With almost 10 years in the App Store, Notion is a best-selling music notation app for iPad and iPhone from PreSonus. 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.

Notion is a notation editor and playback tool for your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, (any iOS9 compatible device) giving you the convenience of an easy-to-use music creation tool right at your fingertips—and you can sync your music files across multiple devices! With a user-friendly interface and simple interactive piano keyboard, fretboard, and drum pad, and even optional handwriting recognition, Notion makes it easy to get started composing your music. And, with Notion's abundance of advanced functions you can take your most basic ideas to an entirely new level right on your iOS device or share with Notion 6 for Mac or Windows.

You can also hear your music performed with the most realistic playback possible, using real audio samples performed by The London Symphony Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios. Notion comes bundled with piano and orchestral samples as well as popular instruments such as guitar, bass, and much more. The initial app download contains piano - you can then manage which of the bundled sounds to have on your device, or keep in the cloud, just tap on Sounds. Once you have the sounds, you can create the perfect balance using the full-featured multi-track mixer with effects.

Once you are happy with your creation you can share the Notion file, or MIDI, MusicXML, PDF or audio files. Share files with other apps on your device, or with AirDrop using the Send To.. feature. Print via AirPrint, e-mail from the app. You can automatically sync your scores across devices, and with Notion 6 for Windows and Mac, by using iCloud Drive or other cloud providers such as Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive.

Notion Features:
- Handwriting in-app purchase for iPad now available
- Enter, edit, and playback notation, tab, or both
- Notion widget available to open a quick score, or recent scores
- Orchestral samples by The London Symphony Orchestra recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
- Piano, keyboards, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric bass
- MIDI step-time entry with your favorite MIDI device or MIDI Bluetooth device
- Record real-time MIDI input into your score.
- Audition Mode: Use the on-screen virtual instruments to hear sounds before entering them into your score.
- Clean and intuitive user interface
- Support for retina display
- Native 64-bit support
- Option to tap in notes with finger or stylus
- Interactive piano keyboard, 24-fret guitar fretboard and drumpad for step, and realtime, entry
- Quick and simple selection palette
- Distortion and reverb effects
- Full audio mixer
- Full range of orchestral functions and articulations including: Staccato, Flutter tongues, Trills, Vibrato, and much more…
- Full range of guitar functions and articulations including: bends, vibrato, slides, hammer on, pull off, mutes, whammy bar techniques, bass slap, harmonics, and more…
- Drag score items such as dynamics
- Switch Instruments
- Transposition
- Insert text
- Rehearsal Marks
- Lyrics
- Chord Symbols and Diagrams
- Rhythm Slashes
- Cross staff beaming for grand staff instruments
- Swing
- Continuous and Page View
- Quick “Undo” and “Redo” functions
- Chord and melody modes
- Easy delete and erase capabilities
- Enter and edit title and composer information
- Save as an audio file
- Import .notion, MIDI or MusicXML
- Export/email .notion, mp3, PDF, MusicXML, .WAV, AAC or MIDI files
- Supports Apple's Files App, so easy sync with iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and more
- Print to AirPrint enabled printers
- Expand your bundled sound library with in-app purchases
- Help Files
- And much more…

What’s New

Version 2.5.3

Welcome to Notion iOS 2.5.3. This is a maintenance update to the recent 2.5 release - for all fixes and more info, please join our new 'PreSonus Notion Users' group on Facebook.

