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Sony operating instructions portable minidisc recorder mz-r410, mz-r410dpc.
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MiniDisc Recorder
Operating Instructions
"WALKMAN" is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation to represent
Headphone Stereo products.
©2002 Sony Corporation
is a trademark of Sony


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  • Page 1 Portable MiniDisc Recorder Operating Instructions “WALKMAN” is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation to represent Headphone Stereo products. Corporation. MZ-R410/R410DPC ©2002 Sony Corporation 3-247-012-12(1) is a trademark of Sony...
  • Page 2 WARNING To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture. Do not install the appliance in a confined space, such as a bookcase or built-in cabinet. To prevent fire, do not cover the ventilation of the apparatus with news papers, table cloths, curtains, etc.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Checking the supplied accessories ...8 Looking at the controls ... 9 Getting started! ... 11 Recording an MD right away! (Synchro-recording) ... 13 Playing an MD right away! ... 17 Various ways of recording ... 19 Note on digital and analog recording (Digital input and analog input) 19 Recording in analog (Analog Recording) ...20 Long-time recording (MDLP) ...21 When you do not want “LP:”...
  • Page 5 Various ways of playback ... 29 Using the group function (Group Mode) ... 29 Listening to tracks in a specific group (Group Mode Playback) ... 29 Selecting and playing groups (Group Skip Mode) ... 29 Changing play modes ... 30 Creating a program (Program Play) ...
  • Page 6 Additional information ... 46 Precautions ...46 System limitations ...48 Troubleshooting ...49 Messages ...52 List of menus ...54 Specifications ...59 Explanations ...60 Index ...62...
  • Page 8: Checking The Supplied Accessories

    Checking the supplied accessories • AC power adaptor (1) • Headphones/earphones (1) • Optical cable (1) • Digital PCLink kit (supplied with MZ-R410DPC only) (1) • AC plug adaptor (supplied with MZ-R410DPC) (1)
  • Page 9: Looking At The Controls

    Looking at the controls The recorder OPEN button Battery compartment 5-position control key N *(play) X (pause) x (stop) .>, >. (search, AMS) * The N has a tactile dot. HOLD switch DC IN 3V jack MENU/ENTER button GROUP/CANCEL button END SEARCH button Display window VOL +, –...
  • Page 10 The display window of the recorder L P 2 . 4 MONO (monaural) indication LP mode indication Sound indication Disc indication Shows that the disc is rotating for recording, playing or editing an MD. Level meter Shows the volume of the MD being played or recorded.
  • Page 11: Getting Started

    Getting started! Connecting to a power source. to a wall outlet AC power adaptor Using the dry battery Slide to open the battery compartment lid. to DC IN 3V Insert an LR6 (size AA) alkaline dry battery with its minus end first. Connect the supplied AC power adaptor.
  • Page 12 For models supplied with the AC plug adaptor If the AC power adaptor does not fit the wall outlet, use the AC plug adaptor. Battery life For details, refer to “Battery life” (page 45). LR6 (size AA) Sony alkaline dry battery When recording When playing...
  • Page 13: Recording An Md Right Away! (synchro-recording)

    Recording an MD right away! (Synchro-recording) 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 further information, see “Note on digital recording” (page 60).) During synchro-recording, the recorder starts and stops recording in sync with the sound source.
  • Page 14 Make connections. firmly and completely into the appropriate jacks) CD player, MD player, DVD video player, etc. to a wall AC power adaptor outlet to DC IN 3V Record an MD. .>, >. , N, X MENU/ ENTER While the recorder is stopped, press MENU.
  • Page 15 (The lid does not open while “Edit” is flashing in the display.) About the DSP TYPE-R for ATRAC “TYPE-R” is a high-level Sony specification used in the Digital Signal Processor (DSP), which is the heart of the MiniDisc sound. This...
  • Page 16 Notes • The pause function cannot be turned on or off manually during synchro-recording. Press x to stop recording. • Do not change “SYNC-R” setting while recording. Recording may not be done properly. • Even when there is no recorded sound on the sound source, there may be cases when recording does not pause automatically during synchro-recording due to the noise level...
  • Page 17: Playing An Md Right Away

