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StaffPad

Music Notation and Composition

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All Versions of StaffPad

1.6.4

November 10, 2023

This update contains fixes and enhancements - Fixes a problem with display of tuplets when using Piano Capture - Fixes an issue with the Muse Solo Cello - Fixes an issue that could affect playback if a tempo point was created at the very end of the score - Eliminates clicks/artifacts that could sometimes be present in score audio export. - Fixes an issue with symbol placement above the stave in certain situations. - Improved the way that instrument changes are represented in the "ghost staff" - i.e when scrolling past the initial instrument name - Fixed an issue that can cause the score to continue playing even after the document has been closed - Fixed some silent notes that could occur when using the built-in Oboe sound
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1.6.3

October 24, 2023

This fixes several issues discovered since the large 1.6 update, including - A fix for some MIDI keyboards that could cause held notes - A fix for some clicks that could occur during playback and audio export - A fix for an issue that could sometimes result in instruments not being available in a new score. - fixes for a few reported crashes
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1.6.2

October 6, 2023

This is a hot fix to address a few issues found in the 1.6 release - Fix time signature dialog chopped off on iOS 17 - Various playback fixes (including choppy sounding playback, clicks, artifacts, and occasional crashes) - Fix issues with transcription on some systems - Fix silent playback bugs for several instruments (single staff piano, Bb trombone, C trumpet, and A clarinet) - Fix print layout with chord symbols
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1.6.1

September 26, 2023

- Use your real piano to input notes in StaffPad! Piano Capture uses the device microphones to convert audio signals into music notation. Record your real acoustic piano performance and see it convert into notation as you play - or convert an existing piano performance into notation. - Don't have a real piano? We've got you covered: you can now connect a wired or wireless MIDI keyboard and record directly into StaffPad in realtime. - Video Staffs are here! Import a video into your score and work with it easily - move it around, trim the start and end points, and export it with your music. - New Muse Sounds libraries open up incredibly expressive playback for orchestra and choir. Grab them FREE, in the StaffPad Store. - Harmonise mixer effect; automatically create harmonies on vocal audio staffs, using the chord information in the score. Great for backing vocals! - A new Dynamic Mastering effect can be applied from the score settings; Dynamic Mastering applies smart loudness, EQ, stereo widening, enhancer and limiting to act as an instant mastering engineer. - Smarter MIDI import: we've designed a new algorithm that is better equipped to convert and clean up messier MIDI performances. There's also many smaller enhancements and improvements throughout the app. We hope you continue to enjoy making music with StaffPad!
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1.5.7

July 6, 2022

What’s new in 1.5.7? - NEW: Time Staff. Add a time staff, choose a time base (e.g mins/secs, or a SMPTE timecode). - NEW: Drop labelled time markers directly on the time staff - NEW: Reduce Treble, and Reduce Bass mixer effects for audio and instrument staffs. - NEW: Niente hairpins. You can now drag down and up on hairpins to add a niente circle. This ensures the dynamic goes to or from silence, saving edits to the expression layer. - Dynamics will render above the staff for the print view when lyrics are used - Fixed some audio import issues on Windows - Fixed an issue when recording to stereo staffs on mono-mic iPads - Various fixes to file format stability - Fixed touch keyboard issues on Windows 11 - Adjusted logic for Round Robin samples on chords, resulting in more realistic RR playback - General MusicXML import and export fixes - Fixes for playback jumps during repeats, DC and coda structures - StaffPad will now favour tempo numbers when tempo words and numbers are used together (e.g Allegro 140bpm will favour the explicit tempo of 140bpm) - Fixed an issue with the abbreviation display for audio staffs within the “ghost staff” - Various stability fixes and performance improvements
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1.5.6

February 18, 2022

- Fixed an issue whereby some dynamics could be rendered incorrectly during print/page layout processes - Fixed various MusicXML import and export issues
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1.5.5

February 16, 2022

- We fixed an issue whereby lasso copy and paste of dynamics could sometimes freeze, if the selection crossed multiple time signatures - We fixed an issue related to writing in an open key in a transposed score, which could sometimes result in unexpected accidentals showing through - We fixed an issue with hairpin display and dynamic symbols colliding with bar lines in some circumstances - We fixed an issue whereby multi-rests weren’t displayed in the full score if you had a bar number staff present - We fixed an issue whereby tapping on a beat marker on a chord staff on an empty score could sometimes cause the app to crash - Various other minor bug fixes
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1.5.4

