Using Platinum-MD

Platinum-MD is a modern NetMD writing tool, using similar libraries as Web MiniDisc. It may have some features that Web MiniDisc hasn't implemented yet, and is popular with Mac users.

  • a NetMD-capable recorder
  • a USB cable (most use USB Mini-B)
  • a computer running Windows, MacOS, or Linux

On Windows (but not on MacOS, Linux, or Chrome OS) you will need to install the Zadig libusb drivers before using either Web MiniDisc or Platinum-MD.

Zadig has the same developer as the Rufus USB disk writing software, and is safe to install.

Please note that if you use SonicStage on the same PC, you will need to uninstall Zadig to connect your NetMD device to SonicStage.

Install Zadig from here, or use the Chocolatey package manager (“cinst -y zadig”). Because it installs a device driver, you must run Zadig as an Administrator.

Once installed, connect the NetMD device, then launch the Zadig application. “Net MD Walkman” (or similar) should be automatically selected in the drop down box. If it isn't shown, select “Options” and then “List all devices”

The “Driver” field will show that the WinUSB driver will be installed.

With your device selected, click “Install Driver”

Visit the Platinum-MD homepage or the GitHub page and download the latest release for your platform. Install as you would any other application (copy from the DMG image to Applications for MacOS; EXE installer for Windows; or AppImage for Linux.)

Linux

Please refer to the GitHub readme for instructions and caveats for Linux installation.

Insert the MiniDisc you want to record on into the NetMD recorder.

Launch Platinum-MD.

Connect the USB cable to the computer on one side, and to the NetMD player on the other. If you have one, it's a good idea to connect your AC adapter to the recorder, too; recording can quickly drain the internal battery.

Platinum MD should connect to your NetMD player. If it doesn't, try clicking the “Retry” button in the middle of the right hand pane. If it still doesn't connect, check your cables and try quitting and relaunching Platinum-MD. Note that some USB cables are charging-only, so it may be that you need a different USB cable.

From here you can:

  • Use the Folder icon at the top of the left-hand panel to select a folder with MP3, WAV, or FLAC files.
  • Select music in the left hand pane and transfer it to the MiniDisc by pressing the “Transfer” button at the top of the left hand pane.
  • Rename the MiniDisc by clicking the MiniDisc title on the right hand pane and typing a new title in the dialog box that appears.
  • Wipe the MiniDisc by choosing the dropdown arrow on the right hand pane and following the prompts.
  • Rename, reorder, or play individual tracks by using the icons next to a track title.
  • Play, skip tracks, or stop playback of the currently inserted MiniDisc using the transport buttons along the top of the window.

Recording takes some time, but it does occur faster than audio to audio or optical to audio dubbing. It first converts the audio files to ATRAC, the format required by the MiniDisc standard, and then sends them to the recorder using USB. It's probably not a good idea to disconnect the NetMD player while recording!

When you're done recording or playing the MiniDisc you've inserted, you can quit Platinum-MD.

Some MD players appear to lock the MiniDisc carrier door while the USB port is connected; be sure to exit the application using when you're done before you try to eject the MiniDisc . If you can't eject he MiniDisc after doing this, disconnect the MiniDisc from the USB port and try again.

  • guides/platinum-md.txt
  • Last modified: 4 months ago
  • by specialk