User’s Guide
NOMAD IIc family of Digital Audio Player/Voice Recorder
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Version 2.0
September 2001
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Contents
installed OS X over OS 9 (Dual-Boot) ..............2-6
For Macintosh users that installed OS X only......2-6
Step 8: Download MP3/WMA Files to Your Player ......2-6
For Windows users ................................................2-6
For Macintosh users ..............................................2-7
Step 9: Listen to MP3/WMA songs .................................2-7
Step 10: Make a Voice Recording ....................................2-7
NOMAD Detector ............................................................2-7
Introduction
Your NOMAD IIc Player......................................................i
System Requirements ...........................................................ii
Document Conventions ........................................................ii
1
Your NOMAD IIc Package
In the Package .................................................................. 1-1
Optional Accessories ....................................................... 1-2
Location of Controls ........................................................ 1-3
3
2
Setting Up Your NOMAD IIc Player
Step 1: Insert Battery ........................................................ 2-1
Step 2: Connect Earphones to Player .............................. 2-1
Step 3: Put on Your Earphones ........................................ 2-1
Step 4: Install Software .................................................... 2-2
For Windows users ............................................... 2-2
For Macintosh OS 9 users .................................... 2-2
For Macintosh OS X users .................................. 2-2
Step 5: Connect NOMAD IIc Player to PC .................... 2-4
Step 6: Install NOMAD II Driver ................................... 2-5
For Windows users only....................................... 2-5
Step 7: Verify Correct Installation of NOMAD II Driver ....
2-5
For Windows users ............................................... 2-5
For Macintosh OS 9 users and Macintosh users that
Using Your NOMAD IIc Player
Power ON/OFF .................................................................3-1
Lock ...................................................................................3-1
Navigating & Accessing Menus ......................................3-2
In MUSIC Submenu .........................................................3-3
To play an MP3 File ..............................................3-3
To repeat MP3 playback........................................3-3
To repeat a section of a track continuously ..........3-4
To use the DSP Equalizer......................................3-4
To erase an MP3 File.............................................3-5
In VOICE Submenu .........................................................3-5
To change microphone input.................................3-5
To make a voice recording ....................................3-6
To play a voice recording ......................................3-6
To erase a voice recording.....................................3-6
In INFORMATION Submenu .........................................3-7
To change the owner’s name ................................ 3-7
Navigating & Accessing SETTINGS Submenu ............ 3-8
To set Backlight on interval.................................. 3-9
To turn on/off Backlight........................................ 3-9
To set Contrast....................................................... 3-9
To set Power off when idle ................................. 3-10
To set Audio output............................................. 3-10
In TIME Submenu ......................................................... 3-11
To set the date, time and day .............................. 3-11
4
Using iTunes in Macintosh OS
Transferring music files from iTunes to your NOMAD IIc
player .............................................................................. 5-2
Transferring music files from your NOMAD IIc player to
iTunes ............................................................................. 5-3
An MP3 Primer
What is MP3? .................................................................. A-1
MP3 Conversion Process ................................................ A-1
Extracting from Audio CD.................................. A-1
Encoding to MP3................................................. A-1
Memory and Audio Quality ................................ A-2
MP3 Web sites ................................................................. A-2
B
Technical Specifications & Troubleshooting
NOMAD IIc Player DAP-3205/DAP-6406* .................B-1
Troubleshooting ...............................................................B-2
Using Creative PlayCenter 2 in Windows
Introducing PlayCenter 2 ................................................. 4-1
To open PlayCenter 2............................................ 4-1
Using PlayCenter 2 .......................................................... 4-2
To download MP3/WMA files to your player..... 4-2
To rip an audio CD into MP3/WMA files ........... 4-2
To transfer voice files from your player to your
computer ............................................................. 4-2
To delete files from your player ........................... 4-2
To change PlayCenter 2’s settings........................ 4-2
To format your Flash Memory Card (Creative
SmartMedia) ....................................................... 4-3
To connect to the NOMAD website .................... 4-3
5
A
C
Handling Instructions
Handling Instructions .......................................................C-1
Introduction
Your NOMAD IIc Player
Any reference to "NOMAD II" in your
package’s software, or elsewhere, also
refers to the NOMAD IIc player.
Your NOMAD IIc player is a digital audio
player for the new Internet generation. You do
not need to carry a cassette tape or CD.
A key feature at the core of the NOMAD IIc is
its programmability, designed to be virtually
future-proof. By incorporating this upgradable
feature, the NOMAD IIc can be programmed
to support multiple digital audio formats, such
as MP3 and Microsoft® Windows Media
Audio (WMA) or software extensions that will
be made available on www.nomadworld.com.
The NOMAD IIc is designed for the active
consumer, with features that emphasize quick
setup and mobility. The new NOMAD IIc
comes equipped with a Universal Serial Bus
(USB) connection for faster transfer rates and
hot-plugging connectivity, a high-quality
backlit LCD, and SSFDC (Solid State Floppy
Disk Card) compliant Flash Memory Card
(Creative SmartMedia™), supported in all
configurations. And like the first NOMAD,
the NOMAD IIc features MP3 playback and
voice recording capability.
You can download more MP3 files through
worldwide web sites or online services to play
them back on your NOMAD IIc.
The sound in this light shock-resistant player
will not skip or stretch at all, even during
vigorous exercise or after repeated playbacks.
The ID3 Tag information such as song title and
artist name is also conveniently displayed on
the LCD for easy reference.
For more details on MP3, please refer to
Appendix A, “An MP3 Primer”.
Information is correct at time of
printing. For the latest information,
visit www.nomadworld.com.
For the latest information about
Apple® products, including iTunes,
visit www.apple.com.
