The model and serial numbers are located on the bottom of the unit. Record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to them whenever you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this product. Model No. MDS-PC3 Serial No.
Welcome! Thank you for purchasing the Sony MiniDisc Deck. Before operating the deck, please read this manual thoroughly and retain it for future reference. About This Manual The instructions in this manual are for the MDS-PC3 MiniDisc Deck. Conventions • Controls in these instructions are those on the supplied remote;...
Location and Function of Parts Front Panel Parts Description This chapter tells you about the location and function of the various buttons and controls on the front panel and the supplied remote. Further details are provided on the pages indicated in the parentheses. It also tells you about the information that appears in the display window.
Remote Parts Description EJECT INPUT REC MODE PLAY MODE DISPLAY FADER MUSIC SYNC MENU/NO NAME EDIT/ SELECT LEVEL REPEAT CLEAR – q; 98 7 1 ?/1 (power) switch (12, 21) Press to turn the deck on. When you turn the deck on, the ?/1 switch indicator on the deck turns off.
Using the Display The display window shows information about the MD or track. This section describes the information that appears for each deck status. > – Note The type of information (e.g., total number of tracks, recorded time, remaining time, track or disc name) which was last displayed will continue to appear until you change it by pressing DISPLAY, even if you change the deck operation status.
While the deck is recording Press DISPLAY repeatedly to change the display. Each press of the button changes the display as follows: Track number and recorded time of the current track (default display) 1 5 Tr 4 4 . 2 2 Press Remaining recordable time on the MD - 6 3 .
Getting Started Before You Start the Hookup Checking the supplied accessories This MD deck comes with the following items: • AC power adaptor (1) • Audio connecting cord (stereo mini-plug 1 y stereo mini-plug • Optical cable (1) • Remote commander (remote) RM-D52M (1) •...
Hooking Up The MD deck can be connected to PCs with PC LINK capability (such as the VAIO-series of PCs), peripheral devices such as portable CD players, and active speakers. Make sure all devices are turned off before you hook them up. CD player or digital CS tuner, etc.
Hooking Up (continued) Notes • Insert plugs into jacks firmly. Loose connections may be a cause of noise or malfunction in the MD deck. • When connecting an optical digital cable, take the caps off the connectors and insert the cable plugs straight in the jacks until you hear a click.
Recording on MDs Notes on Recording About indications which appear while recording When “Protected” and “C11” alternate in the display The record-protect slot is open and the MD is record-protected. To record on the MD, slide the tab to close the slot. For details, see “To prevent accidental erasure of the recorded material”...
Notes on Recording (continued) You can make only a first- generation copy* through a digital-to-digital connection. Examples are given as follows: • You can make a copy of a commercially available digital sound program (for example, a CD or MD), but you can’t make a second copy from the first-generation copy.
If necessary, locate the point on the MD to start recording from. If you want to record on a new MD or start recording from the end of the recorded portion, go to step 6. To record over from the beginning of an existing MD track Press ./>...
Recording on an MD (continued) To play from the first track of the MD after recording 1 Press x (or x/Z on the deck) again after stopping recording. 2 Press N (or NX on the deck). The deck starts to play from the first track of the Note You can’t record over existing material when Shuffle Play (page 24) or Program Play (page 25) has been...
To start recording, continue from step 8 of “Recording on an MD” on page 13. You can adjust the recording level during recording or recording pause Press LEVEL +/– repeatedly. To display the level of the strongest signal The Peak Hold function continuously displays the level of the strongest signal that has been input.
Recording for Long Times (continued) Notes • Even if you press REC MODE during recording or recording pause, you cannot change the recording mode. • Even if you select the monaural recording mode, the sound from the speakers will be the same as the source sound (e.g.
Monitoring the input signal (Input Monitor) You can monitor the selected input signal even when you’re not recording it. Press EJECT Z (or x/Z on the deck) to eject the MD. Press INPUT repeatedly to select the jacks (connectors) which the signal you want to monitor is being input.
