Final Vinyl
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Final Vinyl is a free audio recording software exclusively for Griffin PowerWave and iMic owners. Final Vinyl makes recording your old records and tapes super easy. It has several advanced features including waveform based editing and built-in 10-band EQ.
What's New
Version 2.5.1
  • Fixed a problem that prevented the effects list from working properly under Mac OS X 10.4.
  • Fixed a problem where interrupting Save could cause Final Vinyl to crash.
  • Fixed a problem where closing the window while the waveform was being rebuilt could cause Final Vinyl to crash.
Version 2.5:
  • Updated and improved user interface.
  • New VocalReducer effect.
  • Supports opening multiple simultaneous audio files.
  • Normalize now uses a user-defined value.
  • Play repeats within a selection.
  • New preset colour options.
  • Saving of individual tracks via right/control-click.
  • Marks can be repositioned via its handle.
  • The range of an effect applied to a selection can be modified via its handles.
  • The waveform no longer needs to be rebuilt after multiple undo/redos.
  • Drag and drop of supported audio files.
  • Expanded level meters.
  • No longer requires a Griffin audio device to be connected.
Version 2.5.1
  • Fixed a problem that prevented the effects list from working properly under Mac OS X 10.4.
  • Fixed a problem where interrupting Save could cause Final Vinyl to crash.
  • Fixed a problem where closing the window while the waveform was being rebuilt could cause Final Vinyl to crash.
Version 2.5:
  • Updated and improved user more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later





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Final Vinyl User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Diogo Cocharro reviewed on 30 Aug 2012
I give 1* instead of 5* because of this annoying feature that automatically turn on 'monitor audio' each time you press record.
You might need to keep monitor off to avoid feedback.
[Version 2.5.1]

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Diogo Cocharro replied on 30 Aug 2012
Forgot to say that I use this app to takes notes or record some practicing...
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bg1938 reviewed on 21 Jan 2012
I think these people that are posting negative
things about Final Vinyl haven't printed or read the User Manual.I'm now 74 years old and find it one of the easiest recording software out. There are a few things that you have to learn but you had to crawl before you could walk. If your recording from a tape, say 15-20
tracks, you can then insert your markers, add or remove silence, when saving to itunes
use the Export from file. Save as name of each song or leave as #. After checking itunes for your music, instead of double clicking, right click and open with itunes.
I've tried Amadeus Pro, Audio Hi Jack and a couple others and will record with this any day. Beside this IT'S FREE Read the Manual
[Version 2.5.1]


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maclover1.1 commented on 11 Sep 2008
You may want to try Audio Hijack... I digitize all my Vinyls with it. Final Vinyl is easier to setup and get decent input quickly, but with a few filters Audio Hijack does a great job and is much more adaptable.
[Version 2.5.1]

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stick commented on 13 Jul 2009
i purchased the imic to transfer cassettes to my computer and then to CDs. I have used Final Vinyl and Audacity. Saved as a Wave Audio File. When I burn them to a CD , they will not play. Any info on what to do?
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bedouin commented on 20 Feb 2008
Just downloaded this. Hopefully it works with Leopard now. The iMic will have to get me by until I get a Yamaha GO46.
[Version 2.5]


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Buffy the Computer Slayer reviewed on 16 Sep 2006
I have just started using this product. 'Pathetic' would be too kind a word for the supplied documentation, so having read the previous 79 reviews, I can offer my hints how to get the best out of this (actually not too bad) program.

1. Don't even think about connecting the iMic to a USB2 connector - mine only began to work when I linked to the keyboard's USB 1.1.

2. The preview button needs to be clicked to hear anything - that includes playback too. (They might as well delete the Play button altogether and replace it with the Preview button instead).

3. Don't bother with the main EQ (the button on main window) for adjusting the input when recording, it doesn't make much difference at all - use the one that slides out from the Edit drawer AFTER you have recorded a track. It's a much better EQ, though don't forget to 'Select' the entire track before you begin.

4. Uncheck 'Quick Save' in Preferences. You will then get a dialogue box when you save, you will have some control, and you will know where the hell your tracks are being saved.

5. When you have saved a track and you've located it in the Finder and played it back and it sounds ok, go back to FV and do a 'Flush' (File Menu). This clears out the FV cache / buffer ('scratch' data?), which may have been the problem for users who managed one side of an album then found the software wouldn't record anything else.

6. Don't bother trying to Edit (or anything) while the track is playing. They may say you can, but forget it. 'Stop' the track and then apply the edits (EQ, or whatever).

7. Thanks to the pathetic documentation, you may wonder when you come to record a new track and press the Record button "why isn't anything happening?". Select 'New' from the File menu, it's as simple as that. (So if it's that simple, Griffin, why was it so difficult to tell us, hey?)

Thanks to the previous reviews I haven't bothered trying to use the Cue+ Cue- buttons - if I want different tracks I record each one separately. Otherwise I just record an entire album side, name it and leave it whole. There are probably audio editors that will split it better (anyone tried GarageBand with it?).

I then convert the AIFF tracks from FV to AAC in iTunes (using Custom.. 256 as my ears are fussy), and I have to say, even after all that manipulation the results are WAAAY better than the muffled rubbish that is what you get from AllOfMP3.

All in all I would say that Final Vinyl is quite a good product (especially as it's free), but I wish Griffin would do something about the sub-pathetic documentation, and give users a chance to get the best out of this product.
[Version 2.1 (FV245)]

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john001 (developer) replied on 18 Sep 2006
It should be pointed out that this is a review of Final Vinyl v1.x rather than the latest release of v2.1.
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Buffy the Computer Slayer replied on 21 Sep 2006
Ok, I'm using version 1, but that's what was supplied with my iMic - did they sell me old stock??!!