February 2, 2022

This is a hot fix update to address an issue with copy and paste that could occur in some situations. -- previous update notes below This minor release is focused on fixes and enhancements: - You can now choose if multirests should break for tempo changes on the printed score: Choose "curated" if you'd prefer the multirest to ignore dense tempo changes - this can make the display of parts more efficient when working with detailed tempo maps and click tracks. - Fixed an issue with playback of portamento and glissandi after a tied note - Fixed an issue with breath marks not affecting multiple voices - Fixed an issue whereby you could sometimes draw on an audio staff, but not erase that ink stroke - Addressed some layout issues involving boxed text, rehearsal marks and bar lines. - Fixed a responsiveness issue with erasing cautionary accidentals - Fixed the display of half rests on staffs with fewer than 5 lines - Fixed scores being corrupted if you swapped voices on two-note tremolos - Fixed an issue with the core library strings not always playing back simulated measured tremolo - Fixed an issue with crossfading loops on some sample libraries - Chords are now included in copy/paste images - Lasso select is now more responsive and easier to use - Fixed the playback of two note tremolo when the second note was below the first. - Manually created chord labels are now transposed if selected with the lasso or bar selection mode and transposed - Fixed an issue that cause StaffPad to crash if the “full forward” shortcut was used during audio recording - Fixed semitone offset for playback of generated mordents and turns - Fixed an app crash if a MIDI or MusicXML file was imported that contained unsupported characters - Made audio recording more reliable after minimising or backgrounding then returning to StaffPad, whilst record mode is enabled - Fixed the timing of the core bass guitar library C#3 note (FF layer) - Fixed successive insert text states after a boxed text formatting option was chosen previously - Adjusted the core library Bass Trombone to cover extended ranges - Fixed some collisions that could occur with boxed text - Fixed an issue that could sometimes cause the Welcome Page to render invisible after returning from a score or rotating the device - Fixed an issue causing repeated sections to not always take the correct tempo - Fixed an issue that could sometimes occur when dragging/copying the final bar in a piece - Fixed a crrupted state that could occur if using infinite or invalid musical repeat structures - Fixes some MIDI fie import issues when e.g a tempo isn’t present in the MIDI file - Fixes an issue with note events sometimes wrapping around a repeat section - Fixes an issue with small auto-crossfade amounts being applied to audio clips - Transposition of chord labels on printed parts now includes manually added chords - Fixed a crash that occur when importing “bad” MIDI that contained erroneous track lengths - Fixed an issue that could cause mutes/slurs to snap incorrectly to previously erased elements - Fixed an issue that could occur when lengthening the score via a time signature change, when a long audio clip is present - You can now import MusicXML exported from other iPad apps directly from the share sheet - Various performance improvements
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1.5.3

