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Hello World,

I am considering the rh910. In addition to other things, I would like to be able to use it as an external storage device w/ my mac. Does anyone know if this is possible? Do I need the wav import software? Do I need to get the m10 or m100?

Thank you for any info,

marc

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with a mac & the rh910 you will only be able to use it as a mass-storage-device not for any music playback functions

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So my friend wants to get into recording but he doesn't have anything as opposed to me who has everything including my new Rh10. Unfortunatly I only have a mac and he only has a PC. Does anyone see where I'm going with this. I'm buying the new Mac unit and he's buying the mic and rh10 off me. Everything works out that way... Now if only I had a bunch of friends like him for all you guys stuck with a mac and rh unit.

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Since it's not looking good for me to be able to upload my old Minidiscs to my Macm without losing my track marks, I'm thinking about dusting off the old Sony VAIO that I have stored away. Isn't there some PC software that I can use to upload old Minidisc tracks with track marks intact? Net-MD or something? And if so, would I need a particular MD unit to do this?

Many thanks for any assistance that you all can provide.

Since it's not looking good for me to be able to upload my old Minidiscs to my Macm without losing my track marks, I'm thinking about dusting off the old Sony VAIO that I have stored away. Isn't there some PC software that I can use to upload old Minidisc tracks with track marks intact? Net-MD or something? And if so, would I need a particular MD unit to do this?

Many thanks for any assistance that you all can provide.

P.S. The VAIO has Windows ME on it, if that makes a difference with the software.

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All right I need something cleared up: I just read that you can use and RH model to upload recording made on a MH model. But I also read somewhere else on the forum that you can use an MH model to upload recordings made on an RH model. Did someone get mixed up or are both of these statements true?

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Emeb, I dont suppose the problem with garbage could be a simple big endian little endian problem could it?

I know PC's use one and Mac's use the other so any data transfered from one to the other will be around the wrong way and look like garbage.

The M series could take this into account when transfering.

Just a thought

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I'm aware of endian differences and this isn't an endian problem. Looking at the data in a hex editor shows it is completely scrambled - not merely swapped bytes. The audio should be 16-bit silence which is long runs of data near 0 with minor variations +/- a few LSBs, but instead I see full-scale random values.

Emeb, I dont suppose the problem with garbage could be a simple big endian little endian problem could it?

I know PC's use one and Mac's use the other so any data transfered from one to the other will be around the wrong way and look like garbage.

The M series could take this into account when transfering.

Just a thought

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Please help:

I tried clicking on the link to download the Hi-MD WAV importer software. It took me to a page for microsoft. How can I download the software?

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I have had nothing but GREAT results with the MZM100 uploading to the G4 Powerbook .

I record line in or mic in in pcm mode, plug the usb into my old usb 1 jack (TiBook)

and upload away - then just drag the wav files into itunes and listen away.

this is what i've been waiting for from sony and now if they move to flash or another

hd style method i have a few good years of himd to save the $ for the next technology.

thanks for coming through, sony

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I just got an MZ-M100 to record live music rehearsals and upload to a Mac over USB (NOT in realtime). I'm excited that it works at all, in PCM mode, but am pretty unhappy that Hi-SP and Hi-LP canNOT be uploaded digitally. Why? Because recording in the super-high quality PCM mode is overkill for most of my purposes, because the recording time is MUCH less in PCM mode, and because the resultant files are much larger.

Has any third party hack been written to allow transfer of the compressed modes? I know I can do it analogly, in realtime, but that's a terrible solution.

I obviously disagree strongly with this quote, from the first page of this topic, and taken from http://home.earthlink.net/~mac-minidisc/Mac-MD/MZ-M100.html

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"The only recordings that can be transferred to a Mac using Hi-MD WAV Importer are those made through the mic or line input in Linear PCM mode.

It's just as well, since Linear PCM provides pure, uncompressed audio quality -- and that's usually the best choice for gathering source material."

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Is is NOT just as well. Why should we the users be restricted in recordings we make ourselves? It's not surprising, in one sense, that there would be such artificial restrictions, given the restrictions made in the Windows software, like have to check files back in and such garbage, but unless there's some technical reason (which I'll never believe), NOT BEING ABLE TO DIGITALLY UPLOAD HI-SP AND HI-LP MODE RECORDING MADE VIA A MIC IS UNACCEPTABLE.

Obviously I'm happy there's SOME Mac support, but clearly I'm not happy.

