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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

It’s #PreSonusFAMFriday with Kyle Poehling!

“I legitimately LOVE these speakers,” said Kyle Poehling the Software Designer at PreSonus Audio!

It’s Kyle Poehling for #PreSonusFAMFriday!

 

How long have you worked for PreSonus? 
 Four years!
What’s your official job title? 
Software Designer

What’s your favorite thing about your job? Why did you choose to work here?

I love the balance of creativity and logic. Finding the best solution for any given task our software products offer and of course making it look good!
I came on when PreSonus acquired Notion. Having been a long time PreSonus user (bought my Digimax LT back in 2004), it was a no brainer when I was offered the opportunity to join the team. Not only do I get to continue to design for Notion but also have the chance to work on Studio One, UC Surface and all the other great software we make!
What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD or digital download you purchased? 
My first collection consisted of a few records I would rock out to on my Fisher-Price record player. K-Tel’s “Starburst” 78’, Chipmunk Punk (the Chipmunks doing “punk” songs), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Jim Croce’s “You don’t mess around with Jim.” I couldn’t say which was “first” but I still have a few of them.

Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Lately it’s been Lucius, Rubblebucket or Vulfpeck
What’s your go to Karaoke song? 

 

Everyone has a side gig, what’s yours? 

I’ve been an active musician playing/touring/recording for 20+ years, so I guess you could say that’s my side gig…but as we say here at PreSonus “Music is our life. PreSonus is our day job.” That couldn’t be more true for me…and I LOVE my day job!
Currently I lead the group Think Less, Hear More in New Orleans. We perform improvised soundtracks to movies. This is the third group that I’ve explored this concept with over the past 14 years and New Orleans has proven to be a wonderful place for it! So many amazing musicians that are steeped in the language of improvisation and crowds that are willing to take the journey.
What instruments do you play? 
I got my BA in music as a percussionist and focused on drum set/mallets/multiple percussion repertoire. I also dabble in keyboards (specifically vintage keys and synths) as well as bass and guitar.
What do you love about the AIR Loudspeakers?
Sound, Price, Weight, Look, Input selection and DSP… The list goes on.

 

Why did you choose this as your favorite? 

I currently use a drum machine/sampler pad with my setup and needed a powered speaker for gigs. I absolutely love the sound of the Air 12. The DSP settings allow me to customize the sound per gig. If I’m just using the drum machine/sampler pad I use the “DJ” setting that to give the bass drum samples a bit more “bump.”
With two inputs and gain staging the speaker is essentially a mixer/speaker all in one. If I’m doing a small gig where I just need a keyboard and a mic it’s all I have to bring and the combo jack inputs make it super flexible and easy to use.

 

Tell us about a successful event you worked with PreSonus products. InfoComm, NAMM, Install somewhere….

I haven’t worked any events since moving down here, but I use Studio One almost daily. Previous to working for PreSonus I was a full-on Protools guy (even have a certificate in mixing and mastering from Berklee in ProTools), but I’ve been a Studio One convert for over 3 years now and love it! This sounds crazy but Studio One sounds better. When I was initially interviewing with PreSonus I asked the question “Why should I use Studio One?” John Bastianelli told me “It sounds better.” I initially thought no way! It’s a DAW…how can it really sound that much better than any of the other DAWs? I immediately exported some stems from a few different albums I had recorded/mixed and did a 1:1 pan and faders mix against ProTools and there was no question the summing in Studio One was richer, fuller, and had better separation.
Got any tips for working with the AIR Loudspeakers
I’d say play with the DSP settings based on your usage. You’ll find that placement and EQ settings are REALLY useful and can provide you with a custom setting that can be catered to nearly any scenario.
What are you currently working on? What’s next for you? 
  • Work – Currently I’m working on some VERY exciting things for the StudioLive mixers/UC Surface/Studio One family.
  •  Music –  I’m working on a solo album and should be wrapping that up this spring and continue to gig with Think Less, Hear More in New Orleans.
  • Personally – enjoying the new house my wife and I recently purchased in New Orleans! The commute can be tough, but I love this job too much to let it bother me.
What’s the strangest talent you have?
I don’t know if it’s strange, but I have the recipe for the best mac and cheese in the world. Hands down.

