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A full-featured notation app that lets you compose naturally just as you would with paper and pencil using state-of-the art handwriting recognition technology, MusicJOT recognizes most music symbols used in standard notation.
In addition to natural handwriting, a palette interface technology provides all the features you expect from a desktop music notation program on iOS.
Write in you own handwritting using your finger or a stylus (recommended). Powered by MyScript® and the MusicJOT® music engine, your handwriting will be recognized and rendered.
If you use a stylus, MusicJOT is already set up to take full advantage of the Apple Pencil with the iPad Pro and Adonit Jot Touch with an interface to allow customization of the styluses behavior including settings for righties and lefties.
It doesn't matter in what order you notate. Put in four quarters, then sharp the first quarter, then beam the last two to make two eighths. Work as you would with paper and pencil. Scratch out to delete. Add a new meter, clef or key signature. Make a slur or a tie. It's the most natural way to write music on iOS.
Write in your own handwriting, let MusicJOT render into digital format, then play back your composition.
Audio playback is full featured with controls for overall tempo, volume, looping, and repeats. Counters include measure, beat and seconds. Each track can be assigned its own instrument from 128 different instruments with individual controls for pan, gain, mute and solo. Included is a reverb unit with settings for decay time, early reflections, wet/dry mix and -20 to +20 db gain.
MusicJOT's Virtual Pointer lets you get the precision of a stylus with just your finger. Drag the VP around, and the score under the pointer gets magnified. You can tap to select and insert notes and it will sound the note you are over and display its name and octave.
The pointer can be set to sound single notes, whole chords or scrub your entire score.
Slide a drawer out from the left side for easy access to often used options. In addition, you can show/hide various score elements with layers. Very handy in removing clutter when you just want to concentrate on the music.
Quickly transpose notes up/down by octave, turn notes into rests and back again, add ties, common 8th note triplets, and the most often used forward/backward repeat pair.
Show/hide notes, text, lyrics, shapes (such as slurs, hairpins, accelerandos, ottava signs, etc.), and expressions.
Here's a short demonstration of MusicJOT in action.
MusicJOT allows you to compose freely without meter
restrictions, but will indicate measures that are not
meter compliant in duration by placing a small
equal (illegal measure) button in measures that do
not comply. To fix a measure automatically, just tap
the button. MusicJOT will either truncate or add rests
to the measure.
Placing your finger on the bevel of the iPad just to the left of the screen and quickly dragging to the left will bring up the layers and quick options window. Here you'll find some often used options. Here you can also show/hide various musical elements.
If you don't have a stylus, the virtual pointer is a neat way to select interior chordal notes or notes that are just very close together. In addition, the VP acts as a live music scrubber, sounding individual notes, chords, or the entire score.
If you have a complicated repeat structure in your score (1st and 2nd endings, del segnos, etc.) the repeat map window shows how the score will play according to your repeat structure. You can tap on any line in the map window and the relevant measures will be highlighted in the measure bar.
MusicJOT has a 10 step tutorial and a context sensitive reference manual.
Currently, MusicJOT supports playback of the basic dynamics (ppp - fff) and tempo markings. Future enhancements are planned.
MusicJOT uses a sophisticated algorithm for spacing music which can be adjusted to suit. Rotating two fingers on the score allows you to expand or tighten the spacing.
All of the standard instrument transpositions are included. Under the actions menu:Options:Transposing Instruments, you will find additional controls for both displaying and inserting in concert pitch.
Context sensitive menus appear for a variety of selections including deletions, cut/copy and paste, toggling notes/rests, octave transpositions, simple triplets and repeats, lyric shifting, expression resets and, quick clef changes.
A variety of panels are available as an alternative to handwriting including clef, key, meter, bars, repeats, tuplets, tempo, text, lyrics, tools, expressions, dynamics, shapes, staff names and instrument transpositions.
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Below are the minimum hardware and operating system requirements for MusicJOT for iOS.
Apple iOS 9 or higher
iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Retina, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro
Apple Pencil (highly recommended), Adonit Jot Touch (active stylus), or any passive stylus
Following are ten very short tutorials to help get you started. These tutorials are also available from within MusicJOT, so if you forget how to do something, help is right at your fingertips. In addition to tutorials, MusicJOT features a context sensitive help system.
