Presonus Notion 6 Notation/Scoring Software

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Notion 5 from PreSonus is notation software that provides an easy-to-use interface, excellent playback, and wide compatibility. Workflow is efficient since there is no need to deal with endless levels of menus to find a particular function. For playback the software offers orchestral samples recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, with guitar samples from Neil Zaza, bass samples from Victor Wooten and drum samples recorded by Roy "Futureman" Wooten. 

Notion also allows you to create a score on a desktop and transfer it to an iPad, where you can continue to edit and playback your music. Native 64-bit support (Mac OS X and Windows) takes advantage of the computer's ability to address more than 4GB of RAM, increasing the speed and performance of Notion as well as VST sample libraries (Notion will function in 32-bit on a 64-bit computer for compatibility with other products). The software also supports ReWire in a host and slave configuration. 

Note entry can be achieved with the interactive fretboard, keyboard, or drum pad and many users find it convenient to first capture their pitches or guitar fingerings on an instrument before translating them into notation or tablature. The chord library makes it simple to enter the chord name or voicing into your score. Choose from standard chord symbols and fretted chord symbols and design custom chord symbols and diagrams. 

Sequencer Overlay is a feature that allows you to see both notation and its MIDI performance on the same staff. You can edit each individual note's velocity, duration, start-point and end point by simply clicking and dragging functions. MIDI Overdub allows you to overdub your recordings in either merge or replace mode, giving you full control over the resulting performance. MIDI Record/Input allows for choosing keyboard or guitar entry and Notion will follow your playing. 

Film, video, and TV composers have specialized needs, and to that end the software's video window includes a new Timecode view, allows for adding hit points, and selecting the volume, frame rate, and project start time. It also handles most of the current video formats, including MP4, WMV (Windows only), H.264, MPEG, MOV, AVI, M4V, and 3GP on Mac and Windows. Notion can handle video while in 32-bit or native 64-bit mode and handles video natively on 64-bit Windows.

What's New in Version 5

  • Write to Picture:
    • Video window - 64-bit Windows and Mac; support for modern file formats
    • Film Score staff to add Timecode and hit points
    • Frame-rate options
    • Fit to Time tool adjusts selected region to required duration
  • Audio up-sampling for export
  • Start/stop at any point in an attached Wave file
  • Export audio of each staff or bus as an individual stem
  • PreSonus Native Effects plug-ins from Studio One: Compressor, Limiter, EQ
  • Number of mixer buses doubled from four to eight
  • VST sample library support including Sample Logic and System Blue marching band and percussion libraries
  • Cross-Staff Beaming:
    • Notes can be beamed across staves, from left to right hands, for grand staff instruments (piano, harp, clavinet, electric piano, harpsichord, marimba, synth, celesta)
    • Arpeggios and glissandi will work across both staves
  • Chords:
    • Expanded chord library and characters
    • Recent-chord picker
    • Design custom chord symbols and diagrams
    • Chord symbols now vertically align on the page
    • Chords remain on fretboard for repeated entry
    • Chord diagrams can be edited on fretboard
  • Drag score items for exact placement
  • Improvement of note spelling in MIDI entry
  • Flip enharmonics of a region and of selected notes
  • Copy-and-paste in specific voices
  • Add ties in step time
  • Cautionary key and clef
  • Out-of-range notes turn different color
  • Add Capo feature
  • Stemless slashes for leadsheets
  • Ability to change font for all score text items
  • Multiple first-time repeat endings
  • Select and copy all lyrics
  • New instrument Expansion Packs:
    • Brass: Alto Trombone, Bass Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet, Soprano Trumpet
    • Woodwind: Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Bass Oboe, Basset Horn, Contrabass Clarinet, Oboe d'Amore
  • Multiple Printing:
    • Print all parts
    • Print specific numbers of parts
    • Print selected parts
  • Titles now synced across score and parts
  • Format dynamic part layout separately to full score
  • Edit fonts for all text items
User Interface
  • Retina display (Mac)
  • Touchscreen optimization for Windows 8
  • Custom Rules Editor to easily integrate third-party VST libraries
  • Sibelius and Finale number pad shortcut set options
  • Localization in U.S. and British English, French, German, Japanese, and Latin American Spanish
  • International keyboard shortcut set to utilize numbers for rhythms rather than letters
  • User interface redesign to reflect PreSonus Studio One style
Fixes and Improvements
  • Ties in grand staff voices now show the correct way up
  • Playback of chord extensions now possible (when using rhythm slashes)
  • Bracketed groups now showing on imported MIDI files
  • Option to keep mixer on top
  • Option added to keep video window on top and view/hide shortcut
  • Allow a mix of stems up and stems down in a beam group
  • Fix exporting chord extensions in MusicXML
  • Tuplet numbers show as default on the stem side, rather than note side
  • Quick Reference Guide updated and localized
  • User Guide fully updated
  • Issue with accidentals on grand staff now fixed
  • Updated presets for Vienna Symphonic Library available
  • Bundled sounds in smaller download chunks

General Features

  • Easily compose, play back, and edit music
  • Interactive entry tools (keyboard, fretboard, drum pad, chord library)
  • Create a score on a Mac or Windows computer and continue to edit on iPad and vice versa
  • Playback of any notation product, with orchestral samples recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra and more
  • Process audio with PreSonus Native Effects Limiter, Compressor, and Pro EQ plug-ins
  • Perform scores using Notion as a live instrument and save your performance
  • Compose to picture with the video window
  • Import video in a variety of formats
  • Real-time MIDI record
  • Step-time MIDI input
  • See notation and MIDI data on the same staff
  • Sequencer overlay
  • MIDI overdub
  • Import/export files to/from Finale and Sibelius via MusicXML
  • Built-In integration with VSL Special Edition Plus and others
  • Native 64-bit support (Mac and PC)
  • ReWire (64-bit) host and slave


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