Damien Smith's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 9/18/18 7:25 AM
I really love this app. I am learning more and more about it all the time. It is a fantastic tool for both scoring, and teaching. It is relatively easy to learn and great for practicing and sharing files.
Bassclef72's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
I hope i can use this as fast as i use notion..
mmetz445's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
Symphony Pro is very intuitive and it allows me to write music quite fast, especially with the Apple Pencil. It covers all my needs as a student composer, so that I don’t need to bring my laptop with finale when I’m travelling. The sound packs could use a bit of improvement, and I’d like to see more transposition features like finale, but for $15, I cannot recommend this enough to anyone who cares about having a high quality notation app and writes on the go.
Dcombust's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
I have to write out horn parts (usually in a hurry). Once you play with it a bit and figure out how it works, it’s great! Much better than writing it out by hand. Also, exports directly into ForScore.
sweetkick's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
Love the handwriting recognition but it still has quirks. Plenty of power in this program, including overall price. Do you get what you pay for? That depends on how much one is willing to play around with app. til it becomes second nature.
brutus2ss's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
I thought I was paying for an app that would make my music writing easier now I have to pay for the ability to use my Apple Pencil as well, so I went from 15 dollars to 30?
EmeraldNext's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
Using symphony pro is intuitive and makes it incredibly straightforward to get ideas from ones head onto the page. Great work!
BrentDBJ's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
App won’t launch. Please fix. People still use this app you know!
DragonMan7's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
I downloaded it and tried to use it but it would glitch out no matter what I did. It just took my money and ran.
upgrade01a's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
Once I got used to how to edit the notation, I started liking this product very much. Another sheet music editor did not work out for me and this one does. The most important features for my purposes is its ability to properly read in a MIDI file that originates from my keyboard, goes to a DAW and winds up in this tool, then back out again as MIDI.
KingTeky's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
I have used it for years. It is easy to use. I admit it takes a few hours of use before getting very comfortable but comparing it to other apps with similar functionality, this one is a winner.
Midiaa's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
Haven’t used it much yet, but looking forward to developing and moving my ideas between my Mac and iPhone all the time. Plenty of options. Not altogether intuitive but not bad. Help guide needs trimming. Would benefit from more quick vids. Happy to help.
ZipArts's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
CONTEXT: I am a (retired) professional musician, (recovering) arts administrator, with a PhD in music theory and finally enjoying arranging and composing on my own terms. I am a (terminally frustrated) Finale owner/user since back when that program was ground-breaking, with heart-stopping innovation and price point. SETUP: I use an iPad Air 2 with a generic Bluetooth stylus, external keyboards, both typing (love those shortcuts!) and music. (Just recycled an old NanoKeys via the new apple camera/USB 3 connector). PRAISES: The functionality vs. price point is insane! This is an app for serious musicians, but is like a Swiss Army Knife in it’s approach: LOTS of different ways to get the job done! For example, the very “natural” stylus input alone is worth the price. The design throughout is obviously related to all musician’s practical needs, rather than programmer single-mindedness. SUMMARY: This is now my go-to creative platform. No more Finale updates for me! I will only continue to use that dinosaur for playback of higher quality sounds. The learning curve is high only because of all the working modes, from sketching ideas, developing material, to EASY (even fun) detailed/tedious editing tasks. Please keep at it folks–even if you do not make a bundle of money. PS This is my very first music product review. Hope it helps.
Bill from New York's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
Just purchased the app. None of the help files load because their servers certificate is invalid. Couldn’t make the in app purchase of the writing tool for same reason. The website is also blocked by chrome because of an out of date certificate.
mitriv's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
The hand writing feature works great until you’re trying to create several layers (a classical guitar score for example). I think its absurd that if you’re done with a voice or layer and then you’re trying to create a new one with the Apple Pencil the system detects some of your inputs as if you were trying to edit the voice that is already finished and is not even selected. This a huge problem. Another thing is that it should be a way to block the handwriting with your fingers if you’re already using the Apple Pencil. It happens a lot that you wrote something with the pencil and then try to scroll the score with the fingers and the app write something you didn’t want. I think this would be easily corrected if we had an option to use JUST the Apple Pencil for writing notes and select tools, and the fingers for all other gestures like zoom and scroll.
