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What's the go to replacement for Magic A/B

Postby Hazer » Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:02 pm

I understand that this reference plug is inexplicably no longer available, is there something comparable these days !
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Re: What's the go to replacement for Magic A/B

Postby desmond » Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:21 pm

I found this much better than Magic AB when I was investigating these things - but wait for it to go on sale, it's pricey...

https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/products/adptr_metricab.html
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Re: What's the go to replacement for Magic A/B

Postby RichardT » Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:43 pm

I use Reference from Mastering the Mix. I like it a lot.
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Re: What's the go to replacement for Magic A/B

Postby BJG145 » Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:17 pm

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Re: What's the go to replacement for Magic A/B

Postby ore_terra » Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:16 pm

If you’re on Cubase, there’s a trick using of the cue outs
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Re: What's the go to replacement for Magic A/B

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Sep 21, 2020 10:44 pm

Why not just load the reference to a muted track and solo it to compare (idea nicked from another forumite in another thread :blush: )
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Re: What's the go to replacement for Magic A/B

Postby blinddrew » Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:07 pm

Loudness matched naturally... ;)
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Re: What's the go to replacement for Magic A/B

Postby James Perrett » Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:40 am

Sam Spoons wrote:Why not just load the reference to a muted track and solo it to compare (idea nicked from another forumite in another thread :blush: )

That's pretty much what I do - although you need to avoid effects on the master bus in that case.
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Re: What's the go to replacement for Magic A/B

Postby ore_terra » Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:34 am

you can always route it to another bus (or use a cue out ir you're in Cubase as I said)
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Re: What's the go to replacement for Magic A/B

Postby The Elf » Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:39 am

Yes, just load your reference into a track, route it to a 'clean' output, and solo it when needed; turn it up/down to suit. A plug-in really isn't necessary.
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Re: What's the go to replacement for Magic A/B

Postby BJG145 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:01 pm

It is handy though, being able to easily load up half a dozen slots and click between them with automatic loudness matching, and that's just for starters.
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Re: What's the go to replacement for Magic A/B

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:37 pm

I found this much better than Magic AB when I was investigating these things - but wait for it to go on sale, it's pricey...

https://www.plugin-alliance.com/en/prod ... ricab.html

Yep, it's built by the same people I think? Utterly indispensable to me but buy it on a sale for about £30 not full price. Fantastic plugin for mixing but especially for mastering.
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Re: What's the go to replacement for Magic A/B

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:24 pm

+1 for MetricAB, for all the reasons that BJG145 gave.

I also seem to remember that Dr. Huge bought this on my recommendation, so I'm pleased he's still happy with it ;)

Another of its great features is its filter, which enable you to compare Sub, Bass, Low Mid, Mid and High bands of your 'project in progress' with those of any of your reference tracks - I find this great for judging low end in particular.

Oh, and DO wait for it to appear in the next Plugin Alliance sale - the'retail price' has always seemed excessive to me, but I seem to remember buying it for about £30.


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Re: What's the go to replacement for Magic A/B

Postby Hazer » Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:10 pm

$199 Plugin Alliance :shocked:
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Re: What's the go to replacement for Magic A/B

Postby blinddrew » Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:06 pm

Hence the advice to wait for the sale... ;)
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