NOMAD IIc also comes bundled with the
following software and songs:
❑ Creative PlayCenter 2, which manages
your favorite digital audio files on your
computer and NOMAD IIc. It is also an
integrated encoder for ripping audio CD
tracks into compressed digital audio files.
❑ Macintosh® iTunes, which features a
powerful interface for importing music
CDs to MP3 files, creating playlists,
burning music CDs, moving music to your
NOMAD IIc player as well as for listening
to hundreds of radio stations on the
Internet.
i
System Requirements
For PC:
❑ Microsoft Windows® 98, Windows 98SE,
Windows 2000 or Windows Me
❑ 200MHz processor or higher (Intel®
Pentium® II and above recommended for
MP3 encoding)
❑ SVGA graphics adapter 256 colors,
640x480 (High color 16-bit 600 x 800
recommended)
❑ Internet connection for Internet content
downloading or CDDB™ support
(any charges incurred are the
responsibility of the end user)
❑ 32MB RAM (64MB recommended)
❑ USB port
❑ USB Manager version 1.2 or higher
❑ 6MB free hard disk space (more for audio
content storage)
❑ Installed mouse
Document Conventions
The following typographical conventions are
used throughout this document.
Text conventions.
❑ USB port
Text Elements
❑ 30MB free hard disk space (more for
audio content storage)
bold
Text that must be entered
exactly as it appears.
italic
Title of a book or a
placeholder. A
placeholder represents
information that you
must provide.
UPPERCASE
Directory name, file
name, or acronym.
<>
Symbols, letters, and key
names on the keyboard.
❑ Installed mouse
❑ CD-ROM drive with digital audio
extraction support
For Mac®
❑ Mac OS version 9.0 or higher
❑ iMac™, G3 or higher
❑ Internet connection for Internet content
downloading or CDDB support
(any charges incurred are the
responsibility of the end user)
❑ 64MB RAM (128MB recommended)
ii
Icons.
This symbol
Indicates
A note.
❑ CD-ROM drive with digital audio
extraction support
Table i:
Table ii:
Use
A warning.
A tip.
1
Your NOMAD IIc Package
In the Package
Your NOMAD IIc player package contains the following items:
Belt clip & Belt clip screw
Quick Start guide
NOMAD IIc player
1 AA size battery
USB cable
Figure 1-1: NOMAD IIc player package.
1 Installation CD
Optional Accessories
For the latest list of accessories, please visit
www.nomadworld.com.
Please purchase original Creative
Flash Memory Cards (Creative
SmartMedia) to ensure 100 percent
compatibility with your NOMAD IIc
player.
Availability of Flash Memory Cards
(Creative SmartMedia) varies
according to region.
1
Docking Station Kit
USB cable
Docking station
1 rechargeable NiMH battery
AC Adapter
3
2
Additional Flash Memory Card
(Creative SmartMedia)
Figure 1-2: Optional accessories.
1-2 Your NOMAD IIc Package
Car Cassette Adapter Kit
Location of Controls
PLAYER - Front View
High resolution
bitmapped backlit LCD
Power On
/Play
/Pause
/Toggle MUSIC/VOICE
/Select
Marks segment of track for repeating
Skip track forward
/Navigate right/down
Menu
Skip track reverse
/Navigate left/up
Repeat 1/All/Random/None
Power Off
/Stop
/Cancel
Microphone
LEGEND
Docking station connector
Bold - Press and hold the button
Italics - For menu navigation
Figure 1-3: Front view of the player.
Your NOMAD IIc Package 1-3
PLAYER - Rear View
Flash memory card
Eject button
Belt clip
Note: Belt clip may not be
screwed on when you first
open the box.
Battery case
/Flash Memory Card
(Creative SmartMedia)
cover
Figure 1-4: Rear view of the player.
Your NOMAD IIc Package 1-4
Left View
Right View
Top View
Volume +
LOCK switch
Note: This
switch only
locks the
buttons on
the player.
Volume Headphone jack
Record
Erase
DSP
Docking station connector rubber cover
Note: The docking station connector is used only
together with the optional docking station that also
acts as a battery recharging station.
USB connector
cover
Bottom View
Figure 1-5: Left, right, top and bottom views of the player.
Your NOMAD IIc Package 1-5
2
Setting Up Your NOMAD IIc Player
MP3/WMA files can be stored in your player’s internal memory or in a supported Flash Memory
Card (Creative SmartMedia). Depending on the model of the player that you have purchased,
either the player or the Flash Memory Card (Creative SmartMedia) is preloaded with a “Welcome
to NOMAD” MP3 song. So, you can start enjoying MP3 songs without connecting your
NOMAD IIc player to a PC. Just follow these steps and you can get up and running straightaway:
Step 2: Connect
Earphones to Player
Step 1: Insert Battery
Step 3: Put on Your
Earphones
Remove the
battery
case/Flash
Memory Card
(Creative
SmartMedia)
cover.
Insert the
battery.
Earphones may not be included in
your package.
You may want to skip to “Step 9: Listen to
MP3/WMA songs” on page 2-7 to start
playing with your NOMAD IIc player.
Figure 2-1: Insert battery.
Setting Up Your NOMAD IIc Player 2-1
Step 4: Install Software
Any reference to "NOMAD II" in your
package’s software, also refers to the
NOMAD IIc player.
For Windows users
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Install all the programs in the software
CD before accessing its contents or the
MP3 content CD.
Insert the Creative NOMAD IIc
installation CD into the CD-ROM drive. If
the Setup program does not run
automatically, do steps 2 through 3.
Otherwise, skip to step 4.
Click Start -> Run.
In the Run dialog, type
D:\CTRUN\CTRUN.EXE (where D:\ is
your CD-ROM drive) and click OK.
