Quick Guide
This Quick Guide is provided as a simple explanation of how to operate some of the
features equipped on your Mazda MX-5.
Essential Safety Equipment
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Before Driving
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When Driving
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Interior Features
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Maintenance and Care
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If Trouble Arises
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The meaning for each of the symbols used in the Quick Guide is as follows:
Detailed explanation pertaining to some information.
Essential Safety Equipment
Seat Operation
The following seat adjustment functions for the manual seats are available.
Seat Slide
Height Adjustment
for Front Edges of
Seat Bottom
(Driver's Seat)
Seat Recline
Active Bonnet
In the unlikely event that the vehicle were to hit a pedestrian and a certain amount
of impact is applied to the front of the vehicle, impact to the head of the pedestrian
if it were to hit the bonnet is lessened by the rear area of the bonnet raising
instantly to maintain a wide space between it and the parts in the engine
compartment. If the sensor installed to the back of the front bumper detects a
certain amount of impact by a collision with a pedestrian or other obstruction
while the vehicle is being driven at a speed sufficient to activate the system, the
system is activated and the bonnet is raised.
Actuator
Sensor
Active bonnet warning light
Electronic control unit
For details, refer to Section 2, “Seats”, “Active Bonnet”.
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Before Driving
Operational Range
The advanced keyless system operates only when the driver is in the vehicle or
within operational range while the key is being carried.
Exterior aerial
80cm (31in)
80cm (31in)
80cm (31in)
Operational range
Locking, Unlocking with Request Switch
Both doors and the boot lid, fuel-filler flap can be
locked/unlocked by pressing the request switch
while the key is being carried.
Request switch
Steering Wheel Adjustment
1. Stop the vehicle, and then pull down the lock
release lever under the steering column.
2. Tilt the steering wheel to the desired positions,
then push the lever up to lock the column.
3. Attempt to push the steering wheel up and
down to make sure it's locked before driving.
Lock release lever
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For details, refer to Section 3, “Advanced Keyless Entry and Start System”,
“Doors and Locks” or “Steering Wheel”.
Before Driving
Outside Mirrors
1. Rotate the mirror switch to the left or
right to choose the left or right side
mirror.
2. Press the mirror switch in the
appropriate direction.
Centre position
Mirror switch
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming mirror
The auto-dimming mirror automatically reduces
glare of headlights from vehicles at the rear when
the ignition is switched ON.
Press the ON/OFF button to cancel the automatic
dimming function. The indicator light will turn off.
ON/OFF button
To reactivate the automatic dimming function, press the
Indicator light
ON/OFF button . The indicator light will illuminate.
Operation of the Power Windows
Both windows can also be operated using the master control switches on
the driver's door.
To open the window to the desired position, lightly hold down the switch.
To close the window to the desired position, lightly pull up the switch.
Master control switches
Close
Driver's window
Open
Passenger's window
For details, refer to Section 3, “Mirrors” or “Windows”.
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Before Driving
Fuel Requirements and Capacities
Fuel
Research Octane
Number
Premium unleaded fuel
(Conforming to EN 228 and
within E10)*1
95 or above
Regular unleaded fuel
90 or above
Capacity
45.0 L (11.9 US gal, 9.90 Imp gal)
*1 Europe
Fuel-Filler Flap and Cap
Fuel-Filler Flap
When the fuel-filler flap end is pressed with the
doors unlocked, the fuel-filler flap rises.
To close, press the fuel-filler flap until a click
sound is heard.
Fuel-Filler Cap
To remove the fuel-filler cap, turn it anticlockwise.
Attach the removed cap to the inner side of the
fuel flap.
To close the fuel-filler cap, turn it clockwise
until a click is heard.
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For details, refer to Section 3, “Fuel and Emission”.
Open
Close
Before Driving
Convertible Top (Soft Top)
Top latch assembly
Convertible top Convertible top's handles
Lowering the Convertible Top
1. Make sure the parking brake is applied.
2. If the engine is running, turn it off.
3. Make sure there are no objects which have been placed in the area where the
convertible top is to be retracted.
4. With the lock release button depressed forward, pull back the top latch lever to
unlock it.
