2-894-353-52 (2)
Getting Started
IC Recorder
Basic Operations
Various Recording Modes
Playback/Erasing
Operating Instructions
Owner’s Record
The model number is located at the rear panel and the
serial number is located inside the battery compartment.
Record the serial number in the space provided below.
Refer to these numbers whenever you call upon your Sony
dealer regarding this product.
Model No. ICD-SX57
Serial No.
Editing Messages
Utilizing the Menu Function
Using the IC Recorder with Your Computer
Toubleshooting
Additional Information
Index
ICD-SX57
© 2007 Sony Corporation
For the customers in the United
States
The following FCC statement applies only to the
version of this model manufactured for sale in the
USA. Other versions may not comply with FCC
technical regulations.
INFORMATION
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will
not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment
does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try
to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
 Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
 Increase the separation between the equipment
and receiver.
 Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the receiver
is connected.
 Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications
not expressly approved in this manual could void your
authority to operate this equipment.
If you have any questions about this product, you
may call: Sony Customer Information Services Center
1-800-222-7669 or http://www.sony.com/
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Address
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SONY
ICD-SX57
Sony Electronics Inc.
16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego,
CA 92127 USA
Telephone Number : 858-942-2230
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
For the State of California, USA only
Perchlorate Material — special handling may apply,
See www.dtsc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/perchlorate
Perchlorate Material : Lithium battery contains
perchlorate
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 This software is for Windows and cannot be used
for Macintosh.
 The supplied connecting cable is for the IC recorder
ICD-SX57. You cannot connect other IC recorders.
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Table of Contents
Checking the contents of the
package................................................................7
Index to Parts and Controls......................8
Getting Started
Step 1: Preparing a Power Source........13
Installing the batteries........................13
When replacing/charging the
batteries......................................................15
Step 2: Setting the Clock............................17
Step 3: Preparations Required
before Recording............................................19
Basic Operations
Recording Messages....................................21
Various Recording Modes
Manual Recording Mode...........................24
Starting to Record Automattically
in Response to Sound
– the VOR Function.......................................25
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Adding a Recording to a Previously
Recorded Message........................................26
Adding an Overwrite Recording
during Playback...............................................28
Dividing a Message into Two
during Recording...........................................29
Recording with an External
Microphone.......................................................30
Recording from Other Equipment......31
Recording sound from a
telephone or a cell phone...............32
Playback/Erasing
Playing Back Messages................................33
Adjusting the playback sound
by amplifying inaudible sound
– the Digital Voice Up function.....36
Adjusting the playback speed
– DPC (the Digital Pitch
Control function)...................................37
Playing Back a Specified
Section Repeatedly
– A-B Repeat.............................................37
Adding a Bookmark.............................38
Playing Back a Message at a
Desired Time with an Alarm....................39
Erasing Messages...........................................42
Erasing Messages one by one.......42
Erasing All Messages in a
Folder............................................................43
Editing Messages
Dividing a Message into Two..................44
Moving Message to a Different
Folder.....................................................................45
Adding Priority Mark(s)
– the Priority Mark Function....................45
Utilizing the Menu Function
Making Settings for the Menu................46
Using the IC Recorder with
Your Computer
Using the Supplied Digital Voice
Editor Software................................................57
What You Can Do Using the
Digital Voice Editor Software..........57
System Requirements.........................58
Installing the Software.......................59
Connecting the IC Recorder
to your Computer.................................61
Referring to the Help Files................62
Playing Back MP3 Files Using the
IC Recorder.........................................................62
Using the Digital Voice Editor
Software......................................................63
Using Windows Explorer...................63
Construction of folders and
files..................................................................64
Using the IC Recorder as a
USB Mass Storage Device..........................65
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting..............................................66
Error Messages (IC recorder)...........73
System Limitations...............................76
Addtional Information
Recording with Other Equipment.......77
Using a USB AC Adaptor
(not supplied)...................................................78
Precautions.........................................................79
Specifications....................................................80
Index.......................................................................82
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Checking the contents
of the package
Application Software, Digital Voice
Editor (CD-ROM) (1)
IC Recorder (1)
USB connecting cable (1)
LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries (2)
Carrying pouch (1)
Stereo ear receiver (1)
Operating Instructions (1)
Warranty (1)
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Index to Parts and
Controls
Display window (10, 11)
Refer to the pages indicated in
parentheses for details.

Front
DIVIDE/
38)
(bookmark) button (30, 33,
(folder)/MENU button
 (record/pause) button (21, 24, 25,
26, 28)
 (stop) button (17, 21, 24, 26, 28, 33,
40, 42, 45, 46)
 (cue/fast forward) button (34)
 (play/stop/enter) button
 (review/fast backward) button
(34)
VOL (volume) +/– button (23, 33)
 (repeat) A-B/ (priority) button
(33, 37, 45)
ERASE button (42)
Opning for a handstrap (A handstrap
is not supplied.)
 (headphone) jack* (23, 34, 77)
Built-in microphones (stereo/
directional) (21, 24)
Operation indicator (21, 24, 26, 28)
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* Connect stereo ear receiver or stereo
headphones supplied or not supplied to the
 (headphone) jack. If unwanted noise is
heard, wipe the headphones plug clean.
Speaker
HOLD switch**
V‑UP (Digital Voice Up) switch (36)
DPC switch (37)
DIRECTNL (directional) switch (23)
 (microphone) jack (30, 31)

(USB) connector (13, 61)
Battery compartment (13)
Rear
** Slide the HOLD switch in the direction of
the arrow to lock all the functions of all the
buttons. During stop, “POWER SAVING…”
will be displayed and the display will be
turned off to prevent battery power from
exhausting.
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Display window
Display during playback and stop
Operation mode indicator
Displays the following, depending on
the current operation mode
: playback
: stop
: review/fast backward,
cue/fast forward
: going backward/forward
continuously
Folder indicator
Elasped time/Remaining time
indication/Recording date and time
indication
Folder name/Message name/Artist
name indication
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Remaining battery/Charging
indicator
When dry batteries are used, the
indicator shows the remaining
battery power.
While charging the rechargeable
batteries an animation appears.
Selected message number/Total
number of messages in the folder
Priority marks
Appear(s) when a message is set with
priority mark(s).
Bookmark indicator
Appears when a bookmark is set for
a message.
Alarm indicator
Appears when the alarm is set for a
message.
Sound effect indicator
Displays the EFFECT setting in the
menu.
BA1 : The bass sound is reinforced.
BA2 : The bass sound is further
reinforced.
Recording mode indicator
Displays the recording mode set
using the menu when the IC recorder
is in the stop mode, and displays the
current recording mode when the IC
recorder is in the playback mode.
STHQ : Standard play stereo
recording mode with high quality
sound
ST : Standard play stereo recording
mode
STLP : Long play stereo recording
mode
SP : Standard play monaural
recording mode
LP : Long play monaural recording
mode
MP3 : MP3 mode (during playback
only)
Microphone sensitivity indicator
Displays the current microphone
sensitivity.
(high) : To record at a meeting or
in a quiet/spacious place.
(low) : To record for dictation or in
a noisy place.
MAN (manual) : To record with
microphone sensitivity set manually.
Remaining recording time indication
Display during recording
Operation mode indication
Displays the following, depending
on the current operation of the IC
recorder.
: recording
: recording standby/recording
pause
: recording with the VOR
function
: recording pause with the
VOR function
Recording level meter
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Microphone sensitivity indicator
Displays the current microphone
sensitivity when recording with AGC
(Automatic Gain Control).
(high) : To record at a meeting or
in a quiet/spacious place.
(low) : To record for dictation or in
a noisy place.
Displays the recording level during
manual recording.
Elapsed recording time indication
Alarm indicator
Recording mode indicator
Displays the recording mode (STHQ,
ST, STLP, SP, and LP) set in the menu.
LIM (limiter) indicator
Displays the LIMITER setting in the
menu.
When “REC LEVEL” is set to “AUTOAGC,” “---” is displayed.
Remaining recording time indication
Remaining battery/Charging
indicator
LCF (Low Cut Filter) indicator
Displays the LCF setting in the menu.
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Getting Started
Installing the batteries
1 Slide and lift the battery
compartment lid.
Getting Started
Step 1: Preparing a
Power Source
Clock setting display appears when you
insert batteries for the first time, or when
you insert batteries after the IC recorder
has been without batteries for a certain
period of time. Please refer to step 4 in
“Step 2: Setting the Clock” on page 17 to
set the date and time.
Using rechargeable batteries
You can install rechargeable batteries
(not supplied) instead of the supplied
batteries.
Follow steps 1 and 2, and then charge
the batteries by connecting the USB
connector of the IC recorder to your
computer.
2 Insert two LR03 (size AAA) alkaline
batteries with correct polarity, and
close the lid.
USB cable (supplied)
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While the batteries are charging,
“CONNECTING” and the battery indicator
are displayed in an animation.
When the battery indicator indicates
“ ,” charging is completed. (Charging
time: approx. 4 hours*)
When you use the IC recorder for the
first time, or after you have not used
the IC recorder for a certain time, it
is recommended that you charge
the batteries repeatedly until “ ” is
displayed.
If the battery indicator is not displayed,
charging has not been done properly.
Proceed from step 1 again.
* 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 batteries.
It also takes more time if the temperature
of the batteries is low, or if the batteries are
changed while you are transferring data to
the IC recorder.
 Tip
You can charge the rechargeable batteries by
connecting the IC recorder to an AC outlet
using a USB AC adaptor (not supplied) (page
78).
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 Notes
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While “
” or “
” is being displayed
instead of the remaining battery/charging
indicator, you cannot charge the batteries.
Charge the batteries in an environment with
a temperature of 5 °C – 35 °C.
If “USB CHARGE” in the menu “DETAIL
MENU” is set to “OFF,” you cannot charge
the batteries using your computer. Set “USB
CHARGE” to “ON” (page 56).
Do not use manganese batteries for this IC
recorder.
Clock setting display appears when you
insert batteries for the first time, or when
you insert batteries after the IC recorder
has been without batteries for a certain
period of time. Please refer to step 4 in
“Step 2: Setting the Clock” on page 17 to
set the date and time.
When replacing/charging
the batteries
 Notes
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Do not use manganese batteries for this IC
recorder.
When you replace the batteries, insert the
new ones within 3 minutes after you remove
the exhausted ones. Otherwise, the display
may show the clock setting display or
incorrect date and time when you re-insert
the batteries. In this case, set the date and
time again. The recorded messages and
alarm setting, however, will remain.
Do not charge dry batteries.
When you are not going to use the IC
recorder for a long time, remove the
batteries to prevent damage from battery
leakage and corrosion.
Battery remain indication
: Replace the old batteries with new
ones or charge both batteries.

