MiniDisc Manager


The MiniDisc Manager software allows computer control of Sony MiniDisc recorders that have a compatible slink control port using the Slink-e controller available from Nirvis Systems. This software was written for the MDS-JB920 model, but it should work with other Sony recorders with slink ports (such as the MDS-PC1, MDS-JA33ES, MDS-JA22ES, MDS-JB930, MDS-JE630 and MDS-JE640). Some earlier models such as the MDS-JB700 don't support all the functions such as title editing.

Please note: This software will not work with the Sony slink interface box. It also won't work with Sharp or any other non-Sony MD recorders.

PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL ME WITH QUESTIONS REGARDING SONY Web-MD PRODUCTS. This software is no help transferring audio from MD to a computer.

 

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Software Features

1. Fully automatic downloading of disc and track names from the player
2. Easy editing and uploading of disc and track names to the player
3. Displays current track and disc names with a scrolling display
4. Displays track and total disc lengths
5. Displays recorder modes:
    Record input signal type (analog, optical etc.)
    Stereo or Mono recording
    Play mode (shuffle, program or continue)
    Repeat mode
6. Basic player functions:
        Play
        Record
        Stop
        Eject
        Pause
        FF, REW
        Next Track, Previous Track
7. Direct track access by double clicking track name
8. Editing functions:
        Track Erase
        Track Move
        Track Split
        Track Combine
        A-B Erase
9. Copying of disc and track names into the clipboard for printing disc labels etc.
10. Window size can be expanded to view more tracks and long track names
11. T-Rec recording mode
12. Music Scan
13. Automatic recorder display text scrolling

NEW! WinAmp Playlist Recorder function

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The WinAmp Playlist Recorder feature is a new extension to MiniDisc Manager that automates the recording and track naming of CDs, MP3s and other media types to MiniDisc.

MiniDisc Manager uses the WinAmp program to generate a playlist of media tracks. MiniDisc Manager will communicate with WinAmp via a plugin to load the current playlist which is then used to control recording on the MiniDisc and playing on WinAmp. The track names from the playlist will automatically be written to the MiniDisc.

 

Why use WinAmp Playlist Recorder?

Normally recording MP3s and CD tracks to MiniDisc can be difficult. Even with CD-sync features, the tracks must still be manually named. Recording MP3s is even more difficult since it requires both the MP3 player and MiniDisc recorder to be started simultaneously.

MiniDisc Manager automates all of this, plus it allows advanced playlist generation with the ease of use of WinAmp.

 

WinAmp Playlist Recorder Features:

For more information, read the WinAmp Playlist Recorder README file.

 

CDJ Playlist Recorder function

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The CDJ Playlist Recorder feature is a new extension to MiniDisc Manager that automates the recording and track naming of CDs and MP3s to MiniDisc.

MiniDisc Manager uses the Nirvis CDJ program to generate a playlist of CD and/or MP3 tracks. MiniDisc Manager will communicate with CDJ to load the current playlist which is then used to control recording on the MiniDisc and playing on CDJ. The track names from the playlist will automatically be written to the MiniDisc.


Why use CDJ Playlist Recorder?

Normally recording MP3s and CD tracks to MiniDisc can be difficult. Even with CD-sync features, the tracks must still be manually named. Recording MP3s is even more difficult since it requires both the MP3 player and MiniDisc recorder to be started simultaneously.

MiniDisc Manager automates all of this, plus it allows advanced playlist generation with the ease of use of CDJ. Tracks on multiple CDs in a multi-CD player can be selected for recording.


CDJ Playlist Recorder Features:


For more information, read the CDJ Playlist Recorder README file.


Software Requirements:

1. Sony slink compatible MiniDisc recorder (e.g. Sony MDS-JB920 or similar)
2. Nirvis Systems Slink-e controller
3. Slink-e ActiveX server software from Nirvis Systems
4. Slink cable
5. Windows 95/98/NT4/2000


Legal:

By downloading the MiniDisc Manager software, you agree to the following terms:

1. MiniDisc Manager software is available free of charge and must not be resold or included with other software packages without prior authorization from William Hollingworth.
2. This software must not be distributed or copied without prior authorization from William Hollingworth.
3. No warrantees are given or implied. If it works great! If it doesn't I'll try to help, but I'm not responsible for any damage to your system or MiniDiscs.
4. Copyrights, brand names and trademarks are properties of their respective owners.
5. The MiniDisc Manager software is Copyright (C) 1999-2001 William Hollingworth.

Attention Hackers!

Are you interested in the Slink commands for the MiniDisc recorders? Do you know some or all of the commands? Do you have access to any method of monitoring commands sent to the recorder by "other" (more commercial) software packages? I'd like to heard from you! A listing of slink commands that I have been able to decode is available below.

Download:

File Size Description
mdmanager.zip 199 kb MiniDisc Manager Version 1.01 (010428)
mdmanagerreadme.html 7 kb "Readme" file for MiniDisc Manager Version 1.01 (010428)
cdjplaylistreadme.html 13 kb CDJ Playlist Recorder function "Readme" file
for MiniDisc Manager Version 1.01 (010428)
winampplaylistreadme.html 11 kb WinAmp Playlist Recorder function "Readme" file
for MiniDisc Manager Version 1.01 (010428)
mdslink.txt 14 kb Listing of Slink commands for Sony MD recorders

Updates:

I will continue to make improvements and updates to the software. If you would like to be notified when a new version is available, please send me an email message to: will@airmail.net.


Contact:

For comments, questions, suggestions etc.:
    will@airmail.net

MiniDisc Manager is available from:
    http://web2.airmail.net/will

Find out more about the amazing  Slink-e controller from Nirvis Systems:
    http://www.nirvis.com/

 

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