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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-NH1
© 2004 Sony Corporation
3-266-450-13(1)
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page 98
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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-NH1 © 2004 Sony Corporation 3-266-450-13(1) page 12 page 98 is a...
  • Page 2 Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to them whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. MZ-NH1 Serial No. Product registration Please register this product on line at www.sony.com/walkmanreg...
  • Page 3 Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: SONY Model No.: MZ-NH1 Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc. Address: 16450 W. Bernardo Dr, San Diego, CA 92127 USA Telephone No.: 858-942-2230 This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to...
  • Page 4 • 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 6: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents About available functions and supplied manuals ... 10 Recorder Operation Looking at controls ... 13 Getting started ... 17 Recording a disc right away! ... 20 Playing a disc right away! ... 25 Using menus ... 27 How to use the menu items ...27 List of menus ...29 Various ways of recording ...
  • Page 7 Various ways of playback ... 43 Viewing various information ...43 Selecting the play mode ...44 Searching for a track (Search) ...48 Adjusting the sound (Virtual-Surround • 6-Band Equalizer) ...49 Changing playback speed (Speed Control) ...51 Connecting to a stereo system (LINE OUT) ...51 Editing recorded tracks ...
  • Page 8 Troubleshooting and explanations ... 80 Troubleshooting ...80 Messages ...88 Explanations ...93...
  • Page 9 Software Operation What you can do with MD Simple Burner/ SonicStage ... 98 Installing ... 100 Providing the required system environment ...100 Installing the software onto your computer ...101 Using MD Simple Burner ... 103 Before using MD Simple Burner ...103 Recording using MD Walkman operations (Simple mode) ...104 Recording by computer operations (Standard mode) ...105 Using SonicStage ...
  • Page 10: About Available Functions And Supplied Manuals

    About available functions and supplied manuals This section explains the functions of this portable MiniDisc recorder and the manuals that have been supplied with it. Please refer to the manual that applies to each use of the recorder. Learning more about Hi-MD “Hi-MD”...
  • Page 11 Using the recorder while it is connected to a computer The supplied SonicStage software allows you to transfer audio data between the recorder and the computer. The supplied MD Simple Burner software allows you to record audio data to the recorder. Audio CDs Internet Music files...
  • Page 12: Checking The Supplied Accessories

    Checking the supplied accessories AC power adaptor (1) Headphones/earphones (1) Rechargeable battery case (1) Optical cable (1) CD-ROM (SonicStage/MD Simple Burner) (1)* Carrying pouch (except USA model) (1) * Do not play a CD-ROM on an audio CD player. Note When using this unit, remember to follow the precautions below in order to avoid warping the cabinet or causing the unit to malfunction.
  • Page 13: Looking At Controls

    Looking at controls The recorder A x (stop) • CANCEL button B Display window C OPEN switch D Battery compartment E 5-way control key Operation Function Press NENT play, enter Press towards find the beginning of the previous track, rewind Press towards find the beginning of the next track,...
  • Page 14 O HOLD switch (at the rear) Slide the switch in the direction of the arrow to disable the buttons on the recorder. To prevent the buttons from being accidentally operated when you carry the recorder, use this function. The display window of the recorder A Disc indication Shows that the disc is rotating for recording or playing.
  • Page 15 The headphones/earphones with a remote control A Display window B Jog lever (NX • ENTER, ., >) Operation Function Press NX • play, pause, enter ENTER Slide towards cue to the beginning of the previous track, rewind Slide towards cue to the beginning of >...
  • Page 16 The display window of the remote control A Character information display B Battery level indication C Disc indication D SND (sound), SUR (surround) indications...
  • Page 17: Getting Started

    Getting started Charge the rechargeable battery before using. Insert the rechargeable battery. Slide the battery compartment lid. Charging the rechargeable battery. Connect the AC power adaptor to the battery charging stand and the AC power adaptor to a wall outlet. Battery charging To a wall stand...
  • Page 18 • Display changes as follows: “CHG:--min” t “CHG:60min” (60 minutes to end of charging) t “CHG:59min” t ...t “CHG:00min” t No display (CHG lamp goes off) When the CHG lamp goes off, the battery is about 80% charged and the recorder can then be used.
  • Page 19 Operations can be done on the recorder or the remote control while charging. However, the remaining charging time will not be displayed during this time. For models supplied with the AC plug adaptor If the AC power adaptor does not fit the wall outlet, use the AC plug adaptor.
  • Page 20: Recording A Disc Right Away

