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Turntable Cartridge Calibration Software

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What is AnalogMagik?

AnalogMagik is a Windows based turntable 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:

1. Turntable Speed

2. Azimuth

3. Vertical Tracking Angle / Stylus Raking Angle

4. Anti-Skating

5. Optimizing Phono Stage Loading

6. Optimizing Phono Stage Gain Setting

7. Vertical Tracking Force

8. Measuring Vibrations

9. Determining Resonance Frequencies

10. AES Wow & Flutter 

After you have performed a basic alignment on your turntable's cartridge using an appropriate alignment tractor, our software and Test LPs will attempt to optimize and fine-tune all the above setup parameters to achieve a more accurate analog cartridge setup.

Simply follow the onscreen instructions, and the program will guide you through all the test functions.  It will also tell you what "optimal" numbers to look for, and what cartridge adjustments you need to make to get there.

AnalogMagik - Not Just An Ordinary Distortion Analyzer

If you own hardware based distortion analyzers or computer based Oscilloscopes & Spectrum Analyzers, why do you need AnalogMagik?    

Any distortion analyzer can compute data, you can probably duplicate some of our test functions using the myriads of computer and hardware based analyzers out there.   Many of them are free. However, all of them will lack the most important thing:  the complex algorithm, proprietary filtering and mathematical averaging required to analyze data coming from the TEST LPs designed to work with our algorithms.  Knowing how to interpret such data in a meaningful way, is a very difficult task.       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

•incorporate the effects of warp records

•mathematical standard deviation

•eliminate the detrimental effects of line electric noise

•eliminate the effects of hum

The complex programming will greatly improve the accuracy and consistency of the results, which an ordinary distortion analyzer will not do for you.   We have spent thousands of hours perfecting the special algorithm specifically designed to work with the signals on our test LPs.  The tracks on the LP are also strategically located at certain locations optimized for certain signals. 

In our laboratory, we have utilized $ 35,000 laboratory grade hardware distortion analyzers to perform the same tests, but the results are less stable and less repeatable than AnalogMagik, because the trick lies in the proprietary mathematical algorithms.   Without them, you can spend hundreds of hours with an ordinary computer analyzer simply to establish a correlation.

In other words, we have done the hard work so that you won't have to.

Why do we give you both a 33 1/3 rpm and a 45 rpm Test Lp?    The forces experienced by a cartridge's stylus, is different under different turntable speeds.  For example, under 45 rpm, the dragging force is greater than when under 33 1/3 rpm, which will cause the VTA/SRA angle to change ever so slightly.     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 45 rpm test LP will allow users to optimize a specific arm/cartridge combination to play 45 rpm records. 

Our LPs are pressed with the highest quality 180G virgin vinyl.

Establishing Correlation, & Obtaining Meaningful Results 

The most import element in cartridge setup is to establish a correlation between a change you make, versus the results displayed on screen, or an audible sonic change.

Some adjustment parameters involved highly sensitive measurements which are influenced by a number of factors which are beyond our control.  Some parameters are highly sensitive to changes (such as Speed, Azimuth, or Wow & Flutter), while others do not always yield a strong correlation (VTA & VTF).    This is highly dependent on cartridge quality, tonearm design, as well as the inherent noise level of the system.

AnalogMagik DOES NOT GUARANTEE  meaningful results can be obtained in all parameters, but taken as a whole, if you can obtain meaningful results in as many of these parameters as possible, we believe it will result in a more accurate setup.   

Detailed information have been provided on each of the program's test functions, we encourage you to read them carefully to understand the theory behind it, and the correlation each test function attempts to establish. 

Lastly, AnalogMagik is an ongoing project, we are constantly improving our algorithms to increase the accuracy of test results.    As we gather more user feedback resulting in positive changes to our algorithms, we will provides updates free of charge as long as it does not involve major programming changes. 

Free Turntable Setup Tutorials

We have created a series of free  Turntable Cartridge Setup Video Tutorials which you guide you through the entire cartridge setup process, with new concepts which has never been introduced anywhere else.  They will also give you some general information on how to use AnalogMagik.  Our goal is to demistify the turntable cartridge setup process and to equip you with the right tools, you can be a setup guru!

AnalogMagik comes with the software program, a license USB key, and 2 Test LPs (33 1/3 & 45 rpm).  Please note that the Acoustical System SMARTractor is a separate tool which we recommend, but it is not part of the AnalogMagik product package.  

The above information is from the manufacturer.
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