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Help Guide
Linear PCM Recorder
PCM-A10
Use this Help Guide when you have any questions on how to use your linear PCM recorder.
The contents of the Help Guide may be subject to change without notice due to updates to the product's specifications.
Preparation
Parts and controls
Using the wind screen
HOME menu/OPTION menu
Using the HOME menu
Using the OPTION menu
List of the OPTION menu items
About folders and files
Display window
Display window while the HOME menu is displayed
Display window while recording is in progress or on standby
Display window while playback is in progress
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  • Page 1 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Use this Help Guide when you have any questions on how to use your linear PCM recorder. The contents of the Help Guide may be subject to change without notice due to updates to the product's specifications.
  • Page 2 Display window while the recording information is displayed Display window while the current file information is displayed Display window while the file search categories are displayed Power Charging the battery with a computer Disconnecting the linear PCM recorder from the computer Turning the power on Turning the power off Making the initial settings...
  • Page 3 Starting recording slightly in advance (PRE REC) Using the recording delay function Switching the memory storage to keep recording (Cross-Memory REC) Recording automatically in response to the input sound volume – the VOR function Recording with other devices Recording with an external microphone Recording audio from an external device with the synchronized recording function (SYNC REC) Recording without using the synchronized recording function Using external devices for recording...
  • Page 4 What you can do with the connected Bluetooth audio device Registering (pairing) an audio device and establishing a Bluetooth connection Establishing a Bluetooth connection with a registered (paired) Bluetooth audio device Establishing a Bluetooth connection with the one-touch operation (NFC connection) Changing the settings of the Bluetooth function Disconnecting the Bluetooth connection Re-establishing the Bluetooth connection...
  • Page 5: Settings Menu

    Deleting a track mark Deleting all the track marks in the selected file at one time Dividing files Dividing a file at the current playback point Dividing a file at all the track mark points Changing names Changing a folder name Changing a file name Protecting a file Settings menu...
  • Page 6 Checking the information about the linear PCM recorder (System Information) Computer Connecting the linear PCM recorder to a computer Structure of folders and files Copying files from the linear PCM recorder to a computer Copying music files from a computer to the linear PCM recorder Playing music files on the linear PCM recorder that were copied from a computer Using the linear PCM recorder as a USB storage device Software...
  • Page 7 The recorded file is noisy and you want to record with less noise. A rustling noise is recorded. A clipping or breaking noise is recorded. Noise is recorded when you use an external microphone (not supplied) for recording. You hear noise when using the headphones (not supplied) for playback. The volume of the audio you recorded from an external device is low or you hear squeaking noises when you listen to the audio via the built-in speaker.
  • Page 8 The Equalizer function does not change sound quality. Playback speed is too fast or too slow. Editing You cannot divide a file. You cannot move a file. You cannot copy a file to a different folder. Track marks are not detected. The folder or file you created is not displayed.
  • Page 9 Operations slow down as the number of stored files increases. The computer seems to freeze while a file is being saved, added, or deleted. Sound Organizer 2 freezes during start-up. List of messages System limitations 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 10: Parts And Controls

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Parts and controls Built-in microphones Peak indicator Display window OPTION button T-MARK (track mark) button BACK/ HOME button STOP button REC/PAUSE (record/pause) button, recording indicator (play/enter) button (*1) Control button ( DPC (Digital Pitch Control),...
  • Page 11 Otherwise, the connection may be interrupted. To restart your linear PCM recorder, slide the HOLD•POWER switch to [POWER] and hold it for 8 seconds or longer. For details, see Restarting the linear PCM recorder. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 12: Using The Wind Screen

    When you use your linear PCM recorder outdoors, put the supplied wind screen over the built-in microphones to minimize wind noise. Make sure that the wind screen is tightly fit around the linear PCM recorder. If not, the wind screen will produce no effect. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 13: Using The Home Menu

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Using the HOME menu On your linear PCM recorder, the HOME menu is the starting point for all functions. The HOME menu allows you to select a function, search for recorded files, or change the settings on the linear PCM recorder.
  • Page 14 The function you are currently using is displayed in [XX]. Hint While the HOME menu is on the display window, you can press STOP to return to the screen before you displayed the HOME menu. Related Topic Using the OPTION menu 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 15: Using The Option Menu

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Using the OPTION menu You can display the OPTION menu by pressing OPTION. The OPTION menu items vary depending on the selected function of your linear PCM recorder. Note The OPTION menu may not appear, depending on the screen on the display window.
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  • Page 17: Recorded Files

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 List of the OPTION menu items The following lists the OPTION menu items. To display the OPTION menu, press OPTION. Depending on the operation or condition, some of the items may not be displayed.
  • Page 18 The following menu items are available while: - the recorded files are listed. - playback of a recorded file is in progress. - playback of a recorded file is on standby. Transcription Playback Mode: Using the transcription playback mode End Transcription Playback Mode: Using the transcription playback mode Clear Voice: Reducing noise in the playback audio to make human voices sound clearer –...
  • Page 19 Change File Name: Changing a file name File Information: Display window while the current file information is displayed Create Folder: Creating a folder Delete Folder: Deleting a folder Change Folder Name: Changing a folder name Music The following menu items are available while: - playback of a file that is imported from a computer is in progress.
  • Page 20 Delete All Files: Deleting all files in the searched folder or list File Information: Display window while the current file information is displayed Delete Folder: Deleting a folder Related Topic Using the OPTION menu 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 21: About Folders And Files

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 About folders and files The following illustrates the structure of folders and files that you can view on your linear PCM recorder. Under [ Recorded Files] [FOLDER01]: Recorded files are stored. A: HOME menu...
  • Page 22 Structure of folders and files 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 23 You can select one of the following: : Music : Recorded Files : Record : Bluetooth : Settings : Back to XX (The function you are currently using is displayed in [XX].) Related Topic Using the HOME menu 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 24 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Display window while recording is in progress or on standby The following describes the display window while recording is in progress or on standby. A: During recording with manual volume adjustment B: During recording with the Auto Gain Ctrl function Note The above screen is provided for explanatory purposes.
  • Page 25 Indicates the sensitivity level of the built-in microphones or the external microphone that is currently selected. : Auto : High : Medium : Low : High(Music) : Medium(Music) : Low(Music) MNL: Manual Recording volume level indicator (Effective for manual recording only.) Indicates the recording volume level you select by pressing 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 26 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Display window while playback is in progress The following describes the display window during playback. Note The above screens are provided for explanatory purposes. They may look different from what you actually see on your linear PCM recorder.
  • Page 27 Indicates the musical pitch (key) selected for [Key Change] on the OPTION menu. Playback progress bar Indicates how far playback of the file has progressed. Elapsed time Indicates the elapsed time of the current playback. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 28: Sensitivity Setting

