Sony MZ-RH710 User's manual

Sony MZ-RH710 User's manual
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2-593-568-11(2)
Operating Instructions
MZ-RH710
Recorder
page 12
Operation ___________
Software
page 86
Operation ___________
Hi-MD Walkman
Portable
MD Recorder
“WALKMAN” is a registered trademark of Sony
Corporation to represent Headphone Stereo products.
is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
(2)
Printed in Malaysia
© 2005 Sony Corporation
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Information
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the unit to rain or
moisture.
Do not install the appliance in a
confined space, such as a bookcase or
built-in cabinet.
IN NO EVENT SHALL SELLER BE
LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT,
INCIDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF
ANY NATURE, OR LOSSES OR
EXPENSES RESULTING FROM
ANY DEFECTIVE PRODUCT OR
THE USE OF ANY PRODUCT.
The validity of the CE marking is
restricted to only those countries where it
is legally enforced, mainly in the
countries EEA (European Economic
Area).
To prevent fire, do not cover the
ventilation of the apparatus with news
papers, table cloths, curtains, etc. And
don’t place lighted candles on the
apparatus.
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not
place objects filled with liquids, such as
vases, on the apparatus.
Certain countries may regulate disposal of
the battery used to power this product.
Please consult with your local authority.
Caution
The use of optical instruments with this
product will increase eye hazard.
CAUTION — INVISIBLE LASER
RADIATION WHEN OPEN
AVOID EXPOSURE TO BEAM
CAUTION — CLASS 1M INVISIBLE
LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN
DO NOT VIEW DIRECTLY WITH
OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS
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Disposal of Old Electrical &
Electronic Equipment (Applicable in
the European Union and other
European countries with separate
collection systems)
Notice for users
This symbol on the product
or on its packaging
indicates that this product
shall not be treated as
household waste. Instead it
shall be handed over to the
applicable collection point
for the recycling of
electrical and electronic
equipment. By ensuring this product is disposed
of correctly, you will help prevent potential
negative consequences for the environment and
human health, which could otherwise be caused
by inappropriate waste handling of this product.
The recycling of materials will help to conserve
natural resources. For more detailed
information about recycling of this product,
please contact your local city office, your
household waste disposal service or the shop
where you purchased the product.
Applicable accessory: Headphones/
earphones
On the supplied software
• Copyright laws prohibit reproducing the
software or the manual accompanying it
in whole or in part, or renting the
software without the permission of the
copyright holder.
• In no event will SONY be liable for any
financial damage, or loss of profits,
including claims made by third parties,
arising out of the use of the software
supplied with this recorder.
• In the event a problem occurs with this
software as a result of defective
manufacturing, SONY will replace it.
However, SONY bears no other
responsibility.
• The software provided with this
recorder cannot be used with equipment
other than that which is so designated.
• Please note that, due to continued efforts
to improve quality, the software
specifications may be changed without
notice.
• Operation of this recorder with software
other than that provided is not covered
by the warranty.
• The ability to display the languages on
the software will depend on the installed
OS on your PC. For better results, please
ensure that the installed OS is
compatible with the desired language
you want to display.
— We do not guarantee all the
languages will be able to be
displayed properly on the software.
— User-created characters and some
special characters may not be
displayed.
• Depending on the type of the text and
characters, the text shown on the
software may not be displayed properly
on the device. This is due to:
— The capability of the connected
device.
— The device is not functioning
normally.
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• SonicStage and SonicStage logo are
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trademarks or registered trademarks of
Sony Corporation.
MD Simple Burner, OpenMG, “Magic
Gate”, “MagicGate Memory Stick”,
“Memory Stick”, Hi-MD, Net MD,
ATRAC, ATRAC3, ATRAC3plus and
their logos are trademarks of Sony
Corporation.
Microsoft, Windows, Windows NT and
Windows Media are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation in the United States and /or
other countries.
IBM and PC/AT are registered
trademarks of International Business
Machines Corporation.
Macintosh is a trademark of Apple
Computer, Inc. in the United States and/
or other countries.
Pentium is a trademark or registered
trademark of Intel Corporation.
All other trademarks and registered
trademarks are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective holders.
™ and ® marks are omitted in this
manual.
CD and music-related data from
Gracenote, Inc., copyright © 2000-2004
Gracenote. Gracenote CDDB® Client
Software, copyright 2000-2004
Gracenote. This product and service
may practice one or more of the
following U.S. Patents: #5,987,525;
#6,061,680; #6,154,773, #6,161,132,
#6,230,192, #6,230,207, #6,240,459,
#6,330,593, and other patents issued or
pending. Services supplied and/or
device manufactured under license for
following Open Globe, Inc. United
States Patent 6,304,523.
Gracenote is a registered trademarks of
Gracenote. The Gracenote logo and
logotype, and the “Powered by
Gracenote” logo are trademarks of
Gracenote.
Program © 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Sony Corporation
Documentation © 2005 Sony Corporation
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Table of contents
About available functions and supplied
manuals ........................................................... 10
Recorder Operation
Looking at controls ............................................. 14
Getting started .................................................... 16
Recording a disc right away! .............................. 18
Playing a disc right away! ................................... 22
Using menus ........................................................ 24
How to use the menu items .........................................................................24
List of menus ...............................................................................................25
Various ways of recording .................................. 27
Before recording .........................................................................................27
Viewing various information ......................................................................28
Recording from a TV or radio (Analog Recording) ...................................29
Selecting the recording mode ......................................................................30
Adjusting the recording level manually ......................................................31
Adding track marks while recording ...........................................................32
Recording without creating a new group ....................................................33
To start/stop recording in sync with the sound source
(Synchro-recording) ...............................................................................34
Various ways of playback ................................... 35
Viewing various information ......................................................................35
Selecting the play mode ..............................................................................36
Searching for a track (Search) .....................................................................40
Selecting the sound quality (6-Band Equalizer) .........................................41
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Editing recorded tracks ...................................... 43
Before editing ..............................................................................................43
Adding titles (Title Input) ...........................................................................43
Assigning tracks or groups as a new group (Group Set) .............................47
Releasing a group setting (Group Release) .................................................48
Moving recorded tracks or groups (Move) .................................................49
Erasing tracks and the entire disc (Erase) ...................................................50
Dividing a track (Divide) ............................................................................52
Combining tracks (Combine) ......................................................................52
Formatting the disc (Format) .......................................................................53
Other operations ................................................. 55
Changing the displayed menu items (Menu Mode) ....................................55
Protecting your hearing (AVLS) .................................................................55
Turning off the beep sound .........................................................................56
Storing the settings for individual discs (Disc Memory) ............................56
Starting the playback quickly (Quick Mode) ..............................................57
Selecting the disc mode (Disc Mode) .........................................................58
Adjusting the contrast of the display window (Contrast Adjustment) ........58
Changing the operational direction of the display ......................................59
Using the recorder with a computer .................. 60
What you can do through connection with a computer ...............................60
Connecting the recorder to your computer ..................................................60
Storing non-audio data to a disc ..................................................................62
Additional information ........................................ 64
Precautions ..................................................................................................64
Specifications ..............................................................................................66
Troubleshooting and explanations ..................... 68
Troubleshooting ..........................................................................................68
Messages .....................................................................................................76
Explanations ................................................................................................80
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Software Operation
What you can do with SonicStage/MD Simple
Burner .............................................................. 86
Installing ............................................................. 88
Providing the required system environment ...............................................88
Installing the software onto your computer ................................................89
Using SonicStage ................................................ 91
Importing audio data ...................................................................................91
Transferring audio data from your computer to the MD Walkman ............93
Transferring back audio data from the MD Walkman to your computer ...95
Writing audio data to a CD-R/CD-RW disc ...............................................98
Using SonicStage Help .............................................................................100
Referring to SonicStage Help ...................................................................102
Using MD Simple Burner ................................... 104
Before using MD Simple Burner ..............................................................104
Recording using MD Walkman operations (Simple mode) ......................105
Recording by computer operations (Standard mode) ...............................106
Other information .............................................. 108
Uninstalling SonicStage/MD Simple Burner ............................................108
On copyright protection ............................................................................109
Troubleshooting ........................................................................................110
Index .........................................................................................................113
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About available functions and supplied
manuals
This section explains the functions of this portable MiniDisc recorder and the manuals that
have been supplied with it. Please refer to the manual that applies to each use of the
recorder.
Learning more about Hi-MD
“Hi-MD” is a new MiniDisc format with advanced capabilities over the standard MD
format.
The “What you can do with the Hi-MD Walkman”
flyer
This flyer explains the major features of Hi-MD Walkman and how it
differs with standard MD Walkman.
Using the recorder
You can enjoy recording from a CD player, then enjoy listening to the recordings that you
made.
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Operating Instructions
MZ-RH710
Recorder
page 12
Operation ___________
Software
page 86
Operation ___________
Hi-MD Walkman
Portable
MD Recorder
“WALKMAN” is a registered trademark of Sony
Corporation to represent Headphone Stereo products.
is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
© 2005 Sony Corporation
Recorder Operation (pages 12 to 84)
This section explains all of the recorder functions. It also gives details
on the problems you may encounter while using the recorder and how
to solve them, and about what to do when a message appears in the
display.
, When you encounter any problems or need more
explanation
Refer to “Troubleshooting and explanations” (page 68).
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Using the recorder while it is connected to a computer
The supplied SonicStage software allows you to transfer audio data between the recorder
and the computer.
The supplied MD Simple Burner software allows you to record audio data to the recorder.
Audio CDs
Internet
Music files
Software Operation (pages 86 to 112)
This section explains the installation and basic operations of the supplied SonicStage/MD
Simple Burner software.
SonicStage Help
This is an online help that you can view on your computer
screen.
Online help explains the detailed operations and information
about SonicStage software. You can also refer to online help
if you encounter any problems while using the SonicStage.
Notes on the “Software Operation” section
• In Software Operations section, “Net MD” refers to the recorder with a standard disc inserted and “HiMD” refers to the recorder with a Hi-MD disc or a standard disc in Hi-MD mode inserted.
• The displayed items in the illustrations that appear in this section may differ from the actual items
displayed by the software.
• Explanations in this section assume familiarity with basic Windows operations. For details on the use
of your computer and the operating system, please refer to the respective manuals.
• Explanations in this section cover general Hi-MD/Net MD products. For this reason, some
explanations (and some illustrations) may not be applicable to your Hi-MD/Net MD. Please refer to
the operating instructions of your Hi-MD/Net MD as well.
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Checking the supplied accessories
Headphones/earphones (1)
Clamp filters are not
attached to the cord for
Mexico model
Dedicated USB cable (1)
Clamp filters are not
attached to the cord for
Mexico model
Clamp filter (small-size) (4)
• except Mexico model
CD-ROM (SonicStage/MD Simple Burner) (1)*
Carrying case with a belt clip (1) (for Mexico model only)
*Do not play a CD-ROM on an audio CD player.
Note
When using this unit, remember to follow the precautions below in order to
avoid warping the cabinet or causing the unit to malfunction.
Make sure not to sit down with the unit in your back pocket.
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How to use the supplied clamp filters
When using the recorder connected to the computer, make sure to attach the clamp filters in
the way described. (You must attach a clamp filter to comply with the applicable EMC
standards.) It is unnecessary to attach the clamp filters if you use the unit without
connecting it to the computer.
• For the optional AC power adaptor (AC-ES3010K/AC-E30HG): smallsize clamp filter/ESD-SR-110
(except Mexico model)
• For the optional line cable (RK-G129/RK-G136): small-size clamp filter/
ESD-SR-110
(except Mexcio model).
Approx. 4cm
(1.6 in)
Approx.
4cm (1.6 in)
To LINE IN
(OPTICAL)
1
2
Open the clamp filters.
3
Close the clamp filter. Make sure the clasps are fully engaged.
CD player,
MD player,
DVD video
player, etc.
To a digital
(optical)
out jack
Recorder Operation
Approx. 4cm (1.6 in)
Attach the clamp filters as follows.
For the optional AC power adaptor: Wind the cord around the clamp filter once/
Approx. 4cm (1.6 in.) from the plug and body (see graphic 2-a above).
For the optional line cable: Pass the cord through the clamp filter/Next to the plug
connected to the recorder and approx. 4cm (1.6 in.) from the plug connected to an
external component (see graphic 2-b above).
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Looking at controls
The recorder
A
B
C
D
E
OPEN switch
Display window
REC (+B)/T MARK button
X (pause) button
•SEARCH/ MENU button
Press lightly to go to the SEARCH
setting mode (page 40). Press for 2
seconds or more to go to the MENU
setting mode (page 24).
F x (stop) • CANCEL button
G DC IN 3V jack
When you use the optional AC power
adaptor, connect it to this jack.
H Jog dial
I 5-way control key
Operation
Press NENT
Function
1)
play, enter
Press towards
.
find the beginning
of the previous
track, rewind
Press towards
>
find the beginning
of the next track,
fast forward
Press towards
VOL +1) or
VOL –.
volume
1) There are tactile dots beside the NENT
and VOL + buttons.
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J Battery compartment (at the bottom)
K
USB cable connecting jack
L LINE IN (OPTICAL) jack
M HOLD switch
Slide the switch in the direction of the
arrow to disable the buttons on the
recorder. To prevent the buttons from
being accidentally operated when you
carry the recorder, use this function.
N i (headphones/earphones) jack
The display window of the recorder
1
2
7
A Character information display
Displays the disc and track names,
date, error messages, track numbers,
etc.
B SYNC (synchro-recording) indication
C Hi-MD/MD indication
“Hi-MD” lights up when the
operation mode of the recorder is in
Hi-MD mode and “MD” lights up
when the operation mode is in MD
mode.
D REC indication
Lights up during recording or file
transfers from the computer. When
flashing, the recorder is in record
standby mode.
3
4 5
8
6
9
E Battery indication
Shows the approximate remaining
battery power. If the battery is weak,
the indication becomes empty and
starts flashing.
F Disc indication
Shows that the disc is rotating for
recording or playing.
G Track mode (PCM, Hi-SP, Hi-LP, SP,
LP2, LP4, MONO) indication
H Sub play mode/Repeat play
indications
Shows the selected Sub play mode
(single-track play, shuffle play, etc.) or
Repeat play.
I Main play mode indications
Shows the selected main play mode
(group play, bookmark play, etc.).
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Getting started
1
Insert an alkaline dry battery.
1 Slide OPEN to open the
2 Insert a size-AA alkaline
battery compartment lid.
3 Close the lid.
dry battery (minus
terminal first).
e
E
2
Make connections and unlock the controls.
1 Connect the headphones/earphones
to
2 Slide HOLD to the opposite direction of
the arrow (.) on the recorder to
unlock the controls.
i.
HOLD
To i
Connect firmly
When to replace the dry
battery
The battery level indication is approximate. It
may be more or less than the indication
depending on the operating condition or the
operating environment.
You can check the battery condition on the
display window of the recorder.
Battery power decreasing
Note
m
Weak battery
m
The battery is drained.
“LOW BATTERY” flashes in the
display, and the power goes off.
Make sure to use an alkaline dry battery. If you
use a dry battery other than alkaline dry battery,
the battery life may become shorten.
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Battery life1)
When recording continuously in Hi-MD mode
(unit: approx.hours)(JEITA2))
Disc type
Linear PCM
Hi-SP
Hi-LP
1 GB Hi-MD disc
2.5
3.5
4.0
60/74/80-minute standard disc
4.5
7.0
8.0
1)
When using a new Sony LR6 (size AA) alkaline dry battery (produced in Japan)
2) Measured in accordance with the JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries
Association) standard.
When playing continuously in Hi-MD mode
(unit: approx.hours)(JEITA)
Linear PCM
Hi-SP
Hi-LP
MP31)
1 GB Hi-MD disc
9.5
16.5
19.5
19.0
60/74/80-minute standard disc
8.5
16.0
19.0
18.5
Disc type
1)
Tracks transferred at 128kbps
When playing continuously in MD mode
(unit: approx.hours)(JEITA)
Disc type
SP
LP2
LP4
60/74/80-minute standard disc
18.0
21.5
23.5
Notes
• Stop the recorder before replacing the battery.
• It is preferable to use the recorder on house current (using the optional AC power adaptor) when
recording or editing. When powering the recorder with a battery, make sure to use a new alkaline dry
battery.
• When using a 1GB Hi-MD disc, the continuous recording time may be shortened if you repeatedly
make short recordings.
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Recording a disc right away!
This section explains the basic procedure for making digital recordings using
an optical cable connected to a CD player, Digital TV or other digital
equipment. Make sure to use the optical cable.
Note
Recording cannot be done in MD mode when you record directly with this recorder without using a
computer. You can record in Hi-MD mode on this recorder.
1
Connect the optical cable to the recorder and an
external component. (Insert the cables firmly and completely
into the appropriate jacks.)
CD player, MD player,
DVD video player, etc.
To a digital (optical) out jack
Optical plug
Optical mini-plug
Optical cable*
To LINE IN (OPTICAL)
∗ See “Optional accessories”
(page 67).
Note
Make sure to disconnect the dedicated USB cable before recording.
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2
Insert a recordable disc.
1 Slide OPEN to open the lid.
2 Insert a disc with the label side facing
front, and press the lid down to close.
Make sure to
check the recordprotect tab is
closed.
3
Confirm the operation mode.
This recorder has two operation modes, “Hi-MD mode” and “MD mode”. The operation
mode is automatically recognized whenever the disc is inserted. After you insert a disc,
check the operation mode on the display window of the recorder.
You can record on this recorder only in “Hi-MD mode”. It is not possible to record
in “MD mode”. If you want to record in “MD mode”, for example to allow the disc
to be played on another component that does not support Hi-MD, connect the
recorder to a computer and use the supplied software to record in MD mode (refer
to the “Software Operation” section).
“Hi-MD” lights up when the operation mode is Hi-MD and
“MD” lights up when the operation mode is MD.
• When using a 1 GB Hi-MD disc, the operation mode will only be Hi-MD.
• When using a standard disc (60/74/80 minutes), the operation mode can be set as follows.
