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The following updates have been made to PreSonus® Notion® for iOS® and Notion 5 for Mac® and Windows®Notion-iPhone

Notion for iOS 2.0.135:

New features:

  • Connect to MIDI Bluetooth devices directly from Notion. (Find it in the settings menu)


Fixes and Enhancements:

  • Update of all instrument sounds. If you are having any playback issues when a specific instrument is playing, go to the Sounds menu, find the instrument, swipe left, Remove and then tap the cloud icon to redownload. Flute and Double bass section sounds will automatically be replaced if you have them installed.
  • New transfer status dialog added, to prevent issues with large scores or large numbers of scores being hidden, when turning iCloud on or off. (Go to Device Settings>Notion to turn iCloud on or off for Notion)
  • Treble and bass staves and 5 and 6 string basses, now sound in playback as well as in note entry
  • Cursor now remains in the same place when iCloud is being checked in background
  • Instrument playback warning dialog now only appears once, on opening a score
  • Export wav file now uploads to Dropbox and SoundCloud
  • Export all parts to PDF now works as expected
  • Changing the length of hairpins by dragging the end points now fixed
  • Print the part (and not the full score) when viewing Dynamic Parts
  • Titles on following systems now working as expected
  • SATB template now has Treble Clef 8vb for the Tenor part, rather than bass clef
  • When importing MIDI, Notion now displays all key signature changes


Notion 5.2.380 for Mac and Windows has the following fixes and enhancements.This update went live on Friday, September 4:

  • When importing MIDI, Notion now displays all key signature changes
  • Fixed ability to switch page from portrait to landscape (Mac only)
  • Fixed playback issues, when an effect is added to individual channel in the mixer
  • Fixed ability to right click on both cautionary time and key signatures
  • Fixed issue where measure line was missing when set to “Link to Next”
  • Add text “Full Score” when part names are added whilst viewing Full Score
  • Fixed hairpin disappearing when ends being dragged left and right.
  • Fix issue of Notion crashing when adding chord symbol to a score that contained at least one grand staff instrument and one single staff instrument.
  • Fixed ability to change measure numbers
  • Fixed issue where measure line was missing on first ending

By the way, you can save nearly half off on Notion for iPad and iPhone, for a limited time only. Offer expires October 31!


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As we head back to school, PreSonus is giving back an instant $50 discount on our most popular solutions for students and teachers. These recording and composition tools are all easy to use and many include free resources! These savings last through September 30, 2015, so contact your favorite retailer right away.

The AudioBox iTwo Studio is perfect for individual home recording or practice rooms. The portable AudioBox iTwo recording interface will record to a Mac PC with included Studio One Artist software, and record to an iPad with our free Capture Duo recording app. With the microphone and headphones includes, this package includes everything you need to get started right away. Plus, PreSonus offers a free video series on recorded practice:

The AudioBox Stereo bundle is designed specifically for ensemble recording and includes all needed condenser mics, cables, and accessories. This is ideal for recording small ensembles, choirs, jazz ensembles, or full concerts bands and orchestras. We also offer free tutorials on school ensemble recording:

Notion music notation software is easy to use, includes amazing live sounds from the London Symphony Orchestra, and integrates all of your scores on any iOS device with the Notion App. Quickly compose, hear, print, and share your scores! Notion is also great for learning or teaching composition and theory.

The Music Creation Suite offers a complete composition and recording solution, with free lessons and tutorial videos! With both Notion and Studio One Artist software, along with an AudioBox recording interface, condenser microphone, 49-key MIDI controller, and headphones, this package is ideal for any serious music student or composer and works equally well at home and in class. Our extensive free curriculum provides all the lessons and videos needed to start composing:

Most importantly, you must listen to your music with clear, accurate, and powerful speakers. The Eris E5 Studio Monitors are the perfect addition to any of the above solutions, and you will enjoy hearing your music like never before.

This special back-to-school sale is easy! No rebate forms and no coupons, just instant saving from any US retailer.

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Teach SecondaryBig congratulations are due to the Notion team—Notion 5 was just recognized in Teach Secondary Magazine‘s April issue. Reviewer Steve Lea states, in part:

“Notion 5 is an ideal package for anyone wanting easy-to-use notation software on a budget. If you are using primarily for teaching score-writing or producing exam coursework then it has more than enough for your needs. And if you don’t need the full functions of the bigger market leaders, then it is a real winner!”

Click here to read the article in full [PDF], or find a copy of Teach Secondary Magazine online or in print.

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We’re in Frankfurt for MusikMesse and stopped by the local Apple Store. We were delighted to find Notion installed on iPad demo units in-store. This isn’t the first time Notion has been spotted in an Apple Store—it was included in some wall graphics a while back, coinciding with Esa-Pekka’s Salonen’s Apple advert.

We were really excited to be asked to create a special version of Notion for use in Apple Stores. The iPad has transformed the way many people create music, and it’s made the world of notation much more accessible. And now people around the world can try out composing music in their local Apple Store!

Notion in the Apple Store

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Create Music With Notion
Hal Leonard  has just released a new edition of their Quick PRO guides:Create Music with Notion—Notation Software for the Busy Musician, by George J. Hess. It’s available now—purchase links are below.  

The structure of Create Music with Notion is a little different than one might expect from a book of its type. Each chapter is designed as a standalone project, and the reader isn’t expected to take them on in a particular order—or even complete them all. Instead, you’re invited to look at each project and choose which ones most closely resemble what you need to do with Notion. There are step-by-step instructions with shortcut or menu reminders for each project using the provided example.

