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Thank you for purchasing this SHARP product. For the best performance, read this manual carefully. It will guide you in operating your SHARP product.


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-Accessories/Optional Accessories-

Important Introduction

Earphones x 1
AC Adaptor (RADPA8046AWZZ) x 1 Connection Cable (for analogue recording) x 1
Notes: ! Parts and equipment mentioned in this operation manual other than those detailed above are not included. ! The AC adaptor may be different from the one in the drawing.

Optional Accessories

Rechargeable Nickel-Metal Hydride Battery (AD-N70BT)

Car adaptor (ADCA20X)

Cassette adaptor (AD-CT14)
Connection Cable (for digital recording) (AD-M1DC)
Connection Cable (for digital recording) (AD-M2DC)
Help Line: (office hours)



Important Introduction
Special Notes. 4-5 Names of Controls and Indicators. 6-7 Precautions. 8

Advanced Features

Changing Default Settings. 31 Titling a MiniDisc. 32-35 Editing a Recorded MiniDisc. 36-38 Listening through Another System. 39
Inserting a MiniDisc. 9 Connections. 10-11


Other Features and Caution. 40 MiniDisc System Limitations. 41 Error Messages. 42-43 Troubleshooting. 44-45 Maintenance. 45 Specifications. 46-47 TERMS OF GUARANTEE. Back cover

Basic Operation

Recording. 12-13 Playback. 14-15


Useful Features
Advanced Playback. 16-17 Advanced Recording. 18-22 Recording from a Microphone. 23-25 Checking Displays. 26-27 Battery Power. 28-29 Hold Function. 30


Special Notes


z The supplied AC adaptor contains no user serviceable parts. Never remove covers unless qualified to do so. It contains dangerous voltages, always remove mains plug from the main outlet socket before any service operation or when not in use for a long period. z The AC adaptor supplied with the MD-MT80H must not be used with other equipment. z To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose this appliance to dripping or splashing liquids. No objects filled with liquids, such as vases, shall be placed on the apparatus. z Never use an AC adaptor other than the one specified. Otherwise, problems or serious hazards may be created.

-Special Notes-

z When recording important selections, make a preliminary test to ensure that the desired material is properly recorded. z SHARP is not liable for damage or loss of your recording arising from malfunction of this unit.
z At full volume, prolonged listening to a personal stereo may damage the user's hearing. This model complies with the law if used with the correct earphones (model number RPHOH0011AWZZ). If the earphones are damaged in any way, please order using the model number given above. z This product is classified as a CLASS 1 LASER PRODUCT. z Use the Portable MiniDisc Recorder only in accordance with the instructions given in this manual and do not attempt to interfere with the interlock switch or make any other adjustment as this may result in exposure to hazardous radiation.


z Recording and playback of any material may require consent, which SHARP is unable to give. Please refer particularly to the provisions of the Copyright Act 1956, the Dramatic and Musical Performers Protection Act 1958, the Performers Protection Acts 1963 and 1972 and to any subsequent statutory enactments and orders. z This equipment complies with the requirements of Directives 89/336/EEC and 73/23/EEC as amended by 93/68/EEC. z US and foreign patents licensed from Dolby Laboratories. z The letters in brackets contained in the model number indicate the colour of the product only. Operation and specifications are unaffected.
Names of Controls and Indicators

Main unit

1. 5V DC Input Socket (10) 2. Optical/Line Input Socket (10,11) 3. Microphone Input Socket (23) 4. Bass/Delete Button (15,33) 5. Edit/Auto Mark/Time Mark Button (21,25,32) 6. Display/Character Select Button (26,32) 7. Mode/Charge Button (17,28) 8. Record/Track Mark Button (12,21) 9. Volume/Cursor/Fast Forward/Fast Reverse/ Recording Level/Name Select Button (12,15,16,31,32) 10. Play/Pause Button (12,15) 11. Stop/Power Off/Hold Button (13,15,30) 12. Enter/Fast Play/Synchro Button (17,18,20) 13. Earphones/Line Output Socket (14,39) 14. Open Lever (9) 15. Battery Cover (28)

-Names of Controls and IndicatorsWeb-site:

Display panel

1. Level Meter (12) 2. Record Indicator (12) 3. Remaining Recording Time Indicator (26) 4. Monaural Long-Play Mode Indicator (19) 5. Repeat Indicator (17) 6. TOC Indicator (13) 7. Synchro Recording Indicator (18) 8. Disc Mode Indicator 9. Disc Name Indicator (26) 10. Track Name Indicator (26) 11. Total Track Number Indicator (26) 12. Fast Play Indicator (17) 13. Battery Indicator (27) 14. Random Indicator (17) 15. Track Number Indicator (26) 16. Character/Time Information Indicator
-Names of Controls and Indicators-


z Do not wear your earphones when you are crossing streets or near traffic. z Do not use your earphones whilst driving a motor vehicle, it may create a traffic hazard and may be illegal. Remember to obey all of the safety rules in your area.

Storing the unit

Avoid using or leaving the unit in the following places.
z Places exposed to direct sunlight for many hours (especially in cars with the doors and windows closed) or near heaters. (The cabinet may deform, change colour or the unit may malfunction.) z Places exposed to excessive dust. z Places exposed to water.
z Do not play the unit at a high volume. Hearing experts advise against extended listening at high volume levels. z If you experience ringing in your ears, reduce the volume or discontinue use. z No naked flame sources, such as lighted candles, should be placed on the apparatus. z Attention should be drawn to the environmental aspects of battery disposal. z The apparatus is designed for use in moderate climate. z This portable MD should only be used within the range of 0C - 40C (32F - 104F). To avoid accidental electric shock or other possible problems, observe the precautions listed below. z Do not disassemble or modify the unit. z Do not drop or subject the unit to shock. z Do not use the unit near open flames. z Do not spill liquid on the unit. z Do not use an external power supply, other than the 5V DC supplied with this unit, as it may damage it. z SHARP is not responsible for damage due to improper use. Refer all servicing to a SHARP authorised service centre.


z Places where temperatures are excessively high or low.
z Places (bathrooms) where the humidity is extremely high. z Places with strong magnetic fields such as TVs or loudspeakers. z Places exposed to vibration. z Places where sand can easily enter the inside of the unit (beaches etc.). z If the unit is used near radio tuners or TVs, noise and/or picture interference may result. If you experience these problems, move the unit away from such devices. z It is not recommendable to put the MiniDisc into a rear pocket, as this may damage the product when sitting.

Inserting a MiniDisc

To restart the track being played: Press the button during playback.

