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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!

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

30off_jazz_bundle_600x600_nee01You can never have too much jazz, and for the month of September, we’re offering the Jazz Bundle for Notion right out of the PreSonus Shop for 30% Off!

What’s included with all this jazz?

  • Woodwinds: Soprano, Tenor, Alto, Baritone Saxophones and B-flat Clarinet.
  • Brass Mutes: Straight, Harmon, Cup, Bucket, Solo-Tone, and Plunger.
  • Brass: Trumpet 1, Trumpet 2, Tenor Trombone, and Bass Trombone.

All of which were performed by top jazz musicians from all across the globe and include jazz articulations such as falls, shakes and scoops.

This bundle plays well with Notion 4 and later. You may have heard–Notion 6 was released last week! Click here to read all about it.

Notion Add-on Discount: Saxophone Bundle 30% off in August 2016

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Click here to purchase!

 

Here’s a good one–how do you know when a saxophone player is at your door?

They don’t know which key to use or where to enter.

No joke: The Notion Saxophone Bundle is 30% off in August!

Now’s your chance to save 30% on the Classical Saxophone Bundle for Notion—down from the usual price of $29.99. 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

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

One more thing, did you know you can demo Notion for FREE for 30 days? Learn more about it here.

 

Notion Add-on Discount: Acoustic Bundle 30% off in July 2016

30_off_acoustic_bundle_600x600_nee01Only for the month of July 2016, we’re offering 30% off the Acoustic Bundle for Notion directly from the PreSonus Shop!

If you’re looking to add some acoustic instruments to your mix, this bundle has you covered... You get four instruments with this bundle which include banjo, mandolin, acoustic fingerstyle guitar and the ukulele samples recorded by Brad Newell, Neil Zaza, and David Doucet. Also included are additional samples for open strings, hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and left-hand and right-hand fingering control. This bundle plays nice with  Notion 5.1 or later and Progression 3 or later.

 

 

Not a Notion user? Well Notion 5 is on sale for the month of July 50% off! Click here to learn more about this offer!

50% Off Notion in July 2016!

Yes, you read correctly:Notion 5 Notion 5 is 50% off for the next 30 days.

If you’ve been on the fence about trying it out, no more excuses!
Here’s everything you need to know:
  • Notion is the easiest to use and best sounding notation and guitar tablature software available, featuring samples by the London Symphony Orchestra, along with guitar, bass, and drums by Neil Zaza, Victor Wooten and Roy Wooten.
  • You can input your music in a variety of ways outside of the traditional staff and popular guitar and bass tab, including the interactive guitar fretboard, guitar chord library, keyboard, or drum pad.
  • It’s mobile! You can create a score in Notion for Mac® or Windows and then continue to work on it on your iPad. Or start on your iPhone® and transfer to your Mac or Windows computer for in-depth editing. No other notion software can do this!
  • Whether you are a songwriter, producer, music teacher or just getting started in the music scene, Notion meets you where you are with its easy to use features.
  • Compatible with Studio One and your VSTs. You can export the audio for each staff or bus as an individual stem and import it into Studio One®. Or export audio from Notion as a PreSonus Capture Session that will open directly in Studio One. You’ll retain instrument names, score order, pan and gain settings, rehearsal marks, initial time signature, and metronome marks.
  • Notion offers the key features composers need while keeping ease of use as a top development priority.
  • Also available for iPad and iPhone in the App Store!

You don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s what people are saying about Notion from all over the globe.

  • “I personally really liked Presonus Notion 5 from the moment I first opened it. It is really easy to use with a multitude of features, sounds great, and it works across all of my computers as well as my iPad. Its biggest advantage is that I can work on my music everywhere I go.” Franto Kormanak, Film and Game Composers
  • Keith Gemmell of MusicTech.net gave Notion a 9/10 review in November of 2014.
  • “I think that music teachers should abandon their loyalty to Sibelius (and, to a lesser extent, Finale) and embrace a third way—the Notion way.” Jonathan Savage, JSavage.org.uk.
  • “Notion continues to deliver a fast and intuitive workflow, ability to work well with other studio technologies (including full ReWire support), and playback with high-quality sounds from world-class artists and studios, including the London Symphony Orchestra.” – ChurchProduction.com

