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Re: MD to PC - any news?

Subject: Re: MD to PC - any news?
From: "Rob Danielson" danielson_rob
Date: Thu Nov 2, 2006 8:47 am (PST)
At 10:34 AM -0400 11/2/06, Daniel De Granville wrote:
>Hello everybody,
>I have not done any recordings in the past
>months, maybe the last time I did this was more
>than one year ago. But now I feel like resuming
>the activity.
>I use a Sony MZ-N10 MD recorder, and one of the
>reasons for stopping is that I got gradually
>frustrated with Sony's stupid software, who will
>not allow me to transfer my nature sound files
>from the minidisc to the PC, assuming that I am
>a thief who is illegally pirating music.
>Some two years ago I swept over the whole web
>trying to find a workaround, maybe a software
>patch, but just gave up. Now I'd like to know
>if, after all this time, anything new has come
>up? I know that now the Hi-MD supports this
>feature, but... I owe a regular NetMD recorder.
>I am kind of pessimistic though, since we are
>now in the iPod and MP3 players era.
>I used to transfer my recordings in real time on
>my PC using the line-in plug from the
>soundboard, but nowadays I work chiefly with a
>laptop which lacks this possibility. I could
>still use the MIC input, but what about my
>stereo recordings?
>Any clues?
>Thanks a lot and all the best,=A0
>Daniel De Granville
>Photography | Biology | Ecotourism
>  |
>Bonito | MS | Brazil

Hi Daniel--

I hope I'm wrong, but its unlikely you'll find a
work-around for USB uploads of your recordings
from your net-MD.

It is true that recordists are wise not to make
assumptions when researching "recorders."  After
I find something that looks good on paper, I try
to apply the "Find at least one happy user" law.
Lists like this are essential if one needs an
investment to do specific things.

I don't feel pessimistic about Hi-MD. Its low
cost and high quality has allowed many new
recordists to get started with higher quality
mics since its introduction in 2004.

I'd too would much prefer to be able to simply
drag-copy my Hi-MD files via a USB cable to Mac
or PC with no software. Be sure to let Sony hear
about these needs if you want them to change. The
Sony software gets a bad rap from time to time
but my experience with v3.4 continues to be
pleasant (as far as computer dependency goes,..)
Our Intro to Media Production class with 100+
freshman college students just transferred
several discs each without one reported error
prompt or lost file using v3.4 and first
generation NH700's on their home and on school
platforms. Of the software related problems I
deal with, SS ranks near the very bottom. Rob D.

Rob Danielson
Peck School of the Arts
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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