Lock release button
Top latch
5. Remove the striker from the anchor.
Striker
Anchor
For details, refer to Section 3, “Convertible Top (Soft Top)”.
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Before Driving
Lowering the Convertible Top
6. Standing outside of the vehicle, hold the convertible top along the front edge
and pull it toward the vehicle rear.
Front edge
7. Move the convertible top rearward and fold it while pressing the rear glass
lightly with your hand.
8. With the back end of the convertible top pressed, press the front end until a
latch sound is heard.
Lightly rock the retracted convertible top to make sure it is securely locked.
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For details, refer to Section 3, “Convertible Top (Soft Top)”.
Before Driving
Raising the Convertible Top
1. Make sure the parking brake is applied.
2. If the engine is running, turn it off.
3. Pull up the unlock lever to disengage the lock.
Unlock Lever
4. Standing outside of the vehicle, hold the convertible top along the front edge
and pull it towards the vehicle front.
Front edge
5. Sitting in a seat, grasp the convertible top's handles, and press the convertible
top against the windscreen.
Make sure the striker engages with the anchor, move the top latch slowly, and
then push the top latch upward until a latch sound is heard.
Convertible tops handles
Striker
Anchor
For details, refer to Section 3, “Convertible Top (Soft Top)”.
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Before Driving
Convertible Top (Retractable Fastback)
The Retractable fastback opens/closes electrically by operating switches in the
vehicle. When opening/closing the roof and window glass operate together. The
front roof is stored in the storage area under rear roof.
Front roof
Rear roof
Operation Conditions
If the following conditions have been satisfied, the roof can be opened/closed.
• The ignition is switched ON.
• Shift/selector lever is in a position other than R (reverse).
• Vehicle speed is 10 km/h (6.2 mph) or less.
• The boot lid is closed.
Opening the Roof
1. Park on a hard, level surface off the
right-of-way and firmly set the parking brake.
2. Put a vehicle with an automatic transmission
in Park (P), a manual transmission in
Neutral.
3. Apply the parking brake with the brake pedal
depressed.
4. Start the Engine.
NOTE
Do not open/close the roof with the engine stopped. Otherwise the vehicle's
battery power could be depleted.
5. Continue pressing the retractable fastback switch in the open direction
until the roof is completely open.
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For details, refer to Section 3, “Convertible Top (Retractable Fastback)”.
Before Driving
Closing the Roof
1. Park on a hard, level surface off the right-ofway and firmly set the parking brake.
2. Put a vehicle with an automatic transmission
in Park (P), a manual transmission in Neutral.
3. Apply the parking brake with the brake pedal
depressed.
4. Start the Engine.
NOTE
Do not open/close the roof with the engine stopped. Otherwise the vehicle's
battery power could be depleted.
5. Slightly slide the seats back if they are in the foremost position.
6. Continue pressing the retractable fastback switch in the close direction until
the rear roof is completely closed.
Operation Indication
Roof operation display
The roof operation status is indicated on the multi-information display.
The following table shows display examples when opening the roof:
Operation Before operation
Roof
status
Roof
closed
Operation
complete
During operation
Rear roof
opened
Rear roof
opened
Front roof
opened
Rear roof
opened
Front roof
stored
Rear roof
closed
Indication
For details, refer to Section 3, “Convertible Top (Retractable Fastback)”.
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When Driving
Starting the Engine
1. Make sure the parking brake is on.
2. Continue to press the brake pedal firmly
until the engine has completely started.
3. (Manual transmission)
Continue to press the clutch pedal firmly
until the engine has completely started.
(Automatic transmission)
Push button start
Put the vehicle in park (P). If you must
restart the engine while the vehicle is
moving, shift into neutral (N).
4. Press the push button start after both the KEY indicator
light (green) in the instrument cluster and the push button
start indicator light (green) illuminate.
Indicator light
Turning the Engine Off
1. Stop the vehicle completely.
2. (Manual transmission)
Shift into neutral and set the parking brake.
(Automatic transmission)
Shift the selector lever to the P position and set the parking brake.
3. Press the push button start to turn off the engine. The ignition position is off.
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For details, refer to Section 4, “Start/Stop Engine”.