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Display window while the recording information is displayed You can view the recording information of your linear PCM recorder, including the remaining recording time and the memory storage and storage folder settings for recorded files.
  • Page 29 While recording is on standby, you can press STOP to view the recording information of your linear PCM recorder. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 30 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Display window while the current file information is displayed You can view the information (file length, recording mode, recording date and time etc.) about the recorded file you selected. Note The following screens are provided for explanatory purposes. They may look different from what you actually see on your linear PCM recorder.
  • Page 31 Codec: Codec type for music files. Bit Rate: Bit rate for music files. Sample Rate: Sampling rate for music files. Bit Depth: Bit depth for music files. Location: Memory storage for recorded files. File Path: Path to the file. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 32 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Display window while the file search categories are displayed When you select [ Recorded Files] or [ Music] on the HOME menu, the search categories of the stored files appear on the display window.
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  • Page 34 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Charging the battery with a computer You can use a computer to charge the battery of your linear PCM recorder. If you use the linear PCM recorder for the first time or you have not used it for an extended period of time, charge the battery until the indicator appears on the display window.
  • Page 35 If your linear PCM recorder is connected to a computer which is not running or in a power saving mode (standby or sleep), the battery will not charge. Related Topic Disconnecting the linear PCM recorder from the computer Connecting the linear PCM recorder to a computer 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 36 Hint For details on disconnecting a USB device from the computer, refer to the manual supplied with the computer. Related Topic Charging the battery with a computer Connecting the linear PCM recorder to a computer 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 37: Turning The Power On

    If you turn the power back on within 4 hours from your last power-off, the power will come on quickly. Related Topic Turning the power off Setting the time period before the linear PCM recorder automatically turns off (Auto Power Off) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 38: Turning The Power Off

    If the sleep timer is active, your linear PCM recorder will turn off automatically in the specified period of time. Related Topic Turning the power on Setting the time period before the linear PCM recorder automatically turns off (Auto Power Off) Restarting the linear PCM recorder 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 39: Making The Initial Settings

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Making the initial settings When you turn on your linear PCM recorder for the first time, the Configure Initial Settings screen appears on the display window. Make the initial settings, such as selecting the display language, setting the clock, and turning on/off the beep sound.
  • Page 40 Setting the clock (Date&Time) Selecting the date display format (Date Display Format) Selecting the clock display format (Time Display) Turning the beep sound on or off (Beep) Display window while the HOME menu is displayed 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 41 (Time Display) on the Settings menu. In addition, the default clock display format depends on the country or region of your purchase. Related Topic Releasing the linear PCM recorder from the HOLD state 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 42 Activate.] on the display window. Release the linear PCM recorder from the HOLD state before you use it. Slide the HOLD•POWER switch to the center dot. Related Topic Placing the linear PCM recorder into the HOLD state (HOLD) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 43 The linear PCM recorder limits the maximum volume to allow you to listen to the sound at a moderate volume level when using the headphones. When you try to adjust the volume to a level that exceeds the specified level, the [Check The Volume Level] message appears. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 44 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Recording with manual volume adjustment (manual recording) You can manually select the optimum recording volume level for the sound source. Note If you accidentally touch your linear PCM recorder or let an object come in contact with it while recording is in progress, rustling or scratching noises may be recorded.
  • Page 45 Press to select the optimum recording volume level for the sound source. You can check the current recording volume level on the peak level meters. Adjust the recording volume so that the recording volume level stays around -12 dB, which fits within the optimum range ( If too loud sounds are detected during recording, [OVER] ( ) appears on the display window and the peak indicator (...
  • Page 46 For the maximum recording time for a single file, see Maximum recording time. Related Topic Recording with the optimum recording volume (Rehearsal function) Recording automatically in response to the input sound volume – the VOR function 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 47 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Recording with the built-in microphones (Auto Gain Ctrl recording) You can record audio with the selected sensitivity level of the built-in microphones and recording mode. Note If you accidentally touch your linear PCM recorder or let an object come in contact with it while recording is in progress, rustling or scratching noises may be recorded.
  • Page 48 Change the angle of your linear PCM recorder's built-in microphones ( ) to adjust the directivity of the microphones. You can change the angle with your fingertip. Turn your linear PCM recorder so that its built-in microphones point in the direction of the target sound source.
  • Page 49 While playback is in progress or on standby, you can press and hold the REC/PAUSE to make your linear PCM recorder pause for recording. This helps you adjust the recording volume level without recording unnecessary audio data. Related Topic Additional operations available during recording 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 50 When the input sound volume is low, it is recommended you move your linear PCM recorder closer to the sound source or increase the microphone sensitivity level. Related Topic Recording with manual volume adjustment (manual recording) Recording with the built-in microphones (Auto Gain Ctrl recording) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 51 We recommend that you monitor the ongoing recording by connecting headphones (not supplied) to the (headphones) jack. However, you cannot monitor the recording with the Bluetooth headphones. Related Topic Recording with manual volume adjustment (manual recording) Recording with the built-in microphones (Auto Gain Ctrl recording) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 52 Related Topic Recording with manual volume adjustment (manual recording) Recording with the built-in microphones (Auto Gain Ctrl recording) Switching the memory storage to keep recording (Cross-Memory REC) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 53 The Memory Selection screen is displayed on the display window. Press to select [Built-In Memory] or [SD Card], and then press Press to select the desired folder, and then press Hint For instructions on creating a new folder, see Creating a folder. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 54 When the built-in microphones are in the X-Y positioning, do not place your linear PCM recorder extremely close to the sound source to avoid collecting sounds from the left and the right in the inverted manner. A: Zoom-in positioning B: Wide stereo positioning C: X-Y positioning 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 55 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Selecting a recording scene for an individual situation According to a particular recording situation, you can change some recording settings, including the recording mode and the sensitivity level of the built-in microphones, at once by selecting one of the recording scenes (Scene Select).
  • Page 56 Recording with manual volume adjustment (manual recording) Default settings for the recording scenes of the Scene Select function Recording with the optimum recording volume (Rehearsal function) List of the Settings menu items Customizing the recording settings for [My Scene] 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 57 Selecting the sensitivity level of the built-in microphones (Built-In Mic Sensitivity) Reducing noise during recording (Recording Filter) Recording automatically in response to the input sound volume – the VOR function Adjusting the recording volume for input sounds to avoid sound distortion (LIMITER) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 58: Tips For Better Recording

