Sony ICD-MX20 - IC Recorder Operating Instructions
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Sony ICD-MX20 - IC Recorder Operating Instructions

Getting started

Installing the Batteries

  1. Slide and open the battery compartment lid.
  2. Insert two LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries with correct polarity, and close the lid.

Make sure to insert batteries into the unit from the - end first.
When you insert batteries for the first time, or when you insert batteries after the unit has been without batteries for a certain period of time, "Set Date&Time" appears. Please refer "Step 2:
Setting the Clock" to set the date and time.

If the battery compartment lid is accidentally detached, attach it as illustrated.

Replacing the battaries

The battery indicator on the display window shows the battery condition:
: Replace both of the two batteries with new ones.
: "Replace Batteries" appears and the unit will stop operation.

Battery life* (Using Sony alkaline batteries LR03 (SG))

Recording mode: ST STLP SP LP
In recording: 8 hr. 9 hr. 30 min. 9 hr. 30 min. 10 hr. 30 min.
In playback: 8 hr. 9 hr. 9 hr. 9 hr.

(hr.: hours/min.: minutes)

* In continuous recording/playback
* In approximate hours and minutes
* When playing back through the internal speaker with the medium volume level
* The battery life may shorten depending on the operation of the unit.

Using on house current

Connect the AC power adaptor (not supplied) to the DC IN 3V jack of the unit and to the wall outlet. Do not use any other AC power adaptor.
Using on house current - Connecting the AC power adaptor

Notes on batteries

  • Do not use manganese batteries for this unit.
  • Do not charge dry batteries.
  • When you are not going to use the unit for an extended period of time, remove the batteries to prevent damage from battery leakage and corrosion.

When you insert the batteries for the first time after purchasing (initializing the memory)

"ACCESS" appears in the display window and the internal memory is initialized automatically to create 5 folders (FOLDER01 to FOLDER05).

Notes while "ACCESS" appears

  • The unit is accessing data while "ACCESS" appears in the display window or the OPR indicator lights or flashes in red or orange. While accessing, do not remove the batteries or AC adaptor (not supplied). Doing so may damage the data.
  • If the unit is required to process excessive amount of data, "ACCESS" may be displayed for an extended period of time. This is not a malfunction of the unit. Wait until the message disappears.

Setting the Clock

You need to set the clock to use the alarm function or record the date and time. When you insert batteries for the first time, or when you insert batteries after the unit has been without batteries for a certain period of time, "Set Date&Time" appears. Set the date and time as follows:

Setting the Clock - Controls diagram
Press the control key upward, downward, leftward, or rightward ( / / / ) to select an item, and then press down the center ( ) to decide on the item. In this manual, these operations are described as follows:

  1. Press / to select the digits for the year.
    : to decrease the number
    : to increase the number
  2. Press .
    The month digits will flash.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to set the month, day, hour, and then minutes in sequence.
    To select a previous or next item
    Press for the previous item or for the next item.
    Note
    If you do not press for more than one minute, the clock setting mode is cancelled and the window will return to normal display.
  4. Press STOP to return to the normal display.

Note on setting the clock
Set the clock while the set is in the stop mode.

To display the clock setting windows and current time

You can display the clock setting window to set the date and time or check the current time:

  1. Press (MENU) to display the menu.
  2. Press / to select (Preferences) and then press .
  3. Press / to select "Date&Time".
    The current time is displayed in the right bottom of the display window.
  4. To set the clock, press to display the "Date&Time" window and follow the steps 1 through 4 of the "Step 2: Setting the Clock".

Tip
This unit does not have a power on/ off switch. The display is shown at all times.

Basic Operations

Recording Messages

You can record the maximum of 999 messages in each folder of the initially 5 folders (FOLDER01 to FOLDER05). In all the folders of the built-in memory, you can record the maximum of 1,012 messages.
Since a newly recorded message is automatically added behind the last recorded message, you can start recording quickly without searching for the end of the last recording.

e.g.
Recording Messages - Newly recorded message
Newly recorded message

Select the recording mode

For how to select the recording mode, see "Operating the Menu".

Select the folder

  1. Press ( ).
    The folders in the built-in memory are displayed.

  2. Press or to select the folder in which you wish to record messages.
  3. Press .

Start recording

Start recording - Controls and Description

  1. Built-in microphone
  2. Press REC/PAUSE during the stop mode.
    You do not need to keep pressing REC/PAUSE while recording.
  3. OPR indicator**
    (lights in red during recording.)
  4. Folder icon
  5. Current message number/ Number of messages in the selected folder
  6. Remaining memory indication
  7. Counter display*
  8. Recording mode
  9. Remaining memory indication
  10. Microphone sensitivity
    Speak to the built-in microphone.

* The display selected with the "Display" in the menu appears.
**When the "LED" in the menu is set to "OFF", the OPR indicator turns off.

To Do this
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.
pause recording* Press REC/PAUSE.
During recording pause, the OPR indicator flashes in red and "REC Pause" flashes in the display window.
release pause and resume recording Press REC/PAUSE. Recording resumes from that point.
listen to the current recording Press STOP to stop recording, then press .
review the current recording instantly Press during recording.
review during recording Keep pressing ( ) during recording or recording pause.
Recording stops and you can search backwards while listening to fast playback sound. After you release the key, playback starts from that point.
You can add an overwrite recording from that point.

* About one hour after you pause recording, recording pause is automatically released and the unit goes into the stop mode.

Maximum recording time* (built-in memory)

The maximum recording time of all the folders is as follows. You can record messages for the maximum recording time in a single folder.

Recording modes**
ST Approx. 1 hr. 25 min.
STLP Approx. 2 hr. 45 min.
SP Approx. 4 hr. 20 min.
LP Approx. 11 hr. 45 min.

(hr.: hours/min.: minutes)
* In continuous recording
**Recording modes:
ST: Standard play stereo recording mode/STLP: Long play stereo recording mode /SP: Standard play monaural recording mode/LP:
Long play monaural recording mode

The maximum number of the folders when each folder contains one message

You can create the maximum of 340 folders each in the built-in memory and the "Memory Stick".

Notes before recording

  • To record in better sound quality, select the ST or STLP mode.
  • Before making a long recording, be sure to check the battery indicator.
  • The maximum recording time and the number of messages you can make varies depending on the conditions of use.
  • To avoid replacing batteries during long time recording, use the AC power adaptor (not supplied).
  • You cannot record through the built-in microphone if you connect an external microphone to the (microphone) connector.

Expanding the memory

You can expand the memory by inserting a "Memory Stick Duo" or "Memory Stick PRO Duo" into the MEMORY STICK slot. (See the reverse side.)

Switching the drives

You can use both the built-in memory and the "Memory Stick" by switching drives as follows:

  1. Press ( ) to display the folders in the current drive.
  2. Press .
  3. Press or to select the "Memory Stick" drive ( ) or the built-in memory drive ( ).

    "Memory Stick" drive ( )
  4. Press .
    The folders of the selected drive are displayed, where you can select one by pressing or . (If you keep pressing or , the display switches to the folders of another drive.)

Starting recording automatically in response to the sound - Advanced VOR function

Set "VOR" in the menu to "ON".

Notes on recording

  • While the OPR indicator flashes or lights in red or orange, do not remove the batteries or the AC adaptor (not supplied). Doing so may damage the data.
  • Noise may be recorded if an object, such as your finger, etc., accidentally rubs or scratches the unit during recording.

Playing Back Messages

When playing back a previously recorded message, start from Step 1. When playing back a message you have just finished recording, start from Step - 2.

Select the folder

Follow the step 2 in "Recording Messages".