Recording Tips (continued) Notes • If you start recording with no signal input, Smart Space and Auto Cut will not operate regardless of the setting. • Smart Space does not affect the order of the track numbers being recorded, even if the blank space occurs in the middle of a track.
While the deck is stopped, press MENU/NO twice. “Setup Menu” appears in the display. Press ./> repeatedly (or turn ./> on the deck) until “T.Mark” appears, then press YES (or ./> on the deck). Press ./> (or turn ./> on the deck) to select a desired setting, then press YES (or ./>...
Marking Track Numbers While Recording (continued) • Track marking may not occur in the following tracks: — Tracks that are less than 4 seconds long (in stereo, monaural, or LP2 stereo mode). — Tracks that are less than 8 seconds long (in LP4 stereo mode).
Playing MDs Playing an MD The operations for normal play are explained below. ./> > – Turn on the amplifier and select MD on the amplifier. Press ?/1 to turn on the deck. The switch indicator on the deck turns off. Insert an MD (page 4).
Playing a Specific Track You can use the following procedure while the deck is playing, stopped, or paused to quickly find the beginning of the next track you want to play. ./> Locating a track To go to Do the following: Press >...
Playing Tracks Repeatedly You can play an entire MD repeatedly. This function can be used with Shuffle Play to repeat all the tracks in random order (page 24), or with Program Play to repeat all the tracks in the program (page 25). You can also repeat a specific track or portion within a track.
Playing Tracks Repeatedly (continued) To stop Repeat A-B Play and resume normal play Press REPEAT or CLEAR. You can set a new starting point and ending point during Repeat A-B Play You can change the current ending point to a new starting point, then specify a new ending point to repeat a portion right after the current portion.
Creating Your Own Program (Program Play) You can pick out the tracks that you like and specify the playback order in a program containing up to 25 tracks. ./> > – Programming the tracks While the deck is stopped, press MENU/NO twice.
Creating Your Own Program (continued) Checking the contents of the program While the deck is stopped and “PGM” lights up, press DISPLAY repeatedly. The first several tracks in the program appear in the display. To see the rest of the program, press >...
Tips for Recording From MDs to Tape ./> > MENU/NO – Inserting blanks between tracks during play (Auto Space) The deck can be set to automatically insert a three- second blank between tracks during play. This function is useful when you’re recording from an MD to an analog tape since the three-second blank enables you to use the Multi-AMS function later to locate the beginning of tracks on the tape.
Editing Recorded MDs ./> > MENU/NO Brief descriptions of buttons used to edit MDs The buttons below are used to erase, divide, move, or combine tracks on the MD. Note The operation of these buttons is different when naming a track or MD. For details, see “Naming Tracks or MDs”...
Erasing Tracks You can erase a track or part of a track simply by specifying the number of the track or the portion within a track to be erased. You can also erase all the tracks on an MD at one time. Erasing a track Specify the number of the track you want to erase.
Erasing Tracks (continued) Erasing a portion of a track You can easily erase a portion of a track by specifying the starting and ending points of the erasure. This is useful for erasing the unnecessary portions of a track recorded from a satellite or FM broadcast.
Press YES (or ./> on the deck) to enter point B. “Complete!!” appears for a few seconds and the portion between point A and B is erased. To cancel the operation Press MENU/NO or x (or x/Z on the deck). You can undo the erasure For details, see “Undoing the Last Edit”...
Dividing Tracks (continued) While monitoring the sound, press ./> repeatedly (or turn ./ > on the deck) to locate the dividing point. You can shift point A one frame at a time.* The time indication (“m,” “s ,” and “f ”) of the current point is displayed and several seconds of the track from that point play back repeatedly.
Combining Tracks This function allows you to combine any two tracks into a single track. The two tracks need not to be consecutive nor chronological. You can combine several tracks into a single medley, or several independently recorded portions into a single track.
Moving Tracks This function lets you change the order of any track. Example: Moving the second track after the third track After you move a track, the tracks are renumbered automatically. While the deck is stopped, playing, or paused, press MENU/NO. “Edit Menu”...
