This project provides tools for titling, recording and
using a portable Sony minidisc recorder and a self-made interface for
the parallel port. FunkyMD is currently maintained by Thomas Perl and
was inspired by Lionel Pawlowski's
FunkyMD is based on MDECK, the original MS-DOS utility for controlling
the MDCOM interface. You can find a MDECK binary and the source here.
FunkyMD is now in a usable state, it has good titling
capabilities and also has the ability to record audio files to MiniDisc
plus titling! Scheduling some recording and recording songs from
MiniDisc to your computer is also possible. (SF.net Project page)
2009-07-14 10:44am: I have now sold the only
FunkyMD hardware interface that I have built and some spare
parts that were needed in case I wanted to build a second one.
Andreas M. is now taking care of the hardware. Maybe he will
continue developing FunkyMD in the future. Since FunkyMD was
released and my MD recorder started to malfunction, I have
had an iPod mini, which now in 2009 is also not really something
to desire. I'm happily using my mobile phone as an MP3 player
these days without the need for a dedicated device (I am only
"consuming" media these days, not so much recording).
Update 2008-06-16, FunkyMD 0.6 released
This new release does not add any new features, but makes
FunkyMD compilable on newer systems, because the header files have
changed a bit (asm/io.h and sys/io.h). This release has also been
tested on an MZ-R70 and has been successfully used to title MDs, so the
code still works on newer machines with parallel ports.
To get the best possible titling results, use a battery in
your MD player and disconnect both headphones and the AC power. This
way, there is no interference, and titling works without problems. If
you have headphones or AC power plugged in, there might be some
problems with titling accuracy.
Update 2007-04-26, FunkyMD 0.5 released
There has not been any update for about a year now, and I'm
happily using an iPod mini for all my portable music needs. I have,
however, added some improvements during the last year that were not
published yet, so I thought I'd roll another release and move the
codebase to SourceForge's SVN services. Changes since 0.4 include:
readline support, refactoring.
This release should be helpful for people that already own a
MiniDisc recorder and the interface (or are ready to build it), but I
can just recommend other MP3/OGG players to everyone else (if all you
want to do is just listen to music, it's a different story for
Update 2006-05-01, FunkyMD 0.4 released
FunkyMD 0.4 has been released, and some minor bugs have been
fixed. You can read about the changes here: FunkyMD
0.4 release notes. I've tested this release with a Sony MZ-R70 and
it works well so far. This release also has got the gFunkyMD
(Java-based GUI) removed, because it was old and unmaintained. Hope
you're having fun with this release and maybe there's something
FunkyMD-related coming sometime in the future. For now, this is the
latest stable release, and the first release since 2004. Enjoy.
Update 2006-02-16, MiniDisc recorder broken
I've got an Apple iPod for about a year now, because my
MZR-900 doesn't want to write data to my minidiscs anymore (write head
malfunctioning), so I've not made progress on improving FunkyMD. I'm
planning to document FunkyMD source better and maybe I'll get my hands
on a minidisc recorder again in the future.
Unfortunately, the new HiMD technology seems crappy for it
doesn't allow us to access our music and recordings from inside Linux.
Having minidisc (and HiMD) technology in Linux would be wonderful, but
it's not the way it is, and so it's better to stay with the iPod, which
is very well supported under Linux and doesn't lock your music. Too bad
you can't record audio on an iPod mini..
How does it look like?
The most important part of FunkyMD is the hardware interface,
connects the computer's parallel port to the wire remote port on your
portable Sony minidisc recorder. As you see, I've put my hardware
interface into a small semi-transparent red box, which makes it look
quite nice on my desk.
Build the interface, put it in a small box, connect it and finally
title your discs..
Building the hardware interface (MDCOM)
It's quite easy to build the hardware interface yourself.
Just take a look at the following site which provides a guide on how to
build your own interface. I won't go into describing the whole process
again, as I've followed these instructions for my interface too.
Sony portable minidisc recorder*) with remote
MDCOM hardware interface (you can build it yourself!)
Linux machine with standard IBM PC parallel port
*) FunkyMD is known to work with Sony MZR-900
and MZR-70, but should work with others too.
The FunkyMD Suite Tools Collection
The tools included with the funkymd package are shell scripts
communicate with sox and funkymd to
do certain tasks for your MDs. This could be easily extended, as it is
not hard to do these tasks with the help of funkymd.
funkymd-md2file (Record audio from MiniDisc to a WAV file)
By hooking up the line out of your MiniDisc recorder to the
line-in (or mic-in) of your soundcard, you can easily transfer audio
data from your MiniDisc recorder to your computer. md2file makes it
easy to synchronize the start of the recording by starting playback and
You can later edit the recording using (for example) wavbreaker.
funkymd-mdrecord (Record audio files to MiniDisc)
This is probably the most-used funkymd tool around (it surely
was for me). You specify audio files (OGGs, MP3s, WAVs and all that sox
can handle) and mdrecord will take care of recording and titling all
the tracks - just hook up the line-out (or spk-out) of your soundcard
to the line-in of your MiniDisc recorder and get going :)
funkymd-mdschedule (Schedule recording of MiniDisc)
mdschedule can be thought of as a recording timer for your
MiniDisc recorder. All it does is sitting there and waiting for some
time to come - the time you specified on the command line. This is
useful for recording a radio show (stereo receiver line-out goes to
minidisc recorder line-in) at some time where you cannot start the
recording manually. I used this to record a radio
show at 22.00 on Saturdays, when I am usually not at home.
funkymd-mdtitle (Title already recorded MiniDisc)
mdtitle is used when you have an already recorded Minidisc,
and now want to title it using funkymd. You just give the disc name as
first parameter and a file as second which will be read for track
titles: every line contains a title of a track. Titling is fully
There are quite a few other sites related to either MiniDisc
or MiniDisc titling/editing under Linux.