Select the message and start playback

Select the message and start playback - Controls and Description

  1. (headphones) jack
  2. Press or to display the desired message number.
    : for previous message number
    : for next message number
    Press .
  3. Adjust the volume with VOLUME +/–.
  4. OPR indicator**
    (lights in green during playback.)
  5. Selected message number/Number of messages in the selected folder
  6. Playback slider Displays the current playback position.
  7. Counter display*
  8. Recorded date and time of the message

* The display selected with the "Display" in the menu appears.
**When the "LED" in the menu is set to "OFF", the OPR indicator turns off.

The unit plays all the messages in a folder continuously and stops at the beginning of the last message in the folder. (You change the "Play Mode" in the menu so that the unit plays a message and then stop at the beginning of the next message.)

To Do this
stop at the current position Press or STOP. To resume playback from that point, press again.
go back to the beginning of the current message Press once.*
skip to the next message Press once.*
go back to previous messages/skip to succeeding messages Press or repeatedly. (During stop mode, keep the key pressed to skip the messages continuously.)

* These operations are for when "Easy Search" in the menu is set to "OFF".

Searching forward/backward during playback (Cue/Review)

  • To search forward (cue):
    Keep pressed during playback and release the key at the point you wish to resume playback.
  • To search backward (review):
    Keep pressed during playback and release the key at the point you wish to resume playback.

If you keep or pressed, the unit starts to search at higher speed.
During cue/review, the counter will be displayed, regardless of the display mode setting.

When playback or fast playback is done to the end of the last message

  • When fast playback is done to the end of the last message, "Message End" flashes for 5 seconds. (You cannot hear the playback sound.)
  • If you keep pressed while "Message End" is flashing, the messages are played back rapidly, and normal playback will start at the point you release the key.
  • When "Message End" stops flashing and the OPR indicator goes off, the unit will stop at the beginning of the last message.
  • If the last message is long and you wish to start playback at a later part of the message, keep pressed to play back the message to the end and then press while "Message End" is flashing to go back to the desired point.
  • For messages other than the last one, go to the beginning of the next message and play backward to the desired point.

Listening in better sound quality

You can enjoy better sound quality as follows:

  • To listen from headphones: Connect the stereo headphones (supplied or not supplied) to the (headphones) jack. The built-in speaker will be automatically disconnected.
  • To listen from an external speaker: Connect an active or passive speaker (not supplied) to the (headphones) jack.

Operating the Menu

During stop, playback or recording, you can use the menu to change the operation modes in playback and recording, display mode, or other settings. Display the menu and change the settings as follows:

To Do this
1 enter the menu mode. Press b (MENU).
2 select the desired menu ( ). Press / and press .
3 select the desired menu item. Press / and press .
go back to the previous step. Press / to select " "and press . ( If " " does not appear, press .)
4 select the setting item. Press / and press .
5 exit the menu mode. Press STOP.

If you do not press the key or button for one minute, the menu mode is automatically cancelled and the window will return to normal display.

How the display changes in the menu mode


Entering the menu mode (1)
Selecting the
item in the desired menu (2, 3)
Selecting the
setting item (4)

Menu items Settings (*: Initial setting) Stop/Play/Rec**
Record/play menu
REC Mode




You can set the recording mode (bit rate):

OK/–/–


ST*: You can record with high-quality stereo sound. (48 kbps)
STLP: You can record with stereo sound for longer time. (24 kbps)
SP: You can record with better sound (monaural sound). (16 kbps)
LP: You can record for longer time (monaural sound). (8 kbps)
Note: When the DIRECTNL switch is set to "ON", a message will be recorded in monaural even in the "ST" or "STLP" recording mode.
Mic Sense

You can set the microphone sensitivity.
OK/–/OK
High*: To record at meetings or in a quiet and/or spacious place.
Low: To record dictation or in a noisy place.
VOR


You can activate or disable the VOR (Voice Operated Recording) function for eliminating recording from soundless period.:

OK/–/OK
ON: Recording starts when the unit detects sound and "VOR" is displayed. Recording pauses when no sound is heard and "VOR Pause" is displayed.
OFF*: The VOR function is disabled. Normal recording operation is selected.
Note: VOR function is affected by the sound around you. Set the "Mic Sense" according to the recording conditions. If recording is not satisfactory after you have changed the microphone sensitivity, or for important recording, set the "VOR" to "OFF".
Add/Over


You can enable or disable the adding or overwrite recording mode:
OK/–/–

OFF*: You cannot add a recording to avoid erasing a message by accidental operation.
Add REC: You can adds a recording to a previously recorded message during playback.
Overwrite: You can adds an overwrite recording to a previously recorded message during playback.
DPC

You can set the playback speed:
OK/OK/–
OFF*: Messages will be played back at normal speed.
ON: You can adjust the speed of the playback between twice the normal speed (+100%) and half the normal speed (–50%)
Easy Search

You can activate or disable the easy search function:
OK/OK/–
ON: You can go back for approx. 3 seconds by pressing ( ), or advance for approx. 10 seconds by pressing ( ).
OFF*: You can go back or forward the messages by pressing / ( / ).
Play Mode


You can set the playback mode when you press :

OK/OK/–
Cont Play*: The unit plays back all messages in a folder continuously.
One MSG: The unit plays back one message and then stops at the beginning of the next message
Repeat: The unit plays back a message repeatedly until you press or STOP. "Repeat MSG" and " " will be displayed.
Erase menu
Erase a MSG You can erase the currently selected message. (See the reverse side.) OK/OK/–
Erase AllMSG You can erase all the messages in the selected folder. (See the reverse side.) OK/–/–
Erase Folder You can erase the selected folder and the messages contained in the folder. (See the reverse side.) OK/–/–
Format You can format a "Memory Stick". (See the reverse side.) OK/–/–
Edit menu
Priority You can add priority marks ( ) to the currently selected message. Usually the recorded messages are lined up in the order of recording. (None*/ / / ) (See the reverse side.) OK/OK/–
Move MSG You can move the currently selected message to the desired folder. (See the reverse side.) OK/OK/–
Alarm You can set the alarm to the currently selected message. (See the reverse side.) OK/–/–
Add Folder You can add a new folder to the end of the current drive. (See the reverse side.) OK/–/–
Edit Folder You can change the icon and name of the currently selected folder. (See the reverse side.) OK/–/–
Preferences menu
Display


You can change the display mode on the display window.

OK/OK/OK
Elapse: Displays the elapsed playback/recording time of one message (counter).
Remain: Displays the remaining time indication.
Name: Displays the message name (title) if it is specified with the supplied Digital Voice Editor software.
Date&Time

You can set the clock manually or automatically:
OK/–/–
Automatic: If the unit is connected to a PC while the supplied Digital Voice Editor is operating, the clock is automatically set according to the PC internal clock.
Manual*: Displays the window to set the clock manually (05Y1M1D*). (See "Step 2: Setting the Clock".)
Beep

You can turn on or off the beep.
OK/OK/OK
ON*: A beep will sound to indicate that operation has been accepted.
OFF: No beep sound will be heard except for the alarm.
LED

You can turn on or off the OPR (operation) indicator during operation.
OK/–/OK
ON*: The OPR indicator lights or flashes during operations such as recording or playback.
OFF: The OPR indicator turns off even during operation. (Even if you set the LED to "OFF", the indicator lights when the unit is connected to the PC.)
Backlight

You can turn on or off the backlight on the display window during operation.
OK/OK/OK
ON*: The backlight on the display window lights during operation.
OFF: The backlight on the display window turns off during operation.
List View

You can select the list view or one message view in the stop mode.
OK/OK/–
ON: List of the messages is displayed in the stop mode.
OFF*: A message is displayed in the stop mode.

**Displays whether you can change the setting in each operation mode (Stop: stop mode/Play: playback mode/Rec: recording mode): "OK" shows the setting can be changed and "–" shows the setting cannot be changed.

