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Portable
MiniDisc Recorder
Operating Instructions
Recorder Operation ______________________________
Software Operation ______________________________
"WALKMAN" is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation to
represent Headphone Stereo products.
trademark of Sony Corporation.
MZ-N710
©2002 Sony Corporation
3-249-502-12(1)
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page 80
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  • Page 1 Portable MiniDisc Recorder Operating Instructions Recorder Operation ______________________________ Software Operation ______________________________ “WALKMAN” is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation to represent Headphone Stereo products. trademark of Sony Corporation. MZ-N710 ©2002 Sony Corporation 3-249-502-12(1) page 11 page 80 is a...
  • Page 2 MagicGate, Memory Stick and the MagicGate Memory Stick logo, Memory Stick and the Memory Stick logo, Net MD and the Net MD logo are trademarks of Sony Corporation. • Microsoft, Windows, Windows NT and Windows Media are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and /or other countries.
  • Page 3 • In no event will SONY be liable for any financial damage, or loss of profits, including claims made by third parties, arising out of the use of the software supplied with this recorder.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Recorder Operations Looking at controls ... 12 Getting started ... 16 Recording an MD right away! ... 20 Playing an MD right away! ... 23 Various ways of recording ... 25 Viewing various information ...25 To start/stop recording in sync with the sound source (Synchro-recording) ...26 Long-time recording (MDLP) ...27 Recording from TV or radio (Analog Recording) ...28...
  • Page 5 Editing recorded tracks ... 36 Before editing ... 36 Labeling recordings (Name) ... 36 Labeling ... 36 Moving recorded tracks (Move) ... 38 Dividing a track (Divide) ... 39 Dividing a track directly ... 39 Adjusting a dividing point before dividing a track (Divide Rehearsal) ...
  • Page 6 Other operations ... 50 Useful settings ...50 How to use the menu items ...52 Turning off the beep sound ...53 Recording without overwriting existing material ...53 Creating a new group when recording ...53 Selecting the play mode ...54 Adjusting the sound (Virtual-Surround • 6-Band Equalizer) ...55 Starting the playback quickly (Quick Mode) ...56 Protecting your hearing (AVLS) ...57 Viewing various information ...57...
  • Page 7 Software Operation What is a Net MD? ... 81 Basic Operations ... 82 Basic operational flow using the Net MD ... 82 Providing the required system environment ... 83 System requirements ... 83 Installing the software onto your computer ... 84 Before installing the software ...
  • Page 8 Other information ... 98 Settings and Precautions ...98 Settings according to OS ...98 For users with OpenMG Jukebox, SonicStage, or SonicStage Note on hard disk drive space ...101 Notes on system suspend/hibernation mode ...101 Backing up the audio data ...101 Uninstalling the SonicStage software ...102 For Windows XP users ...102 For Windows Millennium Edition/Windows 98 Second Edition...
  • Page 10: Before Using This Product

    Before using this product This manual explains the recorder operations and the installation and basic use of the supplied SonicStage software. For details on the various operations, refer to the pages indicated below. When using the recorder Recorder Operation (pages 11 to 78) Pages 11 to 78 in this manual explain the use of the Net MD as an ordinary MiniDisc Walkman.
  • Page 11: Checking The Supplied Accessories

    Battery carrying case (1) Optical cable (1) CD-ROM (SonicStage Ver. 1.5) (1)* Carrying pouch or carrying case with a belt clip (1) Do not play a CD-ROM on an audio CD player. Battery charging stand (1) Dedicated USB cable (1) NH-10WM Nickel metal...
  • Page 12: Looking At Controls

    Looking at controls The recorder A x • CANCEL/CHG button B Display window C Battery compartment D GROUP button E REC (record) switch F Terminals for attaching dry battery case G Terminals for attaching the battery charging stand H DC IN 3V jack I X button J OPEN switch K END SEARCH button...
  • Page 13 The display window of the recorder : Indication for remaining playing time of the current track or of the disc : Indication for remaining recordable time of the disc B Time display C Battery indication Shows approximate battery condition. D Disc indication Shows that the disc is rotating for recording, playing or editing an MD.
  • Page 14 The headphones/earphones with a remote control A Volume Control (VOL+, –) Turn to adjust the volume. B x (stop) button C Jog lever (. • NX/ENT • >) NX/ENT (to press): play, pause, enter .(to slide towards): REW > (to slide towards): FF D Display window (group) +, –...
  • Page 15 Using the clip for the remote control It may be hard for you to read the indications in the display if the remote control is attached upside down with the clip in its current position. In this case, attach the clip in the opposite direction as shown below.
  • Page 16: Getting Started