 

via GIPHY

Learn more about the AIR Loudspeakers here! 

Keep up with Kyle on Instagram! 

 

30% Off Notion String Technique Bundle for August 2017!

This month score 30% off Notion’s String Techniques Bundle—No strings attached! Well, sort of. You get the idea. 30off_string_techniques_600x600_01_nee

Click here to get it from the PreSonus Shop!

The String Technique Bundle enhances your composition and playback options for all string sections and includes a full array of dynamics, articulations and performance techniques for the String Section playback in Notion. These were all recorded by London Symphony Orchestra section leaders and players at Abbey Road Studios in London!

What’s included?

With this bundle you get:

  • Violin Section
  • Viola Section
  • Cello Section
  • Bass

This kit is compatible with Notion Version 4 and later.

Hurry, this offer is only good for August 2017!

Click here to get! 

It’s Micah Blouin for #PreSonusFAMFriday

Hopefully today’s #PreSonusFAMFriday feature will teach you a little something…

It’s our Education Market Manager, Micah Blouin. You may have met him at a trade show, workshop, or most recently at InfoComm 2017, where you may have had a good laugh and then walked away a little smarter. He knows a lot about a lot of things and today we learn a little about him and his favorite PreSonus product, Notion.

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How long have you worked for PreSonus?
Five years. I started off in Product Management and then moved into Marketing Dept and then Sales and then Education…. Next thing you know, they’ll be asking me to mop the floors.

What’s your official job title?
Currently, Education Market Manager.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
Teaching teachers about music technology. Training workshops, direct one on one and through our Music Education site.
What do you love about Notion?
I love a lot of things about Notion. First, I love how great it sounds… It’s quick to learn and use. Notion is flexible, meaning I can work with it on my computer, iPad or iPhone, and share over iCloud. It’s really easy to integrate into my workflow.

What was the first 8 track, cassette, CD, digital download you purchased?

The first thing I remember purchasing was MC Hammer’s Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em on cassette.

What’s your side hustle?
I play drums in a band called Minos the Saint. Maybe you have heard of us…  I also am the orchestra director at Istrouma Baptist Church, where I do some drumming, conducting, and arranging (using Notion). I also do a lot of work with soloists and groups in the area, whether it be side-man drumming, engineering, mixing, or producing.

What other products do you have?

All of them…. haha. I use ADL700, ADL600, Studio One, RML32, Studio One remote, Central Station Plus, Temblor 10, Eris 5, Eris 8, Sceptre 8, FaderPort, Air 12.

Why did you choose Notion as your favorite?

As an educator, Notion is the easiest and most fun product to teach others. You can do so much with it and it helps your workflow—more on that later. I like sharing that with others.

Tell us about a successful event you worked.

I attend education conferences year-round and work one-on-one with teachers to find the best solution for their instructional, rehearsal and performance spaces.

What are you currently working on–What’s next for you?

In the summer, music educators and students are involved in many music camps, marching band activities, and Drum & Bugle Corps tours. PreSonus provides the on-the-field reinforcement for The Blue Devils, The Phantom Regiment, Spirit of Atlanta, and many other successful competitive programs. Marching groups these days have significantly more audio technology requirements, whether it be scenes, routing, or remote control. I’m working with them to ensure groups have an easy-to-use, powerful, and flexible solution that fits their needs.

Got some tips?

The power of Notion is in the simplicity of the workflow and the flexibility to use it across multiple devices. The graphic display appears very sleek, but it’s a very powerful notation program, with some surprisingly quick engraving tools. My first tip is to learn the keyboard shortcuts on a computer, which are super intuitive (q=quarter note, d=dot, <=crescendo, #=sharp). On a computer/laptop or iPad, I suggest the handwriting feature, which enables you to write directly on the score with a mouse, finger, stylus or the Apple Pencil.

