MINI-DISC TO COMPUTER


oldral2002
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HOW DO U RECORD FROM THE MINIDISC ONTO THE COMPUTER.
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Raskolnikov
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You need to hook it to your audio in, then you need an application to capture the audio signal.
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Skull Dragon
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Most CD drives are able to hold minidisks.

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Raskolnikov
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I think we're talking about the ones that come in cartridges here.
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lalimacefolle
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oh my god skull, you talk faster than you think!!

I actually know that the mini disc has a digital out, and that some soundcards (the expensive ones)have a digital in, so you might want to check it out, because using a special cord, you can have a better sound. When recording the MD, your MD goes from digital to analog, then back to digital in the computer, so, in the process, you lose some quality (not much, but audio freaks spend thousands of dollars on this)staying in the digital world guarantees a no loss performance
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refizul
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hmm, most portable MiniDisk Player don't have a digital output, only a digital input(But some home MD Player have).

The Minidisk does destructiv compression of the music, so that it fits on the MD. So there is no chance to get something from the MD in the same quality as you have put on it. So it isn't a good idea to take a MD for transfer reasons or backups. The goal of the MD is to record music on it and listen from it, with the advantage having a small medium.



[Edited by refizul on 02-28-2002 at 03:57 AM]
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lalimacefolle
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It's true that MD uses a compression algorithm that is destructive, but I actually like the sound I get (more bass and compression) so it's no big deal to me. It's pretty funny when you see those guys that use 24 bits 48 khz and all you can hear is their guitar pickups buzzing because of the monitor!

Remember that the beatles have recorded only with 4 tracks and on tape! So don't be over thinking the 'purity' of your sound...
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Offnote
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I'm sorry, but for me MD is great for recording... I always liked analogue, for the pure simplicity of it, now I'm recording on a TASCAM 8-track MD and it feels like analogue, yet it has the sound quality of a digital recording device (because... it is ;) )
I use a portable MD to save my finished (converted back to 2-tracks) songs I,ve used a bunch over the years, sharp,sony etc, and the're all great (well, the sony does sound great for listening, but in my opinoin there not as good for recording.... )
I can hookup my MD to any PC with an analogue minijackplug-cable
The only thing you'll have to bare in mind is that when you record to a pc you'll have to make sure that the output of your MD is not on max, and the inputvolume of your pc is slichtly lower, (this way you'll avoid background hum e.g. tape)

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lalimacefolle
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That's what I said Offnote, but for some techno geeks, its quality is not enough...
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David Gilmour
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My friend was trying to record something for me off of my MD player on to his computer, and he couldn't get it to record without distorting. It was not an illegal copy - actually it was a recording of a gig we did a while ago.

Anyways, he finally stumbled across a program called "Silent Bob" which was able to take the output of the MD and record it via the soundcard int the computer.

My friend did some research before finding this program, and apparently MD players have some sort of protection on them that will not allow you to record on to the computer. I'm not totally sure about that (it doesn't make 100% sense to me that they'd be able to copy-protect an analog signal), but in any event, he was able to record is using the "Silent Bob" program.

Hope that helps.
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