Disc condition
Operation mode
Blank disc
The mode set for the “Disc Mode” in the menu.1)
, When recording on this recorder, set “Disc
Mode” to “Hi-MD” so that the operation
mode will be “Hi-MD mode”.
The disc contains material
recorded in Hi-MD mode
Hi-MD
The disc contains material
recorded in MD mode
MD
, You cannot use this recorder to record in MD
mode. Recording in “MD mode” is possible if
you use the supplied software.
1) Refer
to “Selecting the disc mode (Disc Mode)” (page 58) for the “Disc Mode” setting.
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Record a disc.
1 Select and pause the sound source to
be recorded.
2 Make sure that disc indication has
stopped rotating in the display window
on the recorder.
PAUSE
Make sure that disc
indication has stopped.
Connected component
3 While the recorder is stopped, press
4 Play the source you want to record.
and hold REC (+B)/T MARK and press
NENT on the recorder.
“REC” lights up and recording starts.
REC (+B)/T MARK
If you insert a previously recorded disc,
the recording starts after the existing
contents.
Track marks are automatically added at
the same point as the sound source, and
the contents are recorded together as a
group.
PAUSE
NENT
Connected component
To
Press
Stop
Press x.
Pause
Press X1).
Press X again to resume recording.
Remove the disc
Press x and open the lid. (The lid does not open while
“SYSTEM FILE WRITING” flashing in the display.)
1) A
track mark is added at the point where you press X again to resume recording while pausing; thus
the remainder of the track will be counted as a new track.
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Notes
• When you record on a 1GB Hi-MD disc, use a
new alkaline dry battery (battery level
indication shows
), or connect the
optional AC power adaptor to the recorder.
When you attempt to start recording on a 1GB
Hi-MD disc, “NotENOUGH POWER TO
REC” may appear and recording cannot be
done even if the battery level indication shows
sufficient remaining power while the recorder
is stopped or playing. This is because of a
mechanism that disables recording when the
remaining battery power is estimated by the
recorder to be insufficient due to the high
power consumption required for 1GB Hi-MD
disc recording.
• Before making a recording while using the
optional AC power adaptor, always insert a
new alkaline dry battery into the recorder first
to ensure that the recording operation
completes successfully.
• Make sure to place the recorder at a stable,
vibration-free place during recording.
• If you start recording when the disc indication
is still rotating in the display, the first few
seconds of the material may not be recorded.
Make sure that the disc indication has stopped
rotating before you start recording.
• Do not change the dry battery during
operation even if the recorder is connected to
AC power adaptor (not supplied). The
operation may stop.
• Do not move or jog the recorder or disconnect
the power source while recording, or while
“DATA SAVE” or “SYSTEM FILE
WRITING” is flashing in the display. If you
• The recorder is factory set to make a new
group whenever recording is done. If you do
not want to make a group, set “
:REC” to
“
:REC Off” (page 33).
• To start recording from a specific point on the
disc, pause the recorder at the desired point,
and then start recording from that point.
• You can monitor the sound during recording.
Changing the volume level will not affect the
recording level.
do, the data recorded up to that point may
not be recorded to the disc, or data on the
disc may be damaged.
• Recording cannot be done when the disc does
not have enough space for recording.
• If the power supply is disrupted (i.e. the
battery is removed or becomes exhausted)
during a recording or editing operation, or
while “DATA SAVE” or “SYSTEM FILE
WRITING” appears in the display, then it will
not be possible to open the lid until power is
restored.
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Playing a disc right away!
1
Insert a recorded disc.
1 Slide OPEN to open the lid.
2 Insert a disc with the label side facing
front, and press the lid down to close.
2
Play a disc.
1 Press the 5-way control key (NENT)
2 Press the 5-way control key towards
on the recorder.
A short beep sounds in the headphones/
earphones when you operate.
VOL + or – to adjust the volume on the
recorder.
The volume will be shown in the
display.
5-way control key
(NENT, ., >, VOL +, –)
Jog dial
X
x
To stop play, press x.
A long beep sounds in the headphones/earphones when you operate. Playback starts from the point you
last stopped playing. After you stop the recorder, the recorder will automatically turn off in about 10
seconds (when using batteries) or about 3 minutes (when using an optional AC power adaptor).
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To
Operation on the recorder
Stop
Press x.
Pause
Press X. Press X again to resume play.
Select a track directly
Turn the jog dial to select a track, and then press NENT to enter.
viewing track number or
name
Find the beginning of
the current track or the
previous track
Press the 5-way control key towards .. Press the 5-way control
key towards . repeatedly until you reach the beginning of the
desired track.
Find the beginning of
the next track
Press the 5-way control key towards >.
Go backwards or
forward while playing
Press and hold the 5-way control key towards . or >.
Search for a point in a
track while viewing the
elapsed time (Time
search)
While pausing, press and hold the 5-way control key towards .
or >.
Search for a specific
track while viewing
track numbers (Index
search)
While the recorder is stopped, press and hold the 5-way control key
towards . or >.
Start with the first track
of the disc
While the recorder is stopped, press NENT for 2 seconds or more.
Remove the disc
Press x and open the lid.1)
1) Once
you open the lid, the point to start play will change to the beginning of the first track.
Note
The playback sound may skip if:
• the recorder receives stronger continuous
shock.
• a dirty or scratched disc is played.
When using a disc in Hi-MD mode, the sound
may drop out for a maximum of about 12
seconds.
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Using menus
How to use the menu items
The recorder has many menus with useful functions for recording, playback, editing, etc.
To set the menu items, do the following procedure.
If you are doing a menu operation for the first time after purchasing the recorder, “Menu
Mode” flashes in the display. Before the menu operation, you can set “Menu Mode” to
“Advanced” (all menu items appear) or “Simple” (only basic menu items appear). Refer to
“Changing the displayed menu items (Menu Mode)” (page 55) for menu mode setting.
MENU
5-way control
key (NENT)
Jog dial
x • CANCEL
1
Press and hold MENU for 2 seconds or more to enter the menu.
2
3
4
Turn the jog dial to select the item.
Press the 5-way control key (NENT) to enter the selection.
Repeat steps 2 and 3.
The setting will be entered when you press the 5-way control key (NENT) at the last.
To return the preceding setting
Press x • CANCEL.
To cancel the operation while setting
Press x • CANCEL for 2 seconds or more.
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List of menus
The following table shows the menu items that you can select. Menu items can be set with
the recorder only.
Items listed under “Menu 1” are the selectable items which appear when you enter the
menu, and items listed under “Menu 2” are the selectable items which appear when you
select an item in Menu 1.
It is possible to display all menu items only when “Menu Mode” is set to “Advanced”.
Menu items with an asterisk (*) are not displayed when “Menu Mode” is set to “Simple”.
For details, see “Changing the displayed menu items (Menu Mode)” (page 55).
Note
Different indication may be displayed depending on the operating conditions and disc settings.
Menu 1
Menu 2
Function
Edit
Title*
Adding a track name, artist name, album name, page 43
group name, or disc name.
: Set*
: Release*
Display
Assigns recorded tracks or groups to a new
group.
Site
page
page 47
Releases group settings.
page 48
Move*
Changes the order of tracks or groups.
page 49
Erase
Erases tracks, groups, or the entire disc
contents.
page 50
Format*
Formats the disc and restores it to the condition page 53
it was in at the time of purchase (in Hi-MD
mode only).
Lap Time
Displays various information such as the
RecRemain (while recorder status, etc. in the display window.
recording and
stopped)/
1 Remain (while
playing)
page 28,
page 35
AllRemain
Title1/Title2
Sound*
Codec/
TrackMode*
Play Mode
MainPMode
Selects tracks by category, such as track name
or group name.
SubPMode
Selects the type of play, such as single-track
play or shuffle play.
Repeat
Repeats playback.
page 36
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Menu 1
Menu 2
Function
Site
page
Sound
Normal
Plays with normal sound quality.
page 41
Sound EQ
Customizes the sound quality.
REC Mode
Selects the recording mode (PCM, Hi-SP, or
Hi-LP).
REC Set
REC Level*
Manually adjusts the recording level.
page 31
Time Mark*
Adds track marks automatically in a specific
time interval.
page 32
:REC*
Option
page 30
Selects or deselects creation of a new group for page 33
each recording operation (Group Recording).
SYNC REC*
Simplifies operations during digital recording
(Synchro-Recording).
page 34
page 55
Menu Mode
Changes the displayed menu items.
AVLS*
Sets a limit on the maximum volume to protect page 55
your hearing.
Beep*
Turns the beep sound on or off.
page 56
Disc Mem*
Stores the recorder settings (Disc Memory).
page 56
QuickMode*
Sets the recorder to start playback quickly.
page 57
Disc Mode
Selects MD mode or Hi-MD mode when a
blank disc is inserted.
page 58
Contrast*
Adjusts the contrast of the display window on
the recorder.
page 58
Jog Dial*
Changes the operational direction on the
display when turning the jog dial.
page 59
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Various ways of recording
Before recording
Notes
About the operation mode
This recorder has two operation modes,
“Hi-MD mode” and “MD mode”. The
operation mode is automatically
recognized whenever the disc is inserted.
After you insert a disc, check the
operation mode on the display window of
the recorder.
You can record on this recorder only
in “Hi-MD mode”. It is not possible to
record in “MD mode”. If you want to
record in “MD mode”, for example to
allow the disc to be played on another
component that does not support HiMD, connect the recorder to a
computer and use the supplied
software to record in MD mode (refer
to the “Software Operation” section).
“Hi-MD” lights up when the operation
mode is Hi-MD and “MD” lights up when
the operation mode is MD.
For details on the operation mode for
different disc conditions, refer to
“Confirm the operation mode.” (page 19).
Selecting the Menu Mode
If the “Simple” menu mode is selected,
some menu items will not be displayed. If
you cannot find certain menu items while
operating the recorder, make sure that the
menu mode is set to “Advanced”.
For details on selecting the menu mode,
see “Changing the displayed menu items
(Menu Mode)” (page 55).
• When you record on a 1GB Hi-MD disc, use a
new alkaline dry battery (battery level
indication shows
), or connect the
optional AC power adaptor to the recorder.
When you attempt to start recording on a 1GB
Hi-MD disc, “NotENOUGH POWER TO
REC” may appear and recording cannot be
done even if the battery level indication shows
sufficient remaining power while the recorder
is stopped or playing. This is because of a
mechanism that disables recording when the
remaining battery power is estimated by the
recorder to be insufficient due to the high
power consumption required for 1GB Hi-MD
disc recording.
• Before making a recording while using the
optional AC power adaptor, always insert a
new alkaline dry battery into the recorder first
to ensure that the recording operation
completes successfully.
• Recording may not occur if the dedicated
USB cable is connected to the recorder. Make
sure to disconnect the dedicated USB cable
before recording.
• If you start recording when the disc indication
is still rotating in the display, the first few
seconds of the material will not be recorded.
Make sure that the disc indication has stopped
rotating before you start recording.
• Do not move or jog the recorder or disconnect
the power source while recording, or while
“DATA SAVE” or “SYSTEM FILE
WRITING” is flashing in the display. If you
do, the data recorded up to that point may
not be recorded to the disc, or data on the
disc may be damaged.
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While the recorder is stopped A/B/C
Viewing various
information
You can check the remaining time, track
number, etc. when recording or during
stop.
5-way control key
(NENT)
A
B
C
Group
number
and track
number
Elapsed time
• Track name
and artist
name (HiMD)
• Track
name(MD)
Group
number
and track
number
• Remaining
time for
recording /
remaining
free space
(Hi-MD)
• Remaining
time for
recording
(MD)
• “RecRemain”
and
“FreeSpace”
(Hi-MD)
• “RecRemain”
(MD)
Numbers
of tracks
after the
current
track
Remaining
time after the
current
location in
the disc.
“AllRemain”
Jog dial
MENU
1
2
Enter the menu and select “Display”.
Turn the jog dial until the information
you want appears in the display, and
then press NENT to enter the
selection.
Each turn changes the display as
follows.
While the recorder is stopped:
“Lap Time” t “RecRemain” t
“AllRemain” t “Title1/Title2 (HiMD)” t “Sound”
While recording:
“Lap Time” t “RecRemain” t
“Title1/Title2 (Hi-MD)”
When you press NENT, the selected
information appears at A, B and C.
Display window
• Disc
• Group
Track name
name and
name and
artist
album name
name (Hi(Hi-MD)3)
• Group
MD)1)
• Disc
name
name
(MD)3)
(MD)1)
Sound
mode
name2)
Indication of (none)2)
the selected
sound mode2)
1) Track
number appears if the currently selected
track is not in a group.
2) This does not appear when “Menu Mode” is set
to “Simple” (page 55).
3) The disc name appears when the currently
selected track is not in a group.
The indications have the following
meanings:
: Disc name
: Track name
: Group name
: Artist name
: Album name
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While recording A/B/C
A
B
Recording from a TV or
radio (Analog
Recording)
C
Group
Elapsed time Level meter
number and
track
number
Group
Remaining
number and time for
track
recording.
number
Disc name
and artist
name (HiMD)1)
Group name
and album
name (HiMD)2)
“RecRemain”
This section explains how to record from
equipment with analog output, such as a
cassette recorder, radio, or TV.
TV, cassette
recorder, etc.
Track name
To LINE OUT jacks, etc.
1) Track
number appears if the currently selected
track is not in a group.
disc name appears when the currently
selected track is not in a group.
2) The
L
(white)
R
(red)
Line cable
RK-G129,
RK-G136, etc.
Notes
• When a disc used in Hi-MD mode is inserted
in the recorder, the free space will show as
“2.0MB” when the remaining recording time
becomes “–00:00”. This is a system
limitation, “2.0MB” being the capacity of the
reserve domain.
• Depending on the group settings, the
operating conditions, and the disc settings,
you may not be able to select certain
indications or the indications may appear
differently.
REC (+B)/
T MARK
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To LINE IN (OPTICAL)
If you want to check the playing position or
track name while playing, see “Viewing various
information” (page 35).
5-way control
key (NENT)
1
Make connections.
Use the appropriate connecting cord
to suit the source equipment. For
details, see “Optional accessories”
(page 67).
2
Press NENT while pressing
REC (+B)/T MARK to start
recording.
3
Play the source you want to record.
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Selecting the recording
mode
Select each recording mode according to
the recording time that you want.
You can record only in Hi-MD mode
on this recorder. If you want to
record in MD mode, connect the
recorder to a computer and record
or transfer audio data using the
supplied software. (refer to the
“Software Operation” section).
5-way control key (NENT)
Recording Display Recording time
mode
Linear PCM PCM
• Approx. 28 min.
on an 80-minute
standard disc
• Approx. 94 min.
on a 1GB Hi-MD
disc
Hi-SP
Hi-SP
• Approx. 140 min.
on an 80-minute
standard disc
• Approx. 475 min.
on a 1GB Hi-MD
disc
Hi-LP
Hi-LP
• Approx. 610 min.
on an 80-minute
standard disc
• Approx. 2,040 min.
on a 1GB Hi-MD
disc
Jog dial
z
Audio components that support the linear PCM,
Hi-SP and Hi-LP mode are indicated by the
or
logo mark.
MENU
1
2
While the recorder is stopped, enter
the menu and select “REC Set” “REC Mode”.
Notes
• It is recommended that you use the AC power
adaptor (not supplied) for long recordings.
• It is recommended that you use the recorder to
Turn the jog dial to select the desired
recording mode, and then press
NENT to enter the selection.
The recording mode is saved on the
recorder until it is next changed.
edit (dividing or combining) long tracks
recorded in linear PCM. Transferring such
tracks and editing them on a computer may
require an extremely long time.
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Adjusting the recording
level manually
The recording level is adjusted
automatically while recording. If
necessary, you can set the recording level
manually during both analog and digital
recording.
REC (+B)/T MARK
5
Press X again to start recording.
If your source is an externally
connected component, play the
source to the beginning of the
material to be recorded, and then start
recording.
To switch back to automatic
level control
Select “Auto (AGC)” in step 2.
X
Notes
• You cannot adjust the left and right channel
levels separately.
• Once you stop recording, the recorder will
Jog dial
MENU
1
Press REC (+B)/T MARK while
pressing X.
The recorder stands by for recording.
2
Enter the menu and select “REC Set”
- “REC Level” - “Manual”.
3
4
Play the source.
revert to automatic recording level adjustment
mode the next time you start a recording
operation.
• To adjust the recording level manually when
synchro-recording, do steps 1 to 4 of the
procedure in this section with “SYNC REC”
is set to “SYNC Off”. Afterwards, set “SYNC
REC” setting to “SYNC On”, and start
recording (page 34).
While observing the level meter in the
display, adjust the recording level by
turning the jog dial.
Set the level so that the meter
segments light up around –12dB
segment.
If a high sound level causes the level
meter to reach the OVER segment,
lower the recording level.
Each level meter shows the following.
Upper — L channel input level
Lower — R channel input level
–12dB
OVER
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To cancel Time Mark
Select “Off” in step 1.
Adding track marks
while recording
You can add track marks (track number)
while recording to divide the material into
separate parts, that allow you to go to
specific track quickly and easily.
REC (+B)/T MARK
MENU
Jog dial
Using Time Mark to add track
marks while recording
When the elapsed recording time
exceeds the time interval for Time
Mark:
The recorder adds track marks at the point
you set the time interval and from that
point the recorder adds a track mark
whenever the time interval has elapsed.
5-way control
key (NENT)
Adding track marks manually
While the recorder is recording, press
REC (+B)/T MARK at the point you
want to add a track mark.
Example: Eight minutes of recording
has been completed when the Time Mark
time interval is set to 5 minutes.
A track mark will be added at the 8minute point (after the start of recording)
and after each 5-minute interval
thereafter.
When the time interval set for Time
Mark exceeds the elapsed recording
time:
Adding track marks
automatically (Auto Time Mark)
Use this feature to add track marks
automatically at specified intervals when
recording through the analog input
connector. This function is convenient for
recording long period of time, such as
lectures, meetings, etc.
The recorder adds track marks when the
set Time Mark time interval has elapsed.