Professional cellist, co-founder and principal
arranger for Grammy® nominated,
Juilliard trained, The Hampton [Rock] String
HSQ). HSQ has sold over
1 million CDs worldwide and their rock video,
Get A Job was aired on
MTV and VH1. HSQ arrangements have been played around
the world and featured on the hit HBO series
True Blood. HSQ has
performed on The Today
Show and numerous radio and TV spots from NYC to
Liverpool. The members of HSQ have performed with
Depeche Mode at Madison Square Garden and *NSYNC at
Radio City Music Hall for the 2000 MTV Awards, as well
as with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Sting, Paul Simon,
and Aerosmith, to name just a few.
John is the founder and president of Mona Lisa Sound
MLS), Past President of the String Industry
Council and Past Board Member of the American String
Teachers Association (ASTA). MLS is the premier source
for rock string quartet sheet music. John has written
over 100 string quartet arrangements.
John has been a computer programmer since 1979 (self-taught) and is the principal developer and programmer for MusicJOT®.
Software developer and instructor, author of
Advanced Mac OS X Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch
Mark is also an accomplished trombone and bassoon player and plays with many groups.
Mark has been programming since 1979, and professionally since 1990. He has had software running on Wall Street trading desks and in space (literally). NASA was running a trial program for an electronic help desk using Visix Galaxy™. Mark wrote some of that code. His code can also be found on millions of Mac desktops.
He is a co-founder of CocoaHeads, an international Mac and iOS developers society, with chapters in 40 countries spanning six continents.
Special thanks to Adam Coti for his expertise in templating this site for me and thanks to Janna Glasser for putting up with my ups and downs through this long haul. I also want to thank Fred Flowerday and everyone at MakeMusic for granting us use of their beautiful Maestro® music font. And of course, thanks to our friends at MyScript® for making awesome handwriting recognition technology.
Q: MusicJOT is either not recognizing, or misinterpreting what I've written.
A: Try zooming in on the score before starting in Script mode and write as neatly as possible.
Q: I don't see a way to print my score.
A: Print is coming soon. The workflow in MusicJOT should follow thus: compose your music, export to a MIDI or MusicXML file, then bring it into a desktop music notation program (we recommend Finale by MakeMusic) and use their printing capabilities.
Q: I don't see a way to have more than one voice per staff as is common in piano music.
A: Multiple voices per staff is not yet supported but is a top priority for our next release.
Q: Is there a way to delete a note with my handwriting by just crossing stuff out?
A: Yes. Scribble out a note to delete. You can also draw a big circle around note/events (circle must extend both above and below the staff), then tap on delete in the context sensitive menu at the bottom. If you are using the Adonit Stylus Jot Touch, you can use the top button (configurable in the Actions menu:Script:Configure Adonit Jot Stylus.
Q: Moving the virtual pointer over a note is slow in sounding.
A: On some iPad models this is a known issue. Turning off 'Edits Sound' in the left slide out drawer will speed things up considerably.
Q: I can't slide out the layers and options drawer.
A: You may be placing your finger too far off the bevel or dragging to the right too slowly.
Future support for guitar tablature or chord diagrams is planned.
Future support for percussion notation is planned.
Deleting or adding measures with a complicated set of repeats in place is not updating the repeat map. After measure deletions and additions, you will have to reselect each 'jumper' type of repeat and reset its target.
Future support for measure-attached text is planned.
Fixed an issue where app was crashing during the Welcome screen animations.
Changed destination email in Report a bug...
Fixed unexpected behavior with deleting and undoing shapes (such as slurs).
Fixed unexpected behavior when deleting expressions.
Fixed unexpected behavior with handwriting in measures with dotted rhythms.
Can now play from measure in playback by putting a measure number in the nav text box and tapping play.
Fixed an issue where a tuplet group that immediately preceded a grace note had the bracket include the grace note.
Much improved interval drag label both in positioning and look.
Fixed unexpected behavior when handwriting in a measure with a chord that spans a large interval.
Fixed an issue where new staffs added in the score manager for a new score were not setting appropriate default clef for that instrument.
Fixed unexpected behavior when handwriting a new note into an existing chord.
Fixed issue where rendered accidentals (including key signatures) was not always getting applied to handwriting notes.