Useful Features

-Advanced Playback-
To locate the next track: Press the button whilst the unit is stopped.
To locate the desired portion
For audible fast forward: Press and hold down the For audible fast reverse: Press and hold down the button during playback. or z Normal playback will resume when the button is released. button during playback.
To locate the previous track: Press the button whilst the unit is stopped.
z To skip a number of tracks at one time, press the or button repeatedly until the desired track number is shown. z When you press the PLAY/PAUSE button, playback starts from the beginning of the track.
z When the end of the last track is reached during fast forward, the unit will enter the pause mode. When the beginning of the first track is reached during fast reverse, the unit will enter the playback mode.

Random play or repeat play
During playback, press the MODE/CHRG button repeatedly to select the playback mode. RANDOM RANDOM Random play Repeat play of tracks in random order Repeat play of all of the tracks

No display

Normal playback

To play at double speed

Press the ENTER/SYNC button whilst a MiniDisc recorded in the monaural long-play mode is being played.
z If a track recorded in the stereo mode is reached during fast playback, the fast playback mode will be cancelled. z Depending on the contents recorded on a MiniDisc, it may be difficult to hear them.
To interrupt fast playback
Press the PLAY/PAUSE button during playback. When the PLAY/PAUSE button is pressed again, the unit will resume fast playback.
Notes: z If the playback mode is selected whilst stopped, press the PLAY/PAUSE button to start playback. z When "TOC" is displayed, random play or repeat play is impossible. z In random play the unit will select and play tracks automatically. (You cannot select the order of the tracks.) After all of the tracks have been played once each in random order, the unit will stop automatically. z During random, random repeat, or single track repeat play, you can forward or reverse the MiniDisc only within the track being played. z During random play, the unit cannot find the beginning of any track which has been played. z Repeat play lasts until you stop the unit.

To return to normal playback
Press the ENTER/SYNC button. Web-site: Help Line: (office hours)
Repeat play of a single track

Advanced Recording

Playback sound-actuated recording
Recording automatically starts or pauses by detecting sound from the stereo system (Synchronised recording).
Press the or button to adjust the recording level. (See page 12.) Press the PAUSE button on the stereo system to enter the playback pause mode.
Select the starting point for your recording and press the PAUSE button.

-Advanced Recording-

Press the ENTER/SYNC button.
z "SYNC" will be displayed. z To cancel the operation, press the /:OFF button.
Begin playback on the stereo system. Recording will begin automatically.
z When the stereo system is stopped, the unit will enter the synchro recording pause mode. When playback is resumed, the recording will be resumed. z If a silence lasts for 3 seconds or more, the recording will be paused (Pause function does not work for approximately 10 seconds after a recording starts). When the unit receives sound again, recording automatically starts. z A new track number is created when the recording resumes.

Long-play recording

When recording in monaural long-play mode, the available recording time will be doubled. Monaural long-play recordings can be replayed at double speed, see page 17.
Press the MODE/CHRG button whilst the recording is paused.

Stereo mode

Monaural long-play mode

Start recording.

Notes: z When the unit is stopped after a recording has been made in this mode, the recording mode will return to the stereo mode automatically. z If input is from a stereo source, the sounds from the left and right channels will be combined. z Although the monitor sound you hear in the earphones whilst recording is in stereo, recording will be monaural. z MiniDiscs recorded in the monaural long-play mode may not play on other MiniDisc players.
Advanced Recording (continued)
To start recording from the middle of a track
You can erase a portion of a track and make a new recording. All of the tracks that follow the newly recorded track will be erased.
During playback, press the PLAY/PAUSE button at the point where you want to begin recording. Press the REC button.

To cancel the operation, press the /:OFF button.
All of the tracks and track names will be erased, following the point where the playback is paused.

Recording will start.

Note: To keep a track after the point you want to make a new recording, move the track and then make recording after that point. (See "Editing a Recorded MiniDisc", page 38.)
To create your own track numbers
You can create your own track numbers at any point. Whilst recording, press the REC button at the point where you want to create track numbers. The track number will be increased by one. One track number will be added every time the REC button is pressed.
To prevent recorded MiniDiscs from being erased accidentally
Slide the accidental erase prevention tab, located on the side of the MiniDisc, in the direction indicated by the arrow. The MiniDisc will then be protected against accidental erasure.
Recording tracks as a single track
You can record several pieces of music as a single track by disabling the auto marker function. When a recording is paused or whilst recording. Press the EDIT button. To add a recording to such a MiniDisc, slide the accidental erase prevention tab back to its original position.
Helpful tip when attaching a label
Note: When making digital recordings using a CD player or an MiniDisc player, track numbers will be created automatically regardless of the setting of the auto marker function. When attaching a label to an MiniDisc cartridge, be sure to note the following. If the label is not attached properly, the MiniDisc may jam inside the unit and it may not be possible to remove it. z If the label peels off or partially lifts away, replace it with a new one. z Do not put a new label on top of an existing one. z Attach the label only in the specified location.

About track numbers

1. Track numbers are created automatically during recording via the analogue connection when a silence of 1 second or more is detected (Auto marker function). A series of tracks can be recorded as one by disabling the auto marker function see page 21. z When recording, if a programmed playback is performed by the source or playback is performed by selecting tracks manually, the MiniDisc track numbers may not be the same as on the source. z Track numbers may not be created properly, depending on the connected stereo system.
About sampling rate converter
This portable MD incorporates a sampling rate converter meaning it can record from digital radios or DAT tape recorders.
Note for digital recording
2. When recording from a CD or a MiniDisc using the digital connection, track numbers will be created at the same points as on the CD or MiniDisc (Synchro marker function). You cannot copy a MiniDisc that you recorded from digital inputs to another MiniDisc or DAT. It is prevented by the SCMS (Serial Copy Management System). Recording from analogue inputs is not affected.

Example: Set to "5 minutes".
During a mic manual recording
Timed auto marks will be created every 5 minutes.
When a recording is paused or whilst recording, press the EDIT button repeatedly.
During a mic synchro recording
If a silence lasts for 3 seconds or more, a timed auto mark will be created 5 minutes after the previous mark is created.
The interval between marks may vary slightly compared with the actual recording time.
Creating track numbers manually
Press the REC button whilst recording.
Track numbers will be created automatically at regular intervals.
Changing intervals between tracks

Checking Displays

To check the elapsed time and remaining time of the track
During playback, press the DISP button.
Each time the button is pressed, the display will change as follows.
To check the remaining recording time and the total playing time
Whilst in the stop mode, press the DISP button.
-Checking DisplaysNotes: z If the disc name or the track name was not originally recorded on the MiniDisc, "NO NAME" will be displayed. z Remaining recording time will not be displayed with a playback only MiniDisc. z Elapsed playback time and remaining playback time may be different from the actual time. Web-site:
To display the playing time of an individual track
Checking the remaining amount of battery level
The remaining amount of battery level is shown by the battery indicator ( ) during operation.
Whilst in the stop mode, press the or button to display the track number and track name.
Press the DISP button to display the playing time for that track.
Each time the or button is pressed, the playing time of the previous or next track will be displayed.
z When the battery is completely discharged, the battery indicator will flash. Recharge the battery or replace the alkaline battery with a new one. z When the battery has run completely out, "BATT EMPTY" will appear. Then, the power will be disconnected automatically. Notes: z If you use the battery which you stopped charging halfway, " " may appear. It does not mean that the battery is completely charged. z The battery indicator will not correctly display the remaining capacity for approximately 10 seconds after the power has been turned on. z When the AC adaptor or a separately available car adaptor is used, the battery indicator will not be shown. z The number of bars shown in the battery indicator may increase or decrease, depending on the operation being performed. This is normal. Help Line: (office hours)

-Checking Displays-

Battery Power
Charging the rechargeable battery
When a separately available rechargeable battery is used for the first time or when you use it after a long period of disuse, be sure to charge it fully.
Insert the rechargeable battery.
A rechargeable battery other than the AD-N70BT cannot be charged.

-Battery Power-

Plug the AC adaptor into the wall socket, and then insert the plug on the other end into the DC IN 5V socket. Press the MODE/CHRG button.
" " will flash, and battery will begin charging.
z After the rechargeable battery is charged or used, it will get slightly warm. This is normal. z When the portable MD is turned on or operating, the battery will not be charged.

About charging time

After about 3.5 hours have passed, " " will go out. The battery charging is about 90% complete.
To charge the battery fully, continue charging for about 2 more hours. In this case, you do not need to press the MODE/CHRG button. Even if the MODE/CHRG button is pressed, " " will not appear. Notes: z Charge the battery within the range of 5C - 35C (41F - 95F). z Charging is completed when " " does not blink when you plug in the AC adaptor and press the MODE/CHRG button. z The unit can be left in the charging state after it is completed. Caution: z Use the specified battery AD-N70BT only. Do not charge a battery (nickel-cadmium, alkaline, etc.) other than that specified. z Do not remove the outer cover of the rechargeable battery. It may cause heat generation, fire, or explosion. z Do not dip the battery in water, do not dispose of it in a fire, and do not take it apart. z If the rechargeable battery terminal is dirty, charging may not start. In such a case, wipe off the dirt with a dry cloth. z Do not disassemble the battery.
Using with the rechargeable or alkaline battery
Disconnect the AC adaptor. Insert the rechargeable battery or alkaline battery from the (+) marked side.
Use a commercially available LR6, "AA" size alkaline battery.
Notes: z Setting the volume level to "0" whilst recording with the rechargeable or an alkaline battery reduces the battery drain. z When you do not use the unit for hours, remove the battery. (The battery drains gradually even when the power is turned off.) z This unit can be used with the AC adaptor when the rechargeable or an alkaline battery is in the unit. Caution: Do not use a nickel-cadmium battery.

Hold Function

The present operation condition can be kept even if other buttons are accidentally pressed in a place such as a crowded train.
-Hold FunctionIf the battery is inserted or the AC adaptor is connected, you can set this function even when the power is turned off. To cancel the hold mode Press and hold down the HOLD button for 2 seconds or more whilst the unit is in the hold mode. "HOLD OFF" will be shown.
If the hold function is active whilst the power is turned off, the power cannot be turned on by mistake and the battery will not be drained.
Changing Default Settings

Whilst in the stop mode.

Beep sound Auto play
With a MiniDisc inserted, press the MODE/ CHRG button for 2 seconds or more. "SET UP" will appear.
When you release the button, "BEEP ON" or "BEEP OFF" will appear.
You can eliminate the confirmation sound that beeps when you press a button. You can make the unit not play automatically when you insert a playback-only MiniDisc or an accidental erasure protected MiniDisc.

Advanced Features

Press the menu.

button to display the

Auto power save
Press the MODE/CHRG button to switch items. Press the /:OFF button.
When the unit is used in a place exposed to much vibration, sound skipping can be decreased by cancelling the auto power save function. (Battery will drain faster.)
What is auto power save function?
Auto power save function automatically adjusts the sound skip memory storage to be from 5 to 10 seconds depending on playback conditions, this saves battery power. If the MiniDisc unit is used in areas of much vibration, it may be necessary to fix the sound skip memory to 10 seconds "Psave OFF". This will improve performance under difficult conditions but uses more power. (When the AC/car adaptor is used the 10 second mode is always used.)
SETTING ITEM Beep Silent Setting Cancelled Setting Cancelled Setting keep Cancelled
BEEP ON BEEP ON* (Confirmation sound) BEEP OFF A-PLAY ON (Auto play) AUTO Psave (Auto power save) D.L MODE 1 (Digital recording level) A-PLAY ON* A-PLAY OFF AUTO Psave* Psave OFF D.L MODE 1* D.L MODE 2

To add characters Stamping titles from another MiniDisc

Before stamping

When there are 2 MiniDiscs on which the same tracks are recorded, you can transfer the character information (disc and track names) of the Master MiniDisc to another MiniDisc (for stamping).
Put the unit in the character input mode.
(Perform steps 1 - 2 on page 32.)
Press the VOL+ or VOL-- button to move the cursor to the right of the character, where you want to add a new character.
1. What is a master MiniDisc?
A recordable MiniDisc that contains tracks and character information. (You cannot transfer the information from a playback only MiniDisc.)
Select the character to add.
(Perform steps 3 - 4 on page 32.)
2. What is a MiniDisc for stamping?
A MiniDisc that contains the same tracks in the same order as the master MiniDisc. (Make sure that the total number of tracks of the master MiniDisc and the one for stamping are the same.)
Press the ENTER/SYNC button. Press the EDIT button. "TOC" will be displayed. To write the updated contents to the MiniDisc, press the /:OFF button.
Master MiniDisc operation
Operation of the MiniDisc for stamping
Insert a Master MiniDisc.
Do not mistake the Master MiniDisc for the target one.
Load a MiniDisc for stamping.
The unit will finish recording the character information and enter the stop mode. To cancel the operation, press the /:OFF button. Note: If the total number of tracks on the master MiniDisc does not match that on the MiniDisc for stamping, the unit will display "Can'tSTAMP" and turn off the power.
When the unit displays "CHANGE MD", remove the master MiniDisc.
Remove it without turning off the power. Or, the operation will be cancelled.
If this happens, adjust the total number of tracks on the newly recorded MiniDisc using the edit operation.
Whilst in the stop mode, press the EDIT button to select "NAME STAMP".
Editing a Recorded MiniDisc
To erase tracks one at a time To erase all of the tracks at once
Start playing the track to be erased, and press the PLAY/PAUSE button. Press the EDIT button repeatedly to select "ERASE".
Whilst in the stop mode, press the EDIT button repeatedly to select "ALL ERASE".