    Getting started Charge the rechargeable battery before using. Even if the rechargeable battery is not charged, you can use the recorder as long as the AC power adaptor is connected. Insert the rechargeable battery Slide OPEN to open the battery compartment lid. Charge the rechargeable battery.
  • Page 17 Remove the recorder from the battery charging stand. For models supplied with the AC plug adaptor If the AC power adaptor does not fit the wall outlet, use the AC plug adaptor. Using the dry battery Attach the dry battery case to the recorder. Rear of the recorder Insert a LR6 (size AA) alkaline dry battery.
  • Page 18 Make connections and unlock the control. Connect the headphones/earphones with the remote control to i. Connect firmly You can also charge the rechargeable battery by connecting the AC power adaptor directly to the recorder. Connect the AC power adaptor to DC IN 3V on the recorder, and then press x •...
  • Page 19 (page 63). When recording (Unit: Approx. hours) Batteries Stereo Stereo NH-10WM nickel metal hydride rechargeable battery LR6 (SG) 12.5 Sony alkaline dry battery NH-10WM nickel metal hydride rechargeable battery + One LR6 (SG) When playing (Unit: Approx. hours) Batteries Stereo...
  • Page 20: Recording An Md Right Away

    Recording an MD right away! This section explains the basic procedure for making digital recordings using an optical cable connected to a CD player, Digital TV or other digital equipment. For other recording operations, see “Various ways of recording” (page 25).
  • Page 21 Make connections. firmly and completely into the appropriate jacks.) CD player, MD player, DVD to a video player, etc. wall outlet AC power adaptor Optical plug to DC IN 3V to LINE IN (OPTICAL) Record an MD. 5-way control key (N, ., >) x •...
  • Page 22 AC power adaptor is disconnected. If this is the case, connect the AC power adaptor to the portable CD player and use it on AC power as the power source. Press Press END SEARCH, and then press and slide REC.
  • Page 23: Playing An Md Right Away

    Playing an MD right away! Insert an MD. Slide OPEN to open the lid. Play an MD. 5-way control key (N, ., >, VOL+, –) x • Volume Control Jog lever Jog lever (NX, (NX, ., >) ., >, ) Insert an MD with the label side facing front, and press the lid down to close.
  • Page 24 Pause Cue to the current track or the previous track Cue to the next track Go backwards or forward while playing Search for a specific position while viewing a elapsed time (Time Search) Search for a specific track while viewing track numbers (Index Search) Cue to the beginning...
  • Page 25: Various Ways Of Recording

    Various ways of recording Viewing various information You can check the remaining time, track number, etc. when recording or during stop. Group-related items appear only when a track with group settings is played and then stopped. 5-way control key (N • ENTER, ., >) On the recorder Press MENU.
  • Page 26: To Start/stop Recording In Sync With The Sound Source (synchro-recording)

    During synchro-recording, the recorder starts and stops recording in sync with the sound source. When recording from digital equipment (such as a CD player), you can omit operating both the recorder and the sound source, and easily make digital recording. You can make synchro- recording only when the optical cable is connected.
  • Page 27: Long-time Recording (mdlp)

    Press and slide REC. The recorder stands by for recording. Play the source you want to record. The recorder stars recording automatically when it receives the playing sound. “REC” light up in the display. To stop recording Press x. When there is no sound from the player for about 3 seconds during synchro-recording, the recorder goes into the standby mode automatically.
  • Page 28: Recording From Tv Or Radio (analog Recording)

    Press . or > repeatedly to select the desired recording mode, and then press ENTER. Recording Display mode window on the recorder SP stereo LP2 stereo LP4 stereo Monaural MONO For better sound quality, record in normal stereo) stereo ( or LP2 stereo mode.
  • Page 29: Recording From A Microphone

