guides:webminidisc

Using Web MiniDisc

You'll need a NetMD player and a USB cable that fits the NetMD player (most NetMD players take a USB mini-B cable like this).

On Windows — and only Microsoft Windows — you'll need to install [Zadig](https://zadig.akeo.ie/). This replaces the NetMD drivers with the one used by Web Minidisc (and Platinum MD, too, if you'd care to try that).

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

Navigate to Stefano Brilli's Web MiniDisc web page (https://stefano.brilli.me/webminidisc/).

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.

Click “Connect to Device”. A popup will appear, 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. 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 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; be sure to exit the web page using the dropdown menu's “Exit” item. If you can't eject he minidisc after doing this, close the Web MiniDisc window, disconnect the USB cable from the NetMD device, and try again.

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