New App, StaffPad, ‘The Most Natural Way To Write Music On A Digital Device, Ever’

StaffPad is a new pen-friendly music notation application for Windows 8.1 and Surface.

StaffPad features advanced handwriting recognition, and will convert your music into a typeset score. Simply write your music straight on to the screen, using your device’s pen. As you move from bar to bar, StaffPad will convert your handwriting into an ‘engraved’ score. You can draw notes, beams, stems, articulations, accidentals, slurs, ties and more.

The developers describe it as ‘the most natural way to write music on digital device, ever.’ Continue reading

PreSonus Notion 5 Now Available

presonus-notion-5-notation-software

2014 Summer NAMM Show: PreSonus has announced that it is now shipping Notion 5, a major upgrade to its music notation software.

Notion 5 includes a new video window, new effects from PreSonus Studio One, an enhanced chord library, a custom rules editor, and many notation and publishing improvements.

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading

Avid Sibelius 7.5 Brings Improved Notation Interpretation, Online Collaboration

sibelius-7.5At the 2014 NAMM Show, Avid announced Sibelius 7.5 software, continuing the development of the world’s best-selling music composition and notation software.

Sibelius 7.5 provides new features that accelerate workflows, allowing composers to focus on the creative process and produce scores more efficiently. Continue reading

Presonus Buys Notion

notion-presonusPreSonus has announced that it has bought Notion Music, the developer of music-notation app Notion 4.0 (Mac/Windows), Notion for iPad, Progression 2.0 guitar-tab editing software (Mac/Windows), and Progression for iPad.

PreSonus says that the acquisition will benefit users of both Notion and Presonus’ Studio One DAW.  Continue reading

Symphony Pro 3 Offers Improved Notation Tools

symphony-pro-3Xenon Labs has updated Symphony Pro, an iPad notation app, to version 3.

Symphony Pro lets you compose complex orchestrations, lead sheets, chord charts, and guitar tabs on the iPad and then hear them played back. You can also a part in real-time with the built-in keyboard, guitar, or bass guitar to  capture a musical idea and have it automatically transcribed into sheet music.

Here’s what’s new in Symphony Pro 3: Continue reading