PreSonus has announced version 5.1 of Notion, the music notation software for Windows and Mac.
PreSonus Notion is famed for outstanding playback sounds, speedy workflow, compatibility, and ease of use, and it’s the only notation software that works with a standalone iPad app. It offers powerful features for scoring to picture. And it costs a fraction of what those slow, bloated, overcomplicated scoring programs soak you for. That’s why Notion 5 is the best notation software for composers, performers, producers, worship teams, arrangers, orchestrators, educators, and music students.
Changes in Notion v5.1
- Demo version now available.
- Ability to open exported audio stems from Notion in Studio One, with automatic track names, volume, pan, rehearsal marks, and initial tempo and time signature information.
- Custom number of strings can once more be entered from Instrument Staff Settings window. The number of strings is then reflected in tab and on the interactive fretboard.
- SoundCloud upload now working.
- VST instruments that have presets supported by Notion now show again in the Instrument Staff Settings window.
- Notion reverb no longer resets.
- Instrumental techniques for the new Woodwind and Brass expansion packs now show in the palette.
- Video window now waits for metronome count-in before starting to record.
- Windows version of Notion will now open a new score when the previous score is closed with the mixer showing.
- Connection to ASIO devices with more than 128 channels has been fixed.
- Keyboard shortcut preferences retained in international languages.
Notion for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for MSRP $199 USD.
More information: PreSonus / Notion
MusicDevelopments has released version 2.7 of its RapidComposer music software.
RapidComposer is a rapid music prototyping software designed for composers, song-writers and musicians of all musical styles.
The latest update includes rewritten chord suggestions system, chord progression generation, chord progression rules editing, phrase local history and other workflow improvements as well as some bug fixes.
Changes in RapidComposer v2.7
- Chord suggestions (left click on a chord).
- It is easier to input chords using the MIDI keyboard or by entering text.
- Phrase local history implemented: save and recall previous states of phrase generation.
- The scale, tempo and signature properties are displayed on the master track and editable with a single click. Right/secondary click on the master track allows you to add or remove scale/tempo/signature.
- Chord progression rules editing.
- Chord progression generation based on probability rules.
- About 260 new chord progressions for major and minor scales used in pop music (registered version only).
- It is possible to set the initial length of the inserted phrase generators.
- New phrase variation: ‘Spread Out Chord Notes’ to make a fuller sound from any phrase.
- 4 new schemes are added to the Chord Generator to spread out chord notes in octaves.
- Chord names fixed in traditional notation.
- Fixes in chord palette to remember window size.
- Bug fix: crashing issues when enabling “Start With Empty Master Track” fixed.
- Bug fix: freezing when saving composition for the first time eliminated.
- Bug fix: MIDI export and MIDI drag and drop from the VST plug-in to the host did not work well.
- Bug fix: chord preview did not work well in the VST plug-in.
- Other bug fixes.
RapidComposer for Windows and Mac is available for $249 USD.
More information: MusicDevelopments
PG Music has announced the release of Band-in-a-Box 2014, the latest version of the music software which comes with over 50 new features and enhancements and a new look.
Band-in-a-Box is so easy to use! Just type in the chords for any song using standard chord symbols (like C, Fm7, or C13b9), choose the style you’d like, and Band-in-a-Box does the rest… Band-in-a-Box automatically generates a complete professional-quality arrangement of piano, bass, drums, guitar, and strings or horns.
RealTracks add the human element of great session musicians to your songs and version 2014 offers some of the most exciting new RealTracks yet! Plus, version 2014 has a great new look with a redesigned GUI, 54 MIDI SuperTracks, 36 Artist Performances and much more!
Band-in-a-Box for Windows and Mac is available for purchase for $129 USD. Band-in-a-Box 2013 users can upgrade for $49 USD.
More information: PG Music
PreSonus has announced it is shipping Notion 5, a major upgrade to its popular notation software.
This new version makes it easier than ever to write your ideas quickly and includes a new video window, new effects from PreSonus Studio One®, an enhanced chord library, a custom rules editor, and many notation and publishing improvements. Notion is the only notation editor that supports Mac, Windows, and iPad and the only one that can run 64-bit on both Mac and Windows.
