Using Web MiniDisc

Web MiniDisc is an online cross-platform web app based on a port of Linux-Minidisc to TypeScript (netmd-js on GitHub). 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”). 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”

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. SP is also compatible with all MD-capable audio equipment.
  • 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-N910 or 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.

Press the “Stop” button on the recorder, check if the display is flashing a message (“TOC Edit” or “PC→MD”) and wait until it stops flashing. Disconnect the NetMD player, and enjoy!

Web MiniDisc supports the MiniDisc's Group feature. Even devices that do not support groups will still play grouped recordings with no issue.

Groups do not work like playlists. For songs to be grouped together, they must be consecutive tracks. Multiple groups are supported. A few examples of how groups are often used is for separate albums (i.e. - one group for each) or chapters for textbook listening CDs (one group for each chapter).

Select (usually with the CTRL or CMD key) the tracks you wish to include in your group. Then select the Group button in Web MiniDisc:

To remove a group, click on the trash can icon. The group will be removed but the tracks will remain.

You cannot create nested groups, and TOC changes such as grouping does not occur until you press “Stop” and/or disconnect the USB cable.

As of 2021, Web MiniDisc supports full-width characters. Full-width characters include Kanji as well as (some) Hiragana and Katakana.

MiniDisc records full-width entries to a separate entry that is only shown on a Kanji-capable device (such as a remote) - otherwise the half-width field is shown. Half-width titles are still shown on low resolution screens (i.e. - the on device screen of the MZ-N920) even if the device itself supports full-width remotes.

To enable full-width support in Web MiniDisc, click the “ellipsis” menu and enable the “full-width” options:

Once you do this, editing any track title will show two fields, one for half-width (Latin and some kana) characters; and another for full-width characters:

More information on GitHub

Web MiniDisc can be installed locally as a Web App. This means it can be run without an internet connection or even opening a web browser.

To do so in Windows with Microsoft Edge, click the “3 blocks and plus” icon next to the Favorites “star” icon:

and then choose “install” - the app should now be available in your Start or Apps menu. These directions should apply to Linux or MacOS systems as well (with a Chromium-based browser)

Web MinDisc installed as web app on Linux system:

  • guides/webminidisc.txt
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