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Tips for better recording Recording at a meeting Place your linear PCM recorder close to speakers of the meeting. You can reduce noise (vibrations from the desk, etc.) by placing the linear PCM recorder on a soft cloth, such as a handkerchief.
  • Page 59 Recording an interview Place your linear PCM recorder so that the built-in microphones point in the direction of the interviewee. For recording an interview, it is suitable to select [Auto Voice Rec] or [Interview] of the Scene Select function. Recording a soft music performance With your linear PCM recorder, you can record immersive stereo sound by placing it close to musical instruments.
  • Page 60 Related Topic Selecting a recording scene for an individual situation Reducing noise during recording (Recording Filter) Selecting the sensitivity level of the built-in microphones (Built-In Mic Sensitivity) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 61 Recording level Built-In Mic Sensitivity Medium(Music) Low(Music) Recording level 10 Manual Manual Ext. Input Setting (MIC Recording level Medium(Music) Low(Music) Recording level 10 LIMITER Recording Filter Related Topic Selecting a recording scene for an individual situation 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 62 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Using the microSD card as a storage for recorded files In addition to the built-in memory, you can record files on a microSD card (not supplied). Make sure that no linear PCM recorder operations are in progress, and then open the cover of the microSD card slot.
  • Page 63 Formatting the memory (Format Built-In Memory/Format SD Card). Hint To remove the microSD card, push the microSD card into the slot. When it pops out, remove it from the microSD card slot. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 64 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Recording with the optimum recording volume (Rehearsal function) If you can check the recording volume in advance, it will be easier to use the Rehearsal function for adjusting the recording volume level. While recording is on standby or your linear PCM recorder is paused for recording, press REHEARSAL on the recorder.
  • Page 65 When [Auto Gain Ctrl] is selected for [Built-In Mic Sensitivity], you cannot use the Rehearsal function. Select [Yes] when [Change Sensitivity Setting to Manual to Start Rehearsal Mode?] appears on the display window. You can also use the Rehearsal function on the smartphone app, REC Remote. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 66 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Starting recording slightly in advance (PRE REC) The Pre-recording function starts recording up to 5 seconds before you start recording. This function comes in handy when you do not want to miss the beginning of a sudden recording event, such as an interview or an outdoor recording.
  • Page 67 REC/PAUSE. We recommend that you use an external microphone for recording with the Pre-recording function. If you stop pre-recording without starting regular recording, the buffered in the recorder's memory during the pre-recording period will be cleared. To cancel the Pre-recording function, select [OFF] in step 2. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 68 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Using the recording delay function You can set your linear PCM recorder to start recording automatically when the specified period of time expires. While recording is on standby, select [Recording Delay] on the OPTION menu, and then press...
  • Page 69 Related Topic Using the sleep timer (Sleep Timer) Setting the time period before the linear PCM recorder automatically turns off (Auto Power Off) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 70 To continuously play the divided files recorded with the Cross-Memory REC function, select [Search by REC Date] or [Search by REC Scene] when you select a file search category. The divided files will be displayed next to each other. Related Topic Using the microSD card as a storage for recorded files 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 71 During manual recording or synchronized recording, the VOR function does not work. Hint To cancel the VOR function setup process, set [VOR] to [OFF] in step 2. Related Topic Recording audio from an external device with the synchronized recording function (SYNC REC) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 72: Recording With An External Microphone

    REC/PAUSE to start recording. The built-in microphones are disabled and audio via the external microphone is recorded. When a plug in power type microphone is connected, power is automatically supplied to the microphone from the linear PCM recorder. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 73 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Recording audio from an external device with the synchronized recording function (SYNC REC) You can make music files without using a computer by recording audio/music from the device (a radio cassette recorder, a tape recorder, TV, etc.) connected to your linear PCM recorder.
  • Page 74 During synchronized recording, you cannot use the Rehearsal function. Manually adjust the sensitivity. Related Topic Recording the playback audio of the linear PCM recorder on an external device Recording without using the synchronized recording function 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 75 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Recording without using the synchronized recording function You can make music files without using the computer by recording sound/music from other equipment such as a radio cassette recorder, a tape recorder, etc. connected to the linear PCM recorder.
  • Page 76 Related Topic Recording the playback audio of the linear PCM recorder on an external device Recording audio from an external device with the synchronized recording function (SYNC REC) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 77 PCM recorder and recording on the external device. The playback audio from the linear PCM recorder is recorded on the external device. Press STOP on the linear PCM recorder and the stop button on the external device. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 78: Playing A File

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Playing a file You can select a file from the HOME menu for playback. Select [ Music] or [ Recorded Files] on the HOME menu, and then press Search and select a file. For instructions on searching a file, see Selecting a file.
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  • Page 80: Selecting A File

    Models)] appears in addition to [SD Card]. Select a list or folder from the search results, and then select a file. Press to select a list or folder, and then select the file. Hint By default, [ Recorded Files] has [FOLDER01]. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 81 While playback is on standby or in progress, select [Track Mark List] on the OPTION menu, and then press Press to the desired track mark, and then press File playback starts from the selected track mark point. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 82 If track marks are added and the Easy Search function is turned off, the next track mark point toward the end of the file is located. To skip to the succeeding files Press repeatedly. Related Topic Adding a track mark Locating the desired playback point quickly (Easy Search) Searching forward/backward (Cue/Review) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 83: Description Of Menu Items

    Reduces ambient noises further than [Clear Voice 1] to make human voices sound much more clearly. Note While playback with the built-in speaker or the Bluetooth audio device, or playback of the files in [ Music] is in progress, the Clear Voice function does not work. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 84 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Using the transcription playback mode In the transcription playback mode, you can fast-forward or fast-rewind to search for a particular point as well as use the DPC (Digital Pitch Control) function to slow down the playback speed. This is useful when you want to transcribe a recorded file of a meeting, etc.
  • Page 85 To listen to other files, press BACK/HOME to display the file list, and then select a file. Related Topic Adjusting the playback speed – the DPC (Digital Pitch Control) function Locating the desired playback point quickly (Easy Search) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 86 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Adjusting the playback speed – the DPC (Digital Pitch Control) function You can adjust the playback speed in a range from 0.25 times to 3.00 times. Changing the playback speed does not affect the playback audio. Files will play in natural tones, thanks to digital processing.
  • Page 87 3.00 times - 0.25 times: other than the above Related Topic Using the transcription playback mode 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 88 To raise in pitch by a half step ( 1 to To lower in pitch by a half step ( 1 to By default, the musical pitch is set to [0]. Press 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 89 Suitable when you want to listen to music with focus on low notes. Custom: You can define sound levels in 5 frequency bands. Note While playback is in progress with the built-in speaker or a Bluetooth audio device, the Equalizer function does not work. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 90: Selecting The Playback Mode