The unit provides the following functions when you use it with the separately available car adaptor (ADCA20X) (when the rechargeable or alkaline battery is removed): 1. When you turn off the engine, the power of this portable MD also turns off. (It may not work with some types of cars.) 2. When you restart the engine, playback starts from the beginning of the stopped track.

MiniDisc System Limitations
The unit may have the following symptoms whilst recording or editing. The unit is not out of order. SYMPTOM "DISC FULL" or "TOC FULL" appears even though the MiniDisc still has recording time left. The remaining recording time does not increase even though you erased tracks. The total of the recorded time and the remaining time does not match the maximum recordable time. Combine function does not work. Sound skips in fast reverse/forward. A track number is created in the middle of a track. LIMITATIONS More than 255 tracks (maximum) cannot be recorded regardless of the recording time. If the MiniDisc is recorded or edited repeatedly or if it has scratches (recording skips scratched parts), you may not be able to record the maximum tracks above.
One cluster (approximately 2 seconds) is the minimum unit for recording. For example, a 3-second track uses 2 clusters (approximately 4 seconds). Therefore, the actual recordable time may be shorter than the displayed time. A MiniDisc on which recording and editing are repeated may not allow the combine function. One track is divided and recorded in separate places on a repeatedly recorded or edited MiniDisc. Sound may skip. A track number may be created if there are scratches or dust on the MiniDisc.
The unit does not count non-recorded portions that last 12 or fewer seconds to display the remaining recording time. The time may not increase even if you erase short tracks.
-MiniDisc System Limitations-

Error Messages

ERROR MESSAGES BATT EMPTY BLANK MD Can't COPY Can't EDIT MEANING z The battery is run down. z Nothing is recorded. z You tried to record from a copy prohibited MiniDisc. z A track cannot be edited. z The disc data cannot be read because the disc or unit is damaged. z Recording cannot be performed correctly due to vibration or shock. z Stamp function does not work. REMEDY z Charge the rechargeable battery or replace the alkaline battery (or use the AC adaptor for power). z Replace the disc with a recorded disc. z Record using the analogue cable. z Change the stop position of the track and then edit it. z Reload the disc. z Replace it with another recorded disc. z Re-record or replace it with another recordable disc. z Check the number of tracks.

-Error Messages-

Can't READ (*) Can't REC Can't STAMP Can't WRITE
z Cannot save the TOC information correctly z Replace the disc with another recordable disc. to a MiniDisc. (A large portion of the disc has been damaged.) z The disc is scratched. z The disc is out of recording space. z The microprocessor has reported a system fault and the unit is out of order. z The unit is in the hold mode. z You removed a MiniDisc whilst recording or editing. z A disc has not been loaded. z If the sound you hear is not right, record again. z Replace the disc with another recordable disc. z Replace it with another recordable disc. z To have it repaired, go to the distributor where you purchased the unit. z Cancel the hold mode. z Turn off the power and remove the MiniDisc. z Load a disc.
Number or symbol appears in (*) position.


z Poor connection of the digital cable. z No output signal comes out from the connected unit to playback.
z Connect the digital cable securely. z If the portable CD player has a function to prevent sound skips, deactivate it.
z The input signal has improper sampling z Playback with the connected unit. frequency. NOT PLAY PLAY MD POWER ? PROTECTED z You tried to play back a track that can- z Play back another track. not be played with this equipment. z You recorded on a playback-only disc. z Improper power is being supplied. z Replace it with a recordable disc.
z The write protection tab of a MiniDisc is z Move the write protection tab back to its original posiset to the protected position. tion. z You tried to record on a playback-only disc. z Replace it with a recordable MiniDisc. z Since a track number is currently being z Wait for a while and try the operation again. located or updated, the unit cannot accept your command. z The temperature is too high. z There is no space left for recording character information (track names, disc names, etc.). z Turn off the power, and wait for a while. z Replace it with another recordable disc. z There is an error in the recording signal. z Erase all of the tracks, and then record again.

Tr. Protect ? DISC

z The track has been protected from be- z Edit the track with the device on which it was recorded. ing erased. z A disc which contains data other than music was played. z There is an error in the signal recorded on the disc. z A disc which contains non-music data cannot be played. z Replace it with another recorded disc.

z Use one of the specified power sources.


Many potential "problems" can be resolved by the owner without calling a service technician. If something seems to be wrong with this product, check the following before calling your authorised SHARP dealer or service centre. PROBLEM The unit does not turn on. z Is the AC adaptor disconnected? z Is the battery exhausted? z Is the unit in the hold mode? z Has condensation formed inside the unit? CAUSE


z Is the unit being influenced by mechanical shock or by static electricity? No sound is heard from the earphones. z Is the volume set too low? z Is the earphones plugged in? z Are you trying to play a MiniDisc with data on it instead of a MiniDisc containing music? When the operation buttons are pressed, the unit does not respond. z Is the unit in the hold mode? z Is the battery exhausted? z Is the earphones plug inserted firmly? Some sounds are skipped. The MiniDisc cannot be ejected. Recording and editing are impossible. z Is the battery exhausted? z Is the unit being subjected to excessive vibration? z Has the track number or character information been written on the disc yet? z Is the unit in the recording or editing mode? z Is the MiniDisc protected against accidental erasure? z Is the unit connected properly to the other equipment? z Is the AC adaptor unplugged or did a power failure occur whilst recording or editing? z Is the unit in the hold mode? z Is an optical signal being output from the stereo system? Read the operation manual for the stereo system.


If trouble occurs
When this product is subjected to strong external interference (mechanical shock, excessive static electricity, abnormal supply voltage due to lightning, etc.) or if it is operated incorrectly, it may malfunction. If such a problem occurs, do the following: 1. Unplug the AC adaptor from the wall socket. 2. Remove the battery. 3. Leave the unit completely unpowered for approximately 30 seconds. 4. Plug the AC adaptor back into the wall socket and reoperate the unit.


When the unit becomes dirty Clean it with a soft cloth.When the unit is excessively dirty, use a soft cloth dampened in water (external surfaces only).

