Magnetola is the first sensory-friendly music player that can play tracks either unaltered or, for more sensitive ears, slightly “softened”. The player is stylized as a vintage compact cassette player. The softener filter can smoothen the rough edges of individual instruments, such as the drums or electric guitars, as well as it can follow the overall dynamic of the song and suppress sudden “big” attacks (think the beginning of Pink Floyd’s The Wall). The player also features sliders for adjusting highs and lows (that’s shelving filters in technical language). You can either boost or cut off high and low frequencies to your liking; we call these parameters “silk” and “wool” respectively.
Of course you can listen to your music in its original, unaltered form. When the app is started for the first time, all sliders are in their neutral positions that don’t affect the audio in any way. You can always double click on any slider to snap it to its default position.
Magnetola plays songs from your iTunes music library. Click on the top part of the cassette to choose an album or a song to play. The playing, rewinding and skipping buttons are at the bottom of the player’s window, but you can also press space to play and pause music. Click on the tape window to see the current song position or change it by moving the slider.
Have fun with the Fast Forward/Rewind functions (left and right arrows on the keyboard) that work almost exactly like on the old good cassette players. Pressing both buttons simultaneously does something, too.
What’s New in Version 1.0.8
– Song position tracker with a slider added: click on the tape window to see the tracker
– Library load time improved
– Rewind audio improved (now plays uninterrupted)
– Stability issue fixed for certain Mac computers
– Mount image and drag the application icon in the Applications folder