Sound Grinder

Category Tools / Converters
Version 3.5.1
Format App
Compatibility Sound GrinderMacOS X UB
Licence Commercial Software
Price $39  /  28€
Rating
Updated On Dec 17, 2013
Total Downloads 5,036
Mac Downloads 5,036

Audio converter

Feature Summary :
- Fast processing
- Full drag-n-drop operation
- Batch processing
- Externally triggered processing
- Video track preview
- User conversion presets
- Output Support for:
WAV-IMA
AIFF
QUICKTIME
AU
SD2
SD2 dual mono
OS X 10.5 or greater
Sound Grinder Sound Grinder v 3.5.1 Dec 17, 2013 MacOS X UB
Fixed an issue with loading saved sessions
Fixed an issue where loading saved sessions would not display all the Assets in the Asset List.

Fixed an issue with L.A.M.E Settings
Fixed an issue where adjusting the bitrates for CBR and ABR would not take affect.

Fixed a crash on quit on 10.6.x
Fixed an issue where Sound Grinder would sometimes quit when exiting on 10.6.x.

Folder Aliases as Destinations
Added the ability to use Folder Aliases as Destinations.

General enhancements
This version contains several other fixes and enhancements providing greater stability and efficiency.
Monkey Tools Sound Grinder Sound Grinder v 3.5 Nov 8, 2013 MacOS X UB
Brand new Cocoa User Interface
The entire User Interface has been rebuilt using Apple's Cocoa!

Enhanced Volume Slider
  • Added current output gain display.

  • Added ability to OPTION+click to reset to unity gain.


  • Enhanced Broadcast WAVE functionality
    Introduced Broadcast WAVE as its own output file type. Selecting Broadcast WAVE ensures the Broadcast Extension is written to the file even if "Produce Metadata" is turned off.

    Enhanced MPEG 4 Support
  • Improved MPEG 4 import support to remove potential crash issues with malformed files.


  • Enhanced QuickTime File Support
  • Added a fix to workaround a crash in QuickTime that could be encountered when importing invalid audio files.

  • Added additional error handling when using QuickTime to read a movie's audio track and it fails.


  • Fixed playback crashes
  • Fixed an issue where pressing the Fwd/Rew keyboard keys while the Asset List was empty would result in a crash.

  • Fixed an issue where holding Fwd would crash when reaching the end of the Asset.


  • General enhancements
    This version contains several other fixes and enhancements providing greater stability and efficiency.
    Monkey Tools Sound Grinder v 3.4.6 Sep 18, 2012 MacOS X UB
    Enhanced AIFF Support
  • Updated the AIFF support to calculate more accurate file durations.

  • Improved read support for 24 bit Integer encoded AIFC.


  • Enhanced WAVE Support
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a crash with malformed WAVE files.

  • Added import and read support for IEEE Float samples.


  • Enhanced SD2 Support
    Fixed some issues that could cause crashes when importing certain SD2 files.

    Fixed Mountain Lion Issues
  • Fixed MP3 file reading.

  • Fixed Edit menu issues.


  • Enhanced Float32 Audio Code Playback Support
    Audio files encoded as Float32 samples should now playback on recent versions of OS X.

    General enhancements
    This version contains several other fixes and enhancements providing greater stability and efficiency.
    processing Sound Grinder v 3.4.5 Aug 8, 2012 MacOS X UB
    Mountain Lion Compatibility
    Fixed all known issues with Mountain Lion

    Fixed an issue with Serial Number Authorization
    Fixed an issue where the name text field did not appear when authorizing a Serial Number.

    General enhancements
    This version contains several other fixes and enhancements providing greater stability and efficiency.
    download Sound Grinder v 3.4.4 Jul 24, 2012 MacOS X UB
    Fixed an AIFF import issue
    Fixed a new issue introduced in previous AIFF import bug fixes that would cause some AIFF files to be imported incorrectly.

    Fixed issue with Apple Lossless export
    Fixed an issue with Apple Lossless export as a result of revisions to CoreAudio.

    General enhancements
    This version contains several other fixes and enhancements providing greater stability and efficiency.
    mac Sound Grinder v 3.4.3 May 8, 2012 MacOS X UB
    Fixed a crash in Preferences
    Fixed a crash when adjusting Preferences when there were no Preferences previously stored.

