My 4 year-old son found my big box of MD stuff (an MZ-R2, MZ-R50, MZ-N505, and a whole bunch of discs). He loves the format, and now that I've had the chance to re-listen to many of my old recordings, I have rediscovered the great sound quality that the format provides. It's such a shame that Sony chose to have such restrictive Digital Rights Management on its software; people today might be saying "I have 10,000 ATRAC songs on my PC" and "What's MP3?" instead of vice versa...but that's for another thread.
So, here's the deal: my son wants to make some new "mix discs". We're making one right now as I type this, 3-5 minutes at a time, on the home stereo, in real time (vinyl > MD). But this is 2013, and much of my music is now on my computer. I would love to be able to quickly make MD mixes on my PC. As far as I can tell, these are my two options:
--Simple Burner (along with Nero) -- make a disc image in Nero, mount the image, and then use Simple Burner. Works well and quickly, and no DRM issues, but...it only works in LP2, and that mode is not supported by the MZ-R2 or MZ-R50
--Sonic Stage -- works, but has DRM (file "check out" and a limited number of copies), and also apparently puts a lot of transcoded files on the PC's hard drive.
Am I missing anything? I've read about the Sony plugin for Real Player, but whenever I try installing the plugin into Real Player, the Real Player software tells me that it's already using the latest version of the software, implying that Real Player already has the plugin built in? Real Player won't see my MZ-N505 when it's plugged in to the computer, so I haven't been able to explore this option.
I'd really love a solution that lets me record from my PC to my MD via USB in SP mode for compatibility with all of my players and without DRM. Does this exist?