Naming Tracks or MDs You can enter a name for a recorded MD as well as for individual tracks. Names can consist of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. A total number of 1,700 characters can be stored for all the names on the MD. ./>...
Naming Tracks or MDs (continued) Press M (or ./> on the deck). The flashing character is entered and lights continuously and the cursor shifts to the right. If you’ve selected numbers Press the corresponding number button. The number is entered and the cursor shifts to the right.
To cancel the operation Press MENU/NO or x (or x/Z on the deck). When “Overwrite ??” appears in step 5 above The track or the disc selected in step 5 already has a name. If you wish to replace the name, press YES (or ./>...
Naming Tracks or MDs (continued) Erasing all the names on the You can erase all the track names and the disc name on an MD in a single operation. While the deck is stopped, playing, or paused, press MENU/NO. “Edit Menu” appears in the display. Press ./>...
Press YES (or ./> on the deck). One of the following messages appears depending on the last edit operation. Last edit operation Erasing a track Erasing all the tracks on an MD Erasing a portion of a track Dividing a track Combining tracks Moving a track Naming a track or MD...
Changing the Track Level After Recording (S.F Edit) (continued) Press ./> repeatedly (or turn ./> on the deck) until the track number whose level you want to change appears, then press YES (or ./> on the deck). “Level 0dB” appears in the display. While monitoring the sound, press ./>...
Press YES (or ./> on the deck). The deck starts recording over the specified portion of the original track. “S.F Edit: XX%” appears to show the recording progress while the portion is being recorded over. When the process finishes, “Complete!!” appears in the display for a few seconds.
Other Functions Fade In and Fade Out Recording/Playback Fade-in Recording/playback gradually increases the signal level at the start of recording/playback. Fade-out Recording/playback gradually decreases the signal level at the end of recording/playback. > – Note The output level of the DIGITAL (OPTICAL) OUT connector does not vary during recording or playback.
Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace the battery only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Discard used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you have any questions or problems concerning your deck, please consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Handling MDs The MD is enclosed in a cartridge to protect the disc from debris or fingerprints and to make it easy to handle. However, the presence of debris or a warped cartridge may inhibit the disc from operating properly. To assure that you can always listen to the highest quality music, follow the precautions below: •...
The total recorded time and the remaining recordable time on the MD may not total the maximum recording time Recording is done in minimum units of 2 seconds* each, no matter how short the material. The contents recorded may thus be shorter than the maximum recording capacity.
Troubleshooting If you experience any of the following difficulties while using the deck, use this troubleshooting guide to help you remedy the problem. Should any problem persist, consult your nearest Sony dealer. The deck does not operate or operates poorly.
Specifications System MiniDisc digital audio system Disc MiniDisc Laser Semiconductor laser ( = 780 nm) Emission duration: continuous Laser output Less than 44.6 µW* * This output is the value measured at a distance of 200 mm from the objective lens surface on the Optical Pick-up Block with 7 mm aperture.
Display Messages The following table explains the various messages that appear in the display. Messages are also displayed by the deck’s Self-Diagnosis function (see page 49). Message Meaning Auto Cut The Auto Cut function is on (page 17). Blank Disc A new (blank) or erased MD has been inserted.
Edit Menu Table The following table provides a quick guide to the various editing functions that you can perform using the Edit Menu. To access the Edit Menu Press MENU/NO to display “Edit Menu.” Note The available menu items may vary according to the current status of the deck. Menu item Sub-item Function Name ?
Setup Menu Table The following table provides an overview of the various Setup Menu items, including their parameters, factory settings, and reference page in the manual. To access the Setup Menu While the deck is stopped, press MENU/NO twice to display “Setup Menu.” Menu item Function Program ?
F, G Fade-in Recording 42 Fade-out Recording 42 Hookups analog 9 digital 9 PC LINK 9 personal computer 9 Sony Corporation Printed in Japan I, J, K Input Monitor 17 Level input signal 7 output signal. See Output level recording 14...