Review: Magellan soft synth
Yonac have unleashed an astonishingly powerful synth, with features that will be welcomed by both new and experienced users.
Magellan comes with two independent synth engines that can run simultaneously. Use one synth for bass or FX, the other for lead or pads. Or couple the synths together to get the full growl of 6 oscillators, 4 filters and 4 LFOs running at the same time! Absolutely NO samples used: only actual, realtime audio synthesis. Each Magellan synth engine has 3 virtual analog oscillators, with oscs 1 & 2 capable of true PWM wave generation. With the dedicated osc unison module, you can approach “super-wave” territory with ease. In addition, Magellan’s FM module is an extra sound generator in itself so that no frequency goes uncharted!
Each Magellan synth has two dedicated filter slots able to receive any of the 11 unique filter types. You can run the filters in series, or in parallel and blend them to taste. Each slot has its own ADSR envelope, cutoff, resonance/Q and contour settings, as well as tracking and envelope curve selection. Magellan has a built-in polyphonic step sequencer influenced by revered analog boxes. With upto 8 note polyphony, 16 or 32 step programming, pattern bank, settable end step, step skip, note velocity and gate, as well as a performance friendly timelock feature, it is a comprehensive live performance tool. In addition, it has a programmable timeline for composing songs out of sequenced patterns, and a file import/export feature.