    Plays the files in the specified range at random. Shuffle Repeat: Plays the files in the specified range repeatedly at random. Related Topic Specifying a segment of a file to play repeatedly (A-B repeat) Repeatedly playing the current file (Button-hold repeat playback) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 91 To change the segment specified for the A-B repeat playback function, resume the normal playback and then repeat steps 1 and 2 once again. Related Topic Selecting the playback mode Repeatedly playing the current file (Button-hold repeat playback) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 93 To cancel the button-hold repeat playback function and resume the normal playback, press STOP. You can turn on the button-hold repeat playback function while your linear PCM recorder is in a particular playback mode. Related Topic Specifying a segment of a file to play repeatedly (A-B repeat) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 94 Plays all files that are contained in the folder (recording date, recording scene, artist name, album title, etc.), including the current playing file. Selecting [ Selected Range] displays the folder icon on the playback screen. Related Topic Selecting a file 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 95 Connect to a Bluetooth audio device via a Bluetooth connection. Then, you can listen to audio wirelessly. Note Connecting headphones or active speakers to your linear PCM recorder disables the built-in speaker. Related Topic Registering (pairing) an audio device and establishing a Bluetooth connection 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 96 Forward or backward search begins at a slow speed, which helps you check the file word by word. If you keep holding either button, forward or backward search will continue at a faster speed. Related Topic Locating the desired playback point quickly (Easy Search) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 97 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Locating the desired playback point quickly (Easy Search) The Easy Search function helps you quickly locate the point from which you want to play. To quickly locate your desired portion of a long recording, such as a recording of a meeting, specify the time period for forward/reverse skipping.
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  • Page 99 Power Off function to suit your needs. Hint Bluetooth wireless technology allows connection at distance of up to about 10 meters (33 feet). However, the effective range may vary depending on obstructions (people, metals, wall, etc.) or signal status. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 100 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Registering (pairing) an audio device and establishing a Bluetooth connection To establish a wireless connection between Bluetooth audio devices for the first time, you need to have the devices registered with each other. This device registration process is called [pairing].
  • Page 101 Related Topic Establishing a Bluetooth connection with a registered (paired) Bluetooth audio device Establishing a Bluetooth connection with the one-touch operation (NFC connection) Changing the settings of the Bluetooth function Notes on the Bluetooth function 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 102 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Establishing a Bluetooth connection with a registered (paired) Bluetooth audio device When your linear PCM recorder and a Bluetooth audio device are already registered (paired) with each other, you can simply establish a Bluetooth connection between the devices.
  • Page 103 Related Topic Registering (pairing) an audio device and establishing a Bluetooth connection Establishing a Bluetooth connection with the one-touch operation (NFC connection) Changing the settings of the Bluetooth function Notes on the Bluetooth function 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 104 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Establishing a Bluetooth connection with the one-touch operation (NFC connection) You can register (pair) an NFC-compatible Bluetooth audio device and establish a Bluetooth connection with your linear PCM recorder by simply putting the recorder onto the device.
  • Page 105 Changing the settings of the Bluetooth function Notes on the Bluetooth function 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 106 The mode selected for [Volume Control] will be enabled the next time a Bluetooth connection is established. Related Topic Registering (pairing) an audio device and establishing a Bluetooth connection Establishing a Bluetooth connection with a registered (paired) Bluetooth audio device Establishing a Bluetooth connection with the one-touch operation (NFC connection) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 107: Disconnecting The Bluetooth Connection

    When the Bluetooth connection is disconnected, [Disconnected] appears on the display window of the linear PCM recorder. Related Topic Registering (pairing) an audio device and establishing a Bluetooth connection 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 108 Establishing a Bluetooth connection with the one-touch operation (NFC connection): Follow the steps in Establishing a Bluetooth connection with the one-touch operation (NFC connection). Related Topic Registering (pairing) an audio device and establishing a Bluetooth connection 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 109 PCM-A10 Viewing the Bluetooth information To view the information about the Bluetooth function, follow the step below: Select [ Bluetooth] - [Bluetooth Information] from the HOME menu of the linear PCM recorder, and then press 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 110: Notes On The Bluetooth Function

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Notes on the Bluetooth function Depending on the Bluetooth audio device connected with your linear PCM recorder, the communication environment, or the ambient conditions, you may hear noises or audio dropouts. To optimize the Bluetooth communications, observe the following.
  • Page 111 Turn off the wireless LAN device when performing Bluetooth communications within about 10 m (33 feet) of a wireless LAN device. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 112 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Features of REC Remote With REC Remote installed on a smartphone, you can connect to your linear PCM recorder via a Bluetooth connection and: start/stop recording turning on/off the Rehearsal function check/adjust the recording volume levels...
  • Page 113 Viewing the Bluetooth information Notes on the Bluetooth function 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 114 If the smartphone does not have the NFC function, see Establishing a Bluetooth connection between the smartphone and the linear PCM recorder. If the smartphone has the NFC function, see Establishing a Bluetooth connection with the one-touch operation (NFC connection). 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 115: For Android

    Start REC Remote. Tap [Pair from Bluetooth Settings] on the [Add device] screen and follow the on-screen instructions. Search for [PCM-A10] on the Bluetooth settings screen and add your linear PCM recorder for Bluetooth pairing with the smartphone. Use the back button to display the [Add device] screen, and then select [PCM-A10].
  • Page 116 PCM recorder, delete the information and make device registration (pairing) once again. Hint If [PCM-A10] is not displayed on the Bluetooth settings screen of the Android smartphone, select [Search for devices] at the bottom of the screen.
  • Page 117: What Is Nfc

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Establishing a Bluetooth connection with the one-touch operation (NFC connection) If a smartphone has the NFC function, follow the steps below to establish a Bluetooth connection between the smartphone and your linear PCM recorder.
  • Page 118 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 119 REC Remote help. Hint While recording is not in progress, you can touch the pause button ( ) to immediately make your linear PCM recorder pause for recording. This helps you adjust the recording volume levels. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 120 When the Bluetooth connection is disconnected, [Disconnected] appears on the display window of the linear PCM recorder. Related Topic Establishing a Bluetooth connection between the smartphone and the linear PCM recorder 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 121 [Establishing a Bluetooth connection with the one-touch operation (NFC connection)]: Follow the steps in Establishing a Bluetooth connection with the one-touch operation (NFC connection) all over again. Related Topic Establishing a Bluetooth connection between the smartphone and the linear PCM recorder 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 122 Select [ Bluetooth] - [Bluetooth ON/OFF] - [ON] from the HOME menu of the linear PCM recorder, and then press On the iPhone, select [PCM-A10] on the Bluetooth settings screen. On the iPhone, start REC Remote. Related Topic Establishing a Bluetooth connection between the smartphone and the linear PCM recorder...
  • Page 123: Deleting A File

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Deleting a file You can select a file and delete it. Note Once you have deleted a file, you will not be able to restore it. Select a file you want to delete. Select [Delete a File] on the OPTION menu, and then press [Delete?] appears and the specified file plays for confirmation.
  • Page 124 Deleting a folder 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 125 You cannot delete a protected file. To delete a protected file, remove the protection from the file first, then delete the file. For instructions on removing protection, see Protecting a file. Hint To cancel the deleting process, select [No] in step 5, and then press Related Topic Deleting a file Deleting a folder 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 126: Deleting A Folder

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Deleting a folder You can select a folder and delete it. Select [ Music] or [ Recorded Files] on the HOME menu, and then press Press to select [Folders], and then press Press to select the desired folder.
  • Page 127 Deleting all files in the searched folder or list 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 128: Moving A File To A Different Folder

    You cannot move a protected file. To move the file, remove the protection first, and then move the file. For instructions on removing protection, see Protecting a file. You cannot move music files. Related Topic Selecting a file Copying a file to a different folder 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 129: Copying A File To A Different Folder

