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|netherwolf||3:34am on Thursday, November 4th, 2010|
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|Sony ICD-B17 I have both the Sony B-7 and B-16. Both are excellent recorders and especially if you are involved with EVP. Sony ICD-B17 I have both the Sony B-7 and B-16. Both are excellent recorders and especially if you are involved with EVP.|
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DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER PRODUCT INFORMATION RESOURCE GUIDE Publication: Version 1.0 May 2003
This document was written to provide answers to many common questions that individuals may have about the Sony digital voice recorders. Although the devices are small in size, they are powerful personal as well as effective business tools with many capabilities if used in the proper manner. The Guide is divided into sections to make it easy to obtain the answers to each subject area. If there is a question that you have about Sonys digital voice recorders and it is not answered in this document, please do not hesitate to contact Sony by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Guide will include information on the individual models that are currently in the product line. The models covered are: ICD-MS515 & ICD-MS515VTP ICD-ST10 & ICD-ST10VTP ICD-P17 ICD-B17 ICD-B7 FS-85USB (covered in the Transcription Section) INTRODUCTION NEW FOR 2003 SECTION A: Specifications SECTION B: Controls, Jacks and Connections SECTION C: LCD Display SECTION D: Recording Modes SECTION E: PC Connectivity SECTION F: Battery Life and Alternate Power Sources SECTION G: Recording Techniques SECTION H: Digital Voice Editor Software SECTION I: Transcoding SECTION J: Special Recorder Functions SECTION K: Voice to Print SECTION L: E-mail (audible) SECTION M: CODECS SECTION N: PC Requirements and Compatibility SECTION O: Recorder Set-Up SECTION P: Software Upgrades SECTION Q: Transcription SECTION R: Glossary
INTRODUCTION The Digital Voice Recorder is a relatively new device having matured from a simple 15 second low quality recording to a sophisticated PC connectable business tool with hours of recording capability. This exciting device brought many new features and functions which are not available with analog (cassette based) products. Long Recording Time: the largest recommended length of a standard business cassette is 45 minutes per side. Now with digital technology, more than 5 hours of high quality recording is available. Individual Files: each dictation is a separate recording with its own date and time. The advantage is that each recording can be accessed, listened to, new information can be added, and the recording can be deleted without affecting other recordings. Overwrite Function: although the analog user could rewind and dictate over the previous recording, if the new dictation was shorter on length than the dictation being talked over, there would remain parts of the old dictation which would confuse the transcriptionist. With digital voice recorders, when the user listens through the last correct word and then overwrites, the old dictation in that document from that point onward is automatically erased resulting in a perfectly corrected document. digital technology provides a very high quality recording without any motor noise
High Quality Audio:
Small Compact Lightweight Design: much smaller and lighter than a tape recorder. Theres no excuse not to slip one in your pocket so its ready when you need it. Insert and Delete: additional material can be inserted in the middle of a previously recorded dictation without losing any of the original material. Also, material can be deleted leaving the good dictation in place. dictation can be downloaded to the PC and various actions can take place including transcription, file storage and e-mailing. dictation can be e-mailed back to the office or to an outside transcription service for processing. The traditional cassette based transcribing machine has been replaced by the PC as the transcriber.
Voice To Print: dictation can be automatically converted into text using a high quality software such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred from Scansoft, Inc. These are just a few of the many things that can be done with the new exciting digital voice recorder products which are available from Sony.
WHO CAN USE A DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER Although the analog cassette recorder continues to serve as an important business tool, the new digital voice recorders, because of their many new and improved capabilities, have revitalized and expanded the use of recording devices. Its hard to identify an occupation area that cannot use one of these devices in some way or another. Here are just a few: Accounting Architecture Chemistry Construction Education Engineering Fireman House Manager Insurance Law Enforcement Legal Medical News Nursing Sales Science Transportation These devices are used to: make notes, provide information, provide instructions, remember details, give directions, dictate memos and letters, generate reports and anything else that can be done with the users voice. The material that is recorded is timely, detailed and available for review in an audible format that is easy to understand.
ICD-MS515 and ICD-MS515VTP
Memory Stick Digital Voice Recorder USB Connectivity or Memory Stick Record Time (8 MB Memory Stick): 64 min SP, 171 min. LP
ICD-ST10 and ICD-ST10VTP
PC Compatible with USB Connectivity Stereo Recording Mode Record Time: 41 min ST, 125 min SP, 334 min LP
PC Compatible with USB Connectivity Record Time: 278 min. 5 Files
Record Time: 300 min 2 Files
Record Time: 150 min. 2 Files
Digital Voice Recorder PC Based Transcription Kit Includes: CD-ROM, USB Connected Foot Control, Professional Style Chin Band Listening Device
NEW FOR 2003 Digital Voice Editor Software 2.1: One common software for all PC connected models Having a separate voice editor software for each model made it difficult to learn the operation of the PC connectivity function when different digital recorder models were being used. In some office situations, authors used different Sony recorders, which required the office administration staff to learn the various voice editor software versions. The look and operation of each version was slightly different. Now there is only one common Digital Voice Editor software GUI (Graphical Unit Interface) design ,the new v2.12 which will be shipped with all DVR models beginning in May. Larger Display Increasing the size of the playback control section and the character font made it easier to see and control the operation Built-in PC Keyboard Controlled Transcription function Using the F Keys (Function Keys) on the computer keyboard, the playback of the audio can be controlled for Play, Stop, Rewind and Fast Forward as well as a secretarial automatic rewind function. The choice of which key performs a specific function can be customized in the software. Plays.msv,.dvf,.wav, mp3 files The new software allows the user to play files which have been recorded in.msv,.dvf,.wav or.mp3 without having to convert them. This means that when a dictation has been e-mailed back to the office in the.dvf format, for example, the file can be played without converting it into.wav at the office if the person has the digital voice editor software on their PC. Batch CODEC Conversion Previously, when someone e-mailed the dictation to another location, they kept the file in the original compressed format to speed up the transmission. Unfortunately, however, when multiple dictations were sent, the person receiving the work had to convert each file individually into the desired format to enable them to listen and transcribe. With the new Batch Conversion Feature, all the similar type file formats can be highlighted and converted into the desired format at one time. Digital Pitch Control This feature allows the audio to be speeded up or slowed down without affecting the pitch of the playback which makes the playback more pleasant to listen to. Simplified E-Mail Process The process has been improved making it easier to attach dictation to an e-mail by allowing up to 10 dictations to be attached to a single e-mail in one step directly from the digital voice recorder or Memory Stick.
SECTION A: Specifications Note: Specifications are subject to change. ICD-B7 HWD: 4-1/7 x 1-3/4 x 5/9 (105.3 x 44.5 x 14 mm) Weight: 2.4oz (68 grams) Recording Time: up to 150 minutes File Folders: 2 Maximum # of Messages: 198 Battery Life: Record-10 hours Play-8 hours Flash Memory Size: 8MB CODEC: TRC (Triple Rate Codec) Speaker Size: 1-1/4 (32mm) Sampling Frequency: 8KHz Power Output: 150mW ICD-B17 HWD: 4-1/7 x 1-3/4 x 5/9 (105.3 x 44.5 x 14 mm) Weight: 2.4oz (68 grams) Recording Time: up to 300 minutes File Folders: 2 Maximum # of Messages: 198 Battery Life: Record-10 hours Play-8 hours Flash Memory Size: 16MB CODEC: TRC (Triple Rate Codec) Speaker Size: 1-1/4 (32mm) Sampling Frequency: 8KHz Power Output: 150mW ICD-P17 HWD: 4-1/7 x 1-3/4 x 5/9 (105.3 x 44.5 x 14 mm) Weight: 2.4 oz (68 grams) Recording Time: up to 278 minutes File Folders: 5 Maximum # of Messages: up to 495 Battery Life: Record-10 hours Playback-8 hours Flash Memory Size: 16MB CODEC: TRC (Triple Rate Codec) Speaker Size: 1-1/4 (32mm) Sampling Frequency: 8KHz Power Output: 250 mW PC Connectivity: Digital Voice Editor v2.12
ICD-ST10 HWD: 4 x 1-5/8 x 5/9 ( 103.6 x 41.5 x 13.3 mm) Weight: 2.54 oz (72 grams) Recording Time: STEREO- 41 min. SP-125 min LP-334 min. File Folders: 5 Maximum # of Messages: up to 495 Battery Life: Record ST-10 hours, SP-12 hours, LP-14.5 hours Playback ST-6.5 hours, SP-7.5 hours, LP-8.5 hours Flash Memory Size: 16MB CODEC: LPEC Speaker Size: 1-1/9 (28mm) Sampling Frequency: ST-44.1kHz, SP-16kHz, LP-8kHz Power Output: 350 mW PC Connectivity: Digital Voice Editor v2.12
ICD-MS515 HWD: 4 X 1-3/8 X 23/32 (106.3 X 34.1 X 18 mm) Weight: 75g (2.65 oz) Recording Time: 64 minutes (SP), 171 minutes (LP) File Folders: up to 340 Maximum # of Messages: up to 965 Battery Life: Record 10 (SP)12 hours (LP), Playback 12 hours Memory Stick Size & Capacity: 8MB included. Can use up to a 128 MB Memory Stick CODEC: LPEC Speaker Size: 29/32 Sampling Frequency: SP-16KHz, LP-11KHz Power Output: 200mW PC Connectivity: Digital Voice Editor v2.12
SECTION B: Controls, Jacks and Connections PRODUCT INFORMATION CHART ICD-B7 Jacks & Connections
Earphone Jack 3.5mm Stereo Earphone Jack 3.5mm Plug- In Power Microphone Jack 3.5mm Stereo Microphone Jack 3.5mm USB Memory Stick Slot
O O O O
Controls & Buttons
A-B Repeat Bookmark Digital Pitch Control Directional Mic Function Display Divide Eject Erase Folder Hold Index Jog Lever Menu Button Mic Sensitivity Multi-Function Control Operation LED Pause Playback Speed Control Priority Record / Stop Record / Pause Stop
O O O O O
Use Index Button In Menu
number. The 10 is the total number of messages in the dictation folder. ST / SP / LP: shows the current recording mode the unit is in or the mode the dictation was in when it was recorded H/ M / L: indicates the microphone sensitivity setting- High, Medium, Low Bookmark: shows that a recording has a bookmark A-B Repeat: shows the function is active D. RECORDING MODES (ST/SP/LP) You can select a recording mode from the following:
?? ST: Stereo recording mode (for ICD-ST series only). Highest quality recording, but
the file size increases reducing the total available recording time.
?? SP: Standard play mode. You can record a message in better tone quality. The file
size becomes relatively larger than in the LP mode and reduces the total available recording time. ?? LP: Long time recording mode for the maximum available recording time. MODE
High quality sound, easier to listen to, very natural sound Good recording quality, provides longer recording time Long recording time, sufficient to record many classes or long sessions
Reduces the total available recording time, larger file space required Limited recording time for all day conferences Audio quality is reduced.
Dictation, Voice to Print,
ICD-B 7 ICD-B17 ICD-P17 ICD-ST10 ICD-MS515
Dictating Notes, Personal Reminders Recording Lectures and conferences
?? Some IC recorder models may not be sold in your area. ?? When you install the Digital Voice Editor for ICD-MS/P/S/BP Series, you can
create compatible file types except for the DVF (LPEC: for ICD-ST series) file. (You can play back the DVF (LPEC: for ICD-ST series) file.) When you install the Digital Voice Editor for ICD-MS/ST/S/BP Series, you can create all the file types
except for the DVF (TRC) files. (You can play back the DVF (TRC) file.) When you install both types of the Digital Voice Editor software, you can handle all the compatible file types. DVF file [LPEC: for ICD-ST series] (Digital Voice File/file extension: *.dvf) The DVF file is a sound file format used in recording messages on the Sony IC recorder ICD-ST series equipped with a USB port. The sound data is compressed so that the size of the file is relatively small. You can edit and play back the DVF files on the Digital Voice Editor. The DVF file can be added to the IC recorder ICD-ST series and can be played back and edited there. You can select ST, SP and LP recording modes. Note The DVF file has four formats: for ICD-BPx50 series, for ICD-BP100/BPx20 series, for ICD-ST series, and for ICD-P series. DVF file [LPEC: for ICD-BPx50 series] (Digital Voice File/file extension: *.dvf) The DVF file is a sound file format used in recording messages on the Sony IC recorder ICD-BPx50 series equipped with a USB port. The sound data is compressed so that the size of the file is relatively small. You can edit and play back the DVF files on the Digital Voice Editor. The DVF file can be added to the IC recorder ICD-BPx50 series and can be played back and edited there. You can select SP and LP recording modes. Note The DVF file has four formats: for ICD-BPx50 series, for ICD-BP100/BPx20 series, for ICD-ST series, and for ICD-P series. DVF file [LPEC: for ICD-BP100/BPx20 series] (Digital Voice File/file extension: *.dvf)
The DVF file is a sound file format used in recording messages on the Sony IC recorder ICD-BP100/BPx20 series equipped with a USB port. The sound data is compressed so that the size of the file is relatively small. You can edit and play back the DVF files on the Digital Voice Editor. The DVF file can be added to the IC recorder ICD-BP100/BPx20 series and can be played back and edited there. You can select SP and LP recording modes. Note The DVF file has four formats: for ICD-BPx50 series, for ICD-BP100/BPx20 series, for ICD-ST series, and for ICD-P series. DVF file [TRC: for ICD-P series] (Digital Voice File/file extension: *.dvf) The DVF file is a portable sound file format used in recording messages on the Sony IC recorder ICD-P series equipped with a USB port. The sound data is compressed so that the size of the file is relatively small. You can edit and play back the DVF files on the Digital Voice Editor. The DVF file can be added to the IC recorder ICD-P series and can be played back and edited there. You can select SP mode only. Note
The DVF file has four formats: for ICD-BPx50 series, for ICD-BP100/BPx20 series, for ICD-ST series, and for ICD-P series. MSV(LPEC) file (Memory Stick Voice file/file extension: *.msv) The MSV(LPEC) file is a sound file format used in recording messages on the Memory Stick IC recorder ICD-MS515 and IC recorder ICD-S series. The sound data is compressed so that the size of the file is relatively small. You can edit and play back the MSV(LPEC) files using the Digital Voice Editor, write them on the Memory Stick to be restored and played back on the Memory Stick IC recorder and IC recorder ICD-S series. You can select SP and LP recording modes. Note The MSV(LPEC) file, although having the same file extension, is not compatible with the MSV(ADPCM) file and cannot be played or edited on the ICD-MS1 or the Digital Voice Editor 1.0/1.1/1.2. MSV(ADPCM) file (Memory Stick Voice file/file extension: *.msv) The MSV(ADPCM) file is a sound file format used in recording messages on the Memory Stick IC recorder ICD-MS1. The sound data is compressed so that the size of the file is relatively small. You can play back and edit the MSV(ADPCM) files on the Digital Voice Editor. The MSV(ADPCM) files can be written on the Memory Stick to be restored and played back on the Memory Stick IC recorder. You can select SP and LP recording modes. Note The MSV(ADPCM) file, although having the same file extension, is not compatible with the MSV(LPEC) file, except that they can be played back or edited on the Digital Voice Editor. WAV file (WAV FILE [8/11/16/22/44.1 kHz 8/16 bit, monaural/stereo]/file extension: *.wav) The WAV file is a PCM sound file used in recorded sound in standard Windows application software. You can play back a WAV file on many Windows brand software applications such as the "Windows Media Player" which is pre-installed on most PCs or available as a download file on the internet. When saving or converting a file, you can select either format from an auto-conversion (8/11/16 kHz, 16 bit monaural or 44.1 kHz 16 bit stereo) WAV file, 11 kHz 16 bit WAV file for voice recognition, or 44.1 kHz 16 bit stereo sound WAV file. Usually, select the auto-conversion WAV file format. To use the file for voice recognition, select an 11 kHz 16 bit format.