Moisture condensation

When the unit has condensation inside, the disc signals cannot be read, and the unit may not function properly. In the following cases, condensation may form inside the unit. z Shortly after turning on a heater. z When the unit is placed in a room where there is excessive steam or moisture. z When the unit is moved from a cool place to a warm place.
Clean the plugs and the connecting socket. If the plugs or sockets are dirty, noise may be heard. Cleaning will prevent noise. Caution: z Do not use chemicals for cleaning (petrol, paint thinner, etc.). It may damage the cabinet finish. z Do not apply oil to the inside of the unit. It may cause malfunctions.


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recordings done with DSM
Sound Ideas' engineer David Lukesic recording impact sound effects using 'Harry,' a built-to-order Sonic Studios surround-sound 4-channel DSM + LiteGUY HRTF baffled mic array mounted on a fishpole boom.
David also personally headwears this same 4-channel mic array (sans LiteGUY baffle) in less
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hazardous, more socially demanding projects where keeping lowest mic recording 'visual impact' within a crowd of people is desired.
More about sound designers using DSM microphones on the FILM CREDITS PAGE


Aaron Ximm's "The Quiet

American" Project

"These Machines enchant me because they offer the listener an opportunity to hear something unique: the chance conjunction of sounds that is evocative, provacative, lovely or jarring. A conjunction that may never occur again, exactly the same way." Aaron Ximm "In other words, these Machines reproduce and amplify exactly those elements which are most elusive, that interest me most, in the act of field recording itself." Aaron Ximm "Perhaps that's why they can surprise and delight me, though I make them and know every sound in their library." Aaron Ximm Sample composition
generated by Serendipity Machine 03.19.02 (skyway). The machine constantly mixes a set of around a hundred clips of unmanipulated recordings to produce a neverrepeating, always-changing series of juxtapositions up to three layers deep. Some 20,000 combinations are possible, including moments of silence.
The Serendipity Machine 'Virtual audio magic in a suitcase'
"THE TIME OF BELLS" CD Volume I available at: "In these compositions you'll hear how bells sound the time of day, the time of prayer, the time of festival, the time of transhumance.
You'll hear how their temporality shapes space, changing ambience with the season, making distance and dimension. You'll hear how they interact with other time and spacemakers, from the sea, insects and birds, to cars, televisions, and musical instruments. Most of all you'll hear how NOTES: CD tracks recorded with DSM-6S/EH / WHB/N mic + LiteGUY hrtf baffle + PA-24NJ preamp + PCM-M1 DAT deck (exception: M-S mic used on tracks #1 & #3)

NOTES: TOB-3 CD tracks recorded with DSM-6S/EH & DSM-1S/H + WHB/N ambient stereo-surround mics + LiteGUY hrtf baffle + PA-24NJ preamp+ AKG 451 as A-B front pair ( on 4-ch R-4 recorded tracks 1,2,3,5w/ AERCO pre) + PCM-M1 DAT powered by BC-1 + Edirol R-4 powered by BD-8 external battery.
Video tour of Virginia Ryan's Multiple Entries: Africa and Beyond 2001-2008, exhibited at the Galleria Civica, Spoleto, Italy, July-August 2008, with ambient and music soundtrack by Steven Feld & Accra Trane Station. More information at
Film describing Australian artist Virginia Ryan's INTRANSITU project, in collaboration with the ARAKAMARE embroidery group in Puglia, italy, 2007. Part one in a series of: THE HAND, THE EYE, THE VOICE Art Concept and Direction: Virginia Ryan Sound Design: Steven Feld (seen headwearing DSM WHB mic!)
Por Por: Honk Horn Music of Ghana Steven Feld's latest 2/2007 CD release available at:
Low bitrate stereo samples of all tracks on the ordering site


Hi Leonard, Two nights ago, I sat outside our bedroom on the little patio and recorded about 12 minutes of our northwest Red-legged tree frogs. Their voices are quite varied and they do go on. It is their habit to be quiet for 30 seconds to several minutes until one will pipe up. Then another will join and then it cascades. I think that there are two groups. Most times they all sing together, but at times there is a discrete difference on volume and density of the voices. This is quite apparent when looking at a graphical image of the recording.
One group will quiet down, while the other keeps going until the other joins back in. But at other times, both will stop quite abruptly with only one or two frogs individually croaking once or twice and then quiet. At around the 3:00 to the 4:00 (and on) minute mark, there is a frog that has this very distinctive voice a fast clicking at around 10 or so clicks per second. Quite fun to hear.The quality of their voices is quite varied, and I find them quite interesting to listen to them and the recorded audio quality is quite rich and crisp. We have a stream running nearby, so there is the background noise of flowing water in the recording. David Hays
RECORDING GEAR: DSM-1S/H+WHB/N Mic & Sony PCM-M10 Flash deck.
DOWNLOAD the ~12 minute, ~25 meg MP3 sample directly encoded from clipped sections of 2 hour raw 24bit, 44.1KHz WAV file.
SONY PCM-M1 DAT + MOD-2 mic power upgrade DSM-1S/M + WHB/N headworn 2-ch windscreen mic BC-1C external 25 hour 4C alkaline battery SONY PCM-M1 DAT + PA-24NJ Preamp DSM-1S/M + WHB/N headworn 2-ch windscreen mic BC-1C external 25 hour 4C alkaline battery SHARP MD-MT80 minidisc deck DSM-6S/H + WHB/N headworn 2-ch windscreen mic SHARP minidisc deck PA-24NJ Preamplifier DSM-6S/EH + WHB/N

preamp + Edirol/Roland R-09 deck at 24bit/44.1K, then converted to MP3 format
moderate low volume in a relaxing quiet space.



Michael Rasbury

"I invite you to share this project with anyone and encourage downloading and use of these recordings." "If you are able to use any of these recordings, please contact me and let me know how you use them. I am very interested in your comments." "Support for the was provided by the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia and was developed during my sesquicentennial leave. The purpose of this website is to expand my research as a sound designer through field recording. A primary goal of this endeavor is to explore HRTF sound recording." The majority of the recordings were recorded with Sonic Studio's DSM-1S/H head worn microphones connected to a PA-3SX Preamp, and an Edirol R-09 digital recorder. Most recordings were captured in 24 bits utilizing a 48 kHz sampling rate.