30% off the Notion Brass Bundle in June 2016

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Now’s your chance to save 30% on the Brass Bundle for Notion—down from the usual price of $69.99. There’s a whole lotta brass for your buck in here—this world-class sample pack was recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. You get seven instruments in the bundle, including:

  • Piccolo Trumpet
  • Bass Trumpet
  • Soprano Trumpet (Eb)
  • Flugelhorn
  • Cornet
  • Wagner Tuba
  • Alto Trombone

What really sets the Brass Bundle (and other Notion Expansions) apart from other sample sets is the array of techniques available per instrument—these add an element of realism and expression that can’t be found in lesser sample packs. These performance techniques include:

  • Legato
  • Vibrato
  • Staccato
  • Trills
  • Straight Mute
  • Flutter Tongue

This offer is available only on shop.presonus.comClick here to get the brass bundle for less—while you still can.

 

 

 

Try the free demo of Notion 5 for 30 days!

Notion-DemoInterested in adding a new tool to your music creation process? Notion’s got a lot to offer, and the free demo is available to all. Check it out! Perhaps you would like to compose for orchestra or horn section? Create guitar tablature to print and share with your bandmates? Notion’s got you covered.

You don’t need to know how to write or read notation to use Notion, by the way. You can input your music in a variety of ways outside of the traditional staff, including by guitar fretboard, keyboard, or drum pad. We’ve even got you seven-string guitarists covered. Notion also includes an interactive chord library that allows you to create and store your own chord structures.

Notion also plays nicely with Studio One and your VSTs. You can export the audio for each staff or bus as an individual stem and import it into PreSonus’ popular Studio One® DAW. Or export audio from Notion as a PreSonus Capture Session that will open directly in Studio One and retain instrument name, score order, pan and gain settings, rehearsal marks, initial time signature, and metronome marks.

Notion sounds incredible thanks to world-class orchestral sample library recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, and guitar and bass samples recorded by Neil Zaza and Victor Wooten, respectively. All of the samples include dynamics, articulations, and various performance techniques to bring human nuance into your compositions. Notion offers the key features composers need while keeping ease of use as a top development priority.

How to get the Notion demo:

  • Log in at my.presonus.com. If you’re new here, you’ll need to create an account, but it’s a relatively painless procedure. You don’t need to own a PreSonus product to get an account.
  • Scroll down until you see the “Click here to try the Notion 5 Demo!” button.

Still not sure? Come on, it’s free. Check out some of the nice things folks are saying about Notion:

  • “I personally really liked Presonus Notion 5 from the moment I first opened it. It is really easy to use with a multitude of features, sounds great, and it works across all of my computers as well as my iPad. Its biggest advantage is that I can work on my music everywhere I go.” Franto Kormanak, Film and Game Composers
  • Keith Gemmell of MusicTech.net gave Notion a 9/10 review in November of 2014.
  • “I think that music teachers should abandon their loyalty to Sibelius (and, to a lesser extent, Finale) and embrace a third way – the Notion way.” Jonathan Savage, JSavage.org.uk.
  • “Notion continues to deliver a fast and intuitive workflow, ability to work well with other studio technologies (including full ReWire support), and playback with high-quality sounds from world-class artists and studios, including the London Symphony Orchestra.” – ChurchProduction.com

 

Save 30% on the Classical Guitar for Notion!

Quick questionClassical-Guitar-30-Off-300x300–what do the Beatles, Pink Floyd and this Classical Guitar sample for Notion have in common? Answer–they were all recorded at the historic Abbey Road Studios in London, England! You officially learned something today.

The Classical Guitar samples were performed by Benjamin Verdery on a 1995 Greg Smallman strung with D’Addarios and let’s be honest—that just sounds awesome. We’re currently featuring the Classical Guitar for Notion for 30% off until May 31, 2016!

These samples include variations for open strings, hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and left-hand and right-hand fingering control and can be used with Notion version 4 or later and Progression 3 or later.

  • To purchase, click HERE.
  • To learn more about Notion, click HERE.

Have a listen to the sample below: