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Old 20th August 2007
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Q for Alesis Masterlink aficionados

I've got a job coming up where the mixes are all on a Masterlink @ 24/96.

The client seems to have very limited knowledge of the machine, and couldn't tell me if it would be possible to extract the files to a DVD or harddisk. He's going to deliver the machine to me to work with.

Soooooo, could any of you fine fellows tell me the the possibilities regarding the Masterlink?.......can you extract the files easily to a DVD?.....what file format does it use?.....any pitfalls to be aware of?.....my usual way of working is to load all the stuff in the DAW first, so i'd rather not master "live" from the masterlink!
Old 20th August 2007
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I've got a job coming up where the mixes are all on a Masterlink @ 24/96.

The client seems to have very limited knowledge of the machine, and couldn't tell me if it would be possible to extract the files to a DVD or harddisk. He's going to deliver the machine to me to work with.

Soooooo, could any of you fine fellows tell me the the possibilities regarding the Masterlink?.......can you extract the files easily to a DVD?.....what file format does it use?.....any pitfalls to be aware of?.....my usual way of working is to load all the stuff in the DAW first, so i'd rather not master "live" from the masterlink!
It been quite a few years since mine fried(converters & drive).
You can use as a playback machine through digital outs. If you want to import to your DAW as you have said above you have to burn in the CD24 for higher resolution files. this creates the ISO 9660 disc format and AIFF audio files witch should easily open in most systems. you may need a stack of discs to get through a full cd project.
Hope this helps....
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Old 20th August 2007
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The Masterlink only makes CDs and CDROMs in CD24 format - standard aiff files. If the tracks are short enough, burn them to CD24s and load them into your DAW of choice.

Otherwise, play them on the ML and record them digitally to your DAW. Very simple, and ask is you have questions once you get the machne in. It is simple but primitive, as they have not updated the machine for many years. There's no reason it could not have a Firewire port or burn DVDs except laziness and bankruptcy on Alesis' part. But the new owners of the company as chosen not to advance the design, thus they are losing to other brands.

But I have two and can walk you thru it if needed.

Lou
Old 21st August 2007
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Ed, Lou, thanks for the info!............I'll give it a go!
Old 22nd August 2007
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If it wasn't perfectly understood there - CD24's are literally nothing more than 24-bit AIFF files on a disc. You can load them in via "drag 'n drop" as you would any other file.

You do NOT need the MasterLink by any means.
Old 22nd August 2007
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If it wasn't perfectly understood there - CD24's are literally nothing more than 24-bit AIFF files on a disc. You can load them in via "drag 'n drop" as you would any other file.

You do NOT need the MasterLink by any means.
John, the files are already on the ML. Unless the client burns them and brings the CDROMs, he does need it... Do you trust clients to burn their own master files? Well, maybe...

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Old 22nd August 2007
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Do you trust clients to burn their own master files? Well, maybe...

Lou
Man I wouldn't. It's so simple, and if they already feel the need to send you the unit...

Here's a link to the manual on PDF:

Alesis | Manuals
Old 23rd August 2007
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Whoops - Sorry - I thought we were talking about a CD24.
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