This is the first major version of Notion that has been released since PreSonus took over the Notion name and added it to it’s arsenal of Audio hardware and software. I have three words…
I am impressed.
I took the upgrade route (v4 to v5) for $49 and not only did I get 5 activations (I only got 2 with version 4), it also seems that all the Instrument Bundles I purchased for v4 loaded just fine (and I have a BUNCH).
They’ve also lowered the price of the FULL instrument bundle if you want to get it – I didn’t need all of them so just got what I needed. It’s really nice to be able to use actual sounds recorded from The London Symphony (my favorite).
I have been an avid Finale user since Windows 3.11 and had to just ‘try out’ Notion in the background because my clients wanted everything in Finale. With the introduction of MusicXML and the ability to map the Notion keys to Finale, I plan on working with it more. The new Notion also supports video which makes it nice to score video.
The other aspect of Notion that got me interested in the first place was the full mixer that you have access to and they now include presets for Rumble and Fanfare (which are two libraries I like to use in my work).
I’ll be working on putting Notion through some testing and who knows, maybe it’ll replace Finale as my primary notation program.
If you’re interested in learning more about Notion 5, you can checkout the website here.