    General enhancements
    This version contains several other fixes and enhancements providing greater stability and efficiency.
    windows Sound Grinder v 3.4.2 Apr 17, 2012 MacOS X UB
    Fixed a crash issue with WMA files
    Fixed an issue where certain WMA files would cause a crash.

    Fixed issues when closing the application
    Fixed a few crashes that could occur when closing the application.

    Fixed issues related to reading various audio files
    Fixed a few issues where files could be read incorrectly which may have resulted in crashes.

    Fixed the issue of reading Apple Lossless on 10.7.x
    Fixed an internal issue that prevented the processing and playback of Apple Lossless content on 10.7.

    General enhancements
    This version contains several other fixes and enhancements providing greater stability and efficiency.
    macintosh Sound Grinder v 3.4.1 Dec 19, 2011 MacOS X UB
    Fixed an issue with naming interleaved output files when sourced from split files
    Fixed an issue where in some cases, an output interleaved file would retain an erroneous split file extension if the asset was composed of split files.

    Fixed several issues where the application would crash on exit
    Fixed a number of issues where the application would crash when exiting and a dialog or alert was being shown.

    Fixed issues with importing ID3 Tags
    Fixed a couple of issues when importing different ID3 tags where there was actually no data for the tag.

    Improved Asset Analyzer
    Modified the Asset Analyzer to always report errors silently to the log file instead of potentially displaying an error alert.

    General enhancements
    This version contains several other fixes and enhancements providing greater stability and efficiency.
    pc Sound Grinder v 3.4 Sep 15, 2011 MacOS X UB
    New Background Asset Analysis
    Added functionality to analyze assets in the background to auto-fill Peak and RMS metadata.

    Added "Marker" import/export support WAVE files
    Added functionality to read and write Markers through WAVE file cue points.

    Added support for disabling the Channel Mask when creating WAVE files
    Added a WAVE file setting called "Include Channel Mask" that defaults to off that will make multi-channel files more compatible with Pro Tools.

    New Crash Handler
    Added support for capturing crashes in order to collect user feedback and upload to Monkey Tools.

    Fixed an internal settings restore issue
    Fixed an issue where default settings would not be restored properly and would cause incorrect files to be created.

    Fixed an issue with FLAC => FLAC conversion
    Fixed an issue where converting from FLAC => FLAC and changing the sample rate would result in incorrect output files.

    Fixed an issue with "Copy from Selection" in Metadata tab
    Fixed an issue with "Copy from Selection" in the Metadata tab where the application could crash.

    Fixed an issue with reading ID3v2.4 tags
    Fixed an issue when reading ID3v2.4 tags where the size of individual metadata was not being calculated correctly for large metadata.

    Fixed a crash issue when importing Empty Folders
    Fixed an issue where a crash could occur if an Empty folder was selected for import.

    Fixed a crash issue when importing ID3 tags
    Fixed an issue where importing certain ID3 tags may cause a crash.

    Added a Missing Error Message
    Added an error message for a rare Core Audio situation that wasn't being displayed to the user previously.

    General enhancements
    This version contains several other fixes and enhancements providing greater stability and efficiency.
    Sound Grinder v 3.3.10 Nov 23, 2010 MacOS X UB
    New handling of embedded artwork in media files
    Artwork in media files is now handled by loading the artwork as needed instead of loading during import. As a result, the "Import Embedded Artwork" Preference has been removed.

    Fixed an issue with FLAC metadata
    Fixed an issue where "COMPOSER" and "CONDUCTOR" were not being written to files or read from files.

    Fixed an issue when clearing a numeric metadata field
    Fixed a crash that would occur when clearing a numeric metadata field.

    Updated LAME Codec UI
    Improved LAME Codec UI to better communicate the methodology of the encoder.

    Enhanced Metadata Artwork Editor
  • Enhanced the editor to show as a drop target when dragging to indicate valid image files.

  • Added a Remove button to the editor to remove artwork from the Asset.


  • Enhanced DRM content handling
  • Fixed playback issues with Play Control when playing DRM and some other content.