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As it appears, the recordings on those units probably don't have encryption, so the PCM recordings are almost identical to the WAV: the uploading tool just need to locate and read the data, and apply the correct WAV header. Uploading compressed tracks would require Sony to write a Mac decoder for Atrac3+, and it seems that they didn't have the budget or motivation. At the same time, it took a long way for SonicStage to be where it is now, so it's better than nothing for a first release.

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Dear MiniDisc People,

Thank you so much for the HiMDWavImp Download and I do hope it works!!!! Otherwise, after having spent MANY hours painstakingly recording all chorus parts in "Lohengrin" for my courageous but musically slightly impaired tenors and basses, I wouldn't be able to transfer my SPLENDID SONY MZ-NH10 recording into my Mac and onto CDs and the men would be lost. Perhaps they still will be: I haven't tried it yet. Can anyone tell me WHY SONY is so stupid as to include software that is MAC-INCOMPATIBLE with their otherwise top-rate recording equipment?????

Thanks again, hope y'all have a nice evening, and I'll probably be back asking for advice if this doesn't work......anyone want a ticket to the Premiere in June?

maryadelyn

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Can anyone tell me WHY SONY is so stupid as to include software that is MAC-INCOMPATIBLE with their otherwise top-rate recording equipment?????

It was an economical decision. Macs have a marketshare around 2 to 3 percent, while MS-Windows holds more than 90% of all desktops.

It would even make more sense to do a Linux-Version, since Linux holds a bigger marketshare on the desktops than Apple.

Btw, the marketshare numbers for Linux are inherently false(way too low), as only monetary sales are counted, but many people download it or copy it from others or a single copy is used on many machines.

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any good news for mac users? i have NH1 but unble to use this Hi-MD Wav Importer. :(

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any good news for mac users? i have NH1 but unble to use this Hi-MD Wav Importer. :(

The WAV importer ONLY works with the MZ-M100 and MZ-M10.

The Hi-MD music Transfer for MAC will be a totally different software and that will be release during the summer and that will work with the RH1 (and probably with all Hi-MD's).

Let's put it in another way:

the WAV importer, M10 and M100 belong to Sony Professional

the Hi-MD music transfer for MAC and the RH1 and NH1 belong to Sony Consumer

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I tested this feature last night, and even though the manual doesn't say so, you CAN manually adjust recording levels on the MZ-M100 while recording is in progess. (1) Place the unit in record-pause mode; (2) Change the recording-level setting to "Manual" using the MZ-M100's menu system; (3) start recording; (4) move the scroll wheel up and down to change levels (an on-screen bar graph provides relative feedback without obscuring the MZ-100's stereo input-level meters).

Thanks for the tip, A440!

Dale

Thank you so much for the tip.....working perfect with my MZ-RH910 !!!

ptrubert

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I recently bought an MZ-RH910, and only have a Mac. I managed to install Virtual PC and Windows 2000 to run the Sonic Stage software, which works -- BUT: yesterday it took _SEVEN HOURS_ to upload about 20 minutes of PCM recording! And this is with a new 1.5 GHz G4 PowerBook. Insane!

Can anyone help? There must be a better way to get files in digitally! Buying a new, more expensive MD recorder is out of the question -- if I had $400-500 to spend (total) then I would not have settled for 16-bit recording.

thanks for your efforts,

Ernst

Same story with me !

abt 9 hours to transfer 30 min. pcm......

as usual with Sony, one has to be patient. It seems that Mac wave importer for RH1 will be avaiable...this summer (might work with all consumer HIMD models??) according to minidisc.nl

ptrubert

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I have been waiting for some time for a way to upload my recordings to my Mac. I have recorded them on an RH10 as Linear PCM. I have just tried Hi-MD Wav Importer and the tracks appear greyed out. Is this just down to the mini disc model I am using? Is there another way to get these files uploaded on the Mac without using Virtual PC?

Thanks in advance.

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The WAV importer ONLY works with the MZ-M100 and MZ-M10.

The Hi-MD music Transfer for MAC will be a totally different software and that will be release during the summer and that will work with the RH1 (and probably with all Hi-MD's).

Let's put it in another way:

the WAV importer, M10 and M100 belong to Sony Professional

the Hi-MD music transfer for MAC and the RH1 and NH1 belong to Sony Consumer

Thanks for the tip. Hoping it works on NH1 though.

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Any news on this for Net MD player..., I have a MZ N910..

about to try the SS in VPC..

Actually this is pretty poor implementation for mac.

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