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Recording files
Utilizing your computer
Troubleshooting
Index
GB
WARNING........................................................5
Notice for users.................................................7
Recording via Other Devices.................39
Recording with an external microphone.....39
Recording from other equipment.................40
Recharging the battery using a
computer.......................................................18
Recharging the battery using a USB AC
adaptor . ........................................................19
Inserting a Memory Card.......................20
Turning the IC Recorder On..................22
Turning the power on.....................................22
Turning the power off....................................22
Setting the Clock....................................23
Setting the clock after recharging the
battery............................................................23
Setting the clock using the menu..................24
Setting the Language to Be Used in the
Display Window...................................26
Selecting a Folder, File, Tab, and
Memory................................................27
Selecting a folder and a file............................27
Selecting a tab..................................................28
Selecting the memory.....................................29
Recording Files
Basic Recording .....................................31
Monitoring the recording..............................32
Stopping the recording...................................33
Other operations.............................................33
Changing the Recording Settings..........34
Selecting a recording scene for each
situation.........................................................34
Tips for better recording................................35
Changing the Scene Select settings...............36
Changing the Scene Select setting to
the default values..........................................37
Starting to Record Automatically in
Response to Sound
– the VOR Function.............................38
Playing Files
Basic Playback .......................................42
Stopping playback...........................................42
Other operations.............................................43
Display when playing back a file...................44
Changing the Playback Settings.............45
Reducing noise in the playback sound
and making the human voice clearer
– the noise cut function...............................45
Adjusting the playback speed – the DPC
(Digital Pitch Control) function................46
Selecting the sound effect..............................47
Selecting the playback mode.........................49
Convenient playback methods......................51
Selecting a Recording Date from the
Calendar and Playing Back..................52
Playing Back a File at a Desired
Time with an Alarm.............................54
Playback via Other Devices....................56
Recording with other equipment..................56
Erasing Files
Erasing a File .........................................57
Erasing All Files in a Folder...................58
Editing Files
Arranging Files in a Folder....................59
Moving a file to a different folder.................59
Copying a file to the other memory.............60
Using a Track Mark................................61
Adding a track mark.......................................61
Erasing a track mark.......................................62
Erasing all the track marks in the
selected file at one time...............................63
Dividing a File........................................64
Dividing a file at the current position..........64
Dividing a file at all the track mark
positions........................................................65
Renaming a Folder and a File................66
Changing a folder name.................................66
Changing a file name......................................67
Protecting a File......................................68
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Preparing the recorder
Checking the Parts and Controls ............8
Using the Display Window.....................10
Preventing Unintentional Operations
(HOLD)................................................16
Maintaining the Moderate Volume
Level (AVLS) (For European models
only)......................................................17
Recharging the Battery...........................18
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Tuning in an FM Radio Station..............69
Tuning in a radio station by scanning
frequencies....................................................69
Tuning in a preset radio station....................70
Recording FM broadcasts..............................71
Presetting FM radio stations
automatically.................................................72
Presetting FM radio stations manually........73
Erasing preset FM radio stations..................74
Changing the FM Radio Reception
Settings.................................................75
Switching the receiver sensitivity of the
FM radio........................................................75
Switching the scanning sensitivity................76
Switching the FM radio output between
speaker and headphones.............................77
About the Menu Function
Making Settings for the Menu................78
Menu Settings.........................................79
Utilizing Your Computer
Using the IC Recorder with Your
Computer.............................................95
Connecting the IC recorder to your
computer.......................................................96
Structure of folders and files..........................97
Disconnecting the IC recorder from your
computer.................................................... 100
Copying Files from the IC Recorder
to Your Computer..............................101
Copying Music Files from Your
Computer to the IC Recorder and
Playing Them Back............................102
Copying a music file from your
computer to the IC recorder
(drag and drop)......................................... 102
Playing back music files copied from your
computer using the IC recorder.............. 103
Using the IC Recorder as
USB Memory......................................104
Using the Supplied Sound Organizer
Software..............................................105
What you can do using Sound
Organizer................................................... 105
System requirements for your
computer.................................................... 107
Installing Sound Organizer........................ 108
The Sound Organizer window................... 110
Using a USB AC Adaptor.....................111
Disconnecting the IC recorder from the
AC outlet.................................................... 112
Precautions...........................................113
Specifications.......................................115
System requirements................................... 115
Design and specifications........................... 117
Battery life..................................................... 120
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting...................................121
On the IC recorder operations................... 121
On the Sound Organizer............................. 129
Messages List........................................131
System Limitations...............................134
Trademarks...........................................135
Listening for a Lifetime........................136
Index.....................................................138
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Presetting FM Radio Stations................72
Additional Information
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Listening to the FM Radio (ICD-UX522F/UX523F only)
 Depending on the country/region in which you have purchased the IC recorder, some
models may not be available.
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CAUTION
Risk of explosion if battery is replaced
by an incorrect type.
Dispose of used batteries according to
the instructions.
The recorded music is limited to
If you need to replace the
headphones/earphones, please refer
to the headphones/earphones model
corresponding to your device and
indicated below.
MDR-E706
RATED CURRENT
CONSUMPTION: 800 mA
Disposal of Old Electrical & Electronic
Equipment (Applicable in the European
Union and other European countries
with separate collection systems)
This symbol on the
product or on its
packaging indicates that
this product shall not be
treated as household
waste. Instead it shall be
handed over to the applicable
collection point for the recycling of
electrical and electronic equipment.
By ensuring this product is disposed
of correctly, you will help prevent
potential negative consequences for
the environment and human health,
which could otherwise be caused by
inappropriate waste handling of this
product. The recycling of materials
will help to conserve natural
resources. For more detailed
information about recycling of this
product, please contact your local
Civic Office, your household waste
disposal service or the shop where
you purchased the product.
AC adaptor: AC-NWUM50
Applicable accessory: Headphones
private use only. Use of the music
beyond this limit requires
permission of the copyright
holders.
Sony is not responsible for
incomplete recording/
downloading or damaged data due
to problems of the IC recorder or
computer.
Depending on the types of the
text and characters, the text
shown on the IC recorder may
not be displayed properly on
device. This is due to:
— The capacity of the connected
IC recorder.
— The IC recorder is not
functioning normally.
— Content information is
written in the language or the
character that is not
supported by the IC recorder.
For the customers in China
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Do not expose the batteries (battery
pack or batteries installed) to excessive
heat such as sunshine, fire or the like
for a long time.
For users in France
At high volume, prolonged
listening to the personal
audio player can damage the
user’s hearing.
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WARNING
Notice for the customers: the following
information is only applicable to
equipment sold in the countries
applying EU directives
The manufacturer of this product is
Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan
Minato-ku Tokyo, 108-0075 Japan.
The Authorized Representative for
EMC and product safety is Sony
Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger
Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany.
For any service or guarantee matters
please refer to the addresses given in
separate service or guarantee
documents.
To prevent possible hearing
damage, do not listen at
high volume levels for long
periods.
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For more detailed information about
recycling of this product or battery,
please contact your local Civic Office,
your household waste disposal service
or the shop where you purchased the
product.
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Disposal of waste batteries (applicable
in the European Union and other
European countries with separate
collection systems)
This symbol on the battery
or on the packaging
indicates that the battery
provided with this product
shall not be treated as household
waste.
On certain batteries this symbol
might be used in combination with a
chemical symbol. The chemical
symbols for mercury (Hg) or lead
(Pb) are added if the battery contains
more than 0.0005% mercury or
0.004% lead.
By ensuring these batteries are
disposed of correctly, you will help
prevent potentially negative
consequences for the environment
and human health which could
otherwise be caused by inappropriate
waste handling of the battery. The
recycling of the materials will help to
conserve natural resources.
In case of products that for safety,
performance or data integrity reasons
require a permanent connection with
an incorporated battery, this battery
should be replaced by qualified
service staff only.
To ensure that the battery will be
treated properly, hand over the
product at end-of-life to the
applicable collection point for the
recycling of electrical and electronic
equipment.
For all other batteries, please view the
section on how to remove the battery
from the product safely. Hand the
battery over to the applicable
collection point for the recycling of
waste batteries.
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CORPORATION BE LIABLE FOR
ANY INCIDENTAL,
CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL
DAMAGES, WHETHER BASED ON
TORT, CONTRACT, OR
OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF OR
IN CONNECTION WITH THIS
MANUAL, THE SOFTWARE OR
OTHER INFORMATION
CONTAINED HEREIN OR THE USE
THEREOF.
Sony Corporation reserves the right to
make any modification to this manual
or the information contained herein at
any time without notice.
The software described herein may
also be governed by the terms of a
separate user license agreement.
This software is for Windows and
cannot be used for Macintosh.
The supplied connection support
cable is for the IC recorder ICDUX522/UX522F/UX523/UX523F.
You cannot connect other IC
recorders.
Display windows in this manual
may differ from what are actually
displayed on your IC recorder
depending on the area you
purchased the IC recorder and the
settings you have made.
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the software described herein, in
whole or in part, may not be
reproduced, translated or reduced to
any machine readable form without
prior written approval from Sony
Corporation.
What you record is for personal
enjoyment and use only. Copyright
laws prohibit other forms of use
without the permission of the
copyright holders.
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Preparing the Recorder
Preparing the recorder
Front
  (play)/ENTER button*
 FOLDER button
 T-MARK (Track mark) button
  (microphone) jack*
  (headphone) jack
 ERASE button
 VOL (volume) –/+* button

(repeat) A-B button
 NOISE CUT switch
 Operation indicator
 Built-in microphones (stereo) (L)
 Built-in microphones (stereo) (R)
 Display window
  REC (record)/PAUSE button
  STOP button
 Control button (,  / 
(review/fast backward), 
(cue/fast forward))
* These buttons and the jack have a tactile
dot. Use it as a reference point for
operations, or to identify each terminal.
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 MENU button
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Checking the Parts and Controls
Preparing the Recorder
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Rear
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 Strap hole
(A strap is not supplied.)
 Speaker
 USB DIRECT slide lever
 HOLD•POWER switch
 DPC(SPEED CTRL) switch
 microSD memory card slot
(The card slot is in the battery
compartment.)
 Battery compartment
 Strap hole
(A strap is not supplied.)
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Display when stopped
 File information
Displays the information for each
file according to the file information
type (folder name, title name, artist
name, file name).
Note
The above window and the other windows
in this section display indications,
numbers, or items for explanatory
purposes. The actual windows may differ
from those displayed here.
 Newly arriving podcast indication
 Scene select indication
Displays the currently selected scene
used for recording. Appears when a
scene is set.
: Meeting
: Voice Notes
: Interview
: Lecture
: Audio IN
: My Scene
 File information type indicator
: A folder where you can record a
file
: A folder for playback only
: A folder for podcast files
: Title name
: Artist name
: File name
 Operating guide for switching file
information
You can switch the file information
display in sequence by pressing  or
.
 Operation mode indicator
Displays the following, depending
on the current operation of the IC
recorder.
: stop
: playback
: recording
: recording pause (flashing)
: recording with the VOR
function
: recording pause with the
VOR function (flashing)
If you press  REC/PAUSE to
pause recording when “VOR” is
set to “ON” in the menu, only
“ ” flashes.
: synchronized recording
: synchronized recording
pause (flashing)
: review/fast backward, cue/
fast forward
: going backward/forward
continuously
Continued 
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 Microphone sensitivity indicator
: High
: Medium
: Low
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Using the Display Window
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 Track mark indicator
Displays the track mark number just
before the current position. Appears
when a track mark is set for a file.
 Memory card indication
Appears when “Memory Card” is
selected as “Select Memory.”
When “Built-In Memory” is
selected, no indication is displayed.
 Alarm indicator
Appears when the alarm is set in a
file.
 File number
The selected file number is displayed
in the numerator and the total
number of files in the folder is
displayed in the denominator.
 Recording mode indicator
Displays the recording mode set
using the menu when the IC
recorder is in the stop mode or
recording mode, and displays the
recording mode of the current file
when the IC recorder is in the
playback mode.
: LPCM file recorded or
transferred with the IC recorder
,
,
,
,
: MP3 file recorded or
transferred with the IC recorder
When the files are transferred from
your computer, file formats only
/ ) are displayed.
(
: WMA files transferred
: AAC-LC files transferred
Displays as follows when the IC
recorder cannot get the recording
mode.
: Unknown
 LCF (Low Cut Filter) indicator
Appears when “LCF(Low Cut)” is
set to “ON” in the menu.
 Battery indicator
 Remaining recording time
Displays the remaining recording
time in hours, minutes, and seconds.
If there is more than 10 hours time
remaining, the time is displayed in
hours.
If there is more than 10 minutes and
less than 10 hours time remaining,
the time is displayed in hours and
minutes.
If there is less than 10 minutes time
remaining, the time is displayed in
minutes and seconds.
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 Protect indicator
Appears when the protection is set
for a file.
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 Elapsed time/Remaining time/
Recording date and time
indication
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 Recording level guide display
Displays the recording level and the
optimum level for recording.
 Playback mode indicator
1: Appears when a file is played
back.
: Appears when files in one folder
are played back continuously.
ALL: Appears when all the files are
played back continuously.
1: Appears when one file is played
back repeatedly.
: Appears when files in one
folder are played back repeatedly.
ALL: Appears when all the files
are played back repeatedly.
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Display during playback
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Display when recording
 Noise cut/Effect indicator
Appears when the NOISE CUT
switch is set to “ON,” or “Effect” is
set in the menu.
: Noise cut
: Pop
: Rock
: Jazz
: Bass1
: Bass2
: Custom
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 FM indicator
 Recording progress animation
display
Displays the progress of an FM radio
recording in animation.
Index
Display when recording an FM radio
broadcast
(for ICD-UX522F/UX523F only)
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Display when listening to an FM radio
broadcast
(for ICD-UX522F/UX523F only)
 Preset number
 Radio frequency
 Receiver sensitivity
: LOCAL
: DX
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Display of the current date and time
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Display in the HOLD status
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 HOLD indicator
Appears when the IC recorder is in
the HOLD status to prevent
unintentional operations.
To release the HOLD status, slide
the HOLD•POWER switch towards
the center ( p. 16).
 Current date display
Displays the current date (year,
month, and day) for 3 seconds when
you press  STOP in the stop mode.
e.g.: 11y01m01d (January 1, 2011)
 Current time display
Displays the current time (hour and
minutes) for 3 seconds when you
press  STOP in the stop mode.
e.g.: 12:00 (24-Hour time
display)/12:00 PM (12-Hour time
display)
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 Tabs
Displays the types (recordable or
playback-only) of areas and memory
available:
(Voice): Recordable area used to
manage files recorded with the
IC recorder.
(Music): Playback-only area
used to manage music files
transferred from your
computer.
(Podcast): Playback-only area
used to manage podcast files
transferred from your
computer.
(Built-in memory) : Appears
when you insert a memory card
and set the memory to the
built-in memory.
(Memory card) : Appears when
you insert a memory card and
set the memory to the memory
card.
 Menu tabs
Displays the menu tabs:
: Recording
: Playback
: Edit
: Display
: IC recorder settings
: FM radio (for ICD-UX522F/
UX523F only)
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Display during MENU operation
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Display during FOLDER selection
 Folders
Displays the folders contained in the
selected tab.
 Menu items
Displays the menu items of the
selected menu tab.
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You can disable all the buttons (HOLD) in order to prevent unintentional
operations when you carry the IC recorder, etc.
Slide the HOLD•POWER switch in the direction of “HOLD” to disable the
buttons while the power is on.
“HOLD” will appear for approximately 3 seconds, indicating that all the button
operations are disabled.
To enable the button operations
Slide the HOLD•POWER switch towards the center.
Note
When the HOLD function is activated during recording, all the button operations are
disabled. To stop recording, cancel the HOLD function first.
 Hint
Even if the HOLD function is activated, you can stop the alarm playback by pressing any
button. (You cannot stop normal playback.)
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To disable the button operations (HOLD status)
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Preventing Unintentional Operations (HOLD)
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(For European models only)
When “AVLS” is set to “ON”
When you try to adjust the volume to a level that exceeds the
AVLS-specified level, the “AVLS” indicator lights. You cannot
adjust the volume to a level that exceeds the limit.
Note
“AVLS” is set to “ON” when you purchase the IC recorder. If you want to turn off the
function and play back files at the original volume, use the menu to set “AVLS” to “OFF.”
When “AVLS” is set to “OFF”
To disable the AVLS function, do the following:
 In the stop or playback mode, select MENU  the
and then press /ENTER.
tab  “AVLS,”
 Press  or  to select “OFF,” and then press /
ENTER.
The “AVLS OFF?” message is displayed with a
beeping sound.
 Press  or  to select “Yes,” and then press /ENTER.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
To enable the AVLS function:
Select “ON” in the step , or select “No” in the step .
If you play back files at a volume that exceeds the AVLS-specified level for
specified period of time, the following animation will be displayed and “AVLS”
in the menu is automatically set to “ON.”
Index
The AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter System) function allows you to listen to
the sound at a moderate volume level when using the headphones. The AVLS
function limits the maximum volume to prevent auditory issues or distraction
and also to maintain a moderate volume level.
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Recharging the Battery
Recharging the battery using a computer
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 Insert a rechargeable battery.
Slide and lift the battery compartment lid, insert an NH-AAA rechargeable
battery with correct polarity, and close the lid.