MP3 file (MP3 file [8/11/16/22/44.1 kHz monaural/stereo]/file extension: *.mp3 ) The MP3 file, short for MPEG-1 Layer 3 (Moving Pictures Expert Group), stores digital audio such as sounds or songs and is known to be used to distribute content over Internet. The file is compressed with little loss in sound quality. You can view the MP3 files in the PC message list in the Digital Voice Editor. An MP3 file displayed in the PC message list can be played back on your computer. Note: When an MP3 file is added to the IC recorder or Memory Stick using the Digital Voice Editor Software (DVE v2.1), it is automatically converted to the appropriate CODEC that meets the destination IC recorder type. You cannot upload an MP3 file as it is without conversion. Sony Digital Voice Recorders do not play back MP3 files. ICS file (Sony IC recorder Sound file/file extension: *.ics) The ICS file is Sony's original sound file format used in recording messages on the IC recorder ICD-R100. The Digital Voice Editor Version 2.1 does not support an ICS file. To use an ICS file with the Digital Voice Editor Version. 2.1, use the software compatible with the ICD file format such as Sony ICD-PCLINK software, "Digital Voice Editor Version. 1.x", or "ICS Converter" to convert an ICS file into a WAV file.
The ICS Converter is available on the Sony web site as free software. See Section P: Software Upgrades
SECTION E: PC Connectivity USB Connectivity: the USB connection with the supplied cable enables the dictation to be transferred to the PC as well as from the PC to the recorder. The dictation can be transferred to the PC in its original format or a choice of other file formats. When recording is transferred from the PC to the recorder it has to be converted back into the file format of the original recorder. This is done automatically by the digital voice editor software. V1.0: the USB connectivity is designed to work with version 1.0. V2.0: the USB connection will work with a USB v2.0 system, but will operate at v1.0 speeds. The fast transmission rate of the files built-in to the device makes the compatibility with USBv1.0 quite sufficient to make the transfer of audio files quick and easy. Transfer Time: 5 minutes of dictation transfers to the PC in approximately one (1) second of time. 1 Hour of recording would take approximately twelve (12) to fifteen (15) seconds. File Formats:.dvf : file format used in the ICD-ST10 and ICD-P17.msv: file format used in the ICD-MS515
SECTION H: Digital Voice Editor Software Versions: v.2.12 GUI Layout:
TOOL BAR: a series of choices for the user to select to activate functions of the digital voice editor including set-up and saving to PC options. RECORDER FILE FOLDERS: shows the available file folders of the digital recorder for the user to choose from. FOLDER CONTENT INFORMATION: provides detailed information on each dictation. PLAYBACK INFORMATION: provides information as to what is being listened to as well as where in the dictation you are listening by showing the total recording time and current position in time. PC HDD FILES: shows the PCs HDD drive contents PC HDD FILE CONTENTS: shows the individual dictations HDD file CONTROL SECTION: a series of options to control the playback as well as e-mail and Voice to Print functions
TOOL BAR: a series of choices for the user to select to activate functions of the digital voice editor including set-up and saving dictated files to PC options. RECORDER FILE FOLDERS: shows the available file folders of the digital recorder for the user to choose from. FOLDER CONTENT INFORMATION: provides detailed information on each dictation. When a file folder in the RECORDER FILE FOLDER section of the GUI is clicked on, the dictations in that folder will appear in the this section of the GUI PLAYBACK INFORMATION: provides information as to what is being listened to as well as where you are in the dictation you are listening by showing the total recording time and current position in time. PC HDD FILES: shows the PCs HDD drive contents PC HDD FILE CONTENTS: shows the individual dictations in the HDD file CONTROL SECTION: a series of options to control the playback as well as e-mail and Voice to Print functions FILE STRUCTURE: The amount of information that is shown on the PC in the GUI of the Digital Voice Editor Software is based on the user set up. This is done in the Options selection from the Tool Bar. You can choose to display the following: Model Number Folder Number Folder Name Message Number User Name Message Name Record Mode Record Date Record Time
ICD-MS515 RECORDING: File Name: 001_Demo Dict_001_SP_2003_04_09_14_03.msv
The contents of the file name are as follows: 001 The number of the file folder on the recorder Demo Dict.The name of the file folder created by the user 001 The number of the recording in the file folder. If there were multiple recordings the next one would be number 002 SP.The recording mode [SP or LP] 2003.The Year the recording was made 04.The month the recording was made 09.The date the recording was made 14.The hour the recording took place (1400 = 2 PM) 03.The minute the recording took place (3 minutes after the hour) msv.The file format the dictation was recorded in. On the PC it will show the total recording length and if it was a priority message
File Name: ICD-P17_001_A_001_Stephen Teplansky_2003_04_09_03_52.dvf
ICD-P17.the model of the recorder 001.the number of the file folder Athe letter of the file folder Stephen Teplansky.the name of the user of the recorder 2003.the year the recording took place 04.the month the recording took place 09.the date the recording took place 03.the hour the recording took place [3:00 AM] 52.the minute the recording took place.dvf.the file format the dictation was recorded in. ICD-ST10 RECORDING:
File Name: ICD-ST10_001_A_001_Stephen Teplansky_ST_2003_04_09_12_54.dvf
ICD-ST10.the model of the recorder 001the number of file folder on the recorder Athe letter of the file folder 001the number of the dictation in the file folder Stephen Teplansky.the name of the user of the recorder ST.the recording mode [ST, SP or LP] 2003.the year the recording was made 04.the month the recording was made 09.the date the recording was made 12.the hour the recording was made [12:00 noon] 54.the minute the recording was made.dvfthe file format the dictation was recorded in
Depending on the recorder, the size of a recorded file will be different. The advantage of the.msv and.dvf formats is that they are approximately 1/10th the size of a standard.wav file. This consumes less space on the recorder, maximizes recording time and speeds the transmission time.
