AnalogMagik Ultimate Turntable Setup Software is The Finest Available. NEW Version 2.0!
At True Audiophile
Being Analog Slaves we try to squeeze out every last gram of setup on turntables with spectacular results. But what if you can't hire us to come and set up your table? That sucks. Usually we have to guide even the most experienced audiophile on the phone which is no substitute for being there. Finally, AudioMagik has come along with the most accurate and easiest way to set up a table for all aspects of good alignment. We highly recommend it. --TA
Quite excited about version 2.0 which integrates several measurements. According to our table expert and a very scientific client, this version is also more precision.
"The tool has become a necessity for getting the most out of analog playback. We have become real fans of the tool and would sincerely like to see people use it to the full extend." Stereo Sound Magazine, Sept 2018
"AnalogMagik ,...... it has the makings of a revolutionary product with potential in altering the future course of the vinyl industry" AudioArt Magazine, Jul 2018
We've heard the term 'groundbreaking' used ad nauseous for products that never deserve it. Hype vs Reality. Loads of companies have really tried to effectively come up with mean that any audiophile could properly set up their table to questionable results. We've tested this software as have our clients and everyone agrees this is something different. Something special. You spend enough on a table/arm and cartridge that you should get the most out of your investment. Yes, not cheap but in relationship to what you've spent on a quality table its a must.
Here's an overview of what it can do:
AnalogMagik is a Windows-based phono-cartridge calibration software designed by Richard H. Mak and a team of engineers. It offers a scientific and repeatable method of calibrating every cartridge setup parameter, including:
- Turntable Speed
- Vertical Tracking Angle / Stylus Raking Angle
- Optimizing Phono Preamplifier Loading
- Optimizing Preamplifier Gain Setting
- Vertical Tracking Force
- Measuring Vibrations
- Determining Resonance Frequencies
- AES Wow & Flutter
Why is an All-In-One Tool important?
All setup parameters are highly interdependent on each other, no parameter can be optimized in isolation. For example, you cannot optimize Azimuth in isolation because Azimuth is highly affected by Anti-skating, as well as VTA and VTF. If your anti-skating is set incorrectly, your chances are your Azimuth number can never be optimized. If you have a tool which only does one parameter in isolation, the setup will always be less than optimal.
Meaningful result of a specific measurement is highly dependent upon equipment quality as well as all other setup parameters. It is normal that you will have to go back and forth between parameters to find a balance which gives the best possible outcome across all parameters. This is why you need a tool which will allow you to perform analysis on not just one, but ALL the setup parameters.
AnalogMagik does not guarantee that meaningful measurements can always be derived from every setup parameter, but taken as a whole, if you can achieve good measurements with as many of these parameters as possible, we believe it will result in a much higher level of accuracy and a better sounding system.
In the internet age, very few people reads instruction manuals the size of a phone book. We have designed AnalogMagik to have onscreen instructions which will guide you. Our single sheet on screen help file will also tell you what test results to look for.
Groundbreaking Cartridge-Alignment Software and Test LPs Address Every Set-Up Parameter Via Science- and Math-Based Methodology: Fine-Tune VTA, VTF, Azimuth, Anti-Skating, and Much More
Until now, nothing on the audio market evaluated every cartridge set-up parameter. AnalogMagik cartridge-alignment software and test LPs changes that. Offering unprecedented all-in-one cartridge setup by way of science- and math-based methodology that includes proprietary algorithms, AnalogMagik allows for repeatable evaluation of turntable speed, azimuth, VTA, anti-skating, vertical tracking force, vibration measurement, and AES wow and flutter. It also fine-tunes phono preamplifier stage loading and gain setting, and determines resonance frequencies. While incredibly complex in theory, AnalogMagik is a breeze to use. Simply follow the onscreen instructions and the program will guide you through all the test functions all the while telling you what optimal numbers you should seek and the adjustments needed to reach those figures. The package comes with the software program, a license USB key, a 33RPM test LP, and a 45RPM test LP. AnalogMagik epitomizes optimal analog setup. Read more in-depth about this truly groundbreaking creation below and rest assuredly that with AnalogMagik, your analog system will perform to a level you've never previously heard.