 Connect the IC recorder to your computer.
Slide the USB DIRECT slide lever on the back of the IC recorder in the
direction of the arrow, and insert the USB connector into the USB port of a
running computer.*1
Computer
IC recorder

To USB port of your
computer
While the battery is charging, “Connecting” and the
battery indicator are displayed in an animation.
When the battery is fully charged, the battery
indicator will indicate “ .” It takes about 3 hours
and 30 minutes to fully charge an exhausted battery.*2
Battery indicator
Fully charged indicator
*1If the IC recorder cannot be connected to a computer directly, use the supplied USB connection
support cable.
* This is an approximation for the time it takes to charge from no remaining battery power to full
battery power at room temperature. It varies depending on the remaining power and the
condition of the battery. It also takes more time if the temperature of the battery is low, or if the
battery is charged while you are transferring data to the IC recorder.
2
Continued 
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Follow the procedures below; otherwise, when the IC recorder contains
data files, the files may be damaged or become unplayable.
 Perform the following operation on your computer.
On the Windows taskbar at the bottom right of the desktop, left-click the
following icon:
 Left-click “Eject IC RECORDER” (Windows 7), or “Safely remove USB
Mass Storage Device” (Windows XP, Windows Vista).
The icon and menu displayed can be different on different operating
systems. The icon may not be always displayed on the taskbar depending
on your computer settings.
On a Macintosh screen, drag “IC RECORDER” on the Finder to “Trash”
and drop it there.
For details on disconnecting the IC recorder from your computer, refer to
the operating instructions supplied with your computer.
Disconnect the IC recorder from the USB port of the computer, and
slide the USB DIRECT slide lever in the direction of the arrow to
retract the USB connector.
When using a fully charged battery or an LR03 (size AAA) alkaline battery
Follow the step .
Recharging the battery using a USB AC adaptor
You can also charge the battery by using a USB AC adaptor (not supplied) (
p. 111).
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 Make sure that the operation indicator does not light.
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 Disconnect the IC recorder from your computer.
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In addition to the built-in memory, you can record files on a memory card.
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Inserting a Memory Card
Inserting a memory card
turned off or in the stop mode.
The memory card slot is within the battery compartment.
 Insert a microSD card into the memory card slot in the battery
compartment with the label side facing up, until it clicks into place.
With the label side
facing up
 Close the battery compartment lid.
To remove a memory card
Push the memory card into the slot. When it pops out, remove it from the
memory card slot.
Structure of folders and files
5 folders are created in a memory card in addition to those in the built-in
memory. The structure of folders and files is somewhat different from that of
the built-in memory ( p. 97).
Continued 
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 Slide and lift the battery compartment lid, while the IC recorder is
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About compatible memory cards
You can use microSD/MicroSDHC memory cards with the IC recorder.
However, a memory card of 64 MB or less is not supported.
Due to the file system specifications of the IC recorder, you can record and play
back an LPCM file smaller than 2 GB, and an MP3/WMA/AAC-LC file smaller
than 1 GB using a memory card.
Note
Operations of all types of compatible memory cards are not guaranteed.
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If a memory card is not recognized, remove it and then insert it into the IC recorder
again.
Do not insert any liquid, metal, flammable or any object other than a memory card into
the memory card slot. Doing so may cause fire, electric shock, or malfunctions.
Before recording, we recommend that you copy all the data stored on the memory card
to your computer and format the memory card on the IC recorder so it contains no data.
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Turning the IC Recorder On
Turning the power on
Index
Slide and hold the HOLD•POWER switch in the direction of “POWER” until
the window display appears. The IC recorder is turned on.
Turning the power off
Slide and hold the HOLD•POWER switch in the direction of “POWER” until
the “Power Off ” animation is displayed. The IC recorder is turned off.
 Hint
When the IC recorder is in the stop mode, and you leave the IC recorder without
attempting an operation for a certain length of time, the auto power off function will take
effect. (The length of time before auto power off is set to “10min” when you purchase the
IC recorder.)
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Setting the Clock
You need to set the clock to use the alarm function or record the date and time.
 STOP
, 
 /ENTER
, 
When you insert a battery for the first time, or when you insert a battery after
the IC recorder has been without a battery for more than 1 minute, the “Set
Date&Time” animation appears, and then the year section begins to flash in the
clock setting display window.
 Set year, month, day, hour and minute.
Press  or  to set the year (the last two digits of the year), and then press
 /ENTER. Repeat this procedure to set month, day, hour, and minute in
sequence.
You can move the cursor to the year, month, day,
hour and minute by pressing  and .
When you set the minute and press  /ENTER,
the clock reflects the setting.
 Press  STOP to return to the stop mode display. Index
Setting the clock after recharging the battery
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Setting the clock using the menu
Index
 STOP
, 
 /ENTER
, 
MENU
While the IC recorder is in the stop mode, you can set the clock using the
menu.
 Select “Date&Time” in the menu.
 Press MENU to enter the menu mode.
The menu mode window will be displayed.
 Press , and then press  or  to select the
tab, and then press  /ENTER.
(The (FM radio) tab is displayed
only on the ICD-UX522F/UX523F.)
 Press  or  to select “Date&Time,” and then press
 /ENTER.
 Press  or  to select “Auto(Synchronizing)” or “Manual,” and then
press  /ENTER.
When you select “Auto(Synchronizing),” the clock
is automatically adjusted using the clock in the
computer connected to the IC recorder and on
which the supplied Sound Organizer software is
started.
When you select “Manual,” proceed to the next steps.
 Press  or  to select “11y1m1d,” and then press
 /ENTER.
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 Press  STOP to return to the stop mode display. Notes
If you do not press  /ENTER within 1 minute of entering the clock setting data, the
clock setting mode is canceled and the window will return to the display of the stop
mode.
The time is displayed either in 12-Hour with “AM” or “PM,” or in 24-Hour, depending
on the “Time Display” setting in the menu. The default setting differs depending on the
country or region you purchased the IC recorder.
To display the current date and time
While the IC recorder is in the stop mode, press  STOP to
display the current date and time for about 3 seconds.
Index
Press  or  to set the year (the last two digits of the year), and then press
 /ENTER. Repeat this procedure to set month, day, hour, and minute in
sequence.
You can move the cursor to the year, month, day, hour and minute by
pressing  and .
When you set the minute and press  /ENTER, the clock reflects the
setting.
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 Set year, month, day, hour and minute.
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, 
 /ENTER
MENU
You can select the language to be used for messages, menus, folder names, file
names, etc.
 Select MENU  the
press  /ENTER.
tab  “Language,” and then
 Press  or  to select the language that you want to use, and then
press  /ENTER.
 Press  STOP to return to the stop mode display. Index
 STOP
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Setting the Language to Be Used in the Display
Window
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Selecting a Folder, File, Tab, and Memory
Selecting a folder and a file
 /ENTER
, 
FOLDER
You can select a folder and a file for recording, playing or editing as follows:
 Press FOLDER .
The folder selection window is displayed.
 Select a folder.
Press  or  to select the desired folder, and then
press  /ENTER.
To display the files contained in the selected folder,
press .
When you purchase the IC recorder, there are 5
folders already available (FOLDER01-05).
 Select a file.
When the file selection window is displayed, press
 or  to select the desired file, and then press
 /ENTER.
When the stop mode window is displayed, you can
switch files by pressing  and .
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, 
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 /ENTER
, 
FOLDER
The recordable area and the playback-only area of folders stored on the IC
recorder are managed separately, and are displayed with tabs. You can select a
tab as follows:
 Press FOLDER .
The folder selection window is displayed.
 Press , and then press  or  to select the , , or tab.
Only the tab will be displayed when you
purchase the IC recorder.
The tab and the tab will be displayed when
you transfer files from your computer ( p. 102,
105).
 Press the  /ENTER.
The folders contained in the selected tab are displayed.
 Select a folder and a file ( p. 27).
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
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Selecting a tab
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You can switch the memory between the built-in memory and a memory card
by using the folder selection window or using the menu:
Selecting the memory using the folder selection window
 Press FOLDER .
The folder selection window is displayed.
 Press , and then press  or  to select the
or tab.
(Built-in memory) or
(memory card) tab will appear when you
insert a memory card into the IC recorder ( p. 20).  Press the  /ENTER.
The memory selection window is displayed.
 Press  or  to select “Built-in Memory” or
“Memory Card,” and then press  /ENTER.
The tab icon is changed to those of the selected
memory, or
.
 Press  STOP to return to the stop mode display. Index
 STOP
, 
 /ENTER

FOLDER
MENU
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Selecting the memory using the menu
 Select MENU  the
tab  “Select Memory,” and
then press  /ENTER.
then press  /ENTER.
If you select “Memory Card” and the memory card
has not been formatted, proceed to the next step.
Otherwise, proceed to step 5.
 When the memory card is not formatted, select Menu  the
 “Format,” and then press  /ENTER.
“Erase All Data?” will be displayed.
 Press  or  to select “Execute,” and then press  /ENTER.
The memory card is formatted.
 Press  STOP to return to the stop mode display.
tab
Index
 Press  or  to select “Memory Card” or “Built-in Memory,” and
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Basic Recording
Operation indicator
Built-in microphones (L/R)
Index
HOLD•POWER
 REC/PAUSE

 /ENTER
 STOP
The following are the basic recording procedures using the specified
microphone sensitivity and recording mode.
Note
Noise may be recorded if an object, such as your finger, etc., accidentally rubs or scratches
the IC recorder during recording.
 Hint
Before you start recording, we recommend you make a trial recording first, or monitor the
recording ( p. 32).
 Slide the HOLD•POWER switch in the direction of
“POWER” to turn on the IC recorder ( p. 22), or
towards the center to release the IC recorder from
the HOLD status ( p. 16).
The stop mode window appears.  Select the desired folder ( p.27).
 Place the IC recorder so that the built-in
microphones face the direction of the source to
be recorded.
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Recording level guide
About the recording level guide
During recording, the recording level guide is displayed.
The upper meter shows the current input level. The white bar in the lower
meter shows the optimum input level for recording.
Please adjust the orientation of the built-in microphones, the distance from the
sound source, the microphone sensitivity, or the scene select setting so that the
upper input level fits within the lower optimum range, as illustrated above.
 Hint
If the white portion of the input level meter is short, we recommend that you place the IC
recorder nearer to the sound source or set the microphone sensitivity higher.
Monitoring the recording