EXAMPLE: 5 Min File Size:.wav 6627KB.msv 595KB.dvf 595KB 60 Min 79,524KB (79.5 MB) 7,140KB (7.1MB) 7,140KB (7.1MB)
SECTION I: Transcoding The purpose of transcoding is to convert the file format from one form to another to allow the dictation to be listened to by others who dont have the ability to work with the original recording format or used as part of another program such as using the recording in a PowerPoint slide. Sony uses two (2) different CODECs and file extensions CODECS: LPEC: Long Term Predicted Excitation Coding [Sony proprietary] TRC: Triple Rate Codec [Generic Industry Standard] FILE EXTENSIONS:.dvf : file format used in the ICD-ST10 and ICD-P17.msv: file format used in the ICD-MS515
File Format Compatibility:
The Digital Voice Editor can handle the following file formats. You can play them back, edit them, or attach them to an e-mail message on the Digital Voice Editor window. ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? DVF files [LPEC: For ICD-ST series] DVF files [LPEC: For ICD-BPx50 series] DVF files [LPEC: For ICD-BP100/BPX20 series] DVR files [TRC: For ICD-P series] MSV files [LPEC: for ICD-S/M5xx series] MSV files [ADPCM: for ICD-MS1/MS2 series] WAV files [auto-conversion) WAV files (44.1kHz 16bit stereo] WAV files [11 kHz 16 bit monaural] ICS files (only when converted into a WAV file] MP3 files WAV files
File Format Conversion: FROM.msv.dvf.msv.dvf.wav.wav TO.wav.wav.dvf.msv.dvf.msv
If using the Sony FS-85USB Transcription Hardware / Software kit, there is no need to convert the files from the format of dictation created on a Sony digital Voice Recorder. No matter which file format,.msv or.dvf, the software allows it to be listened to without conversion. In order to allow dictation recorded on the digital voice recorders to be transcribed by other transcription softwares it may be necessary to convert the files to a.wav format. This can easily be done by converting the file format to.wav using the Sony Digital Voice Editor software. When saving a digital voice recorder message on your computer's hard disk, you can specify any one of the file formats mentioned above. To Convert and Save All Recordings from the Digital Voice Recorder on the PC Click on the IC RECORDER icon on the Tool Bar In the Drop Down box Select WHOLE then select SAVE In the Save All Message box which appears Choose the Save-In location Re-Name the Folder (only if you want to) Choose Save as type Click on Save To Convert and Save All Recordings from a specific File Folder on the Digital Voice
Recorder to the PC
In the Recorder File Folder section of the GUI (Graphical Unit Interface) click on the specific file folder Right Click on the mouse and select Save In the Save Message box which appears Choose the Save-In location Re-Name the Folder (only if you want to) Choose Save as type Click on Save To Convert and Save one recording in a specific file folder on the Digital Voice Recorder
to the PC
In the Recorder File Folder section of the GUI (Graphical Unit Interface) click on the specific file folder In the Folder Content Information Section of the GUI left click on the dictation you wish to convert and save (it will be highlighted) Right Click on the mouse and select Save In the Save Message box which appears Choose the Save-In location Re-Name the Folder (only if you want to) Choose Save as type Click on Save
Batch Conversion: The Digital voice Editor software v2.1 provides the capability of converting multiple files from one format to another in a few easy steps. #1 Launch the DVE 2.1 #2 Select the files that are to be converted #3 Right Clock on the mouse and select Convert File Format #4 Choose where the converted files are to be saved #5 Select the file format to convert the files into #6 Click on the Convert button SECTION J: Special Recorder Functions
Headset Microphones Sony headset microphones such as the DR-115DP with boom mic or the DR-140UP with flexible pipe microphone are excellent accessories for someone who creates a large volume of dictation which will be converted into text with Dragon NaturallySpeaking software. The mics have both a 3.5 mm microphone plug and 3.5mm earphone plug which connect to the corresponding jacks on the recorders. Playback is heard through the headset for convenience.
?? Voice To Print Transcribing Tips Corrections and Proof Reading One of the best features of the Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred is the selective playback of the original dictation. After the dictation is converted into text, any word, phrase, sentence or paragraph can be highlighted with the mouse and pressing the Play icon on the Dragon Bar the actual recording will be played back in the authors own voice. Proofreading couldnt be easier.
Using Dragon software with e-mailed dictation With the new v.2.1 Digital Voice Editor software, e-mail with recorded dictation can be sent from the originators location back to the office for processing in the compressed format. It does not have to be converted into.wav format. At the office, the attached recording can be saved on the HDD and then after opening the Digital Voice Editor software just highlight the file with the mouse and click on the ABC icon and the voice to print process will begin. There is no need to convert the file manually from.msv or.dvf before using the Dragon software. Keep the Dragon Naturally Speaking Software open if more than one dictation is expected to be converted into text. It saves time not having to launch the software again.
SECTION L: E-mail (audible) A special function of the digital voice recorder is the ability to record and e-mail dictation to others to listen. This can be a very affective business tool providing the ability to record a meeting or notes and then share the actual recording with others. The process is accomplished by: (1) launching the Digital Voice Editor (2) highlight the document(s) [up to a maximum of 10] (3) click the mouse on the icon which looks like a postage envelope.
(4) the e-mail layout will appear with the recording attached. (5) enter the e-mail address and any comments which need to be typed in (6) then send the document. The file will be sent to the recipient in the original file format [.dvf,.msv]. The recipient can download the free player software from Sonys website (See Section P:Software Upgrades) to listen to the recording. The file could be transcoded into a.wav format and sent, but the size of the file would be much larger than that of the Sony compressed file in the.dvf or.msv Codecs. SECTION M: CODECS CODEC: Acronym for coder-decoder. definition: An assembly consisting of an encoder and a decoder in one piece of equipment LPEC CODEC: developed and exclusively used by Sony, for high quality recordings especially suited for voice to print applications. -available on the ICD-ST10 and ICD-MS515 TRIPLE RATE CODEC: a generic consumer CODEC used for general applications not requiring a high quality audio signal.
SECTION N: PC Requirements and Compatibility PC Connected Models: ICD-P17, ICD-ST10, ICD-ST10VTP, ICD-MS515, ICD-MS515VTP IBM PC/AT or compatible Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 98, 2000,ME, XP CPU: 266MHz Pentium II processor or higher RAM: 64 MB or more Hard Disk Space: 70 MB or more CD-ROM Drive USB Port Sound Board Display: High Color (16 bit) or more and 800 x 480 dots or more SECTION O: Recorder Set-Up In order to obtain the best results from your digital voice recorder its important to take the time set up the device properly. It only takes a few minutes and youre ready to start dictating. Sony makes it very easy to accomplish most of these settings by uploading settings from the PC. Just connect the USB cable to the PC connectable units. Launch the digital voice editor and click on the IC Recorder Setting icon on the Tool Bar.