Sounds of the Oregon Country Fair Drum Circle, Parade, Stamenphone, Original "Country Fair Song" & More.
Chris Zenchenko's Recordings: Outrigger Hawaiian Vacation Tour & Midwest USA Fireworks Finale
Recording Gear: Sony PCM-D1+DSM-6/H (+WHB/N windscreen)+PA-6LC2 (power/filter)
(Photos at left show Chris using headworn mic array while in Hawaii)
NOTE: Chris's raw recordings directly converted to maximum quality 320 kbps MP3 DOWNLOAD 12 MEG, 5 MINUTE outrigger tour clip DOWNLOAD 3.4 MEG, 1.5 MINUTE Wisconsin USA fireworks finale clip
Over six years ago Stephan Crasneanscki approached Sonic Studios with a 'Soundwalk' concept allowing people a more familiar walking sense in destination cities. Since 2002 several Sonic Studios DSM1S/M & /H stereo surround recording systems have greatly helped meet original goals. Soundwalk has since added capabilities
and scope including client based services and inhouse projects all involving virtual reality sound.
2008-2009 Soundwalk, Rostarr & Label Dalbin More information at

DOWNLOAD 39.5 MEG, 43 MINUTE "Kill The Ego" soundtrack, or hear/view the full video listed inside 'PROJECTS' at
Kill The Ego New York Recordings 1998-2008
Concept & Execution by Stephan Crasneanscki Sound Design by Dug Winningham Mix by Brandon Proctor Mastering at Bison-Bison Studios with the generous support of Lora Hirschberg
A film by Rostarr Directed by Jim Helton and Ron Patane
Co-production Label Dalbin, Soundwalk & MAC Creteil Category: Entertainment
"MOVING WAVES" An Aquatic Journey CD by Milton
Sofoulis Australian relaxation sounds recordist Milton Sofoulis used DSM-1S/M + WHB/N mic with Sharp MD to record water/birds for his first CD.
DOWNLOAD BELLBIRDS Track #4 MP3 sample clip
True very high quality stereo VBR encoded. 6:45 Minute ~10MEG Click on Moving Waves CD to go to Milton's Web Site
Debbie's 'Si CASA FLORAS' MEXICAN BIRTHDAY GREETING; 927 Kbytes MP3 Recorded w/headworn DSM-6S/H + Sharp MDSR60
Raw Nature & EFX Samples Recorded by Gary Ruble (alias Doctor Dirt) from Dr Dirt's Volume 1 Ambient Sounds Collection CD
Equipment Used: DSM-6S/H mounted inside WHB windscreen headband on a Sharp MD-MT20 portable
Dirt Motorbike Ride 1.47 Meg Diesel Backhoe 2.37 Meg Rain Thunder Hail Storms 6.73 Meg Gurgling Brook 1.81 Meg Dr Dirt's Spillway 2.43 Meg
MiniDISC deck Metal Water Drum Songs 1.12 Meg Production: Direct digital transfer from MD to.wav, then converted to highest quality VBR MP3 using Cool Edit Pro plugin. A Few Social Frogs 5.29 Meg
. CLICK for original posted 20 minute version page. Stealth Ambient 3-D Surround-Sound Stereo. Social-Drama + Music + a whole lot more going on; hear it for yourself !!!
DESCRIPTION: A Rich and Moving 3-D Virtual Reality Tapestry of Deals, Meals, Banters, Bummers, Barters, Tales of Friends-Drink-Drugs-Love, Guitar & Drum Circle Music, and more happening all at the same time! After a 1993 Autzen Stadium Eugene Oregon Grateful Dead concert I head out to the parking lot camping section, and discovering, for the first time, Shakedown Street. I order Chai tea, and soon find myself bantering with participants. Be there again in DSM recorded virtual reality stereo-surround sound.

LOOK OUT. FOR THAT BOTTLE ROCKET. FRED!. 192kbit - 4.5MEG - 3:08M. '91 Fourth O' July Fireworks Loon Lake Dock -Sonic Studios DSM-6S/M Ambient Stereo Mic + PA-12A DC-Servo Mic Preamplifier + Denon DTR-80P DAT Deck
Oak Hills Golf & Country Club Fireworks Spectacular
4th of July 2001 Sutherlin, Oregon

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This year NO public fireworks, so residents purchased their own and improvised with all kinds
of skyrockets and firearms set off for miles around the Sutherlin valley area. Sort of sounded like a war zone, but no stray bullets reported to cause a mishap, and no publicized arrests. I guess we mostly had a good time after all!
Recorded with HRTF baffled mic positioned at the street curb in front of my house from ~ 10:30PM to Midnight.

MiniDISC + Umbrella

DOWNLOAD 13 MIN ~10 MEG Sutherlin Neighborhood Fireworks MP3
Rain, Train, Plane + more - 192kbit/4:08M -Sutherlin, OR 3-D Surround Recording - DSM-1S/L MIC + WHB Windscreen + Sharp MD-MT20
Oklahoma Thunder Storm by Mark Ragsdale using DSM-6S/M + Sharp MD recorder
Birds, Frogs, Water Sounds. 192Kbps. 10.1 MEG. 7:05 MIN. Loon Lake, OR. various Headworn DSM mic/DAT decks
2003 Sutherlin "BLACKBERRY FESTIVAL" Custom/Stock MOTORCYCLES Idling & Slowly Crusing into the Festival Entrance
Recorded with Headworn DSM-6S/L (mounted in WHB/N) + PA-24NJ Preamp + PCM-M1 DAT Deck
DOWNLOAD. 150-240Kbps VBR MP3. 7.5 MEG. 5:12 MIN
More Custom/Stock Motorcycles Idling & Slowly Heading out
Every year Sutherlin celebrates the 3-day Blackberry Festival. Friday evening is a dance, Saturday is dedicated to many contests including a vintage and custom car show with prizes. Sunday has motorcycle contests. Personally I really love the starting up and accelerating sounds. So I gathered all the still photos into a slide show mixing in festival recorded stereo-surround sounds. Recording Gear: Nikon CoolPix + DSM-6S/L mic + PA-3SX preamp + Edirol R09 flash card audio recorder.

DSM FX click for download page Urban Ambient Sounds of Crowds, Jet Planes, Train, Motorcycle


<< Subj: DSM's Date: 6/21/01 7:16:15 AM Pacific Daylight Time From: To:
Hi Leonard, Just noticed on your web-page that we were missing on your users list :) To give you an idea, we've been using your DSM mics now for several years on several projects and like them very much ! On the latest project used I strapped the Sony D100 onto the belly of a dog, and rigged the DSM's onto a dog's head (no animals were harmed at all :). This got us awesome moaning, whining, groaning, eating, breathing dog sounds.