Example: Three minutes of recording
has been completed when the Time Mark
time interval is set to 5 minutes.
A track mark will be added at the 5minute point (after the start of recording)
and after each 5-minute interval
thereafter.
1
While the recorder is recording or in
recording pause, enter the menu and
select “REC Set” - “Time Mark” “On”.
z
2
Turn the jog dial until the desired
time interval appears in the display,
and then press NENT to enter the
selection.
One rotation changes the time setting
(Time:) by 1 minute, within the range
of 1 to 60 minutes.
• If you add a track mark by pressing
“T” appears before the time display for track
marks added by Time Mark.
Notes
REC (+B)/T MARK or X, etc. while
recording, the recorder will start adding track
mark automatically each time the selected
time interval as elapsed.
• The setting is canceled when you connect a
digital optical cable to the recorder.
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Disc with no groups recorded
Recording without
creating a new group
Disc
The recorder is factory set to
automatically create a new group for each
recording. To record without creating a
new group, set the recorder as follows.
Jog dial
MENU
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
12131415
You can record a maximum of 255 groups
on a disc.
If you record a track without creating a
group, but then later want to create a
group for that track, refer to “Assigning
tracks or groups as a new group (Group
Set)” (page 47).
5-way control key
(NENT)
While the recorder is stopped, enter the
menu and select “REC Set” - “ :REC” “ : REC Off”.
What is the group function?
The group function allows you to place
several tracks into one unit.
For example, if you create a group for all
your favorite tracks, then you can select
that group to play those tracks.
The following figure shows the difference
between a disc on which groups are
recorded and a disc on which no groups
are recorded.
Disc with groups recorded
Disc
Group 1
Group 2
12345 6 7 12345
Group 3
123
Tracks that were not assigned to a group are
treated as being part of “Group - -”.
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To start/stop recording
in sync with the sound
source
(Synchro-recording)
When making a digital recording (e.g.,
from a CD), this function automatically
starts and stops the recorder in
synchronization with the sound source.
This eliminates the need for separate
operation of the recorder and the sound
source.
5-way control key (NENT)
Notes
• The pause function cannot be turned on or off
manually during synchro-recording.
• Do not switch the “SYNC REC” setting while
recording. Recording may not be done
properly.
• Even when there is no sound on the sound
source, there may be cases when recording
does not pause automatically during synchrorecording due to the noise level emitted from
the sound source.
• If a silent portion is encountered for
approximately 2 seconds during synchrorecording from a sound source other than a
CD or an MD, a new track mark is
automatically added at the point where the
silent portion ends.
Jog dial
MENU
1
Make connections.
Use the appropriate optical cable to
suit the source equipment. For details,
see “Optional accessories” (page 67).
2
While the recorder is stopped, enter
the menu and select “REC Set” “SYNC REC” - “SYNC On”.
z
When there is no sound from the player for
about 3 seconds during synchro-recording, the
recorder goes into the standby mode
automatically. When the sound comes from the
player again, the recorder resumes synchrorecording. If the recorder is kept in the standby
mode for 5 minutes or longer, the recorder stops
automatically.
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Various ways of playback
Display window A/B/C
Viewing various
information
You can check the track name, disc name,
etc. during playback.
A
B
Group
number
and track
number
Elapsed time • Track name
and artist
name (HiMD)
• Track name
(MD)
5-way control key (NENT)
Jog dial
1
While playing, enter the menu and
select “Display”
2
Turn the jog dial until the information
you want appears in the display, and
then press NENT to enter the
selection.
Each turn changes the display as
follows.
“Lap Time” t “1 Remain” t
“AllRemain” t “Title1/Title2 (HiMD)” t “Sound” t “Codec (HiMD)/TrackMode (MD)”
When you press NENT, the selected
information appears at A, B and C.
Display window
“1 Remain”
• Track
Remaining
name and time of the
current track
artist
name (HiMD)
• Track
name
(MD)
Numbers
of tracks
after the
current
track
MENU
C
Remaining
time after
the current
location in
the disc.
• Disc
• Group
name and
name and
artist
album
name (Hi- name (Hi1)
MD)
MD)3)
• Disc
• Group
name
name
(MD)1)
(MD)3)
“AllRemain”
Track name
Sound
mode
name2)
Indication of (none)2)
the selected
sound
mode2)
• Codec
(HiMD)2)
• (none)
(MD)2)
• Track
• “Codec” (Himode, and
MD)2)
bitrate (Hi- • “TrackMode”
(MD)2)
MD)2)4)
• Track
mode
(MD)2)
1) Track number appears if the currently selected
The indications have the following
meanings:
: Disc name
: Track name
: Group name
: Artist name
: Album name
track is not in a group.
does not appear when “Menu Mode” is
set to “Simple” (page 55).
3) The disc name appears when the currently
selected track is not in a group.
4) If the case of an MP3 track that supports VBR
(Variable Bit Rate), the bit rate that appears
here may not match the one displayed by the
SonicStage software.
2) This
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Note
Depending on the group settings, the operating
conditions, and the disc settings, you may not
be able to select certain indications or the
indications may appear differently.
Playing tracks in Main play
mode
1
While playing, enter the menu and
select “Play Mode” - “MainPMode”.
The Main play mode display appears.
2
Turn the jog dial to select the desired
play mode, and then press NENT to
enter the selection.
Each time you turn the jog dial, A
changes as follows. When you press
NENT, B appears in the display.
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If you want to check the remaining time or the
recording position while recording or in stop
mode, see “Viewing various information”
(page 28).
Selecting the play
mode
You can listen to tracks in various play
modes. The play mode can consist of a
combination of Main play mode, Sub play
mode and Repeat play.
• Main play mode: selects the playback
unit, such as tracks or groups
• Sub play mode: selects the type of play
• Repeat play: selects Repeat play
Indication
A/B
Play mode
Normal/
(none)
Normal play (All tracks
after the selected track are
played.)
Group/
Group play (Tracks in a
specified group are played.)
5-way control key (NENT, ., >)
Artist/
Jog dial
MENU
Album/
1)
1)
Bookmark/
1) Appears
Artist play (Tracks by a
specified artist are played.)
Album play (Tracks in a
specified album are
played.)
Bookmark play
(Bookmarked tracks are
played.)
only for discs used in Hi-MD mode.
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Playing tracks in normal mode
(Normal Play)
1
2
3
Do step 1 and select “Normal” in step
2 of “Playing tracks in Main play
mode” (page 36).
When selecting a track out of a group,
skip this step.
When selecting a track within a
group, turn the jog dial until the group
that the desired track belongs to
appears in the display, and then press
NENT to enter.
A list of the tracks in the selected
group appears in the display.
Turn the jog dial until the desired
track appears in the display, and then
press NENT to enter the selection.
The selected track starts playing. The
recorder plays from the selected track
to the last track in the disc.
Listening to tracks in a
specific group (Group Play)
1
Do step 1 and select “Group” in step
2 of “Playing tracks in Main play
mode” (page 36).
A list of the groups on a disc appears.
2
Turn the jog dial until the desired
group appears in the display, and then
press NENT to enter.
A list of the tracks in the selected
group appears.
3
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Tracks that do not belong to a group are placed
together in “Group - -” and displayed at the last
of the list of groups.
Listening to tracks by a
specific artist (Artist Play) (in
Hi-MD mode only)
If the track data includes the artist name,
you can listen to tracks by a specific artist
only.
1
Do step 1 and select “Artist” in step 2
of “Playing tracks in Main play
mode” (page 36).
A list of the artists on the disc appears
in alphabetical order.
2
Turn the jog dial until the desired
artist name appears in the display, and
then press NENT to enter.
A list of the tracks of the selected
artist appears in recorded order.
3
Turn the jog dial until the desired
track appears in the display, and then
press NENT to enter the selection.
The selected track starts playing. The
recorder plays the tracks by the same
artist on the disc, from the selected
track to the last track.
z
Tracks without artist name data are placed
together in “ :__ (space)” and are displayed at
the last of the list of artists.
Turn the jog dial until the desired
track appears in the display, and then
press NENT to enter the selection.
The selected track starts playing. The
recorder plays the tracks in that
group, from the selected track to the
last track.
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Listening to tracks of a
selected album (Album Play)
(in Hi-MD mode only)
If the track data includes the album name,
you can listen to tracks of a selected
album only.
1
Do step 1 and select “Album” in step
2 of “Playing tracks in Main play
mode” (page 36).
A list of the albums on the disc
appears in alphabetical order.
2
Turn the jog dial until the desired
album name appears in the display,
and then press NENT to enter.
A list of the tracks in the selected
album appears in recorded order.
3
Listening to selected tracks
only (Bookmark Play)
You can bookmark tracks on a disc and
play them only. The sequence of
bookmarked tracks cannot be changed.
To bookmark the tracks
1
While playing the track you want to
bookmark, press NENT for 2
seconds or more.
Bookmark flashes.
Turn the jog dial until the desired
track appears in the display, and then
press NENT to enter the selection.
The selected track starts playing. The
recorder plays the tracks in that
album, from the selected track to the
last track.
The first track of the bookmark play
is set.
2
To play the bookmarked tracks
1
Do step 1 and select “Bookmark” in
step 2 of “Playing tracks in Main play
mode” (page 36).
2
Turn the jog dial to select a track, and
then press NENT to enter the
selection.
The recorder plays the bookmarked
tracks in the order of their track
numbers.
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Tracks without album name data are placed
together in “ :__ (space)” and are displayed
at the last of the list of albums.
Repeat step 1 to bookmark the other
tracks.
To erase bookmarks
While playing the track for which you
want to erase the bookmark, press
NENT for 2 seconds or more.
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Listening to a section of a
track repeatedly (A-B Repeat)
You can listen to a specific section within
a track repeatedly by selecting the starting
point A, and ending point B. Make sure
that points A and B are within the same
track.
Playing tracks in Sub play
mode
By specifying Sub play modes, you can
listen to tracks selected in Main play
mode in various ways.
For example, by selecting “Group” in
Main play mode and “Shuffle” in Sub
play mode, the recorder will play the
tracks in the selected group in random
order.
1
Enter the menu and select
“Play Mode” - “SubPMode”.
2
Turn the jog dial to select the desired
play mode, and then press NENT to
enter the selection.
Each time you turn the jog dial, A
changes as follows. When you press
NENT, B appears in the display.
1
While playing a track that contains
the section you want to repeat, do step
1 and select “A-BRepeat” in step 2 of
“Playing tracks in Sub play mode”
(page 39).
“A-” flashes in the display.
2
Press NENT at the starting point
(A).
Point A is entered and “B” flashes in
the display.
3
Press NENT at the ending point (B).
Point B is entered, “A-B” and “ ”
lights up, and the section between
point A and B starts playing
repeatedly.
1
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You can reset points A and B by pressing the
5-way control key towards > during A-B
Repeat play.
Indication
A/B
Play mode
Normal/(none)
Normal play (All tracks
are played once.)
1 Track/1
Single-track play (A
single track is played.)
Shuffle/SHUF
Shuffle play (All tracks
in the selected Main
Play Mode are played in
random order.)
A-BRepeat/
)1)
A- (A-B
A-B Repeat play (Tracks
between the selected
points A and B are
played repeatedly.)
Note
If the recorder come to the end of the last track
on the disc while you are selecting point A, the
setting is canceled.
1) “A-BRepeat
” does not appear when the
“Menu Mode” is set to “Simple” (page 55).
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Playing tracks repeatedly
(Repeat Play)
Searching for a track
(Search)
You can use the Repeat play function to
repeat tracks in all play modes except
when selecting A-B Repeat play.
1
While playing, enter the menu and
select “Play Mode” - “Repeat”.
2
Turn the jog dial to select
“RepeatOn”, and then press the
NENT to enter the selection.
appears in the display.
You can easily search for a track by track
name, group name, artist name, or album
name.
5-way control key
(NENT)
Jog dial
SEARCH
To cancel Repeat Play
Select “RepeatOff” in step 2.
x
1
2
Press “SEARCH”.
Turn the jog dial to select the item
you want to use for searching, and
then press NENT to enter.
Display
To
by Track
search by track name
by Group
search by group name
by Artist1)
search by artist name
by Album1)
search by album name
1) Appears
only for discs used in Hi-MD mode.
3
If you select “by Track” in step 2,
skip this step.
If you select an item other than “by
Track” in step 2, turn the jog dial to
select the desired group, artist, or
album, and then press NENT to
enter.
A list of tracks for the selected group,
artist, or album appears in the display.
4
Turn the jog dial to select the desired
track, and then press NENT to enter
the selection.
The selected track starts playing.
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Notes
• After step 4, A-B Repeat play is canceled.
• During a search, unlabeled tracks will appear
at the end of each list.
Selecting the sound
quality (6-Band
Equalizer)
• During a search, ungrouped tracks are placed
together as “Group - -” and appear at the end
of the list of groups.
• During a search, tracks without artist name
data are placed together as “ :__ (space)”,
and tracks without album name data are
placed together as “ :__ (space)” and appear
at the end of the list.
• While the recorder is sorting the selected
items, “SORTING” appears in the display.
• The Search function is automatically canceled
if no operation is made for 3 minutes.
6-BAND EQUALIZER provides 6
different sound qualities. You can vary the
virtual sound to create different acoustics,
or modify the sound to suit your taste and
store it for later use.
5-way control key (NENT, ., >)
Jog dial
MENU
1
While playing, enter the menu and
select “Sound” - “Sound EQ”.
2
Turn the jog dial repeatedly to select
the sound mode and then press
NENT to enter the selection.
A
Level of the each frequency
(100Hz - 10 kHz)
B
Each time you turn the jog dial, A
changes as follows. When you press
NENT, B appears.
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A
B
Heavy
SH
Pops
SP
Jazz
SJ
Unique
SU
Custom11)
S1
Custom21)
S2
3
Turn the jog dial to adjust the level.
Level (+10 dB)
You can select from among seven levels.
–10dB, –6 dB, –3 dB, 0 dB, +3 dB, +6 dB,
+10dB
1) “Custom1”
and “Custom2” do not appear on
European models.
“Custom1” and “Custom2” do not appear
when the “Menu Mode” is set to “Simple”
(page 55).
To cancel the setting
Select “Normal” in step 1.
4
After selecting the level, press
NENT to enter the selection.
Note
6-Band Equalizer will not function during
recording.
To modify and store the sound
(For models except European
models)
You can modify the sound and store the
results in “Custom1” and “Custom2”.
1
Do steps 1 and select “Custom1” or
“Custom2” in step 2 of “Selecting the
sound quality (6-Band Equalizer)”
(page 41).
2
Press the 5-way control key towards
. or > to select the frequency.
Frequency (100 Hz)
From the left, you can select 100 Hz,
250 Hz, 630 Hz, 1.6kHz, 4 kHz, 10 kHz
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Editing recorded tracks
Before editing
Adding titles (Title
Input)
Notes
• When you edit the contents of a 1GB Hi-MD
disc, use a new alkaline dry battery (battery
level indication shows
) or connect the
optional AC power adaptor to the recorder.
When you attempt to edit on a 1GB Hi-MD
disc, “NotENOUGH POWER TO EDIT” may
appear and editing cannot be done even if the
battery level indication shows sufficient
remaining power while the recorder is stopped
or playing. This is because of a mechanism
that disables editing when the remaining
battery power is estimated by the recorder to
be insufficient due to the high power
consumption required for 1GB Hi-MD disc
editing.
• Before making an editing while using the
optional AC power adaptor, always insert a
new alkaline dry battery into the recorder first
to ensure that the editing operation completes
successfully.
• Premastered discs cannot be edited.
• Close the record-protect tab on the side of the
disc before editing
• Do not move or jog the recorder or disconnect
the power source while editing or “SYSTEM
FILE WRITING” is flashing in the display. If
you do, the data edited up to that point may
not be recorded to the disc, or data on the disc
may be damaged. “SYSTEM FILE
WRITING” flashes while the editing results
are being recorded.
• While “SYSTEM FILE WRITING” is
flashing, the lid becomes locked.
You can add titles to tracks, groups and
discs. You can also add artist names and
album names to tracks on a disc used in
Hi-MD mode.
Available characters
• Capital and small letters of the alphabet
for English and European languages1)
• Numbers 0 to 9
• Symbols2)
1) European alphabets appear only for discs used
in Hi-MD mode.
available symbols will differ for Hi-MD
mode and MD mode (see “About the character
palette” on page 44).
2) The
Maximum number of
characters per name
Track names, group names, and disc
name: Approx. 200 each (containing a
mixture of all available characters)
Maximum number of
characters that can be input
per disc*
In Hi-MD mode:
A maximum of about 55,000 characters
In MD mode:
A maximum of about 1,700 characters
* The number of titles that can be stored on a
disc depends on the number of characters that
nare input for track names, group names,
artist names, album names and disc name.
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About the character palette
During operations on the recorder,
characters can be selected from the
character palette in the display window.
The character palette has the following
configuration.
Character palette
for Hi-MD mode
Character palette
for MD mode
Letter input area
The cursor flashes.
Character palette
Note
If you enter the symbol “//” between the
characters in disc names such as “abc//def”, you
may be unable to use the group function (in MD
mode only).
5-way control key
(NENT, ., >, VOL +, –)
Jog dial
MENU
x
X
Since only a part of the character palette
is visible on the display, use the controls
or buttons to move the cursor and enter
characters.
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Labeling
You can do a labeling operation while the
recorder is stopped or playing. You can
also label artist names and album names
to tracks in a disc used in Hi-MD mode.
To label a track with a track name, artist
name, or album name, you must first
select the track that you want to label. To
add a group name, you must first select a
track that belongs to the group you want
to label.
1
Enter the menu and select “Edit” “Title”.
2
Turn the jog dial to select the desired
display, and then press NENT to
enter.
Title
Display
Track name
“Track”
Group name
“Group”
Artist name (to a track)1) “Artist”
Album name (to a
track)1)
“Album”
Disc name
“Disc”
1) Appears
Press the 5-way control key towards
VOL –.
The cursor shifts from the letter input
area to the character palette.