Index to Parts and Controls

Identifying the front and rear panels of the unit

Identifying the front and rear panels of the unit - Parts and Controls

  1. Built-in monaural/stereo microphone (directional/all-directional)
    You can set the directivity with the DIRECTNL switch , and sensitivity with the "Mic Sense" in the menu.
  2. DIRECTNL (directional) ON (MONO)/OFF switch
    Slide the switch to set the directivity of the built-in microphone as follows:
    ON (MONO): To record a sound centering on a specific direction in monaural. Use this position when you record a sound at a conference/ meeting or in a spacious place etc.
    OFF: To record a sound not centering on a specific direction (all-directional recording).
    Notes
  • The DIRECTNL switch is set to "ON", sound is recorded in monaural even if you select ST or STLP mode.
  • In the ST and STLP mode, sound is recorded in higher quality sound thanks to their higher bit rates even in the monaural recording.
  1. Display window
    For the details, see "Using the display window" below.
  2. OPR (operation) indicator
    The indicator lights in red during recording or in green during playback. It flashes in red during recording pause. During accessing the data, it lights or flashes in red or orange. You can turn off the indicator with the "LED" in the menu.
  3. Control key
    (MENU)/ (: folder) ( : review)/ ( : fast forward)/ (play/stop • enter)
  4. REC (record) /PAUSE button
    Press here to start and pause recording.
  5. STOP button
    Press here to stop operation.
  6. Speaker
    Sound is heard when no headphones or active speaker are connected.
  7. MEMORY STICK slot
    Insert the "Memory Stick Duo" or "Memory Stick PRO Duo" here.
  8. USB connector
    Use the USB cable to connect a PC here.
  9. VOLUME (volume) +/– button
    Adjust the playback sound with the button.
  10. DIVIDE button
    Press to divide a message during playback.
  11. A-B (repeat) button
    Press to specify the beginning and ending points of the portion to be played back repeatedly.
  12. HOLD switch
    To prevent accidental operation, slide this switch to "ON". "HOLD" will appear for 3 seconds, 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" is displayed.
    To cancel the HOLD function Slide the HOLD switch to "OFF".
    Tip
    Even if the HOLD function is activated, you can stop the alarm playback. To stop the alarm or playback, press STOP. (You cannot stop usual playback.)
  13. (headphones) jack
    To monitor the recording from the built-in microphone, connect headphones supplied or not supplied here. You can adjust the volume with VOLUME +/– , but the recording level is fixed.
    Note
    If you turn up the volume excessively or place the headphones near the microphone while monitoring recording, the microphone may pick up the sound from the headphones, causing acoustic feedback (howling sound).
  14. (microphone) jack (PLUG IN POWER)
    You can connect an external microphone here. When an external microphone is connected, the built-in microphone is automatically cut off.
  15. DPC ON/OFF switch
    You can play back a message at a higher or lower speed as follows:
    ON: "Fast Play" or "Slow Play" will be displayed and a message is played back at the speed specified with the "DPC" in the menu (between twice the normal speed (+100%) and half the normal speed (– 50%)).

    OFF: A message is played back at the normal speed.
  16. VOICE UP (Digital Voice Up) ON/OFF switch
    You can make the playback sound well-balanced and more audible by enabling the Digital Voice Up function as follows:
    ON: Digital Voice Up function is activated. Inaudible low-level part of a recorded message is amplified so that the overall recording is adjusted to its optimum level.
    OFF: A message is played back without Digital Voice Up function.
    Note
    Depending on the area you purchased the unit, the Digital Voice Up switch name shown on the unit may differ.
  17. Slit for a handstrap
    You can attach a handstrap (not supplied) here.
  18. Battery compartment /DC IN 3V jack
    Open the compartment lid and insert two LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries.

Using the display window

Using the display window - Controls and Description

  1. Folder icon
    Displays the icon of the current folder. You can change the icon with the "Edit Folder" in the menu.
  2. Priority marks
    Displays the priority marks specified with the "Priority" with the menu. You can renumber the messages in the order of their priority.
  3. Selected message number /Total number of the messages in the selected folder
  4. Alarm indicator
    Appears when the alarm is set for a message.
  5. Playback slider
    Displays the current playback position.
  6. Counter (Elapsed time)/Remaining time / Message name indication
    The display mode selected with the "Display" in the menu appears:
    Elapse: Displays the elapsed playback/recording time of one message (counter).

    Remain: Displays the remaining time of the message in the playback mode, and the remaining recordable time in the stop and recording modes.

    Name: Displays the message name (title) if it is specified with the supplied Digital Voice Editor. (Some characters that are not compatible with the unit may not be displayed.)
  7. Recorded date and time indication
    Recorded year, month, day, hours, and minutes of the current message are displayed.
  8. Repeat play indicator
    Appears when "Repeat" (one message repeat playback mode) is selected with the "Play Mode" in the menu.
  9. Remaining memory indicator
    Displays the remaining memory:
  • During recording, the indicator decreases one by one.
  • When the remaining recording time reaches 5 minutes, the indicator flashes.
  • When the remaining time reaches 1 minute, the remaining time indication will flash regardless of the display mode.

    Remaining memory time
  • When the memory is full, recording automatically stops and "Memory Full" will be displayed with an alarm sound. To continue recording, first erase some of the messages.
    Notes
  • If data other than sound data is saved, the remaining memory time is displayed excluding the data. You can check the remaining memory by selecting "Remain" in the "Display" menu.
  • When you set the "Beep" in the menu to "OFF", an alarm sound (beep) does not sound.
  1. Recording mode indication
    Displays the current recording mode specified with the "REC Mode" in the menu:
  • ST: Standard play stereo recording mode
  • STLP: Long play stereo recording mode
  • SP: Standard play monaural recording mode
  • LP: Long play monaural recording mode
  1. VOR (Voice Operated Recording) indicator
    Appears when the "VOR" in the menu is set to "ON" and the voice operated recording is activated.
  2. Microphone sensitivity indication Displays the current microphone sensitivity specified with the "Mic Sense" in the menu:
  • H (High): To record at a meeting or in a quiet/ spacious place.
  • L (Low): To record for dictation or in a noisy place.
  1. Drive indication
    Displays the current drive:
    :Built-in memory drive
    :"Memory Stick" drive
  2. Remaining battery indicator
    Displays the remaining battery volume. When the AC power adaptor (not supplied) is connected, the indicator does not appear.
  3. Folder name indication
    Displays the name of the current folder. You can change the icon with the "Edit Folder" in the menu.
  4. Messages list
    Displays the list of the three messages in the current folder when "List View" in the menu is set to "ON". The number and recorded date/time of each message is displayed. You can scroll the messages with / .
  5. Scroll bar
    Displays the current location of the displayed messages among the whole messages in the current folder.

Note
The effect of the back light of the display window may be reduced in a bright location.

Switching the one message view and the list view

You can choose how the messages will be displayed on the stop mode between list view and one message view as follows:

  1. Press (MENU).
    The menu window is displayed.
  2. Press / to select (Preferences) and then press .
    The Preferences menu is displayed.
  3. Press / to select "List View".
  4. Press .
    The "List View" setting window is displayed.
  5. Press / to select "ON" (list view) or "OFF" (one message view) and then press .
    The setting will be changed.
  6. Press STOP to return to the normal display.

Various Ways of Recording

Adding a Recording to a Previously Recorded Message

You can add a recording to the message being played back.

Notes

  • At a factory setting, you cannot add a recording not to erase the message by accidental operation. To add or overwrite a recording, set the "Add/Over" in the menu to "Add REC" or "Overwrite".
  • The added or overwritten portion of a message will be recorded in the same recording mode (ST, STLP, SP or LP) as the original message, regardless of the current recording mode setting.
  • You cannot add or overwrite a recording if the remaining memory is not long enough. For more information, see "Troubleshooting".

When "Add REC" is selected in the menu

The added recording will be placed after the current message and counted as a part of the message.