    Playing an MD right away! Insert an MD. Press OPEN to open the lid. Play an MD. > Press N. A short beep sounds in the headphones/ earphones. Press VOL +, – to adjust the volume. The volume will be shown in the display.
  • Page 18 Find the beginning of the current track or a previous track Find the beginning of the next track Go backwards while playing Go forward while playing Pause Remove the MD If you press . twice continuously while playing the first track of the disc, the recorder goes to the beginning of the last track on the disc.
  • Page 19: Various Ways Of Recording

    Various ways of recording Note on digital and analog recording (Digital input and analog input) 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.
  • Page 20: Recording In Analog (analog Recording)

    Recording in analog (Analog Recording) The sound will be input from the connected equipment as an analog signal, but recorded digitally to the disc. To connect to a sound source, an optional line cable is required. When connecting the cable, make sure to insert the connectors firmly.
  • Page 21: Long-time Recording (mdlp)

    Long-time recording (MDLP) Select each recording mode according to the recording time that you want. Stereo recording is possible at 2 times (LP2) or 4 times (LP4) the normal (stereo) recording time. Monaural recording at 2 times normal recording time is also possible. MDs recorded in monaural, LP2, or LP4 mode can be played back only on MD players or recorders with...
  • Page 22: When You Do Not Want "lp:" Added Automatically At The Beginning Of A Track

    When you do not want “LP:” added automatically at the beginning of a track When recording in MDLP mode, this recorder adds “LP:” at the front of every track name automatically. “LP:” appears when you try to play or edit these tracks on a recorder or player that does not support MDLP mode (but not on a recorder or player that supports MDLP...
  • Page 23: To Activate Group Mode (group Mode Recording)

    It is convenient for managing multiple CD albums recorded in MDLP (LP2 stereo/ LP4 stereo) mode onto a single MD. You can create a maximum of 99 groups on a disc. How is group information recorded? When recording in group mode, the group information is written to the disc name recording area.
  • Page 24: Recording A Track Into An Existing Group

    Press N while pressing REC. Play the source sound. To stop recording Press x. The material that was recorded up until x was pressed is entered as a new group. Recording a track into an existing group • Turn group mode on. •...
  • Page 25: Adding Track Marks Automatically (auto Time Stamp)

    • To temporarily record without recording over the current contents, press END SEARCH before the start of recording. The recording will begin after the last track, even if “R-Posi” is set to “FrHere” (factory setting). The remaining recordable time on the disc will appear in the display when you press END SEARCH.
  • Page 26: Adjusting The Recording Level Manually (manual Recording)

    Using Auto Time Stamp to add track marks while recording When the elapsed recording time exceeds the time interval for Auto Time Stamp: The recorder adds track marks at the point you set the time interval and from that point the recorder adds a track mark whenever the time interval has elapsed.
  • Page 27: Checking The Remaining Recordable Time

    While observing the level meter in the display, adjust the recording level by pressing > or .. Set the level so that the maximum input lights up the fifth segment on the level meter. If the sixth segment lights up, lower the level by pressing >.
  • Page 28 On B LapTim The elapsed time of the current track. RecRem The remaining recordable time. GP Rem The remaining time after the current track in a group. AllRem The remaining time after the current location. Press ENTER. The information selected in step 3 appears in A and B.
  • Page 29: Various Ways Of Playback

    Various ways of playback Using the group function (Group Mode) The recorder can operate various playback with a disc which has group setting. For more information on group mode, see “Recording tracks using the group function (Group Mode Recording)” (page 22). GROUP >...
  • Page 30: Changing Play Modes

    When group mode is off: Disc Track number 1 2 3 Skip Skip When group mode is on: Disc Group 2 Group 1 Track Track number number 1 2 3 Skip Skip • Insert a disc with group settings. Press GROUP. “...
  • Page 31: Creating A Program (program Play)

    On B/A Normal/(none) All the tracks are played once. AllRep/ All the tracks are played repeatedly. 1Track/1 A track is played once. 1 Rep./ A single track is played repeatedly. Shuff/SHUF After the currently selected track finishes playing, the remaining tracks are played in random order.
  • Page 32: Adjusting Treble Or Bass (digital Sound Preset)