Anything else you want to share?

Notion is tightly integrated with Studio One. Sometimes, the classical musician in me wants to compose in Notion, then send the score to Studio One (I simply click “Send to Studio One”), where I can then use Studio One to produce tracks around my score. Other times, I’d prefer to write a song on guitar and vocals, and then “Send to Notion” so I can write scoring around my song.

Notion is available at a discounted price for Studio One owners: $49 for Studio One Professional users and $99 for Studio One Artist users.Micah Blouin

Click here for more info and to purchase Notion!

Notion iOS Update (2.0.183) Available NOW!

Notion iOS Update (2.0.183), June 2017.

AANotion11What’s New:

  • Slur control points – now when a slur is selected, you can drag its control points to adjust the start and end points, its placement, and even the curve itself.

Fixes:

  • Fix not being able to import files from email or other apps
  • Fix issue introduced by iOS10.3 that meant the cursor would occasionally jump on note entry
  • Fix an issue that was occasionally resulting in notes not sounding during note entry until pressing play
  • Update remaining old font selection dialogs
  • Fix not being able to edit score text on double tap
  • Fix occasional crash when selecting/resizing text boxes
  • Fix not being able to drag text boxes


To get this free update, go to ‘Updates’ in the App Store on your device and look for Notion.

Notion iOS Update (2.0.177) Available Now!

Notion iOS update (2.0.171), April 2017Notion iOS Drums

What’s New

  • New Notion “Widget” to quickly access recent scores, or to quickly setup a simple score. To add,  just swipe right over your device’s Home screen, Lock screen, or Notification Centre, tap ‘Edit’ and select Notion.
  • New “Send To…” feature, to share exported files from Notion with other apps on the same device or to use AirDrop with nearby devices via Bluetooth. Go to export, select required file format, and then tap “Send To…”
  • New “Open in” button on Help pdf, allowing the Notion Help Guide to be opened with other pdf readers on the same device (and thereby allowing search, export etc)
  • Updated Chorus and Organ sounds – go to ‘Sounds’ and swipe left to remove the old versions. Then re-download the sound by tapping on the cloud icon.
  • New button to engage Step Entry when using an external MIDI instrument
  • New option in Instrument Setup to show circles around half/whole notes in tablature
  • When importing or exporting drum parts via MIDI, Notion now maps the notes to its standard GM drum mapping
  • Notion now draws drumset cymbals and hi-hats with cross-head noteheads by default, when importing drum parts via MIDI or using onscreen drum pad
  • Scroll in Playback option added to View Options

Fixes:notion widget

  • Handwriting
  • Fix to adding extra ledger lines to previously entered notes
  • When handwriting where part contains existing tab notes, for any notes that are not changing, preserve the existing tab strings.
  • When handwriting into a part that is linked to tablature, use the same tab logic as for standard note entry
  • Fix for when handwriting into a measure that already has an existing dotted chord, the dotted chord would become double-dotted.
  • Fix for when adding a note with handwriting to a measure that contained a chord with multiple ledger lines, the chord would change
  • Fix for handwriting over more than one measure at a time in the handwriting window
  • Fix for when handwriting over more than one system