    Recording from a microphone Stereo microphone* to MIC (PLUG IN POWER) See “Optional accessories” (page 66). Connect the stereo microphone to the MIC (PLUG IN POWER) jack. The recorder changes to microphone input automatically. Press and slide REC. To select microphone sensitivity While the recorder is recording or stopped, press MENU.
  • Page 30: Adding Track Marks Manually

    Adding track marks manually While the recorder is recording, press T MARK (press P MODE/ remote control). Adding track marks automatically (Auto Time Mark) Use this feature to add track marks automatically at specified intervals when recording through the analog input connector or a microphone.
  • Page 31: Adjusting The Recording Level Manually

    Adjusting the recording level manually The sound level is adjusted automatically while recording. If necessary, you can set the recording level manually during both analog and digital recording. 5-way control key (N • ENTER, ., >) While pressing X, press and slide REC.
  • Page 32: Various Ways Of Playback

    Various ways of playback In this section, the operation using the remote control is mainly explained. For details on operations done on the recorder, see the pages indicated for each operation. Viewing various information You can check the track or disc name, track number, the elapsed playing time of the current track, the number of the tracks recorded on the MD, the group name, and...
  • Page 33: Playing A Track Repeatedly (repeat Play)

    Indication Play mode (none) All the tracks are played (normal play) once. 1 (single-track A single track is played play) once. Bookmarked tracks play (bookmark back in order of their play) track number. SHUF All the tracks are played (shuffle play) in random order.
  • Page 34: Listening To Tracks In A Desired Sequence (program Play)

    Listening to tracks in a desired sequence (Program Play) During playback, press P MODE/ repeatedly until “PGM” appears in the display. Slide the jog lever repeatedly to select a track, and then press the jog lever to enter that track. Programmed sequence Track number...
  • Page 35: Selecting The Sound Quality (6-band Equalizer)

    CLUB V-SUR C ARENA V-SUR A Press the jog lever to enter the selected surround mode. Selecting the sound quality (6-Band Equalizer) During playback, press SOUND repeatedly to select “SOUND”. Press and hold SOUND for 2 seconds or more. Slide the jog lever repeatedly to select the sound mode.
  • Page 36: Editing Recorded Tracks

    Editing recorded tracks This section explains the operations that are done on the recorder. For details on operations done on the recorder, see the pages indicated for each operation. Before editing You can edit your recordings by adding/ erasing track marks or labeling tracks and MDs.
  • Page 37 Press . or > repeatedly until the following item appears in the display, and then press ENTER. When labeling a “ track When labeling a “ disc The cursor flashes in the letter input area and the track, group, or disc is ready to be labeled.
  • Page 38: Moving Recorded Tracks (move)

    Moving recorded tracks (Move) You can change the order of the recorded tracks. Note To move tracks in a disc with group settings, see page 47. Example Move track C (track number 3) from the third to the second track. Before moving After moving 5-way control key...
  • Page 39: Dividing A Track (divide)

    Dividing a track (Divide) You can divide a track with a track mark, creating a new track from the part following the track mark. You can also make fine adjustments to the track mark position before making the actual division. This function can be set with the recorder only.
  • Page 40: Combining Tracks (combine)

    To add track marks while recording (except while synchro-recording) Press T MARK on the recorder (press P MODE/ on the remote control) at the point you want to add a track mark. You can use Auto Time Mark to add track marks automatically at specified intervals (except while digital recording) (page 29).
  • Page 41: To Erase A Track

    track. In this case, check in the track or tracks to the computer. 5-way control key (., >) To erase a track Note that once a recording has been erased, you cannot retrieve it. Make sure of the track you are erasing.
  • Page 42: To Erase The Whole Disc

    To erase the whole disc You can quickly erase all the tracks and data of the MD at the same time. Note that once a recording has been erased, you cannot retrieve it. Be sure to check the contents of the disc before you erase it.
  • Page 43: Using The Group Function

    Using the group function What is the group function? The group function is provided to allow playback of discs with group settings. The group function is convenient for playback of MDs on which several albums or CD singles have been recorded in MDLP (LP2/LP4 ) mode.
  • Page 44: Recording A Track To An Existing Group

