>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).

The thing that appeals to me is the error correction and 
report.  That's something that real-time recording generally won't 
do.  I've seen Exact Audio Copy slow down and really concentrate on 
errors a lot of times with CDs; it's a plus that the person ripping 
the info doesn't need an extensive training.  Having the same kind of 
peace of mind with MD is a huge plus given the reliability of other 
magnetic digital media.  Whether or not it works as I'm thinking it 
does is another thing.

>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>!

We're talking several thousands of minidiscs coming from a third 
party and a variety of storage conditions across Europe.  We're not 
generating MDs here, and it's not within my power at all to stop any 
future production.

Anyway, thanks for the response!


Jim Sam
Audio Specialist
Hoover Institution
P (650) 736-0961
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