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Symphony Pro

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A pioneer in touch-based music notation and composition, Symphony Pro lets you compose complex orchestrations, lead sheets, chord charts, and guitar tabs on the iPad and instantly hear them played back. This is the easiest and most comprehensive way to compose sheet music on your iPad.

Record a part in real-time with the built-in keyboard, guitar, or bass guitar to quickly capture a musical idea and have it automatically transcribed into sheet music.

Import a MusicXML, MXL, MIDI, or Symphony file from your computer or from another app like Mail or Safari, create a new project based on a template, or create a brand new project, and you're ready to start editing.

To add a note, select a note length and tap anywhere on the score. Use the built-in keyboard, guitar, or bass guitar instruments, or a Core MIDI compatible keyboard to quickly enter notes and chords in normal editing mode or in real-time recording mode.

You can add a wide range of notational elements to your compositions including many different dynamics and articulations, time and key signature changes, clef changes, alternate endings, repeats, double accidentals, double and triple dotted notes, arpeggiated chords, glissandos, tuplets, tempo changes, coda markings, pedal markings, alternate noteheads, similes, and pickup measures. You can also create and edit chord symbols, lyrics, and annotations using the iPad’s standard keyboard.

When you're done composing, print out your score, or export it as a PDF, MusicXML, AAC, MIDI or Symphony file. Share your files via email or directly to a computer with iTunes File Sharing, or save images of your score directly to the Photos app and share them through Photo Stream.

Feature Highlights:

• 114 built-in instruments
• Up to 15 instruments, 45 staffs, and 4 voices/layers per composition
• Create and edit guitar TABs and standard music notation.
• Add and edit notes by tapping on the score or by playing a built-in keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, or a connected Core MIDI instrument (requires Camera Connection Kit or Midi Mobilizer™ II)
• Record a part in real-time with a built-in instrument or a connected Core MIDI instrument
• Import MusicXML, MIDI, MXL, or Symphony files
• Export as a PDF, MusicXML, MIDI, AAC, or Symphony file
• Tons of articulations and dynamics
• Add grace notes and customizable noteheads
• Chord symbol, lyric, and annotation tools
• In select mode, tap on a measure with two fingers to add a time or key signature change, clef change, repeat, alternate ending, or double barline to it
• Print the entire score from your iPad with AirPrint
• Edit, view, and play your score in portrait or landscape mode
• Edit multiple notes and rests at once
• Multi-measure, multi-track copy/paste functionality
• Delete a note, measure, or an entire selection area at once
• Familiar gestures for editing and navigating
• Undo and redo support
• Fully customizable stem directions and note beaming
• Transposing instruments and concert pitch options
• Change the tempo or clef at any point in the score
• Stream audio or share your screen wirelessly with AirPlay to compatible speakers, stereo systems, AV receivers, Apple TV, or other devices
• Manage documents in a beautiful bookshelf display or in a list with a built-in index
• Create your own custom project template or use a built-in one
• Customizable track groupings for SATB and instrument families
• Play a built-in instrument without entering any notes
• Customizable chord symbol, lyric, and annotation sizes
• View and edit tracks one at a time, or all at once
• Loop playback between specific measures
• Metronome click during playback and recording, with a customizable volume level
• Auto-saving
• Built-in manual

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What's New in Version 3.5.7

-- Fixes --

• Transposing Staves: Addresses a critical issue where key signature and transposition were lost when adding a measure.
• AAC Internal Error: Fixes for iPad Air.
• MusicXML import & export: bugfixes for transposing staffs and parsing of part numbers.
• Improvements to score rendering.
• Fixes to output when recording (note splitting, ties, rests) and stability issues.
• Error message when attempting to log into SoundCloud via a social media service.
• Minor enhancements to editing behavior or rendering.
• When using the export to Photos function, a message is shown if it is necessary to turn on Photos access in Settings.
• When the Multi-Voice switch is turned on in Recording Options, the maximum number of allowed voices is increased from 2 to 4.

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Customer Reviews

Nice Quick Notation App, comparable to Notion, almost there!

Wow, what a refreshing Notation app this is. I am a composer who would like to write as many quality sounding sketches using my iPad. Between this app and Notion I am mostly covered. They both have their issues, but I have to say that Symphony Pro has it mostly right with ease of use and efficiency. I have a couple of suggestions, 1) find a way to make it easier and less cumbersome to attach dynamics, articulations, and most other score markings. Right now if when you enter a bunch of these markings there are a huge amount of circles floating around the notes that can make it very difficult to edit or change anything. Better to use Notion for those markings now because there implementation and execution is easier. 2) It would be nice to have a global selection mode to erase any or all markings whether you are looking at notes, dynamics, tempo or other. It's annoying to have to toggle between writing modes in order to delete measures, notes, articulations, dynamics or anything else. Um...
What the heck is up with the Mixer->Envelope setting? Not sure what that does unless it has to do with the compressor setting which I would rather not use because I like a lot of dynamics in my scores. Thanks and keep up the great work. I am enjoying how much faster I am able to compose using Symphony Pro instead of Notion!

What a Great App

I am a total non-musician. Took piano lessons in the 7th and 8th grade, learned what key is C, what is D, etc. That's it. Not a lack of practising but a lack of physical dexterity. I just flat can't play a musical instrument. So all these years I've been cut off from music. Oh, I could enjoy it as a listener but that's it. Then I get an iPad and this app. After 2 days I had quadrupled my knowledge of music theory. Keys made sense. Sheet music is no longer like looking at Arabic script. It was like one of those dreams where you realize you're a quantum mechanics expert or you can suddenly converse fluently in Chinese. Sure, the app has its quirks (e.g., do a copy/paste and your half note turns into tied quarter notes) but even figuring that out is educational. I've done several projects -- just sketches of course -- but I'm listening to music I like that I wrote and it's fantastic. I love watchng the notes go by because they mean something now. pp and rit and > all mean something. What a revelation. I've worked with computers since the punch card days and I haven't written or run across any piece of software that's been as good for my soul as this one.

This new version is looking great!

New version:
Thank you for the updated version. Looks very promising. I finally made the update and I'm impressed with new re-styling! Interface feels much more touch screen intuitive now. I'm anxious to put this new version to the test. I loosely followed the online saga of this languishing app and its flaws...I now have to say it's very heartening to see such an amazing redesign. If it holds up, I'll definitely up this to 5 stars.

Old version:
Been using this app on and off for the past two months. When it works it's splendid. I really enjoyed jotting down, exporting and printing some quick choral sections I was working on. The program really did the job I needed. However, the program crashes too much. At one point the program completely lost all exporting ability and I had to reinstall. It worked fine again after the reinstall. But now, a few weeks later, I can't even open a new file or song without the program dying. Looks like I'll reinstall again. -sigh- This program is so close to being the cats meow...just fix the crashing.

Symphony Pro
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  • $12.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.5.7
  • Size: 213 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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