    Recording a disc 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. Make sure to use the optical cable. Make connections. the appropriate jacks.) Connect the AC power adaptor to the battery charging stand and the AC power adaptor to a wall outlet.
  • Page 21 Insert a recordable disc. Slide OPEN to open the lid. Place the recorder on the battery charging stand. Insert a disc with the label side facing front, and press the lid down to close. Make sure to check the record-protect tab is closed.
  • Page 22 Confirm the operation mode. This recorder has two operation modes, “Hi-MD mode” and “MD mode”. The operation mode is automatically recognized whenever the disc is inserted. After you insert a disc, check the operation mode on the display window of the recorder. “Hi-MD”...
  • Page 23 Record a disc. Select and pause the sound source to be recorded. Connected component While the recorder is stopped, press and slide zREC on the recorder. “REC” and the REC lamp light up and recording starts. zREC Stop Pause Remove the disc A track mark is added at the point where you press the remainder of the track will be counted as a new track.
  • Page 24 If the recording does not start • Make sure the recorder is not locked (pages 14, 18). • Make sure the disc is not record-protected (pages 21, 78). • Premastered discs cannot be recorded over. To know the recording condition The REC lamp lights up or flashes according to the recording condition.
  • Page 25: Playing A Disc Right Away

    Playing a disc right away! Insert a recorded disc. Slide OPEN to open the lid. Play a disc. Press the 5-way control key (NENT) on the recorder. Press the jog lever (NX • ENTER) on the remote control. A short beep sounds in the headphones/ earphones when you operate.
  • Page 26 Stop Pause Select a track directly viewing track number or name Find the beginning of the current track Find the beginning of the next track Go backwards or forward while playing Search for a point in a track while viewing the elapsed time (Time search) Search for a specific...
  • Page 27: Using Menus

    Using menus How to use the menu items The menus provide useful functions for recording, playback, and editing, etc. To set the menu items, do the following procedure. If you are doing a menu operation for the first time after purchasing the recorder, “Menu Mode”...
  • Page 28: On The Recorder

    On the recorder 5-way control key (NENT, FR, FF) Press MENU to enter the menu. Press the 5-way control key towards Press the 5-way control key (NENT) to enter the selection. Repeat steps 2 and 3. The setting will be entered when you press the 5-way control key at the last. To return the preceding setting Press x •...
  • Page 29: List Of Menus

    List of menus 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. Items listed under “Menu 1”...
  • Page 30 Menu 1 Menu 2 REC Mode Settings REC Volume* MIC AGC* MIC Sens* Time Mark* Group REC* SYNC REC* Option Menu Mode AVLS* Beep* Backlight Disc Memory* Quick Mode* Disc Mode Contrast* Jog Dial* Clock Set Function Selects the recording mode (PCM, Hi-SP, or Hi- LP for Hi-MD mode/SP, LP2, LP4, or monaural for MD mode).
  • Page 31 Menus of the recorder Menu 1 Menu 2 Edit* Format* Display Lap Time RecRemain Clock Useful* Audio Out* REC Set REC Mode RECVolume* MIC AGC* MIC Sens* Time Mark* :REC* SYNC REC* Option Menu Mode AVLS* Beep* Disc Mem* QuickMode* Disc Mode Function Formats the disc and restores it to the condition...
  • Page 32: Various Ways Of Recording

    Various ways of recording Before recording Selecting the operation mode This recorder has two operation modes, “Hi-MD mode” and “MD mode”. The operation mode is automatically recognized whenever the disc is inserted. After you insert a disc, check the operation mode on the display window of the recorder.
  • Page 33 While the recorder is stopped A/B/C Group Track number number and elapsed time Track • Remaining number time for recording/ remaining free space (Hi-MD) • Remaining time for recording (MD) Numbers of Remaining tracks after time after the the current current track location in...
  • Page 34: Recording From A Microphone