The cursor and character alternate.
4
Select a letter using the 5-way control
key and press NENT to enter.
The selected letter appears in the
letter input area and the cursor moves
to the next input position.
The cursor flashes at the next input
position.
The buttons used for character input
and their functions are listed below.
Functions1)
only for discs used in Hi-MD mode.
Operations
To move the cursor 5-way control key
in the character
up
palette.
The cursor flashes in the letter input
area.
left
right
The cursor flashes.
down
Turn the jog dial
(move the cursor to
the right or left).
To select a letter in Turn the jog dial.
the letter input
area.
To enter a letter.
Press NENT.
To enter a title.
Press NENT for 2
seconds or more.
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Functions1)
Operations
Re-labeling
To insert a blank
space.
Press REC (+B)/
T MARK and press
the 5-way control key
towards > at the
same time.
You can change the titles by doing the
procedure for “Labeling” (page 45).
To delete a letter.
Press REC (+B)/
T MARK and press
the control key
towards . at the
same time.
Notes
• The recorder is able to display, but cannot
label using Japanese “Katakana” characters.
• The recorder cannot rewrite a disc or track
name of more than 200 letters that was created
by another device (in MD mode only).
To cancel labeling. Press x for 2 seconds
or more.
To move the cursor Press the 5-way
from the letter
control key towards
input area to the
VOL –.
character palette.
To move the cursor Press x.
from the character
palette to the letter
input area.
To display “_
(space)”, “:”, “/”
Press X.
or “–” at the input
position in the
letter input area.
To switch between
capital letters and
small letters.
Press X.
1) Functions
of the buttons or the control may
differ depending on when the cursor is in the
letter input area or in the character palette.
5
Repeat step 4, and then enter all
characters of the label name.
6
Press NENT for 2 seconds or more
to enter the title.
Note
When the recording is stopped or the recording
moves on to the next track while labeling titles
during recording, the input at that point is
entered automatically.
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Notes
Assigning tracks or
groups as a new group
(Group Set)
• When the total number of characters in the
With this function, you can assign
existing tracks or groups to a new group,
and also you can assign a track that
currently belongs to no group to an
existing group.
You can create a maximum of 255 groups
on a disc used in Hi-MD mode and 99
groups on a disc used in MD mode.
Disc
Track number
1 2 3 4 5 6
titles on a disc exceed the maximum that can
be input:
—If the disc is being used in Hi-MD mode,
you can make a group setting, but cannot
add a group name in step 4.
—If the disc is being used in MD mode, you
cannot make a group setting.
• The tracks or groups must be sequential. If the
desired tracks or groups are not consecutive,
you must move them to make them
consecutive before you can assign them
(“Moving recorded tracks or groups (Move)”,
page 49).
5-way control key (NENT)
Group 1
Group 2
7 8
9 101112
Jog dial
MENU
Assigning tracks 1 to 3 to a new
group
Assigning group 1 and group 2 to a
new group
x
Disc
Group 2
Group 1
1 2 3
4 5 6
7 8 9 101112
Registration of non-consecutive tracks is
not possible (for example, track 3 and
tracks 7 and 8 cannot be assigned to a new
group).
It is not possible to make a new group if
the first track or last track of the group has
been selected from the middle of an
existing group.
Track numbers appear according to their
order on the disc, not their order within
the group.
1
Enter the menu and select “Edit” “
: Set”.
2
Turn the jog dial until the number of
the desired first track appears in the
display, and then press NENT to
enter.
This selects the first track of a new
group. If the disc contains groups,
only the first track number of each
group is displayed.
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4
Turn the jog dial until the number of
the desired last track appears in the
display, and then press NENT to
enter.
This selects the last track of the new
group and the group can be labeled. If
the disc contains groups, only the last
track number of each group is
displayed.
Releasing a group
setting (Group Release)
Select a group you want to release and
check the contents (see “Listening to
tracks in a specific group (Group Play)”
(page 37)).
5-way control key (NENT)
Label a group (see “Adding titles
(Title Input)” (page 43)).
Jog dial
Notes
MENU
• In step 2, the first track must be either the first
track of an existing group or a track that does
not belong to a group.
• When selecting the last track in step 3, make
sure the track comes after the one selected in
step 2. The last track must be either the last
track of an existing group or a track that does
not belong to a group.
x
1
Select a group that you want to
release and check the contents (see
page 37).
2
3
Press x.
4
Turn the jog dial to select “OK”, and
press NENT to release a group.
The group setting of the selected
group is released.
Enter the menu and select “Edit” “
: Release”.
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If the selected track is not in the
group, the name of the currently
selected track flashes in the display.
Moving recorded tracks
or groups (Move)
When the currently selected track is not
in a group
You can change the order of the recorded
tracks or groups.
5-way control key (NENT)
Jog dial
2
MENU
x
Moving a track on a disc
If you are moving a track from inside
a group to outside the group, or if
there is no group on a disc, skip this
step.
If you are moving a track to a
different group, turn the jog dial to
select the destination group, and then
press NENT to enter.
You can move a track from one group to
another or from inside a group to outside
the group. When you move tracks, track
numbers are automatically renumbered.
1
While playing the track you want to
move, enter the menu and select
“Edit” - “Move” - “
: Move”.
If the selected track is in the group,
the name of the group to which the
currently selected track belongs
flashes in the display.
When the currently selected track is
in a group
Name of the destination group
If you are moving a track within the
same group, select the group to which
the currently selected track belongs.
3
Turn the jog dial to select the
destination position, and then press
NENT to enter the selection.
The track moves to the selected
destination.
Destination position
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Changing the order of a
group on a disc
1
Erasing tracks and the
entire disc (Erase)
While playing a track within a group
whose order you want to change,
enter the menu and select “Edit” “Move” - “
: Move”.
The name of the group to which the
currently selected track belongs
flashes in the display.
Name of the group you want to move
2
Turn the jog dial to select the
destination position, and then press
NENT to enter the selection.
Example: When moving the group “My Best”
to the position after the group “Single
Collection”
Destination position in the disc
Note
Note that once a recorded item has
been erased, it cannot be
recovered. Make sure to confirm
the contents of the selected item
before erasing it.
When erasing tracks that have
been transferred from the
computer
When you try to erase tracks that have
been transferred from the computer,
“TrkFromPC” appears in the display. If
you erased tracks that have been
transferred from the computer, the
transfer authorization of the tracks will be
as follows.
• If the tracks were transferred in Hi-MD
mode, the transfer authorization of the
tracks are restored automatically when
you insert the disc into the recorder and
then connect the recorder to the
computer.
• If the tracks were transferred in MD
mode, the transfer authorization of the
tracks is lost. If you do not want to lose
the transfer authorization, restore the
authorization by transferring the tracks to
the computer again before erasing them.
If all tracks are moved out of the group, the
group automatically disappears from the disc.
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Note
To erase a group
You cannot erase non-audio data (for example,
text data or image data) on a disc used in HiMD mode.
5-way control key (NENT)
Jog dial
MENU
1
Select a group you want to erase and
check the contents (see page 37).
2
3
Press x.
4
Turn the jog dial to select “OK”, and
then press NENT to erase the group.
The group is erased.
Enter the menu and select “Edit” “Erase” - “
: Erase”.
x
To erase the whole disc
To erase a track
1
While playing the track you want to
erase, enter the menu and select
“Edit” - “Erase” - “
: Erase”.
2
Turn the jog dial to select “OK”, and
then press NENT to erase the track.
The track is erased and the next track
starts to play. All the tracks after the
one erased are automatically
renumbered.
Note
If all tracks in a group are erased, the group is
automatically deleted from the disc.
To erase a part of a track
Add track marks at the beginning and the
end of the part you want to erase, then
erase the part (page 52).
1
Play the disc you want to erase to
check the contents.
2
3
Press x.
4
Turn the jog dial to select “OK”, and
then press NENT to erase the whole
disc.
“SYSTEM FILE WRITING” appears
in the display, and all the tracks will
be erased.
When erasing completes, “NO
TRACK” appears in the display in
Hi-MD mode and “BLANKDISC”
and “00:00” appear in MD mode.
Enter the menu and select “Edit” “Erase” - “AllErase”.
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Dividing a track (Divide)
You can divide a track with a track mark,
creating a new track from the part
following the track mark. The track
numbers will increase as follows.
1
2
3
4
2
3
4
While playing or pausing, press T MARK
on the recorder at the point you want to
mark.
“MARK ON” appears in the display, and
a track mark is added. The track number
will increase by one.
To add track marks while
recording (except while
synchro-recording)
Press T MARK at the point you want to
add a track mark.
You can use “Time Mark” to add track
marks automatically at specified intervals
(except while digital recording) (page 32).
Track marking
1
Dividing a track directly
5
Track numbers increase.
Note
You cannot divide a track if:
• the track has been transferred from a
computer.
• the track has been recorded in Hi-MD
mode using the MD Simple Burner
software.
• the dividing point is at the beginning or
end of the track.
• the division would cause the total
number of tracks on the disc to exceed
the maximum allowed (2,047 tracks for
a disc used in Hi-MD mode or 254
tracks for a disc used in MD mode).
Combining tracks
(Combine)
When you record with analog (line) input,
unnecessary track marks may be recorded
where recording level is low. You can
erase a track mark to combine the tracks
before and after the track mark.
The track numbers will change as follows.
1
2
3
4
T MARK
Erase a track mark
1
2
3
Track numbers decrease
Note
You cannot combine tracks if:
• one of the two tracks or the both tracks have
been transferred from the computer.
• one of the two tracks or the both tracks have
been recorded in Hi-MD mode using the MD
Simple Burner software.
• the tracks are recorded in different recording
mode.
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5-way control key (.)
Formatting the disc
(Format)
T MARK
X
1
While playing the track with the track
mark you want to erase, press X to
pause.
2
Find the track mark by pressing the 5way control key towards .
slightly.
For example, to erase the third track
mark, find the beginning of the third
track. “00:00” appears in the display.
“MARK” appears in the display for a
few seconds.
3
Press T MARK to erase the mark.
“MARK OFF” appears in the display.
The track mark is erased and the two
tracks are combined.
When using a disc in Hi-MD mode, you
can use the Format function to restore a
disc to the condition it was in at the time
of purchase.
You can use this function only when using
a disc in Hi-MD mode.
Disc
type
After disc formatting
1GB
Hi-MD
disc
“NO TRACK” appears.
All data including non-audio
data will be erased.
NOTE: Transfer authorization
of the transferred tracks can
be restored by inserting the
disc into the recorder and
connecting the recorder to the
computer.
60/74/80minute
standard
disc
“BLANKDISC” appears.
All data including non-audio
data will be erased.
NOTE: Transfer authorization
of the transferred tracks will
be decreased by one.
Notes
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When a track mark is erased when you combine
two tracks, the title and recording date of the
second track changes to those of the first track.
Note
When you erase a track mark between the two
consecutive tracks that are assigned into
different groups, the second track is re-assigned
into the group containing the first track. In
addition, if you combine a track that is assigned
to a group with a track that is not assigned to a
group (two consecutive tracks), the second
track takes the same registration setting as the
first track.
• By formatting a disc, all data (including nonaudio data) will be erased. If you think a disc
contains such data, insert the disc into the
recorder and connect the recorder to the
computer to check the contents of the disc.
• If you format a disc, the transferred tracks on
the disc will also be erased and the number of
transfer authorizations for those tracks will be
decreased by one. To prevent the reduction in
transfer authorizations, restore the transfer
authorization by transferring the tracks to the
computer again before formatting the disc.
• The operation mode set in the “Disc Mode”
menu is applied to a blank 60/74/80-minute
standard disc used on the recorder even if a
different operation mode was selected in the
SonicStage software or a different operation
mode appeared on the display after the disc
was formatted by the SonicStage software.
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5-way control key (NENT)
MENU
Jog dial
x
1
While the recorder is stopped, enter
the menu and select “Edit” “Format”.
2
Turn the jog dial to select “OK”, and
then press NENT to enter the
selection.
When formatting completes, “NO
TRACK” appears in the display if a
1GB Hi-MD disc is inserted in the
recorder, or “BLANKDISC” appears
if a standard disc in Hi-MD mode is
inserted.
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Other operations
Changing the displayed
menu items (Menu
Mode)
You can specify the display of all items in
the menu (Advanced mode) or only basic
items (Simple mode).
Refer to “List of menus” (page 25) to
check the menu items that cannot be
displayed.
Protecting your hearing
(AVLS)
The AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter
System) function prevents the volume
from being raised above a given level to
minimize sound leakage, sound pressure
on the ears and the danger connected with
the failure to hear important exterior
sounds.
5-way control key (NENT)
5-way control key (NENT)
MENU
Jog dial
MENU
1
Enter the menu and select “Option” “Menu Mode”.
2
Turn the jog dial to select “Advanced”
or “Simple”, and then press NENT
to enter the selection.
Jog dial
1
Enter the menu and select “Option” “AVLS”.
2
Turn the jog dial to select “AVLS On”,
and then press NENT to enter the
selection.
When you try to turn the volume too
high, “AVLS NO VOLUME
OPERATION” appears in the display.
The volume is kept to a moderate
level.
To cancel the AVLS
Select “AVLS Off” in step 2.
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Turning off the beep
sound
Storing the settings for
individual discs (Disc
Memory)
You can turn off/on the beep sound.
The recorder is factory set to
automatically store settings for each disc.
The recorder automatically stores the
settings for a disc and retrieves them
whenever the disc is inserted.
The following setting can be stored:
• Bookmark
• “Custom1” and “Custom2” settings of
6-Band Equalizer (for models except
European models)
You can check the setting as follows.
5-way control key (NENT)
MENU
Jog dial
1
Enter the menu and select “Option” “Beep”.
2
Turn the jog dial to select “Beep Off”,
and then press NENT to enter the
selection.
5-way control key (NENT)
To turn on the beep sound
Select “Beep On” in step 2.
MENU
Jog dial
1
Enter the menu and select “Option” “Disc Mem”.
2
Turn the jog dial to select “On”, and
then press NENT to enter the
selection.
To set the recorder so that
disc settings are not stored
Select “Off” in step 2.
Erasing the disc information
1
Insert the disc whose information is
to be erased and verify its contents.
2
Select “1MemErase” in step 2.
The disc information is erased.
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“DISC MEMORY” appears when the disc with
its setting stored is inserted.
Notes
• Settings for up to 30 discs can be stored. Any
settings stored afterwards will replace the
settings with the lowest frequency of use
among the 30. The numbers of discs that can
be stored depend on the numbers of tracks
recorded on the discs. More tracks recorded
per disc means fewer discs can be stored.
• If you try to erase the disc information of a
disc that have never been stored, “NO DISC
MEMORY” appears in the display for a few
seconds.
Starting the playback
quickly (Quick Mode)
After pressing the playback button or
cueing to the track, the playback can start
quickly.
5-way control key (NENT)
MENU
Jog dial
1
Enter the menu and select “Option” “QuickMode”.
2
Turn the jog dial to select “Quick
On”, and then press NENT to enter
the selection.
To switch back to the normal
setting
Selects “Quick Off” in step 2.
Notes
• When the quick mode is set to “Quick On”,
the power remains on within the recorder even
when nothing appears in the display. This
leads to a shorter battery life.
• If no recorder operation (including opening or
closing of the lid) occurs for an hour, the
power in the recorder automatically turns off.
For this reason, the next time you start
playback or do another operation, the recorder
will not respond quickly. The unit, however,
will return to quick mode afterwards.
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Selecting the disc
mode (Disc Mode)
When you insert a 60/74/80-minute
standard disc (blank) into the recorder,
you can use this function to specify use of
the disc in Hi-MD mode or MD mode.
When you record on this recorder without
using a computer, set “Disc Mode” to
“Hi-MD”. Recording is not possible if
“Disc Mode” is set to “MD”. To allow a
disc recorded on this recorder to be used
on another component that does not
support Hi-MD, set “Disc Mode” to
“MD” and use a computer to record in
MD mode (refer to “Software Operation”
section).
5-way control key (NENT)
MENU
Adjusting the contrast
of the display window
(Contrast Adjustment)
You can adjust the contrast of the display
window.
5-way control key (NENT)
MENU
Jog dial
1
While the recorder is stopped, enter
the menu and select “Option” “Contrast”.
2
Turn the jog dial to adjust the
contrast, and then press NENT to
enter the selection.
Jog dial
1
Enter the menu and select “Option” “Disc Mode”.
2
Turn the jog dial to select “Hi-MD”
(factory setting) or “MD”, and then
press NENT to enter the selection.
Notes
• Even if you select “MD” as the “Disc Mode”
setting, the operation mode can only be “HiMD” when using a 1GB Hi-MD disc.
• The operation mode set in the “Disc Mode”
menu is applied to a blank 60/74/80-minute
standard disc used on the recorder even if a
different operation mode was selected in the
SonicStage software or a different operation
mode appeared on the display after the disc
was formatted by the SonicStage software.
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Changing the
operational direction of
the display
When you turn the jog dial clockwise, the
display scrolls downward. This is the
factory setting. You can change the
factory setting to scroll in the opposite
direction.
5-way control key (NENT)
MENU
Jog dial
1
Enter the menu and select “Option” “Jog Dial”.
2
Turn the jog dial to select “Reverse”,
and then press NENT to enter the
selection.
To turn the setting to normal
Select “Default” in step 2.
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Using the recorder with a computer
What you can do
through connection
with a computer
Connecting the
recorder to your
computer
To use the recorder connected to a
computer, you must install the software
from the supplied CD-ROM. For details
on the installation procedure, refer to the
“Software Operation” section.
When you connect the dedicated USB
cable directly to the USB connecting jack
on the recorder, power (bus power) is
supplied from the USB port of the
computer. This allows the recorder to be
used without power being supplied from
the battery.
When using the supplied
software
For detailed explanations, see the
“Software Operation” section or online
help.
Note
• Transfer audio data between the
computer and the recorder
The supplied SonicStage software
enables you to transfer audio data
between the recorder and the computer.
