Magellan For iPad Offers Two Polyphonic Synth Engines

Yonac Magellan software synth for the iPad

Yonac has released Magellan – a new analog modeling synthesizer for the iPad that offers not one, but two independent polyphonic synth engines:

Complete with a full effects rack, a total of six oscillators, dual filters per engine, multiple unison stages, extensive modulation matrix, dedicated arpeggiators, powerful MIDI capabilities, and a polyphonic step-sequencer – the aural possibilities with Magellan are infinite!

Full feature list and demo video below. Check it out and let us know what you think of Magellan!


  • Synth
    • 2 independent virtual analog synth engines running simultaneously
    • 3 oscillators per synth engine; total of 6 realtime oscillators
    • Osc unison stage w/ adjustable detune & width, up to 24 simultaneous wave generators for super-saw type effects
    • Realtime PWM Modulation for osc 1 & 2
    • FM module w/ dedicated blend, ADSR envelope, adjustable contour
    • Oscillator 1&2 ring modulation
    • Noise generator w/ adjustable tone
    • VCA ADSR envelope
    • Separate voice unison stage w/ settable stereo spread, detune
    • Dual Keyboards w/ individual pitch & modulation wheels
    • Dual Touch Pad controls w/ settable key & scale, individual voice parameterization
    • Polyphonic, Monophonic, Poly/Mono Legato operation modes
    • Glide
    • Matrixpad modulation w/ configurable x/y destinations, synth out select, optional snapback
    • Realtime oscilloscope displaying output signal (iPad 2 and 3)
    • Synth coupling – allow running both synths by a single control interface
    • Audio backgrounding
    • Tap tempo
    • 16 voice combined polyphony (8 voice combined for iPad 1)
  • Filters
    • 2 filter banks per synth engine, configurable in series or parallel
    • Dedicated ADSR envelope for each bank; selectable envelope curve, adjustable contour
    • 11 Filter types for each bank:
    • “Magellan” 24dB Resonant Low Pass
    • “Victor” 24dB Resonant Low/High/Band Pass
    • “Voyvoda” 12dB Low/High/Band Pass
    • Formant, Comb, All-Pass, Notch filters
    • True bypass
  • Modulation
    • Dual LFO’s per synth
    • Up to 4 freely assignable destinations per LFO
    • Dedicated amp setting for each LFO destination
    • 3 reset modes
    • Adjustable phase & delay
    • Frequency tracking
  • Arp
    • Dedicated arpeggiator in each synth engine
    • 10 arp patterns; Settable note value & gate; swing
    • 6 octaving modes, plus settable note and octave repeats
  • Sequencer
    • Analog inspired 16/32 step polyphonic sequencer
    • 8 track poly output per pattern in 16-step, 4 track poly out in 32-step “link” mode
    • Track wise selection of target synth engine
    • Settable pitch, velocity, gate, octave per step
    • 6 sequence direction algorithms for each pattern
    • Swing
    • Timeline for creating song length sequences w/ patterns
    • Import/Export song files containing sequences
  • Chordmaker
    • Dedicated Chordmaker module for each synth
    • Create/save chord progressions, played by pressing a single key
  • Effects
    • Comprehensive FX rack: Reverb, Stereo Delay w/ BPM sync, Phaser, Chorus, Flanger, Waveshaper/Distortion, Bitcrusher, Sonic Expander
    • Recording & Sharing
    • Built in tape deck for recording app audio
    • Metronome
    • Export audio files via email, SoundCloud
    • Export/Import audio files via WiFi, Intua or Sonoma Audio Copy / Paste
  • MIDI
    • CoreMIDI
    • Virtual MIDI, both vMIDI In and vMIDI Out ports
    • Control Magellan w/ external MIDI controllers
    • Synth-wise MIDI In channel select
    • MIDI Out w/ settable channel or omni
    • MIDI Learn w/ over 80 control destinations
    • Save MIDI CC configurations to file for later use
    • Sync w/ external MIDI clocks to control sequencer, arp modules
  • Presets
    • Over 242 factory presets
    • 34 presets and a song designed by Sunsine Audio
    • Export/Import presets, banks via email or iTunes; Create/save unlimited banks & presets

Magellan is available now in the App Store for $4.99.

If you’ve used Magellan, let us know what you think of it!

13 thoughts on “Magellan For iPad Offers Two Polyphonic Synth Engines

  1. Yesterday got Minisynth Pro (on sale and it’s also from Yonac), earlier today got Cassini for iPad and now this.
    So much fun for so little money 😀

  2. This looks fantastic! Looking forward to checking this out after work!

    Can anyone comment on how it sounds and the presets it comes with?

  3. Just got it and played with it for awhile. Definitely worth getting. So many controls and sounds so good. This is how you make an app.

  4. I grabbed this since I have been eagerly waiting for it. I meant to spend some time with Cassini, which I got yesterday, but got totally sucked into Magellan. I spent about two hours just tweaking and seeing what I could stumble into with it. Really nice. It is powerfull but really intuitive. I can see Magellan, Cassini, Animoog, Sunrizer, and a few others being the “core” iOS synths that you have to have. I find myself actually using these things on tracks all the time. Some are far far better than most AU’s I have (Arturia’s Minimoog and Camel Audio’s Alchemy being the two AU’s that really stand toe to toe with the best of the iOS synths). That is a testament to how good deveolpers are getting at creating amazing instruments for iPad. I can’t wait to see what else comes out since we have great synths, drum machines (iElectribe, DM1… DM1 is brilliant), and strange sound makers (Filtatron, Glitch Machine, etc).

  5. No one ever mentions addictive synyh when talking about the big ones. Well i went back to it after playing around with magellan and it’s still one of my favorites. The ui is def nice in magellan but i think my favs are still addictive, ims and animoog.

    1. I agree, Addictive is probably my favorite synth, along with Animoog, NLog and Sunrizer, I guess I use at least 2 of them on every track I do, Magellan is easily up there with the best of those though, absolutely loving this thing!! The more I play with it the more I love it too..

      I also picked up MiniSynth Pro while it was on sale, just because it was cheap, wan’t expecting much because I had read so many bad reviews, turns out that is pretty good too, I am not a big fan of the interface but it has some great sounds in it. Maybe I will give Yonac’s MiniDrumPro a try now, the blurb reads well…………

  6. this is really a well designed, creative synth. the sound is also very good but the creative potential of dual engines and the sequencer is simply amazing. excellent for creative grooves and even synth arrangements. love it. congratulations.

  7. the touchpad keys are awesome. i’m liking this more and more. a little lag on my ipad1 but that’s acceptable for the first version and my old hardware.

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