Simple Hi-MD Recording Guide

Most of you guys would be wondering what’s with the picture consisting of a Creative microphone, 2 74mins MiniDiscs, a Hi-MD RH10 and a manual written in Japanese.

I have been experimenting on the likes of audio recording (field recording?). It really excited me when the idea of using my MD to record came into my mind. However, I had absolutely no idea on how to activate it’s recording function :/

For those wondering why an Hi-MD is used.

  • They excel at recording live audio; the entire 20Hz-20KHz audible frequency range can be captured, making them eminently suitable for live music recording, not merely passable tools for voice dictation like so many other products
  • They don’t employ low-quality internal microphones at all.
  • Hi-MD units employ high-quality low-noise components and circuit design (low noise MIC pre-amp, line-in, etc)
  • They can record without employing lossy codecs (WMA, MP3, AAC, ATRAC, etc)

Before you embark of path to recording, comrade (LOL) , do ensure you have the necessary equipment

Path to Recording (Pun)


Microphone with 3.5 mm (1/8″) jack plug

Hi-MD/MD disc

Fully Charged batteries in the Hi-MD/MD

Headphones (if desired)

Thanks to the power of the internet and search engines (no thanks to the manual), I came to realize that holding both the “Pause” and “REC /T Mark” brings you to a paused recording mode.

The picture you seen above pretty much explains the different figures and text you see in a paused recording mode.

There are different recording modes as well. Only Hi-LP, Hi-SP and PCM are available for the Hi-MD. You’ll see that PCM is the highest quality as it uses bitrate of 1411.2.

To change the recording mode, hold on to the Menu button, scroll down to Rec Settings, Rec Mode and select.

Now, let’s get started on recording! During the process of recording, you might opt to plug your headphones in to listen to what’s being recorded. This allows you to gauge if you have to move closer to the subject or away.

There’s also the “T Mark” button. Pressing it would mean the end of the world (Not). I think it means Termination Mark (Could someone correct me on this?). It terminates/ends the current recording and starts a new one. If you want to stop recording however, you’ll just have to press the Cancel/CHG button. And you’re done! It’s that simple!

^ This picture is absolutely not related to the subject at hand except for the headphones part.

Now that you’re done with recording, what’s next? To transfer it over to the PC of course. Firstly, fire up Sonicstage and transfer the file over. Now, I bet you’ll be very excited about letting your friends hear about this recording. BUT! It’s in a format of which cannot be played on foobar or winamp! In a .oma or .omg format! This is where Hi-MD Renderer comes in.

Read about Marc’s Hi-MD Renderer — Mature Conversion Tool for Self-Recorded Uploads here <Link>

After you have converted the file, you can happily show your audio files off to your friend/enemy/friendly stormtrooper/etc.

I have also tried recording, and here’s what I’ve record ^^

Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonate in D, Kp. 535 <Link>

It is one of the piano exam pieces that I have to play for my Grade 8 piano exam. Not very much perfect though as I was nervous by the fact that there’s something recording it down.

I do hope you have enjoyed this simple guide of Hi-MD recording! ^^

4 thoughts on “Simple Hi-MD Recording Guide”

  1. Firstly, you need better microphones.

    Secondly, the T Mark button does exactly what you say. In the old DAT machines, it simply puts a “bookmark” in the recording and resets the time code, without interrupting the recording.

    The pause button does the same thing, but interrupts the recording: press the pause button another time and it starts recording again, to a new track.

    Everytime you stop and then start back the entire recording process (i.e.: anything which requires you to press both the rec and the pause button together), a new “folder” or “album” is created. Each folder or album is populated by the afore-mentioned tracks.

    Thirdly, using a conversion tool is considered no longer a necessity in some instances, as the latest SonicStage will allow you to convert your recordings to another format such as WAV during the import process. If it does not automatically pop up a dialogue asking if you would like to convert, look around in the options until you find it.

    (Note: this is quite complicated: some modes of recordings can be converted in-house, others cannot).

  2. @daffodilistic: I didn’t know you went :/

    @icie: Thanks for the heads up ^^ Yes, I do need better microphones, the current one’s 8 years old. And works half-assly. Do you have any to recommand?

    I do know the lastest SonicStage allows conversion, but only to .WAV isn’t it? I can’t seem to find the converted file either :/

  3. Well once you have it in WAV you can do pretty much anything with it. Converted file should be with your OMA files in “My Music” by default, or whatever you set it.

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