The Creative NOMAD II setup screen
appears, listing the languages supported
by the software.
Click the language you want. The second
Creative NOMAD II setup screen
appears, selecting by default all
applications to be installed.
Select the applications you want to install
and click the Right Arrow button to start
the installation.
The Creative Product Registration
dialog box appears.
Follow the instructions on the screen.
Setting Up Your NOMAD IIc Player 2-2
7. When prompted to restart your system,
leave the CD in the CD-ROM drive, select
the Yes, I want to restart my computer
now option and then click the Finish
button.
For Macintosh OS 9 users
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
Macintosh OS 9 users who want to
install iTunes must install Version 1.1
of the application.
Insert the Creative Installation CD into
your CD-ROM drive. The NOMAD icon
appears on your desktop.
Double-click the NOMAD icon. The
NOMAD window appears.
Double-click the iTunes folder. The
iTunes window appears.
Double-click the iTunes v1.1 for Mac OS
9 folder. The iTunes v1.1 for Mac OS 9
window appears.
Double-click the language folder you
want. For example, if you want to install
the English version of iTunes,
double-click the English folder.
The respective language window appears.
For example, if you double-click the
English folder, the English window
appears.
Double-click the Install iTunes icon. The
License window appears.
Read the Software License Agreement,
then click Accept if you accept the terms.
The Read Me window appears.
8. Read the information provided, then click
Continue. The Install iTunes window
appears.
9. The Easy Install option is selected by
default. This installs the iTunes
application with audio CD authoring
support. The other option, Custom
Install, installs the iTunes application
with CD authoring support and audio CD
authoring support for USB/FireWire®
CD-RW drives.
10. Click the installation option you want,
then click Install. A dialog box appears,
prompting you to confirm installation of
audio CD authoring support.
11. Click Proceed. A message box appears
informing you that the installation has
been launched.
12. After installation, a dialog box appears,
prompting you to restart your system.
Click Restart to restart your system.
13. After restarting, the iTunes window
appears. Double-click the iTunes icon to
launch the application.
For Macintosh OS X users
Macintosh OS X users who want to
install iTunes must install Version
1.1.1 of the application.
1. Insert the Creative Installation CD into
your CD-ROM drive. The NOMAD icon
appears on your desktop.
2. Double-click the NOMAD icon. The
NOMAD window appears.
3. Double-click the iTunes folder. The
iTunes window appears.
4. Double-click the iTunes v1.1.1 for OS X
folder. The iTunes v1.1.1 for OS X
window appears.
5. Double-click the iTunes for Mac OS
X.smi icon. The Software License
Agreement window appears.
6. Read the agreement, then click Agree if
you agree to the terms. The iTunes for
Mac OS X window appears.
7. Double-click the iTunes for Mac OS X
folder. The iTunes for Mac OS X window
appears.
8. Double-click the iTunes.pkg icon. The
Install iTunes for Mac OS X window
appears, prompting you to type in the
administrator password.
9. Type in the password, then click OK. An
introduction to iTunes appears in the
Install iTunes for Mac OS X window.
10. Read the introduction, then click
Continue. The iTunes readme text
appears in the Install iTunes for Mac OS
X window.
11. Read the readme text, then click
Continue. The Software License
Agreement appears in the Install iTunes
for Mac OS X window.
12. Read the Software License Agreement,
then click Continue. A dialog box
appears, asking you if you agree to the
terms.
Setting Up Your NOMAD IIc Player 2-3
13. Click Agree if you agree to the terms.
Icons representing possible installation
locations in your system appear in the
Install iTunes for Mac OS X window.
14. Click the appropriate icon, then click
Continue.
15. Click Install to start installation. After
installation, click Close to close the
window.
16. Click the iTunes icon on the Dock, then
click Open iTunes to launch the
application.
Step 5: Connect NOMAD IIc Player to PC
You need not switch off your computer when you connect your NOMAD IIc player to the PC since USB is Plug-and-Play.
The battery must be in the
player and the player turned
on. NOMAD IIc is not a USB
powered-device.
Plug the flat USB connector
of the bundled (standard)
USB cable to the PC.
Plug the square connector of the USB
cable to the NOMAD IIc player.
A diagram appears on the LCD,
indicating that the player is connected
to your PC.
Figure 2-2: Connecting the NOMAD IIc player to a PC.
Setting Up Your NOMAD IIc Player 2-4
Position the PC so that
its USB ports can be
easily accessed.
Note: The
USB
port(s) on
your PC
may be
found on
the front
panel
instead of
the back
panel.
2. In the Control Panel window,
double-click the System icon.
3. In the System Properties dialog box,
click the Device Manager tab.
4. In the Device Manager tabbed page,
double-click Universal Serial Bus
controllers, and then check that Creative
NOMAD II is present as shown in Figure
2-5 below.
Step 6: Install NOMAD II
Driver
NOMAD IIc uses the "NOMAD II"
driver.
Skip this step if you are a Macintosh
user; installing the software as
instructed in “Step 4: Install Software”
on page 2-2, would have already
installed the drivers necessary for your
NOMAD IIc to work with your
Macintosh.
For Windows users only
Once you have connected your NOMAD IIc
player to your PC, the dialog box similar to
Figure 2-3 appears.
Figure 2-4: Installation of Creative NOMAD II
driver is completed.
2. Select the Search for the best driver for
your device. (Recommended) option and
click the Next button.
3. Clear the Floppy disk drives check box
and select the CD-ROM drive option.
4. Click the Next button twice in succession.
The dialog box similar to Figure 2-4
appears.
5. Click the Finish button.
Step 7: Verify Correct
Installation of NOMAD II
Driver
Figure 2-3: Add New Hardware Wizard dialog
box.
