can I transfer audio at high speed digitally from my MD recorder to my
PC (or MAC)?
do I know if I have a line input? What if I don't have one?
Can I make a high speed transfer to a computer from my MD recorder?
Unfortunately, no. No MD recorder currently made (as of 3-22-2003)
can transfer high speed data from a MiniDisc to a computer. If you
have one of the Net MD recorders, you can transfer in the other direction....from
the computer to the MD, but not the other way.
can I at least make a digital transfer, so that there is no loss of
Yes, and no. If
you are using one of the typical consumer MD recorders available,
there answer is no. There are a few professional MD recorders available
with digital outputs, like
this one. Otherwise, the only way is to go buy yourself a home
deck with digital output.
then, what is the best way to make a transfer, if I don't want to
spend a ton of money?
You can make
an analog transfer from your MD's headphone jack (or line output,
if it has one) to a stereo line input (not mic input!) or your computer's
soundcard. As long as the quality of your soundcard is good, your
transfer will be quite good.
do I know if I have a line input?
your documentation that came with your computer and see if there
is mention of a line input. If you can find any information about
a line input, look on your computer's rear panel for a small port
(usually 1/8" hole) labeled "line in" or marked
with a circle with an arrow pointing into it. If you don't have
a line input, and you are using a MAC or Windows computer running
Win 98SE or higher, you can use an inexpensive, yet high quality
device called the iMIC to get your audio into the computer via
If you have
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