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  • Category: Music & Video / Music
  • Published by: StaffPad Ltd ?
  • Size: 434 MB
  • Supported processors: x64
  • Language: English
  • Learn more: Website & Support
  • Notes:
    This update includes: * Added special staff type for bar numbers -- useful for printed scores * Added additional print scaling options. * Increased size of below-the-staff bar numbers for printed parts. * Various other small bug fixes


WRITE MUSIC, NATURALLY. StaffPad is a groundbreaking music notation application, featuring advanced handwriting recognition. Write music, using your digital pen*, and StaffPad will transform your handwritten notation into a beautifully typeset score which you can then edit, play back, print and share. For composers and musicians, StaffPad revolutionises the art of writing music. *IMPORTANT NOTE: STAFFPAD **REQUIRES** A DEVICE WITH ACTIVE PEN CAPABILITIES. DESIGNED FOR SURFACE. MUSIC RECOGNITION StaffPad has been designed from the ground up for pen input. Simply write your music straight on to the screen, using your device’s pen. As you move from bar to bar, StaffPad will convert your handwriting into a beautifully engraved score. You can draw notes, beams, stems, articulations, accidentals, slurs, ties and more. It’s the most natural way to write music on digital device, ever. AN ORCHESTRA IN THE TIP OF YOUR PEN StaffPad contains a bespoke playback engine, and an entire orchestra which has been meticulously recorded and programmed to play back your score with incredible realism. Multiple dynamics layers, multiple recorded articulations, repetition samples and smart playback rules ensure that what you see is what you hear. The entire symphony orchestra is represented, and more instruments are available to purchase from the in-app store. StaffPad is powerful. Everything from a basic piano lead sheet to a full symphony score can be written with StaffPad. A BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE Writing music should be the focus of a composer. StaffPad handles everything else for you whilst you work. The interface has been designed to reduce clutter, and is context sensitive - showing only the information you want, when you want it. PEN AND TOUCH By combining the power of digital inking and multitouch, we can offer a no-compromises approach to virtual manuscript. Use your finger to move around the score, and pinch to zoom - with butter-smooth scrolling. When you want to write music, just use the pen. Use your eraser button on the pen to remove both ink strokes and existing notation. You can also draw freehand on the score, using the sketch layer, to quickly brainstorm and leave notes/comments for yourself and others. PRINT YOUR RESULTS StaffPad will intelligently layout the score when it’s time to print. You can print the entire score, as well as individual parts for each musician. StaffPad has smart collision avoidance and music layout rules which handle the reflowing of the music to a page-based layout automatically. SHARE YOUR WORK StaffPad allows you to easily share and export your work. You can export MIDI and MusicXML, should you wish to continue working on your score in other programs. You can also export your score to MP3/WAV format, or quickly email an MP3 of your work in just a couple of taps. StaffPad also supports import of MusicXML and MIDI files. SCORE SYNC AND AUTO-SAVE StaffPad is always saving your score, and keeping track of versions - which you can return to at anytime. By saving your scores to OneDrive, you can ensure that your scores are kept in sync across all your devices. StaffPad also syncs your settings and preferences. You can also organise your scores into ‘collections’, meaning that your scores and projects stay neatly organised, for easy access. You can even pin frequently accessed scores straight to the Start Screen. COMPOSER ASSISTANT A voice activated composer assistant allows you to interact with your score using your voice. Want to change the key signature to G major at bar 10? No problem - tap the assistant and say "Change to G major at bar 10". The assistant can quickly help you set up your score, adding instruments, setting the tempo, the key signature, the time signature, adding barlines, playing from rehearsal marks or specific bars, printing, exporting and transposing your score. Currently, the voice assistant is available in US and UK English only. EXPRESS YOURSELF StaffPad is the first notation application which allows you to easily draw dynamics/music expression data right onto the staff. By toggling the expression layer, you can elegantly draw in additional dynamics detail, which can enhance the realism of playback without compromising the existing dynamics markings on your score. PROFESSIONAL FEATURES StaffPad intelligently handles transposing instruments, allowing you to write in concert pitch and toggle to transposing when you’re ready, or when printing. You can write music in multiple voices, transpose selections, reverse stem directions, quickly repeat bars and insert text intuitively via the quick input tiles. Quick symbols provide the easiest way to enter trills, tremolos, fermatas, rehearsal marks, pedal markings, hairpins and much more. EDUCATION StaffPad is designed for professional composers and musicians, but it’s also a great learning tool for students. Within the application there are multiple video tutorials explaining how to use the app, and key musical concepts. COMPATIBILITY: StaffPad REQUIRES a device with a digital pen (also known as an active digitiser) and multitouch capabilities in order to function as designed*. If your device does not support pen and touch, the app will not function correctly. Support will not be available to users attempting to run StaffPad on an incompatible device. *StaffPad has been designed for Surface 3, Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4.


