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:
Vertical Tracking Angle / Stylus Raking Angle
Optimizing Phono Stage Gain Setting
Optimizing Phono Stage Loading
Vertical Tracking Force
Determining Resonance Frequencies
AES Wow & Flutter
FREE Turntable Setup Video Tutorials
The goal of turntable cartridge setup is to retrieve what was recorded on the grooves as accurately as possible. With the right tools, anyone can be a setup guru !
AnalogMagik will guide you every step of the way, from the initial mounting of the cartridge to aligning the cantilever at the roper angle, to fine-tuning every setup parameters using the AnalogMagik software. The goal is to help you achieve a more accurate cartridge setup using scientifically repeatable methods.
Cartridge alignment involves fine-tuning multiple setup parameters which are all interdependent on each other. We strongly advise you to read over the contents under each section to help you understand the concepts more clearly. AnalogMagic have created a video for each of the setup parameters:
AnalogMagik - Anyone Can Become a Cartridge Setup Guru!
After you have performed a basic cartridge cantilever alignment using visual methods, then comes the part where AnalogMagik comes in. The naked eye cannot see what the stylus is actually doing in the grooves of a moving LP. Using scientifically repeatable methods, the AnalogMagik software will perform detail analysis of every setup parameter to help you improve the accuracy of your setup.
AnalogMagik 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.
AnalogMagik - Not Just An Ordinary Distortion Analyzer
If you own hardware based distortion analyzer or computer based Oscilloscope, why do you need AnalogMagik?
Any distortion analyzer can compute data, but 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.
The complex programming will greatly improve the accuracy and consistency of the results, which an ordinary distortion analyzer will not do for you. AnalogMagik have spent thousands of hours perfecting the special algorithm specifically designed to work with the signals on their test LPs. The tracks on the LP are also strategically located at certain locations optimized for certain signals. In other words, they have done the hard work so that you won't have to.
After you have performed a basic alignment on your turntable's cartridge using an appropriate alignment tractor, AnalogMagik software and Test LPs will help you 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.
Why do you get both a 33 1/3 rpm and a 45 rpm Test Lp? The forces experienced by a cartridge's stylus, are 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.
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 eaningful 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.
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