PreSonus Blog

Category Archives: Notion


50% off All String-Related Notion add-ons for 7 Days!

SHOP NOW

For the first week of September, get ALL string related Notion add-ons for 50% off! These bundles enhances your composition and playback options for all string sections in Notion!

Included in this promo is the following:

  • Violin Section
  • String Techniques
  • Cello Section
  • Bass Section

All of which were performed and recorded by section leaders and players from the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London!

This bundle is compatible with Notion 4 or later! We recently released Notion 6–Click here to read the latest on Notion!

This offer is valid NOW through September 7, 2020, and available right out of the PreSonus Shop!

SHOP NOW!

 

Notion iOS 2.5.3 Release Notes

Notion iOS 2.5.3 Maintenance Release

An update is now available to the recent 2.5 release for Notion iOS, the best-selling notation app on iOS. This is a free update for Notion iOS owners that can be obtained by visiting Notion in the App Store on your device, or checking your available updates in the App Store.

All the changes are below—if you missed all the major news for v2.5 itself, check it out here.

And while you’re here, please join us at our new official Facebook user group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PreSonusNotionUsers

 


All Fixes and Enhancements:

Restore Purchases:

  • New ‘Restore Purchase’ button in Settings>Handwriting
  • ‘Restore Purchases’ in Sounds menu no longer also triggers downloading the sounds – it just restores the purchase state

Dragging Improvements:

  • Fix for flickering when dragging score items
  • Score items can now be more easily dragged across measure lines and between staves
  • Improvement when dragging and dropping score item between staves
  • Final drag position of score items more accurate
  • Stability when dragging improved

General:

  • Stability and performance improvements
  • Fix for ‘Insert Barlines’ dialog position on iPhone
  • General translation fixes
  • Now uses original language expression text in Chinese localization (e.g. arco, pizz)
  • Key signature is now always sent in MIDI export even if it is C major
  • Minimum requirements: Apple iOS9 or higher (please note, Notion 2.5.x will be the final version to support iOS9 and iOS10)

Notion 6.7 Now Available

Notion 6.7 Maintenance Release

Notion 6.7 is now available, adding compatibility with the new Score Editor of Studio One 5.0 and our new PreSonus Sphere membership. Notion 6.7 is a free update for Notion 6 owners that can be obtained by clicking “Check for Updates” within Notion, or download from your MyPreSonus account. Please note the new minimum requirements for installation on both macOS and Windows.


NEW

Support for Studio One 5

You can now transfer your score from Studio One’s new Score Editor to Notion or vice versa. To see more about Studio One 5 and its new Score Editor, click here.

Studio One 5 Now Available!

  • Notion 6 compatible with the new Score Editor in Studio One 5.0. Start your scores in Studio One, send to Notion for further layout and editing. Or send to Studio One from Notion, either as MIDI for further playback editing, or as the score, so you can keep on composing
  • New options to send either score data (to Studio One 5.0 or later) or use the legacy transfer of MIDI data (to Studio One 3.3 or later)

PreSonus Sphere

PreSonus Sphere membership benefits include licenses for the complete collection of PreSonus’ award-winning software solutions for recording, mixing, scoring, and producing, including Studio One Professional and Notion, plus over 100 libraries of samples, effects, and loops. To see more about PreSonus Sphere and to join, click here.

PreSonus Sphere Membership now available

In addition to these creative tools, PreSonus Sphere members are also given Cloud collaboration tools and storage, chat with Studio One and Notion experts from around the globe, access to exclusive promotions, training, and events, with much more being added each month—all for a low monthly or annual membership.

