MDs are dead?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by Rog, Jul 3, 2001.

  1. Rog

    Rog Member

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    Well I finally had my Minidisc player re4moved from the studio. I've never liked them and I've never seen the point in using them in a pro enviroment (well, maybe as a digital walkman-type thing)

    Does anyone use one regularly? Will portable MP3 players replace them? Does anyone else hate that crunching sound they make from time to time?

    Cheers.
     
  2. I think that Sony made a major mistake when they didn't market the DATA-MD as the new super-diskette also. Then we could have used MD's instead of unreliable ZIP disks to carry all sorts of information from MP3's, music & data. And now it's probably too late...

    I still think that Minidisks are quite cool, the later generation ATRAC's are not bad at all. But only a few people uses MD today.

    /Mats
     
  3. Tymish

    Tymish Guest

    They are much more popular as a consumer format in Asia. They are also used a fair amount in radio for remote reporting. I don't know how many of those little MD multrackers are out there but they were popular for a little while.
     
  4. weezy christ

    weezy christ Guest

    Definitely not something I would use in the studio enviroment -- but for location recording, collecting SFX/ambiences or capturing live music (aka bootlegging, heheh) they're alright.

    I use a fairly recent Sony portable MD with a nice stereo mic and get good to excellent results. If I use a really nice preamp, that greatly improves the audio...

    weezy
     
  5. anonymous

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    While they never sounded quite as good...they were certainly more convenient than an 'Edison Wire Recorder'...

    Who ever came out with that flaming piece of $*^t should be slowly fed into a wood chipper...like it should take at least a half hour before their balls reached the blades.
     
  6. realdynamix

    realdynamix Well-Known Member

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    I am guilty, I compose mostly midi, and when I moved the old 8-track out, I found myself needing a few tracks, for expressive instrument, a vocal, or maybe an acoustic picked track, so I got an MD 4-track. It has all the sync capability, and integrated perfectly, giving me four digi tracks to work with, without going DAW. I do not put entire tunes on it, just an occasional track. I really found the benefits in VO work, as said earlier; Radio/TV has great use for these things. When I am are working with a script, and talent, I just tuck it under my arm and go. I just # the lines, and we are off, take, take, take... When finished, I edit, good, no-good, good, etc. After editing, which takes minutes; all the #'s fall in place perfectly with the script. You can then just thumb through the cuts. I think the sound is pretty good, but stay away from generations. I have been told that adat W/TC would be better for the music. They are not very expensive, and might be a consideration, but, it could be back to analog too, just won't sync up as nice. I will continue to use MD in V/O production.
    BTW, Fletcher, LOL, there is nothing like a DX-77 off an MD.
    --Rick
     

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