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Steelphon Mago

Monophonic synthesizer (1970?)

Synthesizer

"A single oscillator version of the big brother Steelphon S-900, a hard to find analog Italian monosynth from the seventies. "Mago" in Italian means a Wizard.   "

 Main Data 

Mago

Company: Steelphon 
Country: Italy
Weight: 8 Kg
Dimensions: / mm
trend price : 1000-1500€

Keyboard: 37 keys
Dates: 197X
Display: none
Synthesis: analog sub
Polyphony: 1 voice
Multitimbric: 1 part
Oscillator: 1 VCO
Waveform: saw / sin
Noise generator: yes
Filter: Digital Low pass
LFO: 1 modulator
Envelope: 2 EGs
Midi: none
CV: 1V/oc





Synthesizer 3 octaves C-C 37 keys
For some weird reasons there's no wheel for modulation

Back panel terminal connectors:
- Main signal out + headphones
- CV input VCO1
- CV input VCO2
- Input trigger
- Sustain input
- VCF CV IN
- VCA CV IN 

Nothing... yet!


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- No manual 
- No service manual

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 In details 

Steelphon



 OSCILLATOR 1 OSC VCO1 (sawtooth) + VCO2 (sinewave) with 5 sliders for mixing different footage + a separate noise generator (white or red) with own volume gain. 


1 VCO oscillators

- octaves: 32’, 16’, 8’, 4’, 2’ feet
- Beat Frequency at+/- 7Hz


MIX

- volume gain setting for VCO1  and noise 

Generator

-white or red noise generator

Steelphon Mago

LFO / EG / FILTER

Filter

FILTER 

powerful analog low pass with emphasis resonance

LFo

LFO

 1 modulator with very high frequency pot and 4 shapes.

- LFO 1 to pitch
- LFO 1 to filter

Envelope

Envelope

2 EGs each with 4 slider segments:

- EG 1: VCA
- EG 2: VCF 

Mago Performance

209 PCM

Presets from S900 have been removed, not a great lost anyway!


41,7 kHz rate

Like the big brother, still no wheel for modulation LFO

Performance

Our Verdict 

" A slimmed down version of the classic. Nice one, quite rare too."

Sound 
quality

Interface

Build
 quality

Rarity

Quality / 
price

Overall

CONS

-  limited
- expensive
- slimmed down to 1 VCO!

PROS

-rare
- old analog
- a little taste of S900

Are you a MAGO fan? how do you use it? You do not agree with our review?  Let us know in the comment field just below 

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S900/ Mago Audio Demo

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