  • Notion 6 can be activated with PreSonus Sphere, or with a standalone Notion 6 license as normal
  • If Studio One 5 or the PreSonus Hub application is present on the same computer with an activated Sphere license, Notion will automatically activate with Sphere

ALL FIXES AND ENHANCEMENTS

New Minimum Requirements

  • Windows 10 (64-bit only)
  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra (64-bit only)

Support for Studio One v5

  • Compatible with the new Score Editor in Studio One v5.0. See updated User Guide for all info (Chapter 15.7)
  • New options in Notion to send either Score data (to version 5.0 or later), or legacy MIDI data transfer (to Studio One 3.3 or later)
  • [Win] Notion will now launch the latest version of Studio One that it finds on the local machine
  • [Win] Fix for sending to Studio One with non-ASCII characters in filename
  • ‘Send to Studio One’ dialog selects ‘This Computer’ by default if available
  • In the ‘Send to Studio One’ dialog, other computers on the network are only listed once if found via different network interfaces
  • Chords with accidentals in the bass note in Studio One’s Chord Track are now displayed correctly when sent to Notion (e.g. A/C#)

PreSonus Sphere

  • Compatible with PreSonus Sphere membership
  • If Studio One or PreSonus Hub is present with activated subscription, Notion will automatically activate with Sphere on opening
  • Sphere membership can be manually deactivated in Studio One or PreSonus Hub application – if it has been deactivated then Notion will fall back on standalone licence if one existed before Sphere, or Demo mode if not
  • You can manually Update the licence timer in Notion’s Software Activation menu. This is useful to prevent Notion requiring activation if you are offline at a critical moment (e.g. using Notion live on stage, or you plan on using it on a long journey)

Handwriting

  • Handle incomplete ties when handwriting in Continuous view
  • Fix clef and key signature issues when handwriting in Continuous view

Languages

  • [Win] Installer fixes for font and font size
  • [macOS] Korean/Chinese/Japanese fonts now showing as expected for EULA during install
  • Now uses original language expression text in Chinese localization (e.g. arco, pizz)
  • On Windows, ‘Groß’ and ‘Klein’ now used in Transposition dialog, not ‘Dur’ and ‘Moll’ when in German
  • Occasional crash fixed when Italian language is set and Notion is offline

Documentation

  • Updated User Guide, including chapter on Studio One 5 integration (Chapter 15.7)
  • Updated Quick Reference Guides in all languages
  • Updated EULA

General

  • Occasional crash when opening mixer fixed
  • Notion now sends Tempo Track if being controlled by ReWire, when Sending to Studio One or exporting a MIDI file
  • Notion cursor now does not return to start position on stop in ReWire session
  • [Win]Installer updated
  • [Win] Dialogs now have resizing controls only if they are actually resizable
  • [macOS] Fix for missing security entitlement for Synsopos
  • Note that Soundcloud export is currently unavailable, as the API used is no longer supported by Soundcloud

BUY NOW – Seven Day Savings on Notion’s Percussion Bundle

SHOP NOW!

The Percussion Bundle is the percussionist’s toolbox.

The entire Notion Percussion bundle is a palette of drums, rhythm shakers, cymbals, noise makers and sound effects from around the globe.

Click here to shop!

The entire bundle is available in this single convenient download, or you can pick and choose from the various collections available in the bundle. Get just the sizzle cymbal, bongo, or duck call that works just right for you and your project—for 30% less!

Drums
Tenor Drum, Side Drum, Piccolo Snare, Long Drum, Bongos, Bongos w/ Sticks, and Bodhran.
The drum samples were played by Neil Percy of the London Symphony Orchestra.
(53.7 MB download)

Cymbals
Splash Cymbal, Finger Cymbal, Sizzle Cymbal, and Chinese Bo.
The cymbal samples were played by Neil Percy of the London Symphony Orchestra.
(101.7 MB download)

Effects
Hand Clap, Champagne Bottle, Church Bell, Car Horn (low & high), Siren, Thunder Sheet, Wind Machine, Lead Pipe (low & high), Flower Pots, Hammer, Lion’s Roar, Cuckoo, Referee Whistle, Duck Call, Train Whistle, and Nightingale.
The effects samples were played by Neil Percy of the London Symphony Orchestra.
(42.3 MB download)

Pitched Percussion
Tuned Gongs, Almglocken, Saw, Hand Bells, Wine Glasses, Whistling, and Whistling (Vibrato).
The pitched percussion samples were played by Neil Percy of the London Symphony Orchestra.
(148.4 MB download)

Percussion
Cuica, Ocean Drum, Log Drum 1, Bodhran, Slide Whistle, Anvil, Sand Blocks, Rainstick, Drum Sticks, Agogo (low & high), Brake Drum (low & high), Ratchet (low & high), Whip Flexatone, Vibrastick, Vibraslap (low & high), Water Gong, and Bell Tree.
The percussion samples were played by Neil Percy of the London Symphony Orchestra.
(88.7 MB download)

This offer is available now through June 7, 2020, and is offered worldwide.

