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PreSonus Tutorial

Notion Explained

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    2:30

    George gives an introduction to Notion and overview of the series.

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    Tutorial 2

    The Interface

    2:23

    Take a tour of the Notion interface.

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    Tutorial 3

    Preferences

    4:53

    George sets the preferences for best performance.

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    Tutorial 4

    Score Setup

    2:56

    George explores creating a new score from scratch. Adding staves, editing staff names, and choosing staff types.

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    Tutorial 5

    Key Signatures, Meters & Tempo

    1:40

    George demonstrates entering key signatures, meters and change tempo marks, as well as creating pickup measures.

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    Tutorial 6

    Note Entry

    3:43

    Basic Note Entry using the mouse with and without shortcuts, including triplets.

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    Tutorial 7

    Copy, Paste, & Duplicating Measures

    1:20

    George discusses selecting, copying and pasting measures. The Duplicate command combines both functions into single operation.

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    Tutorial 8

    Steptime Entry & Repitching

    2:20

    George uses the virtual keyboard and Steptime Entry to enter notes and to change the pitches of a phrase without changing the rhythm.

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    Tutorial 9

    Entering Tablature

    2:12

    George explores using the virtual fretboard to enter notes into the TAB staff in chord mode.

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    Tutorial 10

    Drum Notation

    2:51

    Learn how to use the virtual drumpad to enter a basic drum part in two voices.

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    Tutorial 11

    Transpose & Edit Tab

    2:25

    See how to duplicate the guitar and bass parts and use the Transpose tool to create a chord progression. George also covers Edit Tab fingering.

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    Tutorial 12

    Repeats & Barlines

    3:12

    George demonstrates entering the various types of repeats and endings and creating double barlines.

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    Tutorial 13

    Playback: The Mixer & Swing Control

    3:20

    An overview of the mixer. George also discusses setting outputs, adjusting volume and inserting effects.

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    Tutorial 14

    Turnarounds

    3:30

    Take a look at using various tools weve looked at in a pencil-like manner to create the turnaround and then copy and paste where needed.

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    Tutorial 15

    Score Text: Chord Symbols & Lyrics

    4:13

    George demonstrates typing chord symbols and lyrics directly into the score using the Chord Tool and the Lyric Tool.

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    Tutorial 16

    Guitar Techniques

    7:36

    George explores adding grace notes, slurs, bends, slides and other guitar techniques to a transcribed solo to create a realistic performance. George also shows how to copy between files.

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    Tutorial 17

    Playback: Time-Based Performance Functions

    2:49

    George demonstrates changing the feel from Swing to Straight, adding a ritard and fermatas.

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    Tutorial 18

    Fine Tuning the Score

    2:38

    George discusses filling in rests throughout and hiding and editing attachments, as well as adding titles and credits.

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    Tutorial 19

    Layout

    4:11

    George adjust the layout, changes the view and zoom level, changes to handwritten style, adjust the notation size, margins and spacing, and aligns chord symbols.

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    Tutorial 20

    Playback: Mixing & Effects

    5:06

    George explores using the Mixer and built-in effects to enhance the playback. Panning, EQ, Compression and other effects are added too.

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    Tutorial 21

    Importing Standard MIDI Files

    2:17

    George imports a MIDI file, converts to notation and strip velocity and tempo data.

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    Tutorial 22

    Creating the Form

    3:55

    George demonstrates deleting measures and adding repeats and endings to create the form.

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    Tutorial 23

    Editing Notes

    7:57

    George discusses enharmonics, swapping voices, changing note values and pitches, renotating trills.

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    Tutorial 24

    Changing Instruments

    2:07

    Changing instruments from string quartet to saxophones, and Transposes the score and keys. George also discusses a Concert vs transposed score, and checks the range.

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    Tutorial 25

    Critical Editing

    5:25

    George demonstrates adding dynamics, articulations and phrasing.

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    Tutorial 26

    Advanced Layout & Parts

    6:48

    George explores entering rehearsal letters and edits score text. George also adjust the notation size and margins, adds page and system breaks, adjust staff and system spacing, and opens and edits dynamic parts.

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    Tutorial 27

    Four Part Writing & Analysis

    6:15

    George demonstrates entering a chorale in four voices on a grand staff and creates a mid measure repeat. George also discusses changing fonts and entering analysis.

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    Tutorial 28

    Jazz Rhythm Section: Drums

    2:00

    George uses slashes and cue notes to create a professional jazz drum part. George also adds text designations, setts a part to Tacet, and Hides a part for use in playback.

