The AnalogMagik Software and Test LP Retail Box comes with:
1) AnalogMagik V2 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.
The program will only run on a Windows-based program compatible with Win7 or above, not Apple, Chromebook, Linux or other operating systems. The Laptop will need 2 USB 2.0 or 3.0 input, one for the license key connection and one for the soundcard. If you only have 1 USB input, you can use a USB splitter bar or Y Splitter.
Will AnalogMagik work with my system? Does it work with Tangental tonearms? How do I know AnalogMagik is accurate? Why should I use a distortion analyzer?
To answer these questions, please see the NEXT PAGE.
Laptop or Notebook requirements:
Please do not use 3rd party programs such as VMWare to run AnalogMagik on an Apple Macbook We strongly recommend using a dedicated laptop such as the Lenovo Ideapad which is often on sale on Bestbuy or Amazon for US$200-350. 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.
We do not recommend Microsoft Surface or HP laptops. We have not tested the software on all the laptops on the market, but we have developed it on Lenovo Ideapad, so we strongly recommended a dedicated Lenovo Ideapad.
Due to the complexity of the computations, the 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.
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 Ideapad 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. Considering a Lenovo Laptop is only US$200 to $350, and an Art Phono Plus is only approx. US$100 from Amazon, we strongly recommend users to use this soundcard.
If you use any other soundcard, the program may not work or the results may not be accurate. We strongly discourage you from using any other soundcard, and we will not provide supoort for other soundcards.
Please note that the ART PHONO PLUS is a separate product, you are responsible for following the ART PHONO's instructions to get it to talk to your laptop. Please first contact ART PHONO for support if you run into connection issues between your laptop and the ART PHONO.
To operate AnalogMagik, you will need:
A Turntable for playing Records
A Tonearm for mounting the Cartridge
A Turntable Cartridge
A Phono Stage or Phono Preamplifier
AnalogMagik is not intended for use with CD players, Cassette Tapes, or FM/AM tuners. It is intended for use with turntables with cartridges installation.
Your phono cartridge must be connected to a phono pre-amplifier or phono stage. The cartridge must not go directly into the ART PRO sound card. It must be connected to your phono stage, then your phono stage outputs to the ART PRO soundcard.
The Art Phono Plus acts only as an Analog-to-Digital Interface, not a Phono Preamp, If you do not use a Phono Preamp and connect directly to the ART PRO there will not be enough gain and, the results will be inaccurate.
Basic Understanding of Windows Operation and Installation.
AnalogMagik requires users to have a basic understanding of Windows, general programs, and soundcard installation. If you do not know how to use Windows, install drivers, or get the soundcard to talk to Windows, please do not buy the program.
Windows is a Microsoft Product, and ART PRO PHONO is an ART PRO product, please contact Microsoft and ART PRO if you run into problems getting the soundcard to talk to Windows.
AnalogMagik support begins AFTER your soundcard has established a signal connection between your laptop. We do not provide telephone step-by-step walk-through support on issues such as:
How to align a cartridge (Please see our support videos for this)
How to connect your cartridge to your phono stage
How to install a program or a driver on Windows
Identify what is an input or the difference between XLR and RCA
Where is the START button on Windows?
What is a CONTROL PANEL on Windows?
How to get ART PHONO to talk to Windows (Please contact ART PRO for this).
AnalogMagik Support Expectation & Agreement:
Please note that support will only be provided to friendly customers with mutual respect. We will not tolerate verbal abuse, unreasonable expectations of 24/7 standby telephone support, or a step-by-step walkthrough of the entire turntable cartridge setup and program installation process.
We will answer all emails on a best effort basis, but customers which require basic step-by-step walk-through support on Windows, or Soundcard support beyond AnalogMagik, can purchase a support package. Please email to inquire.
We reserve the right to terminate support for customers who are rude, hostile, racist, or with a condescending attitude - All support services will be terminated.
Test LPs and USB License Key
We do not recommend using any other test LPs with the program as there are special algorithms embedded 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 require us to incur substantial investments, all updates will be provided for free to all customers.