SaaltyK's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
capncupojoe's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
But still not there in practice. I was swayed by the purported features but I guess I got had! I completely wasted my money, as the [very important] feature to insert notes live doesn't work and is completely useless. I'm really, really bummed; I'm a lifelong working musician who struggles with notation.. I thought I'd found an app which can help me but I guess not!
ChezLesEtoiles's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
My hatred for Finale has forced me to hand write all my scores until I purchased this app! I used Notion for a little bit but it was just too buggy. This app however is amazing! It does exactly what I need it to do and allows for some flexibility as well. The handwriting feature is nearly seamless and makes it feels as easy as writing on an actual piece of paper. Thanks so much to the developers!!
Well.pleased's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
For the price, this is an amazing app. This does the same things as software that costs hundreds. I’ve only written out piano scores, so I’m not sure how it will handle larger works, but so far I’m impressed! I am hoping to see an update that will include the new ipencil double tap function.
Efracello's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
It's my work tool when I can't have Finale. Best thing ever.
fret20's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/30/19 2:05 PM
Very frustrating. No back button. Most instruments do not use the default grand clef. Classical guitar is treble clef only. Cannot intuitively get proper clef. I started a “project” and can’t say stop, go back start over. Home screen. Nothing. This is so complex, I’ve wasted an hour of my practice day fooling with it. Wasted $15.
popcall's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/21/18 3:10 PM
ElectricMan4Ever's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/20/18 10:18 PM
It lets you compose symphonies
Xjdjdjdidifi's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/17/18 2:52 PM
Please fix this ASAP: When I am setting my tempo I’ll adjust my tempo above 224 and if i hit play it changes my tempo to 224 you should be able to select any tempo you want. Ok please try and fix this. Thank You, Ryan D.
articcircle888's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/13/18 8:29 AM
I use Notion iOS and Symphony Pro 5. IMO, these are the best two notation apps for iOS. NotateMe is nice because it has Photoscore built in (mixed results). I didn’t start using SP5 until this recent iPad version came out so I have no history with this app. I came straight from Notion iOS and Finale. Notation apps, by their nature can be confusing at first. IMO, Notation apps are overall some of the most difficult applications to learn. Honestly if I could have my pick I’d want a slimmer Finale/Dorico hybrid for iOS. The 12.9” iPad Pro is practically WYSIWYG. Laying out pages with gestures and the Apple Pencil could be interesting at some point. Anyway, there are some things SP5 seems to do really well. So far it has been the best app at importing MusicXML files. That’s important. The UI has some pros and cons. I feel that Notion iOS’s palette is very logically laid out. It’s nearly impossible to not be able to find the tool you need. I like what can be done on the “paper” area of the GUI, but I feel like the tool bar could be organized better. Initially I was looking for an app on iOS that would allow me to use Schenkerian type analysis fonts and graphics. If not that, then a free form mode where notes didn’t have to stick to the time signature. Surprisingly, I managed to perform some reduction, but not much. I don’t have much to say yet, (I’ll revise my review at a later date), but there is a lot of potential here and it seems that the developer is intent on building a professional notation app for iOS. For me it must be able to handle orchestral scores, elaborate piano notation (Debussy, etc..). and eventually film scores. I have a feeling that Presonus keeps Notion iOS on life support just because. Komp is a subscription based service. I will never do subscription based apps. Finale has said they’re not going to do iOS right now. Sibelius? No way. All of that said, I’m pulling for SP5 and am going to start making YouTube videos about it. I’d like to see AUv3 Instrument support added so I can use the Ravenscroft piano and other instruments. That’s the future. That’s it for now. Stay aggressive SP5! There’s a whole community waiting to see who’s going to become the king of the iOS Notation hill. SP5 has a chance. Look at Finale, Dorico and Notion for feature inspiration. Easy but powerful. I’ll revise my review once I have more specific things to say. For now, I’m giving SP5 a chance to become my daily.
