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Review: Magellan

Yonac have unleashed an astonishingly powerful synth, with features that will be welcomed by both new and experienced users.

Buy Magellan on iTunes: $4.99 (On Sale, from $9.99)

Reader Comments (5)

nice review. I swore I wasn't going to buy another synth but caved this weekend on this one.

My 2 cent review: It's a really nice piece of work. Sounds incredible, very easy to program. Keyboard is great - octave sections on the touchpad is brilliant. Audio recorder is great. Filters sound great. Beautiful simplicity:power on the arp. Lot's of nice little things like slide to delete in lists, LFO modulation, patch categories!, fixed pitch osc3... Blah blah blah, main thing is the sound. Wonderful. The FM section almost makes this a 4-osc synth+noise.

Stuff that I would love to see changed:
* When saving a patch (with categories, amen!), there is no 'overwrite' and tapping 'save' requires you to type it in again. I wish it would at least put the name of the loaded patch into the save dialog so you could quickly save your work after prompting 'yes, I wanna do this'. I know, I simply can not be pleased in this area. what an asshole.
* I'd rather see the other patch name in the screen than the category the patch was loaded from.
* would love to see the red toggle switches glow or somehow standout more when they're on

stuff that would be dreamy
* saving/loading of effects setups. NS has spoiled me.
* EQ effect. simple 10 fixed band version.
* step advance or recording in the sequencer. Sequencer is crazy powerful and no one is talking about it. YOU CAN SEQUENCE CHORDS (if you have chords on). A switch to auto advance the step when recording would make it a lot easier to use for me. Maybe it's there and I'm missing it!
* patch changes in the sequencer. omg. right?
* ability assign touchpad vertical to anything that mod wheel can be assigned to. prolly melt my ipad but it'd be worth it.

I'm still occasionally lost on the 'which synth am I working on' stuff. particularly with effects and the sequencer. No suggestions about how to make it more apparent but seems to me that still needs a little work.

Crazy amount of good synth going on lately. This and cassini will have me busy for a long time. Or until the deluge of Deutsche awesomeness comes out.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwill

Thanks for the review. I was looking for one of these (even though i already own it. It's fun to see apps reviewed ok?).
I agree with your patch saving ideas will.
Those are the little things i noticed right away, the patch names when saving and the touchpad hold. It's funny how there always seems to be a handful of things you notice immediately after using an app after a few mins that would make for easy improvements. I wonder to myself, how did these smart dev guys not think of it (like i'm assuming most everyone else did) and just take an extra hour to implement?

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymouse

It's a one.dot.oh. God knows how many little things similar to patch naming they ironed out in the final few weeks - patch saving might be on the list but didn't make the cut, who knows. Also, creating and using are really different things. It's easy to miss stuff when you're on a specific use path.

I like seeing reviews of stuff I already own too. Thought I was alone.

* I'd rather see the other patch name in the screen than the category the patch was loaded from.

I will eventually learn to write sentence like a grown up.

Howabout: "I'd prefer that the info screen displayed the other synth's patch name rather than the bank from which the focussed synth's patch was loaded."

fuck, that's awful too - and I tried. help me, internet.

August 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwill

Hey Tim,
Expectations were quite high, esp after your cassini review, this did not disappoint and I actually learned a few more tricks.
Thanks for the review, and keep up the good work!

Cheers,
h

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhoyas79

Hmm- anyone for "Switched-On Messiaen"??? Some amazing sounds there Tim. Nice review! :)

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom_TM
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