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Everything posted by kgallen

  1. I’ve got the 520 (which I’ve edited on lots) and the 530 (which is pretty much the same machine but Type-R rather than 4.5). The only thing I can suggest to check is that you are moving the ‘frames’ counter and you haven’t accidentally moved to seconds or minutes and you’re going over the end (or start) of the track. I guess this is unlikely but it’s the only thing I can think of.
  2. There seems to be stock of 10-pack Neige at GBP27.50 if of any interest. NOS? SONY 10MDW80NED Mini Disk, 80 Minutes, 10 Disc Set https://amzn.asia/d/6f0SGJQ
  3. Nice @BearBoy! They all work ok? Best I can do is ‘prove’ my trusty MZ-R700 from 2000 is still alive and well. I’m listening to a radio mix-tape at work as I photo/write this 😍 (R909 is still dead…)
  4. Wow did you rob a museum? ’Worth’ is now a tricky one as the number of people with the requisite machines is a forever dwindling number. You would need to have the cables to make them usable. Beautiful and highly valuable as a piece of kit they may be but unfortunately these days you could be down to ‘hobbyist curiosity’ money, I think you will have missed the boat for ‘proper’ money. However I would encourage you to put them up for sale rather than discarding them. To the right owner these are more than gold. The challenge is finding those owners… Make the community aware of their existence on as many portals as you can. Thanks for posting and I hope these beauties can be kept in the community. https://www.reddit.com/r/minidisc/ http://www.tapeheads.net/forumdisplay.php?f=140 https://www.minidisc.wiki/start Others, see: https://www.minidisc.wiki/community/start#social_media_communities
  5. Yea leave 'em be if they are working. They aren't a type that will leak (we leave that to Duracell Procell when they are in expensive equipment). They'll explode if you wire 'em across the mains though! (It's ok, your MD deck won't do that!).
  6. The MDS-JE440 has an ML2020, but you could use the VL2020. However the larger capacity VL2320 above is a pound cheaper at RS, so if it fits the PCB, I'd put one of those in!
  7. Yes, it is. Main board has to come out to desolder and solder in the new one - they are rechargeable cells not the CR2030 type of primary cell that are usually in holders. This is the only one of my machines that has genuinely needed a new battery - and I have a 1999 MDS-JE520 thru' to 2002-era MDS-E12 machines (and quite a few as you know! 😁). I did replace this battery in my forever-broken E10 to see if it was part of the problem, but it didn't help, so even the battery in that one was good. They do seem pretty robust. However I note that in the lower-end machines it's a smaller capacity version of this cell, so I'm surprised we don't hear about more of them failing. I don't think there is a huge downside, it just means the machine does that "Initialise" phase but it's only a couple of seconds - but it forgets any user settings you might have made (it doesn't lose laser config or anything critical). In the case of the MDS-E12 it has a real time clock which forgets and there are other settings that get forgotten like calendar format, parallel and serial I/O config and Resume settings. So as I'd bought a couple of spares I thought I'd change it. Initially I couldn't find the right mounting type with the pins both on the bottom (I'm sure I must have pictured the one I put in the E10 - it had the pins at a right angle and I had to add a wire). But RS started stocking the right one, or at least a newer version of. What I should probably point out, as I was a bit dismissive above, is this battery retains RAM contents in the machine. This RAM contains the data that has been read from the disc TOC, or has been modified during record. If you had a power cut during record, or during TOC write, then the machine should be able to recover the TOC (at least in newer machines). Also it's the information that means when you turn a machine on with the disc still in, it already knows the disc contents and titles, so can display them on the machine immediately, rather than needing to read the disc. So in this respect the battery is a little more key, and if it starts to fail, this is probably the stronger reason to replace it.