General

  • Dynamic Parts now show in score order
  • Glissandi between two close chromatic notes now show in the right direction
  • Glissandi now centre on noteheads, not attachments
  • Fix for not setting some instrument transpositions when importing MusicXML
  • When dragging an articulation, the crosshead is centred on the articulation, rather than its notehead
  • Fix stems not lining up on cross-staff chords
  • Accidental is now not hidden if a note from a chord is sent to the other staff with the cross-staff tool
  • Flags now show on unbeamed cross-staff notessend to
  • When in Step Time, Bb and Eb transposing instruments now spell notes as expected
  • When importing lyrics from MusicXML, verse number is now correctly set
  • Enharmonic tool now works on chords
  • Clear special no longer clears harp tuning diagrams or attached rules
  • Notes for transposing instruments now spelt better when in remote minor keys
  • Measure is now spaced correctly when empty and another staff has a whole rest in the same frame
  • Drumset unmeasured tremolo now responds to hairpins
  • Stem direction now only affects the selected beam group (rather than the whole measure)
  • When exporting as MIDI, articulations (such as staccato altering note lengths) are now taken into account
  • Fix up occasional issue with hairpins when exporting MusicXML
  • If language is set to Spanish, then load Spanish feedback page.
  • Fix for tab notes not being retained, when recording in real-time with the onscreen fretboard
  • Reset tab numbers now only resets selected notes, rather than whole measure
  • Scores now save whether onscreen virtual instruments (e.g. piano/fretboard are showing or not)
  • Fix for adding an extraneous double barline, when an existing double barline is followed by a cut (and linked fix, for a crash when layout handles are shown on the extra double barline)
  • Can now type lyrics into left hand of grand staff
  • Slides between two close chromatic notes now show in the right direction
  • Glissandi now do not collide with note dots or accidentals
  • Hide resting staves now does not hide first and second endings, if the top staff is hidden
  • Fix for some short sounds causing a crash in playback (e.g. closed hi-hat, high claves, oboe duo)
  • Fix for scores jumping when entering notes towards the bottom of the screen
  • Fix for occasionally not being able to scroll to the bottom of the score.
  • Fix the All Bundle image being used in Score Setup for Piano instead of the Piano image
  • General stability improvements

Get Notion for iOS for nearly half price—limited time!

Click here to visit the App Store: http://apple.co/2oFiZoV

All this for nearly half price won’t last, so get it before May 12!

Compose on the go and transfer your work to Notion 6. New handwriting support for iPad. Works with notation, tablature, or both. Huge wealth of sounds available from the London Symphony Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

 

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Notion 6.1.1 Maintenance Update Available Now

Notion 6.1.1 Maintenance Update—click “Check for updates” in Notion to download and install 6.1.1!

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New:

  • Notion now recognizes whether touch is finger/capacitive stylus or digitizer stylus (Windows)
  • Microsoft Surface Pen now brings up context menu with button
  • When importing MIDI drum files, Notion uses GM mapping to put the notation in the expected place
  • When using the onscreen drum pad, Notion now writes cymbals with cross-head note heads
  • Studio One launcher added to the ‘Send to Studio One’ dialog
  • Use cursor arrow keys to position articulations (and shift+arrow for fine tuning)
  • The enharmonic tool (Shift+E) now also works with attached chord symbols
  • Score>Dynamic Parts is now current score order, not order of creation
  • End key now navigates to end of score (as Home does, to the start of a score)
  • Notion now has the facility for network installs to copy preferences from a system level – this saves a lot of time in the classroom every time a new user logs on to particular machine. For more information about PreSonus’ Unlimited Site Licenses for education, contact musiceducation@presonus.com

Fixes:

Sounds

  • Harpsichord sound is now fixed
  • Organ and Chorus sounds retuned. (Download the keyboard installer from your my.presonus.com account and install. Restart Notion. You may also need to force Notion to rescan the folder – go to Preferences>Audio>Locate and reselect the sounds folder)
    Release sound working better for short notes (an issue particularly noticeable with organ staccati)
  • Drumset with unmeasured tremolo now responds to hairpins

 

Studio One interop

  • Fix when exporting keyswitch data from Notion to Studio One – go to Tools>Use Rules and setup a rule with Keyswitches set to “Automatically send note-offs”
  • Studio One launcher has been added to Send to Studio One dialog
  • User is prompted to save, if closing after Studio One file transfer and no other changes have been   made
  • More space for text in Studio One dialog when in German
  • Note durations now reflect articulation (e.g. staccato) when sending note data to Studio One

 