  • Fixed an issue with audio output routing
    Fixed an issue where audio playback was not respecting the audio routing setup in Audio MIDI Setup.

    Fixed an issue with pausing audio playback
    Fixed an issue where pausing audio playback may cause a buzzing on some hardware. The fix may also address other playback issues.

    Fixed a crash issue when importing an "empty" folder
    Fixed an issue where importing a folder that didn't contain any recognizable files would cause a subsequent crash.

    Fixed a crash issue when importing malformed AIFF and WAVE files
    Added a workaround to import Region info correctly when saved with incorrect endianness.

    Updated Quicktime Time Reference Metadata display
    Updated the Quicktime Time Reference metadata display to show a time value according to the current time units settings.

    Fixed an issue where output files may not be exported correctly.
    Fixed an issue where, in rare cases, interleaved exported files may be created with mono audio split between output channels.

    Added change for empty Region Data.
    Added change to skip reading Region Data from WAVE files when the chunk data size is 0.

    Fixed an issue where certain WAVE files would not be properly imported on PPC.
    Fixed an endian-swap bug on PPC that would cause certain WAVE files to be imported as Quicktime files.

    General enhancements
    This version contains several other fixes and enhancements providing greater stability and efficiency.
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    Sound Grinder v 3.3.9 Dec 16, 2009 MacOS X UB
    Fixed issue with Quicktime metadata
    Fixed an issue where Quicktime metadata was not displayed or used properly after import.

    Fixed issue with processing numeric metadata
    Fixed an issue where some numeric metadata would not be processed correctly.

    Fixed an issue with entering edit mode
    Fixed an issue where Option+click would not enter edit mode if the Caps Lock key was down.

    Updated Asset List for Assets that cannot be found.
    Made a slight change such that assets that are not found on the filesystem are displayed in gray text instead of black text indicating they are "offline".

    Fixed an issue with "Safe Saving"
    Fixed an issue where saving session files would fail if the files were not on the volume containing the OS.

    Updated Flip4Mac Compatibility
    Updated to work with latest version of Flip4Mac Quicktime Component (v2.3.0.14)

    Updated AIFF Importing
    Updated AIFF importing to support more valid, but officially non-compliant AIFF files.

    Fixed issue with exporting MPEG4 metadata
    Fixed an issue where iTunes would not recognize the track metadata in MPEG4 Audio files.

    General enhancements
    This version contains several other fixes and enhancements providing greater stability and efficiency.
    Sound Grinder v 3.3.7 Aug 18, 2009 MacOS X UB
    Fixed various Movie Preview issues
  • Fixed an issue where previewing a movie, selecting a different asset, then adjusting the UI would cause a crash.

  • Fixed an issue where changing playback position of a movie while the movie was paused would not updated the image.

  • Fixed an issue where if the movie was paused, when resizing the movie preview area, the movie would not redraw until play resumed, and sometimes would leave artifacts.


  • Removed Services Keyboard Equivalents
    Removed the keyboard equivalents for the Services menu items since these caused conflicts for many users.

    Fixed an issue importing SD2 Annotation as ProTools File Comment
    Fixed an issue where SD2 Annotations were incorrectly read.

    Modified Session Save Functionality
    Significantly modified the session save functionality to be much faster, use minimal memory during save, and create session files that are approximately half of the previous size.

    Fixed an issue with reading files from Audio CDs
    Added a patch to workaround an issue where other apps may cause references to files on Audio CDs to point to the CD itself. This is only necessary on Mac OS X before 10.5.6.

    Fixed a conversion issue
    Fixed an issue where it was not possible to convert directly from DVI/Intel IMA ADPCM to MPEG4 Audio.

    General enhancements
    This version contains several other fixes and enhancements providing greater stability and efficiency.
    Sound Grinder v 3.3.6 Jun 4, 2009 MacOS X UB
    Maintenance updates Released. We have updated our product line providing greater compatibility and stability.
    Sound Grinder v 3.3.5 Apr 8, 2009 MacOS X UB
    Added support for Microsoft GSM 6.10 in WAV/BWAV files
    Added ID/Read support for Microsoft's GSM 6.10 codec in WAV/BWAV files.