VOL−/+
If you connect the supplied stereo headphones to the  (headphone) jack, you
can monitor the recording. You can adjust the monitoring volume by pressing
VOL –/+, but the recording level is fixed.
Index
The operation indicator lights in red.
You do not need to press and hold  REC/PAUSE
while recording.
The new file will be automatically recorded as the
last file in the current folder.
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 Press  REC/PAUSE in the stop mode.
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Stopping the recording
 Press  STOP.
Note while accessing
The IC recorder is recording data and storing it on the memory media when
the “Accessing...” animation appears on the display. While the IC recorder is
accessing data, do not remove the battery or connect or disconnect the USB AC
adaptor (not supplied). Doing so may damage the data.
Other operations
To
Do this
pause recording*
Press  REC/PAUSE.
During recording pause, the operation indicator
” begins to flash in the
flashes in red and “
display window.
release pause and resume recording Press  REC/PAUSE again. Recording resumes
from that point. (To stop recording after pausing
recording, press  STOP.)
review the current recording
Press /ENTER. Recording stops and playback
instantly
starts from the beginning of the file just recorded.
review during recording
Press and hold  during recording or recording
pause. Recording stops and you can search
backwards while listening to fast playback sound.
After you release , playback starts from that
point.
* 1 hour after you pause recording, recording pause is automatically released and the IC recorder
enters the stop mode.
 Hint
You can make new folders or erase unwanted folders using the supplied Sound Organizer
software ( p. 105).
Index
The “Accessing...” animation appears and the IC recorder stops at the
beginning of the current recording file.
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Changing the Recording Settings
Selecting a recording scene for each situation
, 
 /ENTER
MENU
According to various recording scene, you can change the items for recording,
such as REC Mode ( p. 82), Mic Sensitivity ( p. 82), etc., to the
recommended settings in bulk. You can change the settings for each item.
 In the stop mode, select MENU  the tab 
“Scene Select,” and then press /ENTER.
 Press  or  to select a scene you want, and then press /ENTER.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
Scenes
(Meeting)
(Voice Notes)
(Interview)
(Lecture)
(Audio IN)
(My Scene)
Descriptions
To record in a variety of situations, such as recording in
a spacious conference room.
To record dictation with a microphone in front of your
mouth.
To record human voice at a distance of 1 to 2 meters (40
to 80 in.).
To record a wide range of sound, such as a lecture in a
classroom or a chorus lesson.
To record from external equipment, such as a television,
portable CD/MD player or a tape recorder, connected to
the IC recorder via an audio output connector (stereo
mini-jack) with an audio connecting cable for dubbing.
Use to keep your favorite settings.
Index
 STOP
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There are ways of making better recordings other than using scene selection.
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Recording at a meeting
By placing the IC recorder on a handkerchief,
etc. substituting for a stand, you can record
with clear, low-noise sound, without vibration
noise from the desk.
Index
Tips for better recording
Recording a voice note
By placing the IC recorder close to one side of
your mouth, you can prevent breathing on the
built-in microphones, and record with clear
sound.
Recording an interview
Place the IC recorder so that the built-in
microphones face the interviewee.
Recording a music performance
By attaching a tripod (not supplied) or placing the
recorder on a stand or table, you can adjust the
angle of the IC recorder and the built-in
microphones more precisely.
When recording a chorus or piano performance,
for example, place the IC recorder on a table
approximately 2 to 3 meters (80 to 120 in.) from
the performer(s). Set up the IC recorder with the
display window facing up, and with the built-in
microphones pointing towards the sound source.
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 In the stop mode, select MENU  the tab 
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Changing the Scene Select settings
“Scene Edit,” and then press /ENTER.
Index
 Press  or  to select the scene you want to change the settings,
and then press /ENTER.
 Press  or  to select “Edit from Current Setting” or “Edit,” and then
press /ENTER.
 Press  or  to select the item you want to change, and then press
/ENTER.
 Press  or  to select a setting item, and then press /ENTER.
For details on the menu items and settings, see “Making Settings for the
Menu.” ( p. 81 – 83)
 Press  or  to select “Edit Complete,” and then press /ENTER.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
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 In the stop mode, select MENU  the tab  “Scene Edit,” and then
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Changing the Scene Select setting to the default values
press /ENTER.
the default values, and then press /ENTER.
 Select “Set Default Value,” and then press /ENTER.
“Default Value?” will be displayed.
 Press  or  to select “Execute,” and then press /ENTER.
The menu item settings of the selected scene will be set to the default
values.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
Default settings
For details on the menu items and settings, see pages 81 through 83.
(Voice Notes) (Interview) (Lecture)
MP3
MP3
MP3
128kbps
192kbps
192kbps
(Audio IN) (My Scene)
MP3
MP3
192kbps
192kbps
Low
Medium
Medium
Low
Medium
ON
ON
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
SYNC REC OFF
OFF
OFF
OFF
ON
OFF
Select
Input
MIC IN
MIC IN
MIC IN
Audio IN
MIC IN
(Meeting)
MP3
REC Mode
192kbps
Mic
Sensitivity Medium
LCF(Low
ON
Cut)
VOR
MIC IN
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 Press  or  to select the scene you want to change the settings to
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 /ENTER
MENU
You can set the VOR (Voice Operated Recording) function to “ON,” to make
the IC recorder start recording when the IC recorder detects sound, and pause
when no sound is heard, eliminating recording during soundless periods.
 In the stop or recording mode, select MENU  the
tab  “VOR,” and then press /ENTER.
 Press  or  to select “ON,” and then press /ENTER.
“VOR” is set to “OFF” when you purchase the IC recorder.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
 Press  REC/PAUSE.
“
” appears in the display window.
” flashes.
The recording pauses when no sound is detected and “
When the IC recorder detects sound again, the recording starts again.
To cancel the VOR function
Set “VOR” to “OFF” in step .
Notes
The VOR function is affected by the sound around you. Set “Mic Sensitivity”
in the menu according to the recording conditions. If recording is not
satisfactory after you have changed the “Mic Sensitivity” setting, or for an
important recording, set “VOR” to “OFF” in the menu.
 During synchronized recording ( p. 40) and the FM recording ( p. 71)
(for ICD-UX522F/UX523F only), the VOR function does not work.
Index
 STOP
 REC/PAUSE
, 
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Starting to Record Automatically in Response to
Sound – the VOR Function
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Recording via Other Devices
Recording with an external microphone
 jack
 STOP
 REC/PAUSE
, 
 /ENTER
 Connect an external microphone to the  jack when the IC recorder
is in the stop mode.
“Select Input” appears in the display window.
If “Select Input” is not displayed, set it in the menu ( p. 83).
 Press  or  to select “MIC IN,” and then press /ENTER.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
 Press  REC/PAUSE to start recording.
The built-in microphones are automatically cut off.
If the input level is not strong enough, adjust the “Mic Sensitivity” setting
on the IC recorder.
When a plug in power type microphone is connected, power is
automatically supplied to the microphone from the IC recorder.
To record sound from a telephone or a cell phone
You can use a headphone-type electret condenser microphone to record sound
from a telephone or a cell phone.
For details on how to make the connection, refer to the operating instructions
supplied with the microphone.
Index
Stereo
microphone
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Recording from other equipment
Radio cassette recorder,
tape recorder, etc.
Index
 jack
 STOP
 REC/PAUSE
, 
 /ENTER
MENU
You can make music files without using the computer by recording sound/
music from other equipment such as a radio cassette recorder, a tape recorder,
etc. connected to the IC recorder.
When you select “Audio IN” from the “Scene Select” menu, the settings suitable
for recording from other equipment are already selected ( p. 34).
 Hint
If the input level is not strong enough, connect the headphone jack (minijack, stereo) of
other equipment to the  jack of the IC recorder and adjust the volume level on the piece
of equipment connected to the IC recorder while checking the recording level guide.
To record using the synchronized recording function
The IC recorder pauses when no sound is detected for more than 2 seconds.
The IC recorder starts recording again as a new file when sound is detected.
 Select MENU  the tab  “SYNC REC,” and then
press /ENTER.
 Press  or  to select “ON,” and then press /ENTER.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
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 Press  or  to select “Audio IN,” and then press /ENTER.
 Press  REC/PAUSE to start recording.
“
” flashes and the IC recorder enters the recording pause mode.
 Start playback on the piece of equipment connected to the IC
recorder.
“
” appears on the display and synchronized recording starts.
When no sound is detected for more than 2 seconds, “Dividing...” appears and
then “
” begins to flash. The synchronized recording pauses.
The IC recorder starts recording again as a new file when sound is detected.
To record without using the synchronized recording function
Select “OFF” in step  of “To record using the synchronized recording
function” ( p. 40), and then proceed with steps  through . When you
press  REC/PAUSE in step , the built-in microphones are automatically cut
off and the sound from the connected piece of equipment is recorded.
Index
in the stop mode.
Connect the audio output connector (stereo mini-plug) of other
equipment to the  jack of the IC recorder using an audio connecting
cable.
“Select Input” appears in the display window.
If “Select Input” is not displayed, set it in the menu ( p. 83).
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 Connect other equipment to the IC recorder when the IC recorder is
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HOLD•POWER
VOL−/+
 Slide the HOLD•POWER switch in the direction of “POWER” to turn
on the IC recorder ( p. 22), or towards the center to release the IC
recorder from the HOLD status ( p. 16).
The stop mode window appears.  Select the desired file to be played back ( p.27).
If you do not select a file, the file just recorded will be played back.
 Press /ENTER.
Playback starts, and the operation indicator will light in green.
 Press VOL –/+ to adjust the volume.
Note for the customers in Europe
When “AVLS” is set to “ON” in the menu and the “AVLS” indicator is displayed, you
cannot adjust the volume to a level that exceeds the AVLS-specified level. If you want to
turn off the function and play back files at the original volume, use the menu to set “AVLS”
to “OFF.”
Stopping playback
 Press  STOP.
Index
 STOP
, 
 /ENTER
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Do this
stop at the current position
(Playback Pause function)
Press /ENTER. To resume playback from that
point, press /ENTER again.
go back to the beginning of the
current file
go back to previous files
Press  once.*1*2
skip to the next file
Press  once.*1*2
skip to the succeeding files
Press  repeatedly. (During the stop mode, keep
the button pressed to skip the files continuously.*3)
Press  repeatedly. (During the stop mode,
keep the button pressed to go back the files
continuously.*3)
*1When a track mark is set, the IC recorder goes backward or forward to the track mark before or
after the current point ( p. 61).
* These operations are for when “Easy Search” is set to “OFF” ( p. 51).
*3In the continuous searching mode, the IC recorder does not locate track marks.
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 File information
Press  or  to check the file information during playback.
A file recorded using the IC recorder is displayed as follows.
: Folder name: FOLDER01-FOLDER05
: File name: Date_file number (e.g. 110101_001)
: Artist name (e.g. My Recording)
: Title: Date_file number (e.g. 110101_001)
 Counter information
You can select the display mode in the menu ( p. 88).
Elapsed time: The elapsed playback time of one file
Remaining time: The remaining playback time of one file
Recording date: Date recorded
Recording time: Time recorded
 Remaining recording time
Displays the remaining recording time in hours, minutes, and seconds.
If there is more than 10 hours time remaining, the time is displayed in hours.
If there is more than 10 minutes and less than 10 hours time remaining, the
time is displayed in hours and minutes.
If there is less than 10 minutes time remaining, the time is displayed in minutes
and seconds.
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Display when playing back a file
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 STOP
, 
 /ENTER
MENU
When you set the NOISE CUT switch to “ON,” ambient noise other than the
human voice is reduced. A file is played back with clear sound quality because
the noise of all frequency bands including a human voice is reduced.
To set the noise cut level
 In the stop or playback mode, select MENU  the
tab  “Noise Cut Level,” and then press /ENTER.
 Press  or  to select “Maximum” or “Medium,” and then press /
ENTER.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
To cancel the noise cut function
Set the NOISE CUT switch to “OFF.”
Note
When playing back a music file in good sound quality, make sure to set the NOISE CUT
switch to “OFF.”
Index
Reducing noise in the playback sound and making the human voice
clearer – the noise cut function
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Changing the Playback Settings
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Adjusting the playback speed – the DPC (Digital Pitch Control) function
Index
, 
You can adjust the playback speed in a range from 0.50 times to 2.00 times. The
file is played back in natural tones by means of a digital processing function.
 Slide the DPC(SPEED CTRL) switch to “ON.”
 During playback, press  or  to adjust the playback speed.
The speed decreases by 0.05 times (from ×0.50 to ×1.00).
The speed increases by 0.10 times (from ×1.00 to ×2.00).
When you press and hold each button, you can change the speed
continuously.
The playback speed is set to “×0.70” when you purchase the IC recorder.
To resume normal playback speed
Slide the DPC(SPEED CTRL) switch to “OFF.”
Note
You cannot play back an LPCM file at a speed exceeding 1.00 times the recorded speed. If
you attempt to adjust the playback speed faster than that limit, “NO FAST” appears in the
display window.
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, 
MENU
You can set the effect you want for the playback in the menu.
 In the stop or playback mode, select MENU  the
tab  “Effect,” and then press /ENTER.
 Press  or  to select effect you want for the playback, and then
press /ENTER.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
Option items
Description
Pop
Stresses middle ranges, ideal for vocals.
Rock
Emphasizes high and low ranges for a powerful sound.
Jazz
Emphasizes high ranges for lively sound.
Bass1
Emphasizes the bass sound.
Bass2
Emphasizes the bass sound even more.
Custom
You can design your own custom sound level for 5 bands.
OFF
Disables the effect function.
Index
 STOP
, 
 /ENTER
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 Set “Effect” to “Custom” in step  on page 47 , and then press /
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 When you adjust the sound level for the 100 Hz,
Index
To set your favorite sound level
ENTER.
The custom setting window will be displayed.
300 Hz, 1 kHz, 3 kHz, and 10 kHz bands, press 
or  to move to the band to the left or right, and
then press  or  .
The setting can be adjusted in 7 steps from –3 to +3.
 Press /ENTER.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
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Selecting the playback mode
Index
 STOP
 /ENTER
A-B
, 
MENU
You can select the playback mode in the menu.
 In the stop or playback mode, select MENU  the
tab  “Play Mode,” and then press /ENTER.
 Press  or  to select “1,” “ ,” “ALL,” “ 1,” “
then press /ENTER.
,” or “ ALL,” and
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
Option items
Description/reference page
1
A file is played back.
Files in one folder are played back continuously.
ALL
1
All the files are played back continuously.
One file is played back repeatedly.
Files in one folder are played back repeatedly.
ALL
All the files are played back repeatedly.
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 During playback, press
“A-B B?” is displayed.
A-B to specify the starting point A.
“
A-B again to specify the finishing point B.
A-B” is displayed and the specified section is played back repeatedly.
To resume normal playback:
Press /ENTER.
To stop A-B repeat playback:
Press  STOP.
To change the segment specified for A-B repeat playback:
During A-B repeat playback, press A-B again to specify a new starting point
A. Then specify a new finishing point B, as in step .
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 Press
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 (headphone) jack
Listening with better sound quality
 To listen with the headphones:
Connect the supplied stereo headphones to the  (headphone) jack. The
built-in speaker will be automatically disconnected.
 To listen from an external speaker:
Connect an active or passive speaker to the  (headphone) jack.
Quickly locating the point you wish to start playback (Easy search)
When “Easy Search” is set to “ON” ( p. 85) in the menu, you can quickly
locate the point at which you wish to start playback by pressing  or 
repeatedly during playback.
You can set the skip time when  or  is pressed. This function is useful
for locating a desired point in a long recording such as at a meeting.
Searching forward/backward during playback (Cue/Review)
 To search forward (Cue):
Press and hold  during playback and release it at the point you wish to
resume playback.
 To search backward (Review):
Press and hold  during playback and release it at the point you wish to
resume playback.
The IC recorder searches at slow speed with playback sound. This is useful to
check one word forward or back. Then, if you press and hold the button, the IC
recorder starts to search at higher speed.
 When files are played back or searched to the end of the last file
 When you play back or fast play back to the end of the last file, “FILE END” lights up for
approx. 5 seconds.
 When “FILE END” and the operation indicator go off, the IC recorder will stop at the
beginning of the last file.
 If you press and hold  while “FILE END” is lit, the files are played back rapidly, and
normal playback will start at the point you release the button.
Index
, 
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Convenient playback methods
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Index
 STOP
, 
 /ENTER
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Selecting a Recording Date from the Calendar
and Playing Back
, 
MENU
You can play back a file recorded using the IC recorder by searching for it from
the calendar.
 In the stop or playback mode, select MENU  the
tab  “Calendar,” and then press /ENTER.
The calendar appears after the “Accessing...”
animation, and the current date will be selected.
 Press  or  to select a date, and then press
/ENTER.
The underline is displayed at the date where a
recorded file exists.
You can move to the previous week or the following week of the date by
pressing  or . When you press and hold each button, you can move
continuously through the dates or the weeks.
 Press  or  to select a file, and then press /
ENTER.
A confirmation message appears, and the file you
selected will be played back.
 Press  or  to select “Enter,” and then press /ENTER.
The file will be played back.
 Press  STOP to stop playback.
Continued 
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To cancel the selection of a recording date from the calendar and the accompanying
playback
Press  STOP before step .
Notes
Index
 You need to set the clock in advance to select a recording date from the calendar and
play back a file ( p. 23).
 If you specify a date where a recorded file does not exist, “No File” will be displayed.
Select a date where a recorded file exists.
 You can search for and play back only the files in the recordable folder that contains files
recorded with the IC recorder. For details, see “Structure of folders and files” ( p. 97).
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 STOP
, 
 /ENTER
MENU
You can sound an alarm and start playback of a selected file at a desired time.
You can have a file played back on a specified date, once every week, or at the
same time every day. You can set an alarm for a file.
 Select the file you want to play back with an alarm.
 Enter the alarm setting mode.
In the stop mode, select MENU  the
and then press /ENTER.
tab  “Alarm,”
Press  or  to select “ON,” and then press /ENTER.
 Set the alarm date and time.
Press  or  to select “Date,” a day of the week, or “Daily,” and then
press /ENTER.
When you select “Date”:
Set the year, month, day, hour, and minute in sequence, as described in
“Setting the Clock” ( p. 23).
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Playing Back a File at a Desired Time with an
Alarm
When you select a day of the week or “Daily”:
Press  or  to set the hour, and then press /ENTER. Press  or  to
set the minute, and then press /ENTER.
 Press  or  to select a favorite alarm pattern, and
then press /ENTER.
“Executing...,” is displayed.
Continued 
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The setting process is finished and “” (alarm indicator) appears in the
display window.
To cancel the alarm setting
Follow steps  and . In step - select “OFF” and press /ENTER. The
alarm will be canceled and the alarm indicator will disappear from the display
window.
When the set date and time comes
At the set time, the IC recorder is automatically turned on and “ALARM” is
displayed in the display window. Then the alarm and the selected file will be
played back using the selected alarm pattern.
When the playback ends, the IC recorder will stop automatically. (When the
alarm pattern is set to “Beep&Play” or “Play,” the IC recorder will stop at the
beginning of the selected file.)
To stop the alarm playback
Press any button other than VOL –/+ while the alarm sound is heard. If the
HOLD function is activated, you can stop the alarm playback by pressing any
button.
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To change the alarm setting
Select the file you want to change its alarm setting, and then follow steps 
through .
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 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
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Playback via Other Devices
Recording with other equipment
 (headphone) jack
 STOP
 /ENTER
You can record the sound of the IC recorder with other equipment.
Before you start recording, we recommend you make a trial recording first.
 Connect the  (headphone) jack of the IC recorder to the external
input terminal of other equipment using an audio connecting
cable.
 Press /ENTER to start playback and at the same time set the
connected equipment to the recording mode.
A file from the IC recorder will be recorded on the equipment connected.
 Press  STOP on the IC recorder and the connected equipment at
the same time to stop recording.
Index
Tape recorder, Mini
disc recorder, etc.
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Erasing Files
Erasing Files
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Erasing a File
ERASE
, 
 /ENTER
You can select a file and erase it as follows.
Note
Once a file has been erased, you cannot retrieve it.
 Slide the HOLD•POWER switch in the direction of “POWER” to turn
on the IC recorder ( p. 22), or towards the center to release the IC
recorder from the HOLD status ( p. 16).
The stop mode window appears.  Select the file you want to erase when the IC recorder is in the stop
or playback mode ( p.27).
 Press ERASE.
“Erase?” is displayed and the specified file is played
back for confirmation.
 Press  or  to select “Execute.”
 Press /ENTER.
The “Erasing...” animation appears in the display window and the selected
file will be erased.
When a file is erased, the remaining files will advance so that there will be
no space between files.
To cancel erasing
Select “Cancel” in step , and then press /ENTER.
To erase a part of a file
Divide the file into two files first ( p. 64), and then proceed with steps 
through .
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HOLD•POWER
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Erasing All Files in a Folder
 STOP
, 
MENU
 Select the folder containing the files you want to erase when the IC
recorder is in the stop mode ( p.27).
 Select MENU  the tab  “Erase All,” and then press /ENTER.
“Erase All Files in the Folder?” will be displayed.
 Press  or  to select “Execute,” and then press /ENTER.
The “Erasing...” animation appears in the display window and all files in
the selected folder will be erased.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
To cancel erasing
Select “Cancel” in step , and then press /ENTER.
Index
 /ENTER
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Editing Files
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Arranging Files in a Folder
Moving a file to a different folder
Index
 STOP

, 
 /ENTER
MENU
 Select the file you want to move.
 In the stop mode, select MENU  the tab 
“Move File,” and then press /ENTER.
 Press , press  or  to select the
press /ENTER.
tab or the
 Press  or  to select the folder that you want to
tab, and then
move the file into, and then press /ENTER.
“Moving File...” animation is displayed and the file
is moved to the last position in the destination
folder.
When you move a file to another folder, the original file in the previous
folder will be erased.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
To cancel moving the file
Press  STOP before step .
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Copying a file to the other memory
Memory card slot
Index
 STOP