KStover02's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 8/1/18 2:48 PM
I’m writing my first composition and this app will definitely make it easier. It’s more fun than playing games.
Habaneroburger's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 7/6/18 1:11 PM
The functionality is nice and the app shows a lot of promise but it gets a hundred little things wrong and it ends up fighting. you. all. the. time. When you can get in a groove of note entry then you’re really happy, but you can only enter maybe five or six notes successfully at most before it messes something up, and it takes you 30 seconds to fix it. It’s really bad about inadvertent screen touches (even finger touches while using the pencil are bad) and it loves to drop random notes ten ledger lines below a staff. If it gets the pitch of a note wrong and you go to fix it, what will it do? The same gesture may bring up an edit window, or add another note, or rewrite the note, or do nothing, at random. You can drag to change the pitch but it prefers to change to a non-diatonic note and it’s a real pain to move it the extra half-step. Especially with the pencil you learn to change its input mode all the time to reduce chances of input being misinterpreted. Multi-voice support is wonky. It loves to interrupt your workflow to brag how a feature you didn’t intend to invoke used to be paid but is now free. You get the picture here — using the app is a litany of navigating its bugs and quirks and shortcomings, and you cannot enter a state of flow with it because it behaves so erratically. You use it because you have to. You’re unlikely to be happy with this as your sole notation app unless your needs are trivial. For my part I will use it on-the-go for quick ideas or to do entry of scores I will later clean up in Sibelius on my laptop — an app which for all its oddities I have gained a much better appreciation for now. I don’t blame the developers. Writing this sort of app is super hard, and the Sibelius and Finale developers have had teams working for years and years, and their stuff costs hundreds. This price is a steal by comparison, but nevertheless you get what you pay for.
Jasper Yate's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 7/11/18 8:42 AM
What an amazing way to bring musical composition to the iPad and beyond! Make music and save paper ~ what’s not to love!? Elegant and capable. Has all the tools I could imagine and more :)
Spe42's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 7/10/18 2:01 PM
It is a very impressive package, considering all the features that are built into the app. Was somewhat disappointed when, immediately after purchasing, I navigated to the in-app user manual, clicked on "submit feature request", and the app immediately crashed. When I then went to submit a crash report—the app crashed again. Notwithstanding, I am very impressed with the sheer volume of keystroke shortcuts to use the features—and since I am using an ipad keyboard case, this works well for my needs. However, as other reviewers have noted, the note input method is an incredible nuisance. Compared to what else is available on the ipad, and what reviewers are generally saying about them, Symphony Pro seems to my way of thinking yet the most reliable. All the music notation apps seem to have very compromising errors in their functionality, and not much in the way of signs of improvement (judging by what reviewers are saying, that is). Considering what's available, this is of very good quality.
Uncle Bottle's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 6/12/18 1:00 AM
I’ve been using this software for a couple of months now. I bought it for the handwriting feature, and first, let me say I love that it does what it says it does. The Apple Pencil feels a little slidy on the screen, but that’s not your fault, and I’ve mostly gotten used to the feel of it. The sound patches are pretty good - I’ve mostly been using the violin, viola and vcello for string quartets. I’m not positive that playback properly reflects written dynamics, but that may be simply because I haven’t tweaked the settings properly, and besides - I’m using this program for note entry and then exporting to Sibelius for actual playback. This process works pretty well, btw, once you work it out to use File Sharing to manually pass the files back and forth between pad and computer. Importing from Sibelius is not as thorough - lyrics and numeric notation (I-IV-V-I) did not come over on the file I tried. The biggest problem I have with the app is that I rest my hand on the screen to write, as one would on a piece of paper. Frequently in the middle of a measure, I will accidentally touch the control bar that sits at the bottom of the screen, which will send the app into a different mode, or erroneously enter whatever I’ve touched. It seems to me that if you could move that control bar to the top of the screen, that would clear up this problem. Something to think about for a future version. Two other issues - Note Mode and Edit Mode are not as exclusive as they could be - I have entered entire passages using the pencil in Edit Mode, and made edits in Note Mode. A little better separation would come in handy on this feature, and avoid the occasional palm cancel confusion that sometimes comes up. And the Feedback function crashes the app - when I tried to send these suggestions directly to the app it just quit to the main screen on my iPad. This happened whether I selected Report Bug, Request a Feature, or any of the other options that are offered. Keep revising - I think you’ve got a really good thing coming here.
