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  1. I use my HiMD player for everything it can support:

    • Storing music in MP3/OMG format
    • Storing my University work
    • Recording University lectures
    • Backing up my Uni Lecture recordings (on old 74min MDs formatted to FAT)

    Thats the thing about HiMD - its an iPod, dictaphone and flash drive all in one! :declare:

  2. I was reading your review and became quite concerned when you said the price between the DH10P and RH10 were now very similar, because I only got mine a few months ago...

    ...until you said it can't record, nor does it charge via the USB port! Plus anyway I have a camera on my phone with a 1Gb MMC card in it.

    I think I made the right choice. :)

  3. FIXED!

    I've managed to solve the problem on my PC with the "broken" MP3s that causes SS to crash!

    What I did is copied the suspect MP3s into one folder and then changed the ID3 tag on each of them in one way, shape or form. For example, I removed comments, genres, corrected spelling, even added a "0" to the track number if there was no track number. After doing this I could happily import them back into SS without the program even whinging!

    I couldn't find any conneciton between all of them though, other than that they were all the most recently encoded MP3s in my collection (Encoded in the same way that I have done for a couple of years now, I might add). Many were from the NME Essential Bands album, but two of them were mixes that I'd done as well, so they certainly weren't part of any double CD compilation.

    What I also find strange is that all of these MP3s were happily accepted by SS3.2 before I installed SS3.4 :huh:

    Anyway, anyone who has this problem should try the solution I've laid out above. To make things easier, use ID3 Tag-It to batch-edit your ID3 tags.

  4. I experience this sometimes as well. What I do is hold the eject slider down so if you were to close the RH10 it will never lock and pring right up again... then just close/open/close/open the unit quickly until the MD pops out. This always works for me.

    If you have to do the close/open cycle any more than ten times in a row then I would imagine it won't work. I only say this because I don't want you breaking your RH10 from repetitive stress :)

  5. Just a quick update. I've now reinstalled SonicStage 3.4 and it appears to be stable. Also as well, I have noticed that I can import MP3s that I've previously transferred to the MD back into SS, even though they had originated from what SS now considers faulty MP3s. I've done this for as many of the missing MP3s as I could but I still have about 30 left over.

    I'm going to analyse the "faulty" MP3s anyway and see if there is any definate connection between them all (e.g. same bitrate, same length, all from the 2nd disc of a doubleCD compilation etc). That way I might have a proper explination for what's happening and have a bug report prepared :)

  6. Actually I've come to a similar conclusion. I've found that through the process below, I have noticed that the problems are with MP3s from my NME Essential Bands compilation (Double disc!).

    I tried restoring the computer back to an earlier point in time with System Restore. Before I uninstalled SS, I had a look and sure enough I had about a month's worth of restore points, so I went ahead and uninstalled. Upon uninstallation and a reboot, I went back to system restore and they were all gone!!!

    Instead what I've done today is something a little time consuming but it seems to be working so far...

    First, I performed a search in my MP3s folder on my computer so that I had one great big list of MP3s, all in alphabetical order. I then drag/drop about 50 at a time into SS. If it showed the import window in SS then I know it worked. However if the program crashes in any way then I know there's an MP3 it doesn't like in my batch of 50 at the time. I would then try 25, then 15, then 5 etc until I determined which file it was that was causing the problem. After finding it, I then carried on as normal, repeating the process where necessary.

    I have managed to import all but 38 of my MP3s (out of a collection of 3000+) and am now in the process of backing up my library (17GB!!!! What the hell!?).

    Now since I've got SS3.2 installed at the moment, what I'm gonna do is uninstall it after backing up my library, then reboot, then install SS3.4 again and see if it is stable. If so, then I just need to re-encode these 38 MP3s and I'm back to normal again :)

  7. I agree. I believe it to be something wrong with SS3.4, because I never had any problems with my PC too until I installed that. I too am obsessive with system maintenance.

    All of my MP3 files worked perfectly fine with SS3.2, but then I decided to upgrade to SS3.4 - I completely uninstalled SS3.2, rebooted, then installed SS3.4, and I'm now having exactly the same problem.

    I figured what I could do is uninstall SS3.4 and go back to 3.2. I did so, and now the same is happening in that one too.

    It's obviously something that SS3.4 installs or does on installation that totally knacks it up.

  8. Well my PC is an old workhorse (OK, donkey then ...) and in spite of having numerous players of various vintages from SP only to HiMD, most of my transfers are SP from Sonic Stage to one of the MD units.

    It always takes ages, but even on a Pentium 2 350MHz machine, including the "converting" time and then the transfer, it probably takes around half an hour to convert and transfer one 50-minute CDs worth to NetMD/pseudo SP.

