What you want to do is find an option that will let you output a digital
audio signal to a PC.
To do this you have two options, a component unit that can output a
digital audio signal (AES/EBU or S/PDIF) or a portable that has a USB or
If you're outputting via S/PDIF, you'll need a PC audio interface that
can accept S/PDIF input. I'm a big fan of the DAL Card Deluxe, but on
the lower end Edirol makes a S/DIF input that you can plug into a USB port.
The only currently available rack-mount MD unit I've been able to locate
is the TASCAM MD-350, which B&H is selling for around $370, and it's got
a S/PDIF out. The unit I use, Sony MDS-E10, has been great but it's no
As far as portables go both the Marantz PMD650 (no longer made) and the
HHB MDP500 (around $1500) can output a digital signal via S/PDIF or USB.
In all the above cases the digital transfers must be made in real time.
You might be able to find the Sony MDS-E10 or the related -E11 or -E12
used, but when I last checked on Ebay they were pretty scare and pricer
than I would have liked. A Marantz PMD650 or HHB MDP500 might turn up
To the best of my knowledge you cannot use a HiMD player to upload ATRAC
audio recorded on a standard (i.e. old format) MiniDisc to a PC, but I
could be wrong about this.
McCormick, Kathleen wrote:
> A majority of the oral history recordings we have received in the last 5-6 years are on mini-disc. Our current system of duplication involves connecting a portable Sony MD recorder via 1/8 inch/RCA cable into a CD player. This system appears to have been a financial neccessity when this process first began (I'm relatively new & didn't set it up) but is woefully inadequate in terms of capturing optimal sound (at least in my estimation).
> Can anyone recommend a quality, professional mini-disc player? or make other recommendations on working with mini-discs?
> Katie McCormick
> Reference Archivist &
> Coordinator for the Oral History Program
> Special Collections Dept., J. Murrey Atkins Library
> UNC - Charlotte
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