  • Music handwriting recognition
  • Designed for pen and touch
  • Realistic score playback
  • Score auto-layout
  • Beautiful, simple UI design
  • Full orchestral instrument library included
  • Print full score and individual parts
  • Sketch layer for freehand comments/markings
  • Expression layer
  • Smart articulation symbols
  • Import MIDI/MusicXML
  • Export to MIDI/MusicXML/MP3/WAV
  • Organise scores into collections
  • Sync scores with OneDrive
  • Multiple voice layers
  • In-app store for more instruments
  • Voice activated composer assistant.
  • Transposing score support
  • Partial bar selection
  • Quick start templates

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28 April 2016

I really do like this app and I think it has a lot of potential. However, as a band guy, this seems very orchestra oriented and therefore a one-sided notation app. For starters, there are no voicings for Euphonium/baritone, bass trombone, mellophone, and absolutely no marching percussion instruments. Perhaps some third party developers will create these but they should already be included.


26 January 2016

The program itself is simply amazing, the only problem is that it continues to crash, constantly. And it creates a problem when you're in the middle of writing...(it kills the inspiration 😢)


14 December 2015

Amazing App, very good recognition. just facing trouble with natural symbol recognition


16 November 2015

problems with the pen, never worked. I want my money back


26 October 2015

I think there is a lot more potential for this app. Contemporary composers are going to find a lot lacking, i.e. different noteheads for string harmonics and other alternate methods, cross-staff functionality, easier printing and PDF exporting methods. I am pleasantly surprised with what I have been able to do so far, but I also feel quite limited creatively because of what is missing.


18 August 2015

I'm not sure if someone else has pointed this out yet, but piano and pianissimo are backwards if you check on the expression tool for fine tune volume editing. Just figured I'd point that out so they can continue making this app better.


31 July 2015

This is a full featured music notation app, make no mistake. Fast and easy handwritten input of music. Gets better and better with each update!


20 July 2015

I am a middle school band director and have spent about 22 hours using Staff pad. I have used a midi keyboard and Finale, but I think this app is better! Positives--printing is a snap. Scores print and transpose easily. The best part is printing out just one instrument part quickly. Its easy to copy and paste and save templates. I can sit in my recliner, compose music and hear it played by back real instruments(such as the tuba). Staff pad is intuitive. If you need help, you can email at blog.staffpad.net and they will send a detailed reply. Negatives--there are tutorials, but no written help file to refer to. Its quite difficult to learn how to get the app to recognize a sharp sign. As an avid Apple fan, its taking awhile to get used to the Surface pro 3. It is definitely worth the money to buy the app and the tablet and the digital pen.


9 July 2015

The price is absolutely worth it. I use this to arrange things for my choir, and it's phenomenal to use.


19 June 2015

Handwriting recognition is buggy. You need a lot of time to practice writing the way the PROGRAM want you to write. After I wrote out something simple, I exported it to XML, then opened it in Finale 2014. There were many issues. I saved time by typing it out in Finale. Maybe it will be easier to use after several more hours of training. Ugh.

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