Figure 2-5: Verify that Creative NOMAD II
driver is installed correctly.
For Windows users
1. Click Start -> Settings -> Control Panel.
1. Click the Next button.
Setting Up Your NOMAD IIc Player 2-5
For Macintosh OS 9 users and
Macintosh users that installed OS
X over OS 9 (Dual-Boot)
1. On the desktop, double-click the hard disk
icon where iTunes has been installed. The
hard disk window appears.
2. Double-click the System Folder icon.
The System Folder window appears.
3. Double-click the Extensions icon.
The Extensions window appears.
4. Be sure that the NOMAD II USB Driver
icon is listed.
Note: Icons for other NOMAD players are
also listed, representing the additional
drivers installed during the setup.
For Macintosh users that
installed OS X only
1. On the desktop, double-click the hard disk
icon where OS X has been installed. The
hard disk window appears.
2. Double-click the Applications folder. The
Applications window appears.
3. While pressing <Control>, click the
iTunes icon. A menu appears.
4. Click Show Package Contents. The
iTunes window appears.
5. Double-click the Contents folder. The
Contents window appears.
6. Double-click the Plug-ins folder. The
Plug-ins window appears.
7. Be sure that the NOMAD II Plugin.bundle icon is listed.
Note: The NOMAD Jukebox icon is also listed, representing the additional driver installed
during the setup.
Step 8: Download MP3/WMA Files to Your Player
For Windows users
1. To start PlayCenter 2, double-click the Creative PlayCenter 2 icon or connect the USB cable
from your PC to your NOMAD IIc player.
By default, the PC Music Library appears in PlayCenter 2’s Main Window and the
Transfer Window. Ensure that you have MP3/WMA files in your computer.
2. Click the NOMAD II button on the Transfer Window (see Figure 2-6).
3. Select the songs you want to download to NOMAD IIc in the Main Window.
4. Click the lower Transfer button.
After downloading the songs, just disconnect your NOMAD IIc player from your computer and
you can start enjoying the downloaded songs in the player.
For details on how to use Creative PlayCenter 2, refer to Chapter 4 and its online Help file.
Main Window
Transfer Window
Note: The song titles will only be displayed if the PC
is connected to the Internet and you are registered Transfer button
with the CDDB website.
Figure 2-6: The PlayCenter 2 user interface.
Setting Up Your NOMAD IIc Player 2-6
For Macintosh users
NOMAD Detector
Refer to “Transferring music files from iTunes
to your NOMAD IIc player” on page 5-2.
For Windows users only
Step 9: Listen to
MP3/WMA songs
Press the MENU button on the player and you
will see the NOMAD II main menu. The
MUSIC icon is blinking, which means that it is
selected by default. Press the PLAY button to
go to the MUSIC submenu and then press the
PLAY button again to enjoy clear digital
music.
Step 10: Make a Voice
Recording
Thinking of finding out how your voice
sounds on NOMAD IIc? Wait no more!
Press the MENU button to go to the NOMAD
II main menu and then press the FORWARD
button once to navigate to the VOICE icon.
Press the PLAY button to go to the VOICE
submenu. Press and hold the REC button to
start the recording. To stop the recording, press
the STOP button.
For more details on how to use your
player more effectively, please refer to
Chapter 3, “Using Your NOMAD IIc
Player”.
Setting Up Your NOMAD IIc Player 2-7
NOMAD Detector is a small utility in the
Taskbar (see Figure 2-7 below) that can detect
a connection between the NOMAD IIc player
and the PC via a USB cable. It is installed by
default as part of Creative PlayCenter 2.
Figure 2-7: NOMAD Detector.
To disable NOMAD Detector
1. Right-click the NOMAD Detector icon to
show the shortcut menu. Enable
NOMAD Detector is selected by default.
2. Click the Enable NOMAD Detector to
disable it.
If you want to enable it again, click Start
-> Programs -> Creative -> Creative
PlayCenter 2 -> Creative PDE Detector.
You can also click Exit to quit
NOMAD Detector if you do not need
to use the utility. The utility will
appear the next time you restart your
PC.
Ensure that the utility is enabled or
launched, otherwise the PlayCenter 2
application will not launch
automatically when the NOMAD IIc
is connected to your computer.
3
Using Your NOMAD IIc Player
Power ON/OFF
Battery indicator
Lock indicator
Lock
VIEW OF ALL ICONS
Flash Memory Card (Smart Media) indicator
Volume indicator
Repeat Track
indicator
Repeat Segment
/MIC Input
indicator
Note: MIC HI/LO
only appears
while recording
Ensure that the LOCK switch is not on before you continue.
To lock the
player’s buttons:
Slide the LOCK
switch downwards.
Lock icon appears
PLAY
STOP
1. Press and hold the PLAY button to turn on the power.
The NOMAD IIc main menu appears as shown above.
2. To turn off the power, press and hold the STOP button for more than
1 second.
If the player is idle in 3 minutes, it will turn off automatically.
You can change the Power Off time in the SETTINGS submenu.
Using Your NOMAD IIc Player 3-1
Navigating & Accessing Menus
There are two levels of menus which control the operations of the player: the MAIN menu and six submenus.
MUSIC submenu
INFO submenu
VOICE submenu
MAIN menu
SETTINGS submenu
TIME submenu
Press the PLAY button to access a
submenu (represented by an icon) or a
playlist item on the LCD.
Press the FORWARD button to navigate
to the next item on the right or below.
Press the REVERSE button to navigate to
the previous item on the left or above.
Press the MENU button to
go to the MAIN menu or to
return to the submenus after
operating the functions.
Using Your NOMAD IIc Player 3-2
In MUSIC Submenu
To access MUSIC submenu, press the PLAY button when the
MUSIC icon is blinking.