Different from All Other Set-Up Tools
Nearly all the other available tools on the market will fine-tune only one or two specific parameters in isolation. For example, many tools will allow you to determine azimuth but leave out anti-skating, VTA, and VTF. Users have to resort to inconsistent and non-scientific methods to setup the rest of the parameters, leading to a sub-optimal setup.
How AnalogMagik Achieves Optimal Setup
An optimal setup allows for the accurate retrieval of recording signals. This requires minimizing distortion levels in all set-up parameters (VTA, VTF, azimuth, anti-skating, etc.). All such parameters are dependent and inter-related, and none can be optimized in isolation. AnalogMagik finds the optimal point that delivers low distortion numbers on not just one but as many parameters as possible. For example, assuming you discovered the optimal azimuth angle requires you to tilt the cartridge by two degrees, but as a result, causes a degradation to VTA/SRA, anti-skating, and VTF readings. AnalogMagik will not consider this an optimal setup. But if you tilt the cartridge by only one degree – a move that causes a slight degradation to azimuth readings but improves VTA/SRA, VTF, and anti-skating readings – this constitutes a more optimal setup since it takes into account multiple set-up parameters as a whole without over-emphasizing one specific parameter.
Far More (and More Effective) Than a Distortion Analyzer
Any distortion analyzer can compute data. You can probably duplicate some of our test functions using the myriad of available computer and hardware based analyzers. Many of them are free. However, all of them lack the most important trait: the complex algorithm, proprietary filtering and mathematical averaging required to analyze data coming from the AnalogMagik test LPs designed to work with our algorithms. Knowing how to interpret such data in a meaningful way is very difficult. An ordinary distortion analyzer does not have the appropriate filtering to deliver consistent and repeatable results. Just throw in a slightly warped record and your results will be off. AnalogMagik contains proprietary complex algorithms built into the programming and specific settings to account for the following: A proper sampling rate; a proper sampling period; complex filtering for noise, clicks, pops, and statics; complex mathematical averaging; the effects of warped records and off-centered spindle holes; mathematical standard deviation; the detrimental effects of line electric noise; the effects of hum. AnalogMagik's complex programming will greatly improve the accuracy and consistency of the results, which an ordinary distortion analyzer will not provide. Thousands of hours were spent perfecting the special algorithm specifically designed to work with the signals on the test LPs. The tracks on the LPs are also strategically located at certain locations optimized for certain signals.
Includes 33.3RPM and 45RPM Test LPs
AnalogMagik supplies both 180g 33.3RPM and 45RPM test LPs because the forces experienced by a cartridge's stylus are different under different turntable speeds. For example, at 45RPM, the dragging force is greater than when at 33.3RPM, which will cause the VTA/SRA angle to slightly change. A faster speed will also increase centripetal force, which may require a slightly different anti-skating as well as azimuth setting. For those with multiple tonearms and cartridges, a 45RPM test LP allows you to optimize a specific arm/cartridge combination to play 45RPM records.
Richard H. Mak explains how he came up with the idea to create an All-In-One Cartridge calibration software, what the Analog Magik does and what he says to the person who has been setting up cartridges “by ear”, and thinks he is 90% there. All this you'll learn from Richard H. Mak in an interview with Mono & Stereo.
"This toolkit is a very useful suite of tests that will help anyone get better performance from their vinyl front end.They also provide an objective method of measuring performance characteristics of different turntables. The end result that we are looking for, however, is improved musical performance. And in that respect I can confirm that I have never heard my turntable sound better with the current cartridge." Brian Madden, Decibel Hi Fi
"For vinyl enthusiasts with basic computer skills and passions to extract the last ounce of performance from analog gears, Analog Magik should be considered a must-have item in their tool boxes." Bing R. Tsai, Audio Art Magazine
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