    But at least those MDs are playable on ALL my machines, which is why I do it!

    I don't have a car player, I use one of those FM Transmitter jobbies though :blink:

    I'm glad someone else is having slow SP transferral issues. I've been thinking of just lending my mate my old MZ-R70(S) so he can record his own CDs onto SP MD himself via his HiFi, because at the moment he has to rely on me to sort out all of this songs *

    However we've found how to attach an external device onto the stereo and use that instead (I was thinking my RH10). Less fuss :)

    * You're probably asking "why's he gone for MD if he has to rely on you to sort the MDs out?". The reasons are two-fold... (1) His CDs are miraculously getting scratched to hell in his glovebox, even when they're in the leather case holder. He likes the MD format because they're protected all the time. (2) So his ex-girlfriend (who is the mother of his child, so he's stuck with her) can't put her crap music on the stereo without his (and my) explicit permission. Sneaky, eh? :) :)

  9. Aye, I know that that SS3.2 doesn't write SP in it's proper encoding. I just figured that it would be faster with a PC rather than through my hifi.

    Although my PC isn't the fastest on the market (by quite a bit), it can still pull a little weight: P3 1.2Ghz - 1.12Gb RAM. Still doesn't make any sense how my MZ-N1 could link up with the PC and write in "SP" encoding faster than my RH10 on a slower USB connection and on a slower PC than I have now.

    The stereo, I'm afraid, doesn't support LP at all, otherwise I would've considered that. I'd figure that it would take just a long to fill an MD if I put LP2 tracks on it; I'd just be able to fit twice as many on instead. The head unit was made back in 1998 (Pioneer MEH-P5000R) - probably the reason why my mate got it for nothing.

  10. A friend of mine has just got himself a Pioneer MD head unit for his car for £0 (That's right, FREE!). He has never used the MD format before so he came to me because I've got four of them so he knew I could help out. Unfortunately it only plays SP MDs so I set off to make a few for him using my spare 74min MDs.

    I can understand having to convert the MP3s over to ATRAC3-SP format first, before copying them onto the MD, but it takes forever to transfer the songs. It seems to send the song at 1x speed (a 3min song will take 3mins to transfer etc). My MZ-N1 never took this long* when I was using that to transfer songs only a year or two ago... with a slower PC and slower USB connection, might I add. Tonight I had to resort to burning the mp3s onto cd and then record the tracks using my sony hifi onto MD instead at 2x speed (which proved much faster!).

    I'm using SS3.2 and an RH-10 over a USB2.0 connection. Any reason why the transfer would take so long?

    * I'm not referring to the Net.MD's capability (at the time) to tranfer songs at 32x speed, because we all know that only ever applied to LP4 tracks.

  11. How about plugging in the original remote (RM-MC35ELK) back into the RH10 and changing the backlight setting on the remote to "on" (Hold "display" on remote --> Option --> Backlight --> On), then plugging in the 40ELK again?

    ...unless thats already been tried.

  12. I use my MD unit for all the above. I listen to music transferred directly from my own music collection on my PC as MP3s. I also record lectures at Uni, and also at Uni I use my MD player as my portable data storage device too. All the students keep whaltzing around with USB memory sticks that're 64/128/256/512/1024Mb in size and cost a fair whack each, and then there's me with my MD player and 1Gb disks at a fiver apiece. Granted the MD unit itself cost a fair bit but I know I'm still better off :P

  13. I have an RH10 and I should be able to divulge at least some info for you.

    -How fast is the transfer from Hi-MD to SonicStage to wav… lets say for a 60min recording?
    It really depends on a number of factors:
    • The original format you recorded in (PCM WAV, HiSP, HiLP). If you recorded in PCM (which you can do with the RH10) then the initial transferral of the file will take longer than, say, the same recording in HiSP or HiLP mode.

    • The USB port you're using. Granted, MD units these days are mainly USB2.0 compatible but if you're using USB1.1 on your PC then the transfer is going to be somewhat slower.

    • The speed of your PC's CPU - self explanitory... faster PCs (2Ghz, 3Ghz etc) will convert the file into WAV fairly quickly. Slower PCs (Under 1Ghz) will take a little more time.

    Going by my experience of transferring HiSP recordings of my lectures at Uni on a 1.6Ghz laptop with USB2.0, it takes roughly 3 minutes to transfer. I've never converted from OMA/OMG to WAV but if it's anything like converting MP3s to WAV then it should only take another couple of minutes. When any recording is sent to SonicStage, it will make it a .oma file regardless of which format you recorded it in on the MD unit and will need converting to WAV. However if you originally recorded in PCM WAV then the conversion is pretty much instant (2-3 seconds) because it's already technically in WAV format.