IC RECORDER SETTING Icon
The only setting that is not handled in this process with USB connection is the date and time which has to be done on the recorder. For non-PC connected units press the MENU button. You can also set up the PC connected units in the same way rather than using the Digital Voice Editor Software. The various settings include: Author Name: identifies the recorder by becoming part of the file name which is transferred to the PC. Beep Tone: On or Off Continuous: when ON, in playback will continue to play continuously through the recordings one after the other without stopping at the end of each one. When OFF, the playback will stop at the end of each recording. Counter: shows the amount of time you are recording or playing Date and Time: enter the current date and time
Display Mode: Choose from one of the following: (1) Recording Time: shows the time the recording was made (2) Recorded Date: shows the Y/M/D the recording was made (3) Remaining Time: In Play: shows the remaining recording time of the dictation you are listening to. In Record: shows the remaining recording time on the unit DPC: sets the Digital Pitch Control in a percentage value range of +100% or -50% in increments of 10%. In the plus (+) range the playback is faster and in the (-) range the playback is slower. Easy Search: when ON enables the playback to advance or rewind in increments each time you press the jog dial control. Advance Forward: 10 seconds Rewind: 3 seconds Folder Names: (ICD-MS515 only) enables the recorder to have specific names for each folder. These folder names are part of the dictation file name when the recording is transferred to the PC LED: ON or OFF Microphone Sensitivity: High, Medium or Low Rec-Operation: Overwrite or Add Recording Recording Mode: ST, SP, LP VOR (Voice Operated Recording): in the ON position the recorder will start and stop when the user is speaking and stops during pauses saving recording time. It is not recommended to use this feature in conference or lecture recording because there is usually a lot of noise taking place in the room and the recorder would not shut off. Note: not all functions may be available on your recorder. SECTION P: Software Upgrades and Downloads Sony makes it easy to get software upgrades by using the internet and accessing www.sonystyle.com. At the top of the screen is a section titled Product Service Support. Click on this and then follow the steps below: ?? In the Section Service and Support click on the Launch Service box ?? Click on Electronics ?? Click on Portable Audio / Digital Voice Recorder This will reveal a page with Software for the ICD Digital Voice Recorders.
SECTION Q: Transcription Depending on the application, some or all of the recordings may be manually transcribed or automatically turned into text. Voice to print (voice to text) is certainly a growing technology, but many users still prefer to transcribe the dictation in the traditional fashion of using a foot control and hearing the words through a chin band style listening device. The person performing this task could be the originator of the dictation as well as an office assistant or professional transcriptionist. Sony has introduced the FS-85USB Transcription Hardware/Software kit which includes a CD-ROM with a transcription program and a USB connected 3-function foot control and a chin band style listening device. Loading the software on a Windows based PC provides the capability of easily transcribing the dictation into any word processing or e-mail application. The appearance of the software is similar to that of the GUI (Graphical Unit Interface) of the Digital Voice Editor which comes with the PC compatible Digital Voice Recorders. The upper right section of the DVE GUI on the PC side (right side) shows the location of the files which are available for transcription. Before the availability of the FS-85USB transcription kit, the files had to be converted into.wav format in order to transcribe them. With the new software in the FS-85USB, the dictation files can be transcribed and listened to in their original format (msv,. dvf,.wav,.mp3). This saves a number of steps and most important valuable time. The Player Pane is the control and information panel for the transcriptionist.
Current Dictation Information
AUDIO FUNCTIONS: This section allows you to control the basic playback options including: Volume Control DPC (Digital Pitch Control) -50% to +100% To return to normal click on the NORM button
Divide & Combine: This function is used when connected through the USB cable and allows you to divide a message into two parts on the digital voice recorder or combine two messages into one message.
SPECIAL FUNCTIONS: Repeat: Allows you to mark a specific segment of a recording that is either on the recorder (USB is connected) or on the PC and have it continuously play over and over again. It will play repeatedly until you press the STOP button on the Playback Operation Section or click OFF the Repeat function. Bookmark: allows the user to mark a particular point in the recording. Then using the jump button, click on it and the playback will immediately go to the Bookmarked location.
Allows you to attach dictation to an e-mail, address it and send. Note that there are a maximum of 10 recordings that can be attached and also consider the maximum size of the total files that can be accom modated by your internet service provider.
This is the automatic link to Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred Voice to Print Software. After the Dragon Software has been installed, a dictation can be automatically converted into text. The user highlights a dictation that is either on the recorder side of the GUI or on the PC hard disk drive and then clicks on the ABC icon. The dictation will be automatically converted to a standard.wav file and loaded into the Dragon NaturallySpeaking software and converted into text. CURRENT DICTATION INFORMATION This section provides the listener with information on the current dictation being listened to. No.the number of the dictation in the selected file User Name. name of the user whos recording the dictation is Msg Namemessage name if entered Rec Date.date of the recording Length.in Hours, Minutes and Seconds Play Time Indicator (Upper Right Corner)
shows how much of the total dictation has been played. This time counter is also synchronized with the Playback Slider on the lower right hand portion of the Player Pane
Shows in a linear fashion where the playback is in relation to the entire length of the recording. The HH/MM/SS on the lower part of the slider changes according to the length of the document. You can manually
move the slider using the mouse. Note that when you reposition the slider the time counter in the CURRENT DICTATION INFORMAT ION section of the Player Pane adjusts accordingly. KEYBOARD AND FOOT CONTROL PLAYBACK CONTROL In the Options section / Transcribing Key Folder of the toolbar the user can activate the USB foot control operation as well as the Transcribe Keys. Enable Transcribing Keys: activates the keyboard so it can be used to manually listen to the recording and perform such actions as Play, Stop, Easy Search Backward, Easy Search Forward, Skip Backward, Skip Forward. The specific keys used to perform these keyboard commands can also be set. Enable Foot Control: enables the FS-85USB foot control to be connected to the PC and operate with the ability to Play, Stop, Rewind and Fast Forward.
SECTION S: Glossary TERM
BATCH CONVERSION CODEC COMPRESSED FILE DIVIDE DPC DVE DVF FILE FLASH MEMORY FOLDER GUI HDD LPEC MODE MOVE MSV OVERWRITE SAMPLING FREQUENCY TRANSCODE TRANSFER TIME UPLOADING USB VOR VTP WAV
ability to convert more than one file from one format to another in one step Compression Decompression a file format that is smaller in size the ability to take one dictation and divide it into two or more parts Digital Pitch Control- plays back at a faster or slower rate without distortion Digital Voice Editor-software used to download files to the PC digital voice file- file format of the ICD-BP and ICD-P recorders a dictation or recording the non-removable memory of a digital voice recorder a specific place to store recordings in the digital voice recorder Graphical Unit Interface- the screen layout of a software program Hard Disc Drive Sonys exclusive CODEC the recording mode of the digital voice recorder-SP, LP or Stereo the ability to move a recording from one folder to another memory stick voice- file format of the ICD-MS515 the ability to correct dictation in the playback mode the recording quality of the device. The higher the sampling frequency the better the recording quality the ability to convert from one file format to another the time it takes to upload a recording from the digital voice recorder to the PC the process of copying a recording from the digital voice recorder to the PC Universal Serial Bus - the connection and cable from the digital voice recorder to the PC Voice Operated Recording- starts and stops with the voice or sound Voice To Print standard sound file used in Windows application software
Owners Record The model number is located at the rear and the serial number is located inside the battery compartment. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. ICD-B7/B17 Serial No.
Step 1: Installing the Batteries
Replacing the batteries
The battery indicator on the display window shows the battery condition. flashes, replace the When batteries with new ones. flashes, the batteries are When exhausted and the unit will stop operation. Battery life* You can record up to 99 messages in each of the two folders (A and B). Since a newly recorded message is automatically added behind the last recorded message, you can start recording quickly without searching for the end of the last recording. e.g. Note
Before making a long recording, be sure to insert new batteries and check the battery indicator.
Message 1 Message 2 Newly recorded message Blank space
Playing Back Messages
When playing back a previously recorded message, start from Step 1. When playing back a message you have just finished recording, start from Step 3. Note on recording
Noise may be recorded if an object, such as your finger, etc., accidentally rubs or scratches the unit during recording.