    If you want to check the playing position or track name while playing, see “Viewing various information” (page 43). On the recorder 5-way control key (NENT, FR, FF) Enter the menu and select “Display”. Press the 5-way control key towards until the information you want appears in the display, and then press the control key to enter the...
  • Page 35 To select microphone sensitivity You can select the microphone sensitivity depending on the volume of the sound source. While the recorder is recording or stopped, enter the menu and select “REC Set” - “MIC Sens” (“REC Settings” - “MIC Sens” on the remote control).
  • Page 36: Recording From A Tv Or Radio (analog Recording)

    Recording from a TV or radio (Analog Recording) This section explains how to record from equipment with analog output, such as a cassette recorder, radio, or TV. This operation can be done on the recorder only. To LINE OUT jacks, etc. (red) (white) Line cable...
  • Page 37 Recording Display Recording time mode Hi-LP Hi-LP • Approx. 610 stereo • Approx. 2,040 When recording on a disc used in mode Recording Display mode SP stereo LP2 stereo LP4 stereo Monaural MONO For better sound quality, record in normal stereo (SP or LP2 stereo mode.
  • Page 38: Adjusting The Recording Level Manually

    Adjusting the recording level manually The recording 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 (NENT, FR, FF) While pressing X, press and slide zREC.
  • Page 39: Adding Track Marks While Recording

    Adding track marks while recording You can add track marks (track number) while recording to divide the material into separate parts, that allow you to go to specific track quickly and easily. 5-way control key (NENT, FR, FF) MENU Adding track marks manually While the recorder is recording, press T MARK at the point you want to add a track mark.
  • Page 40: Using The Group Function When Recording

    Using the group function when recording 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 discs on which several albums or CD singles have been recorded. What is a disc with group settings? The recorder can operate various...
  • Page 41: To Start/stop Recording In Sync With The Sound Source (synchro-recording)

    Recording tracks to an existing group You can add a track to an existing group. This operation can be done on the recorder only. Adding a new track at the end of the selected group While the recorder is stopped and the group to which you want to add a track is selected, slide zREC to the right while pressing GROUP.
  • Page 42 Notes • The pause function cannot be turned on or off manually during synchro-recording. • Do not switch the “SYNC REC recording. Recording may not be done properly. • Even when there is no sound on the sound source, there may be cases when recording does not pause automatically during synchro- recording due to the noise level emitted from the sound source.
  • Page 43: Various Ways Of Playback

    Various ways of playback Viewing various information You can check the track name, disc name, etc. during playback. DISPLAY While playing, press DISPLAY. Each time you press DISPLAY, the display changes as follows. The indications have the following meanings: : Disc name : Track name : Group name : Artist name...
  • Page 44: Selecting The Play Mode

    Notes • Depending on the group settings, the operating conditions, and the disc settings, you may not be able to select certain indications or the indications may appear differently. • The remaining battery charge/battery status appears about one minute after the start of playback.
  • Page 45 Playing tracks in normal mode (Normal Play) Do step 1 and select “Normal Play” in step 2 of “Playing tracks in Main play mode” (page 44). When selecting a track out of a group, skip this step. When selecting a track within a group, turn the jog dial until the group that the desired track belongs to appears in the display, and then press...
  • Page 46 Listening to tracks of a selected album (Album Play) (in Hi-MD mode only) If the track data includes the album name, you can listen to tracks of a selected album only. Do step 1 and select “Album Play” in step 2 of “Playing tracks in Main play mode”...
  • Page 47 Listening to tracks or groups in a desired sequence (Program Play) You can listen to tracks or groups in a desired sequence. Programming tracks (Track Program) Do step 1 and select “Program Play” in step 2 of “Playing tracks in Main play mode”...
  • Page 48: Searching For A Track (search)

    Listening to a section of a track repeatedly (A-B Repeat) You can listen to a specific section within a track repeatedly by selecting the starting point A, and ending point B. Make sure that points A and B are within the same track.
  • Page 49: Adjusting The Sound (virtual-surround • 6-band Equalizer)

    Notes • After step 4, Main play mode and Sub play mode will be canceled (Repeat play will function). • During a search, unlabeled tracks will appear at the end of each list. • While the recorder is sorting the selected items, “SORTING”...
  • Page 50 Turn the jog dial to select the sound mode. Each time you turn the jog dial, A and B change as follows: Heavy Pops Jazz Unique Custom1 Custom2 Press the jog dial to enter the selected sound mode. To cancel the setting Press SOUND repeatedly until “Normal”...
  • Page 51: Changing Playback Speed (speed Control)

