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Sony ICD-P630F Operating Instructions Manual

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  • Page 2 Notice for the customers in the countries applying EU Directives The manufacturer of this product is Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. The Authorized Representative for EMC and product safety is Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Page 3: Notice For Users

    Sony Corporation. IN NO EVENT SHALL SONY CORPORATION BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, WHETHER BASED ON TORT, CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION...
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Index to Parts and Controls ...6 Getting Started Step 1: Installing the Batteries ...9 Replacing the batteries ...10 Step 2: Setting the Clock ...11 Basic Operations Recording Messages...13 Selecting the Folder ...17 Starting Recording Automatically in Response to the Sound —...
  • Page 5 Editing Messages Dividing a Message ...32 Moving Messages to a Different Folder — Move Function ...33 Listening to the Radio Listening to an FM Radio Station ...35 Switching the FM radio output between speaker and headphones ...36 Recording FM broadcasts ...36 Presetting FM Radio Stations ...36 Presetting FM Radio Stations Automatically ...37...
  • Page 6: Index To Parts And Controls

    Index to Parts and Controls Main unit Built-in microphone (microphone) jack FM•  (headphone)/  (speaker) selector  REC (record) –  (review/fast backward)/  + (cue/fast forward) Display window DISPLAY/MENU  (stop) Speaker * There is a tactile dot beside the control to show the direction to turn up the volume.
  • Page 7 Preventing Accidental Operation — HOLD function Slide the HOLD switch to ON. “HOLD” will flash three times, indicating that all the functions of the buttons are locked. When the HOLD function is activated during stop, all the display will be turned off after “HOLD”...
  • Page 8: Display Window

    Display window Remaining battery indicator Recording mode Folder indication indication REC (recording) Microphone sensitivity indicator Alarm indicator FM indicator Repeat play indicator Selected message number EASY-S (Easy Search) REC DATE (recorded date) indicator indication Number of messages REMAIN indicator in a folder/Menu indication/Counter/ FM radio sensitivity Remaining time...
  • Page 9: Getting Started

    Getting Started Step 1: Installing the Batteries Slide and lift the battery compartment lid. Insert two LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries with correct polarity, and close the lid. Make sure to insert both of the batteries from their – ends. If the battery compartment lid is accidentally detached, attach it as illustrated.
  • Page 10: Replacing The Batteries

    Approx.7 hr. FM reception: Approx.13 hr. (hr.: hours) * Using Sony alkaline batteries LR03 (size AAA) **When playing back through the internal speaker with the medium volume level The battery life may shorten depending on the operation of the unit.
  • Page 11: Step 2: Setting The Clock

    Step 2: Setting the Clock DISPLAY/MENU  PLAY/ENTER (stop)  –   Clock setting display appears when you insert batteries for the first time, or when you replace the batteries with new ones. In this case, proceed from step 2. Display the clock setting display.
  • Page 12 Set the time.  Press –   digits of the hour.  Press  PLAY/ENTER. The minute digits will flash.  Set the minute.  Press  PLAY/ENTER at the time signal. The display will return to “SET DATE. ” ...
  • Page 13: Basic Operations

    Basic Operations Recording Messages Display window Recording mode Current message number Counter display* Remaining memory indicator * The display selected with the DISPLAY/MENU button appears. You can record up to 99 messages in each of the four folders (A, B, C, and D). Since a newly recorded message is automatically added behind the last recorded message, you can start...
  • Page 14: Other Operations

    Start recording.  Press  REC. You do not need to keep pressing  REC while recording.  Speak to the built-in microphone. Stop recording. Press (stop).  The unit stops at the beginning of the current recording. If you do not change the folder after you stop recording, the next time you record you will record in the same folder.
  • Page 15 Note on recording Noise may be recorded if an object, such as your finger, etc., accidentally rubs or scratches the unit during recording. Maximum recording time The maximum recording time of all the folders is as follows. You can record messages for the maximum recording time in a single folder.
  • Page 16 Remaining memory indication During recording, the remaining memory indicator decreases one by one. The memory is nearly full. Flashing When the remaining time of recording reaches 5 minutes, the last one of the indication flashes. If the remaining recording time display mode is selected, the remaining recording time display will also flash when the remaining time reaches 1...
  • Page 17: Selecting The Folder