Playing back a message repeatedly Repeat Play
During playback, press NxPLAY/STOP for more than one second. will be displayed and the selected message will be played back repeatedly. To resume normal playback, press NxPLAY/STOP again. To stop playback, press STOP.
Slide and lift the battery compartment lid.
Select the folder.
Maximum recording time
You can record for up to 150 minutes (ICD-B7)/300 minutes (ICD-B17). You can check the remaining amount of recording time by selecting the remaining recording time display mode. Notes
Due to the limitation of the IC recording system, this unit records in the minimum recording unit of approx. 9 seconds, therefore the following symptoms may occur: When a message is shorter than the minimum recording unit, it is still counted as approx. 9 seconds so the remaining recording time will decrease by more than the actual length of the message. When the message is longer than the minimum recording unit, the remaining recording time will decrease by more than the actual length of the message if it cannot be divided by the minimum recording unit without a remainder. The sum of the number on the counter (elapsed recording time) and the remaining recording time may be less than the units maximum recording time.
Press FOLDER to display the folder you wish to play back.
Sony Corporation 2003 Printed in China
Insert two LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries with correct polarity , and close the lid.
With continuous use, approx. 10 hours recording/8 hours playback is possible. * Using Sony alkaline batteries LR03 (size AAA) * When playing back through the internal speaker with VOL control at around 4 The battery life may shorten depending on the operation of the unit.
Playing the beginning of each message Scanning Play
During stop mode, press NxPLAY/STOP for more than one second. SCAN will be displayed in the display window and the first 5 seconds of each message in the selected folder will be played back. When you find the desired message, press NxPLAY/STOP. The message will be played back until the end.
Press FOLDER to display the folder in which you wish to record messages.
Select the message number.
Selected message number
Do not use manganese batteries for this unit. When you replace the batteries, insert the new ones within 3 minutes after you removed the exhausted ones. Otherwise, the display may show the clock setting display or incorrect date and time when you reinsert the batteries. In this case, set the date and time again. The recorded messages and alarm setting, however, will remain. When replacing the batteries, be sure to replace both batteries with new ones. Do not charge dry batteries. When you are not going to use the unit for a long time, remove the batteries to prevent damage from battery leakage and corrosion.
Press . or >+ to display the desired message number. .: for smaller message number >+: for larger message number
Current message number OPR indicator (lights in red during recording.) 2 Speak to the built-in microphone.
Playing back all messages in a folder continuously Continuous Play
Counter display* You can select the continuous play mode with the CONT in the menu. When you set CONT to ON, you can play back all messages in a folder continuously.
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1 Press zREC/STOP.
Before taking the unit for repair, check the following sections. Should any problem persist after you have made these checks, consult your nearest Sony dealer.
The unit does not operate.
If the battery compartment lid is accidentally detached, attach it as illustrated.
* The display selected with the DISPLAY button appears (see the reverse side).
For the customers in the U.S.A.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. You are cautioned that any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authority to operate this equipment.
The batteries have been inserted with incorrect polarity. The batteries are weak. The buttons are locked with the HOLD switch. (If you press any button, HOLD will flash three times.)
Remaining memory indicator
No sound comes from the speaker.
The earphone or headphones are plugged in. The volume is turned down completely.
Clock setting display appears when you insert batteries for the first time, or when you insert batteries after the unit has been without batteries for a certain period of time. Please refer to Steps 2 to 3 in Step 2: Setting the Clock to set the date and time.
* The display selected with the DISPLAY button appears.
Remaining memory indication
During recording, the remaining memory indicator decreases one by one.
The memory is nearly full. Flashing
Searching forward/ backward during playback (Cue/Review)
To search forward, keep >+ pressed during playback and release the button at the point you wish to resume playback. To search backward, keep . pressed during playback and release the button at the point you wish to resume playback. If you keep >+ or .pressed for more than 10 seconds, the unit starts to search at higher speed. For the first 10 seconds of cue/ review, fast playback sound can be heard. When searching at a higher speed, playback sound will not be heard. During cue/review, the counter will be displayed, regardless of the display mode setting.
EAR jack OPR indicator (lights in green during playback.)
1 Press NxPLAY/STOP.
You do not need to keep pressing zREC/STOP while recording.
FULL is displayed and you cannot start recording.
The memory is full. Erase some of the messages. 99 messages has been recorded in the selected folder. Select another folder or erase some of the messages.
Step 2: Setting the Clock
Clock setting display appears when you insert batteries for the first time, or when you insert battery after the unit has been without battery for a certain period of time. In this case, proceed from step 2.
Press zREC/STOP again. The unit stops at the beginning of the current recording.
Noise is heard.
An object, such as your finger, etc., accidentally rubbed or scratched the unit during recording so that noise was recorded. The unit was placed near an AC power source, a fluorescent lamp or a mobile phone during recording or playback. Plug of the connected microphone was dirty when recording. Clean the plug. Earphone/headphones plug is dirty. Clean the plug.
Recording level is unstable (when recording music, etc.).
This unit is designed to automatically adjust the recording level when recording meetings, etc., and is not suitable for music recording.
Other operations To Do this
Press STOP. Press NxPLAY/STOP. To resume playback from that point, press NxPLAY/STOP again. Press . once. Press >+ once. Press . or >+ repeatedly. (During stop mode, keep the button pressed to skip the messages continuously.)
On power Operate the unit only on 3 V DC. Use two LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries. On safety Do not operate the unit while driving, cycling or operating any motorized vehicle. On handling Do not leave the unit in a location near heat sources, or in a place subject to direct sunlight, excessive dust or mechanical shock. Should any solid object or liquid fall into the unit, remove the batteries and have the unit checked by qualified personnel before operating it any further. On noise Noise may be heard when the unit is placed near an AC power source, a fluorescent lamp or a mobile phone during recording or playback. Noise may be recorded when an object, such as your finger, etc., rubs or scratches the unit during recording. On maintenance To clean the exterior, use a soft cloth slightly moistened in water. Do not use alcohol, benzine or thinner. Keep personal credit cards using magnetic coding or springwound watches, etc., away from the unit to prevent possible damage from the magnet used in the speaker. If you have any questions or problems concerning your unit, please consult your nearest Sony dealer.
-M--D ---:-- is displayed.
You have not set the clock.
-M--D ---:-- is displayed on the REC DATE display.
The date of recording will not be displayed if you recorded the message when the clock was not set.
Set the date.
2 Press NxPLAY/STOP. The month digits will flash.
release pause and resume recording
1 Press . or >+ to select the digits of the year.
Press XPAUSE or zREC/STOP. Recording resumes from that point. (To stop recording after pausing recording, press STOP.) Press zREC/STOP or STOP to stop recording, then press NxPLAY/STOP. Press NxPLAY/STOP during recording. You can select the microphone sensitivity to display the following by pressing MIC SENS. HIGH: To record at meeting or in a quiet and/or spacious place. LOW: To record for dictation or in a noisy place.
Starting recording automatically in response to the sound Advanced VOR function (ICD-B17 only)
When VOR (voice operated recording) is set to ON in the menu, recording starts when the recorder detects sound. (VOR is displayed in the display window.) Recording stops when no sound is heard. (VOR PAUSE flashes in the display window.) Note
VOR function is affected by the sound around you. Set the MIC SENS to HIGH or LOW. If recording is not satisfactory after you have changed the microphone sensitivity, or for important recording, set VOR to OFF.
stop at the beginning of the current message stop at the current position (Playback Pause function)* go back to the beginning of the current message skip to the next message go back to previous messages/skip to succeeding messages
You cannot add an index.