Adding recording when

When "Overwrite" is selected in the menu

You can add an overwrite recording after the selected point in a recorded message. The part of the message after the selected point is deleted.

Adding recording when

  1. During playback, press REC/PAUSE briefly.
    The "Add REC?" or "Overwrite?" will appear and the unit stops in the recording stand-by mode.
    When
  2. While the "Add REC?" or "Overwrite?" appears, press REC/PAUSE again.
    The OPR indicator will turn in red. An add or overwrite recording starts.
    When
  3. Press xSTOP to stop the recording.

Recording with an External Microphone or Other Equipment

Recording with an external microphone

Connect an external microphone to the (microphone) jack.
When you connect an external microphone, the built-in microphone is automatically cut off. When a plug in power type microphone is connected, power is automatically supplied to the microphone from the IC recorder.
Recording with an external microphone - Connection Diagram

Recommended types of microphones

You can use the ECM-CS10 Sony electret condenser microphone (not supplied).

Recording from other equipment

To record sound of other equipment with the IC recorder, connect the (microphone) jack of the IC recorder to the earphone jack of other equipment (tape recorder etc.) by using a resistance audio connecting cable.
Before you start recording, set the microphone sensitivity by setting the "Mic Sense" in the menu to "High".

Note
If you use an audio connecting cable without a resistor, sound may be recorded interrupted. Make sure to use a resistance audio connecting cable.

Recording with other equipment

To record the sound of the IC recorder with other equipment, connect the (headphones) jack of the IC recorder to the audio or line input connector (stereo mini- plug) of other equipment.
Recording with other equipment - Connection diagram

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.

Various Ways of Playback

You can quickly locate the point you wish to start playback by pressing ( )/ ( ) repeatedly during playback. This function is useful when locating a desired point in a long recording.
Set "Easy Search" in the menu as follows:
ON: You can go back for approx. 3 seconds by pressing ( ), or advance for approx. 10 seconds by pressing ( ).
OFF*: You can go back or forward the messages by pressing / ( / ).

Playing back a message repeatedly — Repeat Play

Repeating a message

Set "Play Mode" in the menu to "Repeat" and press . The "" and "Repeat MSG" will be displayed and the selected message will be played back repeatedly.
Repeating a message - Setting up

To resume normal playback

Set "Play Mode" in the menu to "One MSG" or "Cont Play".

Playing back the specified section repeatedly - A-B Repeat

While playing back a message, you can set the start (A) and end (B) points for a section you wish to play repeatedly.

  1. During playback, press A-B (repeat) briefly.
    The starting point (A) of the section you wish to play repeatedly is set. "A-B B?" appears.
  2. During playback, press A-B (repeat) briefly again.
    The finishing point (B) of the section is set.
    "A-B Repeat" is displayed and the specified section is played back repeatedly.

To resume normal playback
Press .

To stop A-B Repeat playback
Press STOP.

Notes

  • You cannot set A-B Repeat for a section that overlaps two or more messages.
  • If you do not set the finishing point (B), the finishing point is automatically set at the end (or the beginning) of the message.

Playing Back a Message at a Desired Time with an Alarm

You can sound an alarm and start playback of a selected message at a desired time. You can have the message played back at a specified date, once every week, or the same time everyday.
You can also sound the alarm without playing back a message.

Note
When the clock is not set or no messages are recorded, you cannot set the alarm.

  1. Display the message you want to set the alarm.
    Playing Back a Message at a Desired Time with an Alarm - Step 1
  2. Enter the alarm setting mode.
    1. Press (MENU), and select (Edit) by pressing / , and then press .
    2. Press / to select "Alarm" and press . The alarm setting mode will be displayed.
      Playing Back a Message at a Desired Time with an Alarm - Step 2
    3. Press / to select "ON".
      If "ON" has already been selected, follow the next step.
      Playing Back a Message at a Desired Time with an Alarm - Step 3
    4. Press .
      The window to set the alarm date will be displayed.
  3. Set the alarm date.
    To play back on a desired date
    1. Press while "DATE" is selected.
      The year digits will be selected.
      Playing back on a desired date - Step 1
    2. Press or to select the year digits and press .
      The month digits will be selected.
      Playing back on a desired date - Step 2
    3. Set the month and day in sequences.
      Playing back on a desired date - Step 3

To play back once a week Press or to select the day of the week, and press .
Playing back one a week

To play back at the same time every day
Press or to select "DAILY", and press .
Playing back at the same time every day

  1. Set the alarm time.
    1. Press or to select the hour digits and press .
      The minute digits will flash.
      Setting up the alarm time - Step 1
    2. Press or to select the minute digits and press .
      Setting up the alarm time - Step 2

Note
You cannot set the alarm at a previously set date and time on another message in the built-in memory or "Memory Stick".

  1. Select the alarm playback.
    Press or to select the alarm sound either from "Beep&Play" (for starting playback after the alarm) or "Beep" (for only the alarm).
  2. Press .
    The alarm setting is completed.
  3. Press STOP to exit the menu mode.
    " " is displayed when the message having an alarm setting is displayed in one message view.

When the alarm time comes
The alarm will sound for about 10 seconds and the selected message will be played back. (If you have selected "Beep", only the alarm will sound.)
When the playback ends, the unit will stop automatically at the beginning of that message. To listen to the same message again, press .

To stop alarm
Press STOP while the alarm sound is heard. You can stop even when the HOLD function is activated.

To cancel the alarm setting or change the alarm time
Select "OFF" in the steps - 2, and then press .

Notes

  • If the alarm time comes while another message is being played back with an alarm, the playback stops and the new message will be played back.
  • If the alarm time comes during recording, alarm will sound for 10 seconds after the recording is finished and playback begins. " " will flash when the alarm time comes.
  • 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 cancelled.
  • If you erase the message you set the alarm to play back, the alarm setting will be cancelled.
  • If you divide a message with the playback alarm, playback will stop at the point you divided a message.
  • You can adjust the playback volume with VOLUME +/–.
  • If the alarm time comes during erasing, alarm will sound for 10 seconds after the erasing is finished and playback begins.
  • Alarm setting will not be cancelled after the alarm playback finishes. To cancel alarm setting, set "Alarm" to "OFF".

Editing Messages

Note
Once a recording has been erased, you cannot retrieve it.

Erasing messages one by one

You can erase unnecessary messages one by one.
When a message is erased, the remaining messages will advance and be renumbered so that there will be no space between messages.

Erasing messages one by one - Diagram

  1. Display the message you want to erase.
  2. Press (MENU), and select (Erase) by pressing / , and then press .
    The cursor moves to the Erase menu.
    Erasing messages one by one - Step 1
  3. Press / to select "Erase a MSG" and press . The window for erasing a message is displayed.
    Erasing messages one by one - Step 2
  4. Press / to select "Execute" and press . The confirmation window is displayed.
    Erasing messages one by one - Step 3
  1. Press / to select "Yes" and press .
    The message is erased.
    Erasing messages one by one - Step 4
  2. Press STOP to return to the normal display.
    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.)
    Erasing messages one by one - Step 5

To cancel erasing
Press STOP before step 5.

To erase a message partially
First divide the message and then follow the steps on this section to erase the message.

Erasing all messages in a folder

You can erase all recorded messages in a folder.

  1. Display the folder or a message in the folder that you want to erase.
  2. Press (MENU), and select (Erase) by pressing / , and then press .
    The cursor moves to the Erase menu.
    Erasing all messages in a folder - Step 1
  3. Press / to select "Erase AllMSG" and press . The window for erasing all the messages in a folder is displayed.
    Erasing all messages in a folder - Step 2
  4. Press / to select "Execute" and press . The confirmation window is displayed.
    Erasing all messages in a folder - Step 3
  5. Press / to select "Yes" and press .
    All the recorded messages contained in the folder are erased. The folder itself will not be erased.
  6. Press STOP to exit the menu mode.