    Adjusting treble or bass (Digital Sound Preset) You can adjust the treble and bass to suit your taste. The player can store two sets of treble-bass adjustments, which can then be selected later during playback. >, . Selecting the sound quality Factory settings Factory settings of the Digital Sound Preset are as follows:...
  • Page 33: Checking The Remaining Time Or The Playing Position

    • Settings can also be changed while playback is momentarily paused (X). • If the recorder is not operated approximately for 5 minutes, the current setting is stored and the display automatically switches to normal playback. Notes • When you use the Digital Sound Preset, the sound may break or become distorted depending on the settings or the track.
  • Page 34: Editing Recorded Tracks

    Editing recorded tracks You can edit your recordings by adding/ erasing track marks or labeling tracks and MDs. Premastered MDs cannot be edited. Notes on editing • You cannot edit tracks on an MD that is record-protected. Before editing tracks, close the tab on the side of the MD (page 61).
  • Page 35: Labeling Recordings

    Labeling recordings Insert a disc and do the following operations: To label a track Start playing or recording a track you want to label, and label the track while playing or recording operations. To label a group Turn group mode on (page 23) and start playing or recording a track within the group you want to label, and label the group while playing or...
  • Page 36: Relabeling Recordings

    Relabeling recordings Insert a disc and do the following operations: To relabel a track Start playing a track you want to relabel, and change a track name during playback operation. To relabel a group Turn group mode on (page 23) and start playing or recording a track within the group you want to relabel, and change the group name while...
  • Page 37: To Release A Group Setting

    GROUP > While the recorder is stopped, press MENU. Press > or . repeatedly until “EDIT” flashes in the display, and then press ENTER. Press > or . repeatedly until “G:Set” flashes in the display, and then press ENTER. The track number of the first track (“STR”) appears in the display.
  • Page 38: Moving Recorded Tracks

    Press MENU. Press > or . repeatedly until “EDIT” flashes in the display, and then press ENTER. Press > or . repeatedly until “G:Rls” flashes in the display, and press ENTER. “G:Rls?” and “ENTER” appear in the display. Press ENTER. The group setting of the selected group is released.
  • Page 39: Moving A Track To A Different Group

    Moving a track to a different group • Insert a disc with group settings. GROUP/CANCEL > Press GROUP for 2 seconds or more. “ ” lights up in the display group mode turns on. While playing the track you want to move, press MENU.
  • Page 40: Adding A Track Mark

    Adding a track mark You can add track marks so that the part after the new track mark is counted as a new track. The track numbers will increase as follows: Add a track mark Track numbers increase While playing or pausing an MD, press T MARK at the point you want to mark.
  • Page 41: Erasing Tracks

    Notes • When you erase a track mark between the two consecutive tracks that are registered into different groups while group mode is off, the second track is re-registered into the group containing the first track. In addition, if you combine a track that is registered to a group with a track that is not registered to a group (two consecutive tracks), the second track...
  • 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: Other Operations

    Other operations Protecting your hearing (AVLS) The AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter System) function keeps down the maximum volume to protect your ears. > Press MENU. Press > or . repeatedly until “OPTION” flashes in the display, and then press ENTER. Press >...
  • Page 44: Locking The Controls (hold)

    Locking the controls (HOLD) To prevent the buttons from being accidentally operated when you carry the recorder, use this function. Move HOLD in the direction of the To unlock the controls Move HOLD in the opposite direction of the arrow to unlock the controls. HOLD...
  • Page 45: Power Sources

    Measured in accordance with the JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association) standard. When using a Sony LR6 (SG) “STAMINA” alkaline dry battery (produced in Japan). To prevent interrupted recording due to draind battery, use a new battery for recording operations.
  • Page 46: Additional Information

    Additional information Precautions On safety • Do not put any foreign objects in the DC IN 3V jack. • Keep the terminals on the recorder away from metallic objects or surfaces. Such contact may short-circuit the terminals and cause dangerous heat generation. On power sources •...
  • Page 47 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.) Terminals...
  • Page 48: System Limitations

