Griffin Technology Inc., makers of a variety of Mac peripherals and utilities, has released a new beta version (0.7) of Final Vinyl, a free music application for recording vinyl records using Griffin’s iMic and, of course, a turntable. The iMic is a USB device that adds a stereo input and output to your Mac.
Beta 0.7 adds High Quality EQ, Dynamic Audio Leveling, and Cue Markers for creating separate audio files.
Using Cue Marking, you can set all the beginning and ending points of songs and have Final Vinyl manage the separation of each song into individual files. Another feature new in beta 0.7 is the option to allow Final Vinyl to dynamically set and adjust audio levels automatically. This feature ensures that the recording level of the source music is always properly adjusted to its optimum point, according to Griffin Technology spokesperson Andrew Green. This greatly increases the quality of the recordings being made and helps control the noise floor of scratchy old records, he added. This also means that Final Vinyl will turn up the levels of quiet songs and decrease the volume of loud songs.
Final Vinyl 0.7 is available now for download. It works exclusively with the Griffin iMic, which retails for US$35. Mac OS X is required to use the beta.