To cancel erasing
Press STOP before step 4.

Note
If a folder contains a lot of messages, it may take long to erase all the 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.
You can divide messages until the total number of messages in the folder becomes 999.

Notes

  • Due to the recording system of an IC recorder, you may not be able to divide a message in some cases. For the details, see "Troubleshooting".
  • If you divide a message with priority mark(s), priority mark(s) will be added to both parts of the divided message.
  • The recorded date and time (the starting date and time of recording) of the divided messages are identical to the original message.
  • If you divide a named message, the both parts of the divided messages will have the same message name.
  • If you divide a message with an alarm setting, the alarm setting remains only with the former message divided.
  • If you divide a message to which the bookmark is set with the supplied Digital Voice Editor, the bookmark is erased from the divided messages.

While recording or playing back a message, press DIVIDE at the point you want to divide

  • When you press DIVIDE during recording:
    The new message number is added at the point you pressed the button, and "New MSG REC" appears for 3 seconds. The message will be divided into two; however, the messages will be recorded without a break.
    Dividing a Message - Example 1

Dividing a Message - Diagram

Tip
You can divide a message during recording pause.

  • When you press DIVIDE during playback:
    The message is divided into two at the point you pressed the button, and "Dividing" appears for 3 seconds. The message numbers of the following messages will increase by one.
    Dividing a Message - Example 2

To play the divided message

Press or to display the message number as the divided messages each have message numbers.

Moving Messages to a Different Folder — Move Function

You can move the recorded messages to another folder. When you move a message to another folder, the one in the previous folder will be erased.
Example: Moving Message 3 in FOLDER01 to FOLDER03

  1. Display the message you want to move.
    Moving Messages to a Different Folder - Step 1
  2. Press (MENU), and select (Edit) by pressing / , and then press .
    The cursor moves to the Edit menu.
    Moving Messages to a Different Folder - Step 2
  3. Press / to select "Move MSG" and press .
    The window for selecting the destination folder is displayed.
    Moving Messages to a Different Folder - Step 3
  4. Press / to select the folder to which you want to move the message to and press .
    The window for moving the message is displayed. The message is played back from the beginning.
    Moving Messages to a Different Folder - Step 4
  5. Press / to select "Yes" and press .
    The message is moved to the destination folder. Messages are sorted in order of the recorded date and time.
    Moving Messages to a Different Folder - Step 5
  6. Press STOP to exit the menu mode.

Note
You cannot move a message to the other drive.

Adding Priority Mark(s) — Priority Mark Function

Usually the recorded messages are lined up in the order of recording.
By adding priority mark(s) ( ) to important messages, you can renumber the messages in the order of their priority. There are four levels, " " (the most important), " ", " ", and "None" (no priority mark). You can add priority marks both in the stop mode and in the playback mode.

  1. Display the message you want to mark.
  2. Press (MENU), and select (Edit) by pressing, and then press .
    The cursor moves to the Edit menu.
    Adding Priority Mark(s) - Step 1
  3. Press / to select "Priority" and press .
    The window for setting priority marks is displayed.
    Adding Priority Mark(s) - Step 2
  1. Press / to select the number of the priority marks with which you want to mark.
    Adding Priority Mark(s) - Step 3
  2. Press .
    The setting is finished.
    Adding Priority Mark(s) - Step 4
  3. Press STOP to exit the menu mode.
    The messages will be renumbered.

Messages with priority mark(s)

Messages are sorted in order of the number of priority mark(s) ( ) in a folder. Messages without a priority mark are moved behind the messages with priority mark(s).

e.g. When there are 3 messages in a folder
Messages with priority mark(s) - Example 3
Message 1
Message 2
Message 3

Tip
If there are over 2 messages with the same number of priority marks in a folder, these messages are sorted by the recorded date and time. (The oldest one comes first.)

Note
You can also add priority mark(s) using the supplied "Digital Voice Editor" software. But messages are not sorted in order of the number of the priority marks unless you sorted by the number of priority marks using the software.

Handling Folders

Adding / Deleting Folders

By default setting, there are 5 folders: "FOLDER01" through "FOLDER05". You can add folders as you like. You can also delete unnecessary folders.

Note
The maximum number of folders you can add varies depending on the using conditions. "Folder Full" is displayed in the display window when you cannot add any folder because of the system limitations of the IC recorder.

Adding a folder

  1. Press (MENU), and select (Edit) by pressing / , and then press .
    The cursor moves to the Edit menu.
    Adding a folder - Step 1
  2. Press / to select "Add Folder" and press .
    The window for creating a new folder is displayed.
    Adding a folder - Step 2
  3. Press / to select "Execute" and press .
    A new folder is added to the end of the current drive.
    Adding a folder - Step 3
  4. Press STOP to exit the menu mode.

About added folder names
The new folder is labeled automatically with the icon " " and double figures or letter like "FOLDER04" or "FOLDERAB". If there is a missing number or letter among the folder names, the new one is labeled using the missing number or letters automatically.
You can change the folder icon and name as you like.

Erasing a folder

  1. Display the folder you want to delete.
    Note
    Once a folder has been erased, you cannot retrieve it. When erasing a folder that contains recorded messages, please check the contents.
  2. Press (MENU), and select (Erase) by pressing / , and then press .
    The cursor moves to the Erase menu.
  3. Press / to select "Erase Folder" and press .
    The window for erasing the folder is displayed.
    Erasing a folder - Step 1
  4. Press / to select "Execute" and press .
    The confirmation window is displayed.
    Erasing a folder - Step 2
  5. Press / to select "Yes" and press .
    The folder is erased.
    Erasing a folder - Step 3
  6. Press STOP to return to the normal display.

To cancel erasing
Press STOP before step 4.

Notes

  • You cannot delete the last folder left in a drive.
  • After deleting a folder, the name of the remaining folders are not changed. If "FOLDER03" is erased, for example, the name of "FOLDER04" will remain the same.
  • If the folder contains recorded message, "Messages in folder will be erased" will be displayed. If you do, the folder and the contained messages are erased.

Editing an Icon and Name of a Folder

You can label an icon or name of a folder yourself.

Registered templates of folder icons and names
Folder icons and names registered as templates are associated with each other. When you select a folder icon or name, the folder name associated with the folder icon, or the folder icon associated with the folder name is automatically selected. When you re-select or edit the identical folder icon and name, they will no longer be associated. Some icons have no associated names.
Registered templates of folder icons and names

Changing a folder icon

Folders have been automatically attached with the folder icon " ". You can select the desired folder icon from the templates.

  1. Display the folder you want to change the folder icon.
  2. Press (MENU), and select (Edit) by pressing / , and then press .
    The cursor moves to the Edit menu.
    Changing a folder icon - Step 1
  3. Press / to select "Edit Folder" and press .
    The window for editing a folder is displayed.
    Changing a folder icon - Step 2
  4. Press / to select "Icon" and press .
    The window for selecting a folder icon is displayed.
    Changing a folder icon - Step 3
  5. Press / / / to select a folder icon.
    The cursor moves to the direction you press the key ( / / / ).
    When you keep pressing / , you can scroll the pages.
    Changing a folder icon - Step 4
  6. Press .
    The setting is finished.
    Changing a folder icon - Step 5
  7. Press STOP to exit the menu mode.
    The folder is labeled with the selected icon and its associated name.

Note
Depending on the folder icon you choose, there is no associated name. If you edit folder icons and names, folder icons and names will not be associated.

Changing a folder name

Folders have been labeled automatically with double figures or letter like "FOLDER04" or "FOLDERAB", but you can label folders as you like by using template names.