    Changing playback speed (Speed Control) The Speed Control function is useful for language study and other purpose. This function changes the playback speed without changing the playback pitch. The playback speed can be varied from +100% to –50% the normal speed, in 13 steps.
  • Page 52 Enter the menu and select “Useful” - “Audio Out”. Press the 5-way control key towards until “Line Out” appears in the display, and then press the control key to enter the selection. Notes • If the “Audio Out” parameter for the i/LINE OUT jack is set to “Line Out”, Virtual Surround or 6-Band Equalizer will not function.
  • Page 53: Editing Recorded Tracks

    Editing recorded tracks Before editing You can edit your recordings by adding/ erasing track marks or labeling tracks and discs. Notes • Premastered discs cannot be edited. • Close the record-protect tab on the side of the disc before editing (page 78). •...
  • Page 54 Character palette The character palette has the following configuration. Character palette for Hi-MD mode For the Asian, African and tourist models Available characters Capital and small letters of the English • alphabet • Numbers 0 to 9 • Symbols The available symbols will differ for Hi-MD mode and MD mode (see “Character palette”...
  • Page 55 Notes • If you enter the symbol “//” between the characters in disc names such as “abc//def”, you may be unable to use the group function (in MD mode only). • On the remote control for the Asian, African and tourist models, Chinese characters can be displayed but cannot be input.
  • Page 56 The buttons and control used for character input and their functions are listed below. Functions To move the cursor to the left or right in the letter input area. To select a letter in the letter input area. To enter a letter. To enter a title.
  • Page 57: Assigning Tracks Or Groups As A New Group (group Set)

    Assigning tracks or groups as a new group (Group Set) With this function, you can assign existing tracks or groups to a new group, and also you can assign a track that currently belongs to no group to an existing group. You can create a maximum of 255 groups on a Hi-MD disc or a standard disc in Hi- MD mode and 99 groups on a standard...
  • Page 58: Releasing A Group Setting (group Release)

    Label a group (see “Adding titles (Title)” (page 53)). Notes • In step 2, the first track must be either the first track of an existing group or a track that does not belong to a group. • When selecting the last track in step 3, make sure the track comes after the one selected in step 2.
  • Page 59: Moving A Track In A Disc With Group Setting

    Turn the jog dial until the destination track number flashes in the display. For the example, since track C will be moved to track “02”, turn the jog dial until “02” flashes in the display. Press the jog dial to enter the selection.
  • Page 60: Erasing Tracks And The Entire Disc (erase)

    If the track or group has been labeled, slide the jog lever towards > to make the track or group name appear in the display during operation. Slide the jog lever towards . to return to the track or group number display. Note If all tracks are moved out of the group, the group automatically disappears from the disc.
  • Page 61: To Erase A Group

    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. Select a group you want to erase and check the contents (see page 45).
  • Page 62: 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. The track numbers will increase as follows.
  • Page 63: Combining Tracks (combine)

    Press the 5-way control key towards (turn the jog dial on the remote control) to adjust the point to divide. Pressing the control key (turning the jog dial) moves the dividing point forward or backwards. The dividing point can be moved up to a maximum of 8 seconds forward or backwards from the point T MARK was pressed in step 1.
  • Page 64: Formatting The Disc (format)

    Find the track mark by pressing the 5- way control key towards For example, to erase the third track mark, find the beginning of the third track. “00:00” appears in the display. “MARK” appears in the display for a few seconds. Press T MARK to erase the mark.
  • Page 65 While the recorder is stopped, enter the menu and select “Edit” - “Format”. Turn the jog dial until “YES” appears in the display, and then press the jog dial to enter the selection. When formatting completes, “NO TRACK” appears in the display if a 1GB Hi-MD disc is inserted in the recorder, or “BLANKDISC”...
  • Page 66: Other Operations

    Other operations Changing the displayed menu items (Menu Mode) You can specify the display of all items in the menu (Advanced mode) or only basic items (Simple mode). Refer to “List of menus” (page 29) to check the menu items that cannot be displayed.
  • Page 67: Turning Off The Beep Sound

