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Notion 6.3—New Features and Fixes!

Notion 6.3 is available now! It’s free to Notion 6+ users. Launch Notion and click “check for updates” in the drop-down menu to get it.

New Features:

Community Presets

Notion ships with built-in presets for several popular VST libraries (including Vienna Symphonic Library, Miroslav and Garritan). And for those we don’t support out of the box, you can use Notion’s Rules Editor to quickly make your own. But what if you don’t have time to create a new one? Or you want to make changes to our built-in presets? Or you want to share your presets with a pal?

 

Selecting a Flute in Score Setup, from the Vienna Symphonic Library Special Edition preset

Notion 6.3 now adds:

  • A brand new Community Preset repository where you can add, download, share and maintain presets, including access to Notion’s built-in presets.

Find it at: https://github.com/notionmusic/presets

  • A new folder location on your computer for your custom presets (that will load directly into Notion’s Score Setup)
  • New Preset Expressions to add any expressions in your libraries that are not found in Notion

Export for SMP Press

SMP Press from Sheet Music Plus, is a self-publishing portal for composers. If you’re ready to get your materials uploaded to SMP Press but not sure how to create a single PDF that includes your score AND all your parts AND need to make an mp3, then this is the new feature for you…

  • File>Export for SMP Press, is a one-click process that creates an mp3 audio file and a single PDF that contains full score and all parts in score order

All enhancements and fixes:

Notation

  • Improved rhythmic spelling on MIDI or Studio One import
  • Can now resize “Measure number” text
  • Can now resize “Change Instrument” text
  • When Notion is set to Korean, Japanese or Sim Chinese, the drumpad now enters cymbals with expected crossed noteheads
  • If a slur/hairpin has been adjusted, delete will delete as expected rather than deselect

Audio

  • Increase in the allowed buffer size
  • Better handling of audio device changing
  • Better handling of ASIO device when buffer size changed
  • Now using a larger shared memory size in a ReWire session
  • Upload to Soundcloud dialog now shows

Rules Editor and VST’s

  • New rule test for “no articulation”
  • “Palm mute” and “slap” added to Techniques
  • [macOS] MIDI values can be typed in drop down menus (macOS)
  • Long drop-downs now open at the expected selected item
  • [Win] Fixes to the GUI resizing when a selection is made
  • Fix for occasional crash when closing Plug-in manager
  • [macOS] Fix for not sending some keyboard presses to Notion when a plug-in window is open

General

  • [macOS] Notion folder in iCloud Drive now shows persistently in Sierra and High Sierra
  • [macOS] Now uses the system’s own conflict resolution in iCloud Drive (if a file is edited on another machine whilst one is open on the Mac)
  • [macOS] Improvements to full screen use on macOS
  • [macOS] Fixes to using the built-in tab bar to create a new document
  • [macOS] Fix for crash when closing a document in full screen
  • [macOS] Fix for occasional crash when selecting Templates on High Sierra
  • [Win] Save As and Export filenames and locations are no longer broken up when there are periods (full stops) in the filename
  • [Win] Save As and Export save locations now default to the original document location, or if not set, the desktop
  • Print Parts dialog now in score order
  • Print Parts to PDF now prints in score order
  • New crash reporters for macOS and Windows

Introducing EDM Synth Classics for Studio One

Explore 250 exciting presets for your Mai Tai synth engine in Studio One! EDM Synth Classics is the follow-up to our hugely successful Analog Model Machine from Ari Ahrendt.

Take your Mai Tai sound library to a new level with EDM Synth Classics, the follow-up title to the hugely successful Analog Model Machine! Modern, club-friendly, extreme and aggressive—these 250 presets are tailored for classic and contemporary EDM, electro house, minimal, psytrance, dance hall, chill, progressive, and hardstyle. These versatile presets include basses, mono and poly leads, pads, drums and effects that are right at home in clubs, festivals, soundtracks, videos, or radio spots.

EDM Synth Classics are made for ultra-fast editing and expressive live performance. Use the modwheel for drastic sound-shaping and morphing and create completely different sounds by saving a fixed modwheel position within your song. All presets are volume-matched for added usability and compatibility. Drum sounds are tuned to the General MIDI (GM) map (kick drums on C, snares on D), making it easy to create entire drum kits from either multiple instances of Mai Tai on separate tracks or inside a Multi Instrument (Studio One Professional only).

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  • Compatible with Studio One Prime*, Artist, and Professional (versions 3.5.4 and higher)
  • 250 Exciting New Presets for Mai Tai
  • Explore the full range of Mai Tai’s powerful synth engine for all sorts of EDM synth patches
*Studio One Prime Compatibility  – Mai Tai Add-on required*

Friday Tip of the Week: Create Virtual Room Mics in Studio One

Create Virtual “Room Mics”

Room mics can add ambiance and enhance the stereo image, but with close-miking and direct injection recording, we lose that sense of space. The lack of room mics is particularly noticeable with an instrument recorded direct, when it’s mixed with miked acoustic or electric tracks; the direct track just won’t seem to mesh quite right with the other sounds.

Room mics add short, discrete echos. Splitting the audio into four Analog Delay processors as parallel inserts does a fine job of emulating room ambiance.

First, set up the Splitter for four splits, and choose Channel Split for the Split Mode.

Set the controls on the four delays identically except for the four time parameters; turn off Sync and choose 11, 13, 17, and 23 ms. These are prime numbers so they don’t create resonances with each other.

Now use the Channel Editor to create macro knobs for controlling the Mix, Feedback, and High Cut. Assign Knob 1 to the Mix controls on all four delays. Set this to go from minimum to maximum so that if you use this FX Chain as a bus effect, you can set Mix for maximum (no dry signal). Otherwise, when used as an Insert, you’ll likely keep the Mix at 50% or below.