    [Please Wait] appears and the file will be copied from the source folder to the destination folder with the same name. Note You cannot copy music files. Related Topic Selecting a file Moving a file to a different folder 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 130: Creating A Folder

    Select [Create Folder] on the OPTION menu, and then press Select to select a folder name from the template, and then press A new folder is created. Note You cannot create a folder in [ Music]. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 131: Adding A Track Mark

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Adding a track mark You can add a track mark at a point where you want to divide a file later or you want to locate during playback. You can add a maximum of 98 track marks to a single file.
  • Page 132 With the smartphone app (REC Remote), you can select a track mark to add from 4 types. Related Topic Adding track marks automatically Deleting a track mark 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 133 While the Auto Track Marks function is turned on, you can still press T-MARK during recording to add a track mark at any point. Related Topic Adding a track mark Deleting a track mark Locating a playback point with the track mark list (Track Mark List) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 134 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Deleting a track mark You can delete the closest track mark before the point where you stopped playback. Select the file from which you want to delete track marks. Play the file and stop at a point after the track mark you want to delete.
  • Page 135 Deleting all the track marks in the selected file at one time 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 136 You cannot delete track marks while recording is on standby. Use the HOME menu to select the file containing the track mark that you want to delete. Hint To cancel the deleing process, select [No] in step 3, and then press Related Topic Selecting a file Deleting a track mark 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 137 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Dividing a file at the current playback point You can divide a single file into two files. Dividing a file helps you quickly locate the point from which you want to play in a long recording file, such as a meeting recording. You can further divide either of the divided files.
  • Page 138 Track marks located near the beginning and end of the source file may not be used for dividing and remain in the divided files. Related Topic Selecting a file Dividing a file at all the track mark points 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 139 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Dividing a file at all the track mark points You can divide a file at all the track mark points. Select the file that you want to divide. While playback is on standby, select [Divide] - [At All Track Marks] from the OPTION menu, and then press [Divide at All Track Marks?] appears on the display window.
  • Page 140 Dividing a file at the current playback point 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 141: Changing A Folder Name

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Changing a folder name You can change the name of the folders for storing the files you record with your linear PCM recorder by selecting a folder name from the template. Select [ Recorded Files] on the HOME menu, and then press Press to select [Folders].
  • Page 142 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 143: Changing A File Name

    You cannot change the name of a protected file. To change the name of a protected file, remove the protection from the file first, then change the name. For instructions on removing protection, see Protecting a file. You cannot change the name of files in [ Music]. Related Topic Changing a folder name 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 144: Protecting A File

    When you play the protected file, the (protect) indicator appears on the playback screen. Hint To remove protection from a file, select the protected file, and then select [Do Not Protect] in step 2. Related Topic Selecting a file 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 145: Recording Settings

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 List of the Settings menu items The following lists the Settings menu items on the HOME menu. Recording Settings Recording Folder: Changing the memory storage and the storage folder for recorded files Create Folder:...
  • Page 146: Common Settings

    Formatting the memory (Format Built-In Memory/Format SD Card) Available Rec. Time: Checking the remaining recording time (Available Rec. Time) System Information: Checking the information about the linear PCM recorder (System Information) Related Topic Using the HOME menu 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 147: Description Of Menu Items

    MP3 (compressed) in stereo high-quality recording mode MP3 192kbps: MP3 (compressed) in stereo standard-quality recording mode MP3 128kbps: MP3 (compressed) in long play stereo recording mode MP3 48kbps(MONO): MP3 (compressed) in monaural standard recording mode 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 148 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Selecting the sensitivity level of the built-in microphones (Built-In Mic Sensitivity) You can select the sensitivity level of the built-in microphones. You can reduce noises to be recorded by lowing the microphone sensitivity. The lower the sensitivity is, the fewer ambient or distant noises are recorded. Set this menu item before you start recording.
  • Page 149 Note While recording audio from an external device is in progress, the Ext. Input Setting function is enabled and the Built-In Mic Sensitivity function is disabled. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 150 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Reducing noise during recording (Recording Filter) With the Recording Filter function, you can reduce noise in the recordings. Select [ Settings] - [Recording Settings] - [Recording Filter] from the HOME menu, and then press...
  • Page 151 Selecting the audio input type and the sensitivity level of the external microphone (Ext. Input Setting) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 152 Turns off the LIMITER function (default setting). Note The LIMITER function works when [Manual] is selected for [Built-In Mic Sensitivity] or either of the audio input types under [Ext. Input Setting] on the OPTION menu. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 153 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Selecting the audio input type and the sensitivity level of the external microphone (Ext. Input Setting) You can select the audio input type ([MIC IN] or [Audio IN]) of the (microphone) jack and the sensitivity level.
  • Page 154 OPTION menu while playback is on standby. The recording volume level may vary depending on the external microphone. Check on the peak level meters to change the microphone sensitivity level. Related Topic About the peak level meters 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 155 Description of menu items You can select one of the following items: The recording/peak indicator lights or flashes according to linear PCM recorder operations (default setting). OFF: The recording/peak indicator stays unlit during linear PCM recorder operations. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 156 Hint When [Always-ON] is selected, the backlight still goes out in order to save battery power if your linear PCM recorder is left unused for 1 minute after playback or recording is placed on standby. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 157: Selecting The Display Language (Language)

    (Traditional Chinese). Press and hold BACK/HOME to return to the HOME menu. Note The number of language options you can select and the default setting differ depending on the country or region of your purchase. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 158: Setting The Clock (Date&Time)

    (Time Display) on the Settings menu. In addition, the default clock display format depends on the country or region of your purchase. The default date display format depends on the country or region of your purchase. Related Topic Placing the linear PCM recorder into the HOLD state (HOLD) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 159 The date appears in the year/month/date format. MM/DD/YYYY: The date appears in the month/date/year format. DD/MM/YYYY: The date appears in the date/month/year format. Note The default setting differs depending on the area you purchased your linear PCM recorder. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 160 You can select one of the following items: 12-Hour: 12:00AM = midnight, 12:00PM = noon 24-Hour: 00:00 = midnight, 12:00 = noon Note The default setting differs depending on the country or region of your purchase. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 161 You can select one of the following items: A beep will sound to indicate that an operation is accepted or an error occurs (default setting). OFF: No beeps will sound. Related Topic Monitoring the recording audio 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 162 If the sleep timer is already set, the screen indicating that the sleep timer is active will be displayed. To turn off the sleep timer function, select [OFF]. Related Topic Setting the time period before the linear PCM recorder automatically turns off (Auto Power Off) Using the recording delay function 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 163 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Setting the time period before the linear PCM recorder automatically turns off (Auto Power Off) You can set your linear PCM recorder to automatically turn off if it is left unused for the specified period time.
  • Page 164 Releasing the linear PCM recorder from the HOLD state Using the recording delay function 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 165 [Please Wait] appears and all menu settings will be reset to the default ones. Press and hold BACK/HOME to return to the HOME menu. To return to the screen before you displayed the HOME menu, press STOP. Hint To cancel the resetting process, select [No] in step 2. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 166 Be aware that formatting the built-in memory will delete all of the stored data, including protected files and Sound Organizer 2, and you will not be able to restore anything after the formatting process. Hint To cancel the formatting process, select [No] in step 2. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 167 Settings] - [Common Settings] - [Available Rec. Time] from the HOME menu, and then press Press and hold BACK/HOME to return to the HOME menu. To return to the screen before you displayed the HOME menu, press STOP. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 168 Settings] - [Common Settings] - [System Information] from the HOME menu, and then press Press and hold BACK/HOME to return to the HOME menu. To return to the screen before you displayed the HOME menu, press STOP. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 169 The linear PCM recorder is detected by the computer as soon as a connection is made. While the linear PCM recorder is connected to the computer, [Connecting] appears on the display window of the linear PCM recorder. Related Topic Disconnecting the linear PCM recorder from the computer 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 170: Structure Of Folders And Files

