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Sony MDS-PC3

MD recorder with PC interface

Item # 158MDSPC3

Styled for desktop placement and designed with PC-friendliness in mind, the ingenious MDS-PC3 takes MD-PC...

Styled for desktop placement and designed with PC-friendliness in mind, the ingenious MDS-PC3 takes MD-PC...

Discontinued item

Item # 158MDSPC3

About the Sony MDS-PC3

Styled for desktop placement and designed with PC-friendliness in mind, the ingenious MDS-PC3 takes MD-PC flexibility to an all-new level. Connect the included PC Link kit (a USB-to-optical adapter with a USB cable at one end and an optical digital cable at the other) between the MD deck and your PC, install the software, and you've got speedy digital dubbing at your fingertips!

Styled for desktop placement and designed with PC-friendliness in mind, the ingenious MDS-PC3 takes MD-PC flexibility to an all-new level. Connect the included PC Link kit (a USB-to-optical adapter with a USB cable at one end and an optical digital cable at the other) between the MD deck and your PC, install the software, and you've got speedy digital dubbing at your fingertips!

Enter song and disc names in a jiff with your keyboard. Print out MD labels. And produce custom mix MDs by dragging tracks in a PC window. Yes, drag-and-drop recording of PC audio files (like MP3s) to MD! Plus, two new features add to the fun: MDLP, or long time recording, increases compression for 2 to 4 times the standard recording time with each blank MD (get more for your money!); Scale Factor Edit lets you adjust the volume of tracks after you've recorded 'em.

Details:

  • MD recording/titling/editing via graphical PC interface
  • PC Link kit (includes USB-to-optical adapter, Sony M-crew software on CD-ROM, a USB cable and an optical digital cable)
  • MDLP long time recording
  • Scale Factor Edit
  • 1 optical digital input/1 output
  • line input/output
  • headphone mini-jack output
  • wireless remote control
  • random play
  • CD Synchro
  • sample rate converter
  • frequency response 5-20,000 Hz
  • signal-to-noise ratio 94 dB
  • 5-15/16"W x 2-5/8"H x 12-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • PC requirements: Intel® Pentium® 233 MHz or better processor; Windows® 98, 98SE, or 2000 operating system; 32 MB RAM; at least 20 MB hard disk space; USB port; CD-ROM drive; sound card

Note: When purchased from our Outlet store, the MDS-PC3 may contain the previous version of Sony M-crew software (compatible with Windows 98 only).

What's in the box:

  • MiniDisc player/recorder
  • RM-D52M Wireless remote
  • CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • 24" Toslink cord
  • 39" Stereo mini-jack cord (stereo mini-jack plug on each end)
  • PCLK-MN10 USB adaptive controller with 21" cord
  • AC-96NP AC power adapter with 6.5' cord
  • 68" USB cable
  • M-crew Software on CD-ROM (Ver 1.05E for Windows 98/98 SE/Me/2000 only)
  • Operating Instructions
  • M-crew Operating Instructions
  • Warranty card
  • Safeguards
  • Owner Registration Card
  • Note on the installation of the USB driver
  • CAV-MN10 specification sheet
  • Correction sheet
MFR #MDS-PC3

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The Sony MDS-PC3 replaces these items:

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Features
PC Use
Inputs and Outputs

Features

Overview: This is a small, PC tower width component which comes with IBM compatible software and an adapter making it ideal for connection to a PC.  For more information on it's use with a computer, please see the "PC Use" section below. Note, of course, that it can be used without a computer in the same way as all home MiniDisc recorders. The manual warns that the unit must be used in a horizontal position, it cannot be installed vertically nor should a PC be placed on top of the unit.

Copy Protection: This unit employs the SCMS copy protection system.

Sampling Rate Converter: A built-in sampling rate converter automatically converts the sampling frequency of various digital sources to the 44.1 kHz sampling rate of the MD deck. This allows you to monitor and record sources such as 32 kHz or 48 kHz DATs or satellite broadcasts, as well as CDs and MDs. Note: Please note that 22.05 kHz and 96 kHz digital sources cannot be recorded on this unit. 

Long Play Recording: In addition to normal stereo recording, this unit has two long time recording modes; LP2 and LP4. When recording in LP2 stereo mode, you can record two times the normal recording time. When recording in LP4 stereo mode, you can record four times the normal recording time. Note: A track recorded in LP2 or LP4 mode is given an identification code which is displayed only when you attempt to play that track on an MD deck which does not support LP modes.

Recording Level: Recording level can be set for both digital and analog recording. Additionally, you can change the volume of the recorded tracks using S.F. (Scale Factor) Edit, which records the original track over at a new recording level.

Smart Space: If the signal is interrupted for less than 30 seconds during recording, Smart Space replaces the blank portion with a blank space of about 3 seconds, then continues recording.

Auto Space: If the signal is interrupted for about 30 seconds during recording, Auto Cut replaces the blank portion with a blank space of about 3 seconds, then pauses the recording.

