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Create Music With Notion: New Book from Hal Leonard Now Available!

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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.

Notion 5.1 For Studio One Users

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.

Notion 5.1 Available Now! Includes Ukulele Support and Free Demo Version

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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 My.PreSonus.com, 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 My.PreSonus.com. 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.

 

 

 

 

How to use ReWire to Connect Notion to Studio One

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:

 


Notion for iPad and Esa-Pekka Salonen Featured in new Apple Campaign

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.

Mid-May Promo Wrap-up: Save on PreSonus gear!

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!