation software has relied upon dragging individual notes from a palette onto staves. By contrast, Touch Notation allows musicians to draw directly onto the score using a finger or touch pen, and have their work immediately appear as beautifully written notation, then played back using the app’s 30 built-in instrument voices.

-\tA wide-range of functions accessible from a cleanly designed, intuitive user interface.
-\tAbility to enter musical expressions for adjusting tempo and dynamics.
-\tLayout functions such as page breaks.
-\tConvenient transpose feature for raising/lowering the pitch of the entire score.
-\tOutput scores using Air Print, or save to Dropbox in PDF, SMF, MusicXML, and ScoreMaker formats.

Touch Notation allows the following musical symbols to be entered by hand:

-\tNote, Rest (including dotted and double-dotted), Long Rest, Beam, Tuplet (Triplet)
-\tGrace Note
-\tAccidental, Tie, Slur
-\tAccent, Staccato, Tenuto, Fermata
-\tTrill, sfz, Arpeggio, Pedal, Senza
-\tMetronome symbol
-\tCrescendo, Decrescendo
-\tDynamics symbols (ppp~fff)
-\tOctave symbol
-\tRepeat brackets
-\tRepeat marks (D.C./Fine/D.S./Segno/Coda/to Coda)
-\tClefs (Treble Clef/Bass Clef/C Clef/Percussion Clef)
-\tKey signature
-\tTime signature
-\tBar lines (repeat marks)
- Abbreviation

Lyrics and other musical expressions (‘Dolce’, ‘Tranquillo’, etc.) can be added using text input, while comments and memos can also be written freehand directly onto the score.

* Drum notation is supported, but other types such as rhythm notation and tab notation are not supported.
* Older devices may experience stuttering when playing complicated scores with many simultaneous notes.

What's new in version 1.2.004
- Fixed a bug that the size of the file created by PDF export may become abnormally large.
- Fixed an issue where natural input might be mistaken for lyrics input.
- Various other bugs fixed.
Our verdict: Meh!
  • = Touch Notation has average ratings (3-star).
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