Notion iOS 2.5.2 Release Notes

Notion iOS 2.5.2 Maintenance Release

An update is now available to the recent 2.5 release for Notion iOS, the best-selling notation app on iOS. This is a free update for Notion iOS owners that can be obtained by visiting Notion in the App Store on your device, or checking your available updates in the App Store.

All the changes are below – if you missed all the major news for v2.5 itself, check it out here.

And while you’re here, please join us at our new official Facebook user group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PreSonusNotionUsers

 


All Fixes and Enhancements

  • Issue entering notes with MIDI and MIDI Bluetooth instruments resolved
  • Stability and performance improvements
  • Context menus now display, after switching directly from Handwriting mode to the Handwriting zoom area and back
  • On re-opening the app, the context menus now show in full the first time they are opened
  • The ‘Continue’ button in the Export menu is now refreshed if the file type or export location is changed
  • Lyrics can now be entered as expected on iOS13.4 and later when an external keyboard is connected
  • Toolbar position fixed when in landscape on iPhone
  • Background colour of Insert Barlines dialog fixed
  • Language fixes for intervals in German
  • Note that Soundcloud export is currently unavailable, as the API used is no longer supported by Soundcloud
  • Minimum requirements: Apple iOS9 or higher (please note, Notion 2.5.x will be the final version to support iOS9 and iOS10)

Notion iOS 2.5.1 Release Notes

Notion iOS 2.5.1 Maintenance Release

An update is now available to the recent 2.5 release for Notion iOS, the best-selling notation app on iOS. This is a free update for Notion iOS owners that can be obtained by visiting Notion in the App Store on your device, or checking your available updates in the App Store.

All the changes are below – if you missed all the major news for v2.5 itself, check it out here

And while you’re here, please join us at our new official Facebook user group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PreSonusNotionUsers

 


All Fixes and Enhancements

Documents

  • New documents show transpositions, and instrument names and abbreviations, by default
  • Score Title now shows the document name by default in a new document
  • Wind Band template added
  • Stability and speed fixes when initialising the score

UI

  • Chord library picker issue fixed where more than one chord could be selected
  • Mixer and virtual instruments now open as expected, after being hidden and the document re-opened
  • Back/Forward buttons now audition as expected, and hit area of button increased
  • Text can now be seen in the fermata dialog, if the device is in Dark Mode
  • Options can now be seen in the ‘double at interval’ dialog, if the device is in Light Mode
  • Keep zoom size and position consistent when rotating device
  • Set cursor correctly when opening new score
  • Fix for the Continuous view header (the left hand margin) sometimes being incorrectly set

Devices

  • Fixes for playback control covered by the notch when in landscape and on larger iPhones
  • Background colours reworked for safe area edges on larger iPhones

Handwriting

  • Handle incomplete ties when in Continuous view
  • Fix clef and key signature issues when handwriting in Continuous view

iOS9/10 only

  • Button added to home page to better select whether to browse local Notion folder, or Notion iCloud folder
  • Delete and Rename functions added to iOS9/10 local folder browser – long press the document and release to see the options
  • Fix for files that have been given the same name in iOS9/10
    (Note – for iOS11 and later, Notion uses Apple’s built-in File Browser – see here for more info and video)

General

  • Page text (e.g. subtitle) now centres properly on screen
  • Expression and technique text is now not translated, when in Simplified Chinese (e.g. arco or pizzicato)
  • Note that Soundcloud export is currently unavailable, as the API used is no longer supported by Soundcloud
  • Minimum requirements – Apple iOS9 or higher (please note, Notion 2.5.x will be the final version to support iOS9&10)

GOOD NEWS: Save 25% on Studio One and Notion!

