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Is there ANY software available that will allow me to transfer my minidisc recordings to my iMac ?

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No. Net MD's are physically incapable of digitally uploading their content to external devices. Digital transfers are a one-way street into the player: the original recording remains on the host pc and a copy is transferred onto the player.

There is no hack, no software and nothing else which will allow digital uploads as the hardware just isn't there to start with. The only way to transfer recordings is to record them from the headphone socket (set volume to maximum and turn digital signal processing off, or better still use the menu selection to set the headphone socket to LINE output).

Posted on Oct 06, 2010

  • mike62620 Oct 06, 2010

    Thanks Obertelli, I can get the Minidisc recording onto my iMac through Audacity, however I'm trying to record my vinyl records from the record deck (with a preamp) straight into my Minidisc (line in). Does not work particularly well - I get an unacceptable background hum. I have even tried using a live microphone while the record is playing (hoping nobody enters the room!). If I am going to do a lot of vinyl to PC I will probably have to purchase a digitising turntable.
    Thanks again for the tips.

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