 /ENTER
, 
MENU
You can copy files between the built-in memory and a memory card, which is
useful in saving a backup. Before starting the operation, insert a memory card
to be used for copying into the memory card slot.
 Select the file you want to copy.
When you want to copy a file from a memory card to the built-in memory,
set the source memory media to “Memory Card” ( p. 29 ).
 Select MENU  the tab  “File Copy,” and then press /ENTER.
The “Copy to Memory Card Select Folder” or the
“Copy to Built-In Memory Select Folder”
animation appears and the folder selection window
is displayed.
 Press , press  or  to select the
press /ENTER.
tab or the
tab, and then
 Press  or  to select the folder that you want to copy the file into,
and then press /ENTER.
The “Copying...” animation appears and the file is copied as the last file in
the destination folder. A file will be copied with the identical file name.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
To cancel the copy operation
Press  STOP before step .
To cancel the copy operation during copying
While the “Copying...” animation is displayed in step , press  STOP.
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Using a Track Mark
Adding a track mark
 /ENTER
T-MARK
You can add a track mark at a point at which you would like to divide a file
later or locate during playback. You can add a maximum of 98 track marks to
each file.
During recording, playing back, or recording pausing, press
T-MARK at the position you want to add a track mark.
The (Track mark) indicator flashes three times, and a track
mark is added.
Locating a track mark and starting playback at the track mark
Press  or  in the stop mode. When the (Track mark) indicator
flashes once, press /ENTER.
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, 
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 STOP
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Erasing a track mark
, 
MENU
 Stop at a position after the track mark you would like to erase.
 Select MENU  the tab  “Erase Track Mark,” and
then press /ENTER.
“Erase Track Mark?” will be displayed.
 Press  or  to select “Execute,” and then press /ENTER.
The “Erasing...” animation appears in the display window and the selected
track mark will be erased.
Stop position
Erase track mark
The track mark just before the stop position will be erased.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
To cancel erasing
Select “Cancel” in step , and then press /ENTER.
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 /ENTER
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 STOP
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Erasing all the track marks in the selected file at one time
, 
MENU
 Select a file from which you want to erase the track marks.
 Select MENU  the tab  “Erase All Track Marks,”
and then press /ENTER.
“Erase All Track Marks?” will be displayed.
 Press  or  to select “Execute,” and then press /ENTER.
The “Erasing...” animation appears in the display window and all the track
marks will be erased at one time.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
To cancel erasing
Select “Cancel” in step , and then press /ENTER.
Index
 /ENTER
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Dividing a File
Dividing a file at the current position
, 
 /ENTER
MENU
You can divide a file in the stop mode, so that the file is divided into two parts
and new file numbers are added to the divided file names. By dividing a file,
you can easily find the point from which you want to play back when you make
a long recording such as at a meeting. You can divide a file until the total
number of files in the folder reaches the maximum number allowed.
 Stop the file at the position where you want to divide a file.
 Select MENU  the tab  “Divide Current
Position,” and then press /ENTER.
“Divide?” will be displayed.
 Press  or  to select “Execute,” and then press /ENTER.
The “Dividing...” animation appears, and the divided files will be suffixed
with a sequential number (“_1” for the original file, and “_2” for the new
file).
File 1
File 2
File 3
A file is divided.
File 1
File 2_1
File 2_2
File 3
A suffix made up of a sequential number is
added to a file name of the divided files.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
To cancel dividing
Select “Cancel” in step , and then press /ENTER.
Index
 STOP
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 STOP
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Dividing a file at all the track mark positions
, 
MENU
 Select the file you want to divide.
 In the stop mode, select MENU  the tab 
“Divide All Track Marks,” and then press /ENTER.
“Divide All Track Marks?” will be displayed.
 Press  or  to select “Execute,” and then press /ENTER.
The “Dividing...” animation appears, and the file is divided at all the track
mark positions. All the existing track marks in the files will be erased.
A suffix made up of a sequential number is added each of the divided files.
File 1
A file is divided at all the track marks.
File1_01
File 1_02
File 1_03
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
To cancel dividing
Select “Cancel” in step , and then press /ENTER.
Index
 /ENTER
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Renaming a Folder and a File
Changing a folder name
Index
 STOP
, 
 /ENTER
MENU
You can change a name of a folder used to store files recorded with the IC
recorder.
You can choose a new folder name from the templates.
 Select the folder which you want to rename from the
folder list.
tab of the
 In the stop mode, select MENU  the tab 
“Change Folder Name,” and then press /ENTER.
 Press  or  to select a favorite folder name, and
then press /ENTER.
You can choose a new folder name from the templates.
“Executing...” appears in the display window and
the folder name will be changed.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
 Hints
 When you specify a folder name that already exists, a suffix made up of a sequential
number (2 to 10) is added to the name of the new folder.
 When you choose “FOLDER” from the templates, a suffix made up of a sequential
number (01 to 10) is added to each of the folder names.
You can use the supplied Sound Organizer software to rename a folder.
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Changing a file name
 STOP
, 
Index
 /ENTER
MENU
You can rename a file by prefixing characters from a desired template to the file
name. A file in the recordable area, or in a folder on the tab, can be renamed.
You can choose characters to be added from the templates.
 Select the file which you want to rename from the
folder list.
 In the stop mode, select MENU  the tab 
“Change File Name,” and then press /ENTER.
 Press  or  to select the desired characters to be
prefixed to the file name, and then press /
ENTER.
You can choose characters from the templates.
“Executing...” appears in the display window and
the selected characters are added to the file name
separated from it by an underbar (_).
(e.g. If “A” is added to the file 11215_001: A_
11215_001)
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
 Hint
You can use the supplied Sound Organizer software to rename a file.
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Protecting a File
 STOP
, 
Index
 /ENTER
MENU
To prevent a file from being accidentally erased or edited, you can protect an
important file. A protected file is marked with the (protect) indicator and is
regarded as a read-only file you cannot erase or edit.
 Display the file which you want to protect from the
tab.
tab or the
 In the stop mode, select MENU  the tab 
“Protect,” and then press /ENTER.
“Set Protection?” will be displayed.
 Press  or  to select “Execute,” and then press /ENTER.
The file is protected. A protected file is marked with the (protect)
indicator.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
To release protection
Select the protected file, and then proceed with steps  through . In this
case, “Erase Protection?” will be displayed in step .
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Listening to the FM Radio (ICD-UX522F/UX523F only)
Listening to the FM Radio (ICD-UX522F/UX523F only)
Table of
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Tuning in an FM Radio Station
Tuning in a radio station by scanning frequencies
Index
 (headphone) jack
 STOP
 /ENTER
, 
MENU
The headphone cord of the supplied stereo headphones works as an FM
antenna, when you listen to the FM radio. Therefore, connect the stereo
headphones to the  (headphone) jack and stretch the cord as long as possible.
When you listening the FM radio with the built-in speaker, connect the stereo
headphones to the  (headphone) jack and stretch the cord as long as possible.
 In the sop mode, select MENU  the
tab  “FM
Radio,” and then press /ENTER.
The IC recorder enters the FM radio mode.
 Select the audio output either from “Headphones” or “Speaker.”
To select the audio output, select MENU  the
( p. 77).
tab  “Audio Output”
 Press  or  repeatedly to tune in a station.
 Press  STOP to turn the FM radio off.
To scan radio frequencies automatically
In step , press and hold  or  until the frequency digits begin to
change on the display. The IC recorder automatically scans the radio
frequencies and stops when it finds a clear station.
If you cannot tune in a station, press  or  repeatedly to change the
frequency step by step.
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Display when listening to the FM radio
FM indication
Preset number
Radio frequency
Index
Receiver sensitivity
Tuning in a preset radio station
 STOP
, 
 /ENTER
MENU
When you have already preset FM radio stations ( p. 72), you can tune in a
station by selecting a preset number.
 In the stop mode, select MENU  the
Radio,” and then press /ENTER.
The IC recorder enters the FM radio mode.
tab  “FM
 Select the audio output either from “Headphones” or “Speaker.”
To select the audio output, select MENU  the
( p. 77).
tab  “Audio Output”
 Press  or  repeatedly until the preset (P) number you want is
displayed.
 Press  STOP to turn the FM radio off.
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Recording FM broadcasts
 STOP
 Press  REC/PAUSE to start recording.
 Press  STOP to stop recording.
Index
 Tune in the station you want to record.
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Presetting FM Radio Stations
Presetting FM radio stations automatically
, 
 /ENTER
MENU
You can automatically tune in radio stations and then register them with preset
numbers. You can preset up to 30 FM radio stations automatically using the
preset menu.
 In the FM radio reception mode, select MENU  the
tab  “Auto Preset,” and then press /ENTER.
“Auto Preset?” will be displayed.
 Press  or  to select “Execute,” and then press /ENTER.
The IC recorder automatically scans for available radio frequencies and the
stations will be stored in memory from the lower frequencies to the higher
ones.
While presetting FM radio stations automatically, the preset number ready
to be assigned flashes.
To stop the automatic presetting
Press  STOP. The preset numbers stored until you press the  STOP button
remain in memory.
Index
 STOP
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, 
 /ENTER
MENU
You can store an unregistered FM radio station on a preset number.
 In the sop mode, select MENU  the
tab  “FM Radio,” and then
press /ENTER.
The IC recorder enters the FM radio mode.
 Press  or  repeatedly to tune in the station you want to
preset and store on a preset number.
When the station you want to tune in is not a preset station, “P - -” is
displayed. In this case, you can register it with a new preset number.
 Press /ENTER.
The preset number, frequency and “Set?” will be
displayed on the display.
 Press  or  to select “Execute,” and then press /
ENTER.
The station will be stored in memory on the preset number.
Index
, 
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Presetting FM radio stations manually
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Erasing preset FM radio stations
, 
 /ENTER
Index
MENU
 In the sop mode, select MENU  the
tab  “FM Radio,” and then
press /ENTER.
The IC recorder enters the FM radio mode.
 Press  or  repeatedly until the preset (P) number you want to
erase is displayed.
 Press /ENTER.
The preset number, frequency and “Erase?” will be displayed on the
display.
 Press  or  to select “Execute,” and then press /ENTER.
The preset number will be changed to “P - -.”
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Changing the FM Radio Reception Settings
Switching the receiver sensitivity of the FM radio
, 
 /ENTER
MENU
You can set the receiver sensitivity when listening to the FM radio.
 In the FM radio reception mode, select MENU  the
tab  “DX/LOCAL,” and then press /ENTER.
 Press  or  to select “DX” or “LOCAL,” and then press /ENTER.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
DX
LOCAL
Normally, select this setting.
When there is interference or collapsing caused by a intense electric field
around the transmitting antenna of the broadcasting station, etc., select
this setting.
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 STOP
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 STOP
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Switching the scanning sensitivity
, 
MENU
You can set the scanning sensitivity when presetting FM radio stations.
 In the FM radio reception mode, select MENU  the
tab  “Scan Sensitivity,” and then press /
ENTER.
 Press  or  to select “High(SCAN H)” or “Low(SCAN L),” and then
press /ENTER.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
Index
 /ENTER
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 STOP
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Switching the FM radio output between speaker and headphones
, 
MENU
During receiving or recording an FM broadcast, you can switch between the
sound from the speaker and the sound from the headphones using the menu.
 In the FM radio reception or recording mode, select
MENU  the tab  “Audio Output,” and then
press /ENTER.
In the FM reception mode, only the tab is
displayed. In the FM recording mode, the tab
and tabs are displayed.
 Press  or  to select “Headphones” or “Speaker,” and then press
/ENTER.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
Index
 /ENTER
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Making Settings for the Menu
Index
 STOP

, 
 /ENTER
MENU
 Press MENU to enter the menu mode.
The menu mode window will be displayed.
 Press , press  or  to select the , , , , , or
then press /ENTER.
tab, and
 Press  or  to select the menu item for which you want to make
setting, and then press /ENTER.
 Press  or  to select the setting that you want to set, and then
press /ENTER.
 Press  STOP to exit the menu mode.
Note
If you do not press any button for 60 seconds, the menu mode is automatically canceled
and the window will return to the normal display.
To return to the previous window
Press  during menu mode.
To exit the menu mode
Press  STOP or MENU.
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About the Menu Function
Tabs
(Playback)
(Edit)
Stop
mode
Playback
mode
Recording FM radio
mode
reception
mode*1
FM radio
recording
mode*1
Scene Select

-
-
-
-
Scene Edit

-
-
-
-
REC Mode

-
-
-
-
Mic Sensitivity

-

-
-
LCF(Low Cut)

-

-
-
VOR

-

-
-
SYNC REC

-
-
-
-
Select Input

-
-
-
-
Noise Cut Level


-
-
-
Effect


-
-
-
Easy Search


-
-
-
Play Mode


-
-
-
Alarm

-
-
-
-
AVLS *2


-


Protect

-
-
-
-
Divide Current Position

-
-
-
-
Move File

-
-
-
-
File Copy

-
-
-
-
Change Folder Name

-
-
-
-
Change File Name

-
-
-
-
Erase Track Mark

-
-
-
-
Erase All Track Marks

-
-
-
-
Divide All Track Marks

-
-
-
-
Erase All

-
-
-
-
*1 for ICD-UX522F/UX523F only / *2 for the European models only
Index
(Recording)
Menu items
Operation mode ( : the setting can be made/
-: the setting cannot be made)
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Menu Settings
80
About the Menu Function
(IC recorder setting)
(FM radio)*1
Playback
mode
Recording FM radio
mode
reception
mode*1
FM radio
recording
mode*1
Calendar

-
-
-
-
Display



-

LED

-
-
-
-
Backlight

-
-
-
-
Select Memory

-
-
-
-
Language

-
-
-
-
Date&Time

-
-
-
-
Time Display

-
-
-
-
Beep

-
-
-
-
USB Charge

-
-
-
-
Auto Power Off

-
-
-
-
Format

-
-
-
-
System Information

-
-
-
-
FM Radio*1

-
-
-
-
Auto Preset*1
-
-
-

-
DX/LOCAL*1
-
-
-


Scan Sensitivity*1
-
-
-

-
Audio Output*1
-
-
-


* for ICD-UX522F/UX523F only
1
Stop
mode
Index
(Display)
Menu items
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Tabs
Operation mode ( : the setting can be made/
-: the setting cannot be made)
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About the Menu Function
(Recording)
Menu items
Settings (* : Initial setting)
Allows you to choose a recording scene
according to each recording situation as
follows: (Meeting), (Voice Notes),
(Interview), (Lecture), (Audio
IN), (My Scene).
You can change the items for recording
to the recommended settings in bulk.
Scene Edit
( p. 36)
Edits the settings of the various
recording menu items which are pre-set
in the “Scene Select” menu.
Edit from Current Setting:
Changes the settings that is
pre-set in the menu.
Set Default Value:
Changes the settings to the
default settings.
Execute:
Changes the settings to the
default settings and completes
the process.
Cancel:
Completes the process without
changing the settings.
Edit: Changes the settings from the
settings in the selected scene
item.
Hint
You can edit the following menu items:
“REC Mode” ( p. 82), “Mic
Sensitivity” ( p. 82 ), “LCF(Low Cut)”
( p. 83), “VOR” ( p. 83) “SYNC
REC” ( p. 83), “Select Input” (
p. 83). When you select “Edit Complete,”
the process will be completed.
Index
Scene Select
( p. 34)
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82
About the Menu Function
(Recording)
Menu items
REC Mode
Settings (* : Initial setting)
Note
You cannot record an FM radio
broadcast in the LPCM mode. When the
LPCM mode is selected, the radio
broadcast will be automatically recorded
in the MP3 192kbps mode.
Mic Sensitivity
Sets the microphone sensitivity.
:
High
To record a sound far away from the
IC recorder or a low sound, such as
recording in a spacious room.
Medium
*:
To record the sound of a normal
conversation or meeting, such as
recording in a meeting space or
during interview.
Low :
To record dictation with a
microphone in front of your mouth,
a sound near the IC recorder, or a
loud sound.
Note
During recording an FM radio broadcast
( p. 71), the Mic Sensitivity setting is
disabled.
Index
Sets the recording mode.
LPCM 44.1kHz/16bit:
LPCM (not compressed) in stereo
high-quality recording mode
MP3 192kbps*:
MP3 (compressed) in stereo
standard-quality recording mode
MP3 128kbps:
MP3 (compressed) in long play
stereo recording mode
MP3 160kbps(MONO):
MP3 (compressed) in monaural
high-quality recording mode
MP3 48kbps(MONO):
MP3 (compressed) in monaural
standard recording mode
MP3 8kbps(MONO):
MP3 (compressed) in long play
monaural recording mode
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83
About the Menu Function
(Recording)
Menu items
LCF(Low Cut)
Settings (* : Initial setting)
Note
During recording an FM radio broadcast
( p. 71), the LCF function does not
work.
VOR
( p. 38)
Sets the VOR (Voice Operated
Recording) function.
ON: Recording starts when the IC
recorder detects sound and
pauses when no sound is heard,
eliminating recording during
soundless periods. The VOR
function is activated when
 REC/PAUSE is pressed.
OFF*: The VOR function does not
work.
Note
During recording an FM radio broadcast
( p. 71), the VOR function does not
work.
SYNC REC
( p. 40)
When set to “ON,” the IC recorder enters
the recording pause mode when no
sound is detected for more than 2
seconds, and the IC recorder starts
recording again as a new file when any
sound is detected.
ON: The synchronized recording
function is activated.
OFF*: The synchronized recording
function is canceled.
Select Input
( p. 39, 40)
Selects the external input to be recorded
that is connected to the  (microphone)
jack.
MIC IN*:
Select when you record files using an
external microphone.
Audio IN:
Select when you record using other
equipment.
Index
Sets the LCF (Low Cut Filter) function
to cut a low frequency to reduce the
roaring noise from wind; therefore you
can record a file more clearly.
ON: The LCF function is activated.
OFF*: The LCF function is canceled.
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84
About the Menu Function
(Playback)
Menu items
Noise Cut Level
( p. 45)
Settings (* : Initial setting)
Note
When playing back files using the builtin speaker or recording an FM radio
broadcast ( p. 71), the noise cut
function does not work.
Effect
( p. 47)
Sets the effect you want for the playback.
Pop:
Stresses middle ranges, ideal for
vocals.
Rock:
Emphasizes high and low ranges for
a powerful sound.
Jazz:
Emphasizes high ranges for lively
sound.
Bass1:
The bass sound is emphasized.
Bass2:
The bass sound is emphasized even
more.
Custom:
You can design your own custom
sound level for 5 bands of EQ (100
Hz, 300 Hz, 1 kHz, 3 kHz and 10
kHz) in 7 steps (–3 to +3).
OFF*:
The effect function does not work.
Note
When playing back files using the builtin speaker or listening to the FM radio
( p. 69), or when the NOISE CUT
switch is set to “ON” ( p. 45), the
effect function does not work.
Index
Adjusts the level of the noise cut
function.
Maximum*:
The noise cut levels will be more
intense.
Medium:
The noise cut level will be weakened.
Select when you cannot catch the
sound easily by setting “Noise Cut
Level” to “Maximum.”
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85
About the Menu Function
(Playback)
Menu items
Settings (* : Initial setting)
Sets the easy search function.
ON: You can go forward or
backwards for the specified skip
time by pressing  or
during playback. This
function is useful when
attempting to locate desired
point in a long recording.
OFF*: The easy search function does
not work. When you press 
or , a file will be moved
forward or backward.
Set Skip Time:
Sets the time to go forward or
backward in easy searching.
Setting Complete:
Changes the settings and
completes the process.
Forward Skip Time:
Sets the time to skip forward
when you press . (5sec,
10sec*, 30sec, 1min, 5min, or
10min)
Reverse Skip Time:
Sets the time to skip backwards
when you press . (1sec,
3sec*, 5sec, 10sec, 30sec, 1min,
5min, or 10min)
Play Mode
( p. 49)
Sets the playback mode.
1:
A file is played back.
*: Files in one folder are played
back continuously.
ALL: All the files are played back
continuously.
1: One file is played back
repeatedly.
: Files in one folder are played
back repeatedly.
ALL:
All the files are played back
repeatedly.
Index
Easy Search
( p. 51)
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86
About the Menu Function
(Playback)
Menu items
Settings (* : Initial setting)
Sets the alarm.
ON: The alarm function is effective.
Set the date, time or day of the
week or choose daily for
playback, and set the following
alarm pattern.
Beep&Play: The selected file is
played back after
the alarm sounds.
Only the alarm
Beep: sounds.
Only the selected
Play: file is played back.
OFF*: The alarm function is canceled.
AVLS *2
( p. 17)
Sets the AVLS (Automatic Volume
Limiter System) function.
ON*: The AVLS function that
maintains a moderate volume
level is effective when listening
with the headphones.
OFF: The AVLS function does not
work and the sound is played
back at the original volume.
Notes
When you turn off the function, please
be careful not to listen to an excessive
volume of the sound.
you listen to the sound using
When

