At 01:18 PM 2007-05-18, Jim Sam wrote:
>Does anyone have experience with non-real time ripping of
>minidiscs? Standard MDs mostly; not so much HiMD. We're getting a
>ton of minidiscs in soon, and I've been looking into the subject.
>On a more micro level, I know that at least one company makes a
>product to accomplish this, MD Studio:
>http://www.esdl.co.uk/body/mdte/mdte.htm. I'm not so much worried
>with the theory of ripping MDs as in practice. Has anyone seen
>and/or worked with one of these? If so, any thoughts you could
>share on how well it works? Importantly, does anyone know of
>another product designed to rip MDs that doesn't involve real-time
>playing? At this stage, I'm more worried about the efficiency of
>systems than budget.
I have sent several people -- and received only one feedback (and it
was positive) -- to the ESDL folks in the UK.
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).
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 savings <smile>!
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