back (MD-Track System)

Q1:Does this Program run with NT x.x ?

NO, this program uses an vxd-driver, which is at this moment only available for Win9x. If you want to port/improve this driver to NT, ask the author for details. (I don't use NT for any multimedia, so it's impossible to test this application in such environment.)

Q2:Does this Program run with Windows 2000 ?

NO, this program uses an vxd-driver, which is at this moment only available for Win9x. If you want to port/improve this driver to Win2K, ask the author for details. (I don't use W2K, so it's impossible to test this application in such environment.)

Q3:Does this Program run with other programs than Winamp ?

NO, this program uses special API-interfaces of Winamp to do this job. especially tho obtain the end-of-trach and begin-of-track informations are difficult, so I'm prepared this program only for Winamp. If you want to port/improve this program, don't hersitate to ask/contact the author.

Q4:How long does the program make the track marker ?

The program disables the SPDIF-signal and enables them again after 1..5 milliseconds. A usual MD-recorder stops immediately after disabling the SPDIF-signal and resume recording immediatley after resume of the SPDIF-signal. So the track marker is recorded, but the time between stop and new beginning is usually too short to recognize. This means -there is NO real break- you can't hear the break, but you can jump to this track marker. This is very usefull for live recorded CD's.

Q5:Why does other winamp plugins/programs have longer break times ?

Other winamp plugins are muting the sound some seconds (depending of the MD-recorder) to simulate a track arker. This means - after at least one second of silence the MD-recorder itself thinks - there must be a track marker, because of the missing sound. The big problem are common sound cards, they mix analog and digital sound together, and the output noise permits the track marker even after more than ten seconds of 'silence'.

Q6:My soundcard 'xy' does have an 3.5mm jack for digital out - it looks like a headphone jack. Can I use this output too?

This so called 'coaxial digital out' feeds the digital signal out of the soundcard. The amplitude of this signal is usually 1V(peak-peak). This signal is generated out from the 5V-TTL signal by a resistor divider or a 5:1 transformer. Without modifying your soundcard it is not possible to control this signal. This will probably loose the warranty. So I do NOT recommended controlling this signal!

Q7:The program don't work. There is no track marker set ... what's wrong ?

First we check the cabelling:

Then we check the function by observing the light that came out of the TOSlink cable (or the TOTX transmitter):

Everything should work now.

Q8:With silence within a song my MD-recorder is setting a track marker. Is this a bug in MD-Track ?

NO this is no bug. Probably every MD recorder tries to detect silence to set track markers by himself. This 'feature' is used by many other track marker plugins. Depending on your MD-recorder it will take 1 .. 5 seconds to set the track marker. Some people have written that enabling the MIC input on their soundcard will increase the noisefloor that much, that such silence will not lead to a 'automatic' track marker.
But beware: you will slightly decrease the quality of your recorded songs !!

Q9:I didn't understand how this program is working. Can you explain it a little more ?

Structure of the MD-track program
The most tricky thing is detecting the 'end-of-song', because the overall song length will reported in seconds while the actual playback position will reported in milliseconds.

Qx:Any Questions ??

Mail any questions to me to get more answers ....


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