    Recording a track to an existing group You can add a track to an existing group. Press GROUP, and then press . or > until the group you want to add a track to appears in the display. While pressing GROUP, press and slide REC.
  • Page 45: (group Repeat Play)

    Repeat play for the selected group play mode (Group Repeat Play) During playback in the selected group mode, press and hold P MODE/ for 2 seconds or more. “ ” appears in the display. Playback repeats in the respective group play mode. Display Play mode Repeat play of tracks...
  • Page 46: Releasing A Group Setting

    Notes • You can create a maximum of 99 groups on a disc. It is not possible to make a group setting if the tracks, groups and disc name on a disc contain more than the maximum number of characters that can be stored. •...
  • Page 47: Labeling Recorded Groups

    Press MENU. Press . or > until “EDIT” appears in the display, and then press ENTER. Press . or > until “ Release” appears in the display, and press ENTER. “Release?” and “PushENTER” appear alternately in the display. Press ENTER. The group setting of the selected group is released.
  • Page 48: Changing The Order Of A Group On A Disc (group Move)

    Press . or > until “Move” appears in the display, and then press ENTER. Press . or > until “ appears in the display, and then press ENTER. When moving a track out of a group, skip this step. When moving a track into a different group, press .
  • Page 49: To Erase A Group

    For the remote control operation, see page 59. To erase a group You can erase tracks in a selected group. Note that once a recording has been erased, you cannot retrieve it. Be sure to check the contents of the group before you erase it. Note You cannot erase tracks that have been checked out from your computer.
  • Page 50: Other Operations

    Other operations Useful settings The recorder has many menus with useful functions for recording, playback, editing, etc. The following table shows the menu items that you can select. Some items can be set with both the recorder and the remote control, and some can be set with either the recorder or the remote control.
  • Page 51 Category Function Playing Limiting the maximum volume Display Viewing information Editing Labeling (Name) Moving Erasing Assigning tracks to groups Releasing a group What it does Sets a limit on the maximum volume to protect your hearing. Displays various information such as the remaining time, etc.
  • Page 52: How To Use The Menu Items

    How to use the menu items To set the menu items, do the following procedure. On the recorder: 1 Press MENU to enter the menu. 2 Press . or > to select the item. 3 Press ENTER to enter the selection. 4 Repeat steps 2 and 3.
  • Page 53: Turning Off The Beep Sound

    Turning off the beep sound You can set the beep so that it is not emitted when the recorder and the remote control are operated. Enter the menu and select “OPTION” - “BEEP”. Select “BEEP OFF”. To turn on the beep sound Select “BEEP ON”.
  • Page 54: Selecting The Play Mode

    Selecting the play mode For details and remote control operation, see page 32. Enter the menu and select “PLAY MODE”. Select the desired play mode. When you select A, B Indication A/ Play mode Normal/— All the tracks are played once. 1 Track/1 A single track is played.
  • Page 55: Adjusting The Sound (virtual-surround • 6-band Equalizer)

    To cue to the start of a group (Group Skip) 1 During playback, press GROUP. 2 Press . or >. For the details and the remote control operation, see page 44. Selecting the play mode for group play (Group Play Mode) Do steps 1 to 2 of “Selecting the play mode”...
  • Page 56: Starting The Playback Quickly (quick Mode)

    Press . or > repeatedly to select the SOUND mode. Each time you press . or >, A and B change as follows: HEAVY POPS JAZZ UNIQUE CUSTOM1 CUSTOM2 Press ENTER to enter the selection. To cancel the setting Select “SOUND OFF” in step 1. To modify and store your sound 1 During playback, enter the menu and select “SOUND”...
  • Page 57: Protecting Your Hearing (avls)

    Notes • When the power mode is set to “QUICK”, the power remains on within the recorder even when nothing appears in the display. This leads to a shorter battery life. For this reason, it is recommended that you charge the battery daily.
  • Page 58: Labeling (name)

    For details and the remote control operation, see page 25. Labeling (Name) Enter the menu and select “EDIT” - “Name” Select one of the following: When labeling a track When labeling a disc The cursor appears in the display and the track, group, or disc is ready to be labeled.
  • Page 59: Erasing Tracks, The Entire Disc Or Groups (erase)

