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tech_rewireDid you know? Studio One and Notion can run simultaneously, giving you the combined magic of both? This is true in no small part to Propellerhead’s ReWire. Here’s how to set it all up! Wait, slow down. First, let’s address what the heck ReWire is, and why you would want to take advantage of it.

ReWire is an industry-standard bit of software that serves as a communications platform between two DAWs. Having a couple DAWs (in this case, Studio One and Notion) allows them to stream up to 256 audio channels to one another. Furthermore, ReWire sees to it that both DAWs operate in precise synchronization, and provides shared transport functions between them. In other words, you only need to use a single set of play/stop/FFWD commands to control both DAWs simultaneously. ReWire has been getting DAWs to hold hands and play nicely together since 1998.

But why? A buncha reasons, including but not limited to:

  • You can add Notion’s expressive samples to your Studio One compositions. Notion’s sound sets include playing techniques well beyond simple “vanilla” samples that vary on a per-instrument basis, that include techniques like pizzicato, natural and artificial harmonics, trills, stacatto, and much more. (The fact that many were recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra doesn’t hurt.)
  • If you’re a producer/recordist who doesn’t know a lot about traditional music notation, integrating Notion into your Studio One workflow is an excellent way to start learning, hands-on.
  • You will get to explore some potentially fascinating sonic territory blending traditional classical instrumentation with whatever dubstep or post-hardcore project you’re up to in Studio One.
  • You can start a composition using Notion for iPad anywhere your inspiration strikes, open it in Notion for desktop, then rewire to Studio One to finish your tracks. 

 

Notion1If you’re wondering “How do I get ReWire?” You’re going to like this answer. If you’ve already got Studio One (Producer or Professional editions) and Notion, then you’ve already got ReWire. Here’s how to get rolling with ReWire in Studio One and Notion.

  1. First, make sure that both Studio One and Notion are running in the same bit mode. They can both be in 32, and they can both be in 64, but they can’t each be in one or the other. Notion it will show you what bit mode you are running at the bottom of the About screen—choose Help >> About from the drop-down menu. In Studio One, this information is found at the bottom of the Home Screen. You can change what mode they start in through the following steps:Open Notion. In the Preferences >> Audio menu, check the “Enable ReWire” tickbox. You’ll only need to do this once.Close Notion.
    • Mac: right click the application’s icon and choose Get Info. Next, check/uncheck the box to run as a 32-bit application.
    • Windows: Run the installer for either Studio One / Notion again, and choose which version to install. You can install both 32-bit and 64-bit of the same application on the same computer if  you wish.
  2. Launch Studio One.
  3. In Studio One’s browser, select “Instruments.” You’ll notice a listing for Notion alongside a familiar yellow logo (see upper right of this blog post)
  4. Drag an instance of Notion onto the Edit Window.Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 11.25.04 AM
  5. In the dialogue that appears, click “Open Application.”
  6. That’s it! You’re good to go.

 

A couple notes: (See what I did there?) Unlike other notation software, you can output up to 32 pairs of audio from Notion. This means you can have full control over the whole mix right inside of Studio One. One example would be to use Notion busses to separate brass, strings and percussion, and then create separate channels for them inside Studio One. Also note that if you have Progression, then ReWire works in the exact same way as Notion—just follow the steps above!

While it’s pretty simple to get ReWire set up, we understand that computers are temperamental beasts from time to time. So if you run into a couple of bumps in the road through this process, check out our knowledgebase article on troubleshooting your ReWire setup.

 

The end result? Here’s Studio One and Notion, playing nicely together:

 


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[UPDATE! This offer has been extended through June 2014 because we like you so much, and also to celebrate Notion's appearance in Apple's stellar new "Your Verse" campaign!]

We’ve been taking advantage of a lot of excuses to celebrate lately. We just had a big ol’ shindig to christen our new facility, JazzFest is going off like a roman candle, we just kicked off our shiny new online software marketplace, and Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner.

It would be selfish of us to keep all of the celebrations to ourselves, however, so we decided to extend a deal your way as well. For the month of May 2014, we’re selling Notion 4 for a whopping 50% off, down to$49.99 from $99.99. Click here to take advantage of it!  

If you aren’t already familiar with Notion, here’s what you should know: Notion is the best option available for digital composition. First of all, it’s very intuitive to use, and keeps the user only a click or two away from whatever feature is required; no time wasted schlogging through nested menus. Furthermore, the included orchestral samples—recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios—sound like the real deal because they are the real deal. And there are plenty more audio expansions available as your needs grow, including everything from contrabass saxophones to vibra-slap. Last but not least, Notion’s support is a beacon of incredible of customer service, and you’ll enjoy an ever-growing, always-helpful community of users over on the Notion forum.

Here’s s’more bulletpoints: http://www.presonus.com/community/blog/index.php/2014/05/05/save-50-on-notion-in-may-2014/

  • Native 64-bit Support (Mac and PC)
  • NTempo (™), control and perform your score.
  • Interactive Entry Tools (Keyboard, Fretboard, Drum Pad, Chord Library)
  • Compatibility with Both Notion and Progression iPad Apps
  • ReWire (64-bit) Host and Slave, perfect for integration with Studio One
  • Sequencer Overlay
  • MIDI Overdub
  • Built-in Guitar Amp
  • Real-time MIDI record
  • Step-time MIDI input
  • Save as PDF (Mac and PC)
  • Built-In Integration with VSL Special Edition Plus 1, 2, 3, and 4, *Miroslav Philharmonik, and others
  • Save Directly to SoundCloud
  • Improved Compatibility with MusicXML, MIDI, and Guitar Pro Files (ver. 3-5)

Here’s a handy little video overview of what a powerhouse Notion is. If you’re ready to jump into the best digital composing solution available, why not do it for half price?

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Sincere congratulations are due to both the Notion team and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Both are featured prominently in Apple’s new “Your Verse” campaign! Check out the video below.

Esa is highly decorated as a conductor and composer, including the UNESCO Rostrum Prize in 1992, and the Siena Prize in 1993—he was the first conductor ever to receive it. Other merits include the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Opera and Conductor’s Awards, the Litteris et Artibus medal, and in 1998 the French government awarded him the rank of Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres—and that’s just to name a few. Furthermore, Salonen has received seven honorary doctorates in four different countries.

Currently, Esa is the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and the Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009.

You can learn more about Notion by clicking here.

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We’ve got a metric tonne of cool deals going on, and we figured we’d give y’all a little reminder of our current offerings. Click any of the links below to get more info and take advantage of these deals—while you still can, of course!

 

 

 

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It’s the fifth day of the fifth month, so what better time to offer five of our software products for $5 each? While that’s cool and all, I’m starting to suspect that some compadre on the marketing team must have had a fifth of their own, because this offer is completely loco.

Here’s what we’re offering:

Click on any of the links above to get linked to our shiny new marketplace, and start filling up your cart on the cheap. And hey, if you buy one of everything, you will be well-suited to finally get started on that symphonic metal hip-hop record you’ve been meaning to get around to. Oh, and HURRY. You have around 24 hours to take advantage of this offer before it disappears—faster than guacamole at a tailgate party.

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