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Structure of folders and files You can use a computer to view the structure of folders and files on the built-in memory of your linear PCM recorder or on the microSD card. Connect the linear PCM recorder to the computer and use the Explorer (Windows) or the Finder (Mac) to open [PCMRECORDER] or [MEMORY CARD].
  • Page 171 Files stored in the REC_FILE folder appear in [ Recorded Files] while those in the MUSIC folder appear in [ Music]. When transferring a file, make sure you put it either in the REC_FILE folder or in the MUSIC folder. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 172 To copy a file or folder (drag and drop), click and hold the file or folder ( ), drag ( ), and then drop ( A: PCMRECORDER or MEMORY CARD B: Computer Related Topic Connecting the linear PCM recorder to a computer Disconnecting the linear PCM recorder from the computer 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 173 Disconnect the linear PCM recorder from the computer. Related Topic Technical specifications Connecting the linear PCM recorder to a computer Disconnecting the linear PCM recorder from the computer 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 174 Music] for the files that you copied to the MUSIC folder. For instructions on selecting a file, see Selecting a file. Press to start playback. Press STOP to stop playback. Related Topic Display window while playback is in progress Technical specifications 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 175 You can connect your linear PCM recorder to a computer and use it as a USB storage device. To use the linear PCM recorder as a USB storage device, you need a computer that meets the system requirements. For more information, see System requirements. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 176: Dividing Files

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 What you can do with Sound Organizer 2 (for Windows only) You can install Sound Organizer 2 using the installer file (SoundOrganizer_V2001.exe) stored on the built-in memory of your linear PCM recorder. Sound Organizer 2 allows you to exchange files between your linear PCM recorder and a computer. You can play songs imported from other media (music CDs, etc.) and audio files (MP3 files, etc.) imported on the computer as well as...
  • Page 177 You can select your favorites from the songs imported into Sound Organizer 2 and make your own original music CD. Other convenient usage You can start your e-mail software and attach recorded files to an e-mail. Related Topic Installing Sound Organizer 2 (for Windows only) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 178: Operating Systems

    A compatible USB port is required to use devices and media. Operation via a USB hub is not guaranteed except for models for which operation has been specifically guaranteed. Optical disc To create a music CD, you need a CD-R/RW drive. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 179 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Installing Sound Organizer 2 (for Windows only) Install Sound Organizer 2 on a computer. Note Be sure to install Sound Organizer 2 on the computer that has already Sound Organizer (Ver. 1.6) installed as well.
  • Page 180 Double-click [PCMRECORDER] - [FOR WINDOWS]. Double-click [SoundOrganizer_V2001] (or [SoundOrganizer_V2001.exe]). Depending on the version of your operating system, the setup preparation process (file extraction) may start automatically without showing any notice. In such a case, follow the on-screen instructions. When the [Welcome to Sound Organizer 2 Installer] window appears, click [Next]. Make sure that you accept the terms of the license agreement, select [I accept the terms in the license agreement], and then click [Next].
  • Page 181 When the [Sound Organizer 2 has been installed successfully.] window appears, make sure that [Launch Sound Organizer 2 Now] is selected, and then click [Finish]. Note You may need to restart the computer after you installed Sound Organizer 2. Related Topic Connecting the linear PCM recorder to a computer 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 182 Transfer buttons : Transfers the files from Sound Organizer 2 to the connected linear PCM recorder's built-in memory. : Imports the files from the connected linear PCM recorder's built-in memory to My Library of Sound Organizer 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 183: Compatible Memory Cards

    Due to the specifications of your linear PCM recorder, the file size that you can store on the microSD card for playback is limited as follows: LPCM/FLAC files: less than 4 GB per file MP3/WMA/AAC-LC files: less than 1 GB per file Note Successful operations with all types of supported microSD cards are not guaranteed. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 184: System Requirements

    For the latest information on the supported operating systems, visit our support home page (see Customer support websites). Hardware requirements Port: USB port Optical disc drive: To create a music CD, you need a CD-R/RW drive. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 185: Technical Specifications

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Technical specifications Specifications Capacity (User available 16 GB (approx. 12.80 GB = 13,743,895,347 Byte) capacity) (*1) (*2) Maximum number of 199 files recorded files (for a folder) Maximum number of files 5,000 files (including folders)
  • Page 186 File extension: .m4a LPCM (*3) (*7) Quantization bit rate: 24 bit Sampling frequencies: 192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz File extension: .wav LPCM (*3) (*7) Quantization bit rate: 16 bit Sampling frequencies: 192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1/22.05 kHz File extension: .wav FLAC (*3) (*7) Quantization bit rate: 24 bit Sampling frequencies: 192/176.4/96/88.2/48/44.1 kHz File extension: .flac FLAC (*3) (*7)
  • Page 187: Ambient Conditions

    Varies depending on the communication conditions. A Bluetooth profile is a specification that standardizes features of individual characteristics of the Bluetooth device. Audio compression conversion method Design and specifications are subject to change without notice. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 188: Maximum Recording Time

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Maximum recording time The following lists the maximum recording time (*1) (*2) per memory by recording mode (recording scene). The maximum recording time is estimated, provided that all the folders in the memory are used.
  • Page 189 Recording scenes associated with the recording mode by default. If the file size reaches the maximum limit (4 GB for an LPCM file, and 1 GB for an MP3 file) during recording, the file will be divided due to system limitations. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 190 The following lists the maximum playback time of a music file and the number of music files (*) by bit rate. Bit rate Playback time Number of files 128 kbps 238 hours 3,570 files 256 kbps 119 hours 1,785 files Provided that MP3 files of 4 minutes each are transferred to the linear PCM recorder. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 191: Battery Life

    192kHz/24bit) Measured values acquired under our measurement conditions. The battery life may shorten depending on how you operate the linear PCM recorder. Battery charge time The worn-out battery takes about 3 hours to fully charge. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 192 App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. The BLUETOOTH® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Sony Corporation is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
  • Page 193: Customer Support Websites