    Selecting the Folder Press DISPLAY/MENU for more than 1 second until “MODE” appears in the display window. Press –   + to select “FOLDER” and press  ENTER. Press – + to select   the folder you want and press ...
  • Page 18: Selecting The Microphone Sensitivity

    Selecting the Microphone Sensitivity Press DISPLAY/MENU for more than 1 second until “MODE” appears in the display window. Press –   “SENS” and press  Press –   “H (high sensitivity)” or “L (low sensitivity)” and press ENTER. Press ...
  • Page 19: Various Recording Modes

    Various Recording Modes Adding a Recording Using an adding recording At a factory setting, you cannot add a recording not to erase the message by accidental operation. If you want to add a recording to a previously recorded message or add an overwrite recording, change the REC-OP setting in the procedures below.
  • Page 20: Adding A Recording To A Previously Recorded Message

    Adding a recording to a previously recorded message You can add a recording to the message being played back. When “ADD” is selected in the menu The added recording will be placed after the current message and counted as a part of the message.
  • Page 21: Recording With An External Microphone Or From Other Equipment

    While “ADD” or “OVER” flashes, press REC again.  The operation indicator will light in red. An add or overwrite recording starts. Press (stop) to stop the recording.   Notes You cannot add or overwrite a recording if  the remaining memory is not long enough.
  • Page 22 Notes Make sure that the plugs are connected  securely. We recommend you make a trial recording  to check the connections and volume control. When connecting equipment other than  Sony’s, refer to the instruction manual of the equipment.
  • Page 23: Playback/Erasing

    Playback/Erasing Playing Back Messages PLAY/ENTER   (stop) – /+ When playing back a previously recorded message, start from Step 1. When playing back a message you have just finished recording, start from Step 3. Select the folder. See “Selecting the Folder” on page 17. ...
  • Page 24 Start playback.  Press  PLAY/ENTER.  Adjust the volume with the VOL control. Stop playback.  Press (stop). After playing back one message, the unit stops at the beginning of the next message. When the continuous play function is set to “CONT ON” (see page 43), the unit stops after playing all messages in a folder.
  • Page 25: Playing Back A Message Repeatedly - Repeat Play

    Playing back a message repeatedly — Repeat Play  During playback, press for more than one second. “ “ will be displayed and the selected message will be played back repeatedly. To resume normal playback, press  PLAY/ENTER again. To stop playback, press ...
  • Page 26: Locating Quickly The Point You Wish To Start Playback (Easy Search)

     When fast playback is done to the end of the last message, “END” flashes 5 times. (You cannot hear the playback sound.) If you keep – while “END” is flashing, the messages are played back rapidly, and normal playback will start at the point you release the button.
  • Page 27  Note “ALARM OFF (or ON)” will not appear and the alarm cannot be set if the clock has not been set or no message has been recorded in the selected folder.  Press  PLAY/ENTER. “OFF” starts to flash. ...
  • Page 28 Set the alarm sound.  Press –   alarm sound either from “B-PLAY” (playing back the message after the alarm) or “B-ONLY” (alarm only).  Press  PLAY/ENTER. “ALARM ON” will be displayed. Press (stop) to exit the menu ...
  • Page 29 If more than one alarm time comes during  recording, only the first message will be played back. When the alarm time comes when the unit is  in the menu mode, alarm will sound and the menu mode will be canceled. If you erase the message you set the alarm to ...
  • Page 30: Erasing Messages

    Erasing Messages DISPLAY/MENU  PLAY/ENTER  (stop) –   You can erase the recorded messages one by one or all messages in a folder at a time. Note that once a recording has been erased, you cannot retrieve it. Erasing messages one by one When a message is erased, the remaining messages will advance and renumbered...
  • Page 31: Erasing All Messages In A Folder

