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SD Card loading sound files

Avidfanta

Avidfanta
United Kingdom

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Joined: July 30, 2014

Hi all

Being fairly new to the KN7000 I'm trying to see if I can load sound files to the SD card which the manual advises me is possible. I haven't tried it yet and would appreciate your advice. This is what I would like to do.

I have songs recorded and saved on a pc as WAV files and would like these on my SD card, now if this format will play ok from the card on the 7000 the other question I have is which is the best way to copy them over? I have an Apple Mini with an SD slot or could I simply hook up the 7000 to a pc running Win XP?

Thanks

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 2:13 PM
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admin

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Re: SD Card loading sound files

Hi Avidfanta,

The KN7000 can play WAV or MP3 files but they need to be transferred to SD Card in a secure format. The reason for this is that copyright protection of music was a hot topic when the KN7000 was released.

To transfer the files to the card you need two things:

1 - Panasonic SD Jukebox (a software program for playing music and transferring it securely to devices).

2 - A compatible card reader. There aren't many that are compatible. Either the 'official' Panasonic card reader, or a Panasonic, Toshiba or HP PC with a built-in SD Card Reader. SD Card Readers that are generally available on the Internet or in electronic shops aren't compatible.

Panasonic released the SZ-CB7 SD Audio PC Writing Kit for KN7000 containing both of these. Maybe you have one. Technics gave them away with the KN7000 in some regions, in orders they were an optional extra.

They come available on eBay from time to time and I have one available for purchase at the moment on this page - SZ-CB7 SD Audio PC Writing Kit for KN7000 - whether or not you need one you can see what they look like on that page. The SZ-CBZ for sale is not the one in the photos, it is brand new unopened.

However, if you have an MP3 player or tablet, you can play that through your KN7000s sound system and achieve the same effect.

The KN7000 plays back audios and allows you to synchronise their start with the sequencer. It doesn't do any other manipulation of audio files. So, whilst it was state-of-the-art at the time you will probably find it more convenient to plug an MP3 player into your KN7000 these days. People differ in what they want to do, I use the SZ-CB7 kit myself but manyothers prefer to use a tablet or MP3 player.

To get files onto the card using the kit,you have to first convert the files to secure format using the SD-Jukebox software and then transfer them to the card using the same software. There's no other way to put them on an SD Card for KN7000 {or KN2600) to play so copying them using the Mac Mini or PC won't work.

I'm planning to write an article about this sometime but I've written the essentials here.

Hope that helps,
Mike

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Avidfanta

Avidfanta
United Kingdom

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Re: SD Card loading sound files

Many thanks for your reply Mike, I had no idea it was so complicated to get the files onto an SD card but the idea of using an mp3 player is a more simple workaround which I will try.

I will look out for anything you write in future on the subject

Thanks again

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 3:43 PM

admin

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Re: SD Card loading sound files

MP3 player is a good way to go and more controllable for most uses.

I'm in the process of writing an in-depth article on this subject with graphics and audio illustrations but some of these things are weeks and even months in preparation by the time I work on screenshots etc so look out for it sometime in December.

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 7:13 PM

admin

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Re: SD Card loading sound files

I should have mentioned - these days many mobile phones are just as good as an MP3 player. I use my phone through the KN7000. So that might be a good alternative for you.

Put it on Aeroplane mode though! I already talk to my KN7000 enough, lol, I don't want strange voices coming out of it!

Posted on November 22, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Katrina

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Re: SD Card loading sound files

Hi, will the Jukebox 5 (or TechManager for Technics midi) programmes work on Windows8.1 ?

I've seen your kind article on using software that came on the KN7000 CD, but it doesn't mention Jukebox 5 of course. Also would be interested if TechManager would work in Windows 8.1

I did have Jukebox 5 and TechManager on a very ancient Windows XP laptop but I'm presently locked out of it !
(husband has forgotten his ancient Windows XP password !!!!) and I'm wondering whether to get a cheap Windows new laptop (presumably with the Pro version of 8.1). Can't say I really want to go to this expense as my main laptop is a MacBook. But just investigating all the possibilities!

BTW am so thrilled that you're getting this site up and running!

Posted on December 1, 2014 at 2:15 AM

admin

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Re: SD Card loading sound files

Hi Katrina, I'm glad you are enjoying the websites.

Many users tell me that they have success with SD Jukebox 5 in Windows 8.1 but I don't use it. I use SD Jukebox 2.4 in Windows 8.1 with no problems at all.

Techmanager will run on Windows 8.1 but personally I found it technically complex to install. Maybe that is only my experience, I needed to search for additional files from the Internet.

Obviously I stick to using KN-SDExplorer because I'm a partner in that program. It doesn't handle MIDI files but I find these easy to transfer manually. I made some mistakes using Techmanager so I stopped using it. But as I said, yes it can run with a bit of effort on installing it.

Watch this video to help you retrieve your windows XP password:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ktk9cQuIqBc...

If that doesn't help you, let me know. There are many ways to recover or replace the password on Windows XP.

Best wishes,
Mike

Posted on December 1, 2014 at 11:21 PM

RMepstead

RMepstead
United Kingdom

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Re: SD Card loading sound files

I used to put my MP3 and wav files onto SD Card using Jukebox but found too many faults with that approach; then I discovered an iPad so I just run my recordings through the kn7000 and out to an amplification system from my iPad.

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 7:14 PM