    For customers in the U.S.A.: https://www.sony.com/recordersupport For customers in Canada: https://www.sony.ca/ElectronicsSupport For customers in China: https://www.sony-asia.com/support For customers in other countries/regions: https://www.sony-asia.com/support Note that recorded files may be deleted during service or repair services. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 194: Troubleshooting

    For details on the operation of Sound Organizer 2, refer to the Sound Organizer 2 help. Should any problem persist after you have made these checks, consult your nearest Sony dealer. Please access the following support home page to obtain the latest support information about the linear PCM recorder: For customers in Europe: https://www.sony.eu/DNA...
  • Page 195 HOLD•POWER switch. While the linear PCM recorder is in operation and you restart it, the data that is stored on the linear PCM recorder or the linear PCM recorder settings may be deleted. Before restarting, make sure that no operation is in progress on the linear PCM recorder. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 196 While playback with the built-in speaker or a Bluetooth audio device or playback of the files in [ Music] is in progress, however, the Clear Voice function does not work. Related Topic Reducing noise in the playback audio to make human voices sound clearer – the Clear Voice function 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 197 Additionally, you can use the Scene Select function to change some recording settings, including the recording mode and the sensitivity level of the built-in microphones, at once by selecting one of the recording scenes. Related Topic Reducing noise during recording (Recording Filter) Selecting a recording scene for an individual situation 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 198 If you accidentally touch your linear PCM recorder or let an object come in contact with it while recording is in progress, rustling noises may be recorded. Keep your hand away from the linear PCM recorder until you finish recording. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 199 A clipping or breaking noise may be recorded if your linear PCM recorder is placed extremely close to an AC power source, a fluorescent lamp, a computer, a mobile phone, or a smartphone during recording or playback. Keep the linear PCM recorder away from such devices when recording. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 200 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Noise is recorded when you use an external microphone (not supplied) for recording. The plug of the connected external microphone is dirty. Clean the plug. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 201 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 You hear noise when using the headphones (not supplied) for playback. The plug of the connected headphones is dirty. Clean the plug. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 202 This is because the left and right audio signal output is reversed in phase, and does not indicate a malfunction. Be sure to use an audio cable with a monaural plug to record audio from a monaural external device. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 203 You hear noise during playback even with the Clear Voice function turned on. While playback with the built-in speaker or a Bluetooth audio device or playback of the files in [ Music] is in progress, the Clear Voice function does not work. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 204 Your linear PCM recorder is placed in the HOLD state. Slide the HOLD•POWER switch to the center dot. Related Topic Turning the power on Parts and controls Releasing the linear PCM recorder from the HOLD state 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 205 The linear PCM recorder does not turn off. Slide and hold the HOLD•POWER switch to [POWER] and hold it until [Power Off] appears on the display window. Related Topic Turning the power off Parts and controls 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 206 When the time period that is specified for the sleep timer expires, your linear PCM recorder automatically turns off. (By default, the sleep timer is set to [OFF].) Related Topic Using the sleep timer (Sleep Timer) Setting the time period before the linear PCM recorder automatically turns off (Auto Power Off) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 207 The rechargeable battery is capable of charging about 500 times but the rechargeable times vary depending on the usage of your linear PCM recorder. If the fully charged battery wears out in half the time it normally does, it indicates that the battery is deteriorated. Consult your nearest Sony dealer. Related Topic...
  • Page 208 If your linear PCM recorder is connected to the computer with a USB hub (commercially available) or a USB extension cable (commercially available), remove the hub or cable and connect the linear PCM recorder directly to a USB port on the computer. Related Topic Charging the battery with a computer System requirements 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 209 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 The battery indicator does not appear on the display window or it disappears in the middle of charging. Connection to the USB connector on your linear PCM recorder is loose. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 210 Charge the battery under the temperature of 5 °C - 35 °C (41 °F - 95 °F). 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 211 You may have formatted the built-in memory of your linear PCM recorder with a computer. Be sure to use the linear PCM recorder for formatting. Related Topic Formatting the memory (Format Built-In Memory/Format SD Card) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 212 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 The operation indicator does not light. [LED] is set to [OFF]. Set [LED] to [ON]. Related Topic Turning the recording/peak indicator on or off (LED) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 213 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 You cannot record a file. The remaining recording time is insufficient. Related Topic Checking the remaining recording time (Available Rec. Time) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 214 PCM-A10 You cannot store recordings on the SD card. The SD card is not selected as the memory storage for recoded files. Related Topic Changing the memory storage and the storage folder for recorded files 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 215 PCM-A10 Recording is interrupted. The VOR function is turned on. To turn off the VOR function, set [VOR] to [OFF]. Related Topic Recording automatically in response to the input sound volume – the VOR function 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 216 Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 The VOR function does not work. During manual recording or synchronized recording, the VOR function does not work. Related Topic Recording automatically in response to the input sound volume – the VOR function 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 217 Use an audio connection cable to connect your linear PCM recorder to the headphones jack on an external device and adjust the volume level on the external device. If you use an audio connecting cable with high resistance, the recording volume will decrease. Use an audio connecting cable without resistance. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 218 Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Recording from another device stops on its own. The synchronized recording function is active. Turn it off. Related Topic Recording audio from an external device with the synchronized recording function (SYNC REC) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 219 When it is likely that sudden, loud input sounds are recorded, set [LIMITER] to [ON] on the OPTION menu. Related Topic Adjusting the recording volume for input sounds to avoid sound distortion (LIMITER) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 220 Scene Select setting to see if they are suitable for the recording situation. Related Topic Selecting the sensitivity level of the built-in microphones (Built-In Mic Sensitivity) Selecting a recording scene for an individual situation Tips for better recording 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 221 Headphones (not supplied) are connected to your linear PCM recorder. Disconnect the headphones. When your linear PCM recorder is connected with a Bluetooth audio device, no sound is output from the built-in speaker. Disconnect the Bluetooth connection. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 222 You hear sound from the built-in speaker even when headphones (not supplied) are connected. When the headphones connection is loose, you may hear sound from the built-in speaker as well. Disconnect the headphones and connect them once again. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 223 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 The Equalizer function does not change sound quality. While playback is in progress with the built-in speaker or a Bluetooth audio device, the Equalizer function does not work. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 224 The DPC (Digital Pitch Control) setting is set to [ON], and you have changed the playback speed. Set the DPC (Digital Pitch Control) setting to [OFF], or change the playback speed to normal. Related Topic Adjusting the playback speed – the DPC (Digital Pitch Control) function 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 225 You cannot divide files other than those recorded by the linear PCM recorder (e.g. a file transferred from a computer). While playback of a file is in progress, you cannot divide the file. Related Topic Deleting a file 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 226 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 You cannot move a file. You cannot move files in [ Music] to another folder in the built-in memory or the microSD card. Related Topic Protecting a file 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 227 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 You cannot copy a file to a different folder. You cannot copy files in [ Music] to another folder in the built-in memory or the microSD card. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 228 Your linear PCM recorder may fail to detect the track marks that are added by any linear PCM recorder model other than PCM-A10. Use Sound Organizer 2 to copy such a file to the linear PCM recorder. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 229 If you have created a folder or file on the computer, your linear PCM recorder may fail to detect it depending on where you created it. For more information, see Structure of folders and files. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 230 PCM-A10 The recording date of a file appears as [----/--/--] or [--:--]. The file may have been recorded by a model of the linear PCM recorder other than PCM-A10. The date and time recording format varies depending on the model.
  • Page 231 As the remaining recording time on the display window is calculated by subtracting the memory capacity required for system operations from the remaining built-in memory capacity, it may not be consistent with the one that Sound Organizer 2 shows on the computer. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 232 The [Memory Full] message appears and you cannot start recording. The built-in memory is full. Delete unnecessary files from the built-in memory, or copy some files to another microSD card or a computer and delete the files. Related Topic Deleting a file 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 233 With the built-in memory and the microSD card, your linear PCM recorder is capable of storing up to 5,000 folders and files all together in total. Delete unnecessary files from the built-in memory, or copy some files to another microSD card or a computer and delete the files. Related Topic Deleting a file 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 234 Remove the microSD card and insert it in the correct orientation. You may have formatted the microSD card with a device other than your linear PCM recorder, such as a computer. Be sure to use the linear PCM recorder for formatting microSD cards. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 235 A folder or file name appears in unreadable characters. Some characters you use on Windows Explorer or Mac Finder are not supported by your linear PCM recorder. Folder and file names containing such characters appear in unreadable characters on the linear PCM recorder. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 236 Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Copying a file takes time. If the size of a file is large, it takes a considerable time to finish copying. Wait until the copying finishes. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 237 Your linear PCM recorder may not be detected by the computer, depending on the USB port. Try another USB port on the computer. Related Topic Disconnecting the linear PCM recorder from the computer Connecting the linear PCM recorder to a computer System requirements System requirements for Sound Organizer 2 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 238 If you have created a folder or file on the computer, your linear PCM recorder may fail to detect it depending on where you created it. For more information, see Structure of folders and files. Related Topic Technical specifications 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 239: The Computer Does Not Start

