StaffPad is designed for composers who want to write music effortlessly, using handwriting recognition. Write your music using Apple Pencil, and the app will transform your writing into beautifully typeset notation that can be edited, played back, printed and shared.
Build you score with the fluidity of natural handwriting combined with the convenience of digital editing. Use touch and Apple Pencil to quickly change the pitches, transpose selections, add additional elements, symbols, lines, text, quickly cut/copy/paste, quick repeat. Customise the tempo with a unique tempo staff (or import a tempo map from a MIDI file), add chords with the chord staff - or let StaffPad automatically analyse the score and write the chord symbols for you and much more. You can even copy music written in StaffPad into other apps, simply using the normal copy and paste functions. Paste an idea quickly into an email, or Messages, or build worksheets in Keynote or Pages just as easily as working with pictures.
HEAR YOUR MASTERPIECE.
With a groundbreaking playback engine and over 55 included instruments, StaffPad is ready to perform your written piece by just tapping the play icon. You can even draw automation using the Apple Pencil to customise and automate the each instrument's dynamics, volume and pan. For professional quality playback, add industry standard sample libraries directly into the app from the StaffPad Store - these unique StaffPad Editions of flagship libraries, created by the world's leading sample library development houses, provide truly breathtaking results with true legato, multiple repetition samples, many more instrument choices, additional playing techniques and much more. This is a leap forward for composers working at the highest levels.
SHARE WITH SCORESYNC
ScoreSync is our revolutionary technology for sharing individual instrument parts of your score with all the musicians in the room using StaffPad Reader. Any Reader on the local WiFi network is instantly synchronised, with edits and changes made in StaffPad instantly reflected on the Readers. StaffPad even synchronises playback, so that all the Readers can provide a synchronised click track, count-in, playback markers, and even to turn the pages automatically. This means no more printed parts, no more confusion about where to start, no more missed changes or reprints due to edits. A true revolution for working with live musicians.
IMPORT AND EXPORT
StaffPad imports and exports MusicXML and MIDI files for easily working with other music apps. You can also export your playback as WAV, AAC or MP3.
Write chords manually, and they'll be automatically formatted into chord symbols. Or, simply toggle "Show Chords" on an instrument staff to have StaffPad intelligently analyse and write the chord symbols for you. StaffPad can even provide a harmonic analysis of the whole piece, correcting automatically for non-pitched and transposed instruments, and create a unique chord staff with customisable chord complexity levels.
Annotate your score with either private or public (shared with the Readers) annotation pens. Public pens allow for instant written communication with individual musicians in the room via ScoreSync and StaffPad Reader.
PRINT / PDF
As well as digital parts via ScoreSync, StaffPad will automatically format and print parts or export PDFs for you. Customise the paper size, bar number styles, number of bars per line, scaling, margins, multi-bar consolidation and more. StaffPad automatically formats the score for consistent presentation.
StaffPad features "Fenby", our voice-activated composer assistant, who can assist you in routine tasks like setting up your score, adding instruments, tempos, bar line styles, key changes and more.
-- This hot fix addresses some issues with audio distortion that could occur with the previous update.
Previous release notes included below:
We've been working hard to improve the app for this maintenance update - but we still managed to squeeze in a few new features!
- You can enjoy a brand new interactive tutorial that guides you through the concepts of the app. This is show automatically to new users, but you can also work through this tutorial at any time by tapping the settings icon and choosing "Interactive Tutorial".
- We've made the "tap to finalise" action more robust against adding unintentional markings to other bars
- We fixed an issue when importing MusicXML that could result in multiple tuplets stacked on top of each other
- We also fixed an issue with MusicXML import that could result in double sharps/flats being used in certain key signatures
- We fixed an issue whereby it wasn’t possible to create a minim based tempo
- The red/yellow colour highlight on cut/copied bars now fades out after 10s, rather than sticking around until the paste action is completed
- We fixed some issues relating to audio not restarting after the app was “backgrounded” - this is a complex issue since it also involves reloading samples and things due to the way iPadOS multitasking works. Let us know if you still find problems here.
- We fixed some bugs when switching versions that contain different instrument and bar structures
- We fixed a few issues with the automation staff
- Changing instruments mid-staff is now more reliable
- We’ve fixed some layouts when using keyboard entry on the Welcome Page
- We’ve done a lot of work on the time synchronisation code which keeps StaffPad and StaffPad Reader locked in sync. You’ll need to update StaffPad Reader for this new build to connect properly.
