Griffin Technology Inc., makers of a variety of Mac peripherals and utilities, has released Final Vinyl 1.0, a music application for recording vinyl records using Griffin’s iMic or PowerWave and, of course, a turntable. The company also announced the release of the gPort Serial MIDI Driver for 10.2.3.
The iMic is a USB device that adds a stereo input and output to your Mac. The PowerWave is a USB audio interface that includes RCA stereo inputs and outputs. Previously, the entire stereo system would be needed to record vinyl records. Now, the record player can be connected directly to an iMic or PowerWave.
Final Vinyl can be used to record instruments, microphones, tapes and any other analogue source. It includes a 10-band equalizer that is capable of altering and enhancing the sound input. It also allows editing of audio via a new waveform-editing window. And it’s a free download.
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. The application can also 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. This greatly increases the quality of the recordings being made and helps control the noise floor of scratchy old records. This also means that Final Vinyl will turn up the levels of quiet songs and decrease the volume of loud songs.
Griffin also released the gPort Serial MIDI Driver for Mac OS X 10.2.3. This driver allows most serial MIDI devices to operate with Apple’s Core MIDI software and Mac OS X when connected to the Griffin gPort or g4Port.
It’s designed to let users of legacy serial MIDI interfaces like the Opcode Studio 5, MOTU’s Midi Time Piece, and others move up to Mac OS X without having to upgrade their vital core MIDI interface. Like Final Vinyl Version 1.0, the gPort Serial MIDI Driver for Mac OS X 10.2.3 is a free download.