    If you start the computer with your linear PCM recorder connected to the computer, the computer may freeze or may not start properly. Disconnect the linear PCM recorder from the computer and start the computer once again. Related Topic Disconnecting the linear PCM recorder from the computer 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 240 Bluetooth connection may fail or the established Bluetooth connection may be disconnected. Use them in a close vicinity. Related Topic Charging the battery with a computer Establishing a Bluetooth connection between the smartphone and the linear PCM recorder 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 241 The NFC function of the Bluetooth audio device is turned off. Depending on the smartphone, you need to turn on the NFC function or the power. For detailed instructions, refer to the manual supplied with the Bluetooth audio device. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 242 Depending on the connected Bluetooth audio device, volume control in Standard Mode may not be supported. Disconnect the Bluetooth connection and select [ Bluetooth] - [Audio Device] - [Volume Control] - [Enhanced Mode] from the HOME menu. Then, re-establish the Bluetooth connection and control the volume once again. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 243 You cannot make device registration (pairing) between the linear PCM recorder and the other device. Your linear PCM recorder and the other device are too apart from each other. Bring them closer (within 1 meter (3.3 feet) from each other) and try it once again. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 244 PCM recorder and the other device are separated by a long distance, an attempt to establish a Bluetooth connection may fail or the established Bluetooth connection may be disconnected. Use them in a close vicinity. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 245 For detailed instructions, refer to the manual supplied with the smartphone. During a pairing attempt with the smartphone to use REC Remote, [Bluetooth pairing request] may appear in [Notifications] on the smartphone. View the [Notifications] list and tap [Bluetooth pairing request], and then select [Pair]. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 246 You have logged on to Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 with a Guest account. Make sure to log on with a user name with computer administrator privileges. Related Topic System requirements for Sound Organizer 2 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 247 Save a backup copy of all of the data stored on the built-in memory of your linear PCM recorder or the microSD card to the computer, and then format the built-in memory and the microSD card with the linear PCM recorder. Related Topic Formatting the memory (Format Built-In Memory/Format SD Card) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 248 Turn up the volume of the computer. (Refer to the instruction manual of the computer.) You can change the volume of WAV files and save them using the Increase Volume feature of the Microsoft Sound Recorder. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 249 Sound Organizer 2 is only capable of playing files in the supported format. Depending on the file format, you cannot use part of editorial features of the software. Refer to the help files of Sound Organizer 2. Related Topic The Sound Organizer 2 window (for Windows only) 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 250 Save the file on the computer (*), and then transfer it to your linear PCM recorder. The file data will be optimized. Select one of the file formats supported by the linear PCM recorder to save the file. Related Topic Technical specifications 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 251 Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 Operations slow down as the number of stored files increases. Regardless of the recording length of files, operations slow down as the total number of files stored on your linear PCM recorder increases. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 252 Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 The computer seems to freeze while a file is being saved, added, or deleted. It takes a longer time to copy or delete a large file. Wait until the copying or deleting finishes. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 253 While the computer is accessing your linear PCM recorder, do not disconnect any cables as it may cause unstable computer operations or data corruption. There may be a conflict between Sound Organizer 2 and another driver or application. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 254: List Of Messages

    Help Guide Linear PCM Recorder PCM-A10 List of messages HOLD... Slide HOLD Switch to Activate. All the buttons are disabled because your linear PCM recorder is in the HOLD state to prevent unintentional operations. Slide the HOLD•POWER switch to the center dot to release the linear PCM recorder from the HOLD state.
  • Page 255 Formatting the memory (Format Built-In Memory/Format SD Card).) If the above actions do not work, consult your nearest Sony dealer. No folder The memory storage you selected as the move/copy destination does not contain any folders. Create a folder and repeat the operation once again.
  • Page 256 File Protected The file you selected is protected or [read-only]. You cannot delete the file. Use your linear PCM recorder to remove the protection from the file, or use a computer to clear the read-only property. (See Protecting a file.) Protected Files Not Deleted The file you selected is protected or [read-only].
  • Page 257 System Error A system error was detected for some reason. Slide the HOLD•POWER switch to [POWER] and holding it for 8 seconds or longer to restart your linear PCM recorder. If the error persists, consult your nearest Sony dealer. (See Restarting the linear PCM recorder.)
  • Page 258 Cannot Start Rehearsal Mode When SYNC REC Is Turned On While the SYNC REC function is turned on and [Audio IN] is selected for [Ext. Input Setting], the rehearsal function is disabled. Manually adjust the sensitivity level. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 259: System Limitations

    This may occur in some files. The remaining recording time decreases when you divide a file. Your linear PCM recorder uses some memory space for managing divided files, resulting in a decrease in the remaining recording time. 4-740-912-31(2) Copyright 2018 Sony Corporation...