Track Marking: You can mark track numbers either manually or automatically while recording.

Music Synchro-Recording: The Music Synchro-recording feature allows you to automatically synchronize recording on the MD deck with the playing of the selected program source. Recording starts automatically when the program source begins playing.

Repeat Play: You can have the unit repeat a portion of a track by selecting the start and stop points for the section to be repeated (A-B repeat). In addition, this unit can repeat the current track, all of the tracks on the disc, Shuffle Play, or Program Play.

Program Play: Up to 25 tracks can be programmed and played in any order.

Shuffle Play: When you select Shuffle Play, the unit plays all the tracks in random order.

Auto Pause: You can set the deck so that it pauses after each track to give you time to locate the next track to be recorded.

Erasing Tracks: You can erase a single track , all tracks, or any portion of a track (A-B Erase).

Dividing Tracks: You can divide a recorded track at any point simply by adding a track mark at that point. 

Combining Tracks: This function allows you to combine any two tracks into a single track. The two tracks do not need to be consecutive. You can combine several tracks into a single medley, or several independently recorded portions into a single track. When you combine two tracks, the total number of tracks decreases by one and all tracks following the combined track are renumbered.

Moving Tracks: This function lets you change the order of any track.

Undo: This function allows you to cancel the last edit and restore the MD to the way it was prior to the edit.

PC Use

System Requirements: In order to connect the MDS-PC3 to a computer, the computer must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Must be IBM compatible (this software does not run on the Apple Macintosh)
  • Must have an Intel Pentium II 233 MHz/Celeron 300A or higher processor. Note: The operation of M-crew is not guaranteed on some computers with Pentium-compatible CPU chips, such as the AMD K6 (sound skipping may occur during playback of an audio file).
  • Must have a display of at least VGA (800 x 600) with 65,536 or more colors
  • Must have at least 32 MB of memory
  • Must have 20 MB or more of available hard disk space. Note: Another 15 MB of hard disk space is required to install PictureGear Label Maker.
  • CD-ROM Drive
  • Must have an available USB port
  • Windows Media Player (Before you can use the M-crew software, you must first install Windows Media Player, version 6.4 or higher, into your computer)
  • Must use Windows 98, 98SE, Me or 2000. Note: This software does not run on Microsoft Windows 3.1, Windows 95 or Windows NT.

M-crew Software On CD-ROM (ver. 1.05E): The supplied software provides the following features:

  • On-Screen Controls: You can play an MD using on- screen controls. You can play, pause, use AMS, audible search and select tracks directly.
  • Recorded MD Editing: You can enter track and disc names using the computer's keyboard, including the ability to enter all data first and assign them all at one time. You can move, divide, combine and erase tracks (A-B erase, track erase or entire MD erase).
  • MD Label Printing: Labels can be printed from the on-screen display using  a printer. Images from various formats can also be printed out onto the label. Besides MiniDiscs, the Label Maker program included with this unit allows you to create labels for floppy disks, 8mm video, CD-R, DV, Memory Stick, MiniDV, VHS and cassette.
  • Recording: You can record from a compatible CD Player to this unit. You can also record an audio CD from your computer's CD- ROM drive to this unit. To record, you simply drag the tracks on the on-screen display to a record list, either one at a time or all the tracks at once.  A warning appears if the tracks won't fit onto the MD.
  • CD Naming: When using a compatible CD player, you can assign disc names and track names to CDs, which are input using the computer's keyboard. You can also display CD-Text information on the display.

PCLK-MN10 Adapter: Use the PCLK-MN10 PC connecting kit (supplied) to connect your PC to the MD deck through the PC LINK jack on the back of the MD deck. The PCLK-MN10 adapter has a mini-USB port that connects to your computer's USB port using the supplied USB cable.

PCLK-MN10 Adapter Dimensions: W=3.758", H=0.952", D=7.169" (with USB cable attached)

Inputs and Outputs

MDS-PC3 Rear Panel:

  • Analog In: Stereo mini-jack input
  • Analog Out: Variable stereo mini-jack output  (the level can be adjusted using the supplied remote)
  • Digital In: Standard Toslink digital input with plastic cover
  • Digital Out: Standard Toslink digital output with plastic cover
  • PC Link: 6-pin female jack for use with the PCLK-MN10 adapter (allows the MDS-PC3 to be connected to a computer)
  • Phones: Variable stereo mini-jack headphone output (the level can be adjusted using the supplied remote)
  • DC In: Jack for use with supplied AC power adapter

PCLK-MN10 Front Panel:

  • USB: Mini-USB port

PCLK-MN10 Rear Panel:

  • PC Link: Hardwired cord with a 6-pin male connector (plugs into the PC Link jack on the MDS-PC3)
  • Digital Out: Standard Toslink digital output with plastic cover
  • Analog Out: Stereo mini-jack output

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