DKLITAKENIN's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 5/6/18 2:28 PM
I haven’t had the program that long. Entering notes via Apple Pencil or the built in piano keyboard is quite simple and works well. I am using the program to write and arrange SATB that will accompany a male quartet. I eventually learned how to add 2 grand staves to accompany 8 parts. Lyrics are a little tricky and I have to manually move each lyric so the stems do not overlap the lyrics. There is a default alignment tool but the default alignment positions the lyric in the way of the musical notation. It may be me not knowing the program well enough. I may write a further review as I learn more about the program. Learning how to access the multiple tools can be a bit confusing at first but I eventually figured them out after reading the help manual. So far I would rate it 3 out of 5. I may find later that my opinion may change as I learn more about the program.
AimsLB's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 5/3/18 4:01 AM
I was looking for an app for my iPad Pro to write drum set transcriptions with. I needed something straight forward, with percussion note heads and without an autocorrect type feature. This app is great because it has a type of “spellcheck” that tells you when there is an issue without changing it for you automatically. I tried several others applications that left me frustrated and annoyed. Symphony Pro 5 is just what I was looking for. I ended up purchasing an Apple Pencil and prefer to use the app with that now. Over the last couple of months I have transcribed several songs and saved myself a ton of time and effort by using this app.
Gowdie's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 5/17/18 6:05 PM
Overall, I enjoy using this app. Even if it’s a little time consuming in it’s awareness of my handwriting. My main issue is that there’s no time clock. I’d like to see how long the piece that I’m writing is in order to determine the duration. All it counts are measure numbers, not seconds or minutes.
Studly Vibe's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 4/7/18 9:06 PM
App crashes relentlessly. 15 bucks down the drain
mmmmmmmmmmmmatt's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 4/4/18 5:44 AM
Really glitchy, and regretful for purchasing features to hand write notation with Apple Pencil. Not worth the $19.99. Most functions are easy to navigate after some practice, but still limited for what the entire app offers.
hunticat's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 4/28/18 5:15 AM
Every thing is good I like it, but when I put chords it’s stick together. Especially flat chords. For example Gb7 the space between G and b is too close pleas fix that. Other wise, I recommend this app
PageMad's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 4/25/18 1:28 PM
Running on a new iphone 7 plus 128 GB. Cant use this app
jazz basser's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 4/15/18 9:01 PM
So, far I’ve been reading through the help section, trying different commands, etc. And so far I’m totally missing what I thought was a pretty basic feature - lead sheets. I write based on lead sheets. Enter the changes then work on the melody based on the changes. I cannot find anything about lead sheets or entering chords. Guess I’m going back to Band in a Box on my Mac. So far a complete waste of $15. So if you are looking for an easy what to enter chords and compose based on a lead sheet like most jazz players do, look elsewhere!