The MUSIC submenu appears, with the first file selected.
NOMAD IIc is designed to be future-proof as it is
programmable. New audio formats can be downloaded into the
player when they are available. Visit www.nomadworld.com for
any new releases.
2. Press the STOP button to stop the playback. If held down for longer
than 1 second, the power will be turned off.
You can press and hold the PLAY button to toggle to the VOICE
submenu and back to the MUSIC submenu.
To repeat MP3 playback
Repeat Current Track
Repeat All
Repeat Random
To play an MP3 File
Press the REPEAT button and then select either Repeat Current
Track, Repeat All, or Repeat Random which appears in order.
To cancel the operation, press the REPEAT button until the
Repeat indicator disappears from the LCD.
To play back MP3 files, they must first be downloaded in the
NOMAD IIc player.
1. Press the PLAY button to play back the current track or press it
again to pause.
During Pause, the Pause icon appears.
During the playback, the Play icon, time elapsed, song order, the
song title, artist, bitrate, sampling rate, and DSP mode are displayed
on the LCD.
Using Your NOMAD IIc Player 3-3
To repeat a section of a track continuously
To use the DSP Equalizer
VOL +/-
DSP
REVERSE
Press the A-B button when a track is playing to mark the point where
you want the section to start and press the button again where you
want the section to end.
To cancel the operation, press the A-B button again.
The A-B indicator disappears from the LCD and the track
continues playing from the point where the section ends.
Using Your NOMAD IIc Player 3-4
FORWARD
Press the DSP button to select the Equalizer mode. Then press
repeatedly to select NORMAL, USER, POP, ROCK, CLASSIC, and
JAZZ, that appear in turn.
Only the USER option allows you to customize the Bass and
Treble level.
To set either level, press the FORWARD or REVERSE button
to select the desired level and then press the VOL + or VOL - to
increase or decrease the level.
In VOICE Submenu
To erase an MP3 File
To go to VOICE submenu, press the PLAY button when the VOICE
icon is blinking.
The VOICE submenu appears, with the first recording selected.
To change microphone input
ERASE
Microphone input affects the quality of a voice recording by adjusting
the loudness of environment noise. Choose HI if you are recording in a
quiet environment, and LO, in a noisy environment. The default input is
LO.
MIC HI/LO
indicator
1. Press the MENU button to go to the MUSIC submenu.
2. Select the desired track using the FORWARD or REVERSE button.
3. Press the ERASE button.
A confirmation message appears on the LCD.
Press the PLAY (Select) button to erase.
4. To cancel, press any button other than the PLAY button. Or,
do not press any button for 3 seconds.
5. When the action is cancelled, it returns to the MUSIC submenu.
Press the DSP button.
The microphone input switches to HI. Press again to switch it back
to LO.
Using Your NOMAD IIc Player 3-5
To make a voice recording
To erase a voice recording
This is the filename
assigned by the player
REC
ERASE
STOP
1. Press and hold the REC button to start the recording.
The recording icon, time elapsed, the word “Recording”, and the
file name appear on the LCD.
2. Press the STOP button to stop recording.
When the memory is full, a message appears and recording stops
automatically.
To play a voice recording
Press the PLAY button to play back the current track. Press it again
to pause. To resume playback of the current track, press the PLAY
button.
Using Your NOMAD IIc Player 3-6
1. Select the desired track using the FORWARD or REVERSE button.
2. After selecting a track, press the ERASE button.
A confirmation message appears on the LCD.
3. Press the PLAY button to erase.
4. To cancel the operation, press any button other than the PLAY
button or do not press any button for 3 seconds.
5. When the action is cancelled, it returns to the previous state.
Each of the track numbers following the erased one decreases
by one.
In INFORMATION Submenu
To go to INFORMATION submenu, press the PLAY button when
the INFO icon is blinking.
The INFO submenu appears with the date, the owner's name, the
total memory and free memory of the Flash Memory Card (Creative
SmartMedia), the firmware version and the remaining power of the
battery displayed on the LCD.
You can change the owner’s name using PlayCenter 2’s Settings
option.
To change the owner’s name
1. In PlayCenter 2’s NOMAD II window, click the right arrow to scroll
right until the Settings icon appears.
2. Click the Settings icon.
The Settings dialog box appears.
3. Type in your name.
Go to INFORMATION submenu in your player to verify that
the name you typed is changed in the LCD.
Using Your NOMAD IIc Player 3-7
Navigating & Accessing SETTINGS Submenu
Backlight
Contrast
Power off if idle
SETTINGS submenu
Audio output
Press the REVERSE button to navigate to
the previous icon on the left or above.
Press the PLAY button to access an icon.
Note: To cancel the operation, press the
MENU button to return to the
SETTINGS Submenu.
Press the FORWARD button to navigate
to the next icon on the right or below.
Using Your NOMAD IIc Player 3-8
To set Backlight on interval
To set Contrast
VOL +/-
VOL +/-
PLAY (Select)
PLAY (Select)
1. Navigate to the BACKLIGHT icon and then press the PLAY button.
2. Press the VOL + or VOL - buttons on the player to increase or
decrease the duration the backlight is activated on the LCD.
3. Press the PLAY button to save the new settings.
The word “Saved” appears on the LCD and the SETTINGS
submenu appears.
The maximum duration is 12 seconds.
1. Navigate to the CONTRAST icon and then press the PLAY button.
2. Press the VOL + or VOL - buttons on the player to increase or
decrease the contrast level.
3. Press the PLAY button to save the selected setting.
The word “Saved” appears on the LCD and the SETTINGS
submenu appears.
To turn on/off Backlight
Press and hold the MENU button to turn on/off the backlight.