January 31, 2022

This minor release is focused on fixes and enhancements: - You can now choose if multirests should break for tempo changes on the printed score: Choose "curated" if you'd prefer the multirest to ignore dense tempo changes - this can make the display of parts more efficient when working with detailed tempo maps and click tracks. - Fixed an issue with playback of portamento and glissandi after a tied note - Fixed an issue with breath marks not affecting multiple voices - Fixed an issue whereby you could sometimes draw on an audio staff, but not erase that ink stroke - Addressed some layout issues involving boxed text, rehearsal marks and bar lines. - Fixed a responsiveness issue with erasing cautionary accidentals - Fixed the display of half rests on staffs with fewer than 5 lines - Fixed scores being corrupted if you swapped voices on two-note tremolos - Fixed an issue with the core library strings not always playing back simulated measured tremolo - Fixed an issue with crossfading loops on some sample libraries - Chords are now included in copy/paste images - Lasso select is now more responsive and easier to use - Fixed the playback of two note tremolo when the second note was below the first. - Manually created chord labels are now transposed if selected with the lasso or bar selection mode and transposed - Fixed an issue that cause StaffPad to crash if the “full forward” shortcut was used during audio recording - Fixed semitone offset for playback of generated mordents and turns - Fixed an app crash if a MIDI or MusicXML file was imported that contained unsupported characters - Made audio recording more reliable after minimising or backgrounding then returning to StaffPad, whilst record mode is enabled - Fixed the timing of the core bass guitar library C#3 note (FF layer) - Fixed successive insert text states after a boxed text formatting option was chosen previously - Adjusted the core library Bass Trombone to cover extended ranges - Fixed some collisions that could occur with boxed text - Fixed an issue that could sometimes cause the Welcome Page to render invisible after returning from a score or rotating the device - Fixed an issue causing repeated sections to not always take the correct tempo - Fixed an issue that could sometimes occur when dragging/copying the final bar in a piece - Fixed a crrupted state that could occur if using infinite or invalid musical repeat structures - Fixes some MIDI fie import issues when e.g a tempo isn’t present in the MIDI file - Fixes an issue with note events sometimes wrapping around a repeat section - Fixes an issue with small auto-crossfade amounts being applied to audio clips - Transposition of chord labels on printed parts now includes manually added chords - Fixed a crash that occur when importing “bad” MIDI that contained erroneous track lengths - Fixed an issue that could cause mutes/slurs to snap incorrectly to previously erased elements - Fixed an issue that could occur when lengthening the score via a time signature change, when a long audio clip is present - You can now import MusicXML exported from other iPad apps directly from the share sheet - Various performance improvements
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1.5.2

January 13, 2022

There’s been a few general improvements, including some work to further extend battery life on ProMotion displays. Change log: - Fixed importing MusicXML from other apps via the iOS share sheet - Fixed MIDI import for MIDI files containing nested or irregular tuplets - Fixed an issue caused by changing the time signature near the end of score containing an audio file - Fixed an issue which resulted in duplicated scores not retaining saved audio - Fixed an issue with tempo markings that could cause corrupted scores - Printing multiple individual parts with multi-rests now works correctly - Editing arranger and copyright from the Edit Details screen now saves correctly - Made it easier to insert popular chord qualities such as minmaj9 etc - Invalid repeat/coda structures no longer cause a score crash - Mid bar instrument changes are handled more reliably - Fixes piano import for MusicXML files resulting in piano (audio) staffs, rather than notation staffs - Fixed crash if chord input starts with a / character - Fixed some issues with glissandos that could cause score corruption - Fixed issues that could be caused by mute lines and slurs ending on a rest/empty beat position - Fixed a layout issue whereby sometimes chord symbols don’t line up with notes - Various safety fixes to address some UI crashes discovered
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StaffPad In-App Purchases History

Free

Muse Percussion

Orchestral Percussion for StaffPad

Free

Muse Strings

Orchestral and Solo Strings for StaffPad

Free

Muse Keys

Pianos, Keyboards and Orchestral Keyboards

Free

Muse Harp

Orchestral Concert Harp for StaffPad

Free

Muse Brass

Orchestral Brass for StaffPad

Free

StaffPad Essential Guitars

Nylon, Uke, Mandolin, Electric and a Charango

Free

Toy Glockenspiel

A glockenspiel - for grown-ups!