    Turning off the beep sound You can turn off/on the beep sound on the recorder and the remote control. Enter the menu and select “Option” - “Beep”. Turn the jog dial until “Beep Off” appears in the display, and then press the dial to enter the selection.
  • Page 68: Storing The Settings For Individual Discs (disc Memory)

    Storing the settings for individual discs (Disc Memory) The recorder is factory set to automatically store settings for each disc. The recorder automatically stores the settings for a disc and retrieves them whenever the disc is inserted. The following setting can be stored: •...
  • Page 69: Starting The Playback Quickly (quick Mode)

    Starting the playback quickly (Quick Mode) The recorder is factory set to quickly start playback after the playback button is pressed. You can check the setting as follows. While the recorder is stopped or playing, enter the menu and select “Option”...
  • Page 70: Adjusting The Contrast Of The Display Window (contrast Adjustment)

    Notes • Even if you select “MD” as the “Disc Mode” setting, the operation mode can only be “Hi- MD” when using a 1GB Hi-MD disc. • The operation mode set in the “Disc Mode” menu is applied to a blank 60/74/80-minute standard disc used on the recorder even if a different operation mode was selected in the SonicStage software or a different operation...
  • Page 71: Setting The Clock

    Turn the jog dial until “Reverse” appears in the display, and then press to enter the selection. To turn the setting to normal Select “Default” in step 2. Setting the clock To stamp the recorded date and time on the disc, you first need to set the clock. Once you set the clock, the recorder will include a time stamp each time you record something.
  • Page 72: Using The Recorder With A Computer

    Using the recorder with a computer What you can do through connection with a computer To use the recorder connected to a computer, you must install the software from the supplied CD-ROM. For details on the installation procedure, refer to the “Software Operation”...
  • Page 73 Power (bus power) is supplied from the USB port of the computer. This allows the recorder to be used without power being supplied from the rechargeable battery. Computer To the USB port To the USB connecting jack Insert a recordable disc into the recorder.
  • Page 74: Storing Non-audio Data To A Disc

    Notes • If you use the recorder connected to the computer, it is recommended that you insert a fully charged rechargeable battery as a precaution against power failures, disconnection of the dedicated USB cable or other unforeseen occurrences. We do not assure the results should there be a mis- operation, transfer failures, or destruction of audio data caused by unforeseen occurrences.
  • Page 75 The storage space for each disc (formatted with the recorder/the SonicStage software) Disc type Total size 60-minute 219 MB standard disc (229,965,824 bytes) 74-minute 270 MB standard disc (283,312,128 bytes) 80-minute 291 MB standard disc (305,856,512 bytes) Hi-MD disc 964 MB (1,011,613,696 bytes) This is space that is used for managing the files on the disc.
  • Page 76: Additional Information

    Additional information Precautions On safety Do not put any foreign objects in the DC IN 6V jack. On power sources • Use house current or rechargeable battery. • For use in your house: For the supplied battery charging stand, use the AC power adaptor supplied with this recorder.
  • Page 77 • The battery charging stand and the recorder may become hot during the charging procedure; this, however poses no danger. • Because of the battery’s characteristics, the capacity of the rechargeable battery may be smaller than normal when it is used for the first time or after a long period of disuse.
  • Page 78: Specifications

    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.) Specifications...
  • Page 79 Maximum output (DC) Headphones: 5 mW + 5 mW (16 ) Power requirements Sony AC Power Adaptor connected at the DC IN 6V jack: 120 V AC, 60 Hz (Models for USA, Canada, Mexico, and Taiwan) 240 V AC, 50 Hz (Model for Australia)
  • Page 80: Troubleshooting And Explanations

    Check to see if the problem is listed in, “Troubleshooting” (page 80). Check “Messages” (page 88) for the problem as well. If after step 1 you still cannot solve the problem, consult your nearest Sony dealer. While charging Symptom...
  • Page 81: While Recording

    While recording Symptom Cause/Remedy The remaining • This is a system limitation. 2.0MB is the capacity of the reserve recording time appears domain. as “–0:00:00” and recording cannot be done, even though 2.0MB of free space is displayed. The recorder always •...
  • Page 82: While Playing

