You might consider getting a couple of the Sony MZ-RH1 or MZ-M200
(same basic machine, different accessories).
These come with a USB connection that lets you extract from all
flavours of personally recorded (i.e. not commercial) MDs faster than
real time. I don't know if it's 5x, but it is fairly fast.
The software is a bit klunky, but it will make WAV files out of the
This is a one-stop, $400/each solution that still appears to be
available. If you want to do this, I'd do it sooner rather than later
as I had issues getting one in Canada, but I found the RH1 at the
Sony Style store in Ottawa and they shipped it to my local Sony Style Store.
The pricing difference between the two is absurd on Amazon.com. The
M200 is a lot cheaper than the RH1 and the M200 comes with a mic. Go figure.
Someone sent me an MD project and the MDs were recorded in mixed
formats not the plain old standard format that I could play in my
standard component MD nor my portable MDs, so I had to buy this.
I would purchase one unit per 1000 MD plus one if I were buying now
as rumours (at least north of the border) abound about this going away soon.
I don't see a need for the UK stuff as it's based on an
out-of-production specific Sony DATA MD drive, which they buy and
refurb and resell to you.
I suspect the UK solution will be able to do recovery for some really
messed up MDs that the Sony won't be able to touch, but then again, I
think for those really bad MDs you're better off sending the MD to
the UK and letting them use their software. Their product is not
inexpensive, and I expect the experts there will do better on the few
really bad MDs than a more novice user might.
When I first saw the UK product I wanted it in the worst way, but the
MZ-RH1 really is a good find and solves 99% of the MD problems I've seen.
At 06:41 PM 2010-03-04, Andy Lanset wrote:
>We have thousands of field recordings done on MiniDisc by our reporters.
>I've been looking for ways of accurately dealing with them at greater than
>real time for transfers. I have located some people in England who are
>offering up some hardware and software for up to 5X transfers. I'd be very
>interested in your opinion of what they are offering.
>You can find them at:
>Thanks for your time and consideration.
>WNYC & WQXR Archives
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