Using Your NOMAD IIc Player 3-9
To set Power off when idle
To set Audio output
VOL +/-
PLAY (Select)
1. Navigate to the POWER OFF icon and then press the PLAY button.
2. Press the VOL + or VOL - buttons on the player to increase or
decrease the time after which the player will switch off if there are
no operations.
3. Press the PLAY button to save the selected setting.
The word “Saved” appears on the LCD and the SETTINGS
submenu appears.
Using Your NOMAD IIc Player 3-10
VOL +/-
PLAY (Select)
1. Navigate to the OUTPUT icon and then press the PLAY button.
2. Press the VOL + or VOL - buttons on the player to select headphone
output or line output for audio.
3. Press the PLAY button to save the selected output.
The word “Saved” appears on the LCD and the SETTINGS
submenu appears.
In TIME Submenu
VOL +/-
REC
To go to TIME submenu, press the PLAY button when the TIME
icon is blinking.
The submenu similar to the above diagram appears with the current
date, time and day.
To set the date, time and day
1. Press and hold the REC button to select setting mode.
The Hour value blinks, ready to be set.
2. Press the VOL + or VOL - buttons on the player to increase or
decrease the Hour value.
3. Press the FORWARD or REVERSE button to shift to the Minute,
AM/PM, Day, and Date in order and repeat step 2 to adjust the
values.
4. Press the PLAY button when the setting is completed.
That’s all. We hope that you will enjoy using your NOMAD IIc player. Do remember to visit
www.nomadworld.com for the latest update and enhancements for your player.
Using Your NOMAD IIc Player 3-11
Using Creative PlayCenter 2 in Windows
This chapter describes only selected tasks
available with PlayCenter 2. For complete
information, see the PlayCenter 2 Help file by
clicking the question mark icon (?) on
PlayCenter 2.
Details of the PlayCenter 2’s interface are
found in the About PlayCenter 2 topic in the
Help file.
Any reference to "NOMAD II" in
PlayCenter 2 also refers to the
NOMAD IIc player.
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2. Start PlayCenter 2 by either of the following methods:
❑ Double-click the PlayCenter 2 icon on the Windows desktop.
❑ Click Start -> Programs -> Creative -> Creative PlayCenter 2.0 -> Creative
PlayCenter 2.0.
Help icon
Introducing PlayCenter 2
Creative PlayCenter 2 allows you to manage
the contents on your NOMAD IIc:
❑ Transfer MP3 and other files to your
NOMAD IIc
❑ Transfer the files (except protected MP3
or WMA files) on your NOMAD to your
computer
Figure 4-1: PlayCenter 2 user interface.
To open PlayCenter 2
1. Connect NOMAD IIc to your computer.
Using Creative PlayCenter 2 in Windows 4-1
Using PlayCenter 2
To transfer voice files from your
player to your computer
To download MP3/WMA files to
your player
1. In the Main Window, click the My
Computer button and locate the folder or
album where you store the voice files.
2. Click the NOMAD II button in the
Transfer window.
3. Click the Media bar in the Transfer
window and select the voice files you want
to transfer from your player.
4. Click the upper Transfer button.
Refer to “Step 8: Download MP3/WMA Files
to Your Player” on page 2-5.
To rip an audio CD into
MP3/WMA files
1. Insert an audio CD into the CD-ROM
drive.
2. Click the Audio CD button.
The CD Drive Window appears.
3. In the Main window, click the boxes next
to the tracks you want to rip.
4. To rip tracks to your hard disk, click either
My Computer or PC Music Library in
the Transfer window.
5. To rip tracks to your player, click the
NOMAD II button in the Transfer
window.
6. Locate your preferred folder and then
click the Rip To button.
The Transfer Status bar shows the
progress of the ripping. The ripped MP3
song’s information is stored under
Albums, All Tracks and Artists in PC
Music Library.
7. To preview the song that you have just
ripped, click the song title and then click
the Preview icon.
Using Creative PlayCenter 2 in Windows 4-2
To change PlayCenter 2’s settings
1. Click the Settings button to display the
Setting dialog box.
To delete files from your player
1. In the NOMAD II view, select the file to
be deleted.
2. Click the Delete icon in the Toolbar.
Figure 4-2: PlayCenter 2’s Settings dialog box.
2. Click any tab to display the settings on the
tab:
❑ PlayCenter 2: Select modules to be
displayed in either window.
❑ PC Music Library: Assign a folder
for storing files on your computer’s
hard disk.
❑ My Computer: Select the types of
media files that you want PlayCenter 2
to display.
❑ CD Ripping: Configure a CD-ROM
drive for digital audio extraction.
❑ Encoder: Select MP3, WMA or
WAV compression methods.
❑ CDDB: Select whether or not to
automatically retrieve CDDB
information for an audio CD.
❑ Transfer: Select options for file
transfer.
❑ Change Skin: Select different skins
for the PlayCenter 2 user interface.
To format your Flash Memory
Card (Creative SmartMedia)
Formatting a Flash Memory Card
(Creative SmartMedia) deletes any
existing files.
1. Click the NOMAD II button in the
Transfer window.
2. Click the Media bar and select Flash
Memory Card.
3. With the Flash Memory Card (Creative
SmartMedia) contents displayed, click the
Format icon in the Toolbar.
If you change the Flash Memory Card
(Creative SmartMedia), click the Refresh
button to display the file information for the
new card.
To check the status of the Flash Memory Card
(Creative SmartMedia), click the Media bar
and then click Information.
To connect to the NOMAD
website
Click the Internet button on PlayCenter 2.
You must be connected to the Internet
for your default Web browser to
connect to www.nomadworld.com.
