All in One Cartridge Setup Software & Test LPs
A Scientific & Repeatable Method to Calibrate
A Scientific & Repeatable Method To Calibrate:
Speed, Wow & Flutter, Azimuth, VTA, VTF,
Anti-skating, Loading, Gain, Vibrations & Resonance Frequencies.
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.
The AnalogMagik Software and Test LP Retail Box comes with:
1) AnalogMagik Software Download Link & Soundcard Driver Download Link
2) USB License Key which you will need to operate the program
3) 2 Tests LPs (33 rpm & 45 rpm)
To operate the program, you will need a Windows Compatible Laptop and a Soundcard. The program is not an APP and it is not compatible with Apple Notebooks or handheld devices such as iPHone or Android phones. It is a Windows based program compatible with Win XP or above installed Laptop or Notebooks.
Laptop or Notebooks:
We strongly recommend using a dedicated laptop. We do not recommend using old laptops or laptops which may have their sound configuration altered by unknown programs which may interfere with standard windows sound configurations. Due to the complexity of the computations, intensiveness of CPU usage, you may encounter stalling or system hangups if you use a very old laptop for the task. In our own setup, we use a dedicated Lenovo notebook with nothing else but AnalogMagik installed.
Brian's Comment: I installed it on a 5 year old Asus laptop which had been reformatted with a fresh copy of Windows 10 and did not experience any problems.
The AnalogMagik Software has been designed to use with any windows compatible soundcard, but it is impossible for us to test all available soundcards and computer combinations on the market.
We have designed the program to work specifically with the ART Phono Plus sound card which you can purchase from us or from Amazon. We have tested the software on Lenovo Ideapads and the Art Phono Plus soundcards and it is a configuration which we are most comfortable with.
Those who buy AnalogMagik have probably invested a lot of money into their turntable and cartridges. we strongly recommend users to use this soundcard.
Brian's Comment: I purchased an inexpensive Asus XonarU3 USB sound card and did not encounter any problems.
Test LPs and USB License Key
We do not recommend using any other test LPs with the program as there are special algorithms embed in our programming designed with special filters and averaging functions, designed only to work with the AnalogMagik Test LPs. The results may not be accurate with other 3rd party test LPs.
The USB License Key is required for the installation and operation of the program. We do not provide replacement license keys so please make sure you store the license key carefully, namely back to the lower corner of the LP box after each use.
AnalogMagik is an ongoing project, and we are constantly revising and improving on the measurement algorithms. Users will be provided with free updates periodically. Please remember to completely uninstall previous versions of the program before installing a new version.
Unless there are new functions added or significant changes made which requires us to incur substantial investments, all updates will be provided for free to all customers.
There are a series of free video tutorials on the AnalogMagik website which cover Basic Cartridge Alignment, and then the different functions of the All In One toolkit.
I have used the toolkit to test the setup of my own turntable and have written a blog post of the experience.
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