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Sony Minidisc NET MD transfer files from MD to HD

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Hi there,

I got a Sony NET MD minidisc player/recorder which I used to record rehearsals of my band.
Now I want to transfer these recordings from the MD to harddisk so I can burn it on CD to hand the recordings to the rest of the band.
I tried to use the Sony OpenMG software which can easily upload recordings from HD to MD but not download them!

I know that this is a restriction that Sony purpousfully put on the device, but there must be a way around it.

My workaround: I use a simple audio mini jack cable that is connected to the headset input and my soundcard (Creative Labs Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro) and sample the line in input in realtime. Very time consuming and not the best quality.

There must be a better way.....anyone?

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by:makeijan
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Hi! I've recently get a Sharp  HS420, and have don't lots of research about MD.

That's what I've learned, I guess it can help you.

You should change your Sony OpenMG for Sonic Stage which allows you ilimited check in and out. That's important. When you check out a song, it doesn't transfer completely from your MD to HD. I've read that just a few bytes get to your pc to tell it that your song is back (but never really left the computer).
Maybe my english isn't good enough, and this strange Minidisc behavior, is what keeps lots of people to get one.

My Sharp even has a SPdif (digital audio) input, but again cannot "take out" our recordings digitally. I've heard about the new HI-MD with 1 Gb support and new transfer capabilities.

So your saving your music the right way,  just buy a good cable and a better sound card, if you want to improve.

Check this url, its german, but has the best software compilation for NetMD I've found.
http://www.my-minidisc.de/index.php?action=download.html

You can also check this one, and read about the New Hi-MD (only if you have spare money 8-)).
http://www.minidisc.org/

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by:fbict
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Thanx for your comment makeijan,

Tried out Sonic Stage but it still won't let me check-in the recordings I have on the MD. I want to make clear that recordings are live recordings (via microphone) and not files that were copied from the computer.

So, if there's a trick to make it possible to transfer the recordings digitally via USB (by using Sonic Stage?) Please elaborate on that!

Cheers!
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makeijan earned 500 total points
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Actually, there's no way, because Sony thought on their copyrighted music, and not on the musicians. Sony just announce they'll support mp3, maybe someday we could use an spdif or usb cable to check-out our recordings, but we'll have to buy a new MD.

It's a pity, I know... As I told you before, a good cable and soundcard will be the way to improve.

Sorry, that's the raw truth.
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by:fbict
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Bummer...but thanx for your help. :)
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by:fbict
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So: it seems that the Net MD isn't a solution for doing any own digital recordings...

...doing the recordings via laptop now. It isn't perfect, but it's digital!

Thanx for comments guys!
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