When a disc used in Hi-MD mode is
inserted in the recorder, tracks recorded
from a CD player to the recorder can be
migrated to your computer.
When using Windows ME or Windows 98SE
• If you connect the recorder to the computer
with the disc mode on the recorder set to “HiMD” (factory setting), and then insert a 60/74/
80-minute standard disc, the operation mode
of the disc may automatically change to HiMD mode even if you do not record anything.
• When you disconnect the dedicated USB
cable, the message “Unsafe Removal of
Device” appears in the computer display. This
is not a problem. Merely click “OK” to make
the message disappear.
• Record directly from a CD to an MD
The supplied MD Simple Burner
software enables you to record a CD in
the computer’s CD drive directly to a
disc in the recorder.
When using the disc in the
recorder as a storage device
When a disc used in Hi-MD mode is
inserted in the recorder, the recorder
appears in the Windows Explorer as an
external drive, allowing you to transfer
non-audio data such as text and image
files. For details, refer to “Storing nonaudio data to a disc” (page 62).
Computer
To the USB port
Dedicated
USB cable
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If you play audio files using the software, the
sound is output from the computer speakers
when a disc used in Hi-MD mode is inserted,
and from the earphones connected to the
recorder when a disc used in MD mode is
inserted in the recorder.
To the dedicated USB
cable connecting jack
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1
Insert a recordable disc into the
recorder.
2
Make connections as follows.
Notes
• If you use the recorder connected to the
1 Connect the dedicated USB cable to
the recorder and to the computer.
2 Make sure the recorder is stopped
and HOLD is released.
3
Check the connections.
When the connections have been
properly made, “PC – –MD” appears
in the display.
When you unplug the
dedicated USB cable from the
computer or remove the disc
from the recorder
Be sure to remove the recorder or the disc
as follows. If not, damage to the data may
occur.
1
Make sure that “REC” is not
displayed in the display window of
the recorder.
2
Press x on the recorder.
“EJECT DISC OK” appears in the
display.
Depending on the conditions, it may
take some time until “EJECT DISC
OK” appears in the display.
3
Unplug the dedicated USB cable
from the computer or remove the disc
from the recorder.
computer, it is recommended that you insert a
new alkaline dry battery as a precaution
against power failures, disconnection of the
dedicated USB cable or other unforeseen
occurrences. We do not assure the results
should there be a mis-operation, transfer
failures, or destruction of audio data caused by
unforeseen occurrences.
• If you disconnect the dedicated USB cable
from the recorder and want to reconnect it,
make sure to wait at least 2 seconds before
connecting it again.
• Make sure to place the recorder at a stable,
vibration-free place during recording.
• Make sure not to connect the recorder to your
computer during recording or playing.
• The system may malfunction if your computer
changes to system suspend, sleep, or
hibernation mode while connecting to the
recorder. Make sure to disable any changes to
suspend, sleep, or hibernation mode.
• Make sure not to connect the recorder and the
computer through a USB hub.
• When the recorder is connected to a computer,
power (bus power) is supplied to the recorder
through the computer’s USB port. If the
computer (a laptop PC, for example) is
operating on battery power, this connection
may cause the computer’s battery to drain. It
is thus recommended to use the computer with
an AC power adaptor.
• We do not ensure trouble-free operation on all
computers that satisfy the system
requirements.
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Storing non-audio data
to a disc
If you connect the recorder to a computer
with a disc in Hi-MD mode inserted, the
disc is recognized as storage media by the
Windows Explorer, allowing you to store
non-audio data such as text data or image
data.
For the storage space for each disc, refer
to the next page.
When you insert a disc in Hi-MD mode
into the recorder and make connection
with the computer, the recorder is
recognized as an external device and can
be viewed on the Windows Explorer. You
can use the recorder in the same way as
other devices.
Notes
• When the SonicStage software is active, the
recorder is not recognized as a data storage
device.
• If you format a disc on the computer, make
sure to format the disc using the SonicStage
software.
• Make sure not to delete the file management
folder (HMDHIFI folder and Hi-MD.IND
file) on the Windows Explorer.
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The storage space for each disc (formatted with the recorder/the
SonicStage software)
Disc type
Total size
Disc management
space1)2)
Free space
60-minute
standard disc
219 MB
(229,965,824 bytes)
832 KB
(851,968 bytes)
218 MB
(229,113,856 bytes)
74-minute
standard disc
270 MB
(283,312,128 bytes)
832 KB
(851,968 bytes)
269 MB
(282,460,160 bytes)
80-minute
standard disc
291 MB
(305,856,512 bytes)
832 KB
(851,968 bytes)
290 MB
(305,004,544 bytes)
832 KB
(851,968 bytes)
963 MB
(1,010,761,728 bytes)
1GB Hi-MD disc 964 MB
(1,011,613,696 bytes)
1) This
is space that is used for managing the files on the disc.
2) The size of the disc management space changes according to the operating conditions of your computer
and other factors. Therefore, the actual space available for use may be lower than that displayed by
Windows Explorer.
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Additional information
Preventing hearing damage
Precautions
On safety
Do not put any foreign objects in the DC IN 3V
jack (The AC power adaptor is an optional
accessory).
On power sources
• Use house current or LR6 (size AA) battery.
• If you are not going to use this recorder for a
long time, be sure to disconnect the power
supply.
Avoid using headphones/earphones at high
volume. Hearing experts advise against
continuous, loud and extended play. If you
experience a ringing in your ears, reduce the
volume or discontinue use.
Caring for others
Keep the volume at a moderate level. This will
allow you to hear outside sounds and to be
considerate of the people around you.
On the MiniDisc cartridge
• When carrying or storing the MiniDisc, keep
it in its case.
• Do not break open the shutter.
• Do not place the cartridge where it will be
On heat build-up
Heat may build up in the recorder if it is used
for an extended period of time. This, however,
is not a malfunction.
On installation
subject to light, extreme temperatures,
moisture or dust.
• Attach the supplied disc label only in the
space designated for it on the disc. Do not
stick it on any other disc surface.
• If you use the recorder at a place subject to
static or electrical noise, the recording may
not be properly done or the recorded data may
be lost. If you perform a transfer operation at
such a place, the track’s transfer authorization
may be lost.
• Never use the recorder where it will be
subjected to extremes of light, temperature,
moisture or vibration.
• Never wrap the recorder in anything when it is
being used with the AC power adaptor (not
supplied). Heat build-up in the recorder may
cause malfunction or damage.
On the headphones/earphones
Road safety
Do not use headphones/earphones while
driving, cycling, or operating any motorized
vehicle. It may create a traffic hazard and is
illegal in many areas. It can also be potentially
dangerous to play your recorder at high volume
while walking, especially at pedestrian
crossings. You should exercise extreme caution
or discontinue use in potentially hazardous
situations.
On cleaning
• Clean the recorder casing with a soft cloth
slightly moistened with water or a mild
detergent solution. Do not use any type of
abrasive pad, scouring powder or solvent such
as alcohol or benzene as it may mar the finish
of the casing.
• Wipe the disc cartridge with a dry cloth to
remove dirt.
• Dust on the lens may prevent the unit from
operating properly. Be sure to close the disc
compartment lid after inserting or ejecting a
disc.
• To obtain the best sound quality, use a dry
cloth to wipe the plugs of the headphones/
earphones. Dirty plugs may cause sound
distortion or intermittent breaks in the sound.
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On battery
Incorrect battery usage may lead to leakage of
battery fluid or bursting battery. To prevent
such accidents, observe the following
precautions:
• Install the + and – poles of the battery
correctly.
• When the recorder is not to be used for a long
time, be sure to remove the battery.
• If a battery leak should develop, carefully and
thoroughly wipe away battery fluid from the
battery compartment before inserting new
ones.
On mechanical noise
The recorder gives off mechanical noise while
operating, which is caused by the power-saving
system of the recorder and it is not a problem.
To protect a recorded disc
To record-protect a disc, slide open the tab at
the side of the disc. In this position, the disc
cannot be recorded. To record again, slide the
tab back so the tab is visible.
Tab
Back of the disc
Recorded material is
protected.
Recorded material is
not protected.
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your recorder, please consult your
nearest Sony dealer. (If a trouble occurred when
the disc was in the recorder, we recommend that
the disc be left in the recorder when you consult
your Sony dealer so that the cause of trouble
may be better understood.)
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Inputs
Specifications
LINE IN (OPTICAL)1):
stereo mini-jack for analog input
(minimum input level 49 mV)
optical (digital) mini-jack for optical
(digital) input
Audio playing system
MiniDisc digital audio system
Laser diode properties
Material: GaAlAs
Wavelength: λ = 790 nm
Emission duration: continuous
Laser output: less than 44.6 µW
(This output is the value measured at a distance
of 200 mm from the lens surface on the optical
pick-up block with 7 mm aperture.)
Outputs
Recording and playback time
Power requirements
See “List of the recording time for each disc”
(page 81).
One LR6 (size AA) alkaline battery
AC power adaptor DC IN 3V
Revolutions
Operating temperature
350 rpm to 3,000 rpm (CLV)
+5°C to +35°C
Error correction
Battery operation time2)
Hi-MD:
LDC (Long Distance Code)/BIS (Burst
Indicator Subcode)
MD:
ACIRC (Advanced Cross Interleave Reed
Solomon Code)
See “Battery life” (page 17)
i: stereo mini-jack
Maximum output (DC)
Headphones:
2.8 mW + 2.8 mW (16 Ω) (European
models)
5 mW + 5 mW (16 Ω) (Other models)
Dimensions
Approx. 83.6 × 29.5 × 77.0 mm (w/h/d)
(excluding projecting parts and controls)
Mass
Approx. 107 g (the recorder only)
Sampling frequency
1)The
LINE IN (OPTICAL) jack is used to
connect either a digital (optical) cable or a line
(analog) cable.
2)Measured in accordance with JEITA.
44.1 kHz
Sampling rate converter
Optical (digital) input: 32 kHz/44.1 kHz/
48 kHz
Audio formats supported by this
recorder
Recording:
US and foreign patents licensed from Dolby
Laboratories.
Linear PCM (44.1 kHz/16 bit)
ATRAC3plus (Adaptive TRansform
Acoustic Coding 3 plus) (Hi-SP/Hi-LP)
Playback:
Linear PCM
ATRAC3plus
ATRAC3
ATRAC
MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3/Sampling
frequency 44.1 kHz/Bit rate 32 - 320 kbps
(constant/variable bit rate))
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Modulation system
Hi-MD:
1-7RLL (Run Length Limited)/PRML
(Partial Response Maximum Likelihood)
MD:
EFM (Eight to Fourteen Modulation)
Frequency response
20 to 20,000 Hz ± 3 dB
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Optional accessories
AC power adaptor
AC-ES3010K (Singapore, Australia and
New Zealand models)
AC-E30HG (other models)
Optical Cable
POC-15B, POC-15AB
Line Cable
RK-G129, RK-G136
MDR-series Stereo Headphones/earphones*
SRS-series Active Speakers
Recordable MDs MDW-series
Recordable Hi-MD disc
HMD1G
Your dealer may not handle some of the above
listed accessories. Please ask the dealer for
detailed information about the accessories in
your country.
∗ When using optional headphones, use only
headphones/earphones with stereo mini
plugs. You cannot use headphones/
earphones with micro plugs.
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Troubleshooting and explanations
Troubleshooting
If a problem occurs during recorder operation, follow the steps described below before
consulting the nearest Sony dealer. If any messages appear, it is recommended to take
notes.
1
2
Check to see if the problem is listed in, “Troubleshooting” (page 68).
Check “Messages” (page 76) for the problem as well.
If after step 1 you still cannot solve the problem, consult your nearest Sony dealer.
While recording
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
“NotENOUGH
POWER TO REC”
appears and recording
cannot be done on a
1GB Hi-MD disc.
• Recording is not possible when using a 1GB Hi-MD disc even
when the battery level indication shows enough power remaining
while the recorder is stopped or playing. This is because of a
mechanism that disables recording when the remaining battery
power is estimated by the recorder to be insufficient due to the high
power consumption required for 1GB Hi-MD disc recording.
, Insert a new alkaline dry battery or connect the AC power
adaptor (not supplied) to the recorder.
The remaining
recording time appears
as “–00:00” and
recording cannot be
done, even though
2.0MB of free space is
displayed.
• This is a system limitation. 2.0MB is the capacity of the reserve
domain.
The recorder always
creates a new group
when recording.
• The group recording (“
:REC”) is set to “
:REC On”. (You
cannot overwrite tracks.)
, Set the group recording setting to “
:REC Off” (page 33).
The first few seconds of
a track cannot be
recorded.
• If you start recording while the disc indication is rotating, data will
not be recorded to the first few seconds of the first track.
, Wait until the disc indication stops rotating before you start
recording.
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Symptom
Cause/Remedy
Recording cannot be
done correctly.
• You tried to record in MD mode on this recorder.
, Only Hi-MD mode can be used to record directly on this
recorder without using a computer. To record in MD mode,
connect the recorder to a computer and use the supplied
software (pages 19 and 27).
• Audio sources may not be securely connected.
, Disconnect the audio sources once and connect them again
(pages 18 and 29).
• There is no digital signal from the portable CD player.
, When recording digitally from a portable CD player, use the
AC power adaptor and disable the anti-skip function (such as
ESP) on the CD player.
• The analog recording was made using a connecting cord with an
attenuator.
, Use a connecting cord without an attenuator.
• Recording level is too small to record (when adjusting the
recording level manually).
, Pause the recorder and adjust the recording level (page 31).
• The recorder is connected to the computer.
, Disconnect the recorder from the computer when recording.
• The power sources was disconnected or a power outage occurred
during recording.
, The recording result is not recorded on the disc. Make
recording again.
• The premastered disc is inserted.
, Replace to the recordable disc.
• Recording may not be done if the remaining recordable time on the
disc is 48 seconds or less (“DISC FULL” appears).
, Replace the disc.
The lid does not open
after recording.
• The lid does not open until “SYSTEM FILE WRITING”
disappears in the display.
“TRACK FULL”
appears even before the
disc has reached the
maximum recording
time and the recording
cannot be done.
• This is due to the MiniDisc system limitation. When 2,047 tracks
(on a disc used in Hi-MD mode) have been recorded on the disc,
“TRACK FULL” appears regardless of the total recorded time.
More than 2,047 tracks cannot be recorded on the disc.
, To continue recording, erase unnecessary tracks.
The remaining
recording time does not
increase even after
erasing numerous short
tracks.
• This is due to the MiniDisc system limitation (in MD mode only).
Tracks of under 12 seconds (in SP mode), 24 seconds (in LP2
mode or monaural), or 48 seconds (in LP4 mode) in length are not
counted and so erasing them may not lead to an increase in the
recording time.
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Symptom
Cause/Remedy
The total recorded time • This is due to the MiniDisc system limitation (in MD mode only).
and the remaining time
Normally, recording is done in minimum units of approximately 2
on the disc may not total
seconds (in SP mode), 4 seconds (in LP2 mode or monaural), or 8
the maximum recording
seconds (in LP4 mode). When recording is stopped, the last unit of
time (60, 74, or 80
recording always uses this unit of 2 seconds, 4 seconds, or 8
minutes).
seconds even if the actual recording is shorter. Likewise, when
recording is restarted after the stop, the recorder will automatically
insert a blank space amounting to 2 seconds, 4 seconds, or 8
seconds before the next recording. (This is to prevent accidental
erasing of a previous track whenever a new recording is started).
Therefore, the actual recording time will decrease whenever a
recording is stopped by a maximum of 6 seconds, 12 seconds, or
24 seconds.
“TRACK FULL”
• This is due to the MiniDisc system limitation. Repeated recording
appears even before the
and erasing may cause fragmentation and scattering of data.
disc has reached the
Although those scattered data can be read, each fragment is
maximum track number
counted as a track. In this case, the number of tracks may reach
or recording time.
2,047 (on a disc used in Hi-MD mode) and further recording is not
possible.
, To continue recording, erase unnecessary tracks.
While playing
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
A disc is not played
normally.
• Repeat play is selected.
, Set the Repeat play to “RepeatOff” to change back to the
normal play (page 40).
• Playback mode is changed.
, Enter the Main play mode or Sub play mode to change back to
the normal play (page 36).
A disc is not played
from the first track.
• Disc playing stopped before it came to the last track.
, Press the 5-way control key (NENT) on the recorder for 2
seconds or more to start playing.
Playback sound skips.
• The recorder is placed where it receives continuous vibration.
, Put the recorder on a stable place.
• A very short track may cause sound to skip.
, Try not to create a short track.
Sound has a lot of static. • Strong magnetism from a television or such device is interfering
with operation.
, Move the recorder away from the source of strong magnetism.
The volume of the
recorded track is low.
• The track was recorded in analog mode (in digital mode, the
recording level is automatically set to the same level as that of the
sound source). Or you used a connecting cord with an attenuator.
, Use a correct connecting cord without an attenuator.
• The recording level was low.
, Adjust the recording level manually while recording (page 31).
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Symptom
Cause/Remedy
Volume cannot be
turned up.
• AVLS is on.
, Release AVLS settings (page 55).
No sound comes
• The headphones/earphones plug is not firmly connected.
through the headphones/ , Plug in the plug of the headphones/earphones firmly to i.
earphones.
• The plug is dirty.
, Clean the plug.
The disc cannot be
played on another
component
• The component does not support Hi-MD.
, Discs recorded on this recorder can be played only on
components that supports Hi-MD.
The edited tracks may
exhibit sound dropout
during search
operations.
• This occurs due to the MiniDisc system limitation. The
fragmentation of data may cause sound dropout while searching
because the tracks are played in higher speed than normal
playback.
There is no
• There is no R-channel output if the cassette deck or an amplifier is
R-channel sound output
connected with a monaural cord.
when playing a track
, Make sure to use a stereo connecting cord. If, however, the
recorded from a cassette
connected equipment is monaural, there will be no R-channel
deck or through an
sound output even with a stereo connecting cord.
amplifier, or when
listening to sound from
a cassette deck or
amplifier.
The recorder cannot
play MP3 tracks.