the headphones for the specific period
of time, the AVLS function is
automatically turned on even if you set
“AVLS” to “OFF” in the menu.
If
 you adjust the volume to a level that
exceeds the AVLS-specified level, the
volume will be set to a moderate
volume level when you turn off the IC
recorder.
*2 for the European models only
Index
Alarm
( p. 54)
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87
About the Menu Function
(Edit)
Menu items
Protect
( p. 68)
Settings (* : Initial setting)
Divide Current Position Divides a file into two.
Execute:
( p. 64)
A file will be divided into two.
Cancel:
Division is not executed.
Move File
( p. 59)
Moves the selected file to the selected
folder.
Before attempting to move a file, select
the file to be moved, and then go to the
menu window.
File Copy
( p. 60)
Copies the selected file from the built-in
memory to the desired folder on a
memory card, or from a memory card to
the desired folder on the built-in
memory.
Before attempting to copy a file, select
the file to be copied and then go to the
menu window.
Change Folder Name
( p. 66)
Renames a folder by selecting a template.
Change File Name
( p. 67)
Renames a file by selecting a template
and prefixing the characters of the
selected template to the file name.
Erase Track Mark
( p. 62)
Erases the track mark just before the
current position.
Execute:
The track mark will be erased.
Cancel:
The track mark will not be erased.
Erase All Track Marks
( p. 63)
Erases all the track marks of the selected
file.
Execute:
All the track marks will be erased.
Cancel:
All the track marks will not be
erased.
Index
Protects the selected file to prevent the
file from being erased, divided, or being
moved.
Execute:
The selected file will be protected. If
you specify a file that has already
been protected, cancel the
protection.
Cancel:
Protection or cancel protection is
not executed.
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About the Menu Function
(Edit)
Settings (* : Initial setting)
Divide All Track Marks
( p. 65)
Divides a file at all the track mark
positions.
Execute:
The track mark division is executed.
Cancel:
The track mark division is not
executed.
Erase All
( p. 58)
Erases all files in the selected folder.
Press FOLDER to return to the folder
window before erasing the files and
select a folder from which all files are to
be erased, and then go to the menu
window.
Execute:
All files in the selected folder will be
erased.
Cancel:
All files will not be erased.
Calendar
( p. 52)
Switches the display window to a
calendar, and plays back a file recorded
with the IC recorder by selecting a date
from the calendar.
Enter:
The selected file is played back.
Back:
The IC recorder does not play the
selected file and returns to the
previous window.
Display
Changes the display mode.
Elapsed Time*:
Elapsed playback time of one file
Remain Time:
During stop or playback, the
remaining time of one file
During recording, the available
recording time
REC Date:
Date recorded
REC Time:
Time recorded
Index
(Display)
Menu items
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89
About the Menu Function
(Display)
Menu items
LED
Settings (* : Initial setting)
Note
When the IC recorder is connected to a
computer, the operation indicator lights
or flashes even if “LED” is set to “OFF.”
Backlight
Select Memory
(IC recorder setting) ( p. 29)
Turns the backlight in the display
window on or off.
ON*: The backlight in the display
window lights up for approx. 10
seconds.
OFF: The backlight in the display
window does not light, even
during operation.
Selects the memory media on which you
want to store a file, or which contains the
file you want to play, edit, or copy.
Built-In Memory*:
The built-in memory of the IC
recorder is selected.
Memory Card:
The memory card inserted in the
memory card slot is selected.
Note
When no memory card is currently
inserted in the IC recorder, the built-in
memory is automatically selected.
Index
Turns the operation indicator on or off
during operation.
ON*: During recording or playback,
the operation indicator lights or
flashes.
OFF: The operation indicator does not
light or flash, even during
operation.
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About the Menu Function
Menu items
Language
(IC recorder setting) ( p. 26)
Settings (* : Initial setting)
Note
Number of language options you can
select and the default setting differ
depending on the country or region you
purchased your IC recorder.
Date&Time
( p. 24)
Auto(Synchronizing)*:
When the IC recorder is connected
to a computer that is running the
Sound Organizer, the clock will be
automatically adjusted according to
that computer.
Manual:
Sets the clock by setting year, month,
day, hour, and minute in sequence.
Time Display
Sets the clock display.
12-Hour:
12:00AM = midnight, 12:00PM = noon
24-Hour:
0:00 = midnight, 12:00 = noon
Note
The default setting differs depending on
the area you purchased your IC recorder.
Beep
Sets whether a beep will be heard or not.
ON*: A beep will sound to indicate
that an operation has been
accepted or an error has
occurred.
OFF: No beep sound will be heard.
Note
The alarm sounds even if you set “Beep”
to “OFF” in the menu.
Index
Sets the language to be used for
messages, menus, folder names, file
names, etc.
Deutsch (German), English, Español
(Spanish), Français (French), Italiano
(Italian), Русский (Russian),
(Korean),
(Japanese),
(Chinese), (Thai)
(Chinese),
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91
About the Menu Function
(IC recorder setting)
Menu items
USB Charge
Settings (* : Initial setting)
Sets whether battery will be charged
using a USB connection or not.
ON*: The battery will be charged.
OFF: The battery will not be charged.
If you use a USB AC adaptor (not
supplied) to connect the IC recorder to
the AC outlet ( p. 111), you can
charge battery regardless this setting.
Auto Power Off
If the IC recorder is on and left for the
period you have set, the IC recorder
turns off automatically.
5min:
The IC recorder will be turned off
after approx. 5 minutes.
10min*:
The IC recorder will be turned off
after approx. 10 minutes.
30min:
The IC recorder will be turned off
after approx. 30 minutes.
60min:
The IC recorder will be turned off
after approx. 60 minutes.
OFF:
The IC recorder will not be turned
off automatically.
Index
Note
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92
About the Menu Function
(IC recorder setting)
Menu items
Format
Settings (* : Initial setting)
Notes
Use the IC recorder formatting
function to format the memory media.
Do not use your computer to format
the media.
Switch the memory media to the one
to be formatted before you start the
format operation ( p. 29).
When you format the memory media,
all the data which you have stored on
the media will be erased. Once the
memory media has been erased, you
cannot retrieve the data that was
erased.
When you format the built-in memory,
the operating instructions stored in the
built-in memory will also be erased. To
get another copy of the operating
instructions, please visit the Sony
support home page depending on your
area ( p. 121).
System Information
Displays the IC recorder model name
and the version number of the software.
Index
Formats the memory media currently
selected (the built-in memory or the
memory card), erasing all the data in the
memory and resetting the folder
structure to its default status.
Execute:
The “Formatting...” animation
appears and the memory media will
be formatted.
Cancel:
The memory media will not be
formatted.
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93
About the Menu Function
(FM radio)*1
Menu items
FM Radio*1
( p. 69)
Settings (* : Initial setting)
The IC recorder enters the FM radio
mode.
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Notes
Auto Preset*1
( p. 72)
Scans automatically for available
frequencies. The stations will be stored
in memory.
Execute:
The automatic presetting is executed.
Cancel:
The automatic presetting is canceled.
DX/LOCAL*1
( p. 75)
Sets the receiver sensitivity when
listening to the FM radio.
DX*:
Normally, select this setting.
LOCAL:
When there is interference or
collapsing caused by a intense
electric field around the transmitting
antenna of the broadcasting station,
etc., select this setting.
Note
Select “DX” when the IC recorder
reception status is not good due to a
weak signal.
*1 for ICD-UX522F/UX523F only
Index
While the FM radio is activated, you
cannot change memory media or
select a folder. Before starting FM
radio recording, select the memory
media and folder you want to use to
record the FM broadcast in advance.
You cannot record an FM broadcast in
LPCM mode. When “REC Mode” is
set to “LPCM 44.1kHz/16bit,” an FM
broadcast is recorded in “MP3
192kbps.”
During recording an FM radio
broadcast, the Mic Sensitivity, VOR,
LCF (Low Cut Filter), and noise cut
functions are disabled.
94
About the Menu Function
(FM radio)*1
Menu items
Settings (* : Initial setting)
Sets the scanning sensitivity when
presetting FM radio stations.
High(SCAN H)*:
The scanning sensitivity is set to
high.
Low(SCAN L):
The scanning sensitivity is set to low.
Audio Output*1
( p. 77)
During FM reception or recording,
switches between the sound from the
speaker and the sound from the
headphones.
Headphones*:
The sound comes out from the
headphones.
Speaker:
The sound comes out from the
speaker(s).
*1 for ICD-UX522F/UX523F only
Index
Scan Sensitivity*1
( p. 76)
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95
Utilizing Your Computer
Utilizing Your Computer
When the IC recorder is connected to your computer, you can transfer data
between them.
Copying music files from your computer to the IC recorder to play them back (
p. 102)
Using the IC recorder as USB memory ( p. 104)
You can store image data or text data stored on the computer temporarily in the
IC recorder.
Managing and editing files using the Sound Organizer software ( p. 105)
The supplied Sound Organizer software allows you to transfer the files that you
have recorded using the IC recorder to your computer to manage and edit
them. You can also transfer music files and podcast files stored on your
computer to the IC recorder.
System requirements for your computer
For details on the system requirements for your computer, see page 107, 115.
Index
Copying files from the IC recorder to your computer to store them ( p. 101)
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Using the IC Recorder with Your Computer
96
Utilizing Your Computer
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Connecting the IC recorder to your computer
Index
Your computer
IC recorder
To USB port of your computer
To exchange files between the IC recorder and your computer, connect the IC
recorder to your computer.
 Slide the USB DIRECT slide lever on the back of the IC recorder, and
insert the USB connector into the USB port of a running computer.
 Make sure the IC recorder has been recognized properly.
On the Windows screen; open “My Computer” or “Computer,” and make
sure that “IC RECORDER” or “MEMORY CARD” has been recognized.
On the Macintosh screen; make sure that an “IC RECORDER” or
“MEMORY CARD” drive is displayed on the Finder.
The IC recorder is recognized by the computer as soon as the connection is
made. While the IC recorder is connected to the computer, “Connecting” is
displayed in the display window of the IC recorder.
If the IC recorder cannot be connected to a computer directly, use the supplied
USB connection support cable.
USB connection support
cable (supplied)
97
Utilizing Your Computer
Built-in memory
microSD card
“MEMORY CARD”
IC RECORDER
Folder for files recorded
using the IC recorder
VOICE*1
PRIVATE
SONY
Folder for files recorded
using the IC recorder
FOLDER01
VOICE
FOLDER05
FOLDER01
Folder transferred from
your computer
MUSIC
POP
J-POP*
LPCM
AAC-LC
NEWS*2
MP3
*3
POP
*3
J-POP
LPCM
PODCASTS
Conversation
LPCM
MP3
MP3
WMA
*4
AAC-LC
NEWS
AAC-LC
Conversation*2
Folder transferred from
your computer
MUSIC
2
PODCASTS
FOLDER05
LPCM
MP3
MP3
AAC-LC
MP3
WMA
Instructions*5
*1 Even if a file is transferred directly under the VOICE folder, it will not be displayed on
*2
*3
*4
*5
the tab of the IC recorder. When you transfer a file from your computer to the IC
recorder, put the file in the folders under the VOICE folder.
The name of a folder in which music files are stored will be displayed on the IC
recorder as it is, so it is convenient if you put an easy-to-remember name on the folder
in advance.
Folders shown in the illustration are examples of folder names.
The IC recorder can recognize up to 8 levels of folders transferred to the IC recorder.
If you transfer music files separately, they are classified as being in “No Folder.”
The operating instructions of the IC recorder are stored in the “Instructions” folder
directly under the “IC RECORDER” folder.
Continued 
Index
The folders and files are displayed on the computer screen as shown.
On a Windows screen using Explorer, and on a Macintosh screen using Finder,
folders and files can be displayed by opening “IC RECORDER” or “MEMORY
CARD.”
When connecting the IC recorder with your computer after the destination
memory media has been set to “Memory Card” ( p. 29), the structure of
folders is different from that when the destination memory media is set to
“Built-In Memory.”
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Structure of folders displayed in the display window of the IC recorder
The display of the structure of the folders seen in the display window of the IC
recorder is different from that seen on the display of a computer.
The folder indicators in the display window of the IC recorder are as follows:
: Folder for files recorded using the IC recorder
: Folder transferred from a computer (They are displayed when music files
have been transferred from a computer.)
: Folder for podcast files transferred from a computer (These folders are
displayed when podcast files have been transferred from a computer.)
Note
If folders have no files that can be played back using the IC recorder, those folders will not
be displayed in the display window of the IC recorder.
Folders displayed on the
tab of the IC recorder
Folders for files recorded using the IC recorder (folders under the VOICE
folder) will be displayed.
Note
Even if a file is transferred directly under the VOICE folder, it will not be displayed on the
tab of the IC recorder.
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The title or artist name, etc., registered in the music files, can be displayed on the IC
recorder. It is useful if you input the ID3 tag information using the software you use to
make the music files on your computer.
If
 no title, or artist name has been registered “No Data” will be displayed in the display
window of the IC recorder.
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tab of the IC recorder
Folders displayed on the
tab of the IC recorder
Folders for podcast files transferred from a computer will be displayed.
When you transfer podcast files from your computer to the IC recorder, use the
supplied Sound Organizer software.
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The following folders will be displayed among the folders forwarded from a
computer.
Folders under the MUSIC folder which contains a file (when some folders
have multiple levels, all folders will be displayed in parallel.)
transferred to places other than under the MUSIC folder or the
Folders