  8. Tonight I’ve mostly… Just replaced the ML2020 battery in my E12(in E10 case) machine. After a few hours the machine would run ‘Initialize’ on boot because the battery wasn’t retaining the config. Replaced with a newer ML2320 cell. RS part number 669-0517. Sorted. Just had to play some Steely Dan to ‘test’ it 😉
  9. @Richard you’re going to have to do a co-production with Techmoan to show all of your collection! (please delete message so your thread isn’t tainted!)
  10. Adding a zip file of the data/docs used/generated in this reverse engineering. Elektor_Copy_Bit_Stripper.zip
  11. I’ll leave you to do the decode as I ‘demo’d’ on the last one! (Think I still owe you some data on the last one? Sorry!)
  12. It took a few goes but I’m back on phone. Cert still out of date though.
  13. Oh that option is available too! No bed in there though (yet!!!).
  14. It doesn't mean I don't do it though! 😉
  15. Let's just say "getting your kit out in the back room" is not always that popular with she who must be obeyed! 😆
  16. I have to be VERY organised! It's been 2 years since our last show due to the unmentionable. I've had to do a lot of revision... "so how does this lighting desk/sound desk work again....?"!
  17. Thanks! A "night off" tonight. Next Dress Rehearsal Thursday night, then we're in to the performance run. By midnight Sunday it will be pretty much over (and I will have a lot of set items sat on my drive ready for me to strip down to reusable materials again...).
  18. Yes but so are most lighting consoles above the most basic. Obviously features and capability vary widely, but some element of programmability would be normal for all but the most basic of lighting tasks. In my case, I programme the lighting (into my Zero88 FLX) during our "tech" rehearsal (which was 7 hours on Sunday). This means that during the performances, I concentrate on the timing of the lighting, but much of my focus is on managing the live sound. Due to the nature of your daughter's show, your man there probably has the lighting and sound cues triggered using some show control software on the Mac, probably OSC or MIDI triggers (or both).
  19. It's an X32-Compact, same DSP processing power but fewer physical faders - I don't have room for the full-size X32. Equipment reliability is key, indeed! So often I'll buy quality second-hand gear (and refurbish) rather than low-quality new gear. MiniDisc was pretty popular in theatre around the heyday, for the same reasons as for me. But like many, the pro's have moved on to the solid state solution. I'd need to go the Mac route if I moved away from MiniDisc. Probably 30 grand (GBP) right there. Well out of my league!
  20. Sorry I don’t have great pictures as it’s a fast-paced show and I have lots of sound and lighting cues (67 lighting and 47 sound cues plus 4 radio mics and 3 stage mics to manage) in a 90 minute show. Here’s what I got worth posting when I could grab my phone at the Dress Rehearsal tonight. I have my rack of two MDS-E12 plus the rack of an MDS-E12 plus the CDP-D12, both of which I’ve posted details before. In truth on this production I only need one MD machine to run the show as I don’t have any overlapping music/sfx cues. But they’ve all come along for the ride as one rack case has some gooseneck lights on it and I have a backup machine and disc should anything go wrong - but this is just me being chicken as MD has been solid for me for a long time. The CD player is for me to play some background interval must on, I’m not using it during the performance, that’s all MD.
  21. From today I’ll be setting up for a (community theatre) show where I use MD (MDS-E12 machines). I’ll try and take some photos at an appropriate point and context (probably at the Dress Rehearsal on Monday). This is a production 2 years delayed going to stage due to the pandemic. It’s a musical called ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’.
  22. Pictures! We need pictures! And what the heck is this VPT thing you speak of?
  23. I was going to ‘heart’ your post @Richard but you’re a Mod so I can’t. So I’ll ‘heart’ your post in words! Nice machine.
  24. Yea with ‘recent’ kit you should be fine with a TRS or TS cable. I read in the A1 doc that for ‘very old’ kit implementing Control A (not A1 or A1II) that you needed TS (‘mono’) one end and TRS (‘stereo’) the other if v FFC objecting Control A to Control A1. Glad you got it working 😃 https://www.minidisc.wiki/_media/resources/sony_s-link_control_a1_control_system.pdf
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