    System limitations The recording system in your MiniDisc recorder is radically different from those used in cassette and DAT decks and is characterized by the limitations described below. Note, however, that these limitations are due to the inherent nature of the MD recording system itself and not to mechanical causes.
  • Page 49: Troubleshooting

    A track cannot be recorded to a new group. A new group cannot be created. Troubleshooting Should any problem persist after you have made these checks, consult your nearest Sony dealer. Refer to “Messages” (page 52) as well. Symptom Cause/Solution The recorder does •...
  • Page 50 Symptom The recorder does not work or works poorly. The recorder does not start recording. The recorder overwrites existing materials when record. “No SIG” appears in the display when recording from a portable CD player. There is no recording on the MD after a recording operation.
  • Page 51 Symptom Cause/Solution Volume cannot be • AVLS is on. turned up. , Set AVLS to “OFF” (page 43). An MD is not played • Playback mode is changed. normally. , Change to the normal play. An MD is not played •...
  • Page 52: Messages

    Messages If the following messages flash in the display window, check the messages below. Error message Meaning/Remedy BLANK • An MD with no recording on it is inserted. BUSY • You tried to operate the recorder while it was accessing the recorded data.
  • Page 53 Error message Meaning/Remedy NoCOPY • You tried to make a copy from a disc that is protected by the Serial Copy Management System. You cannot make copies from a digitally connected source which was itself recorded using digital connection. , Use analog connection instead (page 20). NoDISC •...
  • Page 54: List Of Menus

    List of menus Menu functions Press MENU to enter the menu, and press > or . to select the item. Menu on the Functions recorder EDIT Selecting editing operations (labeling, erasing tracks, discs, or groups, etc.) (page 35 to 39, 41 and 42). DISP Displaying elapsed playing time, remaining playing time, etc.
  • Page 55 Tables of Menus on the recorder The menus provided on the recorder for each operating status are shown on this and the following pages. Each chart shows the various menus and the menu items that can be selected at each menu level. See “List of menus” (page 54) for details on menu operations. Menus and menu items toggle in the display.
  • Page 56 continued from the previous page SYNC-R OPTION AVLS Appears only when the recorder is in group mode and a group other than “GP --” is selected. Appears only when the recorder is in group mode. Selectable only when group mode is turned off. Press CANCEL to cancel a menu operation.
  • Page 57 Menus and menu items selected while the recorder is playing EDIT T:Name DISP LapTim P-MODE Normal S-SEL S-SET OPTION AVLS Appears only when the recorder is in group mode and a group other than “GP --” is selected. Appears only when the recorder is in group mode. Appears only when “SOUND1”...
  • Page 58 Menus and menu items selected while the recorder is recording EDIT T:Name DISP LapTim RecVol Auto R-MODE S-SEL S-SET TimeMK SYNC-R OPTION AVLS Appears only when the recorder is in group mode. Appears only when the recorder is in standby mode. Appears only when “SOUND1”...
  • Page 59: Specifications

    5 mW + 5 mW, load impedance 16 ohm General Power requirements Sony AC Power Adaptor (supplied) connected at the DC IN 3 V jack (country model in parentheses): 120 V AC, 60 Hz (USA, Canada and...
  • Page 60: Explanations

    Explanations How the MiniDisc got so small The 2.5-inch MiniDisc, encased in a plastic cartridge that looks like a 3.5-inch diskette (see illustration above), uses a new digital audio compression technology called ATRAC (Adaptive TRansform Acoustic Coding). To store more sound in less space, ATRAC extracts and encodes only those frequency components actually audible to the human ear.
  • Page 61 Microphone, record player, tuner, etc. (with analog output jacks). Analog recording Home-recorded MD Digital recording Recordable digital recording To protect a recorded MD To record-protect an MD, slide open the tab at the side of the MD. In this position, the MD cannot be recorded or edited.
  • Page 62: Index

    Index Accessories supplied Auto Time Stamp AVLS Battery battery life dry battery Beep sound Checking playing position remaining time Cleaning Connecting analog digital Digital Sound Preset DSP TYPE-R Erasing a group a track a whole disc G-PROTECTION Group erase Group Mode Playback Group Mode Recording Group Move Group Skip Mode...
  • Page 64 Printed in Malaysia...

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