Try to do that with any other mic !! Cheers ! -c. d. -interplay entertainment
96kbps (mono mix of stereo) 325K MP3. 27 sec


Many air-show flyby sounds are designed into films. Who can forget Star Wars' pod racer sounds at least partially composed of air show flyby resource recordings.
At least one pod likely used exact same model plane flyby sound. Recognize at least one familiar 'pod racing' sound? Many sound designers working projects out of Skywalker Sound use headworn DSM stereo-surround mics for gathering FX sounds needed for specific projects, then saved in the sound library as an FX resource for future projects.
Recorded not inside the airport grounds, but across the tracks/street at ~500 foot distance third up from runway start. This distance allows recording longer-duration flyby sounds with wider imaging properties most useful for film work. However great are the recorded flyby sounds, there's occasional sounds of motor vehicles passing in front, and to a lesser degree, overheard sidewalk banter making this recording most authentic sounding, but less suitable as resource for sound design purposes
Recordist used the following:
BONUS CAT SOUNDS TRACK BELOW NOTE: Photos for illustratiion purpose only

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OREO the cat on the stairs Recorded with WHB/N windscreen DSM-1S/H mic + PA-24NJ preamp into Marantz PMD-660 flash deck.

These trains were recorded along CSX track in Richmond VA. I was on Oakview avenue near the 8600 block between Hermitage road and Parham road. That is about 1/2 mile north of the Amtrak Staples Mill road station. This is a double track main line and quite buisy with about 10 Amtrak passenger trains per day and many freights. Pierre Morin, Recordist
Recording I made July of Canadian Pacific, hudson type steam locomotive 2816 near Lytton British Columbia Canada. Engine built 1930 for CPR passenger service in eastern Canada. Retired 1950's. On display at museum in USA for many years. Purchased by CPR in late 90's and restored to operation by BC Rail's steam shop in North Vancouver BC. Now used for publicity and excursions out of Calgary Alberta. Picture at left taken two years ago in the same area
DOWNLOAD Hudson 2816 Steam Locomotive left to right slow travel DOWNLOAD More recently recorded recorded July 9 Hudson 2816 Locomotive right to left 33 MPH faster travel speed.
Old passenger train going by Spuzzum BC. It has three old diesel engines (1955 vintage) and 10 old business cars from about 1930. Recorded this while standing under trees to be out of the rain. CPR uses this for the company officials and for high end paying passengers. Nice echo off the walls of the Fraser canyon. The train is called the "Royal Canadian Pacific" Recorded from open door between cars on the train coming from Eatonville to Tacoma. Nowadays it is rare to be allowed to look out an open window on a train and also it is rare to ride on jointed track.


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Message dated 11/12/2007 Peter Morin writes: Saturday went for a walk along CPR track on south side of Burrard inlet, east from Willingdon Ave for about 3 miles. Train was the West Coast Express commuter at same area recorded back in June.DOWNLOAD GEAR: Marantz PMD660 PA24NJ preamp DSM1S/H + WHB/N mics

Message dated 11/15/2007 Pierre Morin writes: Recording was made in same area as pictures. I was in the woods about 100 feet from track when making recording. Mics were on a 1 gallon windshield washer fluid jug. (guysonic note: Not HRTF, instead a baffled omni mic effects recording) DOWNLOAD I have some other similar recordings I did in that area in September with the mics head worn, some with a few small waves in background. DOWNLOAD

Paddling & Loons

ABOUT THE RECORDING'S EXTRAORDINARY REVERBERENCE There was an echo from the trees along the lake shore about 500 to 1000 feet away. The land slopes very gently up from the shore of the lake, no steep cliffs. The long version (bigger file) using a friend's high speed internet.Recorded at Purden Lake BC near cousin Mike and Cathy's cabin early in the morning from a canoe. 7.8 MEG DOWNLOAD
Loons at Purden lake near Prince George BC It sounded just like that when I was there. I never do any weird special effects editing, only cutting undesirable sounds such as truck traffic and me hitting the canoe with the paddle, light hiss reduction, filter low frequencies below about 30 hz to reduce handling noise, and normalizing to 96%. I always try to keep the sound authentic to the original. 7.6 MEG DOWNLOAD 3 MEG DOWNLOAD Cat fight under my bedroom window It happened around 1am this morning. 0.792 MEG DOWNLOAD Thunder storm North Vancouver late July, 2009. Recorded this during that storm we had about 10 days ago, in my carport. 2.9 MEG DOWNLOAD
Recorded RAVENS at Cisc. For some reason there were many more than usual. There is a highway just across the river with plenty of vehicle noises. This short recording is the only portion I could get without background noise. 1.6 MEG DOWNLOAD
I recorded this 'mystery sound' (see photo at left) with my Sonic Studios head worn microphones and Marantz flash recorder at the local ski area. 1.0 MEG DOWNLOAD
Recorded more 'mystery sounds' DOWNLOAD and DOWNLOAD
San Francisco Cable Car Ride
Pierre Morin recording made while riding inside on a cable car bench seat near the conductor during a recent visit to San Francisco. The trip starts at Fisherman's Wharf and goes to Market street. I was
sitting at the front, right side, facing sideways. April 29, 2007. Gear used: Headworn DSM-1S/H + WHB/N mic + PA-24NJ preamp into Marantz PMD-661 flash deck. Orignal recording iw ~ 20 minutes and was edited into three downloadable files.
YouTube video audio edited to stay within the required 10 minute limitation is below as higher than YouTube quality MP3 Pro VBR file. YouTube audio: 14.8 MEG DOWNLOAD These are the original Pierre Morin audio files: Part 1: 8.2 MEG DOWNLOAD Part 2: 8.3 MEG DOWNLOAD Part 3: 8.2 MEG DOWNLOAD


Hello Leonard I have attached a 192kbps MP3 sound file of a recording of a Chinook helicopter made at an airshow in October 2006 at the old RAF Duxford airfield near Cambridge, UK. This is now part of the Imperial War Museum and houses workshops which restore and maintain many historic aircraft. Flying displays are also held regularly featuring aircraft old and new. I was situated near to one of the commentary speakers and using the DSM-1S/H with the PA-3SX on gain setting 2 feeding the Edirol R-09 at input level 15. It was one of the first recording I made with the system. There is also a collage attached of shots of the Chinook.
Best regards, Andy Neenan CHINOOK HELICOPTER RECORDED using headworn DSM-1S/H + WHB/N mic into PA-3SX preamp with R-09 flash deck
Stereo-Surround Audio for
Television/Radio ENG Event/Interview

