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MD record levels advice? for MarC's Hi-Md renderer

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Hi all,

this is my first Post!

Thankyou MarC for your awesome renderer. I have years of Md music, 100's of discs, that I can now finally get back into a WAV or flac file.

You're a lifesaver! When it's all done I'll definately consider sending a small thankyou donation your way..

Advice Please...............

I'm using the MD recorder function on renderer version 1 - beta 4,

with Sonicstage 1.5 (as the latest SS won't install on my Acer Aspire netbook no matter how hard I try!)

When setting the level for 'capture source' , what should I be aiming for?

Using the 'Show Capture' I can see the range of sound,

should I aim to keep all the sound within the visible area?

should I keep it in the 'blue'?

at what point does it distort?

Also, should I have the Md on full volume?

I'm recording everything to WAV, using a straight 3.5 mm jack from the headphone jack on my Md to the mic in jack on my PC.

Any suggestions to get the best quality recordings???????

Thanks to all for their posts, have been pouring over this site for days, any help much appreciated,

rock on,


Grillzey in Adelaide, Australia

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To set the recording levels, first use the "show capture" button. This will show the sound waveform of the input without actually storing the recorded sound data. You can use this to tweak the levels.

Each of the recording waveforms (the left one of the left sound channel, the right one for the right sound channel) will have two blue lines. These represent the peak level for that sample. If these lines turn red and go to the top/bottom of the waveform display it means that the sound has been clipped (distorted / lost detail) , and the input sound level (volume) should be decreased

Pick one of the louder sections of audio you will be recording and play it. I would ensure the recording level make the two blue lines go near the top/bottom of the waveform, but not actually at the top/bottom.

Examples attached.

The first image is where the blue lines should be for the correct recording levels

The second image is where the recording levels are too loud, and should be reduced

The third image is where the recording levels are too quiet, and should be increased.

Hope this helps.





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Thanks heaps MarC!

yes that helps a lot!

I assume I should I play the MD at max volume too?

thanks again,

I went to your website but it was down,

if I wish to make a donation where shall I send it?

it'll only be a small token one, but I'd like to.

am about to embark on the MD transfering mission, and so I will donate when it's all done as a thankyou.


Grillzey :D

One very last quicky,

I am using Sonictsage 1.5

Will that affect the quality , or ability to record my MD's??????

it seemed transfer my music to MP3/flac/WAV all perfectly.



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