mini disc?

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atticman
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Hi there,

I've just connected my mini disc player to 'line in' at back of pc. I can hear the tracks but I can't find what programme they are playing in. I need to copy the tracks to cd. Is it possible?

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Paul H

John Willett at Home
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If you use the “line in” you need to do it all again.

You record into a decent audio editing program – edit the tracks and set the CD start IDs – and then burn it onto CD.

There is no easy way I know of to clone a MiniDisc.

But – you can now set the start IDs properly.

John

mooblie
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PH

I believe the current generation of Sony "Net..." minidisc players (maybe only the portable ones?) can be connected directly to a PC via USB, and they are bundled with the facility to transfer audio files to/from the PC. This converts the Minidisc ATRAC files to MP3 files on the PC at high speed (i.e. faster than real time) in software. This avoids the possible quality loss of going via "audio" (and the corresponding D/A and A/D stages) if re-recording an audio signal in real time.

However, the quality of the result is naturally subject to the quality of the ATRAC<>MP3 conversion software provided by Sony. I have not experienced this myself, so I cannot comment on that.

HTH

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DAVE M
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Sony NET MD's only go pc>MD.

we boufght some in the hope that we could use them to send data to a pc but we've had no luck with finding a bodge other than the analogue route

SIFI
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Just to echo what Dave has said.

I bought one of these for the specific purpose of high speed transfer to PC but it is not possible.

An expensive toy now.

Simon

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atticman
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Thanks guys. I did manage to record tracks (60 sec limit) to pc, but was unable to burn to cd because of problem with format etc, even though the recorded file is a wav.

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quote:Originally posted by DAVE M:
Sony NET MD's only go pc>MD.

we boufght some in the hope that we could use them to send data to a pc but we've had no luck with finding a bodge other than the analogue route

Aha! I've learnt something now. Thanks.

Martin - DVdoctor in moderation. Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

John Willett
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quote:Originally posted by DAVE M:
Sony NET MD's only go pc>MD.

we bought some in the hope that we could use them to send data to a pc but we've had no luck with finding a bodge other than the analogue route

quote: Originally posted by SIFI:
Just to echo what Dave has said.

I bought one of these for the specific purpose of high speed transfer to PC but it is not possible.

An expensive toy now.

The HHB Portadisc has a USB connection that goes both ways!

MiniDisc to PC and PC to MiniDisc – problem sorted

John

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atticman
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Yeh problem sorted if you have one, but I only have a portable MD player.

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John Willett
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OK - the options from recording from MD to CD.

The way I do it - my computer has a proper sound card with a digital in and out and audio editing software. I have a mains MD and go from there as an AES/EBU or SPDIF digital data stream into the PC. I edit on the PC, set levels and Start-IDs and then burn to CD.

From a portable MD you have to go from line out to line in on the PC sound card. I don't understand the 60s time limit as this seems crazy. The ideal is to have proper audio editing software - open this and record into this from the MD (line out to PC line in) - edit, and then burn the CD.

Samplitude 7 is an excellent program. You can record, edit, set all the CD IDs and burn the CD direct from the program.

It is not cheap BUT you can download a trial version and if you like it but don't want to purchase - they have a "Hire" version that you can use as required - the website will give you all the details if you follow the link above.

I hope this helps.

John

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alan eades
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60 seconds is the limit set by the default Sound Recorder in MS Windows.

To reinforce what John has said, the soundcard installed on atticmans PC should come with recording/playing software and opening this application should enable him to record and save a wav file which can then be burnt to CD.

Alan.

jimmy the jock
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http://www.acoustica.com/mp3-audio-mixer/download.htm

I have used this software for 3 years now and I use it 90% of the time and COOL EDIT PRO 10% of the time

The above costs about 10% of the price of CEP!!!

EXCELLENT software and dont be put off by the "mp3" tag in the name its a FULL WAV editor and very very simple to use and FAR SUPERIOR at inserting track increments than cool edit is!!!

I believe the ms sound recorder can be hacked to provide unlimited record time if you search for it!

DVdoctor
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One other way that I use is to connect the analog out of the Minidisk to the Analog In of a Camcorder (in my case a Trv340 D8) and set the camcorder to AV-DV mode and capture the audio into the NLE system.

John

Fabian
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Check out the accessories at www.minidisco.com

There maybe something there.

I think I saw a digital transfer device.

Fabian Murphy, murphyvideoservices.com