You cannot add an index in a folder which has 99 messages. If you add indexes frequently, the unit may become unable to add indexes. You cannot add an index in the first or the last 1 second of a message.
listen to the current recording review the current recording instantly
You cannot erase the index.
If you erase indexes frequently, the unit may become unable to erase indexes.
3 Set the month and day in sequence, then press NxPLAY/STOP. The hour digits will flash. 1 Tip
To set the date to Year 2003, display 03Y.
select the microphone sensitivity
* About one hour after you pause recording, recording pause is automatically released and the unit goes into the stop mode.
* You can also pause playback by pressing XPAUSE instead of NxPLAY/STOP. The OPR indicator will flash in green. After about one hour, the unit goes into the stop mode at the current position.
You cannot record messages up to the maximum recording time.
No more recording can be made when 99 messages each have been recorded in both A and B folders. Due to the limitation of the IC recording system, this unit records in the minimum recording unit of approx. 9 seconds. If the length of each message cannot be divided by the minimum recording unit, the remaining recording time may decrease by more than the total length of the messages.
Set the time.
3 Set the minute.
1 Press . or >+ to select the digits of the hour.
The unit does not operate correctly.
Take out the battery and insert it again. Please note that recorded messages may be erased during service or repair work. 2 Press NxPLAY/STOP. The minute digits will flash.
To avoid potential risk of data loss caused by accidental operation or malfunction of the IC recorder, we recommend that you save a backup copy of your recorded messages on a tape recorder, etc.
4 Press NxPLAY/STOP at the time signal. The display will return to SET DATE.
5 Press MENU to exit from the menu mode.
This unit does not have a power on/off switch. The display is shown at all times.
You can erase the recorded messages one by one or all messages in a folder at a time. Note that once a recording has been erased, you cannot retrieve it.
BVarious Ways of Recording
Adding a Recording to a Previously Recorded Message
You can add a recording to the message being played back. The added recording will be placed after the current message and counted as a part of the message. During playback of Message 3
Dividing a Message into Two/ Combining Messages Index Function
You can divide a message by adding an index, or combine messages by erasing the index. While recording/playing back messages, you can add an index (see below). In stop mode, you can erase the index.
Moving Messages to a Different Folder Move Function
You can move the recorded messages to another folder. Example: Moving Message 3 in Folder A to Folder B
The hour digits will flash.
Selecting the Display Mode
You can select the display mode for the stop, recording and playback modes. (If the unit is left unoperated for more than 3 seconds in the stop mode, the display will show the current time, regardless of the display mode setting.) Each time you press DISPLAY, the display mode will change as shown below:
Playing Back All Messages in a Folder Continuously
CONT ON: You can play back all messages in a folder continuously. CONT OFF: Playback stops at the end of each message.
Set the alarm time.
1 Press . or >+ to select the hour digits and press NxPLAY/STOP. The minute digits will flash.
Play back the message you want to move.
Erasing messages one by one
When a message is erased, the remaining messages will advance and renumbered so that there will be no space between messages. Before erasing
Message 1 Message 2 Message 3 Message 4 Message 5
Press MENU to enter the menu mode.
Dividing a Message by Adding an Index
You can add an index to a message during recording or playback. By dividing a message, you can easily find the point you want to play back when you make a long recording such as a meeting. When you add an index, the message numbers will increase as follows. Before adding an index After adding an index
Message 1 Message 2 Message 3
Erase Message 3 After erasing
Message 1 Message 2 Message 3 Message 4
After adding a recording
Meeting at 2 oclock on December 1. at Conference room A
While playing back the message, press FOLDER to flash the indication of the folder to which you want to move the message (B in this case).
The first and last 5 seconds of the message will be played back 10 times, while the folder indication and MOVE flash.
2 Press . or >+ to select the minute digits and press NxPLAY/STOP. ALARM ON and , will be displayed to indicate that the setting has been completed.
Counter: Elapsed playback/recording time in one message
Remaining recording time:
Press . or >+ to display CONT and press NxPLAY/ STOP.
OFF (or ON) will flash.
Remaining messages are renumbered.
To cancel erasing
1 Press ERASE while playing back the message you want to erase or press ERASE for more than 1 second during stop mode. A beep will sound and the message number and ERASE will flash while the first and last 5 seconds of the message is played back 10 times. 2 Press ERASE while the message is being played back. The message is erased and the remaining messages will be renumbered. (For example, if you erase Message 3, Message 4 will be renumbered as Message 3. When erasing is completed, the unit will stop at the beginning of the following message.) Press STOP before step 2.
During playback, press zREC/ STOP for more than 1 second.
The REC indicator appears and PLUS flashes three times on the display window. The OPR indicator will turn red. The new recording will be added at the end of the current message.
The message is moved in the destination folder. Messages are sorted in order of the recorded date and time.
Press MENU to exit the menu mode.
To erase other messages
Repeat steps 1 and 2.
An index is added.
, is displayed when the number of the message with alarm setting is selected. At the set time, the alarm will sound for about 10 seconds and the selected message will be played back. During playback, ALARM will flash in the display window. When the playback ends, the unit will stop automatically at the beginning of that message. Recorded date*: The date and time the current message was recorded.
Press . or >+ to select ON or OFF and press NxPLAY/STOP.
Now the setting is completed.
To erase a message partially
First divide the message by adding an index and then follow the steps to erase the message.
The message numbers increase.
We will now proceed to the next subject.
To cancel moving the message(s)
Press STOP before step 3. Note
The move function does not duplicate a message in another folder. When you move a message to another folder, the one in the previous folder will be deleted.
Press zREC/STOP or STOP to stop the recording.
The first item on the agenda is.
* If the clock has not been set, -M--D ---:-- will be displayed.
To mark an index during recording
While recording a message, press INDEX at the point you want to divide.
Turning off the Beep Sound
BEEP ON: A beep will sound to indicate that operation has been accepted. BEEP OFF: No beep sound will be heard except for the alarm and timer.
Recording with an External Microphone or from Other Equipment
The new message number flashes three times at the point you pressed INDEX. The message will be divided in two messages; however, the messages will be recorded without a break. Message 1 Message 2 Message 3 An index is added.
To listen to the same message again
Playing Back a Message at a Desired Time with an Alarm
You can sound an alarm and start playback of a selected message at a desired time.
Press NxPLAY/STOP. The same message will be played back from the beginning.
Recording media Built-in flash memory, Monaural recording Recording time ICD-B7: 150 minutes ICD-B17: 300 minutes Frequency response 150 Hz - 3,500 Hz Speaker approx. 3.2 cm (1 5/16 in.) dia. Power output 150 mW Input/Output Earphone jack (minijack) for 8 - 300 ohms earphone/headphones Microphone jack (minijack, monaural) Plug in power Minimum input level 0.6 mV 3 kilohms or lower impedance microphone Power requirements Two LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries: 3 V DC Dimensions (w/h/d) (not incl. projecting parts and controls) 44.5 105.3 14.0 mm (1 13/1/4 9/16 in.) Mass (incl. batteries) 68 g (2.4 oz) Optional accessories Electret Condenser Microphone ECM-T115, ECM-T6, ECM-Z60 Connecting cord RK-G64HG Your dealer may not handle some of the above listed optional accessories. Please ask the dealer for detailed information. Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Erasing all messages in a folder
e.g. Folder A Message 1 Message 2 Message 3 Blank space Folder B Message 1 Message 2
Connect a plug-in-power type microphone or other equipment to the MIC (PLUG IN POWER) jack.