When using a Sony LR03 (SG) (size AAA)
alkaline battery
Recording
mode
Recording
Playback*2
through
speaker
Playback
using ear
receiver
Recording
mode
Recording
Playback*2
through
speaker
Playback
using ear
receiver
STHQ*3
Getting Started
The battery indicator on the display
window shows the battery condition.
Battery life*1
ST*4
Approx. 13 hr. Approx. 14 hr.
30 min.
30 min.
Approx. 16 hr. Approx. 17 hr.
30 min.
Approx. 22 hr. Approx. 23 hr.
STLP*5
SP*6
Approx. 16 hr. Approx. 17 hr.
30 min.
Approx. 17 hr. Approx. 19 hr.
30 min.
Approx. 24 hr. Approx. 27 hr.
30 min.
30 min.
: “LOW BATTERY“ appears and the IC
recorder will stop operation.
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Recording
mode
Recording
Playback*2
through
speaker
Playback
using ear
receiver
LP*7
MP3 (128 Kbps/
44.1 kHz)
Approx. 19 hr. –
Approx. 19 hr. Approx. 17 hr.
30 min.
30 min.
Approx. 28 hr. Approx. 24 hr.
30 min.
(hr : hours/min. : minutes)
The battery life may shorten depending on
how you operate the IC recorder
*2
When playing back through the internal
speaker with the volume level set to VOL12
*3
STHQ : Stereo high quality recording mode
*4
ST : Stereo standard recording mode
*5
STLP : Stereo long play recording mode
*6
SP : Standard play recording mode
*7
LP : Long play recording mode
*1
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Note on the “UPDATING
DATABASE…” message
The IC recorder is accessing data while
“UPDATING DATABASE…“ appears in the
display window or the OPR indicator
flashes in orange. While accessing, do not
remove the batteries or USB AC adaptor
(not supplied). Doing so may damage
the data.
 Note
If the IC recorder is required to process
excessive amount of data, “UPDATING
DATABASE…” may be displayed for an
extended period of time. This is not a
malfunction of the IC recorder.
Wait until the message disappears before
starting operation.
Step 2: Setting the
Clock
1 Select “DATE & TIME” in the menu.
Press and hold
Getting Started
/MENU.
The menu mode will be displayed in
the display window.

/

/MENU
Press  or  to select “DETAIL
MENU” and press .
Press  or  to select “DATE &
TIME” and press .
2 Press  or  to select “AUTO”
or “MANUAL” and press .
You need to set the clock to use the
alarm function or record the date and
time.
Clock setting display appears when you
insert batteries for the first time, or when
you insert batteries after the IC recorder
has been without batteries for a certain
period of time. In this case, proceed from
step 4.
When you selected “AUTO,” the clock is
automatically adjusted using the clock
in the computer connected to the IC
recorder and on which the supplied
Digital Voice Editor software is started.
When you select “MANUAL,” proceed
to the next steps.
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3 Press  or  to select
“07y1m1d” and press .
4 Press  or 
to set the year,
month, day, hour, and minute in
sequence, and then press .
“EXECUTING….” appears and the clock
is set.
5 Press  to return to the normal
display.
 Note
If you do not press  within one minute
of entering the clock setting data, the clock
setting mode is cancelled and the window
will return to the normal display.
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Recording a musical
performance