• You tried to play an MP3 track with a format not supported by this
recorder.
, This recorder only supports MP3 tracks (MPEG-1 Audio
Layer-3/Sampling frequency 44.1 kHz) that have been
transferred using the SonicStage software.
Momentary noise is
heard.
• Due to the special digital audio compression technology used in
LP4 mode, momentary noise may occur on very rare occasions
with certain sound sources.
While editing
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
“NotENOUGH
POWER TO EDIT”
appears and editing
cannot be done on a
1GB Hi-MD disc.
• Editing is not possible when using a 1GB Hi-MD disc even when
the battery level indication shows enough power remaining while
the recorder is stopped or playing. This is because of a mechanism
that disables editing when the remaining battery power is estimated
by the recorder to be insufficient due to the high power
consumption required for 1GB Hi-MD disc editing.
, Insert a new alkaline dry battery or connect the AC power
adaptor (not supplied) to the recorder.
The lid does not open.
• The recorder is saving the contents of an editing operation. The lid
will not open until “SYSTEM FILE WRITING” disappears from
the display.
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Symptom
Cause/Remedy
Editing cannot be done.
• The power source has been disconnected or a power outage has
occurred during editing.
, The editing done to that point is not saved to the disc. Do the
editing operation again.
Non-audio data cannot
be erased.
• Non-audio data cannot be erased with the Erase function.
, Confirm the contents by connecting the recorder to your
computer. If it is okay to delete the contents, then perform the
Format function (page 53).
Tracks cannot be
combined.
• This is due to the MiniDisc system limitations. When the tracks are
scattered and the length of each track is short*, you may not be
able to combine the tracks.
* Combining tracks of the following lengths may not be possible.
Hi-MD mode
Linear PCM: 9 seconds or less
Hi-SP: 8 seconds or less
Hi-LP: 32 seconds or less
MD mode
SP: 12 seconds or less
LP2/Monaural: 24 seconds or less
LP4: 48 seconds or less
• You cannot combine tracks recorded in different recording modes,
e.g., a track recorded in stereo and a track recorded in monaural;
nor can you combine a track recorded with digital connection and a
track recorded with analog connection.
The disc cannot edit on
other component.
• The component does not support Hi-MD.
, Edit on other component that support Hi-MD.
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While using group function
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
The group function
does not operate.
• While using a disc without group setting, an attempt was made to select
some group-related menu.
, Use a disc with group setting.
A new group cannot • This is due to the MiniDisc system limitations (in MD mode only).
be created.
Group information has been written to the area where the disc name is
stored. The disc name and track names are recorded in the same area,
which can store a maximum of approximately 1,700 characters. If the
total number exceeds this amount, it is impossible to make group
settings.
While the recorder is connected to the computer
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
The recorder is not
recognized by the
computer.
• The dedicated USB cable is not firmly connected.
, Connect the dedicated USB cable firmly to the recorder and the
computer.
• A USB hub is used.
, Connect the dedicated USB cable directly to the USB port of the
computer.
• Network communication has failed.
, Disconnect the dedicated USB cable, wait at least 2 seconds, and
then reconnect it. If the recorder is still not recognized, disconnect
the dedicated USB cable, restart the computer, and then connect the
dedicated USB cable again.
• When using Windows 2000 Professional, you turned on or restarted the
computer while the dedicated USB cable was connected, and then
disconnected it afterwards.
, Disconnect the dedicated USB cable, restart the computer, and then
reconnect the dedicated USB cable. This problem may be resolved
by updating your Windows operating system so that it contains all
the latest features.
Even though the
recorder is
recognized by the
computer, it does
not operate
normally.
• A USB hub is used.
, Connect the dedicated USB cable directly to the USB port of the
computer.
• You are using the recorder at a place with vibration.
, Use the recorder at a place with no vibration.
The recorder cannot • The SonicStage or MD Simple Burner software is active.
be used as a storage
, Close the SonicStage or MD Simple Burner software.
device.
• A disc which is not used in Hi-MD mode is inserted.
, Insert a disc used in Hi-MD mode. Only discs used in Hi-MD mode
can be used as a storage media.
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Symptom
Cause/Remedy
The playing time of This is due to a calculation discrepancy between the recorder and the
a transferred track is computer.
different from the
time that appears on
your computer
monitor.
You cannot transfer
tracks that will fill
up the remaining
recording time on
the disc.
• The minimum recordable time on a disc is normally 2 seconds in SP
mode, 4 seconds in LP2 mode, and 8 seconds in LP4 mode. When you
transfer a track from your computer, the recorder needs a 2-second (or
4- or 8-second) space for a track even if the track is under 2 seconds (or
4 or 8 seconds) in length. Also, the recorder inserts a 2-second (or 4 -or
8-second) space in between tracks during transfer operation. For this
reason, the recorder needs an additional 6 seconds (or 12 or 24
seconds) for each track. This reduces the maximum recording time for
each track by 6 seconds (or 12 or 24 seconds) during transfer operation
(in MD mode only).
The disc size
displayed on the
computer is not the
same as the disc
size printed on the
disc.
• The difference is due to the use of the binary system to indicate the disc
size on the computer and the decimal system to express the disc size on
the disc and other recording media. For details on the disc size, see
page 63.
You cannot operate
the recorder (“PC –
–MD” appears).
• You cannot operate the recorder while the recorder is connected to the
computer.
The lid does not
open.
• It happens if you disconnect the dedicated USB cable in the middle of a
data transfer, recording, or editing operation on the computer, but while
the dry alkaline battery is drained.
, Reconnect the dedicated USB cable or insert a new dry alkaline
battery into the recorder, and then press x.
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Others
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
“Advanced” or
“Simple” is
displayed.
• You attempted to do a menu operation for the first time after purchase
of the recorder (by pressing the MENU button for 2 seconds or more).
, Select the Menu mode (page 55).
Some menu items
• “Menu Mode” is set to “Simple”.
cannot be displayed.
, Set the “Menu Mode” to “Advanced” to display all the menu
items.
The recorder does
not work or works
poorly.
• The volume is low.
, Turn up the volume.
• No disc is inserted.
, Insert a recorded disc.
• The HOLD function is turned on (“HOLD” appears in the display
when you press an operation button on the recorder).
, On the recorder, disable HOLD by sliding the HOLD switch to the
opposite direction of the arrow (pages 15, 16).
• The lid is not firmly closed.
, Close the lid until it clicks. Then slide OPEN to open the lid.
• Moisture has condensed inside the recorder (for example, when the
recorder has been brought in from a cold place to a warm place).
, Take the disc out and leave the recorder in a warm place for several
hours until the moisture evaporates.
• The dry battery is weak (“LOW BATTERY” flashes or nothing
appears).
, Replace the dry battery with a new one.
• The disc is damaged or does not contain proper recording or editing
data.
, Reinsert the disc. Rerecord the disc. If the error message still
appears, replace it with another disc.
• There is a built-in malfunction in the system.
• While operating, the recorder received a mechanical shock, too much
static, abnormal power voltage caused by lightning, etc.
, Restart the operation as follows.
1 Disconnect all the power sources and the dedicated USB cable.
2 Leave the recorder for about 30 seconds.
3 Connect the power source.
The display window
is not normal.
• The recorder was disconnected from the power source.
, Let the recorder sit for a while, or disconnect the power source,
reconnect it, and then press any of the operation buttons.
The operation mode • When using a blank 60/74/80-minute standard disc in the recorder, the
of the blank 60/74/
operation mode set in the “Disc Mode” menu is applied.
80-minute standard
, Use the “Disc Mode” menu to change the operation mode as
disc differs from the
desired.
mode following
formatting or the
mode selected in the
SonicStage
software.
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Messages
If the following messages flash in the display window, check the chart below.
Message
Meaning/Remedy
AVLS NO
VOLUME
OPERATION
• AVLS is set to “AVLS On” and so the volume cannot rise higher.
, Set AVLS to “AVLS Off” (page 55).
BLANKDISC
• A disc with no recording on it is inserted.
BUSY WAIT A
MOMENT
• The recorder is accessing disc information.
• You tried to operate the recorder while it was accessing the recorded data.
, Wait until the message goes out (in rare cases, it may take a few
minutes).
CANNOT EDIT
• You selected, “
: Set”, “
: Release”, “Move”, or “Erase” while
recording.
• You tried to erase the track mark at the beginning of the first track or
group.
• You tried to erase a track mark to combine tracks the recorder cannot
combine (a track recorded in stereo and in mono, for example).
• You tried to overwrite a track marks.
• You tried to change a title that includes characters the recorder cannot
edit.
, Editing titles cannot be done if the title includes characters that
cannot be input on the recorder.
CANNOT PLAY
• You tried to play a track that is subject to play restrictions.
• You tried to play a MP3 track which format is not supported by this
recorder.
, This recorder only supports MP3 tracks (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3/
sampling frequency 44.1 kHz) that have been transferred using the
SonicStage software.
CANNOT
RECORD
• You tried to record on a disc that has already been recorded in MD mode.
, On this recorder, you cannot do additional recording on a disc that is
already recorded in MD mode. If you want to do additional recording
on such a disc, connect the recorder to a computer and use the
supplied software.
CANNOT
OPERATE
• You tried to press X or T MARK during synchro-recording.
CANNOT
RECORD OR
PLAY
• There is no audio data that can be played on the recorder.
• The audio data or disc management file has been damaged.
, Erase the whole disc (page 51) or perform the Format function
(page 53).
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Message
Meaning/Remedy
CANNOT SET
• You tried to make the “Time Mark” setting during synchro-recording.
• You selected “REC Level” while the recorder is not in recording-pause.
, Set “REC Level” while the recorder is in recording-pause.
• You tried to make the following settings while recording.
— Disc Memory
— Play mode
— Recording mode
— Selection of “
:REC” in menu
DATA SAVE
• The recorder is writing information to the system file, such as the
recorded data or editing information.
, Wait until the message disappears from the display.
DC IN TOO
HIGH
• Voltage of the power supply is too high (The recommanded optional AC
power adaptor is not used).
, Use the recommanded (optional) AC power adaptor.
DISC FULL
• Recording may not be done if the remaining recordable time on the disc
is 48 seconds or less.
, Replace the disc.
D-L READY
• MD Simple Burner is now ready to record an audio CD to the disc in the
recorder using Simple mode (see “Software Operation”).
EJECT DISC OK • The recorder has finished communicating with the computer and it is safe
to eject the disc from the recorder or disconnect the dedicated USB cable.
END
• The recorder reached to the end of the disc while playing or pressing
>.
ERROR
• There is an internal malfunction in the system.
, Restart the operation by doing steps 1 to 3 on page 75.
ERROR XX
• There is an internal malfunction in the system.
, Restart the operation by doing steps 1 to 3 on page 75. If the message
appears again, please consult your nearest Sony dealer.
FORMAT
ERROR DISC
• A disc with a format that the recorder does not support was inserted.
, Insert a disc used in Hi-MD mode.
• A disc formatted on the computer was inserted.
, When formatting a disc on the computer, make sure to use the
SonicStage software.
GROUP FULL
• You tried to create a 256th group on a disc used in Hi-MD mode or 100th
group on a disc used in MD mode.
, You can create only up to 255 groups (on a disc used in Hi-MD
mode) or 99 groups (on a disc used in MD mode) on a disc. Keep the
group number within 255 or 99.
HOLD
• The recorder is locked.
, Slide HOLD against the arrow to unlock the recorder (page 16).
LOW BATTERY
• Battery is weak.
, Replace the dry battery (page 16).
MEMORY
OVER
• You tried to record with the recorder placed where it receives continuous
vibration.
, Put the recorder on a stable place, and start recording again.
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Message
Meaning/Remedy
NO
BOOKMARK
TRACK
• You selected bookmark play without setting bookmarks.
, Set bookmarks (page 38).
NO DIGITAL
COPY
• You tried to make a copy from a disc that is protected by the Serial Copy
Management System. You cannot make copies from a digitally connected
source which was itself recorded using digital connection.
, Use analog connection instead (page 29).
NO DISC
• You tried to play or record with no disc in the recorder.
, Insert a disc.
NO DISC
MEMORY
• You tried to erase a setting in the Disc Memory on a disc that contains no
settings in the Disc Memory (page 56).
NO GROUP
• You tried to release a group setting with a disc that has no groups.
, Insert a disc with group settings.
• You selected “
: Erase” with a disc without group setting.
, You cannot erase groups with a disc with no groups.
NO INPUT
SIGNAL
• The recorder could not detect digital input signals.
, Make sure that the source is connected firmly (page 18).
NON GROUPED • You selected “
: Move” or “
: Erase”, or you tried to label a group
TRACK
while the recorder is stopped or while playing a track that does not
belong to a group.
, Select a track within a group you want to edit, and then do the editing
operation again.
NotENOUGH
POWER TO
EDIT
• You tried to edit the contents of a 1GB Hi-MD disc with insufficient
battery power for editing (page 71).
, Insert a new alkaline dry battery or connect the AC power adaptor
(not supplied) to the recorder.
NotENOUGH
POWER TO
REC
• You tried to record on a 1GB Hi-MD disc with insufficient battery power
for recording (page 68).
, Insert a new alkaline dry battery or connect the AC power adaptor
(not supplied) to the recorder.
NO TRACK
• You tried to play a disc with no recorded tracks.
, Insert a recorded disc.
NO TRACK IS
SELECTED
• You selected “
: Move” or “
: Erase”, or you tried to lable a track
without first selecting a track.
, Do the editing operation again after selecting the desired track first.
P/B ONLY DISC • You tried to record or edit on a premastered disc (P/B stands for
“playback”).
, Insert a recordable disc.
PC – –MD
• The recorder is connected to the computer.
PROTECTED
DISC
• You tried to record or edit on a disc with the tab in the record-protect
position.
, Slide the tab back (page 65).
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Message
Meaning/Remedy
PUSH STOP
BUTTON
• You tried to open the lid by sliding the OPEN switch or operate the
recorder while the recorder was storing disc information with the
dedicated USB cable connecting the recorder to a computer.
, Operation must be done only after pressing x and “SYSTEM FILE
WRITING” has disappeared from the display.
READ ERROR
• The recorder cannot read the disc information correctly.
, Reinsert the disc.
REC ERROR
• Recording was not correctly done.
, Place the recorder at a place with no vibrations and record again.
• The disc is soiled with an oil film or finger prints, is scratched, or is not a
standard disc.
, Try recording again with another disc.
SYSTEM FILE
WRITING
• The recorder is storing information (track start and end position) from the
memory to the disk.
, Wait until this process is completed. Do not expose the player to
physical shock, nor disrupt power supply.
TEMP OVER
REC STOP
• Heat has built up in the recorder.
, Let the recorder cool down.
TITLE FULL
• You tried to enter more than 200 letters to label a single track, group, or
disc.
• You tried to enter a total of more than approximately 55,000 letters (in
Hi-MD mode) or 1,700 letters (in MD mode) for titles.
TOC DATA
ERROR
• The recorder cannot read the disc information correctly.
, Insert another disc.
, If it is no problem to erase the entire disc, do so (page 51).
TRACK FULL
• You tried to record more than 2,047 tracks on a disc in Hi-MD mode.
, Erase unnecessary tracks (page 51).
TrkFromPC NO
EDIT
• You tried to combine or divide tracks that were transferred from the
computer.
, You cannot combine or divide transferred tracks.
• You tried to combine or divide tracks that were recorded in Hi-MD mode
using the MD Simple Burner software.
, You cannot combine or divide tracks recorded in Hi-MD mode with
the MD Simple Burner software.
TrkFromPC NO
REC
• You tried to record in the middle of a protected track that has been
transferred from the computer.
• You tried to record in the middle of a track that was recorded in Hi-MD
mode with the MD Simple Burner software.
, You cannot record new material in the middle of a protected track or
a track that was recorded in Hi-MD mode with the MD Simple
Burner software.
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Explanations
About Hi-MD
“Hi-MD” is a new MiniDisc format.
Incorporating the new ATRAC3plus audio compression technology, Hi-MD is a new recording format
that delivers longer recording times than ordinary MDs. Hi-MD discs can also be used as a computer
storage medium for non-audio data such as text and images. This recorder supports Hi-MD only.
For more details on Hi-MD, refer to the supplied flyer “What you can do with the Hi-MD Walkman”.
About ATRAC3plus
ATRAC3plus is an enhanced version of ATRAC3.
Compared to ATRAC3 (used in LP2 and LP4 recording mode of MiniDisc components), which attains
a compression ratio 10 times higher than that of a CD, ATRAC3plus (used in Hi-SP and Hi-LP mode of
the recorder) achieves a higher compression ratio that is 20 times higher than that of a CD, but with no
loss in sound quality.
“Hi-MD mode” and “MD mode”
This recorder has two operation modes, “Hi-MD mode” and “MD mode”. The operation mode is
automatically recognized whenever the disc is inserted.
• When using a 1GB Hi-MD disc, the operation mode will only be Hi-MD.
• When using a standard disc (60/74/80 minutes), the operation mode can be set as follows.
Disc condition
Operation mode
Blank disc
The mode set for the “Disc Mode” in the menu.1)
, When recording on this recorder without using a
computer, set “Disc Mode” to “Hi-MD” so that the
operation mode will be “Hi-MD mode”.
The disc contains material
recorded in Hi-MD mode
Hi-MD
The disc contains material
recorded in MD mode
MD
, You cannot use this recorder to record in MD mode
without using a computer. Recording in “MD mode” is
possible if you use the supplied software.
1) Refer
to “Selecting the disc mode (Disc Mode)” (page 58) for the “Disc Mode” setting.
About Linear PCM
Linear PCM is a digital, non-compressed audio coding system. You can enjoy high-quality sound equal
to that of CDs by recording in this mode.
The meaning of “no sound”
“No sound” describes a recorder condition in which the input level is about 4.8 mV during analog input
or less than –89 dB during optical (digital) input (with 0 dB as full bit (the maximum recordable level
for a MiniDisc)).
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About “System File”
The system file is space on the disc that is used to store information other than audio files; for instance,
track numbers.
