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With over five years in the App Store, Notion is a best-selling music notation app for iPad and iPhone. Notion has been featured in various Apple campaigns including the 2014 YourVerse television commercials and has won several awards, most recently 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 iOS8 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 and Dropbox.

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, 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…

What's New in Version 2.0.177

New features:

New Notion "Widget" to quickly access recent scores, or to quickly setup a simple score. To add, just swipe right over your device's Home screen, Lock screen, or Notification Centre, tap 'Edit' and select Notion.
New "Send To..." feature, to share exported files from Notion with other apps on the same device. Go to export, select required file format, and then tap "Send To..."
New "Open in" button on Help pdf, allowing the Notion Help Guide to be opened with other pdf readers on the same device (and thereby allowing search, export etc)
Updated Chorus and Organ sounds - go to 'Sounds' and swipe left to remove the old versions. Then re-download the sound by tapping on the cloud icon.
New button to engage Step Entry when using an external MIDI instrument
New option in Instrument Setup to show circles around half/whole notes in tablature
When importing/exporting drum parts via MIDI, now maps to standard GM drum mapping
Notion now draws drumset cymbals and hi-hats with cross-head noteheads by default
Scroll in Playback option added to View Options


Handwriting fixes:
Fix to adding extra ledger lines to previously entered notes
When writing into a part that is linked to tablature, use the same tab logic as for standard note entry and preserve any existing tab strings.
Fix for when writing into a measure that already has an existing dotted chord, it’d become double-dotted.
Fix for when writing a note in a measure that contained a chord with ledger lines, the chord would change
Fix for writing over more than one measure at a time in the handwriting window
Fix for when writing over more than one system

General fixes:
General stability improvements
Fix for some short sounds causing a crash in playback (e.g. closed hi-hat, high claves, oboe duo)
Dynamic Parts now show in score order
Fix for scores jumping when entering notes towards the bottom of the screen
Fix for occasionally not being able to scroll to the bottom of a score.
Glissandi/slides/portamento: now show in the right direction between two close chromatic notes; now do not collide with note augmentation dots or accidentals; now centre on noteheads, not attachments
Cross-staff notes: fix for some stems not lining up; fix for accidentals not showing on a note in a chord if sent to the other staff; flags now show on unbeamed cross-staff notes
MusicXML: When importing lyrics, verse number is now correctly set; fix up occasional issue with imported hairpins; fix for occasionally not setting some instrument transpositions
MIDI: when exporting, articulations (such as staccato altering note lengths) are now taken into account for duration
When dragging an articulation, the crosshead now centres on the articulation
When in Step Time, Bb & Eb transposing instruments now spell notes as expected
Enharmonic tool now works on chords
Clear special no longer clears harp tuning diagrams or attached rules
Notes for transposing instruments now spelt better when in remote minor keys
Measure is now spaced correctly when empty and another staff has a whole rest in the same frame
Drumset unmeasured tremolo now responds to hairpins
Stem direction now only affects the selected beam group (rather than the whole measure)
Reset tab numbers now only resets selected notes, rather than whole measure
If language is set to Spanish, then load Spanish feedback page.
Fix for tab notes not being retained, when recording in real-time with the onscreen fretboard
Scores now save whether onscreen virtual instruments (e.g. piano/fretboard are showing or not)
Fix for adding an extraneous double barline, when an existing double barline is followed by a cut (and linked fix, for a crash when layout handles are shown on the extra double barline)
Can now type lyrics into left hand of grand staff
Fixup the All Bundle image being used in Score Setup for Piano instead of the Piano image
Hide resting staves now does not hide first and second endings, if the top staff is hidden


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Customer Reviews

Midi import fails in latest version

This app has been great, but looks like Midi import is failing in latest version. I tried to import from iCloud and Web link in both iPad & iPhone version and both failed. Both iPad and iPhone are running latest iOS and Notion version. When I clicked the link, it would redirect to the app, but the Midi didn't get imported. I hope this bug will get fixed soon. Until then, giving the app two stars rating.

My previous 5 stars review when it worked is below:
This is an amazing app. It makes notation easier and you could focus on the actual song writing instead learning how the software works. It took me less than 10 minutes to learn the interface and actually start writing. The touch interface is brilliant and writing song is easier than doing it with the mouse in the desktop. Top notch app!

Good Music App

This is probably the most app used on my phone. I use it to write most of my music, as I cannot really afford any of those $500 music notation programs. The sound quality of the instruments is very good and gives you an excellent idea at what it might sound like being performed by a live orchestra. It runs very well and the controls are all very easy once you get the hang of them.

EDIT May 1st: When you "updated" the choir and organ sounds, I re-downloaded them and all I got were piano sounds. Please fix.

New update

As of the may 1st update it has become incredibly frustrating to input notes as every time I go to write something into the keyboard input feature the cursor resets to some random location in the score and deletes what I had just written. I really enjoyed using this app prior to this update, please fix this issue

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $14.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.0.177
  • Size: 223 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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