Hi John & All,
Richard Hess may be your best bet for advice.
That said, I dealt with the format some years ago. I played around with
the format, ran the software (which may require a wayback machine to run
it), & ultimately decided that the best sounding way to transfer the
format was analog in real time. I had a high end deck, at the time,
which had digital outs, tried them, & decided that the analog sounded
better. Maybe the preferred sound was my A/D converters at the time. In
either case, the process was in real time. I think that Richard knows of
a model that will speak directly to a PC (many portable models do) so
hopefully he will chime in.
Next, you'll be asked to play a custom recorded Laser Disc (Been there,
done that). :)
------ Original Message ------
From: "Shai Drori" <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: 2/25/2022 9:11:43 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Sony MiniDisc Questions
>All this is from memory so I could be wrong but IIRC the Walkman sold here
>gave you the ability to download the audio as files. They were terribly
>expensive and came out too late in the game for it to matter. I think that
>was why Sony caved in on the ban for digital downloads. They realized the
>format was as good as dead and tried the only trick left in their bag. I
>could be wrong.
>On Fri, 25 Feb 2022 at 18:29 Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Shai, I believe that HiMD only works if the material was recorded in
>> HiMD format. It would be grand if I am wrong, but I am farily sure, as I
>> still have a small portable HiMD deck, and it only worked with MDs
>> recorded on it, not regular MDs.
>> Have you ever done that yourself? It is dangerous to make professional
>> recopmmendations unless you have direct experience with it.
>> Richard Hess, have you that experience?
>> On 2022-02-25 08:06, Shai Drori wrote:
>> > Your best bet is a HI-md deck that can connect directly to a computer for
>> > direct download. I forgot the model number but it's one of the high
>> > walkmans. This will avoid going analog AFAIK. Maybe one of their rack
>> > mount decks does the same trick.
>> > On Fri, 25 Feb 2022 at 17:27 John Schroth <[log in to unmask]>
>> > wrote:
>> >> 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
>> >> 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
>> >> Media Transfer Service, LLC