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Mega Giveaway: AutoValve Tape & Vinyl Effects For iPod

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The isupr8 film emulator guys have a new app that adds the warmth of analog to your iPod Touch or iPhone music library. AutoValve adds real-time vinyl, reel-to-reel tape and even 8-track effects to your music. You can add needle drops, pops and crackle using three different vinyl samples, or select reel-to-reel to add a bit of tape noise. To complete the illusion, you can select a 60s or 70s skin and enjoy bouncing VU meters and vintage knobs and switches.

I know it's not the same as the real thing, but there's something exciting about the silence between the needle hitting the track and the first few seconds of a well-loved song. Besides, dragging a Revox A77 reel-to-reel deck along in the car is dangerously impractical, even for a vintage gear nut like me.

That's a tiny little record...

If you'd like to take AutoValve for a spin on your iPod Touch or iPhone, leave a comment on this post. We've got a couple of dozen free copies to give away to randomly selected commenters. The contest closes at midnight GMT on Friday, Sept 30, 2011, winners will be notified by email.

AutoValve: Retro Analog Audio Processor

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