Staventabs: Compose & Notate 4+

Score and tablature editor

Ivan Korovin

    • 3.9 • 59 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



A simple notation and tab editor, Staventabs could become your indispensable helper in music creation. Use smart and convenient tools of Staventabs for composing and improving scores on your iPad or iPhone. Get inspired by viewing majestic classics scores or practicing good old jazz. Easily edit sheet music and tablature with user friendly interface like never before. Share musical inspiration with your band using Staventabs files.

Create music
• Start your new score from the scratch or with one of the two dozen templates²
• Enter notes with intuitive instrument-independent interface or virtual Piano Keyboard
• Explore and edit your score with sophisticated Piano Roll and Drums Editor
• Choose from 22 groups of the instruments (keyboards, guitars, strings, drums, percussions, etc.)² listening their preview fragments
• Use context-sensitive selection for bars, chords and tracks
• Modify notes with dots, tuplets and ties
• Make your music alive with lyrics
• Customize clefs, key signatures and time signatures for bars
• Change dynamics
• Switch between enharmonic equivalents of the notes
• Use customizable voices
• Setup tunings with the large value of presets
• Navigate around the score with Tracks board
• Easily copy, paste and remove selected areas
• Switch fast between tablature and stave inputs
• Edit tabs with easy-to-use numeric keypad or virtual Fingerboard
• Input notes by Staff Positions
• Set the visibility for instrument parts in the score
• Edit title and information about creators
• Select and customize horizontal, vertical or page layout for your score
• Use Scientific or Helmholtz pitch notation when entering notes
• Add repeat signs and volta brackets
• Don’t worry about losing data thanks to auto-saving
• Connect your MIDI devices to Staventabs

Practice your songs
• Play the whole composition or selected fragment
• Customize metronome clicking and countdown
• Change track’s audio properties on-the-fly
• Loop the playback of the desired part

Improve compositions
• Mark non-playable objects with "Highlight issues"
• Use the "Starred scales" AI to determine the chromatic scales most similar to the selected area
• Adjust the semitones of the selected area notes to the chromatic scale
• Customize the chromatic scale for adjustment³
• Diminish, augment and subdivide note values
• Transpose pitches by semitones

Manage projects
• Browse your projects with convenient file manager
• Store your compositions in iCloud Drive and keep them up-to-date across all your iOS devices
• Create new projects and duplicate existing (up to three editable projects in free version)¹
• Listen to preview fragments of the scores directly from the files menu
• Open SNT, MIDI, MusicXML, Compressed MusicXML (MXL), Guitar Pro (GPX, GP5, GP4, GP3) and Karaoke (KAR) files
• Edit MIDI, MusicXML, MXL, Guitar Pro and Karaoke files¹
• Organize your files from a desktop computer using iTunes or iCloud Drive
• Open files from Mail and other applications (Dropbox, Box, etc.)
• Convert files between supported formats¹

Share your brand-new hits with friends
• Email your scores and tabs right from Staventabs
• Print your score¹
• Export to PDF and MPEG-4 AAC¹

Features marked with superscript numbers are available via the corresponding in-app purchases:
¹ Unlimited Projects
² Additional Instruments
³ Advanced Composing

What’s New

Version 5.7.1

• Improved import of MusicXML, GP and MIDI files
• Bug fixes

Thanks for your feedback and feature requests! They really help and inspire us on our way to the perfect and simple app that could become your true friend in the wonderful world of Music.

Have a good music making with Staventabs!

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

Greatapp ok ,

Please Respond Developer

It's a pretty good app and I like it quite a bit. My one complaint is that I don't know how or where to find the symbol that indicates to slide from one fret to another fret when writing guitar tablature. Either I don't know where to find the symbol or maybe this app doesn't come with that feature. If the developer could reply and let me know where to find the symbol I'd really appreciate it. Or if you guys don't have the sliding symbol then please add it into a future update. I'd really appreciate it and I'd definitely give you guys a five star review. I've already recommended this app to a friend of mine and he really likes it.

Developer Response ,

Hi! Thank you a lot for the kind review. Unfortunately, there are no slides in the current version, but that feature is in our task list for the future releases. So, please, stay tuned for the app's updates. Thank you and have a good music making w/Stave'n'Tabs!

A dude who loves this app ,

Underrated; a great tool for drummers

I’ve spent about week searching for the best app for drum notation on ipad. Between this, and the giants like Muscore and Dorico, this is the best one that suits my needs so far. Unlike the others, this app can import midi/xml, convert them to proper drum notation, can select multiple bars for looping, and playback notation with speed control. All for free. This is just what I need to rehearse and practice songs on drums. The app also runs quite smooth and has a really handsome UI. I haven’t spent too much time creating my own notation on this app, but the tools you do get are intuitive and easier and faster to learn over apps like Dorico.

It’s not completely perfect however. Modifiers or notes like open hi hats do not get translated when importing from midi/xml and requires a purchased add on to edit imported files. The premium add ons are very affordable, but it’s quite annoying. The looping feature seems to be off too. When looping something like 1 bar, the first note seems stutter/delay upon the loop, creating a effect that makes loop sound out of time. Also, the metronome is completely inaudible over the drum kit samples. A mixer is definitely needed for an app like this. I would love to have a mixer that would allow me to have each individual drum kit instrument on the faders.

F. Koohi ,


Really I love this app , when I prepare this I though it like any other app could and shows how a piano melody and bass together at bottom are playing on piano keys , ( a music file like any that this app supported ) I want to see which note for melody and bass together too on piano keys ( the bottom of this app ) are playing .

At the some of this app past version it was possible only for melody or bass ( not simultaneous for two together ) that which piano keys at the bottom could be seen and playing .

I don’t know why ?

And why we couldn’t have full all piano keys at bottom ?

At like other apps it is one the first ability and preliminary that user see which note ( melody and bass together ) , for every two staff playing on the piano keys .

On this past app only melody or base note could be selected and be seen at piano keys and not for every two together , unfortunately at recent and new version the same this one too ( only one selection ) isn’t possible and omitted now .

Please let me know more , is it any setting may be I don’t did it for ?

My child is not professional player , sometimes He needs to see which note is playing on the piano keys ( simultaneous for melody and bass too ) not for one only .

It is a necessary that this app should have this ability , as l told I don’t know why this preliminary ability is absent ?

Anyway l like this app and l hope adding this ability and more for the next update .

Good luck

F. Koohi

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your useful review! Sorry for disappointing you with the absence of the feature for showing both the piano melody and bass on piano keys. We'll study the ways for improving this and try to provide you with more convenient training functionality in the future updates. Thank you a lot!

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