-Stability and performance improvements

Restore Purchases:
-New 'Restore Purchase' button in Settings>Handwriting
-'Restore Purchases' in Sounds menu no longer also triggers downloading the sounds - it just restores the purchase state

Dragging Improvements:
-Fix for flickering when dragging score items
-Fix to allow dragging score items across measure lines and between staves
-Improvement when dragging and dropping score item between staves
-Final drag position of score items improved

-Fix for 'Insert Barlines' dialog position on iPhone
-General translation fixes
-Now uses original language expression text in Chinese localization (e.g. arco, pizz)
-Key signature is now always sent in MIDI export even if it is C major

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
514 Ratings

514 Ratings

Anniedeemarie3 ,

Awesome to get going... so far

I’ve been using this app to compose piano music for 3 months. One of the reasons I got an iPad Pro was to find an app like this, where I can easily input notes directly into the score on the screen. It works so well! The handwriting is fun to use, too. I’m discovering a couple of things that I find to be a pretty big deal for a pianist. The only pedal markings available are the cursive “Ped” and the “asterisk” method, rather than horizontal lines and carrots, which is much more accurate to use. I’m also finding it difficult to place finger numbers beneath the notes, as you would for bass clef notes. The program doesn’t leave enough room for them, which is awkward to mess with. I’ve found work-arounds for other issues (for example, the whole rest in 6/8 translates as too many beats)... I’m hoping they will update the space beneath the bass clef and especially the pedal marks. I may not stick with this program at some point, but it seems so easy to use otherwise!

Developer Response ,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. In answer to some of your questions...

You don't need to manually enter whole measure rests at all in Notion iOS - just make a selection (or select all/part), and then More>Fill with rests. Notion will then enter all whole measure rests automatically, regardless of time signature.

The rest you mention above is literally a whole note rest (e.g. the length of 4 quarter note beats) and not a whole measure rest so would indeed be too long for a 6/8 or 2/4 measure. (Note you can manually add whole measure rests in Notion 6 for Mac/Win).

Finger numbers, there's two ways you can add these underneath the LH bass clef staff when writing for piano. Add all the numbers, then make a selection, then More>Attachments>Show Below. The staves will respace to make sure there is enough space between the lowest note and its number, and the following system.
Or you can use the Lyric tool to add your finger numbers underneath - you can change the font of the Lyrics to better match fingering format text style if you wish. Again Notion will respace following systems to make space for the text.

As noted, there are no pedal lines as yet in Notion iOS, but this would be a great feature request! You can post feature and instrument requests here and other users can them vote them up

Ksplat ,

I want this to work so much better

I have used the app for several years, or rather I remember that I have purchased it and then try to use it again every several months. To be honest it boasts some nice features, but every time I go to use it I am frustrated. For example, the other day I had added some text above a line of music. I realized that I would like to bold the font and change the size. The software would for the life of me not select the small A at the right of the text to allow me to format. I had just done the same function on some text several systems higher. I sat for 15 minutes trying to figure out how to get the text moved so I could select the formatting button. No go, I finally deleted the text and started over. I have had the software intermittently refuse to show me use upon holding on an item and other functional hick-ups. What does it equate to? Frustration over very simple things. Want to hide that note? Well, for some reason it won’t give you the menu. Try restarting the app...oh it works! The handwriting tool is awesome, the sounds are great, like I said, I really want to like this app but it is a constant source of frustration for me.

BeyonderHill ,

Incredible app, haters go away

I have purchased every upgrade and instrument. I have the handwriting upgrade. It is not perfect, but incredibly useful. I don't understand how people expect perfection because not will never happen. What makes a program incredibly good is not if it is perfect but if it is useful in spite of its imperfections. And as usefulness goes, this programs is almost unsurpassed. I have not found a music writing app that has more usefulness than this one, and I have purchased them all. This program accommodates the different styles of different writers and allows many input methods. None are perfect but they all work very well! This app tried and succeeds better than any other app to STAY OUT OF YOUR WAY, and let you create using the same symbols and notations you would use if writing by hand. If Mozart or Beethoven we're to use an app, this one would be easier to adapt to than any other because all the symbols they are used to are there, and as little as possible is added.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the feedback – happy you are enjoying the app! Any ideas or feature requests you might think of greatly appreciated whilst we work on redeveloping the app - you can post feature and instrument requests here and other users can them vote them up


Notion Music, Inc.
246.9 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish

Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. Handwriting $7.99
  2. All Sounds Bundle $29.99
  3. Classical guitar $0.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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