Not a pro engineer here, but I know a bit about MiniDiscs.  Due to fear of
copying, Sony agreed to manufacture/sell only MiniDisc players to the US
where one could NOT download the file content electronically, forcing one
to transfer data in realtime.  Supposedly this was not a problem for those
sold in EU and Japan, although I've not encountered such a model.

Bob Kosovsky, Ph.D. -- Librarian, Rare Books and Manuscripts,
Music & Recorded Sound Division
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts - Dorothy and Lewis B.
Cullman Center

40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

On Fri, Feb 25, 2022 at 11:13 AM Lou Judson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> John, this is perfect timing! I have several Sony Minidisc decks which I
> have been wondering what to do with! I'd be happy to send a couple of
> them to you, at little cost plus shipping.
> There is a lot to know sbout the MD format - I have an associate who was
> as much of an expert on them as you could want; I'll ask him if he can
> help you learn abut them.
> I can say for sure that you cannot load them to a coputer at faster than
> real time, unless they are the later Hi-MD format. You have to play them
> in realtime.
> But if you get 2 or 4 of my decks, you can do multiples at a time - that
> is what I do with cassettes, with three Nakamichis and an 8 track
> recorder.
> Get in touch with me offline and we can talk or email about it. I would
> LOVE to see these decks go to a good home where they will serve and be
> useful. I saved them from our old radio studio and am too attached to
> just send them to recycling, but have no actual use for them - we long
> ago transferred all our MDs to computer.
> Send me a direct email and we can talk about it!
> Lou Judson: loujudson (at)
> Thanks!
> <L>
> On 2022-02-25 07:25, John Schroth 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 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
> > Media Transfer Service, LLC