Peace March & Rally

Courthouse Steps, Roseburg Oregon USA
March 17, 2006 Third Anniversary of Iraq War
NOTE: This day was also a Friday, with the celebration of Saint Patrick's day starting its own celebration about the time the rally ended See Photo far below and hear a short clip of that celebration.
PRODUCTION NOTES: All Selections recorded with headworn WHB/N windscreened DSM6S/H stereo mic + PA-24SP preamplifier into Microtrack 24/96 deck (TRS line setting "L" 24bit/88.2K rate). Recordings edited using Adobe Audition software featues of clip restoration where needed, amplification/hard limiting of too soft/loud sections, and 'file type' converted to 16bit/44.1K wav, and finally encoded highest quality VBR MP3 for download.
Participants approach the Douglas County Courthouse steps. DOWNLOAD 1MEG 1:08MIN MP3 File
'Percussionist For Peace' group perform original "Celebrate" using acoustic instruments with PA'd vocals.
A speaker starts up at the podium mic, but a person steals the power cord. Everyone moves closer on the steps; a
DOWNLOAD 1.5MEG 1:41MIN MP3 File MP3 File Another speaker starts reading names of Oregonian casualties in Iraq, but a few 'biker' patriot anti-demonstrators add shouting content, and while 'invited' to participate, this leads to face-to-face confrontation. DOWNLOAD 9.1MEG 9:28MIN MP3 File
distant trumpet plays 'taps' to the read poem. DOWNLOAD 5.4MEG 5:28MIN


As the participants packed up their gear from courthouse steps, this recordist continued the audio documentation process with full ambient background of downtown Roseburg and recorded a conversation with Penny Z of the 'Percussionists for Peace' music group, and friends. Also walked over to catch part of the News Review interview with 'Mr. Patriot' who was the other half of the confrontation with Penny Z (pictured above left; NOTE: Confrontation photo courtesy 'The Infamous Ms T,' all others by recordist Leonard Lombardo, owner, DOWNLOAD 7.69MEG 7:41MIN MP3 File

CD includes excellent 24 page photo booklet with detailed study of the music and tradition.
Visit James Burns site by clicking on "The Recordings" image at right. Click on TSCD924 CD cover image for site
DOWNLOAD 3:53 MIN 5.7MEG Sample clips mixed from several of the 11 CD tracks.
--- NEW 2004 CD! --"Rhythm of the Maasai"

"Music of the

GET the CD from
Enter into the world of East Africa's semi nomadic Maasai people. Explore the sights and sounds of a Maasai

DOWNLOAD 2.6 Minute, VBR MP3
(~5 MEG) / 6 Clip Compilation from the CD's 15 selections

Hans Johnson

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VBR MP3 (~1.0 MEG) sample
DOWNLOAD 7 Minute, VBR MP3 (~11 MEG) / 13 sample clip mixdown from the CD
village. Learn about each aspect of an individual's life from birth until death in the CULTURE section. Listen to warriors singing brave tales of lion hunts and a mother calming a new born with a traditional lullaby in the MUSIC section. Take a closer look at the Maasai people in the IMAGES section. And to learn more about who we are, click on the ABOUT US link.
All Text, Images and Sound Clips Copyright Hans Johnson 2004.
Enta Supa! Rhythm of the Maasai - Music of the Maasai people is available NOW on iTunes and! The album features 15 traditional and contemporary Maasai songs recorded in Kenya. ALL proceeds are paid directly from the online retailers to the Maasai Community Connection (MCC), a non-profit that helps to ensure Maasai communities have access to education and health care. Translations of the songs will be available on MCC's website ( in short time. Thanks!
=Hans "Lemayian" Johnson Here are the direct links: Maasai Community Connection - Rhythm of the Maasai on iTunes - Rhythm of the Maasai on Amazon - ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1272470881&sr=8-1 Sonic Studios, maker of the stereo microphones used to record the album -

Bluegrass Festivals are traditionally two very different events in one. There's the daytime stage performances, afterwards is the evening campground opento-all-musicians (ALL ages and ability) informal groupings celebrating the teaching, sharing, and uninhibited passion for playing Bluegrass into the early morning hours. BLUEGRASS of anyone's choosing is found wherever two or more musicians are facing each other under the stars, a tree, an awning, or standing in a large circle of a dozen+ musicians (including standup acoustic bass) barely fitting the circumference of a screen tent. The recordings below are two channel DSM recorded surround stereo later converted to highest quality VBR MP3 files. This is a 'virtual reality' audio record of what it was like to be there listening to the music (and crickets) that July evening. Suggest listening on open (NOT isolating type closed) style headphones or regular 2-channel stereo, or 5.1+ surround sound speakers (with Dolby Pro Logic or DTS decoder ON;BUT no SRS or Circle audio effects processing please), Strongly suggest positioning stereo and surround speakers as suggested on the TIPS PAGE. Portable recording equipment used to make these recordings is as follows: WHB/N windscreened DSM-6S/H model microphone on LiteGUY HRTF baffle mounted on a telescopic fishpole boom. PA-24NJ preamplifier gain at +34dB (+10dB panel setting) going line level into PCM-M1 DAT deck recording at 16bit/44.1K. Post edit mastering done with Adobe Audition software using a mix of normalization, dynamics processing, and hard limiting
functions only, and only as needed to enhance the universal playback experience, and then encoded to highest quality VBR MP3.
DOWNLOAD Bluegrass Music Lesson 12:25MIN 19MEG. DOWNLOAD Bluegrass Music Lesson 2 2:50MIN 4.4MEG. DOWNLOAD Bluegrass Music Lesson 3 6:40MIN 10MEG. Musicians teach, learn, and play with several others in an informal camp-chair
circle with crickets and an occasional dog bark in the background ambient. Sonic Studios LiteGUY HRTF Baffled 2-channel stereo microphone on fishpole positioned at various.5 to 2 meters distances from vocals and lead instruments.

DOWNLOAD Tent Circle Group 6 3:10MIN 4.6MEG. DOWNLOAD Tent Circle Group 7 3:37MIN 5.2MEG. DOWNLOAD Tent Circle Group 8 0:37MIN 0.9MEG. DOWNLOAD Tent Circle Group 9 4:09MIN 6.0MEG. Another gathering with over a dozen
members is sharing songs while standing in a circle barely fitting inside a screen tent. Sonic Studios LiteGUY stereo microphone on fishpole positioned at ~ 1.5 meter height just OUTSIDE the musician's circle. While impossible to gracefully get even close to an optimum recording position (like somewhere inside the circle), when possible, the baffled stereo mic was positioned from outside inwards to within 1 meter distance from lead vocals/instruments. Even with the recording challenges, turned out (after edit) an excellent recording about having a great Bluegrass fun time.
DOWNLOAD "Pride of Man" A'capella 1:49MIN 2.8MEG. A separate group of musicians try a pure vocal rendition of this famous
song. Although the trio was sporting a one-take-will-nail-it attitude, at 1 AM with nearly a half full bottle of Baccardi close by, this was a good try, but NO cigar. This standing-in-an-open-field recording is awaiting a second take. Even so, this is still an excellent example of a good sounding vocal harmony recorded using Baffled Omni DSM. The LiteGUY HRTF Mic was positioned within.5 meters with (vocalist requested after a brief sound check) ~25% off-center bias to balance the acoustic mix of the trio.
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