George gives an introduction to Notion and overview of the series.
Take a tour of the Notion interface.
George sets the preferences for best performance.
George explores creating a new score from scratch. Adding staves, editing staff names, and choosing staff types.
Key Signatures, Meters & Tempo1:40
George demonstrates entering key signatures, meters and change tempo marks, as well as creating pickup measures.
Basic Note Entry using the mouse with and without shortcuts, including triplets.
Copy, Paste, & Duplicating Measures1:20
George discusses selecting, copying and pasting measures. The Duplicate command combines both functions into single operation.
Steptime Entry & Repitching2:20
George uses the virtual keyboard and Steptime Entry to enter notes and to change the pitches of a phrase without changing the rhythm.
George explores using the virtual fretboard to enter notes into the TAB staff in chord mode.
Learn how to use the virtual drumpad to enter a basic drum part in two voices.
Transpose & Edit Tab2:25
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.
Repeats & Barlines3:12
George demonstrates entering the various types of repeats and endings and creating double barlines.
Playback: The Mixer & Swing Control3:20
An overview of the mixer. George also discusses setting outputs, adjusting volume and inserting effects.
Take a look at using various tools we’ve looked at in a pencil-like manner to create the turnaround and then copy and paste where needed.
Score Text: Chord Symbols & Lyrics4:13
George demonstrates typing chord symbols and lyrics directly into the score using the Chord Tool and the Lyric Tool.
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.
Playback: Time-Based Performance Functions2:49
George demonstrates changing the feel from Swing to Straight, adding a ritard and fermatas.
Fine Tuning the Score2:38
George discusses filling in rests throughout and hiding and editing attachments, as well as adding titles and credits.
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.
Playback: Mixing & Effects5:06
George explores using the Mixer and built-in effects to enhance the playback. Panning, EQ, Compression and other effects are added too.
Importing Standard MIDI Files2:17
George imports a MIDI file, converts to notation and strip velocity and tempo data.
Creating the Form3:55
George demonstrates deleting measures and adding repeats and endings to create the form.
George discusses enharmonics, swapping voices, changing note values and pitches, renotating trills.
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.
George demonstrates adding dynamics, articulations and phrasing.
Advanced Layout & Parts6:48
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.
Four Part Writing & Analysis6:15
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.
Jazz Rhythm Section: Drums2:00
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.
Jazz Rhythm Section: Piano, Guitar & Bass4:30
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.
Importing Music XML4:30
George shows how to import a musicXML and clears velocities and tempo data.
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.
Advanced Mixing: Auxiliary Busses5:32
George discusses mixing the orchestra by using submixes and aux busses.
NTempo: Live Performance & Recording Tempos6:36
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.
Scoring to Video8:35
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.
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.
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!
Submitted 1 month ago
I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Ableton Live
Submitted 3 months ago
Very Helpful and need more advanced videos to master Notion 6
I am a: Professional, Musician, Audio Engineer, Sound for Film/TV, Studio One
Submitted 11 months ago
I like the way the keyboard shortcuts are constantly reinforced throughout the tutorials
I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar
Submitted 1 year ago
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!
I am a: Professional
Submitted 2 years ago
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.
I am a: Hobbyist
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