    Press PLAY/ENTER.  The setting is completed. The message is erased and the remaining messages will be renumbered. (For example, if you erase Message 3, Message 4 will be renumbered as Message 3. When erasing is completed, the unit will stop at the beginning of the following message.) To cancel erasing...
  • Page 32: Editing Messages

    Editing Messages Dividing a Message You can divide a message during recording or playback, so that the message is divided into two and the new message number is added to the divided message. By dividing a message, you can easily find the point you want to play back when you make a long recording such as a meeting.
  • Page 33: Moving Messages To A Different Folder - Move Function

    To play the divided message Press –   + to display the message number as the divided messages each have message numbers. To play the divided messages  continuously Select “ON” for CONT in the menu as described in “Playing Back All Messages in a Folder Continuously.
  • Page 34 Press –   folder to which you want to move the message. Press  PLAY/ENTER. The message is moved in the destination folder. Press (stop) to exit the menu  mode. To cancel moving the message(s) Press  (stop) before step 5. ...
  • Page 35: Listening To The Radio

    Listening to the Radio Listening to an FM Radio Station   (stop) –  /  The display in the display window may be different from the actual one in some regions. Press FM to enter FM radio mode. Tune in a station.
  • Page 36: Switching The Fm Radio Output Between Speaker And Headphones

    Switching the FM radio output between speaker and headphones When headphones are connected during FM reception or FM recording, you can switch between the sound from the speaker and from the headphones by pressing FM for more than 1 second. The sound will be switched between speaker and headphones.
  • Page 37: Presetting Fm Radio Stations Automatically

    Press FM to enter FM radio mode. Tune in the station you want to preset and store on the preset number. Press and hold  PLAY/ENTER until a preset number flashes on the display. The station will be stored in memory after 3 seconds.
  • Page 38: Listening To A Preset Radio Station

    Press FM to enter FM radio mode. Preset stations automatically in the menu.  Press DISPLAY/MENU for more than 1 second until “AUTO- P” appears in the display window.  Press  PLAY/ENTER.  Press –   and press ...
  • Page 39: Erasing Preset Fm Radio Stations

    Press FM repeatedly until “[P]” appears.  If you press FM repeatedly, the radio switches between tuning manually (“P” appears) and tuning by preset number (“[P]” appears). Tune in the station.  Press –   + repeatedly until the preset number you want is displayed.
  • Page 40: Switching The Receiver Sensitivity Of The Fm Radio

    Press FM repeatedly until “[P]” appears. Press –   until the preset number you want to erase is displayed. Erase the preset number.  Press  PLAY/ENTER for more than 1 second. The preset number and “ERASE” flash in the display window. ...
  • Page 41: Utilizing The Menu Function

    Utilizing the Menu Function Selecting the Display Mode You can select the display mode for the stop, recording and playback modes. Each time you press DISPLAY/MENU, the display mode will change as shown below: On the current time display  If the unit is left unoperated for more than 3 seconds in the stop mode, the display will show the current time, regardless of the...
  • Page 42: Turning Off The Beep Sound

    Turning off the Beep Sound BEEP ON: A beep will sound to indicate that operation has been accepted. BEEP OFF: No beep sound will be heard except for the alarm and timer. Press DISPLAY/MENU for more than 1 second until “MODE” appears in the display window.
  • Page 43: Playing Back All Messages In A Folder Continuously

    Playing Back All Messages in a Folder Continuously CONT ON: You can play back all messages in a folder continuously. CONT OFF: Playback stops at the end of each message. Press DISPLAY/MENU for more than 1 second until “MODE” appears in the display window.
  • Page 44: Using The Ic Recorder With Your Computer

    Using the IC Recorder with Your Computer Using the Supplied Digital Voice Editor Software What you can do using the Digital Voice Editor software The Digital Voice Editor software allows you to transfer the messages to your display monitor, to save them on your computer’s hard disk, and to play back and edit them.
  • Page 45: System Requirements