Everyone could use some good news… So guess what? Studio One and Notion are on sale for TWO DAYS only!

Now through March 19, save 25% on Studio One and Notion right out of the PreSonus Shop. This offer is available worldwide.

 

 

 

PreSonus COO talks Notion, Career and PreSonus!

Here are three cool things you may not know about PreSonus’ notation software Notion.

  • Notion was featured in an Apple commercial and photos featured in Apple Stores… True story. Watch the commercial HERE! 
  • Notion has won several awards, including a prestigious music industry NAMM TEC Award for Best Smartphone/Tablet App.
  • Notion has a 4 out of 5 rating in the Apple App Store.

In 2013, we acquired the assets of Notion Music, adding Notion™ music notation and composition software and their other solutions to our product line-up. This innovative product was the first notation app to run on iOS in addition to Mac and Windows, one of the most downloaded music creation apps. Notion and their team were a natural fit in the PreSonus culture of inventive technology development. When PreSonus acquired Notion Music not only did we score an award-winning software, we also got the one and only Jim Boitnott. All year we’re celebrating 25 years of PreSonus so it’s only fitting to celebrate Notion and hear more from one of the creators and current COO of PreSonus Jim Boitnott!

 

What were you doing before PreSonus? 

I was the CEO of Notion Music.

Was owning a business something you dreamed of doing or just fell into it as the products came along? 

I never actually owned Notion Music, it was owned by several people and started by Lori and Jack Jarrett. When I was brought in I was in various management positions, and then became CEO. I never dreamed of being a CEO, I just wanted to make a great product that we were proud of. One day after working very hard for years I found myself sitting in that role. I tried to make the best choices I could for our team and customers.

What’s the process of having a great idea to getting it out the door? 

This could be a book… There are so many pieces of this massive puzzle no one ever thinks about! Most importantly, commitment from incredibly talented people is crucial. Hard work, focus, and simply finding a way to make it happen. And that’s just getting it out the door… There are many more obstacles after that to make “it” successful.

What need was the Notion intended to meet? 

An easy-to-use notation software product with great playback. We always wanted to lead with the sound results, others always lead with the printed results.

At the time, did you have any data supporting the need for this product? 

Kind of, but none that would have made a difference. It was more of a “we want to build this and we are” mentality. However, when we released Notion for iPad we did have more data that helped us realize the opportunity. We knew there was a great opportunity for the iPad version and it did pay off with great results, as well as being featured in an Apple ad campaign… one of our proudest moments.

What was the biggest challenge? Major roadblocks? 

I’ll be honest, at different times in our company history, it was different issues, such as; ego’s, red tape, lack of experience, internal politics, indecision, cooperation, budgeting, forecasting, etc. It felt like everything at different times, but when it came to making Notion the product, that sometimes felt like the easiest and clearest part. Once we finally got a team that was focused in one direction we were pretty incredible for such limited resources. Then, our biggest roadblocks became time, resources, really good competitors, and market factors.

At the time of its conception, how did you define success? 

I think that was part of the problem early on, I think everyone had a different opinion of what success was. Some would have said revenue, others would say a great product, and some were just worried about other things. However, for the first iPad version of Notion, we had a clear goal “Be the first-ever notation app for iOS and make it as solid as the desktop version that it worked alongside of.”

How did you guys come together to build it? 

Notion Music from 2003-2013 had some incredible people involved in it, at different times and in different ways. We had people from all over the world come together in Greensboro, NC and created something special. All played a role in getting us where we are today. I was teaching guitar and film scoring classes at Elon University using competitor notation products and then met a co-founder, we randomly struck up a conversation one day. Once she found out I was very knowledgeable with Finale and Sibelius I found myself working at Notion Music just a few weeks later. However, like many businesses, there are highs and lows, and unfortunately, after Notion v2 we had to make some major changes and lost a great number of our team and redesigned the product. The final team, which basically stayed totally intact for the last 5-6 years and all the way through the PreSonus acquisition, were put together based on their versatility, skills, and work ethic. An amazing team: Ben, Chris, Eric, Kyle, Richard, Brian and Brian, Josh, Patrick, Kris, Allison…we all worked hard and had fun.

