With over 10 years in the App Store, Notion Mobile is a free, award-winning music composition tool for iOS, iPadOS®, macOS and more! You’ll effortlessly create dynamic compositions in traditional musical notation or guitar tablature with its intuitive touch-based interface and incredibly broad editing capabilities.
With a user-friendly interface and simple interactive piano keyboard, fretboard, drum pad, and even optional Handwriting Recognition, Notion Mobile makes it easy to get started composing your music. You can also hear your music performed with the most realistic playback possible, using real audio samples recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.
Notion Mobile is a native cross-platform app, meaning you can write anywhere on any device without requiring a constant Internet connection. And when you’re back online, you’ll be able to sync your work across multiple devices — either through your preferred cloud provider, or through the optional wireless transfer between PreSonus applications on any device. Start your work on one device and finish it on another. Once you are happy with your creation you can share the Notion file, or export as MIDI, MusicXML, PDF or as an audio file.
Compose, edit, and play back your music performed with real piano and orchestral samples recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios — along with outstanding sampled guitar, bass, drums and other popular instruments. And when you’re ready for more sounds, you’ll find the extensive library of Notion Add-on Soundsets to purchase as part of the Feature Bundle. To save space, the initial app download contains just piano — you can then manage which of the bundled Soundsets to have on your device or keep in the cloud, just tap on Sound Installation.
Notion has been featured in various Apple campaigns including the 2014 YourVerse television commercials and has won several awards, including a prestigious music industry NAMM TEC Award for Best Smartphone/Tablet App.
What you get:
Notion Mobile includes unlimited staves, comprehensive editing features and core orchestral and rhythm section Soundsets — all for free. You can optionally register (also for free!) to unlock an additional Soundset (containing Solo Strings, Classical Saxophones and Glockenspiel), the multivoice function that allows writing in up to 4 voices per staff, and access to the friendly Notion Mobile User Forum. Then for the full experience, either sign in with your Studio One+ membership or purchase the Notion Feature Bundle. This unlocks Handwriting Recognition, all the Expansion Soundsets (including many auxiliary instruments and additional articulations and effects), additional audio export formats (m4a, OPUS, FLAC) and direct file transfer between any PreSonus application running on the same network (including Notion Mobile, Notion Desktop, and Studio One.)
All editing features
Export as MIDI, PDF, wav, mp3
Register for free:
Reward Soundset including Solo Strings, Glockenspiel, Classical Saxophones
Access to the new Notion Mobile User Forum
Additionally write for voices 3 and 4 in a single staff
Export as MusicXML, Compressed MusicXML
Feature Bundle (in-app purchase or sign in with Studio One+):
Handwriting Recognition, powered by MyScript
Available on iPhone, iPad and macOS (macOS with supporting graphics tablet or using Sidecar with compatible iPad)
Automatic pen vs. finger recognition to switch between handwriting and edit mode
Pressure-sensitive support for Apple Pencil
Adjustable timer for Handwriting Recognition
Override handwriting timer by double tapping Apple Pencil (2nd Gen)
All Expansion Soundsets
Additional audio export formats (m4a, OPUS, FLAC)
Direct file transfer between any PreSonus application running on the same network (including Notion Mobile, Notion Desktop, and Studio One)
Welcome to Notion Mobile 3.2.2 Maintenance Release
All fixes and changes here: https://shorturl.at/dENX0
Performance and stability enhancements
NS-3917 Ukulele and banjo strings in the onscreen fretboard now drawn as expected
NS-3936 Transpose key option shows as expected in C major and A minor
NS-4011 Quarter and eighth note on same pitch in different voices now share the same notehead as expected
NS-4013 Metronome click no longer plays one more beat at the end of the project
NS-4014 Alignment problem on different voicings fixed when augmentation dots are present
NS-4015 Select part now does not always select the first part
NS-4016 Next note sounds as expected when glissandi / portamenti are not connected to an end note
NS-4017 Copy / Paste no longer creates unintended shifts on multi parts scores
NS-4018 Issue fixed when trying to insert objects into empty score when no parts are present yet
NS-4020 Mouse preview now updating when using keyboard shortcut to change duration
NS-4021 Can now edit title text if no instruments are present
SO-15021 Entering TAB on the 7th string is now possible
SO-15193 Ties now taken into account when pasting lyrics with hyphens
Missed the 3.2 new features announcement? Check them out here: https://shorturl.at/gmFGY
Ratings and Reviews
I previously wrote: Beware of installing this upgrade. I foolishly installed this update to find that I had lost all the files I had created using this app over many years. Make sure you back up your files before upgrading. I also found that I was being asked to pay again for features that I had paid for in the past (e.g. entering notation by handwriting) or that came as standard in the past (e.g. a broad range of export formats). Presonus, what do you think you are doing!!! I suspect also that the previous upgrade may have lost some of my notation files. I had a lot of files in folders within the Notion folder in On My IPad; those folders seem to have disappeared so I now seem to have lost a lot of work. Some of these problems have now been resolved though not all, so I have change my rating.