This is the first update since Notion joined the PreSonus family, and it shows. The user interface has been redesigned to more resemble Studio One and other PreSonus software, and Notion 5 comes with PreSonus’ Native Effects™ Limiter, Compressor, and Pro EQ plug-ins. The new version adds a variety of enhancements for film, TV, and video composers, including a video window with a new timecode view. Unlike competing notation programs, it can import a variety of modern video formats.
Notion 4 offered rules templates for orchestral VST libraries so you could load up an instrument and write dynamics, effects, and instrumental techniques into the score without using the VST interface or programming keyswitches. Notion 5 adds the ability to create custom rules for any VST library without editing XML files by selecting from drop-down menus.
Notation improvements make Notion even faster and easier to use, including an enharmonic spelling tool, cross-staff notation, layout and printing improvements, and new shortcut sets. You also get an enhanced chord library with more library chords, user-created chords, and recent-chord recall.
Version 5 also adds Mac Retina display support and Windows 8 touchscreen optimization.
While adding these new features and many more, 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. Notion is the only notation software that can output 32 audio pairs to a mixing console or in a ReWire session.
Notion 5 is available at an expected MAP/street price of $149 USD. Academic pricing is available.
More information: PreSonus / Notion 5
Avid has announced version 7.5.1 of its Sibelius notation software for Windows and Mac.
In today’s competitive industry, composers need cutting-edge creative tools that enable them to unleash their creativity and deliver professional scores more efficiently.
Today, we are pleased to announce an important update to the music notation tools in the Artist Suite—Sibelius 7.5.1. This milestone update allows you to turn your creative ideas into fully realized scores more quickly and easily with important fixes and improved performance and stability.
Changes in Sibelius v7.5.1
- Sibelius 7.5 Reference and What’s New Guide have been fully translated into all 9 languages.
- Audio and video export now occurs faster than real-time.
- It’s now possible to have both Sibelius 7 and Sibelius 7.5 activated on the same computer (within the terms of the license).
- Better support for high resolution displays on Windows; specifically, the QuickStart now displays properly.
- An old problem going back several versions of Sibelius has been fixed where Sibelius would crash after the computer was woken from sleep.
- A problem where the breath mark “comma” produces staccato playback has been fixed.
- Sibelius and the Sibelius License Server will now run correctly once more on Mac OS 10.6 and 10.7.
- Resolved a crash that could happen if a score has more than 128 instruments.
- We’ve fixed a problem where some Rhythmic feels may have been missing from the Performance dialog.
- Sibelius 7.5 no longer crashes if using a ‘Jump to’ and ‘Marker’ repeat structure.
- Mordents and Inverted Mordents now play back correctly.
- Ties now play back correctly again when using Repeat Bars.
- Preferences stored by plugins are now correctly saved.
- Video export and sharing to Facebook and YouTube have been improved.
- Playback line is no longer a beat behind (this accuracy varies depending on your playback device).
- Problems posting to Facebook have been resolved.
- The tempo in the score is correctly reflected in the video.
- Further fixes to make the connection with Sibelius and Pro Tools more reliable when using ReWire.
- It’s possible, once again, to install Sibelius silently on Windows.
- Long instrument names are now clipped to show more of the Timeline.
- Focus on Staves is now reflected in the Timeline.
- More musical symbols are displayed in the lanes (Repeats and Metric Modulations, for example).
- Text and symbols are displayed on more appropriate lanes.
- It’s now possible to click+drag around the Timeline to navigate the score, similar to how the Navigator works.
- Hidden objects are now reflected in the Timeline and honor the option in View > Invisibles > Hidden Objects.
- F# Minor now shows as F# Minor on the Key Signatures lane.
- Comments are now shown in the Timeline with the same color they appear in the score.
- Various performance optimizations.
- Improved the way objects, menus and dialogs in Sibelius are read by screen readers, specifically when using NVDA on Windows.
- Some brand new plug-ins for Sibelius 7.5.1 that aid navigation of staff and system objects in the score. These plug-ins and supporting documentation for the improvements will be published soon.
The latest version of Sibelius 7.5 is now available to download.
More information: Sibelius
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