To cancel the alarm setting before the playback starts
Press STOP while the alarm sound is heard. You can stop even when the HOLD function is activated. Notes
You cannot set the alarm if you have not set the clock or there is no message in the selected folder (the unit will not enter the alarm setting mode when you press MENU in Step 2). If you try to set the alarm to play back a message at a previously set time on another message, PRE SET will be displayed, preventing new settings. If the alarm time comes while another message is being played back with an alarm, the playback stops and the new message will be played back. If the alarm time comes during recording, alarm will sound for 10 seconds after the recording is finished and playback begins. , will flash when the alarm time comes. If more than one alarm time comes during recording, only the first message will be played back. When the alarm time comes when the unit is in the menu mode, alarm will sound and the menu mode will be cancelled. If you erase the message you set the alarm to play back, the alarm setting will be cancelled. If you add an index to the message you set the alarm to play back, playback will stop at the index. If you erase the index on the message you set the alarm to play back, the alarm setting will be cancelled. You can adjust the playback volume with the VOL control. If the alarm time comes during erasing, alarm will sound for 10 seconds after the erasing is finished and playback begins. Alarm setting will not be cancelled when the alarm playback finishes. To cancel alarm setting, see below.
Message 3 Press STOP before step 3.
When recording with an external microphone
MIC ECM-T115, etc. (not supplied) 1 Tip
You can add an index during recording pause.
Use FOLDER and ./ >+ to select the folder and the message you want to play back. Enter the alarm setting mode.
1 Press MENU. The unit enters the menu mode and ALARM OFF will be displayed. (If ALARM ON is displayed, the alarm has been set. If you do not wish to change the setting, press MENU and exit the menu mode.) Note
ALARM OFF (or ON) will not appear and the alarm cannot be set if the clock has not been set or no message has been recorded in the selected folder.
Message 1 Message 2
To add an index during playback
While playing back a message, press INDEX at the point you want to divide.
The message is divided in two and the new message number flashes three times. An index mark is added and the following index numbers will increase by one. 1 Tip
You can add an index after you have paused playback with XPAUSE.
Press . or >+ to display BEEP ON (or OFF) and press NxPLAY/STOP.
ON (or OFF) will flash.
1 Press FOLDER to select the folder you want to erase.
2 While pressing STOP, press ERASE for more than 1 second. ALL ERASE will flash for 10 seconds.
The setting is completed.
When you connect an external microphone, the built-in microphone is automatically cut off. When a plug in power type microphone is connected, power is automatically supplied to the microphone from the IC recorder.
When recording from other equipment
MIC 3 While the display is flashing, press ERASE. Connecting cord RK-G64HG (not supplied)
To play the message you marked with an index
Press. or >+ to display the message number as the divided messages each have message numbers.
2 Press NxPLAY/STOP. OFF starts to flash.
To play the divided messages continuously
EAR, EARPHONE, v or REC OUT Select ON for CONT as described in Playing Back All Messages in a Folder Continuously. Notes
If 99 messages have been recorded in a folder, you cannot add an index. In that case, reduce the number of messages to 98 or less by erasing unnecessary messages or by moving some of the messages to another folder before adding an index. If you add an index to a message with an alarm setting, the alarm setting remains only with the former message divided.
What beep sound means
3 Press . or >+ to flash ON.
------(single tone) (double tone) (triple tone) (forth tone)
Usual mode Enter/exit special mode Notice* Lack of battery power.
Index to Parts and Controls
MIC jack (PLUG IN POWER) EAR (earphone) jack MIC (built-in microphone) Display window FOLDER INDEX DISPLAY MIC SENS (microphone sensitivity) MENU ERASE Speaker STOP VOL (volume) VOR OFF: OPR (operation) indicator zREC (record) /STOP X PAUSE .REVIEW/ >+CUE NxPLAY/STOP EXECUTE HOLD Notes
Tape recorder, TV, radio, etc.
To cancel the alarm setting or change the alarm time
1 Select the message you set the alarm to play back, and press MENU. ALARM ON will be displayed. 2 Press NxPLAY/STOP to flash ON. 3 To cancel the alarm setting: Press . or >+ to flash OFF and press NxPLAY/STOP. To change the alarm date and time: Press NxPLAY/STOP. When the alarm date is displayed, follow the steps 3 to 5 above to change the alarm date and time. 4 Press MENU to exit the menu mode.
Follow the steps in Recording messages to record messages.
Combining Messages by Erasing the Index
You can combine two messages into one by erasing the index. Message 1 Message 2 Message 3 Message 4 An index is erased.
4 Press NxPLAY/STOP. DATE will flash in the display window.
---- ---- (continuous beep) Alarm set time has come.
* This pattern lets you know the procedure is wrong or informs you of some messages, such as: - you are trying to record a message when you have already recorded up to the maximum recordable time or the maximum number of messages. - you reaches at the top of the first message or end of the last message in a folder.
Make sure that the plugs are connected securely. We recommend you make a trial recording to check the connections and volume control. When connecting equipment other than Sonys, refer to the instruction manual of the equipment.
Set the alarm date.
To play back on a desired date (the message will be played back at the same time on the same date every year until you erase the message) 1 Press NxPLAY/STOP while DATE is flashing. The month digits will flash.
VOR ON: The VOR (Voice Operated Recording) function is activated. Recording starts when the unit detects sound and stops when no sound is heard, eliminating recording from soundless period. The VOR function is disabled. Normal recording operation is selected.
The message numbers decrease. In stop mode, follow the steps below:
Preventing Accidental Operation HOLD function
Press . or >+ to display the number of the second of the two messages you want to combine. While pressing ERASE, press INDEX for more than 1 second.
ID ERASE will flash for 10 seconds.
2 Press . or >+ to select the month digits and press NxPLAY/STOP. The day digits will flash. 3 Press . or >+ to select the day digits. To play back once a week
Rear Display window
Press ERASE while the display is flashing.
The two messages are combined into one and the messages will be renumbered as in the illustration above.
Press . or >+ to select the day of the week.
Folder indication Alarm indicator Repeat play indicator Microphone sensitivity indication Battery compartment REC DATE (recorded date) indication REMAIN indicator Hook for handstrap (not supplied)
Selected message number/Mode indication of the menu (ON, OFF, etc.) REC (recording) indicator Remaining battery indicator Remaining memory indicator
Press . or >+ to display VOR and press NxPLAY/ STOP.
Press STOP before step 3. Notes on adding/erasing index
When recording with an IC recorder, the following symptoms may occur because of the limitation of the system, however, they are not malfunction. If you add/erase indexes frequently, the unit may become unable to add/erase indexes. You cannot add an index in the first or the last 1 second. After combining messages by erasing an index, the latter messages alarm setting will be erased.
To play back at the same time every day
Slide the HOLD switch in the direction of the arrow. HOLD will flash three times, indicating that all the functions of the buttons are locked. To cancel the HOLD function, simply slide the HOLD switch in the opposite direction. Note
When the HOLD function is activated during recording, cancel the HOLD function first to stop recording.
Press . or >+ to select DAILY.
Even if the HOLD function is activated, you can stop the alarm playback. To stop the alarm or playback, press STOP.
Counter /Remaining time indication /Recording date indication /Current time indication (15:30, etc.) /Menu indication (ALARM, BEEP, etc.) /Messages (ERASE, HOLD, etc.)
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