  1. Display the folder you want to change the name.
  2. Press (MENU), and select (Edit) by pressing / , and then press .
    The cursor moves to the Edit menu.
    Changing a folder name - Step 1
  3. Press / to select "Edit Folder" and press .
    The window for editing a folder is displayed.
    Changing a folder name - Step 2
  4. Press / to select "Name" and press .
    The window for selecting a folder name is displayed.
    Changing a folder name - Step 3
  5. Press / to select a folder name and press .
  6. Press STOP to exit the menu mode.
    The folder is labeled with the selected name and its associated icon.
    Changing a folder name - Step 4
    In the list view

Note
You can also label a folder using the supplied "Digital Voice Editor" software. For the details, see the help of the Digital Voice Editor. Some characters that the unit does not support will not be displayed properly.

Expanding the Memory with the "Memory Stick"

Inserting the "Memory Stick"

You can expand the memory by inserting the "Memory Stick Duo" or "Memory Stick PRO Duo" into the MEMORY STICK slot.
Inserting the

Notes

  • Do not insert or remove the "Memory Stick" while a message of the built-in memory is recorded or played back. Doing so may cause malfunction of the unit.
  • Make sure to insert the "Memory Stick" firmly.
  • Do not insert a "Memory Stick" in a different direction. It may cause malfunction of the unit.

When you insert the "Memory Stick" for the first time (initializing the memory)

"ACCESS" appears in the display window.
If you insert a "Memory Stick" for the first time after purchasing or one with no data, 5 folders (FOLDER01 to FOLDER05) will be made in the "Memory Stick" automatically.

Notes while "ACCESS" appears

  • The unit is accessing data while "ACCESS" appears in the display window or the OPR indicator lights or flashes in red or orange. While accessing, do not remove the "Memory Stick", the batteries or AC adaptor (not supplied). Doing so may damage the data.
  • If the unit is required to process excessive amount of data, "ACCESS" may be displayed for an extended period of time. This is not a malfunction of the unit. Wait until the message disappears.

Removing the "Memory Stick"

Make sure that "ACCESS" disappears, and the unit is in the stop mode. Then push the "Memory Stick" into the unit. When it pops out, remove it from the slot as shown below.
Removing the

Maximum recording time and number of messages* (in a "Memory Stick")

ST** STLP** SP** LP**
32MB 1 h. 25 m. 2 h. 45 m. 4 h. 20 m. 11 h. 45 m.
64MB 2 h. 50 m. 5 h. 35 m. 8 h. 50 m. 23 h. 35 m.
128MB 5 h. 50 m. 11 h. 10 m. 17 h. 45 m.. 47 h. 25 m.
256MB. 11 h. 10 m. 21 h. 35 m 34 h. 10 m. 91 h. 10 m.
512MB. 22 h. 5 m 42 h. 35 m. 67 h. 25 m. . 179 h. 45 m
1GB 44 h. 55 m. 86 h. 25 m. 136 h. 50 m. 364 h. 55 m.
2GB 92 h. 10 m. 177 h. 25 m. . 280 h. 50 m. 749 h. 5 m

(h.: hours/m.: minutes)

* In continuous recording/playback
* In approximate hours and minutes
*The maximum number of messages in a folder is 999. When there are 5 folders in the "Memory Stick", you can record up to 1,012 messages.
** Recording modes:
ST: Standard play stereo recording mode/STLP: Long play stereo recording mode/SP: Standard play monaural recording mode/LP: Long play monaural recording mode

Note
When you use the "Memory Stick", the battery life may be shortened.

The above table shows the recording time when you use the "Memory Stick" for use with ICD-MX20 only and by the initial setting with 5 folders. The maximum recording time and number of messages may differ depending on the using conditions. The maximum recording time of a "Memory Stick Duo" varies depending of the media type.

Using the "Memory Stick" (not supplied) with the unit
When you purchase "Memory Stick", make sure that you select "Memory Stick" with a logo or a logo .
Even with either of the logos, however, some "Memory Stick" cannot be used with the unit. For details, see the Sony product information "Memory Stick" web site.

About the "Memory Stick"

What is "Memory Stick"?
"Memory Stick" is small, light-weighted, and next- generation IC storage media with a larger capacity than a floppy disc. You can use the "Memory Stick" to exchange data among "Memory Stick" compatible devices. In addition, you can use the "Memory Stick" as a removable external storage device to save your data.
In a "Memory Stick", you can save image data from other device in addition to the sound files of the IC recorder.

Sizes of "Memory Stick"
There are two sizes of "Memory Stick": regular size "Memory Stick" and compact size "Memory Stick Duo". With a Duo adaptor, you can use "Memory Stick Duo" on a device supporting regular size "Memory Stick". For ICD-MX20, use a "Memory Stick Duo" or "Memory Stick PRO Duo" (compact size "Memory Stick Duo").

Types of "Memory Stick"
Following types of "Memory Stick" are available for versatile purposes. "Memory Stick Duo" and "Memory Stick PRO Duo" are the only media supported by ICD-MX20.

  • "Memory Stick PRO": "Memory Stick PRO" employs the "MagicGate" copyright protection technology and can be used only with "Memory Stick PRO" compliant devices.
  • "Memory Stick-R": Data stored in "Memory Stick-R" cannot be overwritten. It can be used on "Memory Stick-R" compatible devices. You cannot store data with "MagicGate" copyright protection technology.
  • "Memory Stick": "Memory Stick" can store all types of data except for the one that requires the "MagicGate" copyright protection technology.
  • "Memory Stick" (MagicGate/High-Speed Transfer Compatible): "Memory Stick" (MagicGate/High- Speed Transfer Compatible) employs "MagicGate" copyright protection technology and supports high- speed data transfer. It can be used with all the "Memory Stick"-compatible devices. (Data transfer speed depends on the "Memory Stick"-compatible device.)
  • "MagicGate Memory Stick" : "MagicGate Memory Stick " employs the "MagicGate" copyright protection technology.
  • "Memory Stick-ROM": "Memory Stick-ROM" is the read-only "Memory Stick" storing the data. You cannot save or delete its data.

What is "MagicGate"?
"MagicGate" is a copyright protection technology for "MagicGate Memory Stick" and compliant products. The unit does not support the "MagicGate" standards and cannot read or write the data subject to the "MagicGate" copyright protection.

Notes on use

  • When you slide the write-protect switch to the write protect position, you cannot record, edit, or delete the data. (Some types of "Memory Stick Duo" are not equipped with write-protect switch.)
    Notes on use - The structure of the
  • Avoid removing the "Memory Stick" from the unit while the unit is reading or writing data.
  • Data may be damaged in such occasions:
    • While the unit is reading or writing data, the "Memory Stick" is removed or the batteries are removed. Or the AC power adaptor (not supplied) is removed.
    • The "Memory Stick" is used in a location subject to electrostatic or electronic noises.
  • We recommend that you save backup of the important data.

Notes on formatting (initializing)
"Memory Stick" is shipped with a FAT format as the standard format. To format "Memory Stick", use devices conformable with the "Memory Stick". When you format "Memory Stick", always perform the procedures in "Formatting the Memory".
Note
We cannot guarantee operations if the "Memory Stick" is formatted on your PC

About the minimum recording unit
When recording a message in the "Memory Stick", the relevant information of the message, the number of folders, or others is recorded in addition to the message itself. As the number of messages or folders increase, the remaining memory reduces accordingly.
To record a message or add a folder, you need the time of the minimum recording unit. Although the actual recording time of a message may be less than that of the minimum recording unit, the time of the message is counted as a minimum recording unit.
If the remaining recording time of the inserted "Memory Stick" is less than that of the minimum recording unit, you cannot add a message or a folder in the "Memory Stick".

The minimum recording unit in each recording mode

ST 8 seconds
STLP 8 seconds
SP 8 seconds
LP 22 seconds

Other Operations

Formatting the Memory

You can format the built-in memory and a "Memory Stick Duo" or "Memory Stick PRO Duo" inserted in the MEMORY STICK slot. Formatting will delete all the data recorded in the memory including images and other data. Before formatting, check the data in the memory.

