Manufacturer Sony
Released 1998/09
Device type pro
Recorder Recorder
NetMD No
Hi-MD No
Radio No
Dimensions 300 x 121 x 356mm
Weight 4.1kg
ATRAC ver 4.5
Battery notes
Sidecar (depr) No
Voltage 120, 230
Power cable AC
Price (launch)
¥115 000
Inputs RCA in, Digital optical (TOSLINK), Digital coaxial
Outputs 1/4 inch headphone, RCA out

“Backtrack” recording feature allows unit to play an MD track and record a new (separate) track simultaneously. If the machine's output is run through a mixer, new material can be mixed with existing material and recorded. From the Sony announcement: “The BackTracking feature effectively makes the unit two machines in one. In conjunction with the MDS-DRE1's digital I/Os, BackTracking allows the DJ to record and synchronize tracks on the fly from any source, while a song is being played. These sources can be mixed (with an external DJ mixer) along with material on the same disc. This provides the DJ the flexibility to create customized mixes and audio transitions in real time. Additional planned features of the ergonomically designed, portable, tabletop unit include seamless looping; turntable-style scrubbing and trick play; digital archiving; digital disc and random access capability; “hot start” buttons, allowing up to eight tracks to be assigned simultaneously for continuous instantaneous play; slider faders to control pitch and tempo; and full song-based editing function (1/86 sec accurate) including the capability to divide, combine, move, erase or copy a track.” Unit features independent speed and pitch controls (+/- 12% each).

Optional accessories: Footswitch (FS-A8).

Specs: Freq. resp.: 5-20kHz +/- 0.5dB, SNR: >96dB (playback)

Model Name Using Similar Mechanism: MDS-JA3ES
MD Mechanism Type: MDM-2CR
Base Unit Name: MBU-2B
Optical Pick-up: KMS-210A/J-N

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