Recording at a meeting
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
Set “MIC SENS” to “HIGH ” in the menu
(page 49).
Slide the DIRECTNL switch to “ON” to
record a voice coming from a specific
direction (page 23).
Set “LCF (LOW CUT)” to “ON” in the
menu to prevent noise caused by a
projector, etc. (page 49).
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Set “REC LEVEL” to “MANUAL” in the
menu (page 50) to record more realistic
sound, distinguishing dynamic sound
and soft sound.
Set “LIMITER” to “ON” in the menu (page
54), to prevent distortion when a loud
sound is suddenly input.
Getting Started
Step 3: Preparations
Required before
Recording
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Recording dictation (using the
voice recognition software)
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Set “MIC SENS” to “LOW ” in the menu
(page 49).
Slide the DIRECTNL switch to “ON” to
record a voice coming from a specific
direction (page 23).
To transcribe a message recorded on
the IC recorder using voice recognition
software (not supplied), set “REC MODE”
to “STHQ,” “ST,” “STLP,” or “SP” (page 49).
Microphone
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Before you can transcribe recorded
messages, you have to create a user file
specifically adapted to the sound of your
recorded speech. This procedure is called
“training.” For details on “training,” refer to the
help files supplied with the voice recognition
software you are using.
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To obtain maximum recognition accuracy,
hold the IC recorder so that the microphone
is about an inch (2 - 3cm) from the corner of
your mouth.
To minimize the sound of your breach in
the recordings, do not hold the microphone
directly in front of your mouth.
To obtain maximum recognition accuracy,
avoid recording in a noisy place.
You cannot transcribe a message recording
the voices of more than one person.
You can transcribe the following messages
recorded using your IC recorder or files saved
on your computer.
 Messages recorded in the STHQ, ST, STLP
or SP mode (DVF)
 44.1/16/11kHz 16-bit WAV files saved on
the computer
Basic Operations
DIRECTNL
OPR indicator
 (headphone) jack
Basic Operations
Built-in microphones
Recording Messages
2
3
1
1
1
This section explains how to record using
the AUTO_AGC* setting, to which the IC
recorder is preset at the factory.
* Auto Gain Control
1 Select a folder.
�Press
/MENU to display the folder
selection window.
�Press  or  to select the
folder in which you want to record
messages, and then press .
2 Start recording.
Press  (record).
The OPR indicator lights in red and
the window changes to the recording
display (page 11).
You do not need to press and hold
 (record) while recording. The
new message will be automatically
recorded after the last recorded
message.
Speak into the built-in microphone.
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3 Press  (stop) to stop recording.
The IC recorder stops at the beginning
of the current recording.
 Tips
 When you purchase the IC recorder, there
are 5 folders already available, and you can
record up to 999 messages in each folder.
 By using the supplied Digital Voice Editor
software, you can make new folders or
delete unnecessary folders (page 57).
 Notes
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While the OPR indicator is flashing or is lit
in orange, do not remove the batteries or
the USB AC adaptor. Doing so may damage
the data.
Noise may be recorded if an object, such
as your finger, etc., accidentally rubs or
scratches the IC recorder during recording.
Before making a recording, be sure to check
the battery indicator (page 15).
To avoid replacing batteries during a long
recording session, use the USB AC adaptor
(not supplied).
The maximum recording time and the
number of messages you can make varies,
depending on the conditions of use.
To
Do this
pause
recording*
Press  (record).
During recording pause,
the OPR indicator flashes
in red and ““ flashes in
the display window.
release pause
and resume
recording
Press  (record).
Recording resumes
from that point. (To stop
recording after pausing
recording, press  (stop.)
review the
current
recording
instantly**
Press .
Recording stops and
playback starts from the
beginning of the message
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.
You can add an overwrite
recording from that point.
Monitoring the recording
Select the recording mode in the “REC
MODE” menu.
Maximum recording time
STHQ : High-quality stereo recording
mode; you can record with stereo
high-quality sound.
ST :
Standard play stereo recording
mode; you can record with stereo
sound.
STLP : Long play stereo recording mode;
you can record for a longer time
with stereo sound.
SP :
Standard play monaural
recording mode; you can record
with standard quality sound.
LP :
Long play monaural recording
mode; you can record for a longer
time with monaural sound.
To record with better sound quality,
select the STHQ or ST mode.
Basic Operations
Selecting the recording mode
Connect the stereo ear receiver supplied
to the  (headphone) jack and monitor
the recording. You can adjust the
monitoring volume by pressing VOL + or
VOL –, but the recording level is fixed.
* One hour after you pause recording,
recording pause is automaticaly released
and the IC recorder enters the stop mode.
** You cannot select this function in the
manual recording mode.
The maximum recording time of all the
folders is as follows.
STHQ mode ST mode
STLP mode
4 hr. 10 min. 11 hr. 10 min. 21 hr. 35 min.
SP mode
LP mode
34 hr. 15 min. 91 hr. 20 min.
Recording a sound centering on a
specific direction
To record a sound centering on a specific
direction, slide the DIRECTNL switch to
the “ON” position. This is convenient when
you want to record a particular sound at a
conference/meeting, etc.
In this case, even when you select the stereo
recording mode (STHQ, ST, or STLP mode), the
sound is recorded in the monaural mode.
When you are using an external microphone,
the DIRECTNL switch does not function.
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Various Recording Modes
Manual Recording
Mode
2, 6
3, 6
7
1, 2
1, 2, 4
Operation
indicator
1, 2
�Press  or  to select the
folder in which you want to record
messages and then press .
3 Press and hold  (record).
The IC recorder enters the record
standby mode. When you speak into
the microphone, the level meter in the
display window moves.
4 Adjust the recording level.
Adjust the maximum level of the
sound source to about –12 dB on the
recording level meter.
If “OVER” is displayed, press  or
 and adjust the recording level
down so that “OVER” is not displayed,
to prevent sound distortion.
OVER indicator
1 Select the manual recording mode
in the menu.
Select “MANUAL” by pressing  or
 in the “REC LEVEL” menu, and then
press .
2 Select a folder.
�Press
/MENU to display the folder
selection window.
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Level meter
5 Make other settings for recording
such as “LCF (LOW CUT),” “LIMITER,”
etc., in the menu.
Starting to Record
Automattically in
Response to Sound
– the VOR Function
Press and hold  or  to change
the sound level continuously. The
sound level is also displayed as a
number below the level meter.
Press  (record).
The OPR indicator lights in red and
“REC” is displayed.
You do not need to press and hold 
while recording.
Speak into the built-in microphone.
7 Press  (stop) to stop recording.
Various Recording Modes
6 Start recording.
2
1
1
When recording with AUTO AGC, set
the VOR (Voice Operated Recording)
function to “ON” in the menu (page 50).
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1 Press  or  to set “VOR” to
“ON” in the menu, and then press
.
“VOR” appears in the display window.
2 Press  (record).
The recording starts when the IC
recorder detects sound. The recording
pauses when no sound is detected
and “VOR” and “” flash. When the
IC recorder detects sound again, the
recording starts again.
To cancel the VOR function
Set “VOR” to “OFF” in the menu.
 Note
The VOR function is affected by the sound
around you. Set “MIC SENS” in the menu
according to the recording conditions. If
recording is not satisfactory after you have
changed the microphone sensitivity, or for an
important recording, set “VOR” to “OFF” in the
menu.
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Adding a Recording to
a Previously Recorded
Message
Operation
indicator
2, 3
4
1
1
“ADD REC? [REC] TO EXECUTE…”
appears.
For details on playback, see page 33.
Various Recording Modes
Added recording
2 During playback, press  (record).
EXECUTE” is displayed, press 
(record).
Message 4
After adding a recording
Message 3
to “ADD” in the menu, and then
press .
3 While “ADD REC? [REC] TO
During playback of Message 3
Message 3
1 Press  or  to set “ADD/OVER”
When “ADD/OVER” in the menu is set to
“ADD,” you can add a recording to the
message being played back. The added
recording will be placed after the current
message, and will be counted as a part of
the message.
 You cannot add a recording to an MP3
file.
Message 4
The OPR indicator will turn red. The
new recording will be added at the
end of the current message.
4 Press  (stop) to stop recording.
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Adding an Overwrite
Recording during
Playback
Operation
indicator
2, 3
4
1
1
When “ADD/OVER” in the menu is set
to “OVER,” you can add an overwrite
recording after a selected point in a
recorded message. The part of the
message after the selected point is
deleted.
 You cannot add a recording to an MP3
file.
Message 2
Message 3 Message 4
The deleted part of
Message 2
Message 2
Message 3
Added overwrite recording in Message 2
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Message 4
1 Press  or  to set “ADD/OVER”
2 During playback, press  (record).
Dividing a Message
into Two during
Recording
to “OVER” in the menu, and then
press .
Various Recording Modes
“OVERWRITE REC? [REC] TO EXECUTE”
appears.
For details on playback, see page 33.
3 While “OVERWRITE REC? [REC] TO
EXECUTE” is displayed, press 
(record).
1
The OPR indicator will turn red. Then
recording starts.
4 Press  (stop) to stop recording.
You can divide a message during
recording so that the message is divided
into two parts and the new message
number is added to the newer part of
the divided message.
Message 1
Message 2
Message 3
A message is divided.
Recording
continues.
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1 Press DIVIDE/
recording.
(bookmark) during
An animation which shows dividing
appears below the level meter.
The new message number is added
at the point you pressed the button.
The message will be divided into two,
while recording continues.
Recording with an
External Microphone
Stereo
microphone
1 Connect an external microphone to
the  (microphone) jack when the
IC recorder is in the stop mode.
“SELECT INPUT” appears in the display
window.
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2 Press  or  to select “MIC IN”
3 Speak into the external microphone
Recording from Other
Equipment
and then press .
and start recording.
When the IC recorder is not in the
stop mode
Select “MIC IN” using the menu by
selecting “DETAIL MENU” - “SELECT INPUT”
- “MIC IN” (page 54).
 Recommended microphones
You can use the Sony ECM-CS10 or ECM-CZ10
electret condenser microphone (not supplied).
Various Recording Modes
The built-in microphone is
automatically cut off.
If the input level is not strong enough,
adjust the microphone sensitivity and/
or recording level on the IC recorder.
When a plug in power type
microphone is connected, power
is automatically supplied to the
microphone from the IC recorder.
Audio
equipment,
etc.
1 Connect other equipment to the IC
recorder when the IC recorder is in
the stop mode.
Connect the audio output connector
(stereo mini-plug) of other equipment
to the  (microphone) jack of the IC
recorder using an audio connecting
cable*.
“SELECT INPUT” appears in the display
window.
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2 Press  or  to select “AUDIO
When the IC recorder is not in the
stop mode
3 Start recording.
Select “AUDIO IN” using the menu by
selecting “DETAIL MENU” - “SELECT INPUT”
- “AUDIO IN” (page 54).
IN” and then press .
The built-in microphone is
automatically cut off and the sound
from the connected equipment is
recorded.
If the input level is not strong enough,
adjust the microphone sensitivity and/
or recording level on the IC recorder.
* Optional audio connecting cables (not
supplied)
To the IC
recorder
To the other
equipment
RK-G139 Stereo
Mini-plug
mini-plug
(monaural)
(without resistor) (without resistor)
RK-G136 Stereo
Stereo
mini-plug
mini-plug
(without resistor) (without resistor)
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Recording sound from a
telephone or a cell phone
You can use the ECM-TL1 headphonetype electret condenser microphone
(not supplied) to record sound from a
telephone or a cell phone.
For details on how to make the
connection, see the operating
instructions supplied with the ECM-TL1
microphone.
Playback/Erasing
Playing Back
Messages
 (headphone) jack
5
1, 3
DIVIDE/
1
4
1 Select a folder.
Press
/MENU.
Press  or  to select the folder
and then press .
2 Press  or  to select the
message number.
Playback/Erasing
1, 2
V-UP
DPC
A-B/
3 Press  to start playback.
4 Adjust the volume with VOL +/–.
5 Press  to stop playback.
After playing back one message, the IC
recorder stops at the beginning of the
next message.
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Listening with better sound
quality


To listen from an ear receiver :
Connect the stereo ear receiver
supplied to the  (headphone)
jack. The built-in speaker will be
automatically disconnected.
To listen from an external speaker :
Connect an active or passive speaker
(not supplied) to the  (headphone)
jack.
Quickly locating the point you
wish to start playback (Easy
Search)
When “EASY SEARCH” is set to “ON”
(page 51) in the menu, you can quickly
locate the point at which you wish to
start playback by pressing  or 
repeatedly during playback or playback
pause.
You can go back approx. 3 seconds by
pressing  once, or advance approx.
10 seconds by pressing  once. This
function is useful for locating a desired
point in a long recording.
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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.
During cue/review, the counter will be
displayed, regardless of the setting of
“DISPLAY” (page 50).

 When messages are played back
to the end of the last message



Press  (stop) or .
To resume playback from
that point, press 
again.
go back to the
beginning of
the current
message*
Press  once.**
go back to
previous
messages
Press  repeatedly.
(During stop mode, keep
the button pressed to
go back the messages
continuously.)
Playback/Erasing

When you play back or fast play back to the
end of the last message, “MESSAGE END”
lights up for 5 seconds and the operation
indicator lights up in green. (You cannot
hear the playback sound.)
When “MESSAGE END” and the operation
indicator go off, the IC recorder will stop at
the beginning of the last message.
If you press and hold  while “MESSAGE
END” is lit, the messages are played back
rapidly, and normal playback will start at the
point you release the button.
If the last message is long and you wish to
start playback at a later part of the message,
press and hold  to go to the end of
the message and then press  while
“MESSAGE END” is lit to go back to the
desired point.
For messages other than the last one, go to
the beginning of the next message and play
backward to the desired point.
Do this
stop at the
current position
(Playback Pause
function)

