An even simpler, yet more capable app for composing on iPad.

Version 4 takes greater advantage of the iPad touchscreen, and brings more new features than ever before.

Read more about the release in one of the sections below:

User Interface
Part Management
Note Adjust Tool
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New in User Interface

  • Over a dozen new gestures and interface shortcuts to vastly improve workflow
  • Contextual menus to edit note & bar properties; commonly used commands are now right at your fingertips
  • Customizable QWERTY keyboard shortcuts for score navigation, cursor manipulation, and editing commands
  • Streamlined & ergonomic interface that reduces the need to switch between editing modes & menus

New in Part Management Features

  • Multi-bar rests and system breaks
  • Freely repositionable staves and beams
  • Add sections or rehearsal marks for annotation & navigation
  • Reduce your score's parts to view any range or combination of instruments for viewing or editing
  • Edit the properties of multiple bars simultaneously; rebar notes, fill rests automatically, and much more
  • Dismiss all toolbars to view the score only; perfect for reading or navigating large projects

Note Adjust Tool

  • Access contextual options to modify pitch, duration, rest, and more; these options appear directly above the note(s) that were added or selected
  • Customize tuplets to match any ratio you define
  • Choose between diatonic and chromatic transposition when dragging notes vertically; available under Home Screen Settings
  • Apply common rhythmic transformations to any consecutive sequence of notes & rests, including diminution, augmentation, subdivision, note legato adjustment, and repetition (examples below)
Note Adjust Tool
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More New Features and Improvements

In addition, SP4 brings over 1,000 bugfixes and other refinements to the previous version


  • Over a dozen new gestures and interface shortcuts to improve editing workflow
  • Streamlined and ergonomic interface that reduces the need to switch between editing modes and menus
  • Graphical menu design across the entire app for more intuitive access to available commands
  • Smoother scrolling within the Score View

iconGeneral Editing

  • Complete undo and redo support for edits to the score, including addition & deletion of new tracks & layers
  • In Select mode, input cursor can now be used to add or remove score expressions & symbols
  • Edit & reposition title / composer by tapping on the corresponding text fields

iconNote Entry & Editing

  • The Note Adjust Menu allows you to perform common or otherwise cumbersome editing tasks on a note selection, including:
    • - Modify note value, pitch, and almost all of the note properties available from the Notes Toolbar
    • - Apply or delete a beam on a consecutive sequence of notes
    • - Toggle enharmonic and note/rest
    • - Context-sensitive tie function can be used to apply adjacent slur

iconNew Gestures & Shortcuts

  • No longer necessary to switch between menus to reposition score symbols; you can now tap directly, or perform a rectangle-select over the symbols to edit them.
  • Invisible control points for editing measures & beams allow you to quickly edit their properties. They can be made visible & active by tapping once on their locations (examples shown below):
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  • On any expandable button in a toolbar, you can now tap quickly to deselect the icon, instead of having to tap twice; perform a longer tap to expand the available options
  • Quickly create beam groups by selecting 2 or more notes in sequence
  • A single tap on any note switches the active layer automatically to its corresponding voice number
  • Enable/Disable MIDI input from the instruments expandable button instead of having to navigate to a menu
  • Improvements to note input cursor interaction include the ability to:
    • - Reposition by dragging on it directly
    • - Tap once inside to bring up copy/paste menu
    • - Generate a live audio preview of the note it has selected
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  • Standard navigation & editing gestures for Accessibility with VoiceOver. Below are several examples of supported gestures & actions for visually impaired users:
    • - Locate adjustable controls, measures, and other score elements, with reliable VoiceOver labeling & hints throughout the entire interface
    • - Swipe vertically to increment or decrement any adjustable interface element, such as to set volume, set tempo, move the input cursor, and reposition the playback head to a specific measure
    • - Double-tap and drag to reposition the input cursor and playback cursor, with voice feedback indicating measure number, beat value, note value, and more
    • - Use 3-finger swipe to scroll & navigate the score, in all 4 directions
    • - Use 1-finger-horizontal swipe to move to the next or previous toolbar icon