I've gone on using it for a few days now, and if I 'Purge' after EVERY recording, I get no problems like other people described. I would say, if you are having trouble after doing a good first recording, just Purge after each recording you do, then FV seems to cope.
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Emet1 commented on 09 Oct 2006
Try Audacity to cut your recordings into tracks.
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/8052
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bobzozus replied on 20 Feb 2008
Thank you so much for one of the more informative posts that I have seen on MacUpdate! I know you made it almost a year and a half ago- and it is still making a difference! Cheers!!
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Fat Tony commented on 19 Jul 2006
Final Vinyl is free software and Griffin is not going to put large amounts of money and time behind it. Griffins problem is that the poor quality of Final Vinyl is reflecting on the iMic itself, many people are unhappy that the software provided with their hardware just doesn't work. My copy worked for about 6 tapes then started with the odd behavior. Griffin Tech Support is decidedly unhelpful and that's not unexpected with freeware. I've experienced the problems with white noise, unexpected quits, and now Final Vinyl not booting at all through 3 versions. We're currently trying iMic with Garageband but if it works that's one more piece of software for the customer to buy if it didn't come with the computer.
[Version 2.1 (FV245)]

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john001 (developer) replied on 20 Jul 2006
Please feel free to email Griffin technical support and ask to have your message forwarded to the software developer named John. I would be happy to help you with your problems directly.
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Niku1000 replied on 28 Dec 2012
Fat Tony,

I have to say that my experience with them today was quite different. They solved my problem in a short period of time. True, the man I talked to didn't seem to be able to understand or believe simple declarative sentences, but I needed an answer so I bit my tongue. That paid off, as I guess it does in life generally. Anyway, despite the irritating manner of the man I talked to, I'd have to say that my call was worthwhile. It solved my problem, and that's the reason I called.
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Anthony Larkin reviewed on 12 Apr 2006
I am using Final Vinyl Ver. 2.0 (FV227) on a new MacBook Pro 2GHz Intel Core Duo with 2Gig Ram - Mac OSX 10.4.6.
I am delighted with it!! I had several 20 year old Audio tapes which I wished to store on my HD and burn to CD - very pleased overall. I thought it might not work on the MacBook Pro - incompatability issues?

But there you are!
[Version 2.0]

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stick commented on 13 Jul 2009
i purchased the imic to transfer cassettes to my computer and then to CDs. I have used Final Vinyl and Audacity. Saved as a Wave Audio File. When I burn them to a CD , they will not play. Any info on what to do?
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Imhotepp commented on 21 Jan 2006
I have only great things to say about final vinyl. I went to my crates yesturday and found this to be an incredibly easy software. I am actually mad now because I did not have to by all the music from iTunes. I thought I would never get my music on disk and now have an huge library that many would love to have. All old school Hip Hop. I am a trick DJ (turntablist). I was the last DJ to go to CD. I;m retired now (wife, kid and full time job at the second largest toy company in the world) I only use CD for its ease of use. Now Big Daddy Kane, Craig G, Fat Boys, Boogie Down Productions and a ton of others are on my computer sitting in iTune. Thanks Griffin. Nuttin but love!!
[Version 2.0]


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bedouin commented on 17 Dec 2005
I haven't used this yet to capture audio, but is looks like they removed the option to change where your scratch disk is located. Or has functionality in this version changed in such a way that it's not important anymore?
[Version 2.0]


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EG reviewed on 08 Dec 2005
Unfortunately this software doesn't work well. The Final Vinyl software came with my iMic.

I kept getting “Unexpectedly Quit” dialog boxes. After reinstalling a fresh download from the Griffin website, I was able to get one complete recording (from tape) accomplished. I then came up with the same problem again.

The Magnification (Cue + and -) did not work; therefore, I was not able to accurately remove portions of recorded files.

Saving files would seem easy, but this was also very cumbersome. Accessing the saved files to then edit was just as awkward.

I understand this is free software, and limitations are plainly outlined in the Tutorial, but my hope was that this basic program could achieve my basic transfer requirements. This was not the case.

Fortunately, I had the time to try and make sense of it all. Some people don't have this luxury. As they say… nothing tried, nothing gained.
[Version 1.1.2]

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tighelander commented on 22 Apr 2006
I had the same problem in 10.3.9 with the app starting, then stopping. Tech support was little help, saying to update my java. I updated almost everything with no change, the last update was to Quicktime 7 and that did the trick. I am running it on a first gen iBook through a hub to avoid HD noise.
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Josh7 had trouble on 11 Aug 2004
Final Vinyl 1.1.2 wont download Im using panther. Please help. Final Vinyl 1,0 wont work on my powerbook so i need this new 1.1.2 update
[Version 1.1.2]

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Anonymous commented on 11 Aug 2004
downloads just fine here, OS X 10.3.5 using Safari 1.2.3 (v125.9), just now.

something is wrong with your Mac and/or Safari.

clear Safari's cache and rebuild the desktop using RebuildDekstopX, free.

doesn't help? then use OnyX to clear user and system caches, etc.
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Anonymous commented on 17 Oct 2004
We have two Mac's running 10.3.5 and Final Vinyl 1.1.2 won't load on either one. One is a brand new ibook. Had to load Finaly Vinyl 1.0.1. which worked. I really don't think my Macs are the problem, Final Vinyl 1.1.2 is.
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Anonymous commented on 06 Dec 2004
I purchased the Power Wave today.
The CD inside contains Final Vinyl in a folder named "

Zicola rated on 20 Jan 2012

[Version 2.5.1]


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Version Downloads:23,442
Type:Multimedia Design : Audio
License:Free
Date:08 Apr 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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