Magellan update – Yonac update their iPad synth for iOS9

Download from iTunes App StoreMagellan logoYonac’s Magellan synth has been around on the iTunes App Store for a long time – it was released back in August 2012 – and, while it was one of the first iOS music apps that I purchased for my iPad, much to my shame, I’ve never got around to reviewing it for the Music App Blog (although I have reviewed Yonac’s ToneStack guitar amp sim which is rather good).

Magellan is a bit of a classic in iOS music app terms and, graphically, it has the vibe of an retro analog hardware synth. It is certainly capable of making some great sounds and, as well as a synth engine (well, two independent synth engines, actually) with a total of 6 oscillators, PW modulation, ring modulation, noise generation, an FM module, modulation options an arpeggiator and a whole bunch of effects options, it is a both highly programmable but not (overly) intimidating to the novice user.

Magellan - Yonac's flagship iPad synth is a bit of an iOS music app classic.

Magellan – Yonac’s flagship iPad synth is a bit of an iOS music app classic.

And, at UK£10.99 for the iPad version (and a Magellan Jr version available for the iPhone at UK£3.99), it packs a lot of features in for a pretty modest price. Requiring iOS7 on the iPad and a fairly modest 10MB download, it ought to slot quite nicely onto even the most well-stocked of synth-head’s iPads :-)

Anyway, as of today, v.3.2 is available in the iTunes App Store. This is the first update to the app since v.3.1 was released around 12 months ago. Regular users will, therefore, be glad to see that development is still continuing but, for potential new users, this update is also welcome as the main additions are all about ensuring Magellan stays up-to-date with iOS music app technology; the headline feature is that the app is now ready for iOS9.

Aside from a few other bugfix-style changes, the other major addition in this release is that the app includes some new presets and some changes to the SPAWN function that allows you to randomly generate new presets at the touch of a button.

With a collection of over 300 presets, comprehensive MIDI features (including MIDI learn) and a powerful and flexible sound creation system, Magellan is well worth a place in any iOS synth fan’s collection. The latest update is reassuring that Yonac are keeping the app bang up-to-date in terms of the rapid changes with iOS technology for musicians.

If your inner synth app addict needs a fix, and you have not yet had a shaped hit, then Yonac’s flagship synth is most certainly worth giving a run out…. Highly recommended and a bit of an iOS classic to boot…


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