Hovik Melikyan has introduced Magnetola 1.0 (http://www.magnetola.com) for OS X. Stylized as a vintage compact cassette player, it’s a “sensory-friendly” music player that can play tracks either unaltered or, for more sensitive ears, slightly “softened.”
Magnetola’s unique audio softener filter can smoothen the rough edges of individual instruments, as well follow the overall dynamic of the song and suppress sudden big attacks, according to Melikyan. 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.
Magnetola plays songs from your music library and features a library browser stylized as a compact cassette collection. It requires OS X 10.10 or later and costs US$3.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store in the Music category. Magnetola is also available on the iPhone and iPad running iOS 8 or later.