To
skip to the next Press  once.**
message*
skip to the
succeeding
messages
Press  repeatedly.
(During stop mode,
keep the button pressed
to skip the messages
continuously.)
* If you have set a bookmark on the
message, the IC recorder stops at the
bookmark.
** These operations are for when “EASY
SEARCH” is set to “OFF” (page 51).
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Various playback modes
You can select “1 FILE” playback (one
message/file is played back once),
“FOLDER” playback (all the messages/files
in the selected folder are played back
continuously), “ALL” playback (all the
recorded messages/files are played back
continuously) in the “PLAY MODE” menu
(page 51).
Playing back a message
repeatedly
During playback, press and hold 
until “ 1” appears. The selected message
will be played back repeatedly.
To resume normal playback, press 
again.
Reinforcing the bass sound
Set “EFFECT” to “BASS1” or “BASS2” in the
menu (page 51).
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Adjusting the playback
sound by amplifying
inaudible sound – the
Digital Voice Up function
When you slide the V-UP switch to “ON,”
the low-level part of a recorded message
is amplified, allowing you to hear even
small voices more easily.
You can set “MAX” or “MID” for “V-UP
LEVEL” in the menu (page 56).
To resume normal playback
Slide the V-UP switch back to “OFF.”
Playing Back a Specified
Section Repeatedly – A-B
Repeat
When you slide the DPC switch to “ON,”
you can adjust the playback speed
between +200% and –75% of normal
speed in the menu.
The message is played back in natural
tones thanks to the digital processing
function.
1 During playback, press
“DPC” menu (page 50).
To resume normal playback
Slide the DPC switch to “OFF.”
(repeat)
A-B/ (priority) briefly to specify
the starting point A.
“A-B B?” is displayed.
2 Press
(repeat) A-B/ (priority)
briefly again to specify the finishing
point B.
Playback/Erasing
1 Slide the DPC switch to “ON.”
2 Adjust the playback speed in the
Adjusting the playback
speed – DPC (the Digital
Pitch Control function)
“ A-B” is displayed and the specified
section is played back repeatedly.
To resume normal playback
Press .
To change the segment specified
for A-B repeat playback
During the A-B Repeat playback, press
A-B/ (priority) again, and start from step
1, above.
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Adding a Bookmark
You can add a bookmark at a point in
a message and use it during playback.
You can add only one bookmark in each
message.
1 During playback or stop, press
DIVIDE/ (bookmark) for more
than one second.
A bookmark is added and “ ”
(bookmark) flashes three times.
If you add a bookmark to a message
that already has a bookmark, the
previously added bookmark is deleted
and a new bookmark is added at the
newly specified point.
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To start playback at the
bookmark
Press  or  when the IC recorder is
in the stop mode. When “ ” (bookmark)
flashes once, press .
To delete the bookmark
Set “ERASE BKMRK” to “YES” in the menu
(page 53).
 Notes


You cannot add a bookmark on MP3 files.
You cannot add a bookmark at the very
beginning or at the very end of the message.
 Notes



When the clock has not been set or no
messages are recorded, you cannot set the
alarm.
When “ ” is displayed for the folder
indicator, you cannot set the alarm (page 64).
The alarm sounds even if you set “BEEP” to
“OFF” in the menu (page 52).
play back with an alarm.
2 Enter the alarm setting mode.
Select “ALARM” in the menu and press
.
Press  or  to select “NEW” and
then press .
3 Set the alarm date and time.
Press  or  to select “DATE,” a
Playback/Erasing
You can sound an alarm and start
playback of a selected message at a
desired time.
You can have the message played back
on a specified date, once every week, or
at the same time every day.
You can set up to 30 alarms.
1 Select the message you want to
Playing Back a
Message at a Desired
Time with an Alarm
day of the week, or “DAILY,” and then
press .
When you select “DATE”:
Set the month, day, hour, and minute
in sequence, as described in “Step 2:
Setting the Clock” on page 17, then
press . “EXECUTING…” and then
your settings are displayed.
When you select a day of the week
or “DAILY”:
Press  or  to set the hour and
then press , press  or  to
set the minute and then press .
“EXECUTING…” and then your settings
are displayed.
The setting process is finished and “”
(alarm indicator) appears in the display
window.
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When the set date and time
comes
At the set time, the alarm will sound
for about 10 seconds and the selected
message will be played back.
When the playback ends, the IC recorder
will stop automatically at the beginning
of that message.
1 Select “ALARM” – “LIST” in the menu
and then press .
The alarm list is displayed.
2 Press  or  to select the item
you want to change, and then press
.
To listen to the same message
again
3 Press  or  to select “EDIT,”
Press , and the same will be played
back from the beginning.
4 Select “DATE,” a day of the week, or
To stop the alarm before the
playback starts
5 Set the date and time and press
Press  while the alarm sound is heard.
You can stop the alarm playback even
when the HOLD function is activated.
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and then press .
“DAILY,” and then press .
.
“EXECUTING…” and then your settings
are displayed.
To cancel the alarm setting
 Notes







If you divide a message you set the alarm for,
the alarm setting remains on only the first
part of the divided message.
The alarm setting will not be cancelled when
the alarm playback finishes.
When you have set 30 alarms, you cannot set
a new one. Cancel an alarm first.
If you delete a message on which you
have set an alarm, that alarm will be also
cancelled.
You can set only one alarm each one
message.
If the alarm time comes while another
message is being played back with an alarm,
the playback stops and the new message
will be played back.
If the alarm time comes during recording,
the alarm will sound after the recording is
finished. “” will flash when the alarm time
comes.
If more than one alarm time comes during
recording only the first message will be
played back.
When the alarm time comes when the IC
recorder is in the menu mode, the alarm
will sound and the menu mode will be
cancelled.
Playback/Erasing


Follow steps 1 and 2 of “To change the
alarm setting.” In step 3, select “CANCEL”
and press . “CANCEL ALARM?” is
displayed. Press  or  to select
“YES,” and press . The alarm will be
cancelled and the alarm indicator will
disappear from the display window.
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Erasing Messages
Erasing Messages one by
one
You can erase unwanted messages,
retaining all other messages.
When a message is erased, the
remaining messages will advance and
be renumbered so that there will be no
space between messages.
1 Press ERASE while playing back the
ERASE
You can erase the recorded messages
one by one or all messages in a folder at
a time.
 Note
Once a recording has been erased, you cannot
retrieve it.
message you want to erase or press
ERASE for more than one second
while the IC recorder is in the stop
mode.
The message title, message number,
and “ERASE? [ERASE] TO EXECUTE” will
be displayed and the message will be
played back.
2 Press ERASE again while “ERASE?
[ERASE] TO EXECUTE” is displayed.
The message is erased and the
remaining messages will be
renumbered.
To cancel erasing
Press  (stop).
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Erasing All Messages in a
Folder
Select “ERASE ALL” in the menu (page 53).
Playback/Erasing
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Editing Messages

Dividing a Message
into Two

You can divide a message during
playback, so that the message is divided
into two parts and a new message
number is added to the newer part
of the divided message. By dividing a
message, you can easily find the point
you want to play back when you make
a long recording such as at a meeting.
You can divide a message until the
total number of messages in the folder
reaches 999 or until the total number of
messages in the all folders reaches
1012.
 Notes



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You need a certain amount of space in the
memory to divide a message. For more
information, see “System Limitations” on
page 76.
If you divide a message with priority mark(s),
the priority mark(s) will be added to both
parts of the divided message.
When you divide a message with a title, the
newer part of the message will have the
same title.
You cannot divide a message at the very
beginning or at the very end of the message,
or around bookmarks.
You cannot divide an MP3 file.
Message 1
Message 2
Message 3
A Message is divided.
Message 1
Message 2
Message 3 Message 4
The message numbers are incremeted.
1 During playback, press DIVIDE/
(bookmark).
The message title, message number,
and “DIVIDE? [DIVIDE] TO EXECUTE” are
displayed.
2 Press��������
DIVIDE/
(bookmark) again.
The message numbers of the
following messages will be incremeted
by one.
 Note
When “ ” is displayed for the folder indicator,
you cannot move a message (page 64).
1 Select the message you want to
move.
2 Select “MOVE” in the menu and
press .
You can add priority marks ( ) to
important messages. There are four
levels, “
” (the most important),
“ ,” “ ,” and no priority mark. You can
add priority marks both in the stop
mode, and in the playback mode.
 You cannot add priority marks to an
MP3 file.
folder that you want to move the
message into, and then press .
1 Select the message you want to
“EXECUTING…” is displayed and the
message is moved to the destination
folder.
When you move a message to another
folder, the original message in the
previous folder will be deleted.
2 Press and hold
To cancel moving the message
Press  (stop) before step 3.
Editing Messages
3 Press  or  to select the
Adding Priority
Mark(s) – the Priority
Mark Function
Moving Message to a
Different Folder
mark.
A-B/ (priority).
The “ ” indicator will flash.
3 Press and hold
A-B/ (priority)
again to add the priority mark.
Each you press and hold A-B/ , the
priority mark(s) will change as follows:
 No mark



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Utilizing the Menu Function
Making Settings for
the Menu
1 Press and hold
/MENU for more
than one second to enter the menu
mode.
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
2 Press  or  to select the menu
item for which you want to make
setting and then press .
3 Press  or  to select the
setting that you want to set, and
then press .
4 Press  to exit the menu mode.
 Notes
If you do not press any button for one minute,
the menu mode is automatically cancelled and
the window will return to the normal display.
To return to the previous window
Press
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/MENU during menu mode.
Menu settings
Operation mode
( ��������������������������
: the setting can be made/
 : the setting cannot be made)
Stop
mode
Playback Recording
mode
mode
Menu items
Settings
LP, SP, STLP, ST, STHQ



MIC SENS
LOW, HIGH



LCF (LOW CUT)
ON, OFF



REC LEVEL
AUTO_AGC, MANUAL



VOR
ON, OFF



DISPLAY
ELAPSE, REMAIN, REC DATE



DPC
n% (n=-75 - +200)



EFFECT
BASS1, BASS2, OFF



EASY SEARCH
ON, OFF



PLAY MODE
1 FILE, FOLDER, ALL



ADD/OVER
ADD, OVER, OFF



BEEP
ON OFF



LED
ON, OFF



BACKLIGHT
10 SEC, 60 SEC, OFF



ERASE ALL
ERASE ALL?  �������
YES, NO



ERASE BKMRK
ERASE BOOKMARK?  �������
YES, NO



MOVE
(Folder to be moved)