MIDI / MusicXML

  • Verse number is now being properly recognized when importing MusicXML
  • Fix occasional issue on MusicXML Export with hairpins
  • User is prompted to save, if closing after MusicXML or MIDI file import and no other changes have been made
  • Note durations now reflect articulation when exporting as MIDI
  • Changing MIDI channel in Change Instrument dialog now works as expected
  • Sequencer staff controller data now outputs on expected channel, not just channel 1
  • When MIDI recording in with multi channel VSTi’s, sequencer staff now does not reset all events to Channel 1
  • MIDI note length and velocity shortcuts now work if sequencer overlay is enabled

 

Rules Editor

  • Fix when using Duration Change in Rules
  • Rules Editor dialog size now persistent when closing/reopening (Mac and Win)
  • If having issues with smooth playback when using expression on external VSTi’s or MIDI ReWire, choose a different expression channel to the Notion hairpin map in the Rules Editor. For VSTi’s without velocity crossfade, you can also use the hairpin anchor in the Rules Editor – see Hairpin Anchor in the User Guide

Video

  • Video window on Mac no longer blank when re-shown
  • Fix show/hide video during playback on Mac

Notation

  • Bb and Eb instruments now go to the correct enharmonic key if in C#minor
    If Transpose MIDI is checked then Bb and Eb instruments are now spelling as correctly in step time
  • Option added to Staff Settings, to show circles around whole/half notes in tablature (default is off)
  • Electric Bass now does not convert to treble clef when tab is turned off / standard notation shown again
  • Flags now show on unbeamed cross-staff notes
  • Fix stems not lining up on cross-staff chords
  • Fix accidentals sometimes hiding on cross-staff notes
  • When changing stem direction of beamed notes, it now does not affect the entire measure
  • Measures now lay out as expected when empty
  • Fix adding unwanted 11th and 13th notes to chord, when using chord type-in tool

 

General

  • Clear Special now does not now remove Rules sets or harp tuning diagrams
  • Adding interval below with Ctrl+Numpad, now fixed on Windows
  • Scrolling in continuous view with a Windows tablet now redraws correctly
  • Continuous view margin now does not clear when top staff is only partially visible
  • Mixer window size now persistent when closing/reopening (Win only)
  • Text better formatted and images fixed in MIDI Device Commands window
  • More space in Preferences window (Windows only)

 

 

 

Notion Add-On Discount: 30% Off Saxophone Bundle!

30off_sax_bundle_600x600_01_neeFebruary is the month for showing some love for the things you love and we say let’s get Saxy with the Saxophone Bundle for Notion…

Here’s your chance to save 30% on the Classical Saxophone Bundle for Notion—down from the usual price of $29.99 USD to $19.99 USD! This world-class bundle was recorded using London Symphony Orchestra section leaders and players at Abbey Road Studios, London. You get three instruments in the bundle, including:

  • Sopranino Sax
  • Soprano Sax
  • Contrabass Sax

Get Saxy this month–You’ll thank us later.

This offer is available only on shop.presonus.com through the month of February–Click here to get the Saxophone bundle for less—while you still can.

Michael Josephs Scores Big with Notion

Michael JosephsNotion user Michael Josephs is an award-winning American film and television score composer. He has written and conducted musical scores for many notable films and television programs including Wild Kingdom, National Geographic, and many PBS specials. Recent projects include scores for HBO, BBC, PBS, NBC, CBS, ABC, The History Channel, and many others. Michael received a National Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music for his score for the series Thoroughbred. He has received numerous other awards. He received a National Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music in 2001. He has received numerous other awards.

Hello Michael – please tell us a little bit about the kind of work you do?

I compose and conduct music, mainly for long-form documentaries and TV series, and the occasional independent feature film. My first scoring job was doing a brand-new series called America’s Most Wanted for Fox Television. I did that full-time for a few years right at the start of my composing career, which was a great education because it was on the air around 50 episodes per year, so I was always writing and recording. Most shows only run maybe 8-10 episodes a year, so for Fox I was constantly writing and recording every week, which was a great learning experience, especially because I tried to treat every week like a completely unique score instead of just generic “crime music.”

