WRITE NATURALLY. 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. ———————————— EDIT EASILY. 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. ———————————— CHORDS 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. ———————————— MARKUP 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. ———————————— COMPOSER ASSISTANT 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.
I thought this would be just the app I was looking for, however, as it is it’s unusable. No matter how I try to write the note in it only recognizes it about 50% of the time. It seems to work slightly better when I create the notes with upward strokes. I’ve search for input tutorials and still no luck. I hope it is fixed soon. I’ve spent about $200 between the app and the pen. I’m extremely disappointed. Update: 4/11 a little better but still horrible. The only thing I can think is that StaffPad didn’t use any left handed writers when designing the app. I bought the app to make my life easier, and every time it takes longer than if I wrote it out by hand and then re-entered it into Sibelius. Also, how on earth can this app not have a full score view. The most frustrating part is when you write an entire bar and click outside the bar and NONE OF THE NOTES ENGRAVE so instead of StaffPad telling you which notes it doesn’t recognize you have to erase the entire measure and redo it. It’s completely maddening
Having trained in composition on physical manuscript paper in the 1970’s, I have never been remotely interested in any of the music composition software programs that I have tested over the years -- I dreamed of being able to write with some kind of pencil on a digital manuscript, not dragging notes onto the staff from a sidebar, or anything like that (very dull and uninspiring to me - I couldn’t stand more than 10 minutes of that). I reviewed Staffpad very carefully before purchasing, because of the higher price - but after training on it for a while (which I expected would be necessary), I have day by day found it to be extremely responsive, intuitive, and fun to use. Worth EVERY PENNY. I started by simply copying out some of my handwritten compositions for practice, and am having such a great time - also improving them as I write and play them back! I have not yet downloaded the store programs (which sound beautiful and will be very useful to me later). This marvelous work-of-art software is opening up the world of music composition to me again, and I am very, very grateful...
This app is not ready for prime time... I expected much better quality at this price. Issues: - I get an “error number 4” about once a minute while drawing with the Pencil - If recognition fails to recognize some of the writing, the left over bits just remain in the bar - piling up over time. There doesn’t seem to be any way to remove them (not even undo), making it quite frustrating to try to re-try - Using the Pencil to delete notes does not work - I’ve watched the videos, and used many different levels of pressure... the only way I’ve been able to delete is to lasso select - which btw does not seem to allow selecting only some notes in a chord. - The toolbar is maddening, there are a couple variations on the toolbar, and it’s difficult to tell which one you’re in, and how to switch between them. Sometimes the buttons get overlapped on the top-left corner making them inscrutable - There don’t really seem to be any editing features — for example a way to change the length of a note after being drawn With all these issues it’s very hard for me to understand how this is better than some of the cheaper, more conventional notation apps on iPad. I hope these issues get addressed and enough features get added to justify this price. I’ll happily reconsider my review after future updates.
A number of updates have been made that have vastly improved this app. I’m now able to literally sit at my piano and write on my iPad with about equal ability to pencil and paper and that is something I’ve been dreaming of for years. I’ve been working with the app for dozens of hours now and the crashes that plagued the original release are gone and input recognition is greatly improved. This has completely changed how I work for the better and I’m updating my old 3 star to a 5 star review. Wonderful job, developers. Truly game changing product. My only major UI complaint is I wish working with multiple voices was easier. If color coding for voices 2-4 could be added that would help immensely. Beyond that this is a brilliant sketching tool and I look forward to future updates!
This app is a game changer. The closest thing to compose music in the traditional and unsurpassed paper and pen way with the advantages of technology. And the sounds are incredible! (In app purchase). The only problem is that it crash quite frequently but I’m sure they’re addressing this with updates. Although I think meanwhile is urgent that we have an accesible SAVE button because the “automatic saving” option has caused that I’ve lost complete sections of work. Not having a manual saving option is a weird decision considering the amount of work that create music takes and you can ended up losing ideas forever.
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StaffPad is ranking in Music & Productivity
Last update was at Sep 06, 2021and the current version is 1.4.6.
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StaffPad have a 107a user reviews.