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Hi there,

I'm a composer looking to branch out into iPad composition for my long train ride to my school. I am hoping to invest in either Notion or SP4 but have heard mixed things about both.

What are your takes?
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by christopherrussell on Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:54 pm
I love the Symphony Pro people—and am pleased they are making the software. That said, you aren’t going to find another mobile application with the power of Notion; plus there is a benefit that anything you do on Notion for Win/Mac transfers to the iPad. This means that you can actually add some things to a score that you can’t actually do on the iPad.

Add to this Notions wonderful sounds, and affordable sounds on iPad, and there isn’t really any comparison. I do legitimate work on Notion for iOS—I can’t do that work on Symphony Pro.

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by marccarsel on Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:51 am
I would say that Notion is expensive compared to other programs I have used (LilyPond is open source), but it is probably the best notation software for iOS. By the way, Symphony Pro 5 has been released.

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by matewvertmon on Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:45 am
Well, many people think that Notion is too expensive but personally I think it is worth it.
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by tomsemple on Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:40 pm
For what these apps do, they are not at all expensive. I would get both (as I have). You can defer Handwriting recognition, so far I’m frustrated with it on both. (Symphony Pro is version 5 now).

I haven’t settled on one or the other yet (just got them last week). I’m still on a learning curve with both, and lots of things I haven’t figured out how to do yet. I’m leaning towards Notion because it seems to have better support.

I think Symphony Pro includes all instrument voices, where Notion has some that are in-app purchases, though the starter set seems pretty good. Ideally, you could use AudioBus or Interapp Audio to include more sounds, but this isn’t a DAW so it might not be a good fit.

I would also get Music Scanner, so you can scan sheet music and create MusicXML that you can import to either app. MusicXML is also a way you could transfer form one to the other.

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