    For details and the recorder operation, see page 38. Moving a track in a disc with group setting While playing the track you want to move enter the menu and select “EDIT” - “Move” - “ When moving a track out of a group, skip this step.
  • Page 60: Assigning Tracks Or Groups As A New Group (group Setting)

    To erase a group Select a group you want to erase and check the contents (see “To cue to the start of a group (Group Skip)” (page 44)). Press x to stop. Enter the menu and select “EDIT” - “Erase” - “ : Erase”.
  • Page 61: List Of Menus

    List of menus Menus on the recorder Items listed under “Menu 1” are the selectable items which appear when you press the MENU button, items listed under “Menu 2” are the selectable items which appear when you select an item in Menu 1, and “Menu 3” are the selectable items which appear when you select an item in Menu 2.
  • Page 62 Menu 1 Menu 2 REC SET REC MODE RecVolume TIME MARK MIC SENS : REC SYNC REC OPTION AVLS BEEP REC-Posi PowerMode On the remote control Menu 1 Menu 2 EDIT Name : Set : Release Move Erase OPTION AVLS BEEP PowerMode Menu 3...
  • Page 63: Power Sources

    Measured in accordance with the JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association) standard. When using a 100% fully charged nickel metal hydride rechargeable battery (NH-10WM). When using a Sony LR6 (SG) “STAMINA” alkaline dry battery (produced in Japan). When playing (Unit: approx.hours)(JEITA) Batteries...
  • Page 64: Additional Information

    Additional information Precautions On safety Do not put any foreign objects in the DC IN 3V jack. On power sources • Use house current, nickel metal hydride rechargeable battery, LR6 (size AA) battery, or car battery. • For use in your house: For the supplied battery charging stand, use the AC power adaptor supplied with this recorder.
  • Page 65 Sony dealer. (If a trouble occurred when the disc was in the recorder, we recommend that the disc be left in the recorder when you consult your Sony dealer so that the cause of trouble may be better understood.)
  • Page 66: Specifications

    European models 5 mW + 5 mW; load impedance Other models Power requirements Sony AC Power Adaptor connected at the DC IN 3V jack: 120 V AC, 60 Hz (Models for USA, Canada, Mexico, and Taiwan) 230 V AC, 50/60 Hz (Models for continental...
  • Page 67: Troubleshooting And Explanations

    Check this section, “Troubles and solutions” (page 67). You may find the solution of your trouble on “Messages” (page 73) as well. Check the information. If you cannot solve the problem after you made checks, consult your nearest Sony dealer. While charging...
  • Page 68 , Disconnect the audio sources once and connect them again (pages 17, 18, 21). • There is no digital signal from the portable CD player. , When recording digitally from a portable CD player, use the AC power adaptor and disable the anti-skip function (such as ESP) on the CD player (page 21).
  • Page 69: While Playing

    Symptom Cause/Remedy “TR FULL” appears • This is due to the MiniDisc system limitation. When 254 tracks even before the disc have been recorded on the disc, “TR FULL” appears regardless has reached the of the total recorded time. More than 254 tracks cannot be maximum recording recorded on the disc.
  • Page 70: While Editing

    Symptom No sound comes through the headphones/ earphones. The recorder skips to several tracks ahead or behind when you press the control key towards . or > on the recorder. The edited tracks may exhibit sound dropout during search operations. R-channel sound is not output when playing a track...
  • Page 71: While Using Group Function

    Symptom Cause/Remedy Track marks • This is due to the MiniDisc system limitations. When the data of a cannot be erased. track is fragmented, the track mark of a fragment under 12 seconds long (recorded in SP stereo), 24 seconds long (recorded in LP2 stereo mode or monaural mode), or 48 seconds long (recorded in LP4 stereo mode) cannot be erased.
  • Page 72: Others

    Others Symptom The recorder does not work or works poorly. Cause/Remedy • The rechargeable battery is not charged. , Charge the rechargeable battery. • The volume is low. , Turn up the volume. • No disc is inserted. , Insert a recorded disc. •...
  • Page 73: Messages

