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is there a hack for uploading minidisc to PC via USB?

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Simp-Dawg:
some decks has usb hook up capabilities to be able to transfer the file digitally straight to your computer...the sony netmd models come to mind.
if you bought a home deck (as in the size of a stereo component) those should have digital outputs on them and if you had a digital soundcard in your pc you could keep the transfer digital.
i actually have a sony md deck that was purchased in japan, it has a portable md recorder that docks in a larger "station", which has optical outputs.  when i was doing md recording i used this in conjunction with my soundblaster live! 5.1 card with the add-on digi i/o module to do optical transfers to keep it digital.  i know soundblaster has a bad rep among tapers for it's resampling, but my recordings always sounded very good and for the money it worked for me.

mde420:

--- Quote from: Schwilly McSchwagsterovich on June 25, 2003, 11:54:13 AM ---yeah, MDs are definitely coming along
You can get a Brand new sharp MT180 for $80 now and it is perfect for stealthing>
Too bad for the compression factor. :(

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The compression has always been an issue.  I believe Doug posted the specs awhile back on his board.  MD grabs about 80%, and that was around the earlier ATRAC's.  Going into LP2 mode does drop that number even further.  I'd be curious to see specs of MD vs DAT.  DAT will still be on top, but I'd bet that MD in LP1 grabs a more than 80%.

Stumptown Matt:
The first sony portable MD units had an optical out.  I have seen these units on ebay occasionally, but the older ATRAC scemes are very poor sounding.  I wasn't until version 3 of ATRAC that MDs started sounding good.  Not all MD home decks have optical (or other digital) outputs but the more high end models do.  Sony also has a new stand alone unit that is designed to work with a computer.  Here is a link http://www.minidisco.com/mds-nt1.html
but it seems the USB only works one way.  I guess you can make a digital copy of material you download but you can not upload to your computer.  I imagine Sony did this to prevent overriding the copyright protection (SCMS) since PCs don't read SCMS.  You best bet is a sound card and a stand alone with a digital output. :coolguy:

zhianosatch:

--- Quote from: mde420 on June 25, 2003, 02:43:47 PM ---
--- Quote from: Schwilly McSchwagsterovich on June 25, 2003, 11:54:13 AM ---yeah, MDs are definitely coming along
You can get a Brand new sharp MT180 for $80 now and it is perfect for stealthing>
Too bad for the compression factor. :(

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The compression has always been an issue.  I believe Doug posted the specs awhile back on his board.  MD grabs about 80%, and that was around the earlier ATRAC's.  

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Nope, ATRAC throws away approximately 83% of the "data" it could be writing instead.


--- Quote from: mde420 on June 25, 2003, 02:43:47 PM ---I'd be curious to see specs of MD vs DAT.  DAT will still be on top

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Only because of the non-compression and longer rec times. In I think almost every other category, MD wins. Doug posted these stats a while ago; they're in the archives.


--- Quote from: mde420 on June 25, 2003, 02:43:47 PM ---but I'd bet that MD in LP1 grabs a more than 80%.

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No such thing as "LP1" ;). And no, all versions of ATRAC toss 5/6 of the data.
My MZ-R700 is my friend. Never failed me ONCE! I do hear the goddamn compression, though.
Also, I need to talk to my buddy Brad about his HEBs, because my 4061 > MPS-6010 > AD-20 > MZ-R700 sounds a bit better than his HEB (4061) > Zefiro Inbox > D8. I think he might need to clean 'em or something.

InfiniteOhms:
After MUCH searching (this was before i got my JB3) i found there was only ever ONE drive that could extract audio from minidiscs ... i forgot the brand but it costs around $5,000 ! if you have a friend who works at a local radio station you might want to check if they have one (a friend of mine works for a community radio station and was able to transfer a bunch of MDs to WAV data cds)

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