Bassclef72's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 4/13/18 2:53 AM
I’ll write good when good is the experience.. but I am apparently in need of an accessory that makes operation easier..so .. good job with the first one.. used the Notion app .. with all symphonic instruments available.. I’m happy with its function, user friendly editing, and its ability to connect outside of itself and transfer music files.. So, this I bought... 6 months ago.. I tried it and I don’t get it.. what it for.. why does it not function in the same way as the other? It’s better than anything I’ve used .. that is ..the original Notion.. Tracy Anderson
LukeAG87's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 3/2/18 4:55 PM
I think this program is fantastic and I’ve been using it like crazy ever since I got it. So easy to use and I can compose anywhere on my phone or tablet. I even prefer it to the computer! The only thing causing heartache is the export to m4a. The recording skips and/or tries to “rush” to catch up, completely messing up the timing. I’m a choir director and the pieces I’m creating are causing my members issues because the recording has the skips and rushes which cause them to question their understanding of the timing. It’s just causing some frustration and additional time to review that really shouldn’t be necessary. I would love to see this aspect improved :) But again, amazing job on this program. Worth every penny!!
EvanjRoberts's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 3/10/18 10:54 PM
The app is better to start with than Sibelius and finale are. Highly recommended hopefully it gains traction for further development and potential Mac version. Love it!
Byoung345's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 2/9/18 6:40 PM
After about 12 hours, I have really come to enjoy this app. It is well documented, and includes many shortcuts and hints. Good job.
Nnnipppiiii's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 2/28/18 2:04 AM
Bought it this morning. Crashes. I do like the piano keyboard note entry. But, I do not like the limitation of just one verse for lyrics. I should be able to write multiple verses. I tried a workaround using a text box, but this process is glitchy and I am yet to be reassured that this will actually work as I envision. Also, the visual resolution is a bit blurry/pixelated, and it just gets worse when a file is exported as PDF. Also, I shouldn't be forced to have a time signature. And, why can't I manually place a note, or chord, where I want horizontally, i.e. left or right? Why must it be automatic? Overall, workflow is not terribly user friendly, and strikes me as a bit clunky. I just wanted to arrange a hymn for my church choir to sing, and it's not going very well.
Voyeur2353432's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 2/17/18 6:26 AM
Tmonk's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 12/6/18 12:41 PM
First thing: I never expected this to replace Finale. Finale allows me to do more than should ever be expected of a mobile app. What I needed was a simpler, easier, and more intuitive notation software that could be used on the iPad, and that could use pencil input. I got exactly that. You can format most of what you need to the way you want. Drawback: The only serious gripe I have is that I can’t do an instrument-less, single staff format for a song (i.e. for lead sheets).
MostlyFromMaine's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 12/6/18 12:41 PM
Vesion 5 looks good, but I can’t justify the the upgrade for handwriting input without support for import and export of ABC notation. Also, support for for import/export/open/close via ‘Files’ api would be most welcome. Using iTunes for import is a royal pain.
Trailblazer963's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 12/6/18 12:41 PM
As of now, I have written a few concertos, and it has been really easy to understand and easy to use the in-app Apple Pencil functions
Toomuchsurfing's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 12/6/18 12:41 PM
So far, so good. I will update later after using this more.
Nathanael's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 12/6/18 12:41 PM
Using this app on an iPad Pro is a joy. For me, it’s faster than any other notation program out there. (I have the most time on Finale.) But the iPhone version, especially on my XS, is a train wreck. The interface can’t seem to stay in any particular orientation, regardless of which way I hold my device. The interface is cut off on the corners. Please read Apple’s interface guidelines for iPhone X+ phones and IMPLEMENT THEM.
sbaugh's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 12/6/18 12:41 PM
What? An ADDITIONAL $15 to enable handwriting? After an initial $15 payment?