ALARM
NEW, LIST  EDIT, CANCEL



Utilizing the Menu Function
REC MODE
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Menu items
Operation mode
( ��������������������������
: the setting can be made/
 : the setting cannot be made)
Stop
mode
Playback Recording
mode
mode
Settings



LIMITER
ON, OFF



SELECT INPUT
MIC IN, AUDIO IN



DATE&TIME
MANUAL, AUTO



FORMAT
ERASE ALL DATA?  �������
YES, NO



USB CHARGE
ON, OFF



V-UP LEVEL
MID, MAX



DETAIL MENU
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REC MODE
Sets the recording mode.
STHQ*:
You can record with high-quality stereo sound.
ST:
You can record with better sound in stereo.
STLP:
You can record for a longer time in stereo.
SP:
You can record with better sound (monaural sound)
LP:
You can record for a longer time (monaural sound).
Sets the microphone sensitivity. When “REC LEVEL” is set to “AUTO_
AGC,” this setting is effective.
HIGH *:
To record at meeting or in a quiet and/or spacious place.
LOW :
To record dictation, or record in a noisy place.
Cuts any frequency lower than 200Hz to reduce the roaring noise
from wind (Low Cut Filter).
OFF*:
The LCF function does not work.
ON:
The LCF function is activated.
MIC SENS
LCF (LOW CUT)
Utilizing the Menu Function
Settings (*: Initial setting)
Menu items
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Menu items
Settings (*: Initial setting)
REC LEVEL
Sets to record using AGC or to record manually.
AUTO_AGC*”:
The recording level is automatically adjusted, and you can record
with distortion-free sound. You can set the microphone sensitivity by
changing the setting of “MIC SENS.”
MANUAL:
You can adjust the recording level manually (page 24).
Sets the VOR (Voice Operated Recording) function. When “REC LEVEL”
is set to “AUTO_AGC,” this setting is effective.
OFF*:
The VOR function does not work.
ON:
The VOR function is activated when  (record) is pressed. Recording
starts when the IC recorder detects sound and pauses when no
sound is heard, eliminating recording during soundless periods.
Changes the display mode. (Items shown in the playback/ stop
mode)
ELAPSE*:
Elapsed playback time of one message
REMAIN:
Remaining time of one message
REC DATE:
Recorded date and time
Sets the DPC (Digital Pitch Control) function.
When you set the DPC switch to “ON,” you can adjust the speed of the
playback in a range from +200% to -75%. Set the speed by 10% for +
setting and by 5% for – setting.
–30%*
VOR
DISPLAY
DPC
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Settings (*: Initial setting)
EFFECT
Sets whether to emphasize bass sound during playback.
OFF*:
The EFFECT function does not work.
BASS1:
The bass sound is emphasized.
BASS2:
The bass sound is emphasized even more.
Menu items
 Note
When playing back messages using a speaker, the EFFECT function does not
work.
EASY SEARCH
Utilizing the Menu Function
PLAY MODE
Sets the easy search function.
OFF*:
The easy search function does not work. When you press  or
, a message will be moved forward or backward.
ON:
You can go forward for about 10 seconds by pressing  and go
back for about 3 seconds by pressing . This function is useful
when attempting to locate desired point in a long recording.
Sets the playback mode.
FOLDER*:
Messages in one folder are played back continuously.
ALL:
All messages are played back continuously.
1 FILE:
When a message is played back, the IC recorder stops at the
beginning of the next message.
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Menu items
Settings (*: Initial setting)
ADD/OVER
You can add a recording to a previously recorded message or an
overwrite recording during playback.
OFF*:
You cannot add or overwrite a recording.
ADD:
You can add a recording.
OVER:
You can overwrite a recording.
Sets whether a beep will be heard or not.
ON*:
A beep will sound to indicate that an operation has been accepted.
OFF:
No beep sound will be heard.
Turns the OPR indicator on or off during operation.
ON*:
During recording or playback, the OPR indicator lights or flashes.
OFF:
The OPR indicator does not light or flash, even during operation.
BEEP
LED
 Note
When the IC recorder is connected to a computer using the USB cable, the
OPR indicator lights or flashes even if “LED” is set to “OFF.”
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BACKLIGHT
Turns the backlight in the display window on or off.
10 SEC*:
The backlight in the display window lights up for 10 seconds.
60 SEC:
The backlight in the display window lights up for 60 seconds.
OFF:
The backlight in the display window does not light, even during
operation.
All messages in the selected folder will be erased.
Press /MENU to return to the folder window before erasing the
messages and select a folder from which all messages are to be erased,
and then go to the menu window and select “YES.”
The bookmark of the selected message will be cancelled.
Press /MENU to return to the folder window before erasing the
bookmark and select a folder from which the bookmark is to be erased,
and then go to the menu window and select “YES.”
The selected message will be moved to the selected folder.
Press /MENU to return to the folder window before moving the
message and select a folder from which the message is to be moved.
ERASE ALL
ERASE BKMRK
MOVE
Utilizing the Menu Function
Settings (*: Initial setting)
Menu items
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Menu items
Settings (*: Initial setting)
ALARM
Sets the alarm.
NEW*:
Set DATE for playback, SUN (Sunday), MON (Monday), TUE (Tuesday),
WED (Wednesday), THU (Thursday), FRI (Friday), SAT (Saturday), or
DAILY.
LIST :
A list of the message numbers, date, or the days of the week on
which the alarm has already been set will be displayed.
EDIT : You can change the selected date or day of the week.
CANCEL: You can cancel the alarm on the selected date or on a day
of the week.
DETAIL MENU
LIMITER
Sets the input level automatically to prevent the sound distortion
that occurs when a sound that is too loud is input.
ON*:
The LIMITER function is activated.
OFF:
The LIMITER function is cancelled.
 Note
When “REC LEVEL” is set to “MANUAL,” this setting is effective.
SELECT INPUT Selects the external input to be recorded that is connected to the
(microphone) jack.
MIC IN*:
Select when you record messages using an external microphone.
AUDIO IN:
Select when you record using other equipment.
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Menu items
Settings (*: Initial setting)
DATE & TIME Sets the clock.
AUTO*:
When the IC recorder is connected to a computer that is running
the Digital Voice Editor, the clock will be automatically adjusted
according to that computer.
MANUAL:
You can set the clock by setting year, month, day, hour, and minute
in sequence.
FORMAT
Sets the formatting of the drive after “ERASE ALL DATA?” has been
displayed.
NO*:
The drive will not be formatted.
YES:
The drive will be formatted.
Utilizing the Menu Function
 Note
Use the IC recorder formatting function to format the memory. If you
format the IC recorder using your computer, the sound may be interrupted
unexpectedly and the recording time may be shortened.
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Menu items
Settings (*: Initial setting)
USB CHARGE Sets whether batteries will be charged using a USB connection or
not.
ON*:
The batteries will be charged.
OFF:
The batteries will not be charged.
 Note
If you use a USB AC adaptor (not supplied) to connect the IC recorder to the
AC outlet, you can charge batteries regardless this setting.
V-UP LEVEL
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When the VOICE UP switch is set to “ON,” set the sound level to be
amplified so that the inaudible low-level part will become more
audible.
MAX*:
You can adjust the VOICE UP level more effectively.
MID:
You can adjust the VOICE UP level less finely.
Using the Supplied
Digital Voice Editor
Software
What You Can Do Using the
Digital Voice Editor Software


Using the transcribing keys to play back
a message and transcribe it using a
word-processor or an editor’s window.
Transcribing your IC recorder message
using Dragon NaturallySpeaking®
speech-recognition software (Only
when Dragon NaturallySpeaking
version 5.0 (or higher) Preferred or
Professional Edition is installed on your
computer).
Using the CD Recording Tool for DVE,
you can play tracks of a CD inserted
into the computer’s CD drive and
save CD tracks onto the PC hard disk
as a file format that the Digital Voice
Editor supports. Saved files can then
be added to an IC recorder using the
Digital Voice Editor.
Using the IC Recorder with Your Computer
The Digital Voice Editor software allows
you to transfer the messages to your
display monitor, to save them on your
computer’s hard disk, and to play back
and edit them.
 Transferring the messages recorded on
the IC recorder to your computer
 Saving the messages on your
computer’s hard disk.
 Viewing, playing, or editing the
messages on your computer.
 Transferring messages back to the IC
recorder. You can add an MP3 file as
it is.
 Sending a voice e-mail message using
MAPI e-mail software.

Using the IC Recorder with Your
Computer
Use of the CD Recording Tool for DVE is
limited to the personal purposes.
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System Requirements
Your computer and system software
must meet the following minimum
requirements.
 IBM PC/AT or compatible
– CPU: 266 MHz Pentium® II processor
or higher
– RAM: 128 MB or more
– Hard disk space: 70 MB or more
depending on the size and number of
sound files you store.
– CD-ROM drive
– Port: USB port (Hi-Speed USB is
supported)
– Sound board: Windows® XP Media
Center Edition 2005, Windows® XP
Media Center Edition 2004, Windows®
XP Media Center Edition, Windows®
XP Professional, Windows® XP Home
Edition, Windows® 2000 Professional
compatible
– Display: High color (16 bit) or more
and 800  480 dots or more
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
OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP Media
Center Edition 2005 Service Pack 2 or
higher/Windows® XP Media Center
Edition 2004 Service Pack 2 or higher/
Windows® XP Media Center Edition
Service Pack 2 or higher/Windows®
XP Professional Service Pack 2 or
higher/Windows® XP Home Edition
Service Pack 2 or higher/Windows®
2000 Professional Service Pack 4 or
higher installation (You cannot use
this software with Windows® 95/
Windows® 98/Windows® 98 Second
Edition/ Windows® Millennium Edition/
Windows® NT.)
 Notes


You cannot use the software with a
Macintosh machine.
A handmade computer, a computer whose
operating system is installed or upgraded
by the user, or a computer with multi-boot
operating environment are not supported.
Note on transcribing a message
When you use Dragon
NaturallySpeaking® speech-recognition
software to transcribe a message,
your computer must also meet the
system requirements that the Dragon
NaturallySpeaking requires.
Note on sending a voice e-mail

Installing the Software
Install the Digital Voice Editor software in
your computer’s hard disk.