Format icon
Figure 4-3: Format icon.
If the Flash Memory Card (Creative
SmartMedia) is already formatted, you can
add or delete files to and from the card.
Using Creative PlayCenter 2 in Windows 4-3
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Using iTunes in Macintosh OS
Any reference to "NOMAD II" in
iTunes also refers to the NOMAD IIc
player.
The Macintosh iTunes application, included in
your NOMAD IIc package, features a
powerful interface for importing music CDs to
MP3 files, creating playlists, creating music
CDs, moving music to your NOMAD IIc
player as well as for listening to hundreds of
radio stations on the Internet.
When iTunes is launched, you will see the main interface as shown below:
Play
Button
Reverse Button
Volume Slider
Voice files recorded with your NOMAD IIc
(denoted by the file name extension .NVF) can
also be manipulated and played back with
iTunes in the same way as any other supported
music file.
Source:
Displays currently
available music
sources, including the
NOMAD IIc player if it
has been connected
to your Macintosh.
You can launch the iTunes application after
installing the software and setting up your
player as described in “Setting Up Your
NOMAD IIc Player” on page 2-1.
Create New Playlist
button: Click once to
create a new playlist
in your source
Extensive instructions on how to use iTunes
can be found after launching the application,
by clicking the Help menu, then iTunes Help.
Forward
Button
Display Bar : Provides
information such as
elapsed or remaining time
when a song is played
back, and copying progress
when a song is transferred
from one source to another.
Random Button:
Click once to play
songs in the
playlist at random
Repeat Button: Click once
to repeat all songs in the
playlist. Click again to repeat
the currently selected song.
Click a third time to resume
normal playback.
Music Visualizer Button:
Click once to launch the
Music Visualizer, which
generates screen
graphics in unison with
music being played
Search Box : Key in
the name of songs
you want to find.
Browse/Burn CD
Button: Click the
Browse button to
search for songs
when Library is
selected as a source.
Click the Burn CD
button to burn a
currently selected
playlist to CD
Playlist Information:
Displays songs
available in the
currently selected
source. Song
information, such as
artist and song length,
is also provided when
available.
Eject Button: Click
once to eject any CD
currently in your CD
drive
Figure 5-1: The iTunes interface.
Using iTunes in Macintosh OS 5-1
Transferring music files
from iTunes to your
NOMAD IIc player
1. Launch the iTunes application if it has not
already been launched. The iTunes
interface appears, with Library selected
as your source.
2. Connect your NOMAD IIc player to your
Macintosh. A NOMAD II icon appears in
the Source box.
Using iTunes in Macintosh OS 5-2
3. With the Library icon selected, click and
drag the songs you want to transfer from
the playlist to the NOMAD II icon in the
Source box.
4. The selected songs are transferred to your
NOMAD IIc player.
5. After the songs have been copied to your
player, click the NOMAD II icon in the
Source box. Be sure that the songs
transferred to your player are listed.
Transferring music files
from your NOMAD IIc
player to iTunes
1. Launch the iTunes application if it has not
already been launched. The iTunes
interface appears, with Library selected
as your source.
2. Connect your NOMAD IIc player to your
Macintosh. A NOMAD II icon appears in
the Source box.
4. With the NOMAD II icon selected, click
and drag the songs you want to transfer
from the playlist to the Library icon in the
Source box.
5. The selected songs are transferred to
iTunes.
6. After the songs have been copied to
iTunes, click the Library icon in the
Source box. Be sure that the songs
transferred to iTunes are listed.
3. Click the NOMAD II icon in the Source
box.
Using iTunes in Macintosh OS 5-3
A
An MP3 Primer
What is MP3?
MP3 is an acronym for Moving Picture
Experts Group (MPEG) Layer 3, a type of
audio data compression that can reduce digital
sound files by a 12:1 ratio with virtually no
loss in quality. It is an efficient way to store
high-quality music or other audio content on
your computer.
MP3 files can be very small and yet retain a
high sound quality. MP3 files usually have the
extension .mp3, and can be downloaded from
the Internet, or can be legally made for
personal use from the audio CDs that you
purchased.
It is illegal to encode MP3 files for
trade or sale unless you have the
expressed and explicit permission of
the copyright holder(s).
MP3 Conversion Process
Extracting from Audio CD
You must have a CD-ROM drive that
can extract the audio data from an
audio CD.
Audio CD extraction is the first phase in the
MP3 conversion process. It is the reading of
data off an audio CD and storing it temporarily
on your hard drive.
You need an application that can direct the
CD-ROM drive to extract this audio data. This
program is known as a “ripper”. It reads the
data off the audio CD and in some cases stores
it in a file.
The duration of the audio CD extraction phase
depends on many factors. The speed of a
CD-ROM drive is one of the most important
elements in overall extraction speed. The
speed ratings commonly seen on CD-ROM
drives—like 8X, 24X, and so on—refers to the
speed in reading data CDs or CD-ROMs. Your
particular drive may be fast for non-audio data,
but slow at reading audio CD data.
Other factors are defects or scratches on an
audio CD. When playing the audio CD in a
CD-ROM drive, the data lost due to error is
negligible. But when data is read incorrectly
and put through the MP3 encoding phase, the
distortion is highly noticeable. To avoid this
distortion, the audio CD extraction software
may read the data two or three times to make
sure it was read correctly. This error-checking
feature is an option in most audio CD data
extraction software. Be sure error-checking is
enabled in your audio CD extraction software.
Encoding to MP3
The data extracted from an audio CD is one of
the many types of data an MP3 encoder may
process. Encoders typically expect data to be
in .wav format. They read .wav data and output
MP3 data. These data are put into an MP3 file.
MP3 encoding is the compressing of data by
transforming it into the frequency domain.