    System requirements Operating Systems: Windows Vista® Home Basic Windows Vista® Home Premium Windows Vista® Business Windows Vista® Ultimate Windows® XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 or higher Windows® XP Professional Service Pack 2 or higher Windows® XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 2 or higher Windows®...
  • Page 46: Installing The Software

    Note on transcribing a message When you use Dragon NaturallySpeaking® speech-recognition software to transcribe a message, your computer must also meet the system requirements that the Dragon NaturallySpeaking requires. For latest version and availability of Dragon NaturallySpeaking in each region, please refer to the following page: http://www.nuance.com/ Note on sending a voice e-mail When you use Microsoft®...
  • Page 47 Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 Service Pack 2 or higher, log on as a user name with the “Computer administrator” user account. (To find if the user name has a “Computer administrator” user account, open the “User Accounts” from the “Control Panel”...
  • Page 48: Uninstalling The Software

    When the dialog box used to input the owner name is displayed Input the owner name. The owner name is the setting for privileges and limitations in the Digital Voice Editor usage.  Notes You cannot change the owner name ...
  • Page 49: Connecting The Ic Recorder To Your Computer

    For Windows Vista – Click [Start] [Control Panel] – [Programs], and then select and click [Uninstall a Program] from the category. Select [Digital Voice Editor 3] from the list and click [Uninstall]. Click [Continue] in the [User Account control] window. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  • Page 50: Referring To The Help Files

     Notes Be sure to install the Digital Voice Editor  software before connecting the IC recorder to your computer. Otherwise, a message like [Found New Hardware Wizard] may appear when you connect the IC recorder to your computer. In this case, click [Cancel]. Do not connect more than two USB devices ...
  • Page 51: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Before taking the unit for repair, check the following sections. Should any problem persist after you have made these checks, consult your nearest Sony dealer. IC recorder Symptom Remedy The unit does not operate.    No sound comes from the ...
  • Page 52 Symptom Recording level is unstable (when recording music, etc.). “--Y--M--D” or “--:--” is displayed. “--Y--M--D” or “--:--” is displayed on the REC DATE display. You cannot divide a message. You cannot record messages up to the maximum recording time. Remedy This unit is designed to automatically adjust the recording level ...
  • Page 53 Symptom Remedy The remaining time  displayed in the display window is shorter than that displayed in the supplied Digital Voice Editor software. The audio is weak or  has poor quality when listening to the radio.  The picture of your TV ...
  • Page 54 Digital Voice Editor Refer to the Help files of the Digital Voice Editor software, too. Symptom The Digital Voice Editor software cannot be installed. The IC recorder or “Memory Stick” cannot be properly connected. Remedy The free disk or memory space on the computer is too small. ...
  • Page 55 Symptom Remedy The IC recorder does not  operate. Messages cannot be  played back./Playback  sound volume is too low.    Saved message files  cannot be played back or edited. Counter or slider moves  incorrectly. There is noise.
  • Page 56 Symptom The software ‘hangs’ when the Digital Voice Editor software starts up. Remedy Do not disconnect the connector of the IC recorder while the  computer is communicating with the IC recorder. Otherwise the computer operations become unstable or the data inside the IC recorder may be damaged.
  • Page 57: Additional Information

    Do not use alcohol, benzine or thinner. If you have any questions or problems concerning your unit, please consult your nearest Sony dealer. Backup recommendations To avoid potential risk of data loss caused by accidental operation or...
  • Page 58: Specifications

    Specifications IC recorder section Recording media Built-in flash memory 512 MB, Monaural recording A part of the memory capacity is used as a management area. Recording time HQ: 59 hours 45 minutes SP: 159 hours 20 minutes LP: 261 hours 45 minutes Freqency range HQ: 260 Hz - 6,800 Hz SP/LP: 220 Hz - 3,400 Hz...
  • Page 59  are trademarks of Sony Corporation. “Memory Stick PRO Duo” and  are trademarks of Sony Corporation. “MagicGate Memory Stick” is the trademark of Sony  Corporation. “LPEC” and are registered trademarks of Sony  Corporation. US and foreign patents licensed from Dolby ...