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Friday
Mar172017

And finally…MiniDisc

There’s a good reason why this video took me a few years to make…MiniDisc is a monster. I’ve ended up producing a 45 minute video that still only touches on a tiny part of the story.
    
I decided that rather than getting too technical (which I can’t, because I’m not) this one is based more around my personal MiniDisc story.
    
MiniDisc is the last in a long line of portable mechanical music players. We'll never see anything like this again. I saw MD launched and I saw it die. I’ll miss MiniDisc, but it had a good life..one much richer than history has recorded.
   
This has been a killer to make, I’d estimate about two years of prep, a week of shooting time, three solid days of editing and then two and a half days of voiceover work and tweaking. 
   
Get a drink, grab a snack, put your feet up and then click below to watch my MiniDisc video.
     

 

Buying Mindisc:
   
Personal MD Section on ebay
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Home MD Section on ebay
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More Info:
My earlier video about DAT (Digital Audio Tape) 
      
Updates:
Apparently with a bit of work it is possible to get Sonicstage software working on Windows 10.

 

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Reader Comments (27)

Superb video, well worth the blood, toil sweat and tears! Entertaining, interesting and informative - what more could anyone ask?!
I do most of my listening in the car where we went straight from compact cassettes to CD players to MP3. I wonder if there ever were in-car MiniDisc players?

March 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoland

Thanks, and there were car MD machines...minidisc.org lists over a hundred.
http://www.minidisc.org/car_table.html

March 18, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Mat, a brilliant well structured personal tour of a much-missed friend in the world of audio.

The Walkman versions were widely used in the world of broadcast radio, my old Uher was replaced by MD and it made location recording of interviews so much easier. Sony's AGC for recording was another winner, as I used to set the thing recording and pop it into my pocket and record my interview. It never missed on the perfect level for recording voices.

Radio Two's programme trails were handed out to presenters on MD to be played out in each programme for a number of years, alone with their pile of CDs!

I still use MD at my local am-dram theatre company for effects and music. Bomb-proof and never lets you down.

Some radio studios still have a MD rack mounted machine in them as an emergency back-up should the playout server keel over, so in the professional world the good ole MD soldiers on, but only just.

Great work and much appreciated for the effort you put into these

Thought of Autocue?

Regards to you and the other readers

Chris

March 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterChris L

I tried an auto cue app on an iPad once and I found it easier and more natural to just make it up as I go along. Using one would mean writing a script...so that would be an extra step in the process.

March 18, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I used a Sharp MD-SR70 for mix tapes that I used while at the gym. Bought it in 2000 and used it up until about 2005 when I picked up a portable XM (satellite) radio, then a Nokia N95 smart-ish cell phone. By then it was pretty easy to carry hundreds of songs in your pocket. Really an underrated audio format.

Nice video, the effort really paid off.

March 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterReadyKilowatt

I went through a few different minidisc devices, and I still have my Kenwood one that I picked up in Hong Kong. I ended up getting a few people into it, and it was great for long car trips before iPods were a thing. I always thought it was a shame it never really caught on in the US though.

March 19, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy

Hi Mat

I've followed your channel for a while and never commented, I never comment online at all to be honest, who cares what I think?

Back to why I'm commenting: I was really impressed with this video, it was a fascinating watch and its clear that a lot of time and effort went into in.

Thanks for a really enjoyable 45 minutes and I can't wait for the next instalment!

Ben

March 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBen

I rarely comment on things myself - so thanks for taking the time.

March 19, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Love your work Matt, great topics as the equipment you look at is right from my era. Many thanks from your fans in Australia

March 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Reynolds

Thanks for another great video, Mat. I'm always impressed how much time and detail goes into your videos.

One of your comments was that you liked the old remote controls where you can see the tracks, skip, adjust volume and plug in your won headphones. I actually use a Sony Bluetooth remote that does all of what those old remotes did (and more) with my iPhone, so I thought it might interest you. It's the Sony SBH54 and you can buy them on Amazon for around £65.

March 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterIan

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