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.

Differences Between the Paid and Free Versions of Touch Notation:
・The free version only allows one score to be stored in the library.
・The free version can not import eScore files into the library.
・The free version does not allow score duplication.
・The free version does not allow sharing files via iTunes.
・The free version adds "Touch Notation Free" watermarks to scores exported in PDF format.
・The free version does not support in-app purchases.

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.

- A wide-range of functions accessible from a cleanly designed, intuitive user interface.
- Ability to enter musical expressions for adjusting tempo and dynamics.
- Convenient transpose feature for raising/lowering the pitch of the entire score.
- Output 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:

- Note, Rest (including dotted and double-dotted), Long Rest, Beam, Tuplet (Triplet)
- Accidental, Tie, Slur
- Accent, Staccato, Tenuto, Fermata
- Trill, sfz, Arpeggio, Pedal, Senza
- Metronome symbol
- Crescendo, Decrescendo
- Dynamics symbols (ppp~fff)
- Octave symbol
- Repeat brackets
- Repeat marks (D.C./Fine/D.S./Segno/Coda/to Coda)
- Clefs (Treble Clef/Bass Clef/C Clef)
- Key signature
- Time signature
- Bar lines (repeat marks)

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.

* Entering rhythm notation, drum notation, tab notation etc. is not supported.
* Older devices may experience stuttering when playing complicated scores with many simultaneous notes.

What’s New

Version 1.0.106

- Improved recognition accuracy when writing certain numbers and symbols.
- Various other small fixes and improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
5 Ratings
5 Ratings
ChocoboKid ,

Very useful

I got confused first since I skipped the tutorial but I went over it and found everything was quite simple. There are specific inputs for the notes, which you can find if you forget them, so the results are NOT random. It even lets me make "memos" which I use for lyrics. It has all the basic things you need and doesn’t trick you. Furthermore, you can loop things too

Canoesailor ,

Not ready

Draw a small circle and get a 1/4 note--or a half or maybe a whole note. Way too many random results, show promise but need a lot of work.

Toomuchsurfing ,

Missing one important thing (for me)

This is a great notation editor, but for us cello players, we really need to have the tenor clef available - it's different than the viola clef!


Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
115 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Japanese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2014-2016 Kawai Musical Instruments Manufacturing Co., Ltd.


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