“A comprehensive score creation/editing tool with beautiful sound, but let down by stability issues.”£10.49
NOTION is a music creation and editing app (suitable only for those fluent in staff notation) that allows you to write multi-instrument pieces, then hear them played back by the glorious sound of the London Symphony Orchestra. You can also load and edit MIDI, MusicXML and GuitarPro files.
It boasts an all-inclusive notation span (everything from grace notes to performance markings), but getting it all down can be time-consuming. It rolls the on-screen keyboard back to middle C after almost each entry, the selection crosshair got stuck at times, and there was no way to try out a line before committing it to the score, meaning that composing with no keyboard on hand is slow-going. NOTION is better suited to completing arrangements on the go than composing new pieces.
Instability is a big problem: NOTION will crash after just a few minutes and it doesn’t always save your work! Finally, not all of the instruments are included – at least half are 69p IAPs, and having already paid £10.49, this seems a little unreasonable.