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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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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).

  6. 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.

  7. 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.).

  8. 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.

  9. Hi Avrin,did someone mention The Beatles ,brilliant and thats a good idea i always thought the Beatles sounded better in mono,and i am quite sure George Martin did when he recorded them ,so i must have ago,i still think the older 60,s recordings were loads better ,infact when i listen to my mz-n505 i am sure its captured what was so good about older recordings ,or is it my imagination ,Brian scratch_one-s_head.gif

    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).

  10. 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.

  11. 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).

  12. 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 recordings not being in true mono (there are slight level differences between channels).

  13. 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.

  14. Welcome to the forums!

    Misplaced trackmarks (the end of the previous track appearing at the beginning of the current one) are created during gapless encoding, when all tracks are encoded as a single stream, and some frames from the very end of a track are transferred to the next one. This is normal for a lossy format.

    An old discussion of the problem: http://forums.sonyinsider.com/index.php?showtopic=18430.

    You may upload your SP recording to PCM, convert it to WAV files, and then use the Open Append command in Adobe Audition to open them on a single timeline. Then you may change trackmark locations (this is not very conveniently implemented, but still usable), and export the corrected files as CD tracks with correct trackmark placement (don't forget that a CD track is required to contain a whole number of frames).

  15. 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.

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