 How did you feel when it was complete? 

 Like most software products… Notion is not complete, and will never be complete.

When you think about the last 25 years, how does it make you feel seeing how far PreSonus has come?

Just looking at the last 6+ years I have been here it makes me very proud to see what we all have accomplished. The PreSonus team is remarkable, and the stories I have heard about the previous 20 years can go from one extreme to the other. I’ve given responses to those stories like, “How did you even stay in business?” to, “Amazing, how did you accomplish that?”..and of course “Rick did what!?” But looking at 25 years, I’m proud of PreSonus and the amazing team here, and I’m proud of the Notion team that worked through so much adversity to have an opportunity to even be here.


Interested in Notion? Check it out here. 

Notion Music featured in Apple Stores across the world!

Enjoy 50% OFF All Notion 6 Add-Ons!

Shop Add-Ons NOW!

Now through Sunday, February 16, 2020 shop all Notion 6 Add-Ons for 50% off! This offer is available worldwide.

Notion 6.6 Release Notes

Notion 6.6 Maintenance Release

Notion 6.6 is now available. It’s a minor maintenance update that adds compatibility with multi-core Windows machines and fulfils the upcoming security requirements of Apple’s Catalina operating system. Handwriting, MusicXML and MIDI import enhancements that were made for the recent Notion iOS 2.5 update have been inherited too, plus there’s some good news for 5-string banjo players…

This is a free update for Notion 6 owners that can be obtained by clicking “Check for Updates” within Notion.


All Fixes and Enhancements

Operating System Compatibility

  • Notion now compatible with dual Xeon / multi-core processors
  • [macOS] Notion is now ‘notarized’ as required by macOS10.15 Catalina
  • Please note, Notion 6.6.x will be the final version to support Windows 8 and earlier, and macOS 10.12 Sierra and earlier.

Handwriting

  • Fix for handwriting engine occasionally stopping during a long session
  • Fix for subsequent measures sometimes changing after handwriting recognition on an earlier measure
  • Rests on ledger lines no longer cause an issue
  • Elements that cross systems (e.g. ties) now supported when using the handwriting area or continuous score view
  • Adjacent offset notes on ledger lines now don’t transpose on subsequent notes being entered
  • Fix for handwriting recognition problem on systems that have a repeat line

MusicXML

  • Now imports grace notes with beaming information
  • Better handling of imported beaming information
  • [Win] Fix for arco and pizzicato being abbreviated on export
  • Fixed occasional duplication of symbols, when exporting legato-accent, and mezzo-staccato
  • Chords originally imported into Notion from Studio One’s Chord Track, are now exported as expected from Notion
  • Fix for TAB pitches being wrongly transposed by an octave on export, for non-transposing fretted instruments (e.g. banjo, mandolin, ukulele)

Notation

  • 5-string banjo fret numbers now start at the 5th fret as expected
  • Lyrics and chord symbols now paste without replacing the notation, after copying a selection that is longer than one measure
  • Fix for crash if lyrics melisma is followed by a hidden measure (i.e. hidden empty staff / cut section / multi-measure rest)
  • Fix for crash caused by deleting notes in measures with rhythm slashes in another voice
  • When in ‘Dark’ theme, note durations are now visible in the cursor if between staves (go to Preferences>Theme>Dark)
  • Voice Colours Shown in Dark Theme

Audio

  • Fix for crash caused by different buffer sizes between Notion and ReWire
  • Hi-hat foot splash sample fixed
  • Fix plugin test for shell plugins (Was reported by users of RealStrat)
  • Fix enabling certain plugins (Was reported by users of Output Movement)

General

  • [macOS] Ctrl+mouse click on a loaded insert in the mixer, now brings up the “right-click” context menu as expected
  • Language fixes
  • User Guide updated