PODCASTS folder
A
 folder called “No Folder” (If you transfer music files separately, those files
will be displayed under this folder.)
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Follow the procedures below; otherwise, data may be damaged.
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Disconnecting the IC recorder from your computer
 Make sure that the operation indicator of the IC recorder does not
 Perform the following operation on your computer.
On the Windows taskbar at the bottom right of the desktop, left-click the
following icon:
 Left-click “Eject IC RECORDER” (Windows 7), or “Safely remove USB
Mass Storage Device” (Windows XP, Windows Vista).
The icon and menu displayed can be different on different operating
systems. The icon may not be always displayed on the taskbar depending
on your computer settings.
On a Macintosh screen, drag “IC RECORDER” on the Finder to “Trash”
and drop it there.
For details on disconnecting the IC recorder from your computer, refer to
the operating instructions supplied with your computer.
 Disconnect the IC recorder from the USB port of the computer, and
slide the USB DIRECT slide lever in the direction of the arrow to
retract the USB connector.
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Copying Files from the IC Recorder to Your
Computer
Index
You can copy the files and folders from the IC recorder to your computer to
store them.
 Connect the IC recorder to your computer ( p. 96).
 Copy files or folders you want to transfer to your computer.
Drag and drop the files or folders you want to copy from “IC RECORDER”
or “MEMORY CARD” to the local disk on your computer.
To copy a file or folder (Drag and drop)
IC RECORDER or
MEMORY CARD
Your computer
 Click and hold,
 drag,
 and then drop.
 Disconnect the IC recorder from your computer ( p. 100).
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Copying Music Files from Your Computer to the
IC Recorder and Playing Them Back
Index
You can copy music or the other audio files (LPCM(.wav)/MP3(.mp3)/
WMA(.wma)/AAC-LC(.m4a)*) from your computer to the IC recorder by
dragging and dropping them, and you can play them back using the IC
recorder.
* For the file formats that can be played back using the IC recorder, see “Specifications”
( p. 115).
Copying a music file from your computer to the IC recorder (drag and
drop)
 Connect the IC recorder to your computer ( p. 96).
 Copy the folder in which the music files are stored to the IC recorder.
On a Windows screen using Explorer, or on a Macintosh screen using
Finder, drag and drop the folder containing the music files onto “IC
RECORDER” or “MEMORY CARD.”
The IC recorder can recognize up to 400 folders. You can copy up to 199
files to one folder. Moreover, the IC recorder can recognize up to a total of
4,095 folders and files for one memory media.
 Disconnect the IC recorder from your computer ( p. 100).
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 Press FOLDER.
ENTER.
 Press  or  to select the folder ( ) in which music files are stored,
and then press /ENTER.
To display the files contained in the selected folder, press .
 Select the music file you want to play.
When the file selection window is displayed, press  or  to select the
desired file, and then press  /ENTER.
When the stop mode window is displayed, you can switch files by pressing
 and .
 Press /ENTER to start playback.
 Press  STOP to stop playback.
Display when playing back a music file
Press  or  to check the music file information during playback.
: Folder name
: File name
: Artist name
: Title name
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 Press , press  or  to select the tab, and then press /
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When the IC recorder is connected to your computer, image data or text data
on the computer, as well as files recorded using the IC recorder can be
temporarily stored on the IC recorder.
Your computer must meet the specified system requirements to use the IC
recorder as USB memory.
For details on the system requirements, see page 115.
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Using the Supplied Sound Organizer Software
What you can do using Sound Organizer
Importing files recorded with an IC recorder
You can import recording files that were recorded with an IC recorder into
Sound Organizer.
The imported files are saved to the computer.
Importing songs from a music CD
You can import the songs of a music CD into Sound Organizer.
The imported songs are saved to the computer.
Importing songs on the computer
You can import music and other files saved to the computer into Sound
Organizer.
Subscribing to and updating podcasts
You can subscribe to podcasts in Sound Organizer.
Subscribing to and updating podcasts enables you to download (subscription)
and enjoy the latest data from the Internet.
Playing files
You can play the files imported into Sound Organizer.
Changing the file information of files
You can change the title name, artist name, and other file information
displayed in the file list.
Dividing files
You can divide one file into multiple files.
Combining files
You can combine multiple files into one file.
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Sound Organizer allows you to exchange files with an IC recorder or memory
card. The songs imported from music CDs and other media, MP3 and other
audio files imported from a computer, and podcasts can also be played and
transferred to an IC recorder. Various operations can be performed for
imported files, including playback, editing and conversion to MP3 and other
formats. You can also burn CDs of the music you like, and send audio files by
mail.
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Transferring files to an IC recorder
You can transfer a file from Sound Organizer to an IC recorder or memory
card.
You can enjoy transferred music, podcasts, and other content on your IC
recorder.
Burning a music CD
You can select your favorite songs from the songs imported into Sound
Organizer and then burn your own original music CD.
Other convenient uses
You can start the mail software and send a recording file attached to mail.
You can use the voice recognition software Dragon NaturallySpeaking (not
supplied) which is compatible with Sound Organizer to perform voice
recognition for a file and convert the voice to text.
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Deleting files from an IC recorder
You can delete a file saved to an IC recorder.
Use this operation to delete files in the IC recorder when you want to increase
the amount of free space in the IC recorder or there are unnecessary files.
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Editing templates for a folder or file name
You can edit the templates used as “Change File Name” and “Change Folder
Name” menu options.
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The following shows the system requirements for using Sound Organizer.
*Excluding China
Notes
One of the above operating systems should be by default pre-installed. Upgraded
operating systems or multi-boot environment are not supported.
64
 bit versions of Windows XP are not supported.
IBM PC/AT or compatible
CPU
Windows XP: Pentium III processor of 500 MHz or faster
Windows Vista: Pentium III processor of 800 MHz or faster
Windows 7: Pentium III processor of 1 GHz or faster
Memory
Windows XP: At least 256 MB
Windows Vista: At least 512 MB (In the case of Windows Vista Ultimate/
Business/Home Premium, at least 1 GB is recommended.)
Windows 7: At least 1 GB (32 bit version)/At least 2 GB (64 bit version)
Free hard disk space
At least 400 MB is required.
Depending on the version of Windows, more than 400 MB may be used.
Also, free space for handling music data is required.
Display settings
Screen resolution: 800 × 600 pixels or higher (1,024 × 768 pixels is
recommended.)
Screen color: High Color (16 bit) or higher
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Operating systems
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Starter (32 bit version)
Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows Vista Business Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows Vista Home Basic Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Service Pack 3 or higher
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 Service Pack 3 or higher*
Windows XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 3 or higher*
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 or higher
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 or higher
Pre-installed.
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Install Sound Organizer on your computer.
Notes
When installing Sound Organizer, log in to an account with administrator privileges.
Also, if you are using Windows 7 and the [User Account Control] screen appears,
confirm the contents of the screen and then click [Yes] ([Continue] in the case of
Windows Vista).
Sound Organizer cannot be started by a user with limited privileges in Windows XP.
To use the software update function in Windows XP, you must log on to an account with
computer administrator privileges.
The Windows Media Format Runtime module is added by the installer of Sound
Organizer. This module is not removed when Sound Organizer is uninstalled.
However, it may not be installed if it has been preinstalled.
The data in the content storage folders is not deleted when Sound Organizer is
uninstalled.
In an installation environment in which multiple operating systems are installed on one
computer, do not install Sound Organizer in each of the operating systems. Doing so
may result in data inconsistencies.
 Make sure that the IC recorder is not connected, then turn on your
computer and start up Windows.
 Insert the supplied CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive.
The [Sound Organizer - InstallShield Wizard] menu starts up
automatically and the [Welcome to Sound Organizer Installer] window
appears.
If the [Welcome to Sound Organizer Installer] menu does not start up,
open Windows Explorer, right-click the CD-ROM drive, double-click
[SoundOrganizerInstaller.exe], and then follow the instructions on the
screen.
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Sound card
A SoundBlaster compatible card is recommended.
USB port
A compatible USB port is required to use devices and media.
Operation via a USB hub is not guaranteed except for models for which
operation has been specifically guaranteed.
Disk drive
A CD-ROM drive is required. To create a music CD, you need a CD-R/RW
drive.
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select [I accept the terms in the license agreement], then click
[Next].
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 Make sure that you accept the terms of the license agreement,
 When the [Setup Type] window appears, select [Standard] or
 When the [Ready to Install the Program] window appears, click
[Install].
The installation starts.
 When [Sound Organizer has been installed successfully.] window
appears, check [Launch Sound Organizer Now], and then click
[Finish].
Note
You may need to restart your computer after installing Sound Organizer.
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[Custom], and then click [Next].
Follow the instructions on the screen and set the installation settings when
you select [Custom].
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 The file list of Sound Organizer
(My Library)
Displays a list of files included in My
Library of Sound Organizer in
accordance with the operation.
Recording Files : Displays a list of
recording files.
Recording files that were recorded
with an IC recorder appear in this
library when they are imported.
Music: Displays a list of music
files.
Songs imported from a music CD
appear in this library.
Podcast: Displays a list of
podcasts.
 The file list of the IC recorder
Displays the files saved to the
connected IC recorder or memory
card.
 Edit Mode button
Displays the edit area so that you
can edit a file.
 Sidebar (Import/Transfer)
IC Recorder: Displays the transfer
screen. A list of files on a connected
device appears.
Import CD: Displays the screen
for importing music CDs.
Burn CD/DVD: Displays the
screen for burning discs.
 Transfer buttons
: Transfers the files of Sound
Organizer to an IC recorder or
memory card.
: Imports the files of an IC
recorder or memory card to My
Library of Sound Organizer.
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 Help
Displays the help of Sound
Organizer. For details on each
operation, refer to these help files.
 Quick Operation Guide button
Displays the Quick Operation Guide
to receive guidance on the basic
features of Sound Organizer.
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Additional Information
USB connector of
the IC recorder
You can charge the rechargeable battery by connecting the IC recorder to an
AC outlet using a USB AC adaptor (not supplied). You can charge the battery
while you are using the IC recorder, so that it is useful when you want to record
for a long time.
When you use the IC recorder for the first time, or after you have not used the
IC recorder for a certain period of time, charge the battery continuously until
“ ” is displayed.
It takes about 3 hours 30 minutes to fully charge an exhausted battery.*
* This is an approximation for the time it takes to charge from no remaining battery power to full
battery power at room temperature. It varies depending on the remaining power and the
condition of the battery.
 Connect a USB AC adaptor (not supplied) to an AC outlet.
 Slide the USB DIRECT slide lever on the back of the IC recorder and
connect the USB connector to the USB AC adaptor.
While the battery is charging, the battery indicator is displayed in an
animation.
Now you can use the IC recorder while charging the battery.
Battery indicator
Notes
While playing back files using the built-in speaker, you cannot charge the battery.
You cannot charge an LR03 (size AAA) alkaline battery (not supplied).
During the FM listening and recording, you cannot charge a battery.
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USB AC adaptor
(not supplied)
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Follow the procedures below; otherwise, when the IC recorder contains data
files, the files may be damaged or become unplayable.
IC recorder into the stop mode.
 Make sure that the operation indicator of the IC recorder does not
light.
 Disconnect the IC recorder from the USB AC adaptor, and then
disconnect the USB AC adaptor from the AC outlet.
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 If you are recording or playing back a file, press  STOP to put the
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On safety
Do not operate the unit while driving, cycling or operating any motorized
vehicle.
On handling
Do not leave the unit in a location near heat sources, or in a place subject to
direct sunlight, excessive dust or mechanical shock.
Should any solid object or liquid fall into the unit, remove the battery and
have the unit checked by qualified personnel before operating it any further.
Be careful not to allow water to splash on the unit. The unit is not waterproof. In particular, be careful in the following situations.
 When you have the unit in your pocket and go to the bathroom, etc.
When you bend down, the unit may drop into the water and may get wet.
 When you use the unit in an environment where the unit is exposed to
rain, snow, or humidity.
 In circumstances where you get sweaty. If you touch the unit with wet
hands or if you put the unit in the pocket of sweaty clothes, the unit may
get wet.
may feel pain in your ears if you use the headphones when the ambient
You

air is very dry. This is not because of a malfunction of the headphones, but
because of static electricity accumulated in your body. You can reduce static
electricity by wearing non-synthetic clothes that prevent the emergence of
static electricity.
On noise
Noise may be heard when the unit is placed near an AC power source, a
fluorescent lamp or a mobile phone during recording or playback.
Noise may be recorded when an object, such as your finger, etc., rubs or
scratches the unit during recording.
On maintenance
To clean the exterior, use a soft cloth slightly moistened in water. Then use a
soft dry cloth to wipe the exterior. Do not use alcohol, benzine or thinner.
If you have any questions or problems concerning your unit, please consult
your nearest Sony dealer.
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On power
Operate the unit only on 1.2 V or 1.5 V DC. Use one NH-AAA rechargeable
battery or one LR03 (size AAA) alkaline battery.
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On using a memory card
When formatting (initializing) a memory card, make sure to use the IC
recorder to format it. Operations of the memory cards formatted with
Windows or other devices are not guaranteed.
If
 you format a memory card containing recorded data, the recorded data will
be deleted. Be careful not to delete important data.
not leave a memory card within the reach of small children. They might
Do

accidentally swallow it.
not insert or remove a memory card during recording/playback/
Do

formatting. Doing so may cause a malfunction of the IC recorder.
not remove a memory card while the “Accessing...” animation appears in
Do

the display window or the operation indicator is flashing in orange. Doing so
may damage the data.
We do not guarantee the operations of all types of compatible memory cards
with the IC recorder.
You cannot use a ROM (read-only-memory) type or write-protected memory
card.
Data may be corrupted in the following cases:
When a memory card is removed or the IC recorder is turned off during a
read or write operation.
a memory card is used in locations subject to static electricity or
When

electrical noise.
assume no responsibility for any loss or damage of recorded data.
We

We recommend that you save a backup copy of the important data.
Do not touch the terminal of a memory card with your hand or a metal
object.
not strike, bend or drop a memory card.
Do

Do not disassemble or modify a memory card.
Do not expose a memory card to water.
Do not use a memory card under the following conditions:
 Locations beyond the required operating conditions, including locations,
such as the hot interior of a car parked in the sun and/or in the summer,
the outdoors exposed to direct sunlight, or a place near a heater.
 Humid locations or locations with corrosive substances present.
using a memory card, make sure to check the correct insertion
When

direction into the memory card slot.
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Backup recommendations
To avoid potential risk of data loss caused by accidental operation or
malfunction of the IC recorder, we recommend that you save a backup copy of
your recorded files to a computer, etc.
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Specifications
System requirements
To use your computer without the Sound Organizer software
To use your computer with the IC recorder without the Sound Organizer
software, or to use the IC recorder as a USB mass storage device, your
computer must meet the operating system requirements and port environment
described below.
Operating systems
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Starter
Windows Vista Ultimate Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows Vista Business Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows Vista Home Basic Service Pack 2 or higher
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Service Pack 3 or higher
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 Service Pack 3 or higher*
Windows XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 3 or higher*
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 or higher
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 or higher
Mac OS X (v10.3.9-v10.6)
Pre-installed.
*Excluding China
Notes
One of the above operating systems should be by default pre-installed. Any operating
system other than those indicated above (Windows 98, Windows 2000 or Linux, etc.),
upgraded operating systems or multi-boot environment are not supported.
64
 bit versions of Windows XP are not supported.
 For the latest version information and compatibility with your operating system, please
access the support home page for the IC recorder ( p. 121).
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To use your computer with the Sound Organizer software
To use your computer with the Sound Organizer software, see “System
requirements for your computer” ( p. 107).
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The following systems are not supported:
 Operating systems other than the ones indicated on page 115
 Personally constructed computers or operating systems
 Upgraded operating systems
 Multi-boot environment
 Multi-monitor environment
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Hardware environment:
Sound board: Sound boards compatible with any of the supported operating
systems
USB port
Port:

Disk drive
A CD-ROM drive is required. To create a music CD, you need a CD-R/RW
drive.
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Design and specifications
IC Recorder section
Capacity (User available capacity)
2 GB (approx. 1.80 GB = 1,932,735,283 Byte)
ICD-UX523/UX523F
4 GB (approx. 3.60 GB = 3,865,470,566 Byte)
A part of the memory capacity is used as a management area.
Maximum number of folders (for a drive)
400 folders
Maximum number of files (for a folder)
199 files
Maximum number of files (for a drive)
4,074 files (When 21 folders are contained in a drive.)
Frequency range
LPCM 44.1kHz/16bit
50 Hz - 20,000 Hz
MP3 192kbps
50 Hz - 20,000 Hz
MP3 128kbps
50 Hz - 16,000 Hz
MP3 160kbps(MONO)
50 Hz - 20,000 Hz
MP3 48kbps(MONO)
50 Hz - 14,000 Hz
MP3 8kbps(MONO)
60 Hz - 3,400 Hz
Compatible file formats
MP3*1
Bit rate: 32 kbps - 320 kbps (Supports variable bit rate (VBR))
Sampling frequencies: 16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48 kHz
File extension: .mp3
*1 The playback of MP3 files recorded using the IC recorder is
also supported. Not all encoders are supported.
WMA*2
Bit rate: 32 kbps - 192 kbps, (Supports variable bit rate (VBR))
Sampling frequencies: 44.1 kHz
File extension: .wma
*2 WMA Ver. 9 is compatible, however, MBR (Multi Bit Rate),
Lossless, Professional, and Voice are not supported.
Copyright-protected file cannot be played back. Not all
encoders are supported.
AAC-LC*3
Bit rate: 16 kbps - 320 kbps, (Supports variable bit rate (VBR))
Sampling frequencies:
11.025/12/16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48 kHz
File extension: .m4a
*3 Copyright-protected file cannot be played back. Not all AAC
encoders are supported.
LPCM
Sampling frequencies: 44.1 kHz
Quantization bit rate: 16 bit
File extension: .wav
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Frequency range
87.5 MHz - 108.0 MHz
IF 128 kHz
For other countries and regions
87.50 MHz - 108.00 MHz
IF 128 kHz
Antenna
Stereo headphones cord antenna
General section
Speaker
Approx. 20 mm (13/16 in.) dia.
Input/Output
Microphone jack
(minijack, stereo)
input for plug in power, minimum input level 0.9 mV
Headphone jack
(minijack, stereo)
output for 8 ohms - 300 ohms impedance headphones
USB connector
(Type-A)
High-Speed USB compatible
microSD memory card slot
Playback speed control (DPC)
2.00 times - 0.50 times
MP3/WMA/AAC-LC
1.00 time - 0.50 times
LPCM
Power output
90 mW
Power requirements
One NH-AAA rechargeable battery
(supplied)
1.2 V DC
One LR03 (size AAA) alkaline battery
(not supplied)
1.5 V DC
Operating temperature
5°C - 35°C (41 °F to 95 °F)
Dimensions (w/h/d) (not incl. projecting parts and controls) (JEITA)*4
Approx. 36.6 mm × 102.0 mm × 13.7 mm (1 1/2 × 4 1/8 × 9/16 inches)
Mass (JEITA)*4
Approx. 58 g (2 oz) including one NH-AAA rechargeable battery
*4 Measured value by the standard of JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries
Association)
Supplied accessories
See supplied Quick Start Guide
Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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Built-in memory
Memory card
ICD-UX522/ ICD-UX523/ 2GB
UX522F
UX523F
LPCM 44.1kHz/ 3h.
16bit
MP3 192kbps
( / / / / 22h. 20m.
)
4GB
8GB
16GB
32GB
6h.
12h. 5m.
24h. 15m.
48h. 40.m
6h.
3h.
44h. 40m.
22h. 20m. 44h. 40m.
89h. 25m.
178h.
357h.
MP3 128kbps
( )
33h. 30m.
67h. 5m.
33h. 30m. 67h. 5m.
134h.
268h.
536h.
MP3 160kbps
(MONO)
26h. 45m.
53h. 40m.
26h. 45m. 53h. 40m.
107h.
214h.
429h.
MP3 48kbps
(MONO)
89h. 25m.
178h.
89h. 25m. 178h.
357h.
715h.
1431h.
MP3 8kbps
(MONO)
536h.
1073h.
536h.
2147h.
4294h.
8589h.
1073h.
h.: hours/m.: minutes
*5 When you are going to record continuously for a long time, you may have to replace the battery with
new one in the midst of recording. For details on the battery life, see the table on page 120.
*6 The maximum recording time in the above table is for your reference only, and may differ depending
on the card specifications.
*7 Default settings
The maximum playback time of a music file /number of files*8
Bit rate
ICD-UXC523/UX523F
Playback time
ICD-UXC522/UX522F
Number of files Playback time
Number of files
48 kbps
178h.
2670 files
89h. 25m.
1341 files
128 kbps
67h. 5m.
1006 files
33h. 30m.
502 files
256 kbps
33h. 30m.
502 files
16h. 45m.
251 files
h.: hours/m.: minutes
*8 In the case where MP3 files of 4 minutes each are transferred to the IC recorder.
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REC mode
(Recording
scene*7)
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Maximum recording time*5*6
The maximum recording time of all the folders is as follows.
120
Additional Information
When using a Sony NH-AAA rechargeable battery*1
REC Mode
Recording
Playback through Playback using the
speaker*2
headphones
FM recording*3
Approx. 22h.
Approx. 14h.
Approx. 34h.
—
MP3 192kbps
Approx. 24h.
Approx. 15h.
Approx. 41h.
Approx. 7h. 30m.
MP3 128kbps
Approx. 24h.
Approx. 15h.
Approx. 41h.
Approx. 7h. 30m.
MP3 160kbps (MONO) Approx. 24h.
Approx. 15h.
Approx. 41h.
Approx .7h. 30m.
MP3 48kbps (MONO)
Approx. 25h.
Approx. 15h.
Approx. 41h.
Approx. 7h. 30m.
MP3 8kbps (MONO)
Approx. 30h.
Approx. 15h.
Approx. 41h.
Approx. 8h.
Music file
(128 kbps/44.1kHz)
—
Approx. 15h.
Approx. 41h.
—
Approx. 9h.
FM reception*3
h.: hours/m.: minutes
When using a Sony LR03 (SG) (size AAA) alkaline battery *1
REC Mode
Recording
Playback through Playback using the
speaker*2
headphones
FM recording*3
LPCM 44.1kHz/16bit
Approx. 24h.
Approx. 20h.
Approx. 49h.
—
MP3 192kbps
Approx. 29h.
Approx. 22h.
Approx. 61h.
Approx. 8h. 30m.
MP3 128kbps
Approx. 31h.
Approx. 22h.
Approx. 61h.
Approx. 8h. 30m.
MP3 160kbps (MONO) Approx. 31h.
Approx. 22h.
Approx. 61h.
Approx. 8h. 30m.
MP3 48kbps (MONO)
Approx. 33h
Approx. 22h.
Approx. 61h.
Approx. 8h. 30m.
MP3 8kbps (MONO)
Approx. 42h.
Approx. 22h.
Approx. 61h.
Approx. 10h.
Music file
(128 kbps/44.1kHz)
—
Approx. 22h.
Approx. 61h.
—
FM reception*3
Approx. 11h.
h.: hours/m.: minutes
*1 The battery life is measured in testing using methods proprietary to Sony. The battery life may shorten
depending on how you operate the IC recorder.
*2 When playing back music through the internal speaker with the volume level set to 13
*3 for ICD-UX522F/UX523F only
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Troubleshooting
Please access the following support home page to get the support information
about your IC recorder:
For customers in Europe:
http://support.sony-europe.com/DNA
For customers in Latin America:
http://www.sony-latin.com/index.crp
For customers in the U.S.A.:
http://www.sony.com/recordersupport
For customers in Canada:
http://www.sony.ca/ElectronicsSupport
http://fr.sony.ca/ElectronicsSupport
For customers in other countries/regions:
http://www.sony-asia.com/support
Note that recorded files may be deleted during service or repair work.
On the IC recorder operations
Noise
Noise is heard.
 An object, such as your finger, etc., accidentally rubbed or scratched the IC recorder
during recording so that noise was recorded.
 The IC recorder was placed near an AC power source, a fluorescent lamp or a
mobile phone during recording or playback.
 The plug of the connected external microphone (not supplied) is dirty.
 Clean the plug.
 The plug of the connected headphones is dirty.
 Clean the plug.
Continued 
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Before taking the IC recorder for repair, check the following sections. Should
any problem persist after you have made these checks, consult your nearest
Sony dealer.
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The IC recorder cannot be turned off.
 Slide and hold the HOLD•POWER switch in the direction of “POWER” until “Power
Off ” animation is displayed when the IC recorder is stopped. The power is turned off
( p. 22).
The IC recorder is powered off automatically.
 When the IC recorder is in the stop mode and you leave the IC recorder without
attempting an operation for a certain length of time, the auto power off function
will take effect. (The length of time before auto power off is set to “10min” when
you purchase the IC recorder.) You can select the length of time before auto power
off takes effect in the menu ( p. 91).
The battery life is short.
 The battery life on page 120 is based on playback with the volume level set to 13.
The battery life may shorten depending on the operation of the IC recorder.
 Even if you do not use the IC recorder, the battery is consumed slightly. If you do
not intend to use the IC recorder for an extended period of time, it is recommended
that you turn the power off ( p. 22) or remove the battery. Moreover, if you set
“Auto Power Off ” to a short span in the menu ( p. 91), you can prevent the
battery from being consumed due to forgetting to turn the IC recorder off.
 The battery indicator is displayed only for a short time, however, the rechargeable
battery is not charged completely. It takes about 3 hours 30 minutes to fully charge
an exhausted battery.
 The IC recorder has not been used for a certain time. Charge and discharge the
rechargeable battery using the IC recorder several times.
 You are using the rechargeable battery in an environment with a temperature of
under 5 °C (41 ºF). Battery life becomes shorter as a result of the battery
characteristics. This is not a malfunction.
 The rechargeable battery has deteriorated. Replace the old rechargeable battery with
a new one.
 You are using a manganese battery for this IC recorder. You cannot use the IC
recorder with a manganese battery.
Continued 
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The IC recorder cannot be turned on. The IC recorder does not operate, even if you
press any button.
 The battery is weak.
 The battery has been inserted with incorrect polarity ( p. 18).
 The power of the IC recorder is off.
 Slide and hold the HOLD•POWER switch in the direction of “POWER” until the
window display appears. The power is turned on ( p. 22).
The
HOLD function is activated.

Slide the HOLD•POWER switch in the center direction ( p. 16).
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The charging indicator is not displayed or disappears in the middle of charging.
 A rechargeable battery has not been inserted, or a battery other than a rechargeable
battery (alkaline battery, manganese battery, etc.) has been inserted.
A
 rechargeable battery has been inserted with incorrect polarity.
 The USB connector of the IC recorder is not connected properly.
 While playing back files using the built-in speaker or listening to the FM radio
(ICD-UX522F/UX523F only), you cannot charge the battery.
rechargeable battery has deteriorated.
The

Replace
the old rechargeable battery with a new one.

“
” or “ ” is flashing instead of the battery indicator.
 The environmental temperature is out of the range for charging. Charge the battery
in an environment with a temperature of 5 °C - 35 °C (41 °F - 95 °F).
Operating
The IC recorder does not operate correctly.
 Take out the battery and insert it again.
 You may have formatted the memory of the IC recorder using the computer.
 Use the IC recorder formatting function to format the memory ( p. 92).
The operation indicator does not light.
 “LED” is set to “OFF.”
 Display the menu and set “LED” to “ON” ( p. 89).
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You cannot charge the battery by connecting the IC recorder to your computer.
 When you connect the IC recorder to a computer which is not running, the battery
will not be charged. Even if the computer is on, and the computer is in a mode of
reduced operation (standby or sleep), you cannot charge the battery.
 “USB Charge” is set to “OFF” in the menu.
 To charge the battery using your computer, set it to “ON” ( p. 91).
 Disconnect the IC recorder from your computer and reconnect it.
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Recording is interrupted.
 The VOR function is activated. When you are not using the VOR function, set
“VOR” to “OFF” in the menu ( p. 38).
The VOR function does not work.
 During synchronized recording, the VOR function does not work.
 During recording an FM broadcast (ICD-UX522F/UX523F only), the VOR
function does not work.
When recording from other equipment, the input level is too strong or not strong
enough.
 Connect the headphone jack of other equipment to the  (microphone) jack of the
IC recorder and adjust the volume level on the piece of equipment connected to the
IC recorder.
Playback
The playback volume is low.
 The built-in speaker is mainly for monitoring, and the playback volume is low.
 Use the supplied headphones.
No sound comes from the speaker.
 Headphones are plugged in ( p. 51).
 “Audio Output” in the menu is set to “Headphones,” when you are listening to the
radio (ICD-UX522F/UX523F only).
 Set “Audio Output” to “Speaker” ( p. 77).
Sound comes from the speaker even when the headphones are plugged in.
 If you plug in the headphones not securely during playback, the sound may come
from the speaker.
 Unplug the headphones, and then insert them securely.
 “Audio Output” in the menu is set to “Speaker,” when you are listening to the radio
(ICD-UX522F/UX523F only).
 Set “Audio Output” to “Headphones” ( p. 77).
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You cannot record a file.
 The remaining memory capacity is insufficient.
 You cannot record a file when you select a folder in the playback-only area (the
tab and the tab).
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Playback sound is not good when a music file is played back.
 When you play back a music file with the NOISE CUT switch set to “ON,” playback
sound may be deteriorated.
 Set the NOISE CUT switch to “OFF.”
Editing
You cannot divide a file.
 You need a certain amount of free space in the memory to divide a file.
 199 files have been recorded in the selected folder ( ).
 Erase some of the files ( p. 57) or erase all the files after you store them on the
other memory media or on your computer.
of the system limitations, you may not be able to divide a file at the very
Because

beginning or at the very end of the file.
 You cannot divide files other than those recorded using the IC recorder (e.g., a file
transferred from a computer).
You cannot move a file.
 You cannot move a (Podcast) file.
 You cannot move a protected file.
 You cannot move a file to a memory card.
You cannot copy a file to another memory.
 You cannot copy a (Podcast) file to another memory.
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Playback speed is too fast or too slow.
 The DPC(SPEED CTRL) switch to “ON,” and the playback speed is adjusted with 
or .
 Slide the DPC(SPEED CTRL) switch to “OFF” or press  or  to adjust the
speed in DPC again ( p. 46).
 You cannot play back an LPCM file at a speed exceeding 1.00 times the recorded
speed. If you attempt to adjust the playback speed faster than that limit, “NO FAST”
appears in the display window.
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Sound effect does not change even when the “Effect” setting is changed.
 When you are using the built-in speaker or when you are listening to the radio
(ICD-UX522F/UX523F only), the effect function is invalid.
 When the NOISE CUT switch is set to “ON,” the effect function does not work.
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Clock
“--:--” is displayed.
 You have not set the clock ( p. 23).
Display
There are fewer menu items displayed in the menu mode.
 During playback, recording, or FM reception (ICD-UX522F/UX523F only) modes,
there are menu items that are not displayed ( p. 79).
The remaining time displayed in the display window is shorter than that
displayed in the supplied Sound Organizer software.
 The IC recorder requires a certain amount of memory for system operation. That
amount is subtracted from the remaining time, which is the reason for the
difference.
Files
The “Memory Full” animation is displayed and you cannot start recording.
 The memory is full.
 Erase some of the files ( p. 57) or erase all the files after you store them on the
other memory media or on your computer.
The “File Full” animation is displayed and you cannot operate the IC recorder.
 199 files have been recorded in the selected folder ( ) or 4,074 files (when there
are 21 folders) in total have been recorded. Therefore you cannot record another
file, or move a file.
 Erase some of the files ( p. 57) or erase all the files after you store them on the
other memory media or on your computer.
The memory card is not recognized.
 Remove a memory card and check the side of the memory card. Then insert it with
correct side and direction ( p. 20).
 Switch the memory media of the IC recorder to “Memory Card” ( p. 29).
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“--y--m--d” or “--:--” is displayed on the REC Date display.
 The date of recording will not be displayed if you recorded the file when the clock
was not set.
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A character in a folder or file name is displayed in unreadable characters.
 The IC recorder cannot support or display some special characters and symbols that
are entered on a computer using Windows Explorer or the Macintosh Finder.
It takes a long time to copy a file.
 If the file size of a file is large, it takes a considerable time to finish copying. Wait
until the copying is finished.
The IC recorder is not recognized by your computer. A folder/file cannot be
transferred from your computer.
 Disconnect the IC recorder from your computer and reconnect it.
 Do not use a USB hub or USB extension cable other than supplied USB connection
support cable. Connect the IC recorder directly to your computer or use the
supplied USB connection support cable.
 Operation is not guaranteed if you use any system requirements other than those
described on page 115.
 Depending on the USB port position, the IC recorder may not be recognized. If this
happens, try another port.
The file transferred from your computer cannot be played back.
 The IC recorder can recognize up to 8 levels of folders transferred to the IC
recorder.
 The file format may differ from those that can be played back using the IC recorder
(LPCM(.wav)/MP3(.mp3)/WMA(.wma)/AAC-LC(.m4a)). Check the compatible
file formats ( p. 117).
The computer cannot start.
 If you reboot the computer with the IC recorder connected to the computer, the
computer may freeze or may not start properly.
 Disconnect the IC recorder from the computer and reboot the computer again.
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Menu does not reflect the change in settings.
 If the battery is removed just after the menu setting is changed, or the menu setting
is changed using “IC Recorder Setting” of the Sound Organizer software with the
exhausted battery inserted, the menu setting may not function.
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Sound comes from the speaker even when the headphones are plugged in.
 “Audio Output” in the menu is set to “Speaker,” when you are listening to the radio
(ICD-UX522F/UX523F only).
 Set “Audio Output” to “Headphones” ( p. 77).
The audio is weak or has poor quality when listening to the radio.  Move the unit away from the TV.
The picture of your TV becomes unstable.
 If you are listening to an FM program near the TV with an indoor antenna, move
the IC recorder away from the TV.
You cannot receive FM radio stations, or a lot of static is heard.  The headphones are not connected (the headphone cord is the FM antenna)
 Connect the headphones to the  (headphone) jack and extend the headphone
cord.
 “DX/LOCAL” has been set to “LOCAL.”
 Set it to “DX” ( p. 75).
You cannot preset an FM radio station.  You have already preset 30 FM radio stations.
 Erase unwanted preset stations ( p. 74).
 “Scan Sensitivity” has been set to “Low(SCAN L).”
 Set it to “High(SCAN H)” ( p. 76).
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No sound comes from the speaker.
 “Audio Output” in the menu is set to “Headphones,” when you are listening to the
radio (ICD-UX522F/UX523F only).
 Set “Audio Output” to “Speaker” ( p. 77).
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On the Sound Organizer
Refer to the help files of the Sound Organizer software, too.
The IC recorder cannot be properly connected.
 Check that the installation of the software has been successful. Also check the
connection as follows:
– When using an external USB hub, connect the IC recorder directly to the
computer or use the supplied USB connection support cable.
–
Disconnect and then connect the IC recorder.
–
Connect the IC recorder to another USB port.
computer may be in the system standby/hibernate mode.
Your

