RavelNotesBasic makes it easy and intuitive to compose and play music!


An image of the app — Here, page 1 is selected and also the pop-up volume sliders are visible.
At the top is the “notebar” from which you can drag notes on the page (workspace) under it.
At the bottom are the buttons (from left to right) — lock/unlock movement of notes —
page selector —
clear page — show/hide volume sliders — six sound selector buttons —
the Info button, that pops up an 
info screen how to use this app.

How to use this app:

At the top of the screen is the “notebar”, a horizontal row spanning a range of 8 octaves. Of course, so many notes do not fit on the screen. Therefore you can slide the notebar to the right to access the lower notes and to the left to access the higher notes.  To slide the notebar, touch it slightly under the notes itself and then drag horizontally.

To compose your music, drag notes from the notebar to any desired position onto the workspace (page).where they are created with the currently active sound. Notes that you drag on top of each other are played simultaneously.

In case you have dragged notes from the notebar onto the page inadvertently, they can be removed, simply by dragging them back under the notebar.

The symbols on each note:
At the top is the note name C, C#, D etc.
The octave number is in the middle.
At the bottom,  preceded by an ‘s’,  is the sound number .

Select one of six available sounds by touching one the numbered trumpet buttons at the bottom of the screen. The currently selected sound is the one on which button the digit is highlighted white.
The notes you create are always created with the current sound, until another sound is selected.

Press the button showing the image of a loudspeaker to make the volume sliders appear and disappear. You can adjust the volume level of each sound individually by using the volume sliders. This can be useful if you’d wish to enhance notes of a certain sound that might have to sound a bit louder than for example other clusters of notes of a certain sound that form the accompanying chords of a song. All notes of a certain sound on a page share the same volume level. The volume levels are independent for each page.

You can make groups of notes sound together as chords:

Notes dragged on top of each other are played simultaneously, when one of them is touched.
Not only notes with the same sound can be joined that way, but also notes with different sounds can be dragged together, thereby creating interesting effects.. 

To delete notes, simply drag them back under the notebar.

Use the lock/unlock button in the lower left corner to prevent notes in the workspace from skating away when playing. Also, as soon as you drag a note from the notebar onto the page, the page is unlocked again. If you move to another page, this page will be locked.

Of course, notes can be played simultaneously, at maximum using all your fingers and thumbs!

In this basic app there are 30 workspaces (pages) available. All pages are saved automatically within the application. Each pages has its own image, merely for decoration and has functionally nothing to do with the app itself.

To remove all notes from the current page, use the clear button, the one with an image of notes crossed.

The app does not have an “undo” function.


Listen to songs on the radio while using this app. While listening, drag notes that match what you hear in the song onto a page. Then try to play along with the song when you play the song again and again.

Play this app together with friends who also have this app on their iPads! Fun!
(meant are players situated in the same room, not over the internet..maybe this will become available in future releases)

To play comfortable and faster, use this app with the iPad laying flat, e.g. on the table. That way, because you don’t have to hold the iPad in your hands, you will be able to play with all your fingers and thumbs.

However, of course you can also play with the iPad hand-held. You could then position the notes more to the left and right margins, so that you can play with your thumbs

To get some audio power e.g. when playing on stage e.g. in a band,  connect the iPhone to amplifier(s) or P.A. system.

Use headphones to get a much better sound than through the iPad’s internal speakers. When using the iPad’s internal speakers, make sure that it is not too loud as sound distortion might occur.

Important: When using amplification and especially head phones be sure to that volume does not exceed normal levels, which could damage your hearing!

Mind the neighbors and sleeping hours.


N.B. images used in this app and also other images that i’ve made are often also on the site : tedvg.deviantart.com

Please feel free to enter feedback, comments, suggestions on this site! It helps me to improve the apps that I make. Thank you for using RavelNotesBasic!


17-05-2015 updated this page to the new release with volume sliders.

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