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  1. Maybe something is wrong with the SonicStage database file. The file is located in the "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sony Corporation\SonicStage\Packages" folder and is called MtData.mdb (there may be other files with similar names there, e.g. MtData1.mdb, $$MtData.mdb, etc., which are backup copies of the main database). Try moving the file away to a different location, and delete any backup copies (but don't delete the MtType.mdb file). Then start SonicStage, and it will create a new empty database. Then try importing music into this new database.
  2. Is the library at its default location (C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\SonicStage\Packages)? Another cause of the program not finding any files may probably be a path that is too long.
  3. This may be caused by file and path names. SonicStage does not support Unicode names, so make sure they only contain English letters.
  4. On my laptop system, completely disabling audio hardware acceleration removes skips in SonicStage.
  5. Avrin

    Xitel DG2

    Wincue is useless for gapless albums, since it introduces silence where it shouldn't be. I am using a set-top DVD-player with an optical out to record in SP, so the DG2 that I bought last year is just a piece of equipment in my collection.
  6. Avrin

    Xitel DG2

    The switch on the "first" version of the DG2 had something to do with trackmarks (setting different modes, IIRC). My "switchless" version doesn't transfer trackmarks on non-stop albums at all. And for albums with separate tracks and long enough pauses between them trackmarks are created automatically by the recording unit, even if they are not properly transmitted via optical.
  7. Just tried playing a track, the very beginning of which skips in SonicStage, by Windows Media Player on the same machine. No skipping!
  8. Avrin

    Xitel DG2

    I have a DG2 of the later (switchless) variety, and it looks like it is not possible to preserve original CD trackmarks when recording through it, i.e., the signal is being changed, compared to the original CD. I've tried various software players and output modes (e.g., kernel-streaming), all to no avail.
  9. I have encountered brief dropouts of music when played directly from SonicStage in Windows XP. Not sure what causes this - drivers, DirectX, codecs, buffering problems or some other system settings. But all these files play perfectly when transferred to a Hi-MD.
  10. So, it looks like the problem is that files are actually missing.
  11. You may use PCM on your NH600 to get better than SP quality. But you'll need gigabyte discs to get decent recording time.
  12. Even after the "Track properties cannot be edited..." message, SonicStage should display the Track Properties dialog box, with all four tabs accessible in read-only mode. So you may determine the location and format of the physical files, and check what's wrong with them (e.g., whether they are marked as read-only).
  13. You need to determine exactly the filetype and the rights info. In SonicStage, right-click a file that doesn't transfer anymore, then select Properties and check the "Rights info/Additional info" and "File Info" tabs. And which version of SonicStage are you using? The one supplied with the RH710 is quite old (3.0, IIRC), so it still has all the DRM craziness.
  14. Just remembered: make sure that the Microsoft PCM Converter audio codec is enabled on your PC. It tends to get disabled sometimes, and this may cause problems with SonicStage, since it is used for several purposes (format conversion, etc.).
  15. Welcome to the forums! SonicStage automatically applies copy protection to anything uploaded. This is an atavism of SONY's DRM paranoia. To remove copy protection, you need to close SonicStage and then run the SonicStage File Convertion Tool and unselect the Add copy protection checkbox. After a few minutes (the time depends on the amount of music in your library) it will create unprotected copies of all your uploaded tracks. It is a good idea to run this tool with the checkbox unselected after uploading each disc, so that you always have unprotected copies of all your files.
  16. For The Beatles, mono versions were the primary products. That is, after recording studio multitracks, they participated in the production of mono versions only. Stereo versions were created and released later, without participation of the band, and sometimes even without George Martin. Mono versions of some tracks are really different from the stereo ones. Some have different speeds/instrumentation/lengths. It is quite well known that "Sgt. Pepper" really shines in mono. The only three albums that were originally released by the band in stereo are "Yellow Submarine", "Abbey Road", and "Let It Be". They don't have mono versions. The Mono Remasters released on 09/09/09 are quite good, and do not suffer from compression and other Loudness Wars problems at all (except for the Mono Masters double CD that has very slight compression on some of its tracks).
  17. The project of hacking the RH10 begun several years ago, when I discovered that it has everything required to record in SP. Last year I also discovered that it is possible to make it record in MONO, but not in LP2/LP4.
  18. I used my RH10 (hacked) to record Phil Spector's "Back To Mono" 4-CD set and The Beatles Mono Remasters from CDs to MDs in MONO via optical. The results sound quite nice, despite the original CDs not being in true mono (there are slight level differences between channels).
  19. The RH1 has a much later version of the ATRAC codec (Type-R, as compared to ATRAC 4.0 in the R50), and this should provide better recording and playback quality. But, on the other hand, the R50 is equipped with an analogue amplifier, which may sound more natural.
  20. Looks like some re-initialization has taken place.
  21. Tracks running into each other is a pefectly normal phenomenon for gapless lossy encoding. It is caused by lossy encoder/decoder delay.
  22. I don't think that re-registering files will help in this situation. The problem is most probably caused by D: being the system drive and leading to non-standard system paths. I remember reading in some documentation that OpenMG/SonicStage require that the installation of the OS be as standard as possible. E.g., dual-boot systems and customized OS installations are not officially supported, etc.
  23. Common SONY files on drive D: look a bit strange. Usually they are installed to drive C:, even if you select to install SonicStage elsewhere.
  24. Software-encoded ATRAC3plus @ 256 kbit/s has a much wider frequency response than hardware-recorded Hi-SP. Virtually all frequencies up to 22,050 Hz are preserved, while Hi-SP has a much lower cut-off frequency. I once did a frequency analysis of various ATRAC3plus bitrates. Here's the topic (the results are not very precise, but still can provide some insight): http://forums.sonyinsider.com/index.php?showtopic=18292
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