Tip
Because a commercially available "Memory Stick" has already been formatted at the factory, you do not need to format a "Memory Stick" before the first use.

  1. Press (MENU), and select (Erase) by pressing / , and then press .
    The cursor moves to the Erase menu.
  2. Press / to select "Format" and press .
    The window for selecting the memory to be formatted is displayed.
    Formatting the Memory - Step 1
    Note
    When the "Memory Stick" is not inserted, this window does not appear. Skip to step 4.
  3. Press / to select the media ("Built-In" or "Memory Stick") that you want to format and press .
    The window for executing format is displayed.
    Formatting the Memory - Step 2
  4. Press / to select "Execute" and press .
    The confirmation window is displayed.
    Formatting the Memory - Step 3
  5. Press / to select "Yes" and press .
    Formatting of the selected media starts.
    Formatting the Memory - Step 4
  6. Press STOP to return to the normal display.
    After formatting, 5 folders (FOLDER01 to FOLDER05) are automatically made in the memory in the same way when you insert batteries for the first time after purchasing.
    Formatting the Memory - Step 5

To cancel formatting
Select "Cancel" in step 4 or "NO" in step 5.

Note
You cannot format when the write-protect switch on the "Memory Stick" is set to "LOCK".

Using the IC Recorder with Your Computer (Digital Voice Editor)

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.

  • Transferring the messages recorded on the IC recorder to your computer
  • Saving the messages on your computer's hard disk.
  • Viewing, playing, or editing the messages on your computer.
  • Transferring messages back to the IC recorder. You can add an MP3 file as it is.
  • Sending a voice e-mail message using MAPI e-mail software.
  • Using the transcribing keys to play back a message and transcribe it using a word-processor or an editor's window.
  • Transcribing your IC recorder message using Dragon NaturallySpeaking® speech-recognition software (Only when Dragon NaturallySpeaking version 5.0 (or higher) Preferred or Professional Edition is installed on your computer).
  • Using the CD Recording Tool for DVE, you can play tracks of a CD inserted into the computer's CD drive and save CD tracks onto the PC hard disk as a file format that the Digital Voice Editor supports. Saved files can then be added to an IC recorder using the Digital Voice Editor.

Use of the CD Recording Tool for DVE is limited to the personal purposes.

System Requirements

Your computer and system software must meet the following minimum requirements.

  • IBM PC/AT or compatible
    • CPU: 266 MHz Pentium® II processor or higher
    • RAM: 128 MB or more
    • Hard disk space: 70 MB or more depending on the size and number of sound files you store.
    • CD-ROM drive
    • Port: USB port (Hi-Speed USB is supported)
    • Sound board: Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005, Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2004, Windows® XP Media Center Edition, Windows® XP Professional, Windows® XP Home Edition, Windows® 2000 Professional compatible
    • Display: High color (16 bit) or more and 800 480 dots or more
  • OS: Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005 Service Pack 2 or higher /Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2004 Service Pack 2 or higher /Windows® XP Media Center Edition Service Pack 2 or higher/ Windows® XP Professional Service Pack 2 or higher/ Windows® XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 or higher/ Windows® 2000 Professional Service Pack 4 or higher installation (You cannot use this software with Windows® 95/Windows® 98/Windows® 98 Second Edition/ Windows® Millennium Edition/ Windows® NT.)

Notes

  • You cannot use the software with a Macintosh machine.
  • A handmade computer, a computer whose operating system is installed or upgraded by the user, or a computer with multi-boot operating environment are not supported.

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.

Note on sending a voice e-mail
When you use Microsoft® Outlook Express 5.0/5.5/6.0 to send a voice e-mail of a message, your computer must also meet the system requirements that the Outlook Express requires.

Installing the Software

Install the Digital Voice Editor software in your computer's hard disk.

Notes

  • When you install the Digital Voice Editor, you can create all the compatible file types except for the DVF (TRC) files. (You can play back the DVF (TRC) files.)
    When installing both types of the Digital Voice Editor, make sure to select overwrite installation to handle all the compatible file formats.
  • Do not connect the IC recorder to the computer before installing the Software. Or do not remove or connect the IC recorder during installing the Software; The IC recorder may not be recognized or the Software may not be installed successfully.
  • Be sure to close all running programs before installing the Digital Voice Editor software.
  • When installing or uninstalling the software in Windows® 2000 Professional, make sure to log on Windows as the user name of "Administrator. "
  • When installing or uninstalling the software in Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005/Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2004/Windows® XP Media Center Edition/ Windows® XP Professional/Windows® XP Home Edition, 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" and refer to the section beneath the user name being displayed.)
  • When the "Memory Stick Voice Editor 1.0/1.1/1.2/2.0" software has already been installed, installing the supplied software will automatically remove the "Memory Stick Voice Editor" software. (Messages are not removed.)
  • After installing, the Microsoft DirectX module is also installed depending on the operation system of your computer. This module is not deleted after uninstalling the software.
  • After installing the Digital Voice Editor software, do not install the "Memory Stick Voice Editor 1.0/1.1/1.2/2.0" software. The Digital Voice Editor will not work properly.
  • With the supplied software, you can save or edit the messages in the "Memory Stick".
  1. Make sure that the IC recorder is not connected and then turn on your computer and start up Windows.
  2. Insert the supplied CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive.
    The installer starts up automatically and the welcome window appears. If the installer does not start up, double click [DVE Setup.exe] in the [English] folder.
    If you have already installed a previous version of the Digital Voice Editor or any version of the "Memory Stick Voice Editor"
    The dialog box to uninstall the previous version may be displayed. (Messages are not removed.) Follow the instructions on the screen to uninstall the software and then the installation of the current version starts.
  3. Follow the displayed instructions.
    When the [Restart] dialog box appears, click [OK] to restart the computer. Now the installation is completed.
    When the dialog box to select the help language is displayed
    Click the desired language you want to use for the help.
    When the dialog box used to input the owner name is displayed
    Input the owner name for privilages and limitations in the Digital Voice Editor usage.

Notes

  • You cannot change the owner name once it is entered. Please write down and keep it for future reference.
  • A file recorded from a CD cannot be handled except for the PC where the file is recorded. Handling of a file is limited among the PCs bearing the same owner name input during the Digital Voice Editor installation. If any illegal data modification is attempted, or a file is used beyond the private purposes, the file may become unplayable or the Digital Voice Editor may become inoperable.

Uninstalling the software

When you wish to uninstall the software, follow the steps below.

  1. Click [Start] and select [Programs], [Sony Digital Voice Editor 3] and then [Uninstall].
    The uninstaller starts up.
  2. Follow the displayed instructions.

Note
If you wish to move the software to another drive or directory after it is installed, you need to uninstall the software and then reinstall it. The software does not work properly if you just move the files.

Tips

  • You can also start up the uninstaller by clicking [Start] and then selecting [Settings], [Control Panel], and [Add/ Remove Programs].
  • Uninstallation does not remove the message files.

Connecting the IC Recorder to your Computer

You can transfer the IC recorder data onto your computer by connecting the IC recorder to the computer.
Use the USB connecting cable supplied with the IC recorder to connect the USB connectors of the IC recorder and your computer.
The IC recorder is recognized by the computer as soon as the cable is connected. "PC Connect" appears on the display window. You can connect or disconnect the cable when the IC recorder and the computer are turned on or off.
Connecting the IC Recorder to your Computer - Diagram

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 to your computer. Normal operation will not be guaranteed.
  • Use of this IC recorder with a USB hub or a USB extension cable is not guaranteed.
  • A malfunction may occur depending on the USB devices connected at any one time.
  • Before connecting the IC recorder to the computer, check that batteries are inserted in the IC recorder.
  • When you connect the IC recorder to the computer, make sure that the IC recorder is in the stop mode.
  • It is recommend that you disconnect the cable from the computer when you do not use the Digital Voice Editor.

