Using an iPad as a score reader in performance is great, but its backlight looks weird from the audience. Fortunately, there are tools and settings on your iPad that can help, in apps like forScore and Newzik.
In lots of ways, the data you create in forScore after importing scores is more valuable than the scores themselves. So when you upgrade to a new iPad, you’ll want to take every piece of your forScore library with you. It’s not hard to do.
Composer and educator David MacDonald describes in detail how he teaches composition using the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and a suite of apps, and why he can’t imaging returning to the dead-tree way of doing things.
What are the best practices when preparing a score with the expectation that it will be read from a screen, not paper? This is an excellent question — one whose answer today may likely change in the coming years.
Notion is updated. Notion iOS 2.5 supports document handling, MP3 and SMP Press export, template saving, and more, including handwriting, MusicXML and MIDI import enhancements. Notion 6.6 for Mac and Windows brings over some of these improvements and addresses compatibility issues.
StaffPad, the music composition app that uses handwriting recognition as the means of music entry, has been released for iPad and completely rebuilt for Windows, with a bevy of new features, improvements, and add-ons compared to the previous version. In addition, there is a new free digital music stand app for performers, called StaffPad Reader, providing a synced performance experience across multiple tablets.
We take a look at UE Now, a new partnership that allows musicians to purchase high quality scores from Universal Edition, delivered instantly to the Newzik app for performance and study.
At NYC Music Services we’ve made a demo of Notation Express available for anyone to try. The demo includes just a small subset of the hundreds of functions in the paid version, so you can see how it all generally works and do a few useful things with it.
A quick roundup of the annual conference of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA) as it pertained to music notation software and related technology, hosted by the Atlanta Symphony from June 7-10, 2019.
Notation Express is now available for iPhone and iPad. Notation Express is the custom-designed profile for the Stream Deck console — and now the Stream Deck mobile app — that makes powerful notation features in Sibelius and Dorico accessible via an easy-to-use touch interface.