PreSonus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,is shipping its Notion 6 ($149 MAP/street price) notation software. Notion 6 further improves the software’s compatibility with other software, especially with Studio One.
Compose in Studio One and send note data to Notion for editing and printing parts. Export the audio or note data for each track and import it into a copy of Notion 6 running anywhere on the network or on the same machine. Notion 6 can find instances of Studio One, automatically open a new project, and send the audio files or note data, track data, and score data straight to the DAW, retaining instrument name, score order, pan and gain settings, rehearsal marks, initial time signature, and metronome marks. In addition to Studio One interoperability, the new version updates MusicXML support for seamless transfers with other notation applications. Notion has long offered audio ReWire capabilities; now it also supports ReWire MIDI transfers in real time. And in addition to importing and exporting WAV files, users can now export MP3 files.
Along with its interactive fretboard, keyboard, and drum pad found in previous versions, Notion 6 offers Powered by MyScript handwriting recognition. Write directly into a score, and Notion will automatically convert the input into digital notation. Or users can write into the optional handwriting area so it is unnecessary to keep zooming in or out of a large score to write notes. Users can simply write music as with a paper score.
Notion 6 provides new layout handles that let users drag notes, measure lines, staves, accidentals, rests, and more, while avoiding accidental re-spacing. Show and hide parts independently by system for minimal wasted space and maximum readability. Even drag entire systems up and down on the page to adjust the spacing; when you let go, Notion re-justifies the layout.
Notion includes orchestral samples recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra and adds the Lakeside Pipe Organ and Olympus Micro Choir sounds from Soundiron and the formerly optional Notion Harpsichord.
Notion 6 comes with the Notion Score Library, a collection of public domain scores in the Notion format that includes a variety of famous orchestral and piano works.
PreSonus is also shipping Studio One Version 3.3, the latest in a series of free updates to Studio One 3 Artist and Professional. The new version adds integration with the company’s Notion music notation and performance software for Mac and Windows.
Users can convert Studio One note events to traditional notation for printing or editing and work on arrangements with Notion’s extensive composition tools. Compose in Studio One 3.3 and send note data to Notion for editing and printing parts. Export the audio or note data for each track and import it into a copy of Notion 6 running anywhere on the network or on the same machine.
Users can also start a composition in Notion 6 or Notion for iPad and move it to Studio One for editing, sound design and mixing. Notion 6 can find instances of Studio One 3.3 anywhere on the network, automatically open a new project, and send the audio files or note data, track data, VST instrument data, and score data straight to the DAW, retaining instrument name, score order, pan and gain settings, rehearsal marks, initial time signature, and metronome marks.
Studio One 3.3 offers faster multitrack drum editing. Instantly quantize an entire drum performance using beat slicing, thanks to new Autofill and Autofades options that allow you to fill gaps, remove overlaps, and apply fades in one pass. Alternatively, quantize and apply beat-based, artifact-free time-stretching using a more advanced combination of Audio Bend and Elastique Pro 3 algorithms that preserves transients. New mixing enhancements in Studio One 3.3 include one-click global effects on and off, enabling quick A/B comparisons. Users also can now disable tracks, instruments, or plug-ins to reduce CPU load and save memory.
In addition to the previously mentioned features for Studio One 3.3 Artist and Studio One 3.3 Professional, Studio One 3.3 Professional adds improved multi-processing to the DAW’s unique Mix Engine FX for better CPU performance and introduces a new video engine that replaces QuickTime for Windows and Mac OS X. Based on AV Foundation for Mac OS X and Microsoft Media Foundation for Windows, this new video engine supports more current file formats and improves audio extraction.
Studio One 3.3 is a free update for registered users of Studio One 3 and higher. Downloads are available from within Studio One 3 or from the user’s My.PreSonus account.