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Press Reviews

Music Tech "A plug-in that everyone could benefit from. It's a simple but incredibly useful idea that's easy to use and well executed."

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Sound On Sound "Sample Magic’s ingenious plug-in makes A/Bing fast, fair and simple. Once you’ve seen how easy referencing can be, you’ll be reluctant to go back."

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Resident Advisor "AB is very slick to use. It's not only simple and self contained, but whichever DAW you happen to be working in, your referencing technique will always be the consistent."

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Computer Music "[It makes] the AB referencing process an effortless joy."

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Attack Magazine "A simple but essential plugin for your mixing, production and mastering processes."

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Deckwrecka "A classic example of a simple yet damn good idea... What this does for workflow is stunning; it makes a fiddly task elegant and easy."

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DJ Magazine "...Makes this part of the production process as simple and easy as it can be."

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Music Connection Magazine "Magic AB modernises and greatly enhances the whole A/B process in a logical and near-scientific way."

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SonicScoop "This tool will be soon adopted by mastering engineers... It's just so damn easy."

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Testimonials

"A great system… Magic AB is a time saver, a hard drive space saver and it allows you the control you need to really reference."

Dave Pensado (Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson)

"I use it on just about every mix I'm working on. It's a genius idea and a great way to check your mix against the mixes already out there."

Steve Mac

"The simplest of Ideas executed with 'magic'. Awesome plugin. Guys I salute you ;)"

Jason Phats

"The concept is superb and the GUI and functionality are great. It's one of those 'Why hasn't anyone done this before?' concepts - a great tool for mixing."

Chris Allen (Unkle/Freeland)

"Now that I've used Magic AB a couple of times there's no going back. It's super easy to use and at the same time an extremely effective and helpful plugin. Magic AB now has its set place on my master bus."

Thomas Schumacher (Get Physical)

"This plugin is so useful. In the past I had to do routings and use audio layers to compare songs but now it's so easy and quick! I'm now using it in every new track to balance the sound right from the start."

Florian Meindl (FLASH/Trapez)

"We always end up with a load of muted channels with reference material in our projects and the fact you can save these as presets is awesome!"

Dan Arnold/Qemists (Ninja Tune)

"I love this plugin! Before I got Magic AB, I spent so much time bouncing 16 bars and referencing in iTunes, it was crazy!"

Simon Mortlock/Vicious Circle (Renegade Hardware)

Compatibility

This plugin is available in the following formats:

<h6><strong>Windows</strong></h6><p>- SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or later)<br />- 4GB RAM<br />- Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8<br />- Any VST / RTAS / AAX-compatible host software (32 or 64-bit)</p>
Windows

- SSE2-enabled processor (Pentium 4 or later)
- 4GB RAM
- Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 or 8
- Any VST / RTAS / AAX-compatible host software (32 or 64-bit)

<h6><strong>Mac OS X</strong></h6><p>- Intel processor Mac<br />- 4GB RAM<br />- Mac OS X Moutain Lion (10.8), Lion (10.7), Snow Leopard (10.6), or Leopard (10.5)<br />- Any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / RTAS / AAX-compatible host software (32- and 64-bit)</p>
Mac OS X

- Intel processor Mac
- 4GB RAM
- Mac OS X Moutain Lion (10.8), Lion (10.7), Snow Leopard (10.6), or Leopard (10.5)
- Any VST / Audio Unit (32/64-bit) / RTAS / AAX-compatible host software (32- and 64-bit)

Magic AB

A simple, powerful reference tool that allows you to switch between the audio you are working on and up to nine tracks in an instant.


The concept behind Magic AB is simplicity itself – an easy-to-use but powerful utility plugin that allows you to switch between the audio you are working on in your DAW and up to nine reference tracks with the click of a mouse. 

With A/B referencing playing an essential part in the production, mixing and mastering process, Magic AB offers an infinitely faster, easier and more accurate method to compare multiple audio streams to those currently available in any DAW or audio editor.

Magic AB sits on your mix bus (or individual channels), allowing instant switching between your current project and the reference material in pristine, transparent quality, regardless of the processes already on the mix bus. If required, plugins can be added post Magic AB to provide a sounding-point for programme material with or without additional processing.

Features

Magic AB is both an indispensible mixing tool and a workflow improver that allows the producer to:

  • Perform instant AB references: to compare the track you are working on in your DAW with any commercially produced reference track in a variety of audio formats (mp3, Aiff, Wav etc).
  • Like the sound of a reference? No problems – import your chosen reference track/s into Magic AB and then flick between them and your own in-progress track using a single mouse click.
  • Hone in on the details: play/cue the reference track from the precise point you want to hear and loop the section you want to focus on – there’s no need for tiresome rewinding and endless internal waveform navigation.
  • Compare multiple mixes quickly and simply: create and save your own ‘go-to’ playlists to radically speed up mixing and mastering.
  • Balance the relative volume of mixes with extensive, accurate, easy-to-read metering – particularly useful for ciritical mastering sessions. The clear, ergonomically designed GUI with bold waveform display means you’re always comparing like with like.
  • Give your ears a chance to recalibrate with manually changeable crossfade times. Flip in an instant, or allow a transitions of up to 2000ms.

All but invisible on processor power, Magic AB's light, refined design means setting it up as a default on your mix bus is a breeze without draining resources.

Working on virtually all DAWs, with a patented-ease of use, Magic AB represents a second-to-none mix and workflow improver for all producers, regardless of genre.

More Information

Installer in AU, VST, RTAS and AAX formats. Instruction Manual in pdf format.

UPDATE LOG

VERSION 1.1.2 - March 2014

1 - PC: Fixed mp3 loading failure. On previous versions, occasional mp3s failed to load due to third party tagging. Magic AB now loads all mp3 files, including Beatport and iTunes files.

2 - Mac: Static GUI window in Cubase 7.5 and Wavelab 8 now works as it should when running in 32-bit.

3 - Mac: AU validation failed in previous version under Mavericks OS. The AU now passes validation in Mavericks.

VERSION 1.1 - August 2013

1 - Toggle action for A-B button implemented. Users can now click either button to toggle between A and B streams.

2 - In rare instances, PC users were having trouble loading high rate samples. Sample rate conversion between audio files and DAW session now works on both Mac and PC (no more truncated audio files or unable to load messages).

3 - Includes 64-bit AAX version for Pro Tools 11.

4 - Includes 64-bit AU version for Logic X.

For common questions / troubleshooting problems with Magic AB - see the Help Centre.

£29.90