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MiniDisc - one of the many audio formats that CD Makers can transfer.

Mini Disc to CD transfer

Mini Discs are small magneto-optical discs inside a cartridge, designed to record digital audio.

Although the audio data is compressed, the quality of Mini Disc recordings is very high, some say "near CD" quality.

Mini Disc never really took off as a recording format. Initially, Mini Disc competed with recordable CDs. Then, before Mini Disc had time to develop, MP3 was taking over as the music format of choice.

The iPod and similar players were the final nail in the coffin for Mini Disc, which now serves only a niche market.

If you have Mini Discs, CD Makers can transfer them to the universally popular CD format.

Transfer Options

  • Mini Disc to audio files on a USB drive.
    • Many hours of audio can be compiled onto a single USB drive.
    • Audio files on USB play on a variety of devices, including computers, modern televisions and home entertainment systems. Many modern cars also play audio directly from USB drives.
    • Audio files can easily be copied from a USB drive using a computer.
  • Mini Disc to premium-grade recordable CD.
    • Cost effective.
    • Convienient - plays on computers and stand-alone audio CD and DVD players.
  • Mini Disc to archive-grade gold recordable CD.
    • For precious recordings. Accelerated aging tests indicate that if these discs are handled and stored correctly, they will last for a hundred or more years.
  • Mini Disc to files which you can download.
    • With increasingly fast internet speeds, the option is available for you to download your audio files from a link we will provide to you.

Digitisation Options

  • Sample Rate - Mini Discs will be captured digitally, so the resulting file's sample rate will match the sample rate of the original Mini Disc, which is 44.1 kilohertz.
  • Sample Resolution - Audio will be captured digitally from the Mini Disc at the sampling resolution of the original - 16 bit.
  • Audio Channels - Mono or Stereo.
  • Digitisation Formats
    • Audio is captured to WAV.
      • WAV files have compatibility with a very wide range of computer software.
      • WAV has been the standard audio format for computers for decades.
      • WAV files can be edited and saved over and over without any loss of quality.
    • The WAV files can be converted to MP3.
      • MP3 files play at near CD quality but use a fraction of the amount of storage.
      • MP3 files have a very large compatibility base, playing on nearly all computers, many modern televisions, home entertainment systems, car stereos and portable audio players.
    • The WAV files can also be converted to M4a.
      • M4a files have a similar advantage of small storage size, but with better quality than MP3 files.
      • Playback compatibility is increasing week by week, with M4a being touted as the successor to MP3.

Mini Disc Specifications

Mini Discs look much the same as each other, but they can be recorded with various options. CD Makers can transfer Mini Disc recorded with the following options:

  • Track format:
    • mono
    • stereo
  • Play Duration:
    • Standard Play
    • Long Play 2
    • Long Play 4

CD Makers currently has no facility to play Hi-MD.

Maximum Duration

Designated Duration Recording type Actual duration Number of CDs required per tape
74 minutes Standard Play 1 hour, 14 minutes 1 CD
74 minutes Long Play 2 2 hours 28 minutes 2 CDs
74 minutes Long Play 4 4 hours 56 minutes 4 CDs
80 minutes Standard Play 1 hour, 20 minutes 1 to 2 CDs
80 minutes Long Play 2 2 hours 40 minutes 2 to 3 CDs
80 minutes Long Play 4 5 hours 20 minutes 4 to 5 CDs

The maximum duration of a standard audio CD is 80 minutes.
The maximum duration of a gold archive-grade CD is 74 minutes.

However, for precious recordings, we recommend recording only to about 60 minutes on each CD. This is because the recording starts in the middle of the disc and ends at the outer edge where some older CD players struggle to read the data correctly.

The above times refer to stereo recordings. Unlike CDs that use the same amount of data storage space whether the recording is mono or stereo, Mini Disc allows double the recording space for mono recordings.


Other pages relevant to Mini Disc transfer:                                                  

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Australian copyright law says that commercially produced tapes can be copied for personal use only under strict conditions.

CD Makers is very strict with copyright. For us to copy your audio or video, you or a member of your family must be the creator and the performer of the works that are recorded.

Otherwise you will need written permission from whoever owns the copyright.

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