 Notes






Using the IC Recorder with Your Computer

When you install the Digital Voice Editor,
you can create all the compatible file types
except for the DVF (TRC) files. (You can play
back the DVF (TRC) files.)
When installing both types of the Digital
Voice Editor, make sure to select overwrite
installation to handle all the compatible
file formats.
Do not connect the IC recorder to the
computer before installing the Software. Or
do not remove or connect the IC recorder
during installing the Software; The IC
recorder may not be recognized or the
Software may not be installed successfully.
Be sure to close all running programs before
installing the Digital Voice Editor software.
When installing or uninstalling the software
in Windows® 2000 Professional, make sure
to log on Windows as the user name of
“Administrator. ”
When installing or uninstalling the software
in Windows® XP Media Center Edition
2005/Windows® XP Media Center Edition
2004/Windows® XP Media Center Edition/
Windows® XP Professional/Windows® XP
Home Edition, log on as a user name with
the “Computer administrator” user account.
(To find if the user name has a “Computer
administrator” user account, open the “User
Accounts” from the “Control Panel” and refer
to the section beneath the user name being
displayed.)
When the “Memory Stick Voice Editor
1.0/1.1/1.2/2.0” software has already been
installed, installing the supplied software
will automatically remove the “Memory Stick
Voice Editor” software. (Messages are not
removed.)
After installing, the Microsoft DirectX module
is also installed depending on the operation
system of your computer. This module is not
deleted after uninstalling the software.
After installing the Digital Voice Editor
software, do not install the “Memory Stick
Voice Editor 1.0/1.1/1.2/2.0” software. The
Digital Voice Editor will not work properly.
With the supplied software, you can save or
edit the messages in the “Memory Stick”.
When you use Microsoft® Outlook
Express 5.0/5.5/6.0 to send a voice e-mail
of a message, your computer must also
meet the system requirements that the
Outlook Express requires.
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1 Make sure that the IC recorder
When the dialog box to select the
help language is displayed
Click the desired language you want
to use for the help.
2 Insert the supplied CD-ROM into
When the dialog box used to input
the owner name is displayed
Input the owner name for privilages
and limitations in the Digital Voice
Editor usage.
is not connected and then turn
on your computer and start up
Windows.
the CD-ROM drive.
The installer starts up automatically
and the welcome window appears.
If the installer does not start up,
double click [DVE Setup.exe] in the
[English] folder.
If you have already installed a
previous version of the Digital Voice
Editor or any version of the “Memory
Stick Voice Editor”
The dialog box to uninstall the
previous version may be displayed.
(Messages are not removed.)
Follow the instructions on the screen
to uninstall the software and then
the installation of the current version
starts.
3 Follow the displayed instructions.
When the [Restart] dialog box appears,
click [OK] to restart the computer.
Now the installation is completed.
 Notes


You cannot change the owner name once it
is entered. Please write down and keep it for
future reference.
A file recorded from a CD cannot be handled
except for the PC where the file is recorded.
Handling of a file is limited among the PCs
bearing the same owner name input during
the Digital Voice Editor installation. If any
illegal data modification is attempted, or a
file is used beyond the private purposes, the
file may become unplayable or the Digital
Voice Editor may become inoperable.
Uninstalling the software
When you wish to uninstall the software,
follow the steps below.
1 Click [Start] and select [Programs],
[Sony Digital Voice Editor 3] and then
[Uninstall].
The uninstaller starts up.
2 Follow the displayed instructions.
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 Note
If you wish to move the software to
another drive or directory after it is
installed, you need to uninstall the
software and then reinstall it. The
software does not work properly if you
just move the files.
To USB jack
 Tips
 You can also start up the uninstaller by
clicking [Start] and then selecting [Settings],
[Control Panel], and [Add/Remove Programs].
 Uninstallation does not remove the message
files.
Connecting the IC Recorder
to your Computer
USB connecting cable
(supplied)
 Notes





Be sure to install the Digital Voice Editor
software before connecting the IC recorder
to your computer. Otherwise, a message like
[Found New Hardware Wizard] may appear
when you connect the IC recorder to your
computer. In this case, click [Cancel].
Do not connect more than two USB devices
to your computer. Normal operation will not
be guaranteed.
Use of this IC recorder with a USB hub or a
USB extension cable is not guaranteed.
A malfunction may occur depending on the
USB devices connected at any one time.
Before connecting the IC recorder to the
computer, check that batteries are inserted
in the IC recorder.
Using the IC Recorder with Your Computer
You can transfer the IC recorder data
onto your computer by connecting the
IC recorder to the computer.
Use the USB connecting cable supplied
with the IC recorder to connect the USB
connectors of the IC recorder and your
computer.
The IC recorder is recognized by
the computer as soon as the cable
is connected. You can connect or
disconnect the cable when the IC
recorder and the computer are turned
on or off.
To USB connector
of your computer
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

When you connect the IC recorder to the
computer, make sure that the IC recorder is
in the stop mode.
It is recommend that you disconnect the
cable from the computer when you do not
use the Digital Voice Editor.
Referring to the Help Files
For details on each operation, refer to the
help files.
Help
Playing Back MP3
Files Using the IC
Recorder
You can play back MP3 files on your
computer using the IC recorder. There
are two ways how to copy the MP3
files to the IC recorder; using the Digital
Voice Editor software and dragging and
dropping from Windows Explorer.
The maximum playback time (tracks*),
when playing MP3 files using the IC
recorder, is as follows.
48 kbps
11 hr. 20 min.
(170 tracks)
128 kbps
4 hr. 15 min.
(63 tracks)
* In the case where tracks of 4 minutes each
are transferred to the IC recorder.
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Using Windows Explorer
1 Connect the IC recorder to your
When you copy MP3 files using Windows
Explorer, rather than the Digital Voice Editor
software, you can play back the MP3 files
as usually but you cannot add/overwrite
the recording, divide files (messages), add
bookmarks or add priority marks.
computer using the supplied USB
cable (page 61).
2 Start the Digital Voice Editor
supplied and copy MP files from
your computer to the IC recorder.
The IC recorder can recognize up to
511 folders. When there is one file in
each folder, you can create up to 340
folders, and when there are 5 folders,
you can copy up to 1012 files in total,
up to 999 files in one folder.
computer, and then press /MENU
to select the folder you want.
4 Press  or  to select a file you
want to play, and then press .
5 Press  to stop playback.
 Note
1 Connect the IC recorder to your
computer using the supplied USB
cable (page 61).
Open “My Computer” and make sure
that a removable disk is recognized
newly on the Windows screen.
2 Drag and drop the folder in
which MP3 files are stored to the
removable disk.
Using the IC Recorder with Your Computer
3 Remove the IC recorder from your
Using the Digital Voice
Editor Software
The IC recorder can recognize up to
500 folders. You can copy up to 999
files in one folder and up 5000 files in
total.
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3 Remove the IC recorder from your
computer, and then press /MENU
to select the folder you want.
4 Press  or  to select a file you
want to play, and then press .
5 Press  to stop playback.
Construction of folders and
files
The folders and files are displayed on the
computer screen as shown on the right.
The folder indicators in the display
window of the IC recorder are as follows:
:Folders copied using the Digital Voice
Editor software
:Folders copied without the Digital
Voice Editor software
Removable disk
Using Digital Voice Editor
VOICE
FOLDER01
FOLDER05
Using Windows Explorer
Folder 1
*1
Folder 2
Folder 3
Folder 4
*2
*3
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 Note
You cannot copy 511 or more folders (except
VOICE folders) or files to a removable disk
depending on system limitations.
Using the IC Recorder
as a USB Mass Storage
Device
The name of the folder in which MP3 files are
stored will be displayed on the IC recorder as
it is, so it is convenient if you put an easy-tocontrol name to the folder in advance.
*2
The IC recorder can recognize up to third
level on the removable disk, that is, Folder 4
shown in the figure.
*3
If you copy MP3 files separately, they are
classified in “NO FOLDER.”
*1
When the IC recorder is connected to
your computer using a USB cable, image
data or text data on the computer, as
well as messages or files recorded using
the IC recorder can be temporarily stored
in the IC recorder.
Using the IC Recorder with Your Computer
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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting
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.
IC Recorder
Symptom
Remedy
The IC recorder cannot be
turned off with a display in
the window.

The IC recorder is not equipped with a power on/off switch.
The display always appears in the window. The power
consumption for the display is very small and will not have
any appreciable influence on the battery life. You can turn off
the display by sliding the HOLD switch in the direction of the
arrow. The display will also be turned off after 10 minutes if you
do not press any button.
The IC recorder does not
operate.

The batteries have been inserted with incorrect polarity (page
13).
The batteries are weak (page 14).
The buttons are locked with the HOLD switch (page 9). (If you
press any button, “HOLD” will flash for 3 seconds.)


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No sound comes from the
speaker.

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.
The operation indicator
does not light.

“LED” is set to “OFF” (page 52). Display the menu and set “LED”
to “ON”.
“MEMORY FULL” is
displayed and you cannot
start recording.