Way jazz's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 12/6/18 12:41 PM
This is a very good app, making it and easy choice coming from Notion app... However, as a music teacher, the need for drum set notation and to a lesser extent Tablature for guitar is a must; I was really hoping to see them as per the developers claim to adding them by “Late 2018” for me this is disappointing. Hope to see these features soon as promised. Peace!
leaf13579's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 12/6/18 12:41 PM
Overall, I find being able to hand write very useful and works well. I wish I could also hand write the dynamics and have them convert to type, rather than having to plug them in manually. Same with bowings. The biggest problem I have is when I want to convert to PDF. I wish you could edit the individual parts instead of just the score. That way it could look the way I wanted when it came time to print, rather than hoping the software does a good job for me. Often, I’ll have one measure on a new page all by itself and it’s very frustrating because I can’t edit it once it’s a PDF. I’m going to try exporting it to Musescore and see if I can edit the parts from there.
Lizard Mike's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 12/6/18 12:41 PM
This was complicated at first . However once I figures it out the process became smooth and extremely useful. I recommend this app for beginners and advanced. Specially music teachers.
original_hitman's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 12/31/17 12:49 AM
So far this is the most powerful app I’ve used for notation on iPad. It has a bunch of features I did not expect, which is great. I have experienced the app getting stuck a few times, probably because there was a lot going on (was working on a 4 instrument score). Copy and paste sections did not work as well as expected, especially the chords tend to get out of place. Even though I have not purchased the pencil support add-on, I’m using the pencil to navigate and place the notes more precisely. However, using it this way sometimes causes random notes to be placed elsewhere on the score due to my hands accidentally touching the screen, which is a bit frustrating. I’m not sure if with the pencil support add-on it works better. Other than the above, I’m very happy with this app. I know I’m still learning how to best use the app (e.g. for transposing properly, make quicker edits, etc). For my purposes, it looks like this may be on its way to become my desktop replacement app in the future. The midi player sounds are also nice.
G000girl's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 12/29/17 11:32 PM
I waited awhile to finally get a good scoring program. I had my eye on this one for some time. I upgraded to the iPad Pro with Pencil and finally purchased SymphonyPro. What a great combination. I also opted for the in-app purchase to let SymphonyPro recognize my handwriting. You can use the Pencil without this option, but I particularly enjoy using the Pencil to cut and paste. With just a little bit of time you can make professional looking scores with this software. It’s so quick and easy. For anyone that has used pencil and score paper, you’ll really enjoy this. Mistakes are easily corrected. And note entry is easy, whether you use the Pencil, your finger, or a MIDI keyboard. So if you’re looking for a way to jot down your musical ideas, this is it.
FAK64's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 12/28/17 3:55 PM
As a music composer I use Symphony pro a lot. I’ve never tried other apps like Notateme or Notion. But except for curiosity, I see no reason to. I’ve been using Symphony for a couple of years now and I have no major issues. Maybe some actions like bar edition for instance could be more intuitive, and there’s room for improvement in the way some menu items are laid out, but globally, it’s a great app.
Leitilumo's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 12/23/17 11:40 AM
Keyboard will not close in any composition. It stays open no matter what; dynamics and other menus cannot be accessed to add to compositions. Triplet tool is extremely glitchy; it has trouble with things like replacing two sixteenths (in 4/4) with three sixteenths — it also automatically bars separate beats together for no apparent reason. Adding grace notes has similar problems. This was not always the case. Please fix these problems. :) — Long-time Symphony user.
Annnnnsssydy's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 12/17/17 3:05 PM
I am giving this app five stars because frankly I think it has excellent potential to be the best composition application for the iPad. I hope the developers will read this. I deleted the application earlier and downloaded it again. All of my work was deleted solely because the storage is all done on the device within the app. I, and many other users, would probably be very pleased to see a cloud storage feature added to this app. It would be so convenient to be able to store my compositions on OneDrive and feel safe in the case that anything happens to my device or I want to access my files somewhere else.
julielit's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 12/16/17 9:56 PM
I love the symphony pro app. It still has some things to work out but it is one of the best music writing apps I've tried.
Josh Levine's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 11/8/17 3:24 PM
Still learning how to use it but looks promising.
MgaJeff's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 11/24/17 11:34 AM
I have been using this application for over 2 months and have grown very comfortable with it. It is very powerful and does all I need it. The Apple Pencil functionality works well but takes practice.