When Driving
Operation of i-stop Function
The i-stop function automatically stops the engine when the vehicle is stopped at a
traffic light or stuck in traffic, and then restarts the engine automatically to resume
driving. The system provides improved fuel economy, reduced exhaust gas
emissions, and eliminates idling noise while the engine is stopped.
Engine idle stopping and restarting
NOTE
• The i-stop indicator light (green) turns on under the following conditions:
• When engine idling is stopped.
• (Except European model)
Engine idling stop conditions are met while the vehicle is being driven.
• The i-stop indicator light (green) turns off when the engine is restarted.
Manual transmission
1. Stop the vehicle by depressing the brake pedal and then the clutch pedal.
2. While depressing the clutch pedal, shift the shift lever to the neutral position.
Engine idling stops after the clutch pedal is released.
3. The engine restarts automatically when the clutch pedal is depressed.
Automatic transmission
1. Engine idling stops when the brake pedal is depressed while the vehicle is
driven (except for driving in the R or M position second gear fixed mode) and
the vehicle is stopped.
2. The engine restarts automatically when the brake pedal is released with the
selector lever in the D or M position (not in second gear fixed mode).
3. If the selector lever is in the N or P position, the engine does not restart when
the brake pedal is released. The engine restarts when the brake pedal is
depressed again or the selector lever is shifted to the D, M (not in second
gear fixed mode) or the R position. (For the purposes of safety, always keep
the brake pedal depressed when shifting the selector lever while engine
idling is stopped.)
For details, refer to Section 4, “Start/Stop Engine”.
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When Driving
i-stop OFF Switch
By pressing the switch until a beep sounds,
the i-stop function is turned off and the i-stop
warning light (amber) in the instrument
cluster turns on. By pressing the switch again
until the beep sounds, the i-stop function
becomes operational and the i-stop warning
light (amber) turns off.
i-stop indicator light (green)/i-stop warning light (amber)
i-stop indicator light (green)
• The light turns on while engine idling is stopped and turns
off when the engine is restarted.
• (Except European model)
Engine idling stop conditions are met while the vehicle
is being driven.
i-stop warning light (amber)
• The light turns on when the ignition is switched ON and
turns off when the engine is started.
• The light turns on when the i-stop OFF switch is
pressed and the system is turned off.
i-stop Warning Beep
If the driver's door is opened while engine idling is stopped, the warning sound
operates to notify the driver that engine idling is stopped. It stops when the driver's
door is closed.
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For details, refer to Section 4, “Start/Stop Engine”.
When Driving
Warning Indication/Warning Lights
These lights turn on or flash to notify the user of the system operation status or a
system malfunction.
Signal
Signal
Warning
1
Brake System Warning Light
2
Charging System Warning
Indication/Warning Light
Warning
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High Beam Control System (HBC)
Warning Indication/Warning Light
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Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)
Warning Indication
3
Engine Oil Warning Light
4
High Engine Coolant Temperature
Warning Indication/Warning Light
Power Steering Malfunction
Indicator Light
Master Warning Indication/
Warning Light
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Retractable Fastback Warning
Indication
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LED Headlight Warning Light
24
Seat Belt Warning Light
7
Electric Vacuum Pump Warning
Light
25
Door-Ajar Warning Light
8
ABS Warning Light
26
Door-Ajar Warning Indication
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Check Engine Light
27
Boot lid-Ajar Warning Indication
10
i-stop Warning Light
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i-ELOOP Warning Indication/
Warning Light
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Low Fuel Warning Indication/
Warning Light
Automatic Transmission Warning
Indication/Warning Light
29
120 km/h Warning Light
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30
Low Washer Fluid Level Warning
Indication/Warning Light
13
Air Bag/Seat Belt Pretensioner
System Warning Light
14
Active Bonnet Warning Light
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Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
Warning Light
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Flat Tyre Warning Light
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KEY Warning Indication/
Warning Light
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KEY Warning Indication
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Lane Departure Warning System
(LDWS) Warning Indication/
Warning Light
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For details, refer to Section 4, “Instrument Cluster and Display”.
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When Driving
Indication/Indicator Lights
These lights turn on or flash to notify the user of the system operation status or a
system malfunction.