iconScore Symbols & Expressions

  • Dynamics, expressions, & articulations have better adjustability, interaction, and stability of layout with respect to the entire score.
  • New annotation tools with customizable font and color:
    • - More precise touch interaction while dragging expression / control point.
    • - Page wraparound support for range modifiers including crescendos, octave signs, and extensible elements in general
    • - Applicable expressions snap to notes and measures on multiple keypoints for better stability when score layout changes
    • - Apply an expression to multiple notes by selecting them and activating the desired symbol from the toolbar items

iconImport & Export

  • Improvements to MIDI import & export:
    • - Key & Time changes are recognized
    • - Percussion notes are converted properly, according to the sample used for playback
  • Improvements to MusicXML import & export, including:
    • - Importing of part information, including groups & instruments
    • - Importing of notes on separate voices/layers
    • - Importing/Exporting of tuplets & grace notes
  • Convenient option to include SP project file with exported PDF, MIDI, or XML documents
  • With any new or existing score, layout remains preserved regardless of aspect ratio..

iconMeasures and Parts

  • With Continuous Scroll mode turned on, the left panel (shown below) in the Score View provides easy access to:
    • - Mute/Solo and Volume controls
    • - Part rename options
    • - Just swipe right inside the panel to access the above shortcuts

  • Edit multiple bar properties simultaneously using a Copy/Paste menu selection, then selecting the new Edit Measures option
  • Automatically padded rests
  • Time signature changes automatically rebar notes
  • Grand staff becomes automatically recognized and configured as a single part when appropriate
  • Fill incomplete measures with rests from the Measure Dialog
  • Score aspect ratio and page layout remain preserved regardless of screen orientation
  • Zoom scale auto-adjusts in Continuous Scroll to fit the screen optimally for viewing, according to the number of parts that are visible


  • Playback keeps in time with a live metronome, instead of falling behind
  • Tempo now remains constant when time signature changes are present in the score.
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  • Change the location of the playback head during performance
  • Simile repeat marks are now performed
Version 4

Version 4: Complete Features Bundle

New features are free to try in October, or within 30 days of installation. Enable them for only $4.99 starting November.
All other new features not listed below, and improvements to existing features, are provided at no cost.

iconNotation and Editing Features

  • Fully customizable tuplet rhythms
  • Customizable note colors
  • Customizable font size and color for score annotations
  • Modifiable guitar tunings
  • Create over-full measures
  • Transform the rhythm of a note selection by applying diminution, augmentation, subdivision, repetition, and more
  • New notations:
    • - Multi-measure rests
    • - Specify and play back multiple repeat signs
    • - Adjustable tremolo / tremolando notation
    • - Swing tempo indications
    • - Flexible line indications for glissando, arpeggio
        symbols, and annotating
    • - Bend, tremolo, and chord diagram notations
    • - Courtesy accidentals
    • - Vertically adjustable beams
    • - Subdivide primary beams

iconPart Management & Playback

  • View & hide any combination of parts from the Instruments Menu
  • Attach Section Labels or Rehearsal Marks to any bar
  • Adjust the position of any staff vertically
  • Add system breaks for more flexible score layout
  • Send MIDI-Out for any selected part
  • Customize percussion MIDI map as a project setting
  • Customizable metronome beat subdivisions

iconUser Interface

  • Backup & store projects with iCloud sync
  • Tag & categorize projects with virtual folders
  • View the entire score unobstructed by dismissing all toolbars
  • Over 40 QWERTY keyboard commands & shortcuts that allow you to:
    • - Toggle playback
    • - Switch through menus and between editing modes
    • - Transpose a note selection box or a cursor selection
    • - Switch between note values and modify basic note properties


  • Updating to Version 4 on the App Store is free, and the new version includes over 1,000 reliability improvements. Improvements & maintenance updates for existing features are provided free of charge to all customers.
  • Bunndle features are free to try for 30 days upon installation; starting November, it will be purchaseable for $4.99 or less, via a single In-App Purchase.
  • Educational institutions that bought, or choose to buy licenses of Symphony Pro through the Volume Purchase Program (VPP) will be able to unlock the Complete Features Bundle at no cost, starting November 2015. Click here to read more about VPP for education.
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