How to Record a Mini Disc to CD

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The MiniDisc format went through a brief period of popularity in the 1990s, and many millions of MiniDiscs were sold around the world. But these days, music is migrating to the computer. While audio CDs are easy to import into a media player, MiniDiscs can't be read by most computers. Fortunately, it's not difficult to get your favourite songs off a MiniDisc and onto a PC and from there onto a CD.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • MiniDisc player
  • 1/8" to 1/8" male-to-male audio cable
  • Computer with CD burner and audio-editing program
  • Blank CD

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  1. 1

    Connect your MiniDisc player to your computer by plugging the audio cable into the headphone jack of your MD player and the line-in audio port on your PC.

  2. 2

    Open an audio-editing program on your computer. Make sure the input on the program is set to Line In.

  3. 3

    Press the Play button on the MD player and make sure the levels appear to move on your computer screen. This shows that the connection is working.

  4. 4

    Hit "Record" in your audio software and begin playing the MD in the MD player. Wait for the duration of the disc.

  5. 5

    Burn the resulting music file onto a CD as you would ordinarily burn audio.

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