Do you ever miss the warm hiss of an old vinyl record? That soothing sound of a needle hitting the groove? If so, you’re not alone—in fact, you’re in luck. Thanks to the good folks over at Quintessential Productions, you can now add that analog warmth to your iPod tracks using Vinyl Junkie.
A concept like iVinyl Junkie’s is a bit hard to explain: Essentially, the iPhone app serves as a mask for your iPod tracks, bathing them in randomly selected, pre-recorded vinyl tracks. Each of these tracks is designed to meld with the .MP3, creating a combination that’s digital in origin but analog in quality. To put it even simpler, iVinyl Junkie does its darndest to make your music sound like it’s coming from vinyl, including adding pops, hisses, cracks and a bit of warmth.
iVinyl Junkie accomplishes this with the eight vinyl tracks the developers have included. Each is a recording of a record spinning, offering the essence of all that captured analog warmth. When the app senses your iPod is running, it immediately overlays its vinyl track onto the tune. How much of the vinyl you hear can be adjusted using iVinyl Junkie’s volume knob—which totally goes to eleven. You also have the option to turn on override, which will keep the retro sounds coming no matter if your iPod is playing or not. This is particularly useful if you want to use the same analog tone with other apps.
It’s worth noting that, on the whole, iVinyl Junkie does succeed in making your tunes sound like a record. The pops and cracks are evident, though subtly so. It’s hard to tell if any warmth is added, but in the end, it’s hard to tell much difference at all—reproducing vinyl through binary code is a quiet art, indeed.
One of the coolest things about iVinyl Junkie is its wicked design: The iPhone app looks like a guitar pedal, and even features metallic switches and knobs. The app is simple to begin with, a theme that’s exemplified in iVinyl Junkie’s design. Turning the app on or off is as easy as punching the power button, while killing the override is one-switch affair. In-app documentation is a bit weak, though, leaving you to mostly figure out things for yourself.
At $.99, iVinyl Junkie is a worthy app to procure for music connoisseurs. The difference in tone is sometimes hard to discern, and how much you’ll actually use the app rests on personal taste. However, if this sounds like your thing, you probably already intend to buy iVinyl Junkie. The value this app sports really relies on your own tastes.
iVinyl Junkie requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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