    • You tried to record with the recorder placed where it receives continuous vibration. , Put the recorder on a stable place, and start recording again. few minutes). (+104°F). message appears again, please consult your nearest Sony dealer. battery cord. (page 18). (page 18)
  • Page 74 Error message MENU NAME FULL NO BATT NO COPY NO DISC NO EDIT No MARK NO SET NoOPERATE NO SIGNAL P/B ONLY Meaning/Remedy • You pressed a key on the remote control while selecting a menu on the recorder. You pressed a key on the recorder while selecting a menu on the remote control.
  • Page 75 Error message Meaning/Remedy PROTECTED • You tried to record or edit on a MD with the tab in the record- protect position. , Slide the tab back (page 65). Push STOP • You tried to open the lid while the recorder was storing disc information.
  • Page 76: Explanations

    The input jack of this recorder works as both digital and analog input jacks. Connect the recorder to a CD player or a cassette recorder using either digital (optical) input or analog (line) input. To record, see “Recording an MD right away!” (page 20) to record using digital (optical) input, and “Recording from TV or radio (Analog Recording)”...
  • Page 77 Note Track marks may be copied incorrectly: • when you record from some CD players or multi disc players using digital (optical) input. • when the source is in shuffle or program play mode while recording using digital (optical) input. In this case, play the source in normal play mode.
  • Page 78 About the DSP TYPE-S for ATRAC This recorder supports DSP TYPE-S, a specification for high-level Sony MiniDisc decks equipped with digital signal processors (DSP). This specification allows the recorder to produce high-quality sound from tracks recorded in MDLP mode. Since it retains DSP TYPE-R support, the recorder produces superior results during recording or playback in SP (normal stereo) mode.
  • Page 80: On The Computer

    Recording audio data to your computer You can record audio data to your computer from sources such as audio CDs and the Internet (page 88). Audio CDs Internet On the computer Listening You can listen to an audio CD in the CD- ROM drive of your computer, or audio data in the hard disk drive (page 95).
  • Page 81: What Is A Net Md

    What is a Net MD? Net MD is a standard that enables the transfer of audio data from a computer to a MiniDisc device. To use this Net MD with your computer requires a software application called “SonicStage”. SonicStage software provides a database for managing audio data in the computer and functions for playing the audio data in various play modes, editing the data, and transferring the results to other devices and hardware connected to the computer.
  • Page 82: Basic Operations

    Basic Operations Basic operational flow using the Net MD The following is the basic steps that you will take following the purchase of your recorder. Through these steps, you will prepare and set up your computer for use of your recorder as a Net MD.
  • Page 83: Providing The Required System Environment

    Providing the required system environment System requirements The following hardware and software are required in order to use the SonicStage software for the Net MD. Computer IBM PC/AT or Compatible • CPU: Pentium II 400 MHz or higher (Pentium III 450 MHz or higher is recommended.) •...
  • Page 84: Installing The Software Onto Your Computer

    Installing the software onto your computer This section explains the installation of the SonicStage Ver.1.5 software supplied with your Net MD. Before installing the software 1 Make sure to note the following before installing the software. Do not connect the dedicated USB cable before the installation! The SonicStage software may not correctly load or operate if the dedicated USB cable is connected to your computer during the installation.
  • Page 85: Installing Sonicstage Ver.1.5

    Installing SonicStage Ver.1.5 Turn on your computer and start up Windows. Insert the installation CD-ROM for SonicStage into the CD-ROM drive of your computer. Click to select [SonicStage 1.5]. To use this software with the Net MD, you must install SonicStage Ver.1.5 and the Net MD driver.
  • Page 86 Follow the displayed instructions. After the installation is completed, click [Restart] to restart the computer. Was the installation successful? If any trouble occurs during the installation, see “Troubleshooting” (page 104). Notes • Do not delete, move, or edit any of the installed folders using Explorer or any other application. Doing so could cause the SonicStage database to become unstable or corrupted.
  • Page 87: Connecting The Net Md To Your Computer

    Connecting the Net MD to your computer After the software installation is completed, connect the Net MD to your computer. Refer to the operating instructions of the Net MD as well. Insert a recordable disc into the Net MD. Make the power source and the dedicated USB cable connections with the Net MD and the computer.
  • Page 88: Storing Audio Data To Your Computer