    -How does the “track mark” function work concerning the upload to sonic stage and then converting to wav… does it make one wav file with markers or a lot of small wav files? And does it have a maximum of markers.
    When you place a track mark in a recording on an MD unit, it literally splits the recording so it becomes two seperate recordings AFAIK. So if one long recording has been split 4-5 times then, when transferring to SonicStage, you'd be transferring 4-5 seperate recordings. Hence, any conversions to WAV will also be seperate. I don't know if there are any limits to the number of track marks you can place.

    -Does the Auto Time-Mark can be turn off on theses units?
    With the RH10 you can turn it off. I think it's off by default. But if you wanted to, you could set a TM timer for every 1 - 60 minutes.

    -Except the wav upload to mac, is there any functionality difference between the Mz-M10/MZ-M100?
    Sorry, I can't answer that question. No idea. The only portable MD units I have are the R70, N1 and RH10.

    Sorry this is long winded but I hope it helps.

  14. All this makes sense. I've had that problem too. I was recording my band's last practice and when I got home I was cutting and cropping tracks, strategically placing track marks in places where each song began and removed all the fussy conversation between each one. I got a track that was about three seconds long, tried to remove the track mark and it wouldn't do it. SS3.2 also crashed when I tried to send the track directly after this unmoveable trackmark, freezing as soon as it reaches 50%.

    I've also had the "cannot edit when battery low" message before. The battery was showing as 25% full but I knew that the battery was fresh, so I let the MD unit power itself down and then started it up again, and the battery showed as full again and I was able to edit.

    Strange huh?

  15. Well, I received it this morning and recorded my first lecture. It's soooo much better than before. I can see what greenmachine meant about the high self noise when using this mic. I could hear the whirring of the MD player motor very clearly for the first 10-15 seconds of the recording, but then the motor slowed down and I couldn't hear it anymore (either because it stopped completely, which is unlikely, or it became so quiet that it couldn't be distinguished from normal background noise).

    I thought I'd take it upon myself to quickly show the difference. Attached are two recordings of the same 20 second part of a song (Sorry, its Oasis - Turn Up The Sun) * I recorded them by holding the two "recording devices" one metre away from the speakers of my hifi one at a time. As you can tell, you can clearly see a difference. Understandably the microphone doesn't have much bass response, but it's still pretty damn good.

    This is extremely useful for anyone who (1) wishes to purchase this product, (2) thinks that "a pair of headphones will do", (3) likes Oasis. :P

    *Copyrighters: no entire copies of songs have been given out or submitted to this board in any way, only the attached two samples. if there are any copyright enfringements i'll gladly remove the attached files. :)

    Oasis_Recorded_with_headphones.mp3

    Oasis_Recorded_with_microphone.mp3

  16. Actually it was brought to my attention before that I could burn them all onto DVD-Rs. I'd easily be able to fit 0.5 - 1 year's worth of lectures onto one of them if I converted them to summit like 256Kbps MP3 (or even HiLP).

    Or I could convert them all to HiLP and keep them all on a 1Gb MD or two :)

    Also, update on the auction front. I lost on that first auction, and on a 2nd one that I tried a little later. However, third time lucky, I tried today and won. Got the item for £20.49 (including delivery) which isn't bad. A good £40 saving IYAM, at least.

    I should expect it in about 10 days time though. Damn chinese delivery! :huh:

  17. UPDATE: I've placed a bid on the item. It ends in 5 hours time and hopefully it'll be mine. Pity the delivery will take anything up to two weeks mind, but it's worth it since I'll be saving <> £50.

    Also, since this microphone will record louder, it may be an idea to start recording the lectures in HiLP instead of HiSP. I've had to use HiSP (to be on the safe side) to record the lectures because the recording is so quiet. It's difficult enough to listen to it on playback without having to worry about it's quality.

    It had better come sharpish - each lecture recording takes <> 100Mb! I won't have any HD space left at this rate! :blink:

  18. Well if we're talking about the artists on the MD in our player then... well, I'd better not say because I've got a compilation of approximately 200 songs on this disc (Hi-MD of course).

    However, if we're talking about just the track we're currently listening to, then I'd have to say "Scatman John - I'm The Scatman".

    I found an old Smash Hits tape from back in 1996 today and I copied the tape recording to my MD. The quality was surprisingly good considering the source was a carbon tape. Maybe because it had been played all of 3-4 times over the last decade!

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