BarryTheOwl's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 11/18/17 4:07 AM
This app is good, but there’s a big problem. I paid $15 for this app, and it always freezes, glitches and crashes on me. I kind of want my money back.
Dootuz's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 11/16/17 2:16 AM
This is a great app, don’t get me wrong... however more often than not you will be starching your head because its just so d*** buggy. Its decent but i have had a lottttt of crashes, too many to be excusable. HOWEVER THE ONE THING YOU NEED TO KNOW the handwriting mode looks amazing, but what they don’t tell you is that it is an In App Purchase of $12.99 ON TOP OF the $29.99 app. And to be honest , the handwriting is cool and all on the iPad pro, but not really worth it unless you KNOW fluent music notation going into it.
HorseLvr83's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 11/12/17 1:18 PM
I have tried so many different apps for writing music and this has by far been the easiest and most functional app out there. It’s got more features than any other app I’ve tried. I highly recommend for anyone that is looking for an app to compose music.
Lo-Jay's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 11/12/17 11:33 PM
As of writing this review, I would say that Symphony Pro is still one of the leading tablet notation apps, competing with Notion and, if you like handwriting apps (I don’t) NotateMe. That said, it still pales in comparison to some of the fundamental features of the desktop name-brand softwares. One thing Symphony Pro attempts to do right is its plethora of QWERTY keyboard shortcuts. Definitely a step in the right direction, but still lacking in the most important area - initial note entry. I recognize that tablets are built around the idea of touch notation and handwriting, but a huge game-changer would be adding support for proper QWERTY note entry wherein you type the letter name of the pitch you want and then use shortcuts to tweak the octave and accidentals. This is a central feature that any power user of Sibelius or Finale is used to. If such a feature were integrated, my rating for Symphony Pro would easily be 4 or 5 stars, as no mobile app currently entices me to rely on it for notation. While SP has an impressive range of detailed features, it would offer the most ‘bang’ for its ‘buck’ if it were to improve the way I enter my notes when using a keyboard with my iPad.
Travspike's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 11/11/17 6:11 PM
This app has returned hours of enjoyment and been a creative outlet. The copy/paste editing and note value counting are invaluable. I would never have as much freedom to experiment with manual writing, with erasing, etc. The user interface is a bit fussy at times (on 2nd gen iPad) - I recommend using a good stylus for precision. Haven't tried the handwriting feature, but it seems like it would be imprecise. Unfortunately the new sounds are terrible. The piano is tinny, the cello sounds like a goose with a bad cold, and the violin is an abrasive squeak. It's tolerable, but not very enjoyable to listen to. Otherwise not a bad tool for the price.
Woodandmusic's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 11/11/17 1:55 PM
I purchased the Apple Pencil upgrade on one of my iPad pros and it appeared to work good. After upgrading to version 5, the app again asks me to purchase the Apple Pencil Upgrade this time at a higher price. I cannot use the Apple pencil now even thought I purchased the Pencil upgrade. I sent multiple emails to the developer with no response. I also contacted Apple but they offered no useful help to date. I also tried using my 2nd Ipad pro with the same account and the app asked me to repurchase the pencil upgrade. My experience is that buying the Apple pencil upgrade has been a waste of money. $9.99
WMcLaughlin56's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 11/11/17 11:32 PM
I still can't submit my compositions to SoundCloud. Please fix it right away!
