Magellan update – Yonac update their iPad synth for iOS8

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£10.49 for the iPad version (and a Magellan Jr version available for the iPhone at UK£2.99), 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 :-)

Up to date, mate…

Anyway, as of today, v.3.1 is available in the iTunes App Store. This is the first update to the app since v.3 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 such as Audiobus and IAA.

Magellan is now right up-to-date with Audiobus State Saving, iOS8 and comprehensive IAA support.

Magellan is now right up-to-date with Audiobus State Saving, iOS8 and comprehensive IAA support.

Back in September 2013, v.3 already included Audiobus, IAA and iOS7 support. However, v.3.1 adds support for the latest Audiobus SDK. This means we also now get State Saving support and the app is also ‘iOS8 ready’ for those that are going to be brave enough to update to the new, shiny version of iOS when it is released in a few days time.

Magellan's effects can now be used via IAA.

Magellan’s effects can now be used via IAA.

Aside from a few other bugfix-style changes, the other major addition in this release is that you can now use Magellan as an IAA FX plug-in. For those unfamiliar with the app, this might seem a bit odd but the app features a rather clever design that allows the various audio effects to be accessed independently of the synth engine. As the effects are, themselves, rather good (featuring EQ, compression, reverb, stereo delay, phaser, chorus and flanger amongst a few others), this is a very useful set of addition audio FX that can be used for processing other audio sources aside from just Magellan’s own synth.

This FX mode can be used in both Audiobus and – now – via IAA. In Audiobus, if you try to place Magellan in the Input slot, you can choose between the standard synth and the FX mode. If you place it in the Effects slot then you get the FX mode by default. Via IAA, if you place Magellan into (for example) an insert effect slot in Cubasis, again, the FX mode is selected my default. Incidentally, Magellan as a synth works on either an audio track or a MIDI track when used in Cubasis via IAA.

Magellan can be used as either a synth or an effects unit both in Audiobus and, now, via IAA.

Magellan can be used as either a synth or an effects unit both in Audiobus and, now, via IAA.

In summary

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…

Magellan

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    Comments

    1. Jayson Vein says:

      Sweet! I love this synth. Even the presets are good.

      • Hi Jayson…. it does sound pretty good… but easy for it to pass under the radar for newbie iOS music app users given some of the more recent high-profile releases. Best wishes, John

    2. It’s a modern classic!

    3. Both Sunsine and Synthpatcher have banks to expand the number of patches for Magellan considerably beyond the ample supply that come with the app.

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