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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000115.txt from 2005/12

From: Oliver Seely <oseely@-----.edu>
Subj: Re: [kl] Sony Walkman MD Recorder
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 18:42:41 -0500

I remember very clearly my elation when this product was first
introduced. I had no doubt that it was at least pointing the way
toward the future but on the other hand it used a magneto-optical
disk format which would have had to become some kind of standard if
it was really going to take off.

I believe (correct me if I'm wrong here) that when it was introduced,
cheap CD-Rs and CD-RWs were still off in the future. Since then,
dropping prices, increasing reliability of these two products and WAV
files and their compact sisters, MD3s, never mind the onslaught of
DVD writers and accompanying cheap DVD-R disks have marginalized the
MD format. Add to that the impossibility (again, correct me here if
I'm wrong) of copying an MD file to a PC or Mac (and editing and
converting it to another format) and one has a fine product badly
sidelined in a rapidly developing technology.

I have more than my share of bad experiences trying to write to CD-Rs
and CD-RWs, and more than a few of these disks which I thought had
good files on them only to discover they are corrupted, so who knows,
maybe the MD format is the superior one but has been pushed to the
side like Betamax was by VHS video.

I'd be interested in others' views and memories about this
revolutionary product.

Oliver

At 03:07 PM 12/15/2005, you wrote:
>I recently heard a preliminary recording of our concert band that
>was done on a Sony Walkman MD recorder using an upgraded mic. The
>recorder was 3 - 5 years old. I felt the resulting sound was
>awesome, as good as a studio recording. I can' locate the older
>model in a store.
>
>I am interested in opinions for :
>1. Does anyone know if the newer Sony models are as good as the
>older models and have the same features as the older ones.
>2. Any one had experience with this recorder
>3. Are there better brands on the market in the same price range.
>
>4. I would like to use the recorder to record individual parts of
>clarinet quartets then combining them all into a quartet. Any one
>know how this could be accomplished?
>What editing software would I need. It would be nice to be able to
>patch pieces of multiple takes to make a perfect composite
>track. Would I need a 4 track recorder for this or can it be done
>with software?
>
>GaryT
>
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