Yonac's Magellan announced

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.

Lemur SL-M1 Maschine Interface

Liine continues to release little introductory videos for the new layouts they have for Lemur. These are all totally free and available on their website. This one is much more informative than the last. Even if you don't have a Maschine, the video offers a good look at the advanced scripting available in Lemur.

SL-M1 is designed to allow Maschine to be controlled using Lemur on your iPad. By placing controls for up to 64 parameters within reach, SL-M1 allows performers to have a level of control that would otherwise require many sets of hands and some very quick button pressing. All of this allows for much more complex and interesting sets.

Buy Lemur on iTunes: $49.99

MoovFX Echo

The iTunes app review processes has been very slow lately, and now that it is moving again there seems to be a weird streak of similar apps. 3 Remote Mixers and now 2 motion based music apps! MoovFX Echo hit the App Store in the same hour as MIDI In Motion. Obviously the reviewers are trying to pit them against each other. 2 Apps enter, 1 app leaves!

MoovFX Echo is a motion based Echo effect for guitars, as you may have guessed by the name. Just plug your guitar in, strap your iPhone to the guitar and commence the jiggling. There are 4 different echo types available, with controls to match BPM and limit the range of motion.

There are paid and free versions, but they make no mention of exactly what is different other than the "Lite" being feature crippled.

Buy MoovFX Echo Lite on iTunes: Free (iPhone)

Buy MoovFX Echo on iTunes: $6.99 (iPhone)

We get a nice little demo video with this one!

MIDI In Motion

MIDI In Motion is a new app designed to use all of the sensors all over the iPhone to generate very specific MIDI Control Change(CC) messages. We've seen a lot of this sort of thing in the past, but this looks like it gives a lot of control over exactly what CC you're sending as you flail about wildly.

• MIDI data can be sent over Wi-Fi network or hardware devices like iRig MIDI
• Freely adjustable sphere of action
• Two different performance types, more coming
• Connections to MIDI services can be restored automatically
• Perform while the app is in background or even when the screen is locked
• Stable attitude tracking over long time intervals

Slightly more information is available on their website, but this is one app that really needs a demo video! It works in the background, so presumably you could set this up with something else in the foreground and make a cheap MIDI Fighter 3D!

MIDI In Motion makes your iPhone a motion controller for any MIDI instrument or effect. Two different performance types let you controll up to four parameters simultaneously by changing the attitude of your device.

You can easily customize your performance – even while perfoming. Adjust the angles, assign MIDI channels and controllers and more.

Buy MIDI In Motion on iTunes: $4.99 (iPhone)

Even more Digital Mixer controller apps

Not to be outdone by Mackie, both Yamaha and Behringer have their own apps to control mixers semi-remotely. Although both of these mixers are outside of the price range for home studios, it is good to see other manufactures exploring this. Eventually the technology will trickle-down into their consumer models!

Behringer's X32 Digital Mixer now has XiControl as a companion app, offering WiFi control. The app is free, but the mixer itself makes Mackie's seem affordable! The X32 will set you back $2,900.

XiControl facilitates control or setting of channel, mix bus, main or matrix levels remote from the X32 console. Realtime level meters are shown for all audio channels, along with user-defined icons and names. The 'Sends on Faders' function comes in handy for setting up monitoring mixes; this allows the engineer to adjust monitor mixes whilst being on the stage with the performers.

Buy XiControl on iTunes: Free

Yamaha's CL Series of consoles are so expensive they won't even tell you how much they cost! It took some digging to find out that they range from $15,000-$28,000! At least the WiFi controller app is free...

StageMix CL has been specifically designed to allow engineers to adjust monitor mixes from the performers’ positions on stage, directly controlling mix parameters via the iPad rather than having to rely on verbal directions to a second engineer.

Buy CL StageMix on iTunes: Free

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