Thursday, July 19, 2012 by Tim Webb
Yonac Software has announced Magellan, a pompously sub-titled "professional analog modelling synthesizer" for the iPad. The features here are highly impressive, and have even got the notoriously tough Synthtopia crowd in an optimistic mood.
• 2 independent polyphonic synth engines, with a total of 6 oscillators.
• Polyphonic unison mode giving 24 simultaneous wave generators
• 2 filter banks per synth engine, dedicated envelopes and 11 unique filter types.
• FM synthesis module with blend and dedicated envelope.
• Dual LFOs in each synth with 4 freely assignable destinations each.
• Complete FX rack with modulation, time-delay, reverb and wave shaping effects.
• Dual traditional keyboards
• Dual touch-pad interfaces with individual parametric control over each voice.
• Built in arpeggiator for each synth engine
All of that sounds really impressive... but their demos sure don't!
I like the features, but I'm not feeling optimistic after hearing that. Yonac has kind of a weird history on iOS. They were one of the first to release a serious synth for the iPad, and that has been a double-edged sword. Some people feel their miniSynth is garbage and others regard it fondly. The last time I posted about it their was a lot of controversy, including the first and only time I've had to ban someone.
No word on when this is going to be available, so all we can do is speculate wildly!
Update: I just noticed that friend/sponsor of the site Sunsine is doing the factory presets for this. They have a much better demo on their own Soundcloud page.