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Re: Sonic Stage

Subject: Re: Sonic Stage
From: "Rob Danielson" danielson_rob
Date: Wed Jul 26, 2006 2:19 pm (PDT)
At 8:22 PM +0000 7/26/06, Chris Hails wrote:
>  It mostly takes me 5-6 attempts per recording to get any file 
>across from my MD
>to my laptop and sometimes it must take as many as 20 attempts.
>To be fair, in maybe 300 downloads since April it has only failed me
>completely on one occasion. But for those of us beyond 50 this is not
>good for the blood pressure !
>My MD simply tells me "access error", and SS confirms same as a "read
>error". Neither my MD manual nor SS help tells me what this means. My
>imagination has lead me to try and identify "success factors" with SS

Hi Chris.

Glad things are going well for your recording interests. I look 
forward to posted recordings.

Gosh, I never thought to retry SS that many times! If the disk plays, 
another, maybe a less trying method is to download Total Recorder for 
$18USD and do a real time transfer. Its still a digital transfer and 
you can stop the transfer with the autostop mode. I've used TR on 
occasion to make 16bit/48K transfers when I knew the material was 
destined for a 48K mixing session. I too have lost two sound files 
over about 200 transfers. I've noticed that sometimes the errors are 
from _me_ including an unacceptable character in a file name. 
SonicStage's biggest short-coming is not being able to convey the 
source of the problem like we have come to expect on a computer.

I have three players (900, 910 and NH700). I've not yet encountered a 
disk with an "internal error" during transferring that worked on 
another player. (That doesn't mean this couldn't happen!) I used to 
re-format the disks thinking it would make the disk more compatible, 
but I don't do this anymore.  (I bet that "formatting" initializes 
the disk-- not a write/read check). Instead, I erase all of the 
tracks and that has reduced internal errors for me.

That you are getting "access errors" with the NH910 and that repeat 
transfer requests to SS sometimes work,.. make me something is not 
performing within norm. Easy to observe,.. harder to locate. I might 
be able to help you trouble-shoot off-line. Rob D.

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