    Fixed bug in MPEG 4 Audio / Apple Lossless files
    Fixed a bug in creating MPEG 4 Audio / Apple Lossless files that created slightly malformed files.

    General enhancements
    This version contains several other fixes and enhancements providing greater stability and efficiency.
    Sound Grinder v 3.3 Nov 9, 2008 MacOS X UB
    We are pleased to announce Sound Grinder 3.3. This new version includes several corrections and enhancements including:

  • New Volume Control

  • New MPEG 4 Audio file support

  • New Editor/Viewer for ID3 Attached Picture Tag

  • New Import Embedded Artwork Preference

  • New Display Help in Asset List Preference

  • Other general enhancements and bug fixes
  • Sound Grinder v 3.2 Dec 9, 2007 MacOS X UB
    Updated User Interface
    Sound Grinder adds a horizontal wiper between the list view and conversion pane. Move the slider up and down to resize, double-click to open and close the conversion pane and option+double-click to reset to the default position.

    Improved Removable Drive Handling
    Corrected an issue when using removable USB Flash drives.

    Updated FLAC Comments Handling
    Fixed an issue in reading FLAC comments.

    Corrected an MP4 Decoding Issue
    Corrected an issue where some anomalies occurred during MP4 decoding.

    Added a Stereo to Mono Mixer
    Sound Grinder now mixes both channels when converting stereo to mono.

    New Key Commands
    Sound Grinder now supports the J, K and L key commands for REW/PLAY/FWD.

    New Preferences
    You can now choose what happens when double-clicking in the List View and other lists.

    Updated for 10.5 (Leopard)
    Updated Sound Grinder to be fully functional on 10.5 (Leopard).

    General Enhancements
    This version contains several other fixes and enhancements providing greater stability and efficiency.
    Sound Grinder v 2.5.4 Jun 6, 2006 MacOS X PPC
  • Fixed application crashes on certain conversions

  • Fixed an issue where Sound Grinder would unexpectedly quit when converting from compressed audio files to uncompressed formats.

  • Updated support for Apple Lossless files

  • Updated to include support for importing 24 and 32 bit Apple Lossless files.

  • Other fixes...

  • This version also includes other fixes that provide improved stability.
    Sound Grinder v 2.5.3 Apr 21, 2006 MacOS X PPC
  • Fixed issues causing "end of file" errors

  • Fixed an issue where Sound Grinder would display "end of file" errors during import.

  • Fixed Log Window crash

  • Fixed a bug where if you have the Log Window open, one open session with unsaved changes, and quit Sound Grinder, Sound Grinder will crash on exit.

  • Logging updates

  • We updated our logging information to include file/folder name for all file related errors.

  • BWAVE enhancements

  • We have updated our support of the BWAV file format providing better support of content specific to this format.

  • Quicktime metadata enhancements

  • We have updated our Quicktime conversion to better handle extended characters.

  • MP3 bug fixed for later versions of the LAME codec

  • In earlier versions of the LAME codec, it was necessary to add additional silence to correct an error. This was corrected in a later version of the LAME codec.  Our MP3 support now only writes the additional silence if the LAME version is prior to 3.96. 

  • Other fixes

  • This version also includes other fixes that provide improved stability
    Sound Grinder v 2.5.2 Mar 6, 2006 MacOS X PPC
  • Fixed crash when creating split files

  • Fixed an issue where Sound Grinder would crash when creating split files from non-stereo files.

  • Fixed playback on external audio devices

  • Playback when using external audio hardware was played back incorrectly

  • Playback performance enhancement

  • When a file was played and then paused, and then restarted, the system activity spiked causing system performance issues.

  • Make Split Filenames Conform to Protools Conventions

  • This option instructs Sound Grinder to name split files in the convention: For example: audiofile.L.aiff, audiofile.R.aiff, etc.
    This will ensure that Protools recognizes split audio files properly

  • Other fixes...

