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#2411096 - 04/17/15 12:51 AM Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available
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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.

Kind regards,
James
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#2411153 - 04/17/15 06:31 AM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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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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#2411154 - 04/17/15 06:32 AM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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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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#2411158 - 04/17/15 06:49 AM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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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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#2411166 - 04/17/15 07:08 AM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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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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#2411177 - 04/17/15 08:13 AM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: lophiomys]
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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.

Kind regards,
James
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#2411183 - 04/17/15 08:20 AM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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Can the app be used as a music reader as well; like forScore?

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#2411188 - 04/17/15 08:26 AM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: fizikisto]
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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.

King regards,
James
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#2411212 - 04/17/15 08:51 AM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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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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#2411226 - 04/17/15 09:44 AM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: ElmerJFudd]
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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!

Cheers,

B.

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#2411231 - 04/17/15 09:58 AM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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Not available outside the US apparently.... frown
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#2411237 - 04/17/15 10:12 AM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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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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#2411244 - 04/17/15 10:35 AM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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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.

Best regards,

Dan.

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#2411391 - 04/17/15 08:51 PM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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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


Edited by fizikisto (04/17/15 08:52 PM)
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#2411395 - 04/17/15 09:17 PM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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The apps are not available in Thailand store. frown

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#2411880 - 04/19/15 08:53 PM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: slowtraveler]
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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

Cheers,
James
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#2411883 - 04/19/15 08:58 PM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: siros]
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Originally Posted By Digitalguy
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.

Kind regards,
James
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#2411884 - 04/19/15 09:00 PM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: fizikisto]
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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,

Dan.


Originally Posted By fizikisto
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.

Kind regards,
James
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#2411916 - 04/19/15 11:02 PM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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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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#2411929 - 04/19/15 11:55 PM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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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).

Kind regards,
James
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#2412027 - 04/20/15 09:08 AM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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Purchased! Looking forward to giving it a shot.

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#2413256 - Yesterday at 07:50 PM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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A well-written 4 page review of Touch Notation from SibeliusBlog.com:

http://www.sibeliusblog.com/news/touch-notation-by-kawai/

Kind regards,
James
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#2413418 - Today at 08:10 AM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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while Windows may be a possibility


Dear James,
This is great news. Are there any future plans to release Windows version of Virtual tecnician app for CA-97, too?
Cheers
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#2413467 - Today at 10:33 AM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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I do not recommend using a real pencil with this app. crazy

I attempted to erase a note with my pencil's eraser, and ended up with a pinkish residue on my screen that simply will not come off despite many hours of wiping and swiping. f

For the record: I was using a #2 pencil; which works beautifully with my pad, yet for some reason does not seem to get along with my ipad. Go figure! grin

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#2413593 - Today at 04:51 PM Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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Originally Posted By Kawai James
A well-written 4 page review of Touch Notation from SibeliusBlog.com:

http://www.sibeliusblog.com/news/touch-notation-by-kawai/

Kind regards,
James
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James,

The second to last paragraph in the review is very interesting (bold highlight is mine):
Quote:
Kawai has taken a great deal of care to work with, and around, the existing limitations of the Apple iOS and hardware, which aren’t as conducive to writing music by hand as a native pen-and-touch system like the Surface. If Touch Notation has an Achilles’ heel for now, it’s those OS and device limitations, but that could quickly change if Apple delivers an iPad Pro with a larger screen and pen technology, as has been rumored.

While not everyone is using the Apple ecosystem, there are a huge number of iPad/iPhone users. My reaction to the Windows Surface Pro software - NotateMe 3 and Staffpad - was "Meh. Nice software, but I'm NOT buying a Surface Pro just for notation!" While getting a iPad Pro may not be on my to-buy list now, it's just an extension of my current Apple ecosystem. I.e. it should not be much hassle to start using an iPad Pro.

Regards,

Dan.

p.s. I've only tried it a couple of times, but Touch Notation seems to work fairly well with a Pencil by FiftyThree Digital Stylus for iPad: http://www.amazon.com/Pencil-FiftyThree-...stylus+for+ipad

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#2413643 - 16 minutes 18 seconds ago Re: Kawai 'Touch Notation' iOS app now available [Re: Kawai James]
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Thanks for the pen recommendation, Dan!

It remains to be seen if/when Apple will announce a new, larger, higher specification iPad. However, if the rumours and leaks are true, it could well compete with the Surface.

I agree about the Apple ecosystem, too. It's very convenient, but I prefer the flexibility of different platforms. Currently I use Windows, OS X, iOS, and Android across a range of devices.

Cheers,
James
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