- We addressed some issues of audio distortion that were present in the previous update.
We hope you're enjoying StaffPad - we'll see you in the next update!
Ratings and Reviews
Huge possibilities, but still has handwriting detection issues.
Looking at some of these reviews, I had hoped that I would not have issues with handwriting because I rarely write music on paper and would not have to relearn much. However I am too having issues with the handwriting detection. The biggest issue is sets of sixteenth notes. It doesn’t matter what I do - StaffPad cannot detect them most of the time. I even tried to follow how it was done on one of your tutorial videos and it didn’t change much. I have also had a whole note be detected as a quarter rest. The dynamic marks also do not like to work. MF turned into both MP or SFZ. I would also prefer if it could detect notes if stems are longer. Making the stems exactly one octave from the head is very hard to do.
The app simply needs more time put into the handwriting detection for people like me with “messy” handwriting. It would nice to not have to take so much time trying to make every note so perfect that it can be detected.
What you’ve done is amazing!
I wrote a review shortly after I bought the app and shared my enthusiasm at the time. Well, my appreciation for this app has only grown. I have bought the Berlin sound libraries, a number of fine samples libraries, and Voxos ( about $800 worth of sound libraries in total). This app, with sound libraries of this quality, is truly the fulfillment of a lifelong dream…write out musical ideas and realize them in high quality with ease. I look forward to how the app will evolve, but I hope that you continue to build on the core vision, which, for me, is the support for easily inputting notation by hand and translating it into high quality sounds. Currently, I get 80-90 percent of the way there with StaffPad. And, I am grateful for that! To get the last 10-20 percent, requires exporting midi or xml in order to fine tune performance with more fully featured sound samples (For example, VSL synchron series or EWQL libraries). Unfortunately, the last 10-20 percent requires almost starting from scratch in a DAW (Cubase or Studio One for me) as almost none of the performance subtlety output via midi or xml translates. Not sure what the best solution would be…integration with more libraries, or the addition of some sort of export settings? Maybe the ability to draw more accurate cc curves and export them to channels as desired? Not really sure. Anyway, thank you!
This app is kinda broken
This is trash to be quite honest. In theory you should be able to write out whatever music you envision within the app, and it automatically becomes engraved really easily, right? Wrong. There are lots of problems with the handwriting recognition which someone like Beethoven would surely throw his iPad out the window for. It follows a very strict logic where you have to write out notes with extremely proper handwriting for just for StaffPad to recognize it 50% of the time. But writing out things with that amount of perfection is incredibly time consuming, and honestly takes less time to write out with the old fashioned pencil and paper.
I haven’t tried out the expansions for playback featuring popular orchestral library companies like Cinesamples, Orchestral Tools, and Spitfire Audio. If the goal is to allow film composers to be able to write clearly and quickly with that kind of playback quality for cues, then this app has failed that goal because of how much time it takes to write ideas down. Again it’s faster with pencil and paper.
The interface is okay, but the fact that I have to look up tutorials on how to do everything is a sign of poor design. New users should have a clear enough interface where they can find things easily without needing tutorials.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your experience with StaffPad.
It sounds like most of the problems you have encountered so far center around the recognition system. You had mentioned that extremely proper handwriting is required to use StaffPad. This couldn't be further from the truth actually and is the likely culprit of the trouble you're experiencing. StaffPad is designed for speed and while based in how you would write on manuscript paper, is quite different.
For example, if you are writing a quarter note, filling in the notehead makes it harder to recognize than it would be if you use a slash notehead and to make a half rest, you simply make a horizontal line just above the 3rd line in the staff versus drawing and filling in a half rest.
There is no doubt a learning curve to get going with StaffPad, but we are here to help if you feel like the recognition is failing completely or are hoping for a quick tip to make something easier.
We would love the opportunity to help you work at the pace you were hoping to work at when you purchased StaffPad. Please feel free to reach out by tapping the StaffPad logo on the welcome screen and selecting StaffPad Help.
Thank you for reminding us that we need to do better to stress to users the differences of writing in StaffPad compared to handwriting music notation on paper.
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- StaffPad Ltd
- 1.2 GB
- Requires iPadOS 14.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- © StaffPad Ltd
- In-App Purchases
- Toy Glockenspiel $0.00
- StaffPad Essential Guitars $9.99
- Berlin Strings $99.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.