Using Web MiniDisc

Web MiniDisc is an online cross-platform web app that acts as a frontend to Vuori's linux-minidisc tool. Requires a Chromium-based browser.

  • a NetMD-capable recorder
  • a USB cable (most use USB Mini-B)
  • a Chromium-based web browser (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, etc.)

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”).

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”

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

Navigate to Web MiniDisc.

Connect the NetMD recorder to the computer if you have not already. 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.

Click “Connect”. A popup will appear in the top-left corner of the browser and your NetMD recorder should show in the list in the popup. (If it doesn't, check your cables, and be sure that the USB cable you're using is a data cable, not just a charging cable). Choose your NetMD recorder.

Once you do so, the popup will disappear, and on the web page, you'll see the model number of your NetMD player and the list of tracks on the disc you inserted.

From here you can:

  • Click the icon next to the model number of your MD recorder to access
    • “Refresh” to refresh the list of tracks on the MiniDisc
    • “Rename Disc” to assign a title to your MiniDisc
    • “Wipe Disc” to erase the disc
    • “Exit” to exit Web MiniDisc
  • Drag MP3, FLAC, or WAV files to the web browser window to record them on the MiniDisc. When you do this, you'll be prompted to choose between SP, LP2, and LP4 modes for your recording. You'll probably want SP, which is the highest quality; LP2 and LP4 let you record more content at the expense of some audio quality.
  • Play, skip tracks, or stop playback of the currently inserted MiniDisc using the transport buttons along the bottom of the window.

Recording takes some time, but it does occur faster than audio to audio or optical to audio dubbing (The MZ-N920 seems to have the fastest recording time.) Do not move or bump the recorder while you're copying tracks, or while you hear the mechanism moving.

When you're done recording or playing the MiniDisc you've inserted, you can choose “Exit” from the dropdown menu in the window, disconnect the NetMD player, and enjoy!

Some MD players appear to lock the MiniDisc carrier door while the USB port is connected or if there are changes to the Table of Contents (TOC) yet to be written; In the first place, try pressing “stop” on the NetMD device, then be sure to exit the web page using the dropdown menu's “Exit” item. If you can't eject he disc after doing this, close the Web MiniDisc window, disconnect the USB port, and try again.

Using Web MiniDisc without Internet connection

According to Web MiniDisc support page, Web MiniDisc can be used without Internet connection, since it is full featured Progressive Web Application.

Web MinDisc installed as web app on Linux system:

  • guides/webminidisc.txt
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