Free

Muse Woodwinds

Orchestral Woodwinds for StaffPad

Free

Muse Choir

Cinematic SATB Choir for StaffPad

Free

Muse Guitars Vol. 1

Essential Acoustic, Electric and Bass guitars

Free

Retro Keyboards

Rhodes; Wurlitzer; Hammond; Challen Upright

Price History of StaffPad

Description of StaffPad

MADE FOR COMPOSERS ------------------------- StaffPad is designed for composers who want to write music effortlessly, using music notation and audio. 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. Record or import audio directly onto your score and edit it intuitively with Apple Pencil. Magically convert your real piano playing or existing recordings into notation using advanced on-device machine learning. Add video, smart symbols and use world leading sample libraries and mix your score with a suite of studio effects. From basic idea to a full film score; StaffPad is the easiest, most powerful and most intuitive way to compose music on iPad. WRITE NATURALLY ------------------- Write your score with the fluidity of natural handwriting. Use touch and Apple Pencil to quickly edit your notation. Transpose, repeat and structure your score with intuitive gestures and tools. Customise the tempo with a unique tempo staff (or import a tempo map from a MIDI file), add chords either manually or automatically with the chord staff. You can even copy music written in StaffPad into other apps, simply using the normal copy and paste functions. HEAR YOUR MASTERPIECE ---------------------------- With a groundbreaking playback engine and over 55 included instruments, StaffPad is ready to perform your written piece instantly. Add industry-standard sample libraries, adapted and customised for StaffPad, from some of the world's leading sample developers. This is a leap forward for composers working at the highest levels. SHARE WITH SCORESYNC --------------------------- Once you're ready to perform or record your work, tap the ScoreSync button in StaffPad and your score is instantly shared across a Wi-Fi network to any device running the free StaffPad Reader app (available in the App Store). The Readers present each individual musical part beautifully formatted, update in realtime with any changes you make to your score, handle automatic page turns, and play back in perfect time with a synchronised metronome, for capturing the perfect recording every time. 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. You can import audio files into your score, with support for most major audio formats. WORK WITH AUDIO AND VIDEO -------------------------------- For the first time, you can seamlessly mix audio with your notated score. Record directly onto the score canvas using your device's in-built microphones, or import loops, Tempo map freeform/rubato performances using the tempo staff. Add shine to your production with a suite of studio quality DSP effects, and polish with precise automation. PIANO AND MIDI CAPTURE --------------------------- Record your real piano and convert it into notation. Don't have a real piano? Don't worry - you can connect a USB or Bluetooth MIDI keyboard and record your performance in realtime, converting to notation as you play. 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.
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StaffPad: FAQ

Does StaffPad work on iPads?

Yes, StaffPad is iPad-friendly.
The StaffPad app was developed by StaffPad Ltd.
The StaffPad app currently supports iOS 14.5 or later.
The StaffPad app has a consumer rating of 4.1 and gets a lot of positive feedback.
The App Category Of Staffpad Is Music.
The current version of StaffPad is 1.6.4.
The latest StaffPad update was released on July 13, 2024.
The StaffPad app originally came out on February 6, 2023.
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Currently, StaffPad supports Arabic, English, French and 11 more.
No, StaffPad is not on Apple Arcade.
Yes, StaffPad supports in-app purchases for added functionality.
Sorry, StaffPad is not designed for integration with Apple Vision Pro.

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Reviews of StaffPad

  • Excellent, Yet Handicapped

    I love StaffPad’s ambitious goal to give composers incredibly powerful tools and playback features, especially with the new Muse Sounds library. The developers have made exceptional design choices with the apps simplicity and getting straight to composing. But the handwriting system and recognition seriously handicaps speed and efficiency. I often find myself just going back to using a mouse and keyboard on my desktop to work instead. It’s really disappointing because StaffPad has so much potential to be truly great. I really want to use StaffPad more, especially to be free from having to be stuck at the desktop to compose. Can StaffPad reach its full potential? I’ll be keeping a very close eye and hope to see the day I will replace my desktop composer with StaffPad as my daily driver.
  • REALLY great app!

    I just got this app a few months ago, and at first I thought it wasn’t worth 90 bucks. But after learning how to get used to the writing, it became second nature, and it was very fun. Sometimes it would have a hard time recognizing dynamic markings and articulations. But I could work with it. The most recent update had audio and midi recording for piano. I couldn’t believe it. I have a TransAcoustic Yamaha piano, so I tried the midi function, and I was blown away. I could record almost a whole song in music NOTATION in a couple minutes. I mean, imagine what Chopin could do with that. I also tried the piano recognition, which just records plain audio and not midi notes, that function didn’t work so well for me. But if your thinking of buying this app. I think its WORTH it. It might take some practice if you’re coming from musescore like me, but is overall an excellent app.
  • Integration with MuseScore (Mouse & Keyboard, MSCZ Format Support)

    I love using StaffPad, it’s the most powerful composing tool for use on the go, especially with the new Muse Sounds library. There are plenty of times where I wish I could use a keyboard and mouse system like I do with other platforms like MuseScore (especially native mscz format). I know the whole purpose of StaffPad being made for writing by hand, but using a mouse and keyboard (with keyboard shortcuts) is often faster for larger scale scores and less cumbersome than going back to fix writing mistakes by hand. This is just an opinion though, StaffPad is a fantastic platform and I’m happy to use it! You guys are doing an awesome job! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