Symphony for iPhone - Composition & Notation


Description of App: 

Symphony is a music composition tool made to work perfectly with your iPhone!

Our app is designed to be the most intuitive environment possible for writing down your musical ideas on a handheld device, as well as for creating anything from sheet music to large orchestrations while on the go.

To add notes, tap the Pencil icon, then tap anywhere inside a measure to write a new melody or chord progression. You can quickly edit note properties before or after placing notes. By switching to Select mode with one touch, you can also transpose, erase, cut, and paste multiple notes anywhere in the score.

When you’re done composing, Symphony allows you to print your score with AirPrint, or share it as a PDF, MIDI, MusicXML, or audio file to DropBox, iCloud Drive, and email.

More Features:

• 100+ acoustic instruments available for live, multi-track performance
• Efficient, ergonomic design for your iPhone 5, 6, or 6+ device
• Create formatted chord charts & lead sheets with the Chord Symbol and Lyric tools.
• Create scores in standard music notation or tablature
• Enter notes with touch input, an on-screen instrument, a MIDI input device, or even a QWERTY keyboard
• Dozens of shortcuts & gestures to edit & navigate.
• Print the score from your iPad with AirPrint
• Up to 15 instruments, 45 staves, 4 voices/layers per score
• Record MIDI to notation in real-time using a click track
• Backup & sync scores with iCloud
• Import MusicXML, MIDI, MXL, or Symphony files
• Export as a PDF, MusicXML, MIDI, AAC, or Symphony file
• Large selection of articulations & dynamics in the Expressions menu
• Multi-measure rests for parts
• Grace notes
• Edit multiple notes and rests by selection, toggle, and note groupings.
• Copy/Paste function can select multiple measures & staves, and cut single or multiple voices/layers
• Unlimited undo and redo
• Customizable stem directions & note beaming
• Transposing instruments & concert pitch options
• Change tempo or clef at any point in the score
• Stream audio or share your screen wirelessly with AirPlay
• Advanced document management support
• Customizable part groupings for SATB and instrument families
• Customizable chord symbol, lyric, and annotation font
• Loop playback between a range of measures
• Auto-save

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* Symphony is now free-to-download, meaning that without upgrading, your installation will have the following limitations:

(1) A maximum of 6 user-created scores
(2) A maximum of 2 exported scores/day.

* Purchase to the Full Edition IAP directly from the app in order to:

- Enable unlimited saving & exporting

However, if you already purchased this app before it became "Freemium", you can instantly register your earlier purchase to unlock the Full Edition upgrade. Just look under Help > Full Edition, then click on the first option listed

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Accessibility Comments: 

With the exception of the fretboard instrument, this app has so far proven to be complete accessible. The developers have made it possible to operate the app using QWERTY keyboard shortcuts, and the documentation for this interface option even has a section specific to VoiceOver users that includes things like a key combination to have Voiceover announce your current location within the open project.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.


There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments: 

I rated the app as totally accessible despite the lack of access to the fretboard instrument because the developers did such an outstanding job implementing true VoiceOver accessibility across the rest of the app. The on-screen keyboard instrument, which is a piano keyboard and not a QWERTY keyboard, makes up for the present lack of fretboard instrument access. I chose to overlook this issue since the developers of Symphony have managed to create, in an app for the iPhone and iPad, the sort of notation editor software that is so rare for those of us who cannot see: a full-featured piece of software that works for everyone, regardless of sight, out of the box and with native accessibility. I honestly never thought I would find an accessible notation editor that was so affordable and doesn't require additional layers of software or workarounds to make it work half as well as its developers intended. This is a notation editor that is accessible to everyone just as it is.

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