Signal
Signal
Indicator Lights
Indicator Lights
Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) OFF
Indicator Light
Lane Departure Warning System
(LDWS) OFF Indicator Light
1
Passenger Air Bag Deactivation
Indicator Light
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2
KEY Indicator/Indicator Light
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3
Security Indicator Light
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4
Retractable Fastback Operation
Indicator Light
Adjustable Speed Limiter Main
Indication/Indicator Light
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Adjustable Speed Limiter Set
Indication/Indicator Light
24
Cruise Main Indication/
Indicator Light
25
Cruise Set Indication/Indicator Light
5
i-stop Indicator Light
6
i-ELOOP Indicator/Indicator Light
7
Vehicle Speed Alarm Indication
8
Wrench Indication/Indicator Light
9
Low Engine Coolant Temperature
Indicator Light
10
Shift Position Indication
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Lights-On Indicator Light
12
Headlight High-Beam Indicator
Light
13
Rear Fog Light Indicator Light
14
Direction Indicator/Hazard Warning
Indicator Lights
15
TCS/DSC Indicator Light
16
DSC OFF Indicator Light
17
Select Mode Indication
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Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
Indication
High Beam Control System (HBC)
Indicator Light
For details, refer to Section 4, “Instrument Cluster and Display”.
When Driving
Automatic Transmission Controls
Various Lockouts:
Lock-release button
Indicates that you must depress
the brake pedal and hold in the
lock-release button to shift (The
ignition must be switched ON).
Indicates the selector lever can be
shifted freely into any position.
Indicates that you must hold in
the lock-release button to shift.
Drive Selection
Drive selection is a system to switch the vehicle's drive mode. When the sport mode
is selected, vehicle's response against accelerator operation is enhanced. Use the
sport mode when higher vehicle response is required such as merging onto
expressway or accelerating to overtake.
Drive Selection Switch
1. Press the drive selection switch forward
(“
”) to select the sport mode.
2. Pull the drive selection switch back
(“
”) to cancel the sport mode.
Select Mode Indication
When the sport mode is selected, the select
mode indication turns on in the instrument
cluster.
For details, refer to Section 4, “Transmission”, “Drive Selection”.
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When Driving
Operation of the Headlights
Without auto-light control
With auto-light control
Operation of the Windscreen Wipers
With intermittent wiper
With auto-wiper control
Switch
Less sensitivity
Centre
position
Higher sensitivity
Switch
Position
Wiper operation
Operation while pulling up lever
Stop
Intermittent (With intermittent wiper)
Auto control (With auto-wiper control)
Low speed
High speed
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For details, refer to Section 4, “Switches and Controls”.
When the wiper lever
is in the
position,
the rain sensor senses
the amount of rainfall
on the windscreen and
turns the wipers on or
off automatically.
When Driving
i-ACTIVSENSE
i-ACTIVSENSE is a collective term covering a series of advanced safety and driver
support systems which make use of a Forward Sensing Camera (FSC) and radar
sensors.
Because each system has its limitations, always drive carefully and do not rely
solely on the systems.
Driver awareness support systems
Nighttime visibility
• Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)
• High-Beam Control system (HBC)
Left/right side and rear side detection
• Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
• Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)
Rear obstruction detection when leaving a parking space
• Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
Driver support system
Speed control
• Adjustable Speed Limiter
For details, refer to Section 4, “i-ACTIVSENSE”.
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When Driving
i-ELOOP System
i-ELOOP is a regenerative braking system. When you depress the brake pedal or use
engine braking, the kinetic energy that occurs is converted to electrical energy by the
power generator and the converted electrical energy is stored in the rechargeable
battery (capacitor and battery). The stored electricity is used as power to charge the
battery and the vehicle's electrical devices.
• A variable voltage alternator is incorporated in the power generator which
converts the kinetic energy to electricity and can generate electricity efficiently
according to the vehicle conditions.
• A capacitor is used to store large amounts of electricity instantly which can be
utilized quickly.
• A DC-DC converter is incorporated which steps down the stored electricity to
voltage useable by the vehicle's electrical devices.