If the MiniDisc were a book, the system file would correspond with the index or table of contents.
The recorder rewrites the system file whenever an operation such as recording, adding or deleting track
marks, or moving tracks has been done. (“SYSTEM FILE WRITING” appears in the display when the
recorder is rewriting the system file.) While the recorder is writing disc information, make sure not to
move or jog the recorder or disconnect the power source as this may cause the information to be
incorrectly recorded or the disc contents to be lost.
List of the recording time for each disc
When using a disc in Hi-MD mode
Recording time1)
When recording on the
recorder
Recording
Codec/
mode on
Bit rate
the recorder
1GB Hi-MD
disc
80-minute
standard
disc
74-minute
standard
disc
60-minute
standard
disc
PCM
Linear PCM/
1.4Mbps
1 hour and
34 minutes
28 minutes
26 minutes
21 minutes
Hi-SP
ATRAC3plus/
256kbps
7 hours and
55 minutes
2 hours and
20 minutes
2 hours and
10 minutes
1 hour and
40 minutes
Hi-LP
ATRAC3plus/
64kbps
34 hours
10 hours and
10 minutes
9 hours and
20 minutes
7 hours and
40 minutes
Recording time1)2)
When transferring from
the computer
Codec/Bit rate
1GB Hi-MD
disc
80-minute
standard
disc
74-minute
standard
disc
60-minute
standard
disc
Linear PCM/1.4Mbps
1 hour and
34 minutes
28 minutes
26 minutes
21 minutes
ATRAC3plus/256kbps
7 hours and
55 minutes
2 hours and
20 minutes
2 hours and
10 minutes
1 hour and
40 minutes
ATRAC3plus/64kbps
34 hours
10 hours and
10 minutes
9 hours and
20 minutes
7 hours and
40 minutes
ATRAC3plus/ 48 kbps
45 hours
13 hours and
30 minutes
12 hours and 10 hours
30 minutes
ATRAC3/132kbps
16 hours and
30 minutes
4 hours and
50 minutes
4 hours and
30 minutes
3 hours and
40 minutes
ATRAC3/105kbps
20 hours and
40 minutes
6 hours and
10 minutes
5 hours and
40 minutes
4 hours and
40 minutes
ATRAC3/66kbps
32 hours and
40 minutes
9 hours and
50 minutes
9 hours
7 hours and
20 minutes
MP3/128kbps
17 hours
5 hours
4 hours and
30 minutes
3 hours and
30 minutes
1) Approximate
2) When
time
transferring 4-minute tracks
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When using a disc in MD mode
You cannot record in MD mode on this recorder.
Recording time1)2)
When transferring from the
computer
Codec/Bit rate
80-minute
standard disc
74-minute
60-minute
standard disc standard disc
ATRAC(stereo)/292kbps
80 minutes
74 minutes
60 minutes
ATRAC3/132, 105kbps
2 hours and
40 minutes
2 hours and
28 minutes
2 hours
ATRAC3/66kbps
5 hours and
20 minutes
4 hours and
56 minutes
4 hours
1) Approximate
2) When
time
transferring 4-minute tracks
About recordable audio format
Audio formats that can be recorded on this recorder vary according to the disc type and recording
method. Check the following table for details.
Disc type
Recording
method
Format
Component used for playback
Component
that supports
Hi-MD1)
1GB Hi-MD
disc
Components
that supports
MDLP2)
MD
component
When recording on Hi-MD
the recorder
When transferring
from the computer
Hi-MD
60/74/80- minute When recording on Hi-MD
standard disc
the recorder
When transferring
from the computer
Hi-MD
MDLP
MD
1) Audio
2) Audio
components marked with the
components marked only with the
or
or
logo mark
logo mark
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Note on digital recording
This recorder uses the Serial Copy Management System, which allows only first-generation digital
copies to be made from premastered software. You can only make copies from a home-recorded disc by
using the analog (line out) connections.
Premastered software such as CDs or MDs.
Microphone, record player, tuner, etc. (with
analog output jacks).
Analog recording
Digital recording
Home-recorded disc
Homerecorded
disc
No
digital
recording
Recordable
disc
Digital recording
Recordable
disc
No
digital
recording
Recordable
disc
Restrictions on the editing of tracks transferred from your
computer
This unit was designed so that editing functions (i.e., adding track marks and erasing track
marks) do not function for tracks that have been transferred from your computer. This is to
prevent the loss of transfer authorization by the transferred tracks. To edit these tracks, first
transfer them into the computer, and then edit them on the computer.
About the DSP TYPE-S for ATRAC/ATRAC3
This recorder supports DSP TYPE-S, a specification for high-level Sony MiniDisc decks
equipped with digital signal processors (DSP). This specification allows the recorder to produce
high-quality sound from tracks recorded in MDLP mode. Since it retains DSP TYPE-R support,
the recorder produces superior results during playback in SP (normal stereo) mode.
Suppressing the skips of the sound (G-PROTECTION)
The G-PROTECTION function was developed to provide a higher level of shock resistance than
that of existing players.
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Difference between digital (optical) and analog (line) inputs
The input jack of this recorder works as both digital and analog input jacks. Connect the
recorder to a CD player or a cassette recorder using either digital (optical) input or analog
(line) input. To record, see “Recording a disc right away!” (page 18) to record using digital
(optical) input, and “Recording from a TV or radio (Analog Recording)” (page 29) to
record using analog (line) input.
Difference
Digital (optical) input
Analog (line) input
Connectable
source
Equipment with a digital (optical) output
jack (CD player, DVD player, etc.)
Equipment with an analog (line)
output jack (Casette deck, radio,
record player, etc.)
Usable cord
Optical cable (with an optical or an
optical-mini plug) (page 18)
Line cable (with 2 phono plugs or a
stereo-mini plug) (page 29)
Signal from
the source
Digital
Analog
Even when a digital source (such as
a CD) is connected, the signal sent
to the recorder is analog.
Track marks1) Marked (copied) automatically
• at the same positions as the source
(when the sound source is a CD or an
MD).
• after more than 2 seconds of no sound
(page 80) or low-level segment (with a
sound source other than a CD or an
MD).
• when the recorder is paused (3 seconds
of no sound is encountered while
synchro-recording)
Marked automatically
• after more than 2 seconds of no
sound (page 80) or low-level
segment.
• when the recorder is paused while
recording.
Recorded
sound level
Adjusted automatically. Can also
be adjusted manually (“Adjusting
the recording level manually”,
page 31).
1) You
Same as the source.
Can also be adjusted manually (Digital
REC level control) (“Adjusting the
recording level manually”, page 31).
can erase unnecessary marks after recording. (“Combining tracks (Combine)”, page 52).
Note
Track marks may be copied incorrectly:
• when you record from some CD players or multi disc players using digital (optical) input.
• when the source is in shuffle or program play mode while recording using digital (optical) input. In
this case, play the source in normal play mode.
• when programs with audio that is digitally broadcast (e.g., digital TV) are recorded through the digital
(optical) input.
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What you can do with SonicStage/
MD Simple Burner
What you can do with SonicStage
SonicStage allows you to import audio data to your computer from music sources such as
audio CDs and the Internet, and then transfer the audio data stored in your computer to an
MD.
Audio CD
MD Walkman
Import
Internet
Transfer
Music files in the
MP3,WAV, and
WMA* formats
∗ Copyright-protected WMA files cannot be transferred.
What you can do with MD Simple Burner
MD Simple Burner allows you to record music tracks from an audio CD in the CD drive of
your computer to an MD Walkman, without first recording the music tracks to the
computer.
MD Walkman
Audio CD
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Basic operational flow using an MD Walkman
SonicStage
MD Simple Burner
Providing the required system environment (page 88)
Installing the software onto your computer (page 89)
Connecting an MD
walkman to your computer
(see page 60 on “Recorder
Operation”)
Connecting an MD
walkman to your
computer (see page 60
on “Recorder Operation”)
Recording music tracks
from an audio CD in the
CD drive of your
computer (page 104)
Software Operation
Importing audio data to
your computer (page 91)
Transferring audio data
from your computer
(page 93)
Listening to an MD
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Installing
Providing the required system environment
System requirements
The following system environment is required in order to use the SonicStage Ver. 3.0/MD
Simple Burner Ver. 2.0 software for the MD Walkman.
Computer
IBM PC/AT or Compatible
• CPU: Pentium III 450 MHz or higher
• Hard disk drive space: 200 MB or more (1.5 GB or more is
recommended) (The amount space will vary according to Windows
version and the number of music files stored on the hard disk.)
• RAM: 128 MB or more
Others
• CD drive (capable of digital playback by WDM) (A CD-R/RW drive
is necessary for CD writing)
• Sound Board
• USB port
Operating
System
Factory installed:
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/
Windows Millennium Edition/Windows 98 Second Edition
Display
High Color (16bit) or higher, 800 × 600 dots or better (1024 × 768 dots
or better is recommended)
Others
• Internet access: for Web registration, EMD services and CDDB
• Windows Media Player (version 7.0 or higher) installed for playing
WMA files
This software is not supported by the following environments:
• OSs other than the indicated above
• Personally constructed PCs or operating systems
• An environment that is an upgrade of the original manufacturer-installed operating system
• Multi-boot environment
• Multi-monitor environment
• Macintosh
Notes
• We do not ensure trouble-free operation on all computers that satisfy the system requirements.
• The NTFS format of Windows XP/Windows 2000 Professional can be used only with the standard
(factory) settings.
• For Windows 2000 Professional users, install Service Pack 3 or later version before using the
software.
• We do not ensure trouble-free operation of the system suspend, sleep, or hibernation function on all
computers.
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Installing the software onto your computer
Before installing the software
• Make sure to close any virus-check software, as such software usually demands a large
amount of system resources.
• When you use the MD Walkman, make sure to install the software with the supplied CDROM.
— If OpenMG Jukebox, SonicStage or Net MD Simple Burner is installed already, the
previous software will be overwritten by the new version. The new version retains the
functions of the older version, but with new functions added.
— If SonicStage Premium or SonicStage Simple Burner is installed already, the previous
software will co-exist with the new version.
— You will still be able to use music data registered by an older software version even
after SonicStage has been installed. As a precaution, we recommend that you back up
your music data. To back up the data, refer to [Backing Up My Library] on SonicStage
Help.
The method for managing music data differs in part from conventional methods. For
details, refer to [For Users of Earlier Versions of SonicStage] in SonicStage Help.
• If the MD Walkman is connected to the computer with the USB cable, make sure to
disconnect the USB cable first before installing the software.
1
Turn on your computer and start up Windows.
2
Insert the supplied CD-ROM into the CD drive of your computer.
The setup program starts up automatically and the installation window appears.
3
When the [Region Selection] screen appears, select the region where the
SonicStage software will be used, and then click [Next].
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Click [Install SonicStage and MD Simple Burner] and then follow the
displayed instructions.
Click [Install SonicStage and MD Simple
Burner]
Read the instructions carefully.
Depending on your region, the buttons other than [Install SonicStage and MD Simple
Burner] may differ from those in the illustration above.
The installation may take 20 to 30 minutes, depending on your system environment.
Make sure to restart your computer only after the installation is completed.
Was the installation successful?
If any trouble occurs during the installation, see “Troubleshooting” (page 110).
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Using SonicStage
Importing audio data
This section explains how to record and store audio data from an audio CD to My Library
of SonicStage on the hard disk drive of your computer. You can also assign cover art for
imported albums.
You can record or import music from other sources such as the Internet and your
computer’s hard disk. Refer to SonicStage Help for details.
Notes
• Only audio CDs with a
mark can be used with SonicStage.
• We do not guarantee normal operation in the case of the copy-controlled CDs.
Playback
control
section
[
Music Source]
Cover art
display
[CD Info]
[Settings]
1
Start up SonicStage.
Select [Start] – [All Programs]*– [SonicStage] – [SonicStage].
∗[Programs] in the case of Windows 2000 Professional/Windows Millennium Edition/Windows 98
Second Edition
SonicStage starts up and the main window appears.
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You can also start SonicStage with double click
2
([SonicStage] icon) on the desktop.
Insert the audio CD that you want to record into the CD drive of your
computer.
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Point to [ Music Source] on the upper-left side of the screen and click
[Import a CD].
The screen switches to the “Music Source” (Importing CD) screen and all the tracks on
the audio CD are listed.
4
If necessary, click
to uncheck tracks you do not want to record.
If you unchecked a box by mistake, click it again to restore the check.
To check all boxes, click .
To uncheck all boxes, click .
5
If necessary, change the format and bit rate for audio CD recording.
When you click [Settings] on the right side of the screen, “CD Importing Format”
dialog box will appear. The dialog box will ask you to select the format and bit rate for
recording an audio CD.
6
Click
.
The recording of the tracks selected in step 4 starts.
To stop recording
Click
.
To assign cover art for imported albums
Find the desired image file (jpg, gif, bmp file) using Windows Explorer and drag it to the
cover art display in the playback control section.
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If CD information such as album title, artist name, and track names could not be obtained
automatically, click [CD Info] on the right side of the screen. When you do this, your computer must be
connected to the Internet.
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Transferring audio data from your computer to the
MD Walkman
Audio data stored in My Library of SonicStage can be transferred to your MD Walkman an
infinite number of times.
[Transfer
]
The My Library
list
[Settings]
1
Insert a disc into the MD Walkman and connect the MD Walkman to your
computer.
Use the supplied MD Walkman-dedicated USB cable to connect the MD Walkman to
your computer.
For details about connections, see page 60 on “Recorder Operation”.
Do not disconnect the power source or the dedicated USB cable before the transfer has
completed.
2
Point to [Transfer
or [Net MD].
] on the upper-right side of the screen and click [Hi-MD]
The screen is switched to the transfer (Hi-MD or Net MD) screen.
3
Click the tracks you want to transfer in the My Library list on the left side of
the screen.
To transfer more than one track, hold down the [Ctrl] key while selecting the tracks.
To transfer all tracks of the album, click the album.
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If necessary, change the transfer mode.
As the default setting, tracks in the OpenMG (PCM/ATRAC3/ATRAC3plus) format
will be transferred in the same format and bit rate (normal transfer).
If the device connected to the computer does not support the above format, the format
and bit rate will be converted to those of the device. In some case, this process may
take time.
If you want to change the format and bit rate, click [Settings] in the center of the screen
to display “Transfer Mode Settings” dialog box.
5
Click
.
Transfer of the tracks selected in step 3 begins.
To stop transferring
Click
.
To play a disc on a Net MD device that does not support Hi-MD
If you want to play the transferred tracks on a Net MD Walkman that does not support HiMD, select [Net MD] for the mode (operation mode) on the right side of the screen after
step 2. This operation mode can be selected only when using a 60/74/80-minute standard
disc in Hi-MD mode for recording.
Notes
• A transfer will fail and an error message will appear in the following cases:
—When there is no enough free space on the disc.
—When the track is subject to playback restrictions.
• During the transfer, the system suspend, sleep, or hibernation function will not operate.
• Depending on the type of the text and number of characters, the text entered by SonicStage may not be
displayed on the connected MD Walkman. This is due to the limitations of the connected MD
Walkman.
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If you are using a camera-equipped Hi-MD Walkman in Hi-MD mode, whenever you select an album
for which album art has been registered, the cover art is transferred to the Hi-MD Walkman along with
the album. Cover art is not be transferred in the case of individual tracks.
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Transferring back audio data from the MD Walkman
to your computer
[Transfer
The My Library
list
]
List of tracks on
the MD
Transferring from the MD Walkman back to your computer
Audio data that has been transferred from your computer and stored on the MD can be
transferred back to My Library of SonicStage on your computer.
1
Insert a disc into the MD Walkman and connect the MD Walkman to your
computer.
Use the supplied dedicated USB cable for the MD Walkman to connect the MD
Walkman to your computer.
For details about connections, see page 60 on “Recorder Operation”.
Do not disconnect the power source or the dedicated USB cable before the transfer has
completed.
2
Point to [Transfer
or [Net MD].
] on the upper-right side of the screen and click [Hi-MD]
The screen is switched to the transfer (Hi-MD or Net MD) screen.
3
In the list on the right side of the screen (Hi-MD or Net MD), click to select
the tracks you want to transfer to your computer.
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Click
in the middle of the screen.
The transferring of the tracks selected in step 3 starts.
To stop transferring
Click
.
To import cover art set using a camera-equipped Hi-MD Walkman
to My Library
If you are using a camera-equipped Hi-MD Walkman in Hi-MD mode, you can modify the cover art for
any group transferred from My Library, as well as register the covet art for another group. The
following two ways can be used to import the cover art to My Library.
• Insert the disc with the updated cover art, and then press the [
Auto Import] button on the bottomright side of the screen.
The cover art in My Library is automatically updated.
• Select the group for which you want to import the cover art by clicking it on the right side (Hi-MD
side) of the display, select [Import Cover Art] from the right-click menu, and then select the album for
which you want to add the cover art from the “Select an Album” dialog box.
Note
Tracks transferred to the MD Walkman from another computer cannot be transferred back to My
Library on your computer.
Importing tracks recorded on a Hi-MD Walkman* to your
computer
Tracks that have been recorded on a Hi-MD Walkman* can be imported to My Library of
SonicStage on your computer only once.
∗ Only tracks recorded in Hi-MD mode
1
Insert recordable disc into the Hi-MD Walkman and connect the Hi-MD
Walkman to your computer.
2
Point to [Transfer
] on the upper-right side of the screen and click [Hi-MD].
The screen is switched to the transfer (Hi-MD) screen.
3
Click the tracks you want to transfer in the Hi-MD list on the right side of the
screen.
To transfer more than one track, hold down the [Ctrl] key while selecting the tracks.
To transfer all tracks of the group, click the group.
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Click
in the middle of the screen.
The “Import” dialog box appears.
5
Click [Yes].
The importing of the tracks selected in step 3 starts.
To stop importing
Click
.
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When tracks recorded in analog are included on a Hi-MD, a dialog box appears confirming whether to
save those tracks in WAV format. To save the tracks as WAV format music files, select the check box
next to “Save in WAV format when importing”, click Browse button and specify a destination folder as
necessary, and click the [OK] button.
