Minidisk problem

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Jennifer, Mar 28, 2001.

  1. Jennifer


    Jul 31, 2000
    Erie, Illinois
    When we record with the minidisk, it cuts out for aprox a second. Has anyone experienced this problem? We sent the recorder back to the company, and they supposedly replaced the lens on it, but it still cuts out. We tried lowering the levels but that doesn't help. It records fine when we go from the analog recorder, but cuts out when we try to record live straight to the minidisk. It doesn't sound like it's skipping, just a blank space. Any suggestions?
  2. Mark Russell

    Mark Russell

    Sep 2, 2000
    We tried recording live shows with a portable minidisc recorder straight off the PA desk, and found the recorder kept dropping out and stopping. After a lot of experiments it was found to be the vibration of the band causing the recorder to skip uncontrollably, even though it was supposedly portable with a 15 second buffer time. We cured it by rolling my jacket up and standing it on that to reduce the vibration, worked fine after that!! Hope this is some help!
  3. Which minidisc recorder is it?
  4. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    The buffer referred to is a playback buffer - it does NOT apply to recording! Actually, there is at least one portable MD recorder that has a record buffer, but it's specialized for the radio industry (made by Marantz).

    Some MD recorders (OK, most) are a but sensitive to heavy vibration when recording, which causes them to cut out like Jennifer and Mark have found. A tracking error caused by vibration sounds just as Jennifer describes.

    Do as Mark did and put a cushion under the recorder, and the problem should be solved! I keep a couple of 4"X6" blocks of 2" foam in the car just for this purpose.