The memory is full. Erase some of the messages (page 42) or
erase all the messages after you store them on your computer.
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
The volume is turned down completely (page 33).
Headphones are plugged in (page 34).
Remedy
“FILE FULL” is displayed
and you cannot operate
the IC recorder.

999 messages have been recorded in the selected folder or
1012 messages (when there are 5 folders) in total have been
recorded. Therefore you cannot record another message, or
move or divide a message. Erase some of the messages (page
42) or erase all lthe messages after you store them on your
computer.
You cannot add a
recording or an overwrite
recording.

As a factory setting, “ADD/OVER” in the menu is set to “OFF.”
Display the menu and change “ADD/OVER” to “ADD” or “OVER”
(page 52).
The remaining memory capacity is insufficient. The overwritten
part will be deleted after the overwriting part finishes
recording. Therefore, you can only overwrite within the
remaining recording time.
You cannot add a recording or an overwrite recording to MP3 files.



The advanced VOR function (page 25) is activated. Set “VOR” to
“OFF” in the menu (page 50).
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.
Plug of the connected microphone was dirty when recording.
Clean the plug.
The  (headphones) plug is dirty. Clean the plug.



Recording level is low.


Troubleshooting
Recording is interrupted.
Symptom
“MIC SENS” (microphone sensitivity) is set to “ ”.
Display the menu and set “MIC SENS to “ ” (page 49).
If it is difficult to hear small sound of a recorded message, slide
VOICE UP to “ON” (page 36).
Playback sound may become more audible.
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Symptom
Remedy
Playback speed is too fast
or too slow.

The playback speed is adjusted in DPC. Slide the DPC switch to
“OFF” or display the menu and adjust the speed in DPC again
(pages 37, 50).
“--:--” is displayed.

You have not set the clock (page 17).
“--Y--M--D” or ” --:--” is
displayed on the REC
DATE display.

The date of recording will not be displayed if you recorded the
message when the clock was not set.
There are fewer menu
items displayed in the
menu mode.

The menu items displayed are different depending on the
operation modes (stop mode, playback mode, and recording
mode) (pages 47, 48).
The remaining time
displayed in the display
window is shorter than
that displayed in the
supplied Digital Voice
Editor 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.
The battery life is short.

The battery life on pages 15 and 16 is based on playback with
the medium volume level (using Sony alkaline batteries LR03
(SG)). The battery life may shorten depending on the operation
of the IC recorder.
There is no battery power
remaining after you have
left the batteries inserted
for long time without
using the IC recorder.

Even if you do not use the IC recorder, the batteries are
consumed slightly. The battery life in this case varies
depending on humidity or other environmental conditions.
Usually, the batteries last two or three months. If you do not
intend to use the IC recorder for an extended period of time, it
is recommended that you remove the batteries.
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Symptom
Remedy
The charging indicator is
not displayed.



You are not using rechargeable batteries.
Rechargeable batteries have been inserted with incorrect
polarity.
The USB cable is not connected properly.
“USB CHARGE” of “DETAIL MENU” is set to “OFF” in the menu. To
charge the batteries using your computer, set it to “ON.”

“
” or “
” is
flashing instead of the
remaining battery/
charging indicator.

The environmental temperature is out of the range for
charging. Charge the batteries in an environment with a
temperature of 5 °C – 35 °C.
The battery life of the
rechargeable batteries is
short.

You are using the rechargeable batteries in an environment
with a temperature of under 5 °C. Charge the batteries in an
environment with a temperature of 5 °C – 35 °C.
The IC recorder has not been used for a certain time. Charge
and discharge the rechargeable batteries using the IC recorder
several times.
Replace the old ones with new rechargeable batteries.
The battery indicator is displayed only for a short time,
however, the rechargeable batteries are not charged
completely. It takes about 4 hours to fully charge exhausted
batteries.




The changed menu
setting does not function.

Rechargeable batteries other than NH-AAA have been inserted.
The rechargeable batteries have deteriorated.
Troubleshooting
The charging indicator
disappears in the middle
of charging.

If the batteries are removed just after the menu setting is
changed, or the menu setting is changed using “IC Recorder
Setting” of the Digital Voice Editor software with the exhausted
batteries inserted, the menu setting may not function.
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Symptom
Remedy
The “UPDATING
DATABASE” display does
not disappear.

If the IC recorder is required to process excessive amount of
data, “UPDATING DATABASE” may be displayed for an extended
period of time. This is not a malfunction of the IC recorder. Wait
until the message disappears.
The IC recorder does not
operate correctly.

Take out the batteries and insert them again (page 13).
You cannot connect the IC
recorder to a computer.

Refer to the help files of the Digital Voice Editor3 software.
The IC recorder does not
operate.

You may have formatted the memory of the IC recorder using
the computer. Use the IC recorder formatting function to
format the memory (page 55).
Please note that recorded messages may be erased during service or repair work.
Digital Voice Editor
Refer to the Help files of the Digital Voice Editor software, too.
Symptom
Remedy
The Digital Voice Editor
software cannot be
installed.




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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 Digital Voice Editor software does not support.
In Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005/Windows® XP
Media Center Edition 2004/Windows® XP Media Center
Edition/Windows® XP Professional/Windows® XP Home Edition,
you log on as a user name belonging to a user account with
limitations. Make sure to log on as a user name with the
“Computer administrator” user account.
In Windows® 2000 Professional, make sure to log on as the user
name of “Administrator. ”
Symptom
Remedy
The IC recorder or
“Memory Stick” 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.
 Disconnect and then connect the cable with the IC recorder.
 Connect the IC recorder to another USB connector.


Your computer may be in the system standby/hibernate mode.
Do not let your computer enter into the system standby/
hibernate mode while being connected to the IC recorder.
The IC recorder does not
operate.

You may format the memory of the IC recorder. Use the IC
recorder formatting function to format the memory.
Messages cannot be
played back./Playback
sound volume is too low.

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.)
The volume of WAV files can be changed and saved using the
“Increase Volume” feature of the Microsoft Sound Recorder.





You cannot play back a message whose file format the Digital
Voice Editor software does not support. Depending on the
file format, you cannot use part of editorial features of the
software.
Counter or slider moves
incorrectly.
There is noise.

This happens when you play back messages that you divided,
combined, overwrote, or added a recording. Save a message in
the hard disk first, and then add it to the IC recorder. Select the
saving file format that suits the IC recorder you use.
Operation is slow when
there are many messages.

When the total number of messages increases, the operation
becomes slower, regardless of the length of the recording time.
Troubleshooting
Saved message files
cannot be played back or
edited.
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Symptom
Remedy
Display does not work
during saving, adding, or
deleting of messages.

It takes a longer time to copy or delete long messages. After
completing operations, the display works normally.
It takes too long to
convert a file format.

The time required for file conversion becomes longer as the file
size is bigger.
The software ‘hangs’ when
the Digital Voice Editor
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.
There may be conflict between the software and other driver
or application.
Do not install the “Memory Stick Voice Editor” software and
the Digital Voice Editor Ver. 2x software after you installed the
Digital Voice Editor software. The Digital Voice Editor software
may not operate properly.
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Error Messages (IC recorder)
BATTERY LOW

You cannot format the memory or erase all the files in a folder
because of insufficient battery power. Prepare new batteries to
replace the current ones.
LOW BATTERY

Batteries are exhausted. Replace the old batteries with new
ones.
MEMORY FULL

The remaining memory capacity of the IC recorder is
insufficient. Erase some messages before recording.
FILE FULL

When there are already 999 messages in the selected folder or
the total number of the file stored in the IC recorder becomes
maximum, you cannot divide the message. Erase some
messages before dividing a message.
FILE DAMAGED

You cannot play or edit messages, because the data of the
selected file is damaged.
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.
PROCESS ERROR

The IC recorder failed in memory access. Remove and then
re‑insert the batteries.
Save a backup copy of your data and format the IC recorder
using the menu.

Troubleshooting
Cause/Remedy
Error message
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Error message
Cause/Remedy
SET DATE&TIME

Set the clock; otherwise, you cannot set the alarm.
SET ADD/OVERWRITE

“ADD/OVER” in the menu is set to “OFF.” You cannot add a
recording or an overwrite recording.
NO FILE

The selected folder does not have any messages. You cannot
add priority marks, bookmarks, set the alarm, etc., because of
this.
ALREADY SET

You set the alarm to play back a message at a date and time
previously set on another message. 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.
NO SETTING

If you have not set the alarm, the alarm list will not be
displayed. Make the alarm setting for “NEW.”
If you have not set any bookmark on a message, you cannot
cancel it.
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FILE PROTECTED

The selected message is protected and is now a “Reading
only” file. You cannot add priority marks or bookmarks, divide
a message, add a recording, or an overwrite recording. Cancel
“Reading only” on your computer to edit the message using
the IC recorder.
UNKNOWN DATA

The data does not have a file format which the IC recorder
supports.
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Error message
Cause/Remedy
CANNOT OPERATE

AUTO_AGC SETTING ONLY

“REC LEVEL” in the menu is set to “MANUAL.” The VOR function
does not work and you cannot set the microphone sensitivity.
MANUAL SETTING ONLY

“REC LEVEL” in the menu is set to “AUTO_AGC.” The LIMITER
function does not work.
CHANGE FOLDER

If there are no MP3 files in the
folder, no folders are
displayed in the display window, therefore, the folder setting
will be changed.
FULL SETTING

You can set up to 30 alarms. Cancel unwanted alarms.
SYSTEM ERROR

A system error other than the above has occurred. Remove the
batteries and re-insert them.

