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Question about playing SP formats on LP2 machines.Hello, I bought an old Sony MZ-N710, mainly because I wanted "top cheap hi-tech". Ok long story short, I was in high-school when I've seen this in Bomfunk MC's - Freestyler, and I was like: "man I would kill for such a thing". Those formats never been popular in Romania (where I'm from) since our country was in deep poverty. Ok, so long story short I had to be 35 years old to get one, second hand, from my country and I paid a hefty 100 Euro for it. ....Ok, meanwhile I'm all FLAC's and studio monitors, high-end professional stuff, but I want to use my MD also. The only problems I have is how to use a "Loseless" format with my unit working with LP2 compression? I know this was called SP, but after some diggings on forums, they say: man no matter if you are recording your music through your optical IN when you play it back the sound will be like LP2 compressed. Well to be fair it would be a possibility for me to find out about this myth (if myth or reality) using experiments and software for comparing things, but my question is, is this true? Is any other way around? P.S. Looking to buy a Hi MD now and hopefully one disc (since they are rarer than gold). I looked some time ago (years) for the top spect model from Sony and a guy wanted like 6000 USD on it so.. nooo thanks I'm paying this.. no way.. my car is cheaper than this.. no way.
Dear specialists well I am new to using a forum, but I use MiniDiscs for more than 5 years now as a mini sound interface: For recording my band and meanwhile also for recording the sound of the work shops I am filming. Until now I didn't see any possibility to add to a forum like this, because I simply do not have the theoretical knowledge. But now I am asking you urgently for your help in my case, even without any input from my side in advance I used a Sony Hi-MD Walkman MZ-RH1, a Sony Hi-MD (1 GB) and a standard Sony MD (80 Min) for recording - both MDs were formatted as Hi-MDs in advance. Recording and saving of the tracks after the work shop went fine. A few months after the record, unconscious of what I was doing, I formatted these 2 (Hi-)MDs ("Menu" --> "Edit" --> "Format"), although the very important material from my work shop roll was still on them. I hadn't digitalised the material yet, but only right after formatting them, I realised what I had done They had contained the sound of the PA, on which the two clip-on microphones (Lavaliers) of the speakers were amplified. Now I am left with the sound of my directional camera microphone. In this case 10m away from the speakers, with an occasionally coughing lady sitting in the audience... right in front of my camera I did not do anything else to the MDs after that happened. So my question is are the tracks still on them? And if yes, is there a way to undelete/unformat/recover and extract them to my hard drive (at this moment without thinking about the cost that is related to this process!)? In hard drive unformatting this is possible, since the bits and bytes are only set to be overwritten when formatting a hard drive, but entirely left as they were. Since I read that Hi-MDs are encrypted, nothing seems to be possible in my case. TOC cloning might also not help. But I invoke all of you guys, if there is anyone out there who has an idea to what the solution to my problem seems to be please help me in this situation. The thing is that I only have 1 or 2 weeks time to solve this problem. Otherwise the customer has to live with a record for a DVD pressing of 300+ pieces like this. So "Help! I need somebody. Help! Not just anybody. Help! You know I need someone. Help!" like the Beatles would say.. In advance, I must say thank you a lot and that you guys are doing a phenomenal job in an area that should gain much more awareness since MiniDisc is a quite neat interface. Best greez - Melodo