I need to transfer some recordings made on MiniDisc to my MacBook computer.

My MiniDisc has an S/PDIF digital output, so I imagine I need to buy something that will connect to my computer via USB which provides an S/PDIF input?

I've found plenty of USB audio interfaces, but none which seem to provide a digital optical input. I'd also rather not pay for an expensive box with fancy A/D converters, as I don't need those - I just want to transfer the digital recording on the MiniDisc directly to hard disk.

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I'm not sure which model of macbook you have, but most of them have a digital (optical) input built in on the line input. You would just have to grab a mini-toslink adaptor and change it to optical on system preferences > sound.

You could try it by searching apple database or trying to enable this option on your settings? If I remember correctly I could see the beam straight away (sold my macbook a year ago i think).

  • The Apple.se site might be able to help with this. Jan 23, 2011 at 4:06
  • ahah! there's an apple one! brilliant! thanks neilfein!
    – jlebre
    Jan 23, 2011 at 11:20
  • Thanks - according to support.apple.com/kb/SP500 I do have a digital input, so this should be simpler than I thought!
    – npad
    Jan 23, 2011 at 13:20

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