The latest version is clearly an improvement particularly as to entry of notation and the quality of playback instruments. However, it is does not have the range of instruments available to me in Dorico, so I will probably still prioritise use of Dorico for playback and tweaking. My impression is that notation entry is now easier in Notion than in Staffpad, which I had been using for handwriting notation.
The serious problems that I had with the original version 3 have mostly been resolved. Now it mostly the resolution of little niggles that remain, e.g. split between treble and bass clef when recording to grand staff.
Developer Response ,
Split between treble and bass will be in version 3.0.3 - currently in testing as I write this reply.
Thanks for the feedback and we appreciate you taking the time to update your review.
Hello, thanks for the feedback. Some users have reported issues with their iCloud folder visibility – this has been addressed in 3.0.1 which is now live in the App Store ready to download.
Restoring purchases from the previous version is absolutely supported. Please see more information here: https://support.presonus.com/hc/en-us/articles/10044381073677-How-To-Restore-Your-Purchases-in-Notion-Mobile
For community help, tips and support, join our new Facebook user group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/PreSonusNotionUsers/
Or our Notion Mobile forum at
Confusing upgrade to 3.0
Version 3.0.2 installed as an upgrade to my previously purchased 2.6.X for which I had also purchased the handwriting recognition. While everything now seems to be working OK the process of retrieving my previous purchase was confusing in the extreme. The “Manage Features” dialog contains a “Restore Purchases” button that apparently did nothing: tap it, it goes grey for a couple of seconds and then re-enables with no indication of whether my previous purchase had been restored. Immediately above that is a button to “Unlock additional features” that includes handwriting: this remained enabled and showed the additional features as being locked, so it appeared I had to re-buy the handwriting recognition. In practice all I needed to do was go to the app menu, choose Options and enable Extended Palette to make the handwriting option visible again. The process here really needs to be more obvious because immediately after the upgrade it appears a previous purchase of the handwriting recognition has not been recognised and that you have to purchase the additional features to get it back.
An Excellent Performer
I appreciated a response from the developers, Well Done!
I really like this App and have been using it extensively for around a month. I'm impressed by the way in which my keyboard Midi files are imported and correctly notated in both the treble and bass clefs, something that similar Apps are not so capable of doing, I've found. Editing and adding additions are very intuitive and within a short period of time I was able to produce sheet music that was very similar in format to the industry standard software costing hundreds of pounds more. I did upgrade and pay the additional £28 for all the instruments. Overall, I'd rate this App as a four because although the orchestral sounds are good I find others, particularly the harpsichord lacking in authenticity. So too, the piano could be better sampled to provide that concert spaciousness. As a classical composer, I'd also like to have more options with the organ, including the addition of trumpets and reeds. There is also the quirk of the program crashing when the imported Midi file is being processed. Nothing is lost, however, and when the App is started again the file loads correctly. I'm not yet sure if I can play different, separate instruments on each of the clefs? Overall, It's still a great way to make music on the move!
Developer Response ,
I can't replicate the newly imported MIDI file issue you're having here - can you hit the Feedback button on the App homepage and send us a message. We can then work with you to see what's happening and maybe get some of your files to work with?
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- Notion Music, Inc.
- 157 MB
- Requires iOS 11.4 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.4 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.4 or later.
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- © PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- Handwriting £7.99
- All Sounds Bundle £29.99
- Harp £0.99
- Classical guitar £0.99
- Feature Bundle £14.99
- Jazz Alto Sax £0.99
- Jazz Tenor Sax £0.99
- Jazz Bass £0.99
- Percussion Bundle £4.99
- Harpsichord £0.99