>As far as I know, their system is the only one that will no
>data-based ripping of minidiscs. Depending on how many you have,
>however, building up a few digitization stations with inexpensive
>SPDIF inputs and MD players with SPDIF outputs could get the job
>done quickly. I would look at multiple workstations rather than a
>single multi-channel workstation due to the difficulty of
>synchronizing the clocks on the MD players.
>Of course, making up a half dozen MD workstations would cost as much
>or more than the ESDL package. On the other hand, the ESDL package
>relies on an out-of-production (as I understand it) MD drive from
>Sony. ESDL refurbs and modifies the drive and sells it as part of
>the package (again as I currently understand what they are doing).
The thing that appeals to me is the error correction and
report. That's something that real-time recording generally won't
do. I've seen Exact Audio Copy slow down and really concentrate on
errors a lot of times with CDs; it's a plus that the person ripping
the info doesn't need an extensive training. Having the same kind of
peace of mind with MD is a huge plus given the reliability of other
magnetic digital media. Whether or not it works as I'm thinking it
does is another thing.
>Even if you only set up one MD chain separate from your main
>digitization chain, the real-time ingest could be done as a
>background task in your main lab. That is how I do it, actually.
>If you did two MDs per day as background, you could do 500 per year
>with no real increase in workload.
>How many do you have and I hope you've stopped making new ones.
>Substitute compact-flash recorders for the MD recorders if the
>people are still generating MDs. I think everyone will be happy you
>did. I think you can pay for the CD recorders out of the labour
We're talking several thousands of minidiscs coming from a third
party and a variety of storage conditions across Europe. We're not
generating MDs here, and it's not within my power at all to stop any
Anyway, thanks for the response!
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