By NOTION Music, Inc.

  • Category: Music
  • Release Date: 2011-12-16
  • Current Version: 2.0.183
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 213.27 MB
  • Developer: NOTION Music, Inc.
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.2 or later.
Score: 4
From 1,098 Ratings


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…



  • Grace notes won’t attach to selected note.

    By MissNarwhals
    Grace notes won’t attach to the selected note, plain and simple—the app seems to want to smack it onto the first note of the measure, regardless of what note you picked. This is very frustrating. Otherwise it’s a good app.
  • Apple Pencil not working on one line percussion

    By Sticks and Hands
    When I enter notation with Apple Pencil it disappears a second after I enter it. Seems like a good app but disappointing also service is frustrating. Please respond. Thank
  • Amazing For Composers

    By Monish Corona
    I want to start off this review by saying while I absolutely love this app to the point where I don’t think I can live with out it, there is room for improvement. I’d like to get my very few negatives out of the way. I’m using an iPad Pro 10.5 inch, and I do believe the stability can be improved. It does crash maybe about once a day (I do compose for hours at a time, so keep this in mind), and there are times where the audio is heavily distorted. This can be fixed by closing the app and pulling it back up, but it is a slight inconvenience. Some instruments should be free. I don’t think I should pay 99¢ for a cowbell, when a Violin Ensemble is the same price. I don’t find this to be acceptable. Writing with Apple Pencil is great, amazing even, but it can be a little more accurate at times. Now for the positives. This app has literally change the way I compose. I hate using those apps like Sibelius on my Mac, because I hate trying to click to a different note, and it turns out to take a lot longer than it should to come home something simple. While I like using Logic Pro X to compose at times, it’s nice to see things with accurate sheet music. I love that there are different formats that you can export your music to (although, I do wish there was a MP3 option, since WAV files tend to be really big). Apple’s new iOS 11 update, adding things onto the file app is a breeze. I currently attend Berklee College of music, and I’ve turned into about 80% of my assignments with this app, and my iPad alone. Overall, if you’re a composer, I think this app is essential. Some people might think the price is a bit high, but I promise that it’s worth every penny, and has improved my workflow in such an amazing way.
  • Can't change Rehearsal Mark size!

    By JuanLopezMusica
    Send email option is not working! Fix it The keyboard doesn’t show once email window came out !
  • Why are all piano sounds

    By Mozessi
    Why are all piano sounds
  • Handwriting feature needs to be more reliable

    By callummichaelmurphy
    Handwriting is unreliable, needs to be better at recognizing what I have written and also needs to recognize more symbols in general. Really good app but definitely needs improving. If I see change I will gladly raise the score
  • Barely functional

    By Feldman1
    Aside from various other frustrations, I imported a number of files from desktop (due to Presonus failing to support their products for any reasonable length of time) and I find that all my beaming is broken. The beaming tool appears to do nothing, and nothing in the manual indicates otherwise. In a world full of companies worthy of contempt, these guys take the cake. Beware.
  • Not so good

    By Erming28
    I try find a good music notation but like Symphony pro 5 is the same $&@&$#%. The repeat section like D.S. Al coda, to coda, doesn’t work. So I loose my money. And it’s a good way to lose your money because you have to buy the sounds. OMG HAVE MERCY.
  • Good, not yet best but recommended

    By Zamah
    This app has a lot to recommend it. It has many good features and has a usability that combines to make it a very useful app. There are definitely limitations but most of these will not affect every user and I hope that these limitations will be worked out to iron out the frustrations. This sounds like it is full of problems but I do recommend it because it has allowed me to prepare lead sheets for recent songs that I had not been able to do since I struggled to use the laptop (Disability) and Sibelius. It has been good enough and easy enough to allow me to do that so that is worth the 4stars for me even though there are improvements still to be made.
  • So many features = steep learning curve

    By LeeOnCandler
    Perhaps on a phone, an app that lets one sketch out a tune would be more useful than all the bells and whistles that this app provides. As a result there is a steep learning curve before creating a simple chart with a single melody and letter chords on top. Anything more complicated and I would expect to use a desktop or laptop app.