    Symptom The lid does not open after recording. “TRACK FULL” appears even before the disc has reached the maximum recording time and the recording cannot be done. The remaining recording time does not increase even after erasing numerous short tracks. The total recorded time and the remaining time on the disc may not total...
  • Page 83 Symptom Cause/Remedy Playback sound skips. • The recorder is placed where it receives continuous vibration. , Put the recorder on a stable place. • A very short track may cause sound to skip. , Try not to create a short track. Sound has a lot of •...
  • Page 84: While Editing

    Symptom There is no R-channel sound output when playing a track recorded from a cassette deck or through an amplifier, or when listening to sound from a cassette deck or amplifier. While editing Symptom The lid does not open. Editing cannot be done. • The power source has been disconnected or a power outage has Non-audio data cannot be erased Tracks cannot be...
  • Page 85: While Using Group Function

    While using group function Symptom Cause/Remedy The group function does • While using a disc without group setting, an attempt was made to not operate. A track cannot be • This is due to the MiniDisc system limitations (in MD mode recorded to a new group.
  • Page 86 Symptom You cannot transfer audio data from your computer that will fill up the remaining recording time on the disc. The disc size displayed on the computer is not the same as the disc size printed on the disc. You cannot operate the recorder (“PC –...
  • Page 87 Symptom Cause/Remedy The recorder does not • The lid is not firmly closed. work or works poorly. • Moisture has condensed inside the recorder. • The AC power adaptor is not firmly connected. • The rechargeable battery is weak (“LOW BATTERY” flashes or •...
  • Page 88: Messages

    Messages If the following messages flash in the display window on the remote control, check the chart below. Message Meaning/Remedy AVLS NO • AVLS is set to “AVLS On” and so the volume cannot rise higher. , Set AVLS to “AVLS Off” (page 66). VOLUME OPERATION BLANKDISC...
  • Page 89 • There is an internal malfunction in the system. , Restart the operation by doing steps 1 to 3 on page 87. If the message appears again, please consult your nearest Sony dealer. FORMAT • A disc with a format that the recorder does not support was inserted.
  • Page 90 Message Meaning/Remedy • You selected bookmark play without setting bookmarks. , Set bookmarks (page 46). BOOKMARKED TRACK NO DIGITAL • You tried to make a copy from a disc that is protected by the Serial Copy COPY Management System. You cannot make copies from a digitally connected source which was itself recorded using digital connection.
  • Page 91 Message Meaning/Remedy PUSH STOP • You tried to open the lid by sliding the OPEN switch while the recorder BUTTON was storing disc information with the dedicated USB cable connecting the recorder to a computer. , Operation must be done only after pressing x and “SYSTEM FILE WRITING”...
  • Page 92 Message Meaning/Remedy TRK FROM PC • You tried to record in the middle of a protected track that has been NO REC transferred from the computer. • You tried to record in the middle of a track that was recorded in Hi-MD mode with the MD Simple Burner software.
  • Page 93: Explanations

    Explanations About Hi-MD “Hi-MD” is a new MiniDisc format. Incorporating the new ATRAC3plus audio compression technology, Hi-MD is a new recording format that delivers longer recording times than standard MD discs. Hi-MD discs can also be used as a computer storage medium for non-audio data such as text and images. For more details on Hi-MD, refer to the supplied flyer “What you can do with the Hi-MD Walkman”.
  • Page 94 List of the recording time for each disc When using a disc in Hi-MD mode When recording on the recorder Recording Codec/ mode on Bit rate the recorder Linear PCM/ 1.4Mbps Hi-SP ATRAC3plus/ 256kbps Hi-LP ATRAC3plus/ 64kbps When transferring from the computer Codec/Bit rate Linear PCM/1.4Mbps...
  • Page 95 When using a disc in MD mode When recording on the recorder Recording Codec/ mode on the Bit rate recorder ATRAC/292kbps ATRAC3/ 132kbps ATRAC3/66kbps MONO Monaural (monaural) When transferring from the computer Codec/Bit rate ATRAC(stereo)/292kbps ATRAC3/132, 105kbps ATRAC3/66kbps Approximate time When transferring 5-minute tracks Recording time 80-minute...
  • Page 96 About the DSP TYPE-S for ATRAC/ATRAC3 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.
  • Page 97 Difference between digital (optical) and analog (line) inputs 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 98: What You Can Do With Md Simple Burner/sonicstage