Note
Notes
• You cannot import tracks that were recorded in a Net MD mode (MD mode) to your computer, or
tracks that have been recorded on a device that does not support Hi-MD mode.
• Before importing tracks recorded on the Hi-MD Walkman to the computer, click [Settings] in the
middle of the screen to display “Transfer Mode Settings” dialog box, and then confirm the status of
the [Import settings] check box (it is checked by default) in [Advanced...]. Then do as follows:
— To import tracks to My Library while deleting them on the Hi-MD Walkman, uncheck the box.
— To import tracks to My Library while leaving the copy of them on the Hi-MD Walkman, check the
box. Tracks left on the Hi-MD Walkman are treated the same as tracks that have been automatically
transferred from the computer. For this reason, they cannot be divided or combined on the Hi-MD
Walkman.
• When you transfer tracks recorded in linear PCM on the Hi-MD Walkman to a computer for editing
(dividing or combining) in My Library, the editing may take a long time, depending on the length of
the tracks and capabilities of your computer. This is due to limitations in the MiniDisc system. If you
want to edit long tracks recorded in linear PCM, we recommend that you do the editing on the Hi-MD
Walkman first, and then transfer the edited data to a computer afterwards.
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Writing audio data to a CD-R/CD-RW disc
You can write tracks in My Library of SonicStage to a CD-R/CD-RW disc. Analog tracks
recorded on a Hi-MD device and imported to My Library can be written to and enjoyed on
a CD-R/CD-RW. The number of times data can be written may be limited due to copyright
restrictions.
[Transfer
]
Operation Status
Display
The My Library list
The tentative list
of items to be
written to the
CD-R/CD-RW
disc
1
Point to [Transfer ] on the upper-right side of the screen, and then select the
type of CD to be created.
To create an audio CD, select [Create an Audio CD]. To create an ATRAC CD, select
[Create an ATRAC CD]. To create an MP3 CD, select [Create an MP3 CD].
ATRAC CDs can be played only on devices that support ATRAC CDs. MP3 CDs can
be played only on devices that support MP3 CDs.
2
Insert a blank CD-R/CD-RW disc into the disc drive of your computer.
Use a CD-R/CD-RW with a recording capacity of 650MB or 700MB. Data may not be
correctly written if a disc of another capacity is used.
3
Select the albums or tracks to be written to the CD-R/CD-RW disc by clicking
them in the My Library list on the left side of the screen.
By double-clicking an album, you can see a list of the tracks on the album and select
the tracks you want.
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Click
in the middle of the screen.
The selected albums or tracks appear on the right side of the screen (the CD-R/CDRW) as a tentative list of items to be written.
5
Click
in the right of the screen.
The “Writing Settings” dialog box appears allowing you to set options for writing.
6
Click [OK].
Writing to the disc begins.
A message appears when writing has completed.
7
Click [OK].
The disc is automatically ejected, and the screen returns to the Transfer (CD Creation)
screen.
To cancel track writing
1 Click
in the Operation Status Display while tracks are being written to the disc.
Writing to the disc is canceled and a message appears.
2 Click [OK].
The disc is automatically ejected, and the screen returns to the Transfer (CD Creation) screen.
Note
Notes
• Only tracks in MP3 format can be written to an MP3 CD.
• Tracks that have been digitally recorded on a Hi-MD device and then imported to SonicStage cannot
be written to an audio CD. However, analog tracks recorded on a Hi-MD device can be written to a
CD.
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Using SonicStage Help
SonicStage Help provides further details on how to use SonicStage. SonicStage Help
allows you to search easily for information from a list of operations, such as “Importing
Tracks” or “Transferring Tracks”, or from large list of keywords, or by typing in words that
might lead you to the appropriate explanations.
To display SonicStage Help
Click [Help] – [SonicStage Help] while SonicStage is running.
[SonicStage Help]
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You can display SonicStage Help by selecting the following:
[Start] – [All Programs]*– [SonicStage] – [SonicStage Help].
∗ [Programs] in the case of Windows 2000 Professional/Windows Millennium Edition/Windows 98
Second Edition
Notes
• In SonicStage Help, “Device/Media” is the general term for the external device such as the MD
Walkman, the Network Walkman, and the CD Walkman.
• Follow the instructions of your internet provider regarding such things as recommended system
environment when using EMD services.
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Understanding SonicStage Help
The left side frame
The right side frame
1 Double click [Overview] in the left-side frame.
2 Click [About This Help File].
The explanation will appear in the right-side frame.
3 Read the text.
Scroll the display if necessary.
Click underlined words to jump to their explanations.
Searching for a word inside an explanation
[Search]
“Type in the keyword
to find” text box
List Topics
The list of the words
that you searched
An explanations
of the selected
item
[Display]
1 Click [Search] to open the “Search” window.
2 Type in the words.
3 Click [List Topics].
A list of the words that were searched is displayed.
4 Click to select the desired item among those displayed.
5 Click [Display].
An explanation of the selected item is displayed.
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Referring to SonicStage Help
Click [Contents] on the left side of the Help window to view a list of items for each
operation. Click on any items for details.
Importing audio data to the computer
To
SonicStage Help
Import audio data from the
Internet
[Importing Tracks] – [Purchasing Tracks from a Music
Service Site]
Import audio files on the
computer in SonicStage
[Importing Tracks] – [Importing Music Files]
Listening to audio data on the computer
To
SonicStage Help
Listen to audio data from the
CD drive or My Library
[Music Playback] – [Playing Back an Audio CD] or
[Playing Back a Track in My Library]
Listen to audio data on the MD [Music Playback] – [Playing Back a Track on a Device/
Media]
Walkman connected to the
computer
Managing and editing imported tracks
To
SonicStage Help
Change information related to
CD information downloading
[Changing SonicStage Settings] – [Changing Settings
for the CD Drive]
Edit an album
Delete the tracks
[Managing Tracks and Albums] – [Creating/Editing
Albums]
Change the destination directly [Changing SonicStage Settings] – [Changing the
for track storage
Location for Saving Imported Files]
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Backing up audio data
We recommend that you back up your music data as a precaution against hard disk crashes
or computer replacement.
To
SonicStage Help
Back up audio data in My
Library
[Backing Up My Library] – [Backing Up Data to a
Disk]
Look up about SonicStage
backup
[Backing Up My Library] – [FAQ-About SonicStage
Backup Tool]
Troubleshooting
To
SonicStage Help
Look up troubleshooting
procedure
[Additional Information] – [Troubleshooting]
When you want to know
To
SonicStage Help
Look up unknown words
[Additional Information] – [Glossary]
Look up the kinds of audio data [Overview] – [Content Handled Within SonicStage]
that can be managed by
SonicStage
Look up the kinds of functions
that can be used with
SonicStage
[Overview] – [Features]
Look up changes since an
earlier version
[For Users of Earlier Versions of SonicStage] –
[Differences from Earlier Versions]
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Using MD Simple Burner
Before using MD Simple Burner
MD Simple Burner allows you to record music tracks from an audio CD in the CD drive of
your computer to the MD Walkman.
There are two ways to record from an audio CD.
• Simple mode (page 105)
You can use MD Walkman operations to record an entire CD or only the first track
without launching MD Simple Burner.
• Standard mode (page 106)
You can launch MD Simple Burner to record using computer operations. Record an entire
CD or selected tracks.
Notes
• You cannot record in simple mode while the MD Simple Burner in standard mode or OpenMG
software (SonicStage, OpenMG Jukebox, etc.) is active.
• Only audio CDs with a
mark can be used with MD Simple Burner.
• We do not guarantee normal operation in the case of the copy-controlled CDs.
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Recording using MD Walkman operations (Simple mode)
1
Insert a recordable disc into the MD Walkman and then connect the MD
Walkman to the computer.
For details about connections, see page 60 on “Recorder Operation” section.
Do not disconnect the power source or the dedicated USB cable before the transfer has
completed.
2
Insert the audio CD that you want to record into the CD drive of your
computer.
The CDDB registration window appears when you use the CDDB for the first time.
You need to connect the computer to the Internet in order to use the CDDB.
3
Press the jog dial (N ENT) while pressing REC (+B)/T MARK on the MD
Walkman.
The recording starts.
All tracks on the CD are recorded as a new group.
To stop recording
Click
on the computer display.
While the first track is being recorded, you can use x (stop) button to stop on the MD
Walkman.
Setting the recording mode
Before starting recording, right-click the
MD Simple Burner icon in the task tray, and
then select in [recording mode].
• [Net MD]: [LP2] or [LP4]
• [Hi-MD]: [PCM], [Hi-SP], [Hi-LP], or [48kbps]
Recording first track only
Before starting recording, right-click the
MD Simple Burner icon in the task tray, and
then select [Recording settings] – [Record 1st Track Only].
Setting when the CDDB has more than one item of information
Right-click the
MD Simple Burner icon in the task tray, and then select the setting by
clicking [CDDB(r)] – [Multiple Matches].
— [User Selection]: A selection window is displayed
— [No Resolve]: No CD information is downloaded
— [First Choice]: The first item is downloaded
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Recording by computer operations (Standard mode)
To start MD Simple Burner, click [Start] – [All Programs]* – [MD Simple Burner] – [MD
Simple Burner].
∗ [Programs] in the case of Windows 2000 Professional/Windows Millennium Edition/Windows 98
Second Edition
z
There are other ways to start up MD Simple Burner as follows:
• Double-click the
MD Simple Burner icon in the task tray, or right-click and select [Show
Standard Mode].
• Double-click the
MD Simple Burner shortcut icon on the desktop.
The window for recording all tracks on the CD
[REC/STOP]
To start recording all tracks on the CD as
a new group, click here.
To stop recording, click [STOP].
Total time of the
selected tracks of CD
CD icon
Album name (CD)
Artist name (CD)
[Open]
To open the display
as shown on page
107, click here.
MD icon
Disc name (MD)
Remaining
recording time of
the inserted MD
Recording mode drop down menu
Net MD: LP2/LP4
Hi-MD: PCM/Hi-SP/Hi-LP/48kbps
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The window for recording selected tracks from an audio CD
[CONFIG]
Click here to do the following:
-Set the CD-ROM drive
-View version information for MD Simple Burner
-Confirm CD information registered in the CDDB
Track information
(CD)
Artist name
Total time of the
selected tracks of CD
Album Title
[Get CD Info]
Information of an audio CD
(album name, track title,
etc.) will be reflected in the
track list.
[REC/
STOP]
Track information (MD)
You can change the
Disc name track name and track
(MD)
number
[New Group]
Recording mode
drop down menu
[Close]
To close the display as shown
on page 106, click here.
CD operating section
Use these controls to confirm the tracks on audio CD to
be recorded
To deselect all tracks, click here.
To select all tracks, click here.
Check boxes
Check the box of the tracks
that you want to record
[Erase]
[All Erase]
Remaining time of the inserted MD
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Other information
Uninstalling SonicStage/MD Simple Burner
To uninstall SonicStage/MD Simple Burner, follow the procedures below.
1
Click [Start]–[Control Panel]*.
∗ [Settings]–[Control Panel] in the case of Windows 2000 Professional/Windows Millennium
Edition/Windows 98 Second Edition
2
Double-click [Add/Remove Programs].
3
Click [SonicStage 3.0.xx] or [MD Simple Burner 2.0.xx] in the “Currently
Installed Programs” list, and then click [Change and Remove]*.
Follow the displayed instruction and restart your computer. The uninstallation is
completed when the computer has restarted.
∗ [Change/Remove] in the case of Windows 2000 Professional, [Add/Remove] in the case of
Windows Millennium Edition/Windows 98 Second Edition
Note
When you install SonicStage Ver. 3.0/MD Simple Burner Ver. 2.0, OpenMG Secure Module 4.1 is
installed at the same time. Do not delete OpenMG Secure Module 4.1 since it may be used by other
software.
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On copyright protection
The OpenMG technology allows you to enjoy digital music, while maintaining the
copyrights of its holders.
Restrictions on audio content
High-quality digital audio content is widely available through music distribution services
on the Internet. To protect the copyrights of its holders from unauthorized distribution,
some audio content is distributed with certain restrictions on recording and playback. For
example, the playback period or playback count for the data may be limited.
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Troubleshooting
Please refer to the following steps if you encounter a problem while using SonicStage/MD
Simple Burner.
1 Check the symptoms in this “Troubleshooting” section.
2 Check the symptoms in SonicStage Help when you use SonicStage.
3 If the problem cannot be solved after checking the above references, check the
following table and then consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Computer
• Manufacturer:
• Model:
• Type: Desktop type / Laptop type
Name of operating system:
RAM capacity:
Hard disk drive (containing SonicStage/MD Simple Burner and audio data)
• Capacity of the drive:
• Free space:
Version of the software
• SonicStage Ver. 3.01)
• MD Simple Burner Ver. 2.02)
Error Message (if one appear):
If an externally connected CD-ROM drive is used
• Manufacturer:
• Model:
• Type: CD-ROM / CD-R/RW / DVD-ROM / Other (
)
• Type of connection to the computer: PC card / USB / IEEE1394 / Other (
)
If another device with USB connection is used
• Name of the device (or devices):
1)
2)
To check the SonicStage software version, go to [Help] – [About SonicStage] in the SonicStage
window.
To check the MD Simple Burner software version, go to [CONFIG] – [Version] in the MD Simple
Burner window.
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The software cannot be installed onto your computer
Problem
Cause/Remedy
The installation was not
successful.
You are using an OS that does not support this software.
tSee page 88 for more details.
All windows applications are not closed.
tIf you start the installation while other programs are
running, a malfunction may occur. This is especially
true for programs that require large amounts of
system resources, such as virus-check software.
There is not enough hard disk space on your hard disk.
tYou need 200MB or more free space on your hard
disk.
The installation appears to have Check for the appearance of an error message beneath
the installation window.
stopped before it has
completed.
tPress the [Tab] key while holding down the [Alt]
key. If an error message has appeared, press the
[Enter] key. The installation will resume. If there is
no message, the installation is still in progress. Wait
a little while longer.
The progress bar on the display The installation is progressing normally.
is not moving. The access lamp tPlease wait.
has not lit for a few minutes.
The installation may take 30 minutes or more,
depending on your CD drive or system environment.
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Using a MD Walkman connected to the computer
Problem
Cause/Remedy
Your computer does not
recognize the MD Walkman.
The MD Walkman is not firmly connected with the
supplied dedicated USB cable to the computer.
tReconnect the MD Walkman to the computer firmly.
tRemove and reconnect the MD Walkman. If the
computer still does not recognize the MD Walkman,
disconnect the cable, restart the computer, and then
make the connection again.
A disc is not inserted in the MD Walkman.
tCheck if a disc is inserted in the MD Walkman.
The Net MD driver is not be installed.
tInstall the SonicStage/MD Simple Burner software
using the supplied CD-ROM.
The software installation failed.
tDisconnect the connected device and install the
software again using the supplied CD-ROM.
The supplied dedicated USB cable is disconnected.
tConnect the supplied dedicated USB cable firmly.
The connections are made through a USB hub.
tOperations are not guaranteed for USB-hub
connections. Connect the MD Walkman directly to
the USB connector on the computer.
Even though the dedicated
USB cable is used to connect
the MD Walkman to the
computer, the display on the
MD Walkman does not indicate
it is connected.
It takes time to recognize SonicStage.
tPlease wait.
The other application software is running.
tReconnect the supplied dedicated USB cable after a
while. If the computer still does not recognize the
MD Walkman, disconnect the MD Walkman, restart
the computer, and connect the dedicated USB cable
again.
Even though your computer
recognize the MD Walkman, it
does not operate normally.
The supplied dedicated USB cable is disconnected.
tConnect the supplied dedicated USB cable firmly.
The connections are made through a USB hub.
tOperations are not guaranteed for USB-hub
connections. Connect the MD Walkman directly to
the USB connector on the computer.
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Index
A
G
A-B Repeat 39
Accessories
optional 67
supplied 12
ATRAC3plus 80
AVLS 55
G-PROTECTION 83
Group
erasing 51
recording 33
releasing 48
setting 47
B
Battery
battery life 17
BEEP 56
Bookmark 38
C
CD drive 88
CDDB 88, 105
CD-R/RW drive 88
CD-ROM 89
Character palette 44
Clamp filter 13
Cleaning 64
Combining tracks 52
Computer 60
Connecting 105
analog 29
digital 18
Contrast 58
Copyright protection 109
D
Data storage 62
Disc memory 56
Disc Mode 58
Divide 52
DSP TYPE-S 83
E
EMD service 88
Erasing 51
H
Hard disk
free space 88
Hi-MD 80
HOLD 15, 16
I
Importing 91
Installing 88
L
Labeling 45
Linear PCM 80
M
MD Simple Burner 104
Menu list 25
Menu Mode 55
Move
groups 50
tracks 49
My Library 91
O
OpenMG Secure Module 4.1 108
Operation mode 19
P
Play mode
Main Play Mode 36
Repeat Play 40
Sub Play mode 39
Q
Quick mode 57
F
Format 53
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Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 88
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 88
Windows XP Professional 88
WMA 86, 88
R
Recording
analog 29
digital 18
level 31
recording mode 30
Synchro-recording 34
time 81
Recording mode 105
Recording mode (Bit rate) 92
Relabeling 46
S
Search 40
Simple mode 105
SonicStage 91
SonicStage Help 100
Start (software)
MD Simple Burner 106
SonicStage 91
Storage space 63
System environment 88
System limitations 88
T
Time Mark 32
Title Input 43
Track mark
Add (Divide) 32, 52
Erase (Combine) 52
Track search 40
Transferring
to the MD Walkman 93
to your computer 95
U
Uninstalling 108
USB bus power 60
USB cable 12, 60
USB port 88
W
WAV 97
Windows 2000 Professional 88, 91, 100,
106, 108
Windows 98 Second Edition 88, 91, 100,
106, 108
Windows Millennium Edition 88, 91, 100,
106, 108
Windows XP Home Edition 88
Windows XP Media Center Edition 88
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