If the selected file is an MP3 file, you cannot add priority
marks or bookmarks, divide a message, add a recording, or an
overwrite recording.
You cannot move a message, because there is more than one
folder that has files with same name. Change the file names.
Troubleshooting
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System Limitations
There are some system limitations of the IC recorder. Troubles as mentioned below are
not malfunctions of the IC recorder.
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
You cannot record
messages up to the
maximum recording time.
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
You cannot divide a
message.



You cannot display MP3
files in order.

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If you record messages in a mixture of STHQ, ST, STLP, SP and
LP modes, the recordable time varies from the maximum STHQ
mode recording time to the maximum LP mode recording
time.
The sum of the number on the counter (elapsed recording
time) and the remaining recording time may be less than the
IC recorder’s maximum recording time.
You cannot divide a message in a folder which has 999
messages.
You cannot divide MP3 files.
You cannot divide at the beginning of a message or at the end
of a message, or around bookmarks.
If you have transferred MP3 files using Windows Explorer, those
files may not be copied in order of transfer because of the
limitations of Windows.
When you want to display the files you transferred in order, it is
recommended that you use the supplied “Digital Voice Editor”
software.
You cannot make the A-B
repeat setting.

If messages on which bookmarks have been added using
other IC recorders are copied to this IC recorder, the A-B repeat
setting may not be made. Cancel the bookmarks first, and then
make the A-B repeat setting.
You cannot enter lowercase characters.

Depending on the combination of the characters used for
the folder name that was made on Windows Explorer, those
characters may change to all capitals.
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Addtional Information
To  (headphone) jack
To the IC
recorder
To the other
equipment
Recording with Other
Equipment
* Optional audio connecting cables (not
supplied)
RK-G139 Stereo
Mini-plug
mini-plug
(monaural)
(without resistor) (without resistor)
RK-G136 Stereo
Stereo
mini-plug
mini-plug
(without resistor) (without resistor)
Tape recorder,
etc.
Addtional Information
To record the sound of the IC recorder
with other equipment, connect the 
(headphone) jack of the IC recorder to
the audio input connector (minijack,
stereo) of other equipment using an
audio connecting cable*.
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Using a USB AC
Adaptor (not
supplied)
1 Connect the USB cable supplied
to the USB connector of the IC
recorder.
2 Connect a USB AC adaptor (not
supplied) to the USB cable.
3 Connect the USB AC adaptor to an
AC outlet.
To USB connector
USB cable (supplied)
You can charge the rechargeable
batteries (not supplied) by connecting
the IC recorder to an AC outlet using a
USB AC adaptor (not supplied).
You can charge the batteries while you
are using the IC recorder, so that it is
useful when you want to record for a
long time.
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While the batteries are charging,
“CONNECTING” and the battery
indicator are displayed in an
animation.
When the battery indicator indicates
“ ,” charging is completed. (Charging
time: approx. 4 hours*)
When you use the IC recorder for the
first time, or after you have not used
the IC recorder for a certain time, it
is recommended that you charge
the batteries repeatedly until “ ” is
displayed.
If the battery indicator is not displayed,
charging has not been done properly.
Proceed from step 1 again.
 Notes



On power

Operate the unit only on 3.0 V or 2.4 V
DC. Use two LR 03 (size AAA) alkaline
batteries or two NH-AAA rechargeable
batteries.
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 batteries and
have the unit checked by qualified
personnel before operating it any
further.
Addtional Information
While “
” or “
” is being displayed
instead of the remaining battery/charging
indicator, you cannot charge the batteries.
Charge the batteries in an environment with
a temperature of 5 °C – 35 °C.
You cannot charge the batteries during
playback through an internal speaker even
when you connect the IC recorder to a wall
outlet using a USB AC adaptor.
While recording (the operation indicator
lights or flashes in red) or accessing data
(the operation indicator flashes in orange
and “UPDATING DATABASE…” is displayed),
do not disconnect the USB AC adaptor
from an AC outlet. Doing so may damage
the data. If the IC recorder is required
to process excessive amount of data,
“UPDATING DATABASE…” may be displayed
for an extended period of time. This is not
a malfunction of the IC recorder. Wait until
the message disappears from the display
window.
Precautions
* 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 batteries. It also takes more time if
the temperature of the batteries is low, or
if the batteries are changed while you are
transferring data to the IC recorder.
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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. Do not use
alcohol, benzine or thinner.
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your unit, please consult your
nearest Sony dealer.
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 messages on a
tape recorder or to a computer, etc.
Specifications
Capacity (User available capacity)
256MB=249,462,784Byte
Actual usable capacity may be smaller.
Recording time
See page 23.
Frequency range
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
STHQ : 80 Hz - 20,000 Hz
ST : 80 Hz - 16,500 Hz
STLP : 80 Hz - 7,000 Hz
SP : 80 Hz - 6,000 Hz
LP : 80 Hz - 3,500 Hz
Bit rates and sampling frequencies for
MP3 files
MPEG Ver. 1 Layer 3:
Sampling frequencies: 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
Bit rates: 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 80, 96, 112, 128,
160, 192, 224, 256, 320 kbps, VBR
MPEG Ver. 2 Layer 3:
Sampling frequencies: 16, 22.05, 24 kHz
Bit rates: 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 80, 96, 112, 128,
144, 160 kbps, VBR
Speaker
Approx. 16 mm (21/32 in.) dia.
Power output
150 mW
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Input/Output


Playback speed control
+200% to –75% (DPC)
Power requirements
Two LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries: 3.0 V DC
Two NH-AAA rechargeable batteries: 2.4 V DC
Operating temperature
Optional accessories
Battery charger BCG-34HE
Active speaker SRS-T88, SRS-T80
Electret condenser microphone ECM-CS10,
ECM-CZ10, ECM-TL1
Audio connecting cable RK-G136HG,
RK-G139HG
USB AC adaptor AC-U50A.

Microphone jack (minijack, stereo)
 input for plug in power, minimum input
level 0.6 mV, 3 kilohms or lower impedance
microphone
Headphone jack (minijack, stereo)
 output for 8 - 300 ohms headphones
USB connector
Your dealer may not handle some of the
above listed optional accessories. Please
ask the dealer for detailed information.
Design and specifications are subject to
change without notice.
5˚C - 35˚C (41˚F - 95˚F)
Dimensions (w/h/d) (not incl.
projecting parts and controls)(JEITA)*
30.8 × 119.3 × 14.9 mm (1 1/4 × 4 3/4 × 19/32
in.)
Mass (incl. batteries)(JEITA)*
70 g (2.47 oz)
Addtional Information
* Measured value by the standard of JEITA
(Japan Electronics and Information
Technology and Industries Association)
Supplied accessories
See page 7.
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Index
Symbols
(repeat) A-B/ (priority).....................................8
A
A-B Repeat......................................................................37
Adding an Overwrite Recording.......................28
Adding a Recording..................................................26
ADD/OVER......................................................................52
ALARM...............................................................................54
Alarm..................................................................10, 12, 39
B
E
EASY SEARCH................................................................51
EFFECT...............................................................................51
ERASE ALL.......................................................................53
ERASE BKMRK................................................................53
Erasing Messages.......................................................42
Error Messages.............................................................73
BACKLIGHT.....................................................................53
Batteries.......................................................................7, 13
Battery life.......................................................................15
BEEP....................................................................................52
Bookmark................................................................10, 38
Built-in microphones...................................................8
F
C
Index to Parts and Controls.....................................8
Display during playback and stop.............10
Display during recording.................................11
Display window.....................................................10
Front................................................................................8
Rear..................................................................................9
Connecting the IC Recorder to your
Computer........................................................................61
D
DATE & TIME...................................................................55
DCP......................................................................................37
DETAIL MENU................................................................54
Digital Voice Editor................................................7, 57
Installing.....................................................................59
82
Digital Voice Up...........................................................36
DIRECTNL....................................................................9, 20
DIRECTNL switch................................................19, 23
DISPLAY.............................................................................50
Dividing a Message...........................................29, 44
DPC.................................................................................9, 50
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FORMAT............................................................................55
H
HOLD.....................................................................................9
I
L
LCF (LOW CUT).....................................................19, 49
LCF (Low Cut Filter)....................................................12
M
Manual Recording Mode.......................................24
Menu..................................................................................46
Microphone sensitivity....................................11, 12
MIC SENS..........................................................19, 20, 49
Monitoring the recording.....................................23
MOVE..................................................................................53
Moving Message.........................................................45
MP3.....................................................................................11
P
Playing Back Message..............................................33
Playing Back MP3........................................................62
PLAY MODE....................................................................51
Precautions.....................................................................79
Priority Mark(s)..............................................................45
Priority marks.................................................................10
R
S
SELECT INPUT...............................................................54
Setting the Clock........................................................17
SP..................................................................................11, 23
Specifications................................................................80
ST..................................................................................11, 23
STHQ...........................................................................11, 23
STLP.............................................................................11, 23
System Limitations....................................................76
T
Troubleshooting..........................................................66
Digital Voice Editor..............................................70
IC Recorder...............................................................66
U
USB AC Adaptor...........................................................78
USB CHARGE..................................................................56
USB Mass Storage Device......................................65
V
V-UP.......................................................................................9
V-UP LEVEL......................................................................56
VOR..............................................................................25, 50
Index
REC LEVEL................................................................19, 50
REC MODE.......................................................................49
Recording Messages................................................21
Recording mode.........................................................23
Recording time............................................................23
Recording with an External Microphone....30
Recording with Other Equipment...................77
Record standby mode.............................................24
LED.......................................................................................52
LIM (limiter)....................................................................12
LIMITER......................................................................19, 54
LP..................................................................................11, 23
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