Superb sounds. Fast and easy to use. Feature rich. Widely compatible. Costs less. No-brainer.
PreSonus® Notion™ is famed for outstanding playback sounds, speedy workflow, compatibility, and ease of use. It delivers the key scoring features musicians and music educators need, works well with other applications, and is the only notation software that works with a standalone iPad app. It offers powerful features for scoring to picture. And the price is amazing.
Hear your music played by world-class musicians.
Notion gives you by far the best playback of any notation product, including orchestral samples recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, guitar samples performed by Neil Zaza, bass samples by Victor Wooten, and drum samples by Roy “Futureman” Wooten. All were painstakingly recorded by top engineers using the best equipment. You get a wide array of dynamics, articulations, and performance techniques. But that’s just the beginning of its playback features.
The best sounds. The best playback features.
Although Notion comes with a generous sound library, you are by no means limited to the included sounds. Buy high-quality, yet inexpensive new Notion add-on instrument packs from the ever-increasing library at the PreSonus Marketplace. Use your favorite VST instruments and libraries, too—they work great with Notion.
Notion ships with several rules templates for other orchestral VST libraries, so for instance, when you load an instrument for Vienna Symphonic Library Special Edition, you can quickly and easily write dynamics, effects, and instrumental techniques into the score without ever having to see the VSL interface or programming key switches. Simply click and select from drop-down menus to create custom rules for any VST library, without having to edit XML files. Mix sounds from libraries and experiment with combinations without concern about syntax errors.
Before you know it, Notion will become your default playback software of choice!
Interactive tools make entry fast and intuitive.
Enter notes with ease using Notion 5’s interactive fretboard, keyboard, and drum pad. It’s the fastest and most convenient way to capture pitches, drum parts, and guitar fingerings. You can even customize the number of guitar strings on the fretboard and the order of entry for each voice for the drum pad.
Choose chords from a generous chord library, and create your own chords. It’s simple to enter the chord name or voicing you want to appear in your score. Choose from standard chord symbols and fretted chord symbols and design custom chord symbols and diagrams. Chords remain on the fretboard for repeated entry, and the software can recall recently used chords. Chord symbols can vertically align on the page, too!
Notion works wherever you do.
Create a score in Notion for Mac or Windows—then continue to work on it on iPad. Or start on your iPhone and transfer to your Mac or Windows computer for in-depth editing. No other notation software can do this. With Notion and Notion for iOS (a separate purchase), you can create, send, and open scores between Mac, Windows, and iOS devices and continue to work on your score, anywhere, anytime! No matter which platform you use, you get the high-quality playback sounds for which Notion is famous.
If you compose to picture, Notion 5 is your new best friend.
Film, video, and TV composers have specialized needs that just start with a synchronized video window. Notion’s video window includes a new timecode view, and you can add hit points and select the volume, frame rate, and start time. Unlike other scoring software, Notion can handle all of the most important modern video file formats, including mp4, WMV (Windows only), H.264, mpeg, mov, avi, m4v, and 3gp on Mac and Windows. And Notion is the only major scoring program that handles video natively on 64-bit Windows.
Plays well with others.
In addition to working well with VST instruments and transferring to and from your iOS device, Notion offers support for standard file formats—and ReWire. Notion 5 offers compatibility with other applications in several ways. It can import and export Wave files, including upsampling for export, and 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.Want to share audio files online? Simply upload them to SoundCloud™ from within Notion!
Notion’s ability to export in a variety of modern video formats is one of several features that make it a great choice for scoring to picture. It can also import and export Standard MIDI Files, MusicXML files—especially useful for collaborating with people who are using other notation applications—and Arobas Guitar Pro tablature files (v. 3 to 5).
And of course, you can import and export between Notion and Notion for iOS or Progession for iPad.
Last, and far from least, Notion supports ReWire as a host and slave in 64-bit or 32-bit mode. During playback, with Notion as the host, you have full access to Notion’s playback and performance features using the computer keyboard or MIDI keyboard. As the stereo stream from the slave application arrives at Bus A in the mixer, you can alter gain, panning, effects, and so on, just like any other instrument.
As a slave, Notion follows the commands of a host application. Notion can send up to 32 streams to the host application, start and stop playback, and audition new notes. In fact, you may even forget that Notion is in slave mode until the host begins a playback operation.
For an extremely potent, yet easy-to-use combination, ReWire Notion with Studio One. Now you can take advantage of Notion’s superior playback sounds and notation capabilities, including video scoring, plus Studio One’s in-depth editing, processing, and (with Studio One Professional) mastering and digital release features. Of course you also can save your scores as PDF files.
Capture MIDI parts and edit them with your score.
Recording and editing MIDI data is easy in Notion. Viewing MIDI and standard notation together makes the experience special. Choose keyboard, guitar, or drum entry and dial in exactly how Notion will follow your playing. Enter in real time or in step time. Then view your MIDI performance data in Notion’s Sequencer Staff.
Better yet, use the Sequencer Overlay, which allows you to see notation and MIDI performance data on the same staff. Edit each individual note’s velocity, duration, start point, and end point using drag-and-drop. For precise values, double-click each note and enter in the numeric values as well. Notion combines the power of the MIDI sequencer with the clarity of standard notation in a unique and powerful way.
Here’s more good news: Notion 5 can run with 64-bit or 32-bit addressing on Mac and Windows. It works great with Windows touchscreens and Mac Retina displays, too.
Don’t just play your music: perform and produce it, too.
Notion lets you play back a score with playback following metronome marks but you also can perform your scores live, continuously controlling tempo and velocity. Jump in and out of repeats, vamp measures, fade in and out, and navigate live from your computer keyboard or a MIDI controller. Performing your scores has many uses but it’s especially great for music students and educators.
Notion even offers features you expect in a digital audio workstation. Import audio files and mix them with your score using the built-in software mixer. Process your audio with the built-in reverb, guitar-amp simulator, and Native Effects™ EQ, compressor, and limiter plug-ins from PreSonus’ Studio One DAW. Yes, Notion is a professional notation program but it's clearly much more!
Score a copy of Notion 5!
By now, you should have the notion that PreSonus Notion 5 is a fast, modern, efficient, easy-to-use, great-sounding notation program. Try it and see for yourself: Simply log into your existing My PreSonus account or create a new account and get the Notion 5 demo.
Then head for your PreSonus dealer, visit the online PreSonus Marketplace, or contact the good folks at Hal Leonard Publishing and score your copy of Notion. Notion is available in U.S. and British English, French, German, Japanese, simplified Chinese, and Latin American Spanish.