    What you can do with MD Simple Burner/SonicStage What you can do with MD Simple Burner MD Simple Burner allows you to record music tracks from an audio CD in the CD drive of your computer to an MD Walkman, without first recording the music tracks to the computer.
  • Page 99 Basic operational flow using an MD Walkman MD Simple Burner Providing the required system environment (page 100) Installing the software onto your computer (page 101) Connecting an MD walkman to your computer (see “Recorder Operation”) Recording music tracks from an audio CD in the CD drive of your computer (page 103) SonicStage...
  • Page 100: Installing

    Installing Providing the required system environment System requirements The following system environment is required in order to use the SonicStage/MD Simple Burner software for the MD Walkman. Computer IBM PC/AT or Compatible • CPU: Pentium II 400 MHz or higher (Pentium III 450 MHz or higher is recommended.) •...
  • Page 101: Installing The Software Onto Your Computer

    Installing the software onto your computer Before installing the software • Make sure to close any virus-check software, as such software usually demands a large amount of system resources. • When you use the MD Walkman, make sure to install the software with the supplied CD- ROM.
  • Page 102 Click [Install SonicStage and MD Simple Burner] and then follow the displayed instructions. Read the instructions carefully. Depending on your region, the buttons other than [Install SonicStage and MD Simple Burner] may differ from those in the illustration above. The installation may take 20 to 30 minutes, depending on your system environment. Make sure to restart your computer only after the installation is completed.
  • Page 103: Using Md Simple Burner

    Using MD Simple Burner Before using MD Simple Burner MD Simple Burner allows you to record music tracks from an audio CD in the CD drive of your computer to the MD Walkman. There are two ways to record from an audio CD.
  • Page 104: Recording Using Md Walkman Operations (simple Mode)

    Recording using MD Walkman operations (Simple mode) Insert a recordable disc into the MD Walkman and then connect the MD Walkman to the computer. For details about connections, see the “Recorder Operation” section. Do not disconnect the power source or the dedicated USB cable before the transfer has completed.
  • Page 105: Recording By Computer Operations (standard Mode)

    Recording by computer operations (Standard mode) To start MD Simple Burner, click [Start] Simple Burner]. [Programs] in the case of Windows 2000 Professional/Windows Millennium Edition/Windows 98 Second Edition There are other ways to start up MD Simple Burner as follows: •...
  • Page 106: The Window For Recording Selected Tracks From An Audio Cd

    The window for recording selected tracks from an audio CD Track information (CD) Total time of the Artist name selected tracks of CD Album Title [Get CD info] Information of an audio CD (album name, track title, etc.) will be reflected in the track list.
  • Page 107: Using Sonicstage

    Using SonicStage Importing audio data This section explains how to record and store audio data from an audio CD to My Library of SonicStage on the hard disk drive of your computer. You can record or import music from other sources such as the Internet and your computer’s hard disk.
  • Page 108 If necessary, click If you unchecked a box by mistake, click it again to restore the check. To check all boxes, click To uncheck all boxes, click If necessary, change the format and bit rate for audio CD recording. When you click [Format/Bit Rate] on the right side of the screen, “CD Recording Format [My library]”...
  • Page 109: Transferring Audio Data From Your Computer To The Md Walkman

    Transferring audio data from your computer to the MD Walkman Audio data stored in My Library of SonicStage can be transferred to your MD Walkman an infinite number of times. The My Library list Connect your MD Walkman to the computer. For details about connections, see “Recorder Operation”.
  • Page 110 If necessary, change the transfer mode. As the default setting, tracks in the OpenMG (PCM/ATRAC3/ATRAC3plus) format will be transferred in the same format and bit rate (normal transfer). If the device connected to the computer does not support the above format, the format and bit rate will be converted to those of the device.
  • Page 111: Transferring Back Audio Data From The Md Walkman To Your Computer