From there I branched out and started to work for other directors and networks and do other shows like “Wild Kingdom”, “National Geographic”, HBO, a lot of PBS stuff, etc.

 

Briefly, what’s your workflow/process, from the first time seeing the cue, to conducting and recording it?

I rarely have the luxury of seeing something before it’s handed to me to start writing. I do try to take a day or two at the beginning and just work on thematic material at the piano, some of which, and sometimes none of which, will end up in the film, but it gives me a moment at least to close my eyes and think about what kind of score it will be. The deadlines are always very tight so it’s nice to have a little space to imagine before diving into the mechanics of writing.

From there, I put the film up and start writing from the first frame. I tend to write sequentially, so I go cue by cue straight through the film, rather than jumping back and forth to different scenes. Sometimes themes develop as you work, so I’ll jump back some times and incorporate things or hints of where things may lead.

I started my career before computers, recording live directly to 2” tape for many years, so the computer and digital-video still seem like an incredible luxury to me! Some of the sequenced parts stay in, and I write and copy charts for everything that will be played live.

If it’s a smaller score, I do most everything at my own place, including a lot of overdubs, and then I’ll mix here. I’m set up for 5.1 mixing, and it’s very comfortable working in my own space. If it’s a larger ensemble I’ll do some tracking and mixing at a commercial studio because room is just too tight here. I also conduct the sessions too.

When I track somewhere else I’ve started a new thing lately, which is to just use their physical space and microphones and cue-system, but record right into my own portable rig and rack, which saves time and confusion transferring files back and forth.

What’s the relationship with the director/producer/music supervisor – how can it affect what you write?

Most of the time, at least with documentaries, there are no temp scores or preconceived notions. Directors want me to come up with the concept, direction, vibe, really everything. It’s the opposite of people loving a temp-track…there is no guidance at all, so I really try to give each film something completely different and unique.

As far as directors and producers, it really doesn’t matter how much or how little they know about music, but rather what kind of creative spirit and vision they have. I work with people who know absolutely nothing about music and are wonderful and creative to work with, and others who know a lot about music but have bad instincts with it. It’s really all over the place! I don’t feel it’s their job to know a ton about music. If they could compose music, they probably would!

 

What was it about Notion that attracted you?

Notion is AMAZING! I love it. I own both Finale and Sibelius, but they have to be the most difficult, not-intuitive programs I’ve ever encountered. Just doing some little tweak requires me to pull out the manual, and even then I still can’t figure it out!

 

Michael's Studio

How have you found Notion now you are using it day in, day out?

From the day I tried Notion, I was hooked. It is completely intuitive, and I have never looked at the manual. When you want to do something, it is always very obvious how to do it quickly. It can go pretty deep if you need it to, but the basics are right there and not hidden fifteen deep in some hidden sub-menu. For day to day trying to get work done, it is unparalleled. With the budgets I have, I need to do my own orchestration and copying, and the last thing I would want to do is take three days off of precious writing time to do charts. Film music usually has a ton of key, meter and tempo changes, so this further complicates that process.

 

Any user tips or tricks based on your experience with Notion?

Sure. I do a quick clean-up of the music before I export a midi file from my DAW. I then import that file into Notion. I also open my empty “template” file in Notion that is set up the way I like, add the relevant instruments to the staff, then do a mass copy / paste of the imported midi file into the template. This is great because Notion reads all of the key and meter changes beautifully. From there I quickly add articulations, dynamics, clean stuff up, and extract the parts. It all goes very fluidly with Notion.

 

Can you tell us what might be coming up for you, or out soon?

I did a really good film recently called Dateline Saigon, which both has a score and also arrangements of period music. I dove right in with Notion on that, and it was fabulous. I compose 99% of the time, so doing arrangements was a little different for me, and Notion made it possible to do the charts and also change them up and re-print them really quickly when there were re-edits of the film.

I also did another terrific IMax film right after that, but it won’t be released until next year… so watch this space!

 

Where can we find more about you and your music?

http://www.michaeljosephs.com