    Storing audio data to your computer This section explains how to record and store audio data from an audio CD to the hard disk drive of your computer. The procedure in this section is used to record all tracks on an audio CD. To record only specific tracks from a CD, or from other sound sources, see the online help for details (page 96).
  • Page 89: Recording Audio Cds To The Hard Disk Drive

    Recording audio CDs to the hard disk drive In SonicStage Ver.1.5, the hard disk drive is called the “Music Drive”. The Music Drive manages all audio data stored by SonicStage. Insert the audio CD that you want to record into the CD-ROM drive of your computer.
  • Page 90 Click select the recording mode. If the list panel is not displayed, click Click Recording starts. Upon completion, recorded tracks appear in the right list panel. To stop recording Click ([Stop]). To resume recording, click of the track that was last stopped. in the middle of the recording window and When recording data in LP2 mode: When recording data in LP4 mode:...
  • Page 91: Labeling Audio Data

    Labeling audio data After recording has completed, you can label the audio data in the Music Drive. Once audio data in the Music Drive is labeled, the label information will be transferred to a disc along with the audio data, allowing you to view the data on your Net MD. Start up SonicStage (page 88) and click Double click the desired album name.
  • Page 92: Transferring Audio Data From Your Computer To The Net Md (check-out)

    Transferring audio data from your computer to the Net MD (Check-out) Audio data stored on the Music Drive can be transferred to your Net MD. This process is called “Check-out”. The number of times a track can be checked out is restricted in this software for the protection of copyrights (page 110).
  • Page 93 Click recording mode (page 90). Standard transfer mode: Data are transferred in the format of the original files. Maximum available transfer space: All data are transferred in LP4 mode. SP transfer mode: All data are converted and transferred in normal stereo mode. Select this mode if you listen to checked-out data on equipment that does not support MDLP mode.
  • Page 94 Notes • Once a check-out (or check-in) has started, do not disconnect the dedicated USB cable or power source until the check-out operation has completed. These actions may damage the data or cause the system to malfunction. • Make sure not to bump the Net MD after check-out has started. If you do, the contents of the recording may not be stored correctly.
  • Page 95: Listening To An Md

    Listening to an MD You can listen to an MD on the Net MD while it is connected to your computer. When disconnected from your computer, the Net MD can be used as an ordinary MiniDisc device. For details on Net MD operations, refer to the “Recorder Operations” section. Listening to an MD with the Net MD connected to the computer If you listen to an MD with the Net MD connected to the computer, be sure to listen with...
  • Page 96: Advanced Operations

    Advanced operations Using other functions! Using the SonicStage online help This manual explains only the basic operations of the SonicStage software. However, the software has a host of other functions that allow you to carry out various operations, such as importing audio files from the Internet, classifying and managing audio files, and playing in various play modes.
  • Page 97 Viewing online help The Tabs The left side frame Let’s find out how to use the online help first. An explanation on the use of the online help can also be found in the online help. 1 Double click [Overview] in the left-hand frame. 2 Click [About this Help file].
  • Page 98: Other Information

    Other information Settings and Precautions Settings according to OS The settings and precautions will differ according to the operating system being used. Check the items that apply to your system. For Windows XP users Restrictions when running the SonicStage software under Windows XP •...
  • Page 99 For Windows Millennium Edition users When using SonicStage under Windows Millennium Edition If you use the “System Restore” function in Windows “System Tools”, audio data managed by SonicStage may become corrupted and rendered unplayable. Before executing the system restoration procedure, you should first back up all audio files and restore them after doing the system restoration procedure.
  • Page 100: For Users With Openmg Jukebox, Sonicstage, Or Sonicstage

    For users with OpenMG Jukebox, SonicStage, or SonicStage Premium installed on their computer Note Confirm whether any tracks have been checked out from your computer. If tracks have been checked out from OpenMG Jukebox, an earlier version of SonicStage, or SonicStage Premium, it may not be possible to check those tracks back in with SonicStage Ver.1.5.
  • Page 101: Note On Hard Disk Drive Space

    Precautions on the co-existence of SonicStage Ver. 1.5 with OpenMG Jukebox Ver.2.2 or SonicStage Premium • Make sure the OpenMG Jukebox Ver.2.2 icon is not displayed in the task tray. If it is, the Net MD may not be recognized by your computer. •...
  • Page 102: Uninstalling The Sonicstage Software