  • This version also includes other fixes that provide improved stability
    Sound Grinder v 2.5.1 Dec 29, 2005 MacOS X PPC
  • Escape Key Crash Fix

  • Fixed a crash that would occur if the "escape' key was used to stop playback

  • Preview Play Repaired

  • Fixed an issue where use of the Option+Spacebar to preview playback did not operate properly

  • Conversion from Apple Lossless to FLAC fixed

  • Corrects issues related to converting audio files from Apple Lossless to FLAC

  • Conversion from MP3 to QT/AMR fixed

  • Corrects issues related to converting audio files from MP3(LAME) to QT/AMR

    Other fixes...
    This version also includes other fixes that provide improved stability
    Sound Grinder v 2.5 Oct 29, 2005 MacOS X PPC
    Support for FLAC, OGG/FLAC, and BWAV formats
    You can now import and export FLAC, OGG/FLAC and BWAV file formats and their associated metadata.

    Support for MP3 ID3 Tags, Vorbis Comments, FLAC Comments, and Quicktime User Data
    You can now import, edit and export MP3 ID3 Tags, Vorbis Comments, FLAC Comments, and Quicktime User Data as supported by the LAME MP3 and other codecs and standards. Additionally, when converting between formats, any equivalent metadata will be carried over to the output file.

    Support for Digidesign file content
    Sound Grinder now supports the retention of Digidesign specific content in AIFF, WAVE/BWAVE, and Sound Designer 2 files. This data includes region info, waveform overviews, comments and other text info.

    Support for Finder/Spotlight Comments
    In addition to standard metadata, you can now import/export Finder/Spotlight comments, and export processing information including: date, time, file type, codec, bit depth, and sample rate.

    Updated Interface
    Sound Grinder now includes new enhancements to the main window including: additional columns in the list view, support for loop playback and updated transport controls.

    Playback with Preview
    You can now hear the results of your conversion and normalizing settings prior to conversion. Simply select your files and press OPTION+SPACE to hear the expected end result.

    New Logging Options
    We have added a feature in preferences to "Log Errors and Continue Processing". Enabling this feature instructs Sound Grinder to attempt to process all files, even if errors are encountered. Any errors or other messages will appear in a Log Window. This is very helpful for large jobs where you cannot monitor the processing, but need to be informed of any issues that may have occurred.

    New Enhanced Processing Engine
    While previous versions of Sound Grinder were excellent, we thought we could do better! So for Sound Grinder 2.5, we have developed a new, enhanced processing engine, almost completely rewritten from the ground up to be faster, more efficient, rock solid and provide the groundwork for many future enhancements. We are confident that you will really enjoy this version!
    Sound Grinder v 2.2.1 Jul 13, 2005 MacOS X PPC
    Includes support for codecs under the WAVE file format, the ability to convert to custom sample rates, and new enhancements to Rapdi Convert
    Sound Grinder v 2.1.1 Apr 15, 2005 MacOS X PPC
    Version 2.1.1 includes several bug fixes and performance enhancements. Please refer to the installed Read Me for more information.
    Sound Grinder v 2.1 Mar 7, 2005 MacOS X PPC
    Version 2.1 includes several new features and enhancements such as Peak and RMS Normalization, and support for the AMR (Narrowband) file format. We have also made several under-the-hood enhancements to ensure that Sound Grinder meets our high standard of quality
    Sound Grinder v 2.0 Oct 8, 2004 MacOS X PPC
  • Rapid Convert

  • Playback Slider

  • New File Format Support

  • Pull-up/pull-down Sample Rates

  • Retain Folder Structure Option

  • 31 Character Name Limit

  • New Installer

  • Many additional speed and ease of use Enhancements
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    Loopy C
    version 2.1.1, MacOS X PPC
    I put off buying SG for awhile since it did duplicate the basic features of some of my normal tools. Two things changed that, convert while maintaining folder structure (useful for Audio Ease Altiverb users) and Rapid convert which I now would not want to live without. Add to this the new variable normalize and this app has become indispensable to me. I use it everyday with hundreds of files and have had no problems, all smooth operations here (OS 103.7 and 8). When the Rapid Convert contextual menu plug-in first became available it did not work on my particular system. This gave me the occasion to experience their support which was 15 out of 10! Timely responses, detailed information and superb follow up. My every question since has been met with this same level of quality and attention. I am always happy to find both a must-have app AND a developer who understands the importance of customer support and strives to provide it with complete dedication. I am very happy with my purchase. ;-)

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