MP3 encoding/compression is quality lossy
compression and the amount of loss (of
quality) is dependent upon the sampling rate
of the output and the bitrate of the output. The
An MP3 Primer A-1
higher the sampling and bitrates of each of these parameters, the better the quality of the sound.
Memory and Audio Quality
The amount of memory and MP3 quality are related. The higher the quality required, the higher
the bitrate needed. This leads to more data storage and memory requirements. The amount of
memory required for the NOMAD IIc player is proportional to audio playback time.
We recommend that you set your encoding bitrate at 128 kbps (see Figure A-1) for
optimal quality when you create MP3 files from audio CDs.
MP3 Web sites
Through web sites, you can download MP3
files either with or without charge and get
information about the latest techniques and
software related with MP3.
Examples of web sites with MP3 content are:
❑ NOMAD World
(http://www.nomadworld.com)
❑ EMusic
(http://emusic.com)
❑ Audible Inc.
(http://www.audible.com)
❑ Audio Explosion, Inc.
(http://www.audioexplosion.com)
❑ AudioHighway.com
(http://www.audiohighway.com)
❑ Big Heavy World
(http://www.bigheavyworld.com)
❑ MP3.com
(http://www.mp3.com)
Figure A-1: Playing time versus encoding rate for different memory capacities.
❑ SINC Recordings
(http://www.sincrecordings.com)
❑ Songs.com
(http://www.songs.com)
A-2 An MP3 Primer
Technical Specifications & Troubleshooting
NOMAD IIc Player
DAP-3205/DAP-6406*
Size (W x H x D)/ Weight
❑ 65 x 93 x 21 mm / 86.4g (without
battery)
Memory
Internal Memory
❑ DAP-3205: 32MB
❑ DAP-6406: 64MB
Type of removable memory
❑ 1 x Flash Memory Card (Creative
SmartMedia) slot
Maximum memory**
❑ DAP-3205: 96MB [32MB Internal
Memory and 64MB Flash Memory
Card (Creative SmartMedia)]
❑ DAP-6406: 128MB [64MB Internal
Memory and 64MB Flash Memory
Card (Creative SmartMedia)]
Interface
❑ USB (using standard USB cable or via
optional docking station)
B
LCD Display
❑ 132 x 64 bitmapped backlit
Firmware
❑ Flash based. User upgradable**
Standard Playback Usage
❑ 1 x AA battery
❑ 8-10 hours for MP3/voice playback
(with alkaline battery)
Voice Recording
❑ G721 ADPCM encoding at 32kbps. Up
to 2 hours recording on 32MB internal
memory
Signal to Noise Ratio
❑ 95 dB
* - Model number varies, depending on model
purchased. Technical specifications for both models
are identical except where specified.
** - The maximum memory will vary depending on
the Flash Memory Card (Creative SmartMedia)
capacity
*** - Future audio codec support and firmware
upgrades will be available via
www.nomadworld.com
Frequency Response
❑ 20 Hz - 20 KHz
Maximum Output
❑ 5-7 mW
Harmonic Distortion Output
❑ 0.05% at 1 khz with 32 ohm load
DSP
❑ 5 presets and 1 user setting: bass and
treble control
Audio Codec support
❑ MPEG Audio Layer 3 (MP3), Windows
Media Audio (WMA) and future
formats***
Technical Specifications & Troubleshooting B-1
Troubleshooting
If you have a Media Card
reader/writer, you may have
problems reading the Flash Memory
Card (Creative SmartMedia)
Cause
❑ NOMAD IIc only supports SSFDC (Solid
State Floppy Disc Card) format (FAT12).
❑ Windows 98 detects the Media Card
reader/writer as an external removable
drive in Windows Explorer. Thus, you can
only format the Flash Memory Card
(Creative SmartMedia) into FAT16 format
and NOMAD IIc is unable to recognize
the FAT16 format.
Solution
❑ To format the Flash Memory Card
(Creative SmartMedia), you need to obtain
a software utility from the Media Card
reader/writer vendor that supports SSFDC
format (FAT12).
The NOMAD II button is not on the
Transfer window of PlayCenter 2
Cause
❑ It is disabled.
Technical Specifications & Troubleshooting B-2
Solution
❑ To enable the NOMAD II button:
1. Click the Settings button.
2. Click the PlayCenter 2 tab.
3. Select the NOMAD II check box
under Right Panel.
4. Click the OK button.
5. Exit PlayCenter 2.
6. Restart PlayCenter2.
The NOMAD II button appears.
Upgrading your player’s firmware
sometimes causes the player to stop
responding
Solution
❑ To reset the player and upgrade the
firmware again:
1. Turn off the power.
2. Activate the LOCK switch.
3. Press and hold the STOP button and
do not release it.
4. Remove the battery from the player.
5. Insert the battery and wait for 10
seconds.
The words “Backup Mode" appears on
the LCD.
6. Release the STOP button.
7. Connect your player to the PC.
❑ Double-click the firmware file.
The firmware upgrade is successful if the
MAIN menu appears.
C
Handling Instructions
Handling Instructions
For your NOMAD IIc player to last longer,
Do not subject the player to extreme force
Keep the player away from water at all times
Storing the player set
❑ Vibration during walking or exercising
will not affect the NOMAD IIc player.
However, dropping the player or dropping
a heavy object on the player may result in
distorted sound.
❑ The player may be damaged if water
enters it.
❑ Avoid keeping the NOMAD IIc player,
docking station, and the flash memory
card in places with high humidity, strong
magnetic field, or near high heat source(s).
❑ If the player comes in contact with water,
wipe it immediately with a dry cloth. If the
player set is not functioning, call
Technical Support.
Handling Instructions C-1