    Transferring back audio data from the MD Walkman to your computer The My Library list Transferring from the MD Walkman back to your computer Audio data that has been transferred from your computer and stored on the MD can be transferred back to My Library of SonicStage on your computer.
  • Page 112 To stop transferring Click Note Tracks transferred to the MD Walkman from another computer cannot be transferred back to My Library on your computer. Importing tracks recorded on a Hi-MD Walkman* to your computer Tracks that have been recorded on a Hi-MD Walkman* can be imported to My Library of SonicStage on your computer only once.
  • Page 113 To stop importing Click Note Notes • You cannot import tracks that were recorded in a Net MD mode to your computer, or tracks that have been recorded on a device that does not support Hi-MD mode. • Before importing tracks recorded on the Hi-MD Walkman to the computer, click [Properties] on the right side of the screen to confirm the status of the [Import Settings] check box (it is checked by default).
  • Page 114: Using Sonicstage Help

    Using SonicStage Help SonicStage Help provides further details on how to use SonicStage. SonicStage Help allows you to search easily for information from a list of operations, such as “Importing Tracks” or “Transferring Tracks”, or from large list of keywords, or by typing in words that might lead you to the appropriate explanations.
  • Page 115: Understanding Sonicstage Help

    Understanding SonicStage Help The left side frame 1 Double click [Overview] in the left-side frame. 2 Click [About This Help File]. The explanation will appear in the right-side frame. 3 Read the text. Scroll the display if necessary. Click underlined words to jump to their explanations. Searching for a word inside an explanation [Search] “Type in the keyword...
  • Page 116: Referring To Sonicstage Help

    Referring to SonicStage Help Click [Contents] on the left side of the Help window to view a list of items for each operation. Click on any items for details. Importing audio data to the computer Import audio data from the Internet Import audio files on the computer in SonicStage...
  • Page 117: Backing Up Audio Data

    Backing up audio data We recommend that you back up your music data as a precaution against hard disk crashes or computer replacement. Back up audio data in My Library Look up about SonicStage backup Troubleshooting Look up troubleshooting procedure When you want to know Look up unknown words Look up the kinds of audio data...
  • Page 118: Other Information

    Other information Uninstalling SonicStage/MD Simple Burner To uninstall SonicStage/MD Simple Burner, follow the procedures below. Click [Start]–[Control Panel]*. [Settings]–[Control Panel] in the case of Windows 2000 Professional/Windows Millennium Edition/Windows 98 Second Edition Double-click [Add/Remove Programs]. Click [SonicStage 2.x.xx] or [MD Simple Burner 2.0.xx] in the “Currently Installed Programs”...
  • Page 119: On Copyright Protection

    On copyright protection The OpenMG technology allows you to enjoy digital music, while maintaining the copyrights of its holders. SonicStage encrypts audio files in OpenMG format and stores them on the hard disk of your computer to prevent unauthorized distribution. Restrictions on audio content High-quality digital audio content is widely available through music distribution services on the Internet.
  • Page 120: Troubleshooting

    1 Check the symptoms in this “Troubleshooting” section. 2 Check the symptoms in SonicStage Help when you use SonicStage. 3 If the problem cannot be solved after checking the above references. Check the following table and then consult your nearest Sony dealer. Computer • Manufacturer: •...
  • Page 121: The Software Cannot Be Installed Onto Your Computer

    The software cannot be installed onto your computer Problem The installation was not successful. The installation appears to have stopped before it has completed. The progress bar on the display is not moving. The access lamp has not lit for a few minutes. Cause/Remedy You are using an OS that does not support this software.
  • Page 122: Using A Md Walkman Connected To The Computer

    Using a MD Walkman connected to the computer Problem Your computer does not recognize the MD Walkman. Even though the dedicated USB cable is used to connect the MD Walkman to the computer, the display on the MD Walkman does not indicate it is connected.
  • Page 123: Index

    Index Numerics 6-Band Equalizer Accessories optional supplied AVLS Backlight Battery battery life rechargeable battery BEEP Bookmark play CD drive CDDB CD-ROM Charging Checking clock playing position remaining time Cleaning Clock Combining tracks Connecting analog computer digital when charging Contrast Copyright protection Data storage Disc memory Disc Mode...
  • Page 124 Play mode Main play mode Repeat play Sub play mode Quick mode Recording adding track marks analog digital from microphone level MDLP mode Recording mode Recording mode (Bit rate) Relabeling Simple Mode SonicStage SonicStage Help Speed Control Start (software) MD Simple Burner SonicStage Synchro-recording System environment...
  • Page 128 This warranty is valid only in the United States. * 3 2 6 6 4 5 0 1 Printed in Japan...

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