MusicJOT 4+

Music notation w/handwriting

Mona Lisa Sound, Inc.

Designed for iPad

    • 3.4 • 14 Ratings
    • $49.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases

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Redesigned Note Palette! Fretboard Select Starting Frets!

MusicJOT is a powerful, easy to use music notation app. Write with your own handwriting and watch MusicJOT render it into beautifully notated music ready for playback. Interact directly, quickly dragging notes around to change their pitch or duration. Included is a full-featured audio playback engine, featuring unlimited tracks and 128 built-in General MIDI instruments.

• Natural Handwriting Recognition
• Support for Split Screen mode
• Support for Dark Mode
• Supports Apple Scribble
• Support for chord symbols and fretboards
• Export to MusicXML®
• Export to MIDI
• Export as an image attachment
• Staffs limited only by memory
• 128 General MIDI sounds
• In-app sound library purchaes available
• Cut, copy, paste, undo and redo
• Paste Special with filters
• Two voices per staff
• Print to a wireless printer
• Definable Regions
• Custom beaming with beam breaking and joining
• Alternate notes/rests/tools palettes for non-handwriting music entry
• Searchable, context-sensitive reference manual
• On-line tutorial while working in Split Screen

• Unlimited view sizes
• Scroll, page and presentation views
• Live spacing
• Go to measure #
• Search for specific text
• Change music spacing

• Drag up/down for pitch
• Drag left/right for duration
• Double flats to double sharps
• Grace notes
• Floating rests
• Half step transpositions
• Octave transpositions
• Tuplets

• Crescendo, decrescendo
• ppp - fff, sfz, fp P

• Tempo text P
• Font, size, style
• Beats per note duration

Articulations & Ornaments
• Staccato
• Marcato
• Accent
• Dynamics
• Tenuto
• Harmonic
• Tremolos
• Guitar symbols
• Left hand pizzicato
• Fermata
• Up and down bows
• Roll chord
• Turn P
• Mordent
• Trill, Trill flat, natural, sharp
• Cesura
• Breath
• Pedal on/off
• L.H., R.H.
• Roman numerals (I - V)
• Numbers (0 - 5)

• Glissando
• Bend hat
• Dotted line
• Solid line
• Tie
• Slur
• Slur Flipping
• 8va, 8vb
• 15ma, 15mb
• Accelerando/Ritardando

• Free, verse, chorus of unlimited number
• Auto flow into score
• Duplicate
• Find in score
• Span notes, group words, melismas
• Layers

• Normal, double, solid, dotted, final
• Repeats (playback enabled)
• Show repeat map
• Backwards, forwards, 1st and 2nd endings
• DC, DS, Del Segno, Coda, Finé

• Free form text
• Placement - above/below staff
• Border option for rehearsal letters
• Font, size, style

Clefs, keys, meters
• Change selected only
• Change selected to next change
• Change selected to end
• Mid-measure clef changes
• Keys transpose up, down or none
• Measure duration clipping
• Automatic transpositions

• Change tempo, volume, pan, gain, mute and solo
• Scrub forwards and backwards
• Fretboards and chord symbols playback
• Create loops with visual feedback
• Playback with or without repeats active
• Change any staffs instrument sounds
• Add reverb
• Set playback range
• Dragging notes up or down to change pitch sounds note(s)

What’s New

Version 2.2

New Features
* When adding fretboards, you can now designate the starting fret. The fretboard chooser will automatically repopulate all possible diagrams based on the new starting fret.
* Playback of fretboard or chord symbol formerly only played the chord symbol using a user designated octave. Now if a fretboard is present, the actual fretboard will be played, thus different diagrams of the same chord will sound different.
* Playback of fretboard vs. chord symbol when dragging over with the Virtual Pointer or tapping directly on the element in the score will now play either the chord symbol or the actual fretboard. Scrubbing and full playback will now play the fretboard if they are present.
* A noticeable delay of up to two seconds when first sounding notes has been removed.
* The action menu “Transpose Notes” has been removed. The transpose panel from the main menu is much more complete.
* Measure stack playback from the Apple Pencil barrel double tap shortcut now puts up a playhead and scrolls the music appropriately.
* The entire beat sounds when adding a new note in sliding palette mode, instead of just the new note about to be added, so if you are adding to an existing chord, for example, the entire chord will sound with the new note.
* When adding new notes from the notes palette, notes continue to sound until cancelled or the pitch changes.
* Added an “All Notes Off” option in the Action menu in case of stuck sounding notes.
* A “Don’t Change Chord Durations” option has been added to the notes palette. When adding to existing chords: the existing chord’s duration is used instead of the palette’s duration setting.
* The Note palette has been redesigned to make the the new options clearer and better organized.
* Fretboard note labels along the bottom of each diagram has been optimized to avoid crowding by using superscripts for accidentals.
* Added parentheses around the octave designation in the Virtual Pointer when displaying the note passed over.
* Added the display of chord name to Virtual Pointer when passing over a chord symbol or fretboard.
* When using the note palette to insert new notes in static mode (sliding mode is OFF), the right side of the pitch rectangle now shows the actual note that will replace the main center note if toggled instead of the letter ’T’.

