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 1,048 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…



  • Awesome!!!!

    By Rider-the-grate-flyer
    I love this app and it’s great for composing thank you 🎹
  • impressive

    By Ericwanger
    very few bugs, and those are relatively obscure. software is clearly evolving to be a great tool.
  • Handwriting add-on does not work. Period.

    By db_woodall
    I just got a 12.9” iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, and was anxious to try Notion with the handwriting add-on. The app itself seems moderately well-featured, but then I’m used to Finale on the PC. I really really wanted the handwriting to work because I hate manual and midi-step entry. I created a blank score, 2/4 time, and tried to create a 16th note rest with the pencil. No-go. It created everything you could imagine except that. So I added it manually, then tried to draw an eighth note and sixteenth note to complete the first beat. I tried dozens of times, trying to draw beams or flags. Again, it would draw quarter notes, whole notes, just anything except what I was actually trying to draw. Note to the developers: Whatever algorithm you’re using clearly isn’t working. I would suggest using a modern AI technique that learns by repeated examinations. In the meantime, I want a refund. You should not be charging people money for something that plain and simple does not work at all.
  • So far so good but...pricing?

    By SteveT102
    Best-selling... London Symphony Orchestra... Handwriting recognition... But, nowhere did I see the simple declaration that there are In-App purchases. To enable the app to play the vaunted LSO samples—that’ll be $30, please. To use handwriting—another $7. So, $52 to make it do what it seemed to do by default. Don’t get me wrong... I’m willing to pay it. So far, it’s been an amazing writing experience. On the iPad! Just let the buyer know there will be additional costs up front. Feature request: a toggle in/out of handwriting mode at the top level of the menu.
  • Hope Notion is Still @ IOS 12

    By TVSP (Colin)
    Notion is Outstanding, the reason why I wrote this review is because there wasn’t a update since a year ago, if I update IOS 12, Please make sure the app of Notion is still updated for IOS 12, I used your app for over 2 years, and This app is the only way app can compose Classical Music. Thanks From Colin Walter
  • Best notation app for iPad

    By placeunseen
    I spent a lot of time experimenting and trying Symphony Pro and Notion to see which app I wanted to commit to. For me Notion wins.
  • Time for an overhaul. Update ?!! Won’t Play internal sounds distorts

    By Biznatchio
    I’ve used too many other notation programs to not eventually go crazy with point and click single note entry. For an iPad hobby app it’s fine. And it does have a Swiss Army knife appeal. But it’s time for a serious overhaul on the interface. If the zoom thing was fixed and menus popping up when you don’t want them was remedied it would go along to make up for the single note entry. But the selection tool is mind numbing in frustration. It makes the app equally as frustrating as it is beneficial. Makes it hard to be loyal. For lack of a better word. It’s close.
  • So close to greatness

    By Alex1989P
    Please fix the following in handwriting mode and I’ll change my rating: 1-you can’t draw in dynamic markings like “p” or a crescendo 2- you cant draw a ritardando or accelerando
  • still buggy and with no update coming?

    By mps504
    I spent a couple hours with this and am disappointed. Note editing needs to be fixed so you easily edit the time signature of a note. I literally could not figure out how to do this simple task (and I am a computer programmer!). I finally discovered it was a have to select a dotted note first to activation of a change. As a previous rater noted, the sound played for a note using the arrow keys is not the note seen on screen. I think I wasted 15.00 and will look elsewhere. I also don't see any effort to fix these and the other issues others have pointed out.
  • Looks better than it is

    By pleskorb
    Hand writing recognition in this app is terrible. Outside of hand recognition this app feels extremely clunky to write or edit music in. I’m shocked Apple would feature this app.