Kinetic energy
Electrical power
Battery
Accelerator OFF
Energy
regeneration
Charge
Power
Engine
Variable
voltage
alternator
DC-DC converter
Vehicle electric
devices
Capacitor
Tyre
Battery
Accelerator ON
Power
Vehicle electric
devices
Engine
DC-DC converter
Variable
voltage
alternator
Tyre
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Capacitor
For details, refer to Section 4, “i-ELOOP”.
When Driving
i-ELOOP System
DC-DC converter
Variable voltage
alternator
Capacitor
CAUTION
High-current electricity flows through the following parts, therefore do not touch
them.
• Variable voltage alternator
• DC-DC converter
• Capacitor
Control Status Display
The i-ELOOP power generating status is displayed in the audio display.
Indication on display
Control status
Displays the level of electricity generated by
regenerative braking.
Displays the amount of the electricity stored
in the rechargeable battery.
Displays the status of the electricity stored
in the rechargeable battery and being
supplied to the electrical devices (whole
vehicle in display is illuminated
simultaneously).
For details, refer to Section 4, “i-ELOOP”, “Fuel Economy Monitor”.
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When Driving
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
Vehicle with Conventional Tyres
The Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) monitors the air pressure of all
four tyres. If the air pressure of one or more tyres is too low, the system warns the
driver by indicating the tyre pressure monitoring system warning light in the
instrument cluster and operating a beep sound.
In the following cases, system initialization must be performed so that the system
operates normally.
• A tyre pressure is adjusted.
• Tyre rotation is performed.
• A tyre or wheel is replaced.
• The tyre pressure monitoring system warning
light is illuminated.
Vehicle with Run-flat Tyres
The Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) monitors the pressure for each tyre.
If tyre pressure is too low in one or more tyres, the system will inform the driver
via the warning light in the instrument cluster and by the warning beep sound.
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For details, refer to Section 4, “Tyre Pressure Monitoring System”.
Interior Features
Air-conditioning System (Fully Automatic Type)
Temperature control dial
A/C switch
Fan control dial
Air intake selector switch
Mode selector dial
Rear window defogger switch
Operation of Automatic Air-conditioning
1. Set the mode selector dial to the AUTO position.
2. Set the air intake selector to the outside air position (indicator light turned off).
3. Set the fan control dial to the AUTO position.
4. Press the A/C switch to operate the air-conditioning (turn indicator light on).
5. Set the temperature control dial to the desired position.
6. To turn off the system, set the fan control dial to the 0 position.
For details, refer to Section 5, “Air-Conditioning System”.
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Maintenance and Care/If Trouble Arises
Owner Maintenance Precautions
Routine Service
We highly recommend that these items be inspected daily, or at least every week.
• Engine Oil Level
• Engine Coolant Level
• Brake and Clutch Fluid Level
• Washer Fluid Level
• Battery Maintenance
• Tyre Inflation Pressure
If Trouble Arises
• Flat Tyre
Either run-flat tyres or conventional tyres are equipped on your Mazda depending
on the specification, therefore the procedure for repairing a flat tyre differs
depending on the type of tyre. Before driving, make sure which type of tyre is
equipped on your Mazda. If you cannot identify your tyre type, consult an expert
repairer, we recommend an Authorised Mazda Repairer.
• Overheating
1. Drive safely to the side of the road and park off the right-of-way.
2. Check whether coolant or steam is escaping from the engine compartment.
If steam is coming from the engine compartment:
Do not go near the front of the vehicle. Stop the engine.
Wait until the steam dissipates, then open the bonnet and start the engine.
If neither coolant nor steam is escaping:
Open the bonnet and idle the engine until it cools.
• Towing Description
We recommend that towing be done only by an expert repairer, we recommend
an Authorised Mazda Repairer or a commercial tow-truck service.
• Warning Lights and Warning Sounds
If a warning light illuminates or flashes or a warning sound is heard, check for
details concerning the warning light or sound in this guide. If the problem
cannot be resolved, contact an Authorised Mazda Repairer.
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For details, refer to Section 6/7, “Owner Maintenance”, “Flat Tyre”, “Overheating”,
“Emergency Towing” or “Warning/Indicator Lights and Warning Sounds”.