The second knob controls Feedback level. I’ve limited the maximum amount to around 60% for each of the delays. Experiment with this knob depending on the audio source; more feedback gives more diffusion. With percussive instruments like drums, you’ll want more feedback than with sustained instruments.

The third knob controls the amount of High Cut for the delays. Set this so the High Cut doesn’t go much lower than 2.5 kHz.

To hear what this FX Chain can do, load a mono AudioLoop like Guitar > Pop > Dry > 01a Basement Jam E min. Set Mix and Feedback to around 40%, and High Cut to 7 kHz or so. You’ll hear the guitar playing in a room, with a lifelike stereo image.

And don’t forget to save the FX Chain—you’ll likely want to use it again!

 

 

Notion Percussion Bundle 30% off in December

The Percussion Bundle is the percussionist’s toolbox. The entire Notion Percussion bundle is a palette of drums, rhythm shakers, cymbals, noise makers and sound effects from around the globe.

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The entire bundle is available in this single convenient download, or you can pick and choose from the various collections available in the bundle. Get just the sizzle cymbal, bongo, or duck call that works just right for you and your project—for 30% less!

Drums
Tenor Drum, Side Drum, Piccolo Snare, Long Drum, Bongos, Bongos w/ Sticks, and Bodhran.
The drum samples were played by Neil Percy of the London Symphony Orchestra.
(53.7 MB download)

Cymbals
Splash Cymbal, Finger Cymbal, Sizzle Cymbal, and Chinese Bo.
The cymbal samples were played by Neil Percy of the London Symphony Orchestra.
(101.7 MB download)

Effects
Hand Clap, Champagne Bottle, Church Bell, Car Horn (low & high), Siren, Thunder Sheet, Wind Machine, Lead Pipe (low & high), Flower Pots, Hammer, Lion’s Roar, Cuckoo, Referee Whistle, Duck Call, Train Whistle, and Nightingale.
The effects samples were played by Neil Percy of the London Symphony Orchestra.
(42.3 MB download)

Pitched Percussion
Tuned Gongs, Almglocken, Saw, Hand Bells, Wine Glasses, Whistling, and Whistling (Vibrato).
The pitched percussion samples were played by Neil Percy of the London Symphony Orchestra.
(148.4 MB download)

Percussion
Cuica, Ocean Drum, Log Drum 1, Bodhran, Slide Whistle, Anvil, Sand Blocks, Rainstick, Drum Sticks, Agogo (low & high), Brake Drum (low & high), Ratchet (low & high), Whip Flexatone, Vibrastick, Vibraslap (low & high), Water Gong, and Bell Tree.
The percussion samples were played by Neil Percy of the London Symphony Orchestra.
(88.7 MB download)

Sample Tekk Collection 30% off in December

Sample TEKK is an excellent producer of sample content for PresenceXT.  They mix things up a bit and produce unique sample packs with character and definition; they stand out in a mix and don’t sound quite like anyone else’s. For example, they’ve got a sample set of a piano left out in the rain and exposed to the elements. SampleTEKK had the guts, in 2017,  to create a sample pack of an old piano recorded to tape in an old studio on old microphones and release it in freakin’ mono. And they got the tapes from the original “I’m not in Love” Choir? Dope.

These sample sets are compatible with Studio One Prime, Artist, and Professional version 3.3.4 or higher—and are on sale this month! Check out the video demos below to hear and feel these collections for yourself.

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The White Grand

Sample Tekk recorded The White Grand with the finest equipment available, using a specially-designed digital recording technique to give you unequaled performance and sound. Prepare to explore a tactile and expressive feast, not heard in many sampled pianos today.


INIL Choir

Get the crazy ethereal choir sounds of “I’m Not In Love” by 10CC with INIL Choir! These choirs are unique—the combination of voices and the way they were produced have given them a sound that’s truly one of a kind. Now, SampleTekk, in cooperation with Eric Stewart of 10CC are very proud to release of The INIL Choir, thus taking one of the most famous analog samples into the digital era.


Tubed Keys

Great-sounding Rhodes for Studio One, recorded through a Fender Twin as the Rhodes was intended to be heard. Sample Tekk didn’t go for 80s sheen and gloss with lots of tines and overtones. The Tubed Rhodes is more representative the 70’s: a gritty, hard-core rythm’n’blues kind of sound.


The Rain Piano

Somber sounds of a piano that has been left out in the rain and elements. Musical, but with extra overtones and character. The Rain Piano has become a kind of a synonym for character pianos. It has been used and is still used on countless productions where you want something that adds a different flavor rather than using a normal piano.


Singularis

Old School piano recorded with vintage mics, tape, and preamps. In glorious MONO!

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Convology Vintage Reverbs 30% off in December

Available in digital, plate, and spring flavors, this triple-pack of incredible vintage reverbs from Convology work with Studio One 3 Professional’s Open AIR convolution reverb plug-in. Just download and install, and you’ll have all of the tone and mojo of real-deal vintage ‘verb vibe… with none of the disadvantages:

 

  • eBay expense
  • Shipping damage and courier insurance claims
  • Expensive replacement components
  • Use of valuable studio space
  • Scarce qualified repair personnel

These Add-ons, available at shop.presonus.com, have been meticulously modeled from many hard-to-find plate reverbs, spring reverbs, and digital reverb processors from across the globe. We can’t really overstate what a significant undertaking this was! The Convology Vintage Reverbs are available in a bundle pack, as well as individually, and all of them are on sale for 30% off in December 2017.

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