Bugs Fixed
* Fixed an issue when in dark mode, printing was white notes against a black background. Now printing color is correct.
* Fixed an issue when using context sensitive menu’s octave up or down in rapid succession could continue sounding notes indefinitely.
* Edit menu now resizes properly to visible sections.
* Many other improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Xialy vier ,

Its getting better but

I was staying away from this app for awhile to let it get its bearings together, and honestly I was just frustrated with all the crashes and difficulty using it. But I came back to it today after about a year of not bothering with it to see what updates have been made since when I did contact customer support they got back to me very quickly and resolved one my issues with the app. For one it runs much smoother than before, and I'm having less issues writing the notes and getting them in the system correctly. But unfortunately about part way through a new project it crashed and scrambled the notes once I opened it back up and basically ruined my project. It does have a lot of potential, I really want to like it, but for now I'm not completely sold on it or the price I paid for it. Thankfully it looks like it has a dedicated team working on it.

gertie1 ,

Great new tool for composers

This app is a great new tool for composers. Anyone serious about having a tool easier to use than the big, expensive palette-driven desktop packages and one you can use on a train or plane should consider this app. This is not a toy, it is a full-featured composing tool for mobile users. The handwriting is magic and although it makes some mistakes, the developers appear extremely committed to continual updates. The interface is clean and easy to understand. The tutorials are clever and explanatory. I have contacted them with questions already and they have been very responsive. All the updates appear to be free. I don’t like getting lured into an app by a cheap price only to find that I have to spend more money just to get the thing doing something useful. Their approach seems more honest to me. I especially like the layers feature, which I’ve never seen before. When you’ve got lots of expressions and dynamics and slurs, it is easier to enter new stuff when you can hide all of that and just see the notes. I also think the palette (non-handwriting) aspect of the app is very well done. Dragging pitches up/down and durations left/right is super easy. They even have a little interval indicator when dragging pitches which is pretty cool. So you can drag a bunch of notes up and you can see how far (intervallic distance) you dragged before you even let go. Never seen that before. They’ve got the right approach to a monstrously difficult genre.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the wonderful review! No, definitely NOT a toy - but simple to use like a toy!

Skippah70 ,

Amazing music notation software

My review is from the perspective of a novice scholar of music notation. I've played guitar for many decades, but virtually always by rote. I recently made up my mind to return to learning music theory through books designed for guitarists. It then occurred to me that it would be nice to have an app for my iPad that enabled and simplified writing musical notation to preserve ideas born during my practice sessions. I found MusicJOT, which greatly exceeded my expectations in that not only can the app turn my chicken scratch notes into professional looking musical notation, but it will play the lines back to me immediately. So even a beginner can benefit from this software. Of course MusicJOT is loaded with tools that are presently beyond my training in music theory to use, but I look forward to learning how to use them effectively as I progress. For those who are already fully fluent in musical notation, this software offers limitless opportunities to realize your ideas in a publishable format. In sum, I highly recommend this product for beginning music theory students, particularly for class assignments, and for advanced musicians alike. This app is by far more the most sophisticated and powerful program I own.

Developer Response ,

Thanks so much for the great review. Don't be afraid to dive into the Transformation Editor - it is loads of fun, and you can experiment like crazy without fear of messing up your score - all the changes are made to a copy of your score, so when you are ready to leave the editor, you'll be asked if you want to save them all or not. It's intensely cool! Check out the tutorials just for that feature on our website.

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