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On Fri, Feb 25, 2022 at 10:32 PM Richard L. Hess <[log in to unmask]>
> Hi, John.
> Eli gave you the same information I was going to provide. I do have an
> MZ-RH1 and it appears to require the charged chewing-gum-stick LiIon
> battery installed and charged to work (even if powered via the adapter).
> I THINK it will do all flavours of STEREO MDs, and the SonicStage
> software works with it. I maintain a 3.2 GHz Pentium IV Windows XP
> machine...it actually works much better now that I put a solid state
> drive in it <smile>. Like many of my auxiliary machines, I
> remote-desktop into it and things seem to run fine, although I can't
> remember when I fired this up last, and I don't like to run the battery
> up and down as I don't know where to get a spare.
> This is a funny story. A nice client sent me the MDs and didn't
> identify that they were anything but the run-of-the mill MDs and I have
> several (maybe I'm down to one) portable machines and a consumer deck.
> The consumer deck has a digital output (I'm thinking it's optical, but
> it might be coax), but it wouldn't play these.
> I researched and found out about the MZ-RH1 and called my local Sony
> store (since disappeared). They didn't have one, but a store in Montreal
> did, so that was shipped to the local store and I picked it up. That
> model disappeared from retail soon after.
> The job about paid for the MZ-RH1 but little else.
> Now, there are OTHER MD formats that were used in "porta-studios" that
> are incompatible with all that I've said above. I have no idea how to
> capture those other than with the original machine...and I know nothing
> about that ecosystem.
> Back when I was working for National TeleConsultants, our VP of
> marketing gave me a small carved wooden figurine of a man sitting
> cross-legged holding his head in his hands. When I was given it, he
> said, "this is you after Sony announced another format." It's true. At
> that point it seemed they were announcing a new videotape format every
> year or two...and if they weren't Panasonic or JVC were.
> Good luck, John!
> On 2022-02-25 1:47 p.m., Eli Bildirici wrote:
> > You can upload vanilla, non-HiMD MDs at faster than real time with an
> MZ-RH1 or MZ-M200. IIRC the files are converted to PCM during this
> transfer. This was the last generation of portable players released, and
> will also handle the later formats you mentioned. The Platinum-MD software,
> a replacement for Sony’s SonicStage software that works with modern OSs
> (across macOS, Windows, and Linux, to boot), claims to be able to use this
> > https://github.com/gavinbenda/platinum-md
> > otherwise you will have to install SonicStage on a Windows machine, and
> will have to use modified unsigned drivers if it’s a modern install of
> 64-bit Windows:
> > https://www.minidisc.wiki/guides/sonicstagew10
> > I never managed to get my hands on one of these though, and have never
> seen one in the wild for less than $350. Maybe if you go to Japan, and it’s
> unclear when that’ll be allowed again.
> > Eli Bildirici
> >> On Feb 25, 2022, at 10:28 AM, John Schroth <[log in to unmask]>
> >> Hello Fellow ARSC Members.
> >> We have a project that just came in-house, that includes a collection
> of Sony MiniDiscs. I've heard and read a bit about this format but in 20
> years of business, this is the first time we've had this format in house.
> >> After several hours of research, I still cannot come up with a deck
> that we should consider purchasing for this job. I'm asking for some advice
> from the collective.
> >> Is there one playback deck that is the best option for migration from
> MiniDisc to file format that covers all the advancements in MiniDisc
> technology, including the capability for the long
> >> playback MDLP modes, ATRAC3plus (3.5) or higher encoding, Hi-MD, and
> any other advancement considerations?
> >> Is there a way to connect this playback deck to a computer and simply
> migrate the data off MiniDisc, in faster than real time, just like we all
> rip data from an audio CD to file? If so, can you recommend software,
> proper computer platform and operating system, etc?
> >> Looking forward to any input that the expert opinions at ARSC can
> provide, as this one is outside of my wheelhouse!
> >> Kind Regards,
> >> John Schroth
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