I am trying to connect a Minidisc Deck (MDS-PC2) to my PC. I have an optical cable running from the optical output of the deck to my PC spdif input. I have another optical cable running from the deck optical input 1 to a separate SPDIF add-on bracket that is connected to the motherboard via its SPDIF header internally.
My sound works fine otherwise, and the deck outputs sound via the headphone jack, so both machines are working correctly. The deck is set to accept the optical 1 input, which the motherboard is connected to. I get no sound, in Audacity or Windows Sound Recorder, from the deck. I have set eh Realtek Audio Manager settings, in the Digital In/OUT settings to:
Ouptut Sampling Rate - 44.1 Khz (the Minidisc ATRAC rate, I believe) Output Source - Output Digital Audio Source
and the status says:
Lock PCM 44.1Khz Valid No Copy
Can anybody help, I need to get this working so I can record Minidisc audio from the deck to WAV files on my PC for film editing.
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Here is a link to the manual for this deck check it out....
I think this means either the digital cable is not connected properly or possibly you are running into a copy guard problem. If you try to connect and record from some digital sources the source or the disc (if already a digital copy) has a tone inserted so you cannot make a copy of a copy. I also found if you digitally try to record from some TVs or other digital output sources this signal is added to prevent this. The work around copy guard is to make an alalog copy using rca cables.
the input source you have selected is not working. If digital it might be a copy guarded source which the deck cannot read...
If you get fancier and are trying to record the optical output from a newer device like a 5.1 or 7.1 receiver although the signal will go through the MD deck cannot decode the advanced optical signal. There are adaptor boxes on eBay which decode 5.1 & 7.1 optical signals to an optical signal the older MD can read and record from.
Try selecting another source like analog RCA. The digital stuff I mentioned applies to digital RCA and Optical Cables like toslink.
The source you are recording from cannot be read from; you slected a source without a connection, you have a digital source which has copy guard to prevent recording from it...
Check your input selector setting and your cables and the cables on the component you are trying to record from.
If optical in rare instances you are trying to record 5.1 or 7.1 encoded sound to older stereo on the deck - you can do this with an optical decoder box available on ebay without it all is connected correctly but it won't work.
This is from my own experiance. I inadvertedly bent the cover of my deck and had the same error. The minidisc is blocked in the loading mechanism. Too much weight on top of the deck can bend the cover and the metal support which is above the loading sledge. The slider is then blocked. When you connect the power you can hear a motor trying to move for as short instant. Disconnect the deck from the power supply. Take of the cover and check if the support is bent. carefully bend it upwards, if so. Reconnect power and check if the deck powers up..
That's my solution which worked for me.
BTW I second Obertellis advice to find a MDS-JE780 (or MDS-JB980) they are the most complete decks ever made by Sony
C13 is what is called a "Protection Error". This normally happens because the if you look on the bottom edge of the minidisc itself you will see what looks like a plastic strip or tab at the bottom left.
Pull it to the left for it show fully and this will enable you to record onto the disc. Move it right, and this will PREVENT recording from taking place.
If you have the unit connected up by the optical lead and you're trying to record the audio from a DVD unit, the MD deck is probably telling you what you are trying to record is copy protected. I never use the optical lead, just hook it up by good quality interconnects and the recording you get is superb. Both DVD & CD audio!
All The Best! :-)
optical will work any way you connect................connect mini out( play mode) to cd-r rec (in) recording or cd player (out) to mini (swithch to record, optical/line in/mic) the optical cable you have should work if all connection are fitted well. i record cd to mini using optical and vice versa all the time. just make sure you are connected correctly to what you wanna do