  • Chapters 1–3 introduce you to the basics of Notion.
  • Chapters 4–6 are primarily aimed at people new to notation software and pop musicians, with an emphasis on guitar.
  • Chapters 7–9 are intended for music teachers and students. The chapter on live performance has important implications in both professional and educational settings.
  • Chapters 10–12 focus on advanced notation topics used by professionals like arrangers and film composers, but teachers will also find many things of use here.
  • Chapter 13 covers Notion for iPad and the interface differences and special features of this powerful app.

“For what I do–composing, arranging, songwriting, handouts–Notion meets 95% of my everyday needs,” says George. “It’s the only one where mouse entry makes sense, mainly because you can add articulations, dynamics, techniques and other entries all at the same time. It feels like working with pencil and paper, but with all of the advantages of a computer, like undo, copy and paste, and so on. There’s still step entry and real-time, too.

“Notion’s shortcuts are incredibly easy to learn and it handles most of the layout for you,” the author continues. “In addition, the sample-based playback is incredible. Anything you enter on the screen affects playback. Slurs trigger different samples, articulations, techniques and dynamics including hairpins are played accurately. The guitar technique library is particularly impressive. And to top it off, Notion for iPad is an excellent product, too, and you can share files between desktop and iOS versions.”

“This is an intuitive and approachable book – if only more books on software were written like this! 
You can dip in and out of the projects in the book – even if you are a seasoned Notion user, there is much to gain from George’s insights. The section on mixing the orchestra is worth the price alone.”

—Chris Swaffer, Product Manager, Notion

About George J. Hess:
An award-winning teacher, George Hess is an associate professor at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore where he teaches technology and professional development courses. He writes a regular column for Music Education Asia, has published numerous papers on music technology pedagogy in international and national journals and regularly presents clinics and workshops throughout the world both in person and online. George is an Apple Distinguished Educator, and is a member of the board of directors for Technology for Music Education (TI:ME), for which he is also a certified instructor. His current research interests include project-based learning, music education in developing countries, distance learning via video conferencing. He also performs regularly as a jazz guitarist. Prior to coming to Singapore he taught jazz, theory and technology at Central Michigan University for ten years. Dr. Hess holds degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and the Berklee College of Music.

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We recently released an update to Notion 5.1! This update is free to all existing Notion 5 owners.

One of the coolest new features in Notion 5.1 is the ability to export stems from Notion for further editing in Studio One. From Notion’s Export menu, you will want to choose “PreSonus Capture Session” before specifying the export location.

Double-click the exported Capture file (or drag it to Studio One) and a new Studio One song will be created. All of your audio files will be brought in retaining instrument names, panning, and gain settings. Furthermore, the new song will import your tempo, time signature, and rehearsal mark information.

This is a great opportunity for both Studio One users who are new to Notion or vice versa. If you’re a composer who is interested in breaking out of the traditional mold to explore creative audio production, or a Studio One veteran who would like to dabble in the classical realm—this integrated workflow will allow you to expand your horizons in either direction.

That’s not all there is to Notion 5.1, either. You can click here for the full list of changes.

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We’ve got an update to Notion to announce today! You can click here for the full list of changes, but here’s the long and short of it: You can now open exported audio stems from Notion in Studio One, with automatic track names, volume, pan, rehearsal marks, and initial tempo and time signature information. Additionally, we’ve made the usual batch of bug fixes, including SoundCloud uploading and adding instrumental techniques for the new Woodwind and Brass expansion packs to display in the palette.

All you need to do to install the update is launch your existing copy of Notion, and you’ll receive a prompt to download the update. To update from, sign in and click on Notion in the “My Software” category. Next, click “Download Notion 5 Installer.”

We’ve also made a FREE demo of Notion 5.1 available to all via You don’t need to own a PreSonus product to get the Notion demo, just create an account, sign in, and click the button that reads “Click here to try the Notion 5 Demo!” Enjoy, and tell your friends!

Last but not least, we’ve released a Ukulele expansion for Notion and Progression that is available at our online store by clicking here.  The Notion Ukulele was recorded by David Doucet on a Collings soprano ukulele, and includes sample variations for open strings, picked or plucked notes, and both up and down strokes. It’s available standalone or as part of the Acoustic Bundle Pack alongside the Mandolin, Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar, and Banjo.





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It’s been said—and sung—that money can’t buy love. Centuries of research put into disproving the theory have yet to make a strong case. But something nobody talks—or sings—about is the fact that the inverse is totally true: fact is love can save you money. 

And it’s in that spirit of fiscal tenderness that… oh, geez. Look, I don’t know how to put this, and I’ve wanted to tell you for a long time—ever since that first install—but I like you. I mean I really like you, and what with Valentine’s day right around the corner and everything… I just think we were kinda meant to be together. I hope you feel the same way.

Just so you know I’m serious, here’s 40% off of my software—that includes Studio One Producer, Studio One Professional, and Notion. Also, know that my earlier offer for Studio One Artist and Progression 3 at $20.15 still stands.

I hope you don’t think I’m crazy, but I just couldn’t keep these feelings locked inside any longer. Thanks for hearing me. You don’t need to answer right now—but I’ll need to know by midnight on February 16, 2015.




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If you Buy (or upgrade to) Notion 5 before 12/31/14, you’ll have the option to get ALL of the available Notion 5 expansion sounds for an additional $149 (a $299 value!) The Notion add-on bundles include all the old standbys like trumpets, trombones, percussion, cellos, and violins—but also you’ll ALSO get of the more recently-introduced add-ons, which boast lesser-known, elusive instruments like the basset horn, bass flute, and wagner tuba—and many more. Add to that the incredibly rich Classical Guitar add-on, and you’ve got a heck of a deal on your hard drive.

You can get this offer direct from PreSonus as convenient Notion bundles or buy or upgrade to Notion 5 at a retail outlet and then buy the Complete Expansion Sounds Bundle direct from PreSonus for $149 using coupon code OCEAN. This deal ends 12/31/14.




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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. 

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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