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Good afternoon folks,

I'm delighted to announce that the English version of Kawai's 'Touch Notation' scoring app is now available for iOS in the AppStore.

Touch Notation: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id890358046
Touch Notation Free: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id905828734
Website: http://cmusic.kawai.jp/en/products/tn/



The paid version of the app is currently being offered at a special introductory price of $7.99 (33% off) until the end of the month, whereupon it will return to the standard price of $11.99.

The free version has a few saving/exporting restrictions, but is otherwise fully functional.

Regardless of whether you're used to scoring music with a pen/pencil or a mouse, please feel free to give Touch Notation a try and let us know what you think.

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A cool app at a reasonable price, increases the pressure on me to get an iPad. smirk


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That looks impressive James. I'll definitely try it out. Do you know, can it do lead sheets too, i.e, can it recognize chord symbols? Also can it display guitar tabs for accompaniment chords?


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Is there any iOS device with an input pen, of which the "Touch Notation" app would benefit from?

I think of a device like a Samsung Galaxy Note, which features a digital pen.




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Iophiomys,
you can get a stylus that works with iOS devices. They're possibly more comfortable than simply using a finger, but I'm not sure if they are any more precise.


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Originally Posted by lophiomys
Is there any iOS device with an input pen, of which the "Touch Notation" app would benefit from?


Not yet, but perhaps that will change with the introduction of the iPad Pro later this year?
Until then, and for all other iOS users, there are plenty of options available for those looking to use a touch pen with their device.

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Can the app be used as a music reader as well; like forScore?

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Originally Posted by fizikisto
That looks impressive James. I'll definitely try it out. Do you know, can it do lead sheets too, i.e, can it recognize chord symbols? Also can it display guitar tabs for accompaniment chords?


Chord input and accompaniment backgrounds are available as in-app purchase, however guitar tab input is currently not possible.

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Good show, James.

Instresting that Kawai is interested in sinking $$$ into iOS software. Maybe it's to have a presence on the app store for marketing purposes?


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Originally Posted by ElmerJFudd
Instresting that Kawai is interested in sinking $$$ into iOS software. Maybe it's to have a presence on the app store for marketing purposes?

Kawai is pretty serious about music software. They produce a number of products, including a couple of other iOS offerings, for sale in Japan. You can get some information about this if you ask Google to translate:

http://cmusic.kawai.jp/products/index.htm

I think a more interesting question would be whether they intend to follow the lead of Korg and others, and begin producing virtual instruments for iOS and other platforms!

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Not available outside the US apparently.... frown


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Indeed, some beautifully sampled Kawai pianos in Software would be great... Especially for products like the VPC-1. You know I also really enjoyed the K series synths when Kawai was working in that area. Still have a K1 I pull out of storage now and again for nostalgia.

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James,

Downloaded free. Liked it. Bought paid. Very much liked it. Bought full sound set.

I'm using this on an iPad Mini. Even with the small screen, it is excellent. The little circles take a bit of getting used to, but the manual is very well written. Of course, I've only used it for about 45 minutes total. smile

The export feature looks great. MIDI and Music XML export means I can load this into Sibelius. thumb thumb

In general, this is a great app. As a version 1.0 app, it is amazing. I predict major success.

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James, thanks! It's a really cool little app. I'll spread the word where I can. Hope that it's very successful. smile

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The apps are not available in Thailand store. frown

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Originally Posted by slowtraveler
I think a more interesting question would be whether they intend to follow the lead of Korg and others, and begin producing virtual instruments for iOS and other platforms!


Originally Posted by ElmerJFudd
You know I also really enjoyed the K series synths when Kawai was working in that area. Still have a K1 I pull out of storage now and again for nostalgia.


A virtual K5000 for iOS would be pretty awesome! wink

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Not available outside the US apparently.... frown


Originally Posted by siros
The apps are not available in Thailand store. frown


Thank you for the information. I will ask the Computer Music team to double-check the situation and make the necessary changes to allow this app to be available in all markets.

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Originally Posted by Dan Clark
Downloaded free. Liked it. Bought paid. Very much liked it. Bought full sound set.

I'm using this on an iPad Mini. Even with the small screen, it is excellent. The little circles take a bit of getting used to, but the manual is very well written. Of course, I've only used it for about 45 minutes total. smile

The export feature looks great. MIDI and Music XML export means I can load this into Sibelius. thumb thumb

In general, this is a great app. As a version 1.0 app, it is amazing. I predict major success.

Best regards,

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James, thanks! It's a really cool little app. I'll spread the word where I can. Hope that it's very successful. smile


Thank you very much for the positive feedback chaps!
I will certainly pass this on to my colleagues in the Computer Music division.

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James, perhaps you have already answered this question, but I wonder if there are any plans of migrating this app to Android (or Windows/Linux)


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Hello Marcos,

I believe the Computer Music division are looking into the possibility of porting 'Touch Notation' to other platforms, however I don't believe any decisions have been made yet. I gather that the market for productivity apps on Android is relatively small compared to that of iOS.

I'd say Linux is highly unlikely, while Windows may be a possibility, given that we already have a number of music creation applications available for this platform (albeit in Japan only).

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