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Tascam MD 350 professional minidisc transfer player

We don’t just do analogue transfers!

We offer a range of delivery formats for audio transfer including Broadcast WAV (B-WAV) files on hard drive or optical media (CD) at 16 bit/44.1 KHz (commonly used for CDs), 24 bit/96 KHz (the minimum recommended archival standard) and anything up to 24 bit / 192 Khz.

Standard play (SP) minidisc recordings, Long Play (LP) and Hi-MD are all catered for and of course are transferred digitally without an extra digital to analogue and analogue to digital, DA-AD, conversion process.

Please feel free to contact us for a free and friendly discussion about your needs.

minidisc problems

Sony minidisc (MD) is / was a flexible and robust format often used by reporters and sound recordists as the portable recorders were light, small and much cheaper than portable DAT recorders of the time.

minidisc history

The MiniDisc (MD) is a magneto-optical disc-based data storage device initially intended for storage of up to 74 minutes and, later, 80 minutes, of digitized audio. In the form of Hi-MD, it has also developed into a general-purpose storage medium. Minidiscs were announced by Sony in 1992, they found popularity in Japan but little elsewhere. The last mini disc recorder was discontinued in 2011, but the discs are still available.

Following the relegation of DAT to professional use because of its relative expense, the Minidisc came to be seen as a the successor to the compact cassette. Philips had introduced a competing system, DCC (the digital compact cassette). This created marketing confusion very similar to the Beta versus VHS battle of the late 1970s and early 1980.

Despite having a loyal customer base (primarily musicians and audio enthusiasts), MiniDisc met with only limited success. Recordable CDs, flash memory and HDD-based digital audio players introduced in 1998 have become increasingly popular as playback devices.


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