Ghduejfnjf's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 10/21/17 2:20 PM
This software is horrible. I waisted $15.00 and hours of time. It will not keep notation that is put in. It changes things that you've locked and it adds things on its own. It is not easy to use. It took me 6 hours to put in 4 measures of music. I had to go back and change things it would change after I put it in. It would add new keys in a measure, it would not keep slurs where I put them. It would add and take away notes. Very poor. I wish I could get my money back. It makes me leery of what I go to next.
corvo di bassetto's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 10/17/17 9:44 AM
This app is very useful for writing music on the i-pad. Recent upgrades have improved various editing features. It doesn't support micro intervals, advanced articulation marks and struggles with complex rhythms, hence it's not good for Brian Ferneyhough. But it is fine for 99% of classical and jazz arrangements. Really nice working with the i-pen. Unfortunately, while it originally featured some pretty useable, plain sounds, the most recent update abolished them in favour of the cheesy, infantile gimmick sounds known and dreaded from cheap keyboards. The beautiful celesta and old style synth sounds are gone, and the grand piano is unusable, because even if you remove all extra reverb it still sounds like recorded in an empty church from 100 yards away. Why?? Are we all supposed to be toddlers? The app would be useful for professional musicians using a mobile device, but from now on only with muted sound, as a typing pad.
Asagor's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 10/15/17 3:52 AM
Inputting notes singly was really a pain until SP upgraded a version where one can input through A Pencil. Now more than ever i can practice inputting notes and rehearsing my concertos at my pace. I enjoy the process of learning and performing. My teacher says it’s great that i found a useful tool. Thanks SP.
Ghdd's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 1/5/18 6:52 AM
I haven’t spent enough time with SP5 yet to give a fair review, but I have run into two problems. First, I’d love to be able to write out the tab first, and THEN it transfers to standard notation. Rather than the opposite or using the manual input with the guitar fretboard. Second, I am not able to export audio for some reason... I created a simple guitar tab chart with standard notation for a student and can’t export the m4a. Once these issues are fixed, I will leave a proper review.
Greatly Impressed's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 1/5/18 4:25 AM
I have both Finale and Sibelius. This app is great! I love the guitar tab feature and the guitar fingerboard entry method. Great for guitar music. I also use the keyboard entry method when arranging for the piano. Handwriting recognition is pretty good, but not awesome. Maybe I just need to understand how to work it better. But I do use it for voice. The app is powerful enough that you should spend some time upfront to go through documentation to get the most out of it. The manual is quite good. I have version 5, which is quite mature, I think. I think this app is easier to use than Finale and Sibelius, though not as powerful, but powerful enough for me in most cases. So far, I like it better than the other two, and think that I will be using this most the time from now on.
JB5056's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 1/26/18 5:35 PM
I compose a lot of Music. Notation is something I used to do on paper. I have been using several Sequencers (Genome is one of the best) and I have used Notion 6. As of writing this I am still on the fence as to which one will work the best for me. Currently I find entering and editing notes seems a little bit easier and more intuitive in Symphony Pro 5. I think a user interface that would utilize a grid to enter notes (similar to what is used in Genome would make this an automatic 5 Star App. A forward button set at either 8th or 16th etc along with the ability to enter notes using a midi keyboard would also be great.
Zani126's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 1/2/18 2:55 PM
Symphony pro is a great app, but quite expensive. It's easy to use and import, but sometimes it can be hard to locate functions. My worst complaint is probably about the midi. The instrument sound imitation is really bad and pretty annoying. Overall, It's a good app though
adanlawlor00's Review of Symphony ProReviewed on 1/11/18 2:56 PM
Keeping in mind that this is an app on my iPad, not on a desktop or other computer, this is great. Being on an iPad makes precise clicking difficult, but the app allows zooming and a selection tool that you can slide up and down until you find the correct note. It seems like the developers realized some of the issues and worked with it. Unlike some free apps I’ve used, this one knows basic music theory. Such as accidentales carry through the whole measure, and if the piece is in 4/4 you can’t have more than 4 beats. That’s great and saves me from a lot of headaches. It has all of the symbols and markings that I’ve needed and the playback is decent, considering it’s a computer playing sounds and not a real musician. I find this very useful. I can be creative and learn about music and it’s stress free and confusion free controls and options really make it enjoyable for me. I can’t see why, from my amateur composer perspective, anyone wouldn’t find this useful and/or satisfactory.