 Do not let your computer enter into the system standby/hibernate mode while
being connected to the IC recorder.
a backup copy of all of the data stored on the built-in memory or the memory
Save

card, and then format the built-in memory or the memory card using the
formatting function in the menu ( p. 92).
Playback sound from the computer is low./No sound is emitted from the
computer.
 No sound board is installed.
 No speaker is built-in or connected to the computer.
 The volume of the sound is turned down.
 Turn up the volume on the computer. (Refer to the instruction manual of the
computer.)
volume of WAV files can be changed and saved using the “Increase Volume”
The

feature of the Microsoft Sound Recorder.
Stored files cannot be played back or edited.
 You cannot play back files whose file format the Sound Organizer software does not
support. Depending on the file format, you cannot use part of editorial features of
the software. Refer to the help files of the Sound Organizer software.
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The Sound Organizer software cannot be installed.
 The free disk or memory space on the computer is too small.
 Check the hard disk and memory space.
 You are trying to install the software into the operating system that the Sound
Organizer software does not support.
 Install the software into the supported operating system ( p. 107).
 In Windows XP, you have logged on using a user name belonging to a user account
with limitations. Or in Windows Vista or Windows 7, you have logged on using a
guest account.
 Make sure to log on using a user name with computer administrator privileges.
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Display does not work during saving, adding, or deleting of files.
 It takes a longer time to copy or delete long files.
 Wait until the copying is finished. After completing operations, the display works
normally.
The software ‘hangs’ when the Sound Organizer software starts up.
 Do not disconnect the connector of the IC recorder while the computer is
communicating with the IC recorder. Otherwise the computer operations become
unstable or the data inside the IC recorder may be damaged.
may be conflict between the software and other driver or application.
There

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Operation is slow when there are many files.
 When the total number of files increases, the operation becomes slower, regardless
of the length of the recording time.
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The counter or slider moves incorrectly, or noise is heard.
 This happens when you play back files that you divided.
 Store a file on your computer first*, and then add it to the IC recorder. (*Select
the saving file format that suits the IC recorder you use.)
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Messages List
Follow the instructions below if a message appears in the display.
Cause/Remedy
HOLD
Slide HOLD Switch to
Activate.
 All the button operations are disabled because the IC
recorder is in the HOLD status to prevent unintentional
operations. Slide the HOLD•POWER switch towards the
center to release the IC recorder from the HOLD status (
p. 16).
Low Battery Level
 You cannot format the memory or erase all the files in a
folder because of insufficient battery power. Charge the
rechargeable battery ( p. 18) or replace the old
rechargeable battery with a new one. Or replace the old
LR03 (size AAA) alkaline battery with a new one.
Low Battery
 The battery is exhausted. Charge the rechargeable battery
( p. 18) or replace the old rechargeable battery with a
new one. Or replace the old LR03 (size AAA) alkaline
battery with a new one.
Memory Card Error
 An error occurred while a memory card was being inserted
into the memory card slot. Remove and try inserting it
again. If this message persists, use a new memory card.
Memory Card Not
Supported
 A memory card that the IC recorder does not support is
inserted. See “About compatible memory cards” ( p. 21).
Read Only Memory Card  A read-only memory card is inserted. A read-only memory
card cannot be used with the IC recorder.
Memory Full
 The remaining memory capacity of the IC recorder is
insufficient. Erase some files before recording.
File Full
 When there are already the maximum number of files in
the selected folder or the total number of files stored on the
IC recorder has exceeded the maximum, you cannot record
a new file. Erase some files before recording.
Settings are Full
 When 30 FM stations have already been stored in the IC
recorder’s memory, you cannot preset a new FM station
(for ICD-UX522F /UX523F only).
When
you rename a folder, there are already 10 folders

with the same folder name as the folder you selected. Please
select a different folder name from the templates.
Track Marks are Full
 You can set up to 98 track marks for a file. Cancel
unwanted track marks ( p. 62).
File Damaged
 You cannot play back or edit files, because the data of the
selected file is damaged.
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Message
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Format Error
 The IC recorder cannot be turned on using the computer
because there is no copy of the control file required for
operation. Format the IC recorder using the formatting
function in the menu ( p. 92). Do not use your computer
to format the IC recorder.
Process Error
 The IC recorder failed in memory access. Remove and then
re-insert the battery.
 Save a backup copy of your data and format the IC recorder
using the menu ( p. 92).
Stop and Reinsert
Memory Card
 A memory card was inserted during recording or playback.
Remove the memory card and insert it while the IC
recorder is in the stop mode.
Set Date&Time
 Set the clock; otherwise, you cannot set the alarm.
No File
 The selected folder does not have any files. You cannot
move a file or set the alarm, etc., because of this.
No Track Marks
 There are no track marks when you attempt to erase a track
mark or track marks, or divide a file at all the track mark
positions.
No Memory Card
 There is no memory card inserted into the memory card
slot when you attempt to set the “Select Memory,” or “File
Copy” menus.
File Protected
 The selected file is protected or is a “Read only” file. You
cannot erase it. Cancel the protection on the IC recorder or
cancel “Read only” on your computer to edit the file using
the IC recorder.
Already Set
 You set the alarm to play back a file at a date and time
previously set on another file. Change the alarm setting.
Past Date/Time
 You set the alarm when the time has already passed. Check
it and set the appropriate date and time ( p. 54).
Unknown Data
 This data is not in a file format that is supported by the IC
recorder. The IC recorder supports LPCM(.wav)/MP3
(.mp3)/WMA(.wma)/AAC-LC(.m4a) files. For details, see
“Design and specifications” ( p. 117).
 You cannot play back copyright protected files.
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Troubleshooting
Invalid Operation
 You cannot divide or set a track mark in files in the folder
in the playback-only area (the tab and the tab).
When
a memory card has a bad block on it, the card

cannot be written to. Prepare a new memory card to
replace the current one.
The
file name has reached the maximum number of

characters; you cannot divide the file. Shorten the file name.
 The “Divide All Track Marks” function cannot be used
because there is a track mark within 0.5 seconds from the
dividing position.
The
“Divide All Track Marks” function cannot be used

because there is a track mark within 0.5 seconds from the
beginning of a file or the end of a file.
The
file length is less than 1 second; you cannot divide such

a short file.
 The “Divide Current Position” function cannot be used at a
position within 0.5 seconds from the beginning of a file or
the end of a file.
New File
 The file being recorded has reached the maximum size
limit (2 GB for an LPCM file, and 1 GB for an MP3 file).
The file will be divided automatically and recording will
continue as a new file.
Invalid when Noise Cut is  When the NOISE CUT switch is set to “ON,” the effect
ON
function does not work. Set the NOISE CUT switch to
“OFF.” ( p. 45).
Change Folder
 If there are no files in the or folder, no folders are
displayed in the display window. A folder containing a file
will be displayed.
Cannot Divide - Exceeds  When there are already 199 files in the selected folder or
Max 199 Files in Folder
the total number of files stored on the IC recorder exceeds
the maximum, you cannot divide a file. Erase some files
before dividing a file.
Same File Name Exists
 A file of the same file name already exists in the folder, so a
file cannot be created or renamed.
Erased Track Marks too
 When there is a track mark set within 0.5 seconds from the
near Divide Point
dividing position, the track mark is automatically erased.
No operation with
 You cannot set an alarm in a file stored on a memory card.
Memory Card
Switch the memory media of the IC recorder to “Built-In
Memory” ( p. 29, 30).
AVLS*
 The volume of the playback sound exceeds the AVLSspecified level. Adjust the volume to a moderate level.
System Error
 A system error other than the above has occurred. Remove
the battery and re-insert it.
*: for the European models only
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Troubleshooting
There are some system limitations of the IC recorder. Troubles as mentioned
below are not malfunctions of the IC recorder.
Cause/Remedy
You cannot display or play  If you have transferred music files using your computer,
back music files in order.
those files may not be transferred in order of transfer
because of system limitations. If you transfer music files
from your computer to the IC recorder one by one, you can
display and play back the music files in transferred order.
A file is divided
 The file being recorded has reached the maximum size
automatically.
limit (2 GB for an LPCM file, and 1 GB for an MP3 file).
Therefore it is automatically divided.
You cannot enter lower-  Depending on the combination of the characters used for
case characters.
the folder name that was made on your computer, those
characters may change to all capitals.
“” is displayed in place  A character which cannot be displayed on the IC recorder
of a folder name, title,
has been used. Using your computer, replace it with one
artist name, or file name.
which can be displayed on the IC recorder.
When you set A-B repeat  Depending on the files, the set positions may move.
playback, the set positions
move a little.
The remaining recording  You need a certain amount of free space for a file
time becomes shorter
management area to divide a file, therefore the remaining
when you divide a file.
recording time will be shortened.
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 Nuance, the Nuance logo, Dragon, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, and
RealSpeak are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Nuance
Communications Inc., and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other
countries.
 US and foreign patents licensed from Dolby Laboratories.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective holders. Furthermore, “ ™ ” and “®” are not
mentioned in each case in this manual.
The “Sound Organizer” uses software modules as shown below:
Windows Media Format Runtime
This product contains technology subject to certain intellectual property rights
of Microsoft.
Use or distribution of this technology outside of this product is prohibited
without the appropriate license(s) from Microsoft.
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 Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and Windows Media are registered
trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/
or other countries.
 Macintosh and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the USA
and other countries.
 Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
 MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology and patents licensed from
Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson.
 microSD and microSDHC logos are trademarks of SD-3C, LLC.
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For the customers in Canada
Sound can be deceiving. Over time your hearing “comfort level” adapts to
higher volumes of sound. So what sounds “normal” can actually be loud and
harmful to your hearing. Guard against this by setting your equipment at a safe
level BEFORE your hearing adapts.
TO ESTABLISH A SAFE LEVEL:
Set your volume control to the lowest level where you can hear the music
comfortably and clearly. Prolonged exposure to anything over 85 decibels can
cause gradual hearing loss.
Once you have established a sound level where you can hear the audio
comfortably, clearly and without distortion, set the dial and leave it there.
See if your music player has a volume limiter that allows you to set a safe
listening level by establishing a maximum volume level on your player. This is
a great solution for parents to ensure their children listen at a safe level.
Limit listening time to give your hearing “quiet breaks.”
BE SURE TO OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES WHEN
WEARING YOUR HEADPHONES OR EARBUDS:
Do not turn up the volume so high that you can’t hear sounds around you.
Do not use headphones or earbuds while operating a motorized vehicle; it
may create a traffic hazard and is illegal in many areas.
Used wisely, your new sound equipment will provide years of fun and
enjoyment. Since hearing damage from loud noise is often undetectable until it
is too late, this manufacturer, CEA and ASHA recommend that you avoid
prolonged exposure to excessive noise. The following list of sound levels is
included for your information so that you can better protect your hearing.
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Selecting fine audio equipment such as the unit you’ve just purchased is only
the start of your musical enjoyment. Now it’s time to consider how you can
maximize the fun and excitement your equipment offers. This manufacturer,
the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and the American SpeechLanguage-Hearing Association (ASHA) want you to get the most out of your
equipment by playing it at a safe level; a level that lets the sound come through
clearly without annoying blaring or distortion and, most importantly, without
damaging your sensitive hearing.
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This information courtesy of the American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association (ASHA), the national professional, scientific and credentialing
association for more than 135,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists,
and speech, language and hearing scientists. For information on protection
against noise-induced hearing loss, call the ASHA Action Center
(800-638-8255), Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. To find an
audiologist in your area, visit www.asha.org/findpro. Parents can find helpful
information about how to protect their children’s hearing and how to teach
them about safe listening at www.listentoyourbuds.org, an ASHA awardwinning public education campaign sponsored in part by CEA.
A safety tip from the Consumer Electronics Association, 1919 South Eads
Street, Arlington, VA 22202 and the American Speech-Language-Hearing
Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20850.
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CONSTANT EXPOSURE TO THESE NOISES CAN BE DANGEROUS:
90 Lawn mower, motorcycle
100 Chain saw
110 Rock concert
120 Jet plane takeoff
130 Jackhammer
140 Firecrackers
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30 Whisper
40 Quiet room
50 Moderate rainfall
60 Normal conversation
70 Busy traffic, vacuum cleaner
80 Alarm clock
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B
Battery indicator .....................18, 111
Battery life ..................................... 120
Built-in memory .................29, 30, 97
Built-in microphones . ................... 31
C
Calendar ..............................52, 80, 88
Changing a file name .........67, 79, 87
Changing a folder name ....66, 79, 87
Changing the Scene Select
settings .............................36, 79, 81
Connecting the IC recorder to
your computer . ..................... 18, 96
Copying a file to the other
memory . ..........................60, 79, 87
Copying files to your
computer . .................................. 101
Copying music files to the
IC recorder ................................ 102
Cue ................................................... 51
D
Displaying the current date
and time ....................................... 25
Display window .............................. 10
Dividing a file at all the track
mark positions ................65, 79, 88
Dividing a file at the current
position ............................64, 79, 87
DPC (Digital Pitch Control) ......... 46
E
Easy search ..........................51, 79, 85
Editing files ..................................... 59
Effect ....................................47, 79, 84
Erasing ............................................. 57
Erasing all files in a
folder ................................58, 79, 88
Erasing all the track
marks . ..............................63, 79, 87
Erasing a track mark ..........62, 79, 87
External microphone ..................... 39
F
FM radio
Listening to the
FM radio ...................... 69, 70, 80, 93
Presetting FM radio stations
automatically ......................72, 80, 93
Presetting FM radio stations
manually . ........................................73
Recording FM broadcasts . ...............71
Switching the FM radio
output ..................................77, 80, 94
Switching the receiver
sensitivity ............................75, 80, 93
Switching the scanning
sensitivity ............................76, 80, 94
Folder ...................................27, 66, 97
H
HOLD .............................................. 16
HOLD•POWER switch ........... 16, 22
I
Index to parts and controls
Display window .................................10
Front ...................................................... 8
Rear ....................................................... 9
Input selection ..............39, 41, 79, 83
Inserting a memory card ............... 20
L
LPCM files . ................................... 117
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A
A-B repeat . ...................................... 50
AAC-LC files . ............................... 117
Adjusting the volume . ............. 32, 42
Alarm ...................................54, 79, 86
Alkaline battery ............................ 120
AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter
System) . ...........................17, 79, 86
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Additional Information
Messages list .................................. 131
microSD card .................................. 97
Monitoring the recording . ............ 32
Moving a file .......................59, 79, 87
MP3 files . ...................................... 117
P
Pause recording .............................. 33
Playback . ......................................... 42
Playback modes ........................ 49, 85
Playback speed . .............................. 46
Playback time . .............................. 119
Podcasts ......................................... 105
Precautions .................................... 113
Protecting a file . .................68, 79, 87
R
Rechargeable battery ......18, 111, 120
Recharging the battery . .........18, 111
Recording ........................................ 31
Recording from a telephone ......... 39
Recording from other
equipment . .................................. 40
Recording level guide . .................. 32
Recording time ............................. 119
Recording with an external
microphone ................................. 39
Recording with other
equipment . .................................. 56
Remaining recording time ............ 44
Review . ...................................... 33, 51
S
Scene selection . ..................34, 79, 81
Selecting a folder and a file ........... 27
Selecting a tab ................................. 28
Selecting the
memory . ....................29, 30, 80, 89
Setting the clock .................23, 80, 90
Setting the language ...........26, 80, 90
Sound Organizer .......................... 105
Specifications ................................ 115
Synchronized recording ....40, 79, 83
System limitations ........................ 134
System requirements . ..........107, 115
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Alarm ............................................79, 86
Audio Output ...............................80, 94
Auto Power Off ............................80, 91
Auto Preset ...................................80, 93
AVLS .............................................79, 86
Backlight .......................................80, 89
Beep ...............................................80, 90
Calendar .......................................80, 88
Change File Name .......................79, 87
Change Folder Name ..................79, 87
Date&Time ...................................80, 90
Display ..........................................80, 88
Divide All Track Marks ..............79, 88
Divide Current Position .............79, 87
DX/LOCAL ..................................80, 93
Easy Search ...................................79, 85
Effect .............................................79, 84
Erase All . ......................................79, 88
Erase All Track Marks . ...............79, 87
Erase Track Mark . .......................79, 87
File Copy . .....................................79, 87
FM Radio ......................................80, 93
Format . .........................................80, 92
Language . .....................................80, 90
LCF(Low Cut) ..............................79, 83
LED ...............................................80, 89
Making settings . ................................78
Menu Settings ....................................79
Mic Sensitivity . ............................79, 82
Move File ......................................79, 87
Noise Cut Level ............................79, 84
Play Mode .....................................79, 85
Protect ...........................................79, 87
REC Mode ....................................79, 82
Scan Sensitivity ............................80, 94
Scene Edit .....................................79, 81
Scene Select ..................................79, 81
Select Input . .................................79, 83
Select Memory .............................80, 89
SYNC REC ...................................79, 83
System Information . ...................80, 92
Time Display ................................80, 90
USB Charge ..................................80, 91
VOR . .............................................79, 83
N
Noise .............................................. 113
Noise cut .......................................... 45
Noise cut level .....................45, 79, 84
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Maintenance . ................................ 113
Memory card . ............ 20, 29, 30, 114
Menu
140
Additional Information
V
VOR (Voice Operated
Recording) .......................38, 79, 83
W
WMA files ..................................... 117
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U
USB AC adaptor ........................... 111
USB Memory ................................ 104
Using the IC recorder with your
computer . .................................... 95
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Tab view ........................................... 15
Track mark ...................................... 61
Troubleshooting ........................... 121