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Old 10-16-10, 11:47 PM   #1
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Lurk portable minidisc recording system to computer.

I have a lot of minidisc interviews of street performers over the years, all the interviews robert nelson did basicly, on minidisk. I have the portable editing system the actual recorder fits into and my understanding is that for digital out I have a cord that is coming from the digital out and the output fixture is a pin like a small headphone male.

Questions, does this simply go into whatever 'input' computer socket that most computers have that's the same size as the headphone output and often next to it and then find software and take it from there?

Or is there some USB attachment my pin attachment can be modified with.

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I have been able to transfer audio tape to my computer by connecting the headphone jack of the tape player to the mic jack on the computer.
Then just press play on the tape and record on the computer. Very primitive, but it works.
I understand that you can use a 3.5mm to USB connector.
Will you be publishing any of those interviews? I'd love to hear them.
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when I figure this out I'll put them online.
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This is the type of connector I used:
http://www.cablestogo.com/product_list.asp?cat_id=2002
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Martin, a simple double male-ended stereo mini jack will do.

MD Line out --> Mic input jack on your Mac.

The software I use is free: Audacity

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
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Thanks Jim, that was the setup I instinctively went for in my first set-up attempt.
I'll open audacity and try to pull it from that program across.
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Just 1 more tip, keep the volume really low on the minidisk. A microphone input is not designed to handle such high levels of input, unless it states it's a 'microphone/line' input.
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