NEWSFLASH: A new version of Magic Stave is now available: Automatic Key Signature Detection! Sing to Magic Stave and not only will it show you the notes you're singing but tell you the key as well! This feature joins other recent updates such as Note Letters View, Note History, Cent Tuning Meter and easy Wifi access to midi recordings changes. Details in the blog. All new features are free upgrades to existing owners of Magic Stave. See YouTube demo below:
Welcome to the Magic Stave website. This iPhone app is designed to provide insights into musical notation for everyone. If you're learning to read music on any instrument then Magic Stave will provide invaluable assistance and accelerate your ability to read music. Magic Stave displays the notes that you're actually playing or singing and you can then compare this with the music you're attempting to learn/play. The notes are displayed either as note symbols OR as the letter names of the notes on the stave. This is really great for learning the names and positions of notes on the staves. You can use Magic Stave to 'cross check' that you're playing the right note. Magic Stave lets singers learn music without keyboard accompaniment - it shows you the notes you're currently singing. Also useful for pitch training. There are a host of configuration options to enable Magic Stave to be used in many musical learning/educational situations.
The latest version of Magic Stave incorporates recording of detected notes in MIDI format (not in the free version). So play/sing your song ideas into Magic Stave then import them into any sequencer that can import MIDI files. It's been tested with Logic Pro and Sibelius sequencers. Additional insights can be found in the
The app continually listens to audio from either the
built-in microphone (or plugged-in microphone for iPod Touches) and attempts to
detect frequencies that match musical tones in the range C2 to C6. It displays detected tones as notes or note letters on a stave of
your choice (and piano keyboard or guitar fretboard (for Magic Stave only - not Magic Stave Free) according to the configuration settings. Notes
are displayed according to the configured key signature. This means that
superfluous accidentals are avoided and the display will match any music score
that may be being used. Any monophonic sound source can be used – voice,
piano, guitar, violin etc.If the
detected frequency is out of note range then the displayed note will turn red
to indicate that it does not represent the detected frequency. The notes history is displayed as well (not in the free version)
Switch between settings amd music display easily by rotating the iPhone between landscape and portrait positions - just like the built-in Calculator App switches between 'normal' and 'scientific' modes.
Music Display Screen
In general tapping any information on the screen will
either cycle the display element through itÕs valid values or show/hide it. This
ability is only active while the screen is unlocked (by tapping the padlock
icon). Tapping a blank area where information was displayed previously will redisplay
áStaves – tap this area and the stave will
cycle through the various types – Grand, Treble & Bass.
Signature – tap
this area to cycle through the key signatures (in Ôcircle of 5thsÕ order).
– tap this area to cycle through piano, guitar and MIDI recording controls (just keyboard in Magic Stave free)
switch the keyboard display on or off .
Number – tap this
number to switch the display on or off.
Frequency & Cent Tuning– tap
this to switch the display on or off.
– this is only
displayed if there is a non zero transpose value set. It cannot be hidden.
Icon – tap this to
be taken to the app Settings pages.
Icon – The screen
can only be configured if the padlock is green (unlocked).
The MIDI recording controls panel can be seen above. The recording control icons and behaviour have been modelled on the Apple Voice Memos ones for a consistent user experience.
Tap the record button to start/pause recording (red centre to the left of the red recording status panel). When recording is active tap the black square to stop recording (to the right of the red recording status panel).
If paused/stopped then the black square icon will switch to 3 black lines. Tapping this icon will display the MIDI files list
Tap a recording to display its details. From the details screen you can email the recording or delete it. Tap the details panel to give the recording a preset label or custom name.
The picker allows the selection of any major or
minor key. The notes detected will be displayed according to the selected key.
This will dictate the position and accidentals displayed. The staves will also
display the correct key signature accidentals.
There are three staves to choose from – Grand,Treble & Bass. Select the one that suits your situation best.
Frequency for A
The picker allows the selection of the frequency for
the note A4. All other notes frequencies are calculated from this reference
frequency. Standard instrument tunings use the default of 440.0Hz but you may
adjust this if required. Common alternate tunings are displayed on the picker
wheel where relevant.
The detected notes can be automatically transposed
up or down by up to 12 semitones. This allows instruments that sound in one
key, but whos written music is in a different key to use the app. For example
when a B flat Trumpet plays in the key of C major and plays a C then the actual
note frequency emitted from the instrument is B flat. Thus setting the
Transpose picker to +2 will transpose detected notes up by 2 semitones causing
the note to be displayed on the stave as a C.If the transposed note requires display outside of the note
range C2 to C6 then the displayed note will turn green to indicate this and will be displayed using 8ve or 8vb notation.
Select the panel that you want to display in the lower region of the main display here (Magic Stave only). Alternatively just tap the main music display in the keyboard/guitar area to cycle through the panels.
You can have the stave show notes an octave higher than their actual concert pitch - as is the case for guitar music.
Switch for display/hiding detected note frequencies.
Can also be done by tapping the frequency area on the main display.
Switch for swapping between the two different Note naming conventions. When the switch is ON the note names are displayed consistent with the key signature. This means that if the detected note was F sharp for example then in the key of E major the name would be displayed simply as F. Similarly, if the detected note was an F natural then it would be displayed as an F natural. When this switch is OFF then notes are named as if the current key was C Major regardless of the actual configured key signature. So an F sharp would be displayed as an F sharp if the current key signature was E Major and an F natural (again in the key of E Major) would be displayed simply as an F.
Switch for display/hiding note octave numbers. Can
also be done by tapping the octave note number area on the main display.
Switch for controlling the screen lock. When ON the
screen cannot be tapped to configure the fields. Set to OFF to enable this
ability. This action can also be performed directly on the main Music
About, Version & Support
App version information
is displayed here.
If you find a bug or have an idea for improving the
app then please email us using the link on the previous About screen.
If you have any questions,
problems or feature enhancement requests
please let us know by
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