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    Tutorial 29

    Jazz Rhythm Section: Piano, Guitar & Bass

    4:30

    Slash notation with or without stems with chord symbols for playback. Improving voice leading by notating chords under slashes. Using the Chord Library. Creating custom chord diagrams for guitar. Using the Recent Chord Library and transpose to quickly create guitar parts with better voice leading.

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    Tutorial 30

    Importing Music XML

    4:30

    George shows how to import a musicXML and clears velocities and tempo data.

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    Tutorial 31

    Performance Editing

    5:31

    George explores marking up a score for performance, edits articulations, dynamics and crescendo/descrescendos, and adjust the length of notes with the Sequencer Overlay. Randomizing attacks and tweaking dynamics are also covered.

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    Tutorial 32

    Advanced Mixing: Auxiliary Busses

    5:32

    George discusses mixing the orchestra by using submixes and aux busses.

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    Tutorial 33

    NTempo: Live Performance & Recording Tempos

    6:36

    George explores adding an NTempo staff and entering notes for tapping tempo. George then sets up a MIDI keyboard for NTempo, George also discusses performing using Live Performance Mode as well as recording and editing tempos.

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    Tutorial 34

    Scoring to Video

    8:35

    George imports a video and syncs it to Notion, determines basic tempo, marks hit points. George then adjust meter and tempo and uses Fit to Music command to sync to the hit points.

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    Tutorial 35

    VST Instruments

    3:13

    George explores creating a score using supported VST library, creates a multi-instrument track for unsupported VST instruments, and assigns VST instruments to basic staves.

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    Tutorial 36

    Custom Rules

    3:04

    George demonstrates creating custom rules for unsupported techniques with external VST instruments.

PreSonus Notion expert George Hess shows you how to get up and running in this 36-video comprehensive course, as well as go deep into more advanced features, and how to write your very own score sheets in no-time!

George begins with an introduction to the series, the Interface, and Creating a Score from Scratch. He then immediately dives into the practical, explaining Score Setup and Key Signatures, as well as Note Entry, Copying, and Entering Functions. George then covers Drum Notation and Guitar Tablature.

Once the basics are explained, George devotes the rest of the videos to more specific topics, giving you instruction on Playback, Fine Tuning, Adjusting Layouts, Importing and Exporting Form, Advanced Editing and Mixing Tutorials, as well as using Third-Party Instruments and Creating Custom Rules.

If you're just beginning to dabble in music notation and want to get started with Notion, or you've been using Notion for a while and want to improve your workflow, "Notion Explained" is the series you've been waiting for!

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Submitted 5 months ago

Great

Really useful tutorial. One thing....the video scoring tutorial towards the end...I'm not sure having a constantly changing tempo like this would be very pleasant!

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cliff
Submitted 1 year ago

Terrific videos!

Amazing job, George!! Notion has a gentle learning curve and these videos by George Hess are thorough, to the point, and easy to follow. They will enable you to start composing with Notion from day one. One suggestion: let us hear the output a bit more often during the videos. Correction: Notion supports Japanese, not Chinese.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

Dabbling? I guess I’ve been “dabbling” in it all of my life.

2. What training have you had?

I have a doctorate and masters from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelors degree from Berklee.

3. When did you get into recording?

I’m not really a recording engineer, but I’ve been involved with electronic music and music technology since the mid 70s.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I’m in my 10th year as Associate Professor of Music Technology at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore. I was also at Central Michigan University for 10 years. I’ve gigged with lots of people both professionally and as part of my teaching gigs. Some notables include James Morrison, Bob Mintzer, Jim Nabors, the Osmonds, Myron Floren and Ryo Kawasaki.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I’ve had lots of practice. I’ve been teaching at universities for over 25 years and privately for 10 years or so before that.

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    Notion Explained

    PreSonus Notion expert George Hess shows you how to get up and running in this 36-video comprehensive course, as well as go deep into more advanced features, and how to write your very own score sheets in no-time!

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Notion Explained is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Really useful tutorial. One thing....the video scoring tutorial towards the end...I'm not sure having a constantly changing tempo like this would be very pleasant!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Terrific videos! Amazing job, George!! Notion has a gentle learning curve and these videos by George Hess are thorough, to the point, and easy to follow. They will enable you to start composing with Notion from day one. One suggestion: let us hear the output a bit more often during the videos. Correction: Notion supports Japanese, not Chinese.
Date published: 2016-03-07