    Uninstalling the SonicStage software To uninstall the SonicStage software, follow the procedures below. For Windows XP users Log on with a user name with “Computer Administrator” as an attribute. Refer to the operating instructions of your computer for details on logging on as an administrator.
  • Page 103: For Windows 2000 Users

    Double-click [Add/Remove Programs]. The Add/Remove Programs Properties window appears. Click [SonicStage 1.5.XX] in the list of programs for automatic removal, and then click [Add/Remove]. Click [OpenMG Secure Module 3.1]* in the list of programs for automatic removal, and then click [Add/Remove]. Do as instructed by the message and restart the computer.
  • Page 104: Troubleshooting

    Check “Troubleshooting” under “Additional information” in the online help. Useful information may also be found in other sections in the online help. Step 3: If the trouble cannot be solved after checking the above references. Check the following table and then consult your nearest Sony dealer.
  • Page 105 If another device with USB connection is used • Name of the device (or devices): If you do not specify the destination, the software is installed at C:\Program Files\Sony\SonicStage. To check the SonicStage software version, go to [Menu] - [About SonicStage] in the SonicStage...
  • Page 106: If Your Computer Does Not Recognize The Net Md

    If your computer does not recognize the Net MD • Is the Net MD connected correctly to your computer? — If the Net MD is not firmly connected to the computer, the Net MD will not be recognized by your computer. —...
  • Page 107 • If the installation seems to be stopped It may take 30 minutes or more for the installation to complete, depending on your computer or CD-ROM drive. During the installation, watch out for the occurrence of any of the following problems. Problem The installation appears to have stopped before it has...
  • Page 108: Information And Explanations

    Information and explanations Net MD FAQ This section introduces frequently asked questions and answers on the Net MD. On the Net MD What is a “Net MD”? Net MD is a specification that allows audio data in a computer to be transferred to a MiniDisc through a USB cable.
  • Page 109 On Editing Can checked-out tracks be edited on the Net MD? • Things you can do on the Net MD: — Label contents. — Assign or release groups — Move tracks or groups. • Things you cannot do on the Net MD: —...
  • Page 110: On Copyright Protection

    On copyright protection The OpenMG technology* allows you to enjoy digital music, while maintaining the copyrights of its holders. OpenMG Jukebox encrypts audio files in OpenMG format and stores them on the hard disk of your computer to prevent unauthorized distribution. * The copyright protection technology of this software conforms to SDMI (Secure Digital Music Initiative) specifications.
  • Page 111 This software was developed in accordance with the current arrangement between Sony and SDMI. If this arrangement is modified in the future, some of the software functions may become unavailable. Sony may offer an upgrade kit in this case at additional user expense.
  • Page 112: Glossary

    Glossary ATRAC3 ATRAC3, which stands for Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding3, is audio compression technology that satisfies the demand for high sound quality and high compression rates. The ATRAC3 compression rate is approximately 10 times higher than that of the Audio CD, resulting an increased data capacity for the media.
  • Page 113 Recording mode (Bit rate) This is a measure of data volume per second. The rate is expressed in bps (bits per second). In SonicStage, the bit rate can be selected for recording an audio CD or converting MP3 and WAV format audio files into ATRAC3 format from among three rates: 132 kbps, 105 kbps or 66 kbps.
  • Page 114: Index

    Index Numerics 6-Band Equalizer Accessories optional supplied ATRAC3 Audio CD Auto Time Mark AVLS back up Battery battery life dry battery rechargeable battery Bookmark play CD-ROM Charging Check-in Checking playing position remaining time Check-out Cleaning Combining tracks Connecting analog digital when charging copyright protection delete (software)
  • Page 115 Name a disc groups tracks Net MD Net MD driver No sound Online help OpenMG OpenMG Jukebox software Play mode groups tracks Playlist Program Play Quick mode Recording adding track marks analog digital from microphone level MDLP mode without overwriting tracks Recording mode (Bit rate) Recording navigation window Relabeling...
  • Page 116 * 3 2 4 9 5 0 2 1 Printed in Malaysia...

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