Referring to the Help Files

For details on each operation, refer to the help files.

Referring to the Help Files - Help menu and icon
Help menu and icon

Recording dictation (Using the voice recognition software)

  • Set "Mic Sense" to "Low " in the menu.
  • Slide the DIRECTNL switch to "ON" to record a voice coming from a specific direction.
  • To transcribe a message recorded on the IC recorder using voice recognition software (not supplied), set "REC Mode" to "ST," "STLP," or "SP".
  • Before you can transcribe recorded messages, you have to create a user file specifically adapted to the sound of your recorded speech. This procedure is called "training." For details on "training," refer to the help files supplied with the voice recognition software you are using.
  • To obtain maximum recognition accuracy, hold the IC recorder so that the microphone is about an inch (2 - 3cm) from the corner of your mouth.
  • To minimize the sound of your breach in the recordings, do not hold the microphone directly in front of your mouth.
  • To obtain maximum recognition accuracy, avoid recording in a noisy place.

    Microphone
  • You cannot transcribe a message recording the voices of more than one person.
  • You can transcribe the following messages recorded using your IC recorder or files saved on your computer.
    • Messages recorded in the ST, STLP or SP mode (MSV)
    • 44.1/16/11kHz 16-bit WAV files saved on the computer

Other Information

Precautions

On power

  • Operate the unit only on 3 V DC. Use two LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries.

On safety

  • Do not operate the unit while driving, cycling or operating any motorized vehicle.

On handling

  • Do not leave the unit in a location near heat sources, or in a place subject to direct sunlight, excessive dust or mechanical shock.
  • Should any solid object or liquid fall into the unit, remove the batteries and have the unit checked by qualified personnel before operating it any further.

On noise

  • Noise may be heard when the unit is placed near an AC power source, a fluorescent lamp or a mobile phone during recording or playback.
  • Noise may be recorded when an object, such as your finger, etc., rubs or scratches the unit during recording.

On maintenance

  • To clean the exterior, use a soft cloth slightly moistened in water. Do not use alcohol, benzine or thinner.

If you place a magnetic card near the speaker of the unit, the card may be affected by the magnet of the speaker and may become unusable. Please keep a magnetic card away from the unit.

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 malfunction of the IC recorder, we recommend that you save a backup copy of your recorded messages on a tape recorder or to a computer, etc.

On system limitations of the IC recorder

There are some system limitations of the unit. Troubles as mentioned below are not malfunctions of the unit.

You cannot record messages up to the maximum recording time.

  • If you record messages in a mixture of ST, STLP, SP and LP modes, the recordable time varies from the maximum ST mode recording time to the maximum LP mode recording time.
  • There may be other formatted data (for example, images) in the memory.
  • Since you need the minimum recording unit to record a message even shorter than the minimum recording unit, the actual total recording time may become shorter than the maximum recording time of the IC recorder.
  • The maximum recording time varies depending on the number of folders or messages.
  • No more recording can be made when 999 messages each have been recorded in a folder.
  • Due to the limitation of the IC recording system mentioned above, the sum of the total recorded time in the counter (elapsed time) and the remaining time becomes shorter than the maximum recording time of the IC recorder.

You cannot divide a message.

  • You cannot divide a message in a folder which has 999 messages.
  • If you divide messages frequently, the unit may become unable to divide a message.

If an Error Message is displayed

If the following error messages are displayed, do the remedies described here.
Should any problem persist after you have made these checks, consult your nearest Sony dealer.

Alarm already set for the same time.

  • You set the alarm to play back a message at the date and time previously set on another message. Change the alarm setting.

Battery Low

  • Batteries are weak. Replace batteries with new ones. When the remaining batteries are short, you cannot erase a message or format the memory.

Data not supported

  • The file is not supported by the unit, or the file itself is corrupted.

File not supported

  • The unit does not support the file type of the selected message. You cannot play back or edit the file.

Folder/File is protected.

  • Messages have been set to "Read-only" in the computer. You cannot edit or erase "Read-only" messages and folders. Remove the check for "Read-only" under "Properties" of files.

Maximum Folders

  • Because there are already the maximum number of folders in the selected drive, you cannot add a folder. Delete some unnecessary folders. Or switch to the drive with sufficient memory space.

Maximum Messages: Folder Full

  • Because there are already 999 messages in the selected folder, you cannot add a message. Erase some messages before adding or dividing a message.

Memory Full

  • The remaining memory of the built-in memory or the "Memory Stick" is too small. Erase some messages before recording.

Memory Stick Error

  • Insert the "Memory Stick" again. After inserting, if this message is displayed again, the inserted "Memory Stick" may be out of order.

Memory Stick is locked.

  • The write-protect switch on the inserted "Memory Stick" is set to "LOCK". You cannot record, edit or format in this condition. Slide the switch to the writable position.

No Folder/Message

  • The selected folder does not have any messages. Or, the selected drive does not have any folders. Without messages or folders, you cannot set the alarm or do other operations.

Only one folder remains.

  • You cannot erase the last folder remained in the drive.

Past date and time.

  • You set the alarm at the past date and time. Set the alarm at an appropriate date and time.

Please format with the unit.

  • You cannot use the "Memory Stick" formatted with other devices. Use the "Format" in the menu to format the "Memory Stick".

Power Supply Problem

  • An AC power adaptor that is not compatible with the IC recorder is connected. Make sure to use the AC power adaptor for the unit (not supplied). Or insert the batteries.

Replace Batteries

  • Batteries are weak. Replace batteries with new ones.

Read-only Memory Stick

  • The "Memory Stick" has been set to "Read-only". You cannot edit or erase messages of a "Read-only" "Memory Stick". Release the "Read-only" setting.

System Error

  • The IC recorder failed in memory access because the memory is corrupted or a system error occurred.

Specifications

Recording media
Built-in flash memory 32MB/"Memory Stick Duo", Stereo/Monaural recording

Recording time

  • ST: 1 hours 25 minutes
  • STLP: Approx. 2 hours 45 minutes
  • SP: Approx. 4 hours 20 minutes
  • LP: Approx. 11 hours 45 minutes

Frequency range

  • ST: 60 Hz - 13,500 Hz
  • STLP: 60 Hz - 7,000 Hz
  • SP: 60 Hz - 7,000 Hz
  • LP: 60 Hz - 3,500 Hz

Speaker approx. 2.8 cm (1 1/8 in.) dia.

Power output
350 mW

Input/Output

  • Microphone jack (minijack, stereo)
    • input for plug in power, minimum input level 0.6 mV, 3 kilohms or lower impedance microphone
  • Headphones jack (minijack, stereo)
    • output for 8 - 300 ohms headphones
  • USB connector
  • "Memory Stick Duo" slot
  • DC IN 3V jack

Playback speed control (DPC)
+100% to -50%

Power requirements
Two LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries: 3 V DC

Dimensions (w/h/d) (not including projecting parts and controls)
36.6  107.5  16.9 mm (1 1/2  4 1/4  11/16 in.)

Mass (including batteries)
96 g (3.4 oz)

Supplied accessories
Operating instructions
Stereo headphones (1)
USB connecting cable (1)
Application Software, Digital Voice Editor (CD-ROM) (1)
LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries (2)
Carrying pouch (1)
Application Software, Dragon NaturallySpeaking (CD-ROM) (1)

Optional accessories
Stereo headphones MDR-EX71SL, MDR- E931LP/Active speaker SRS-T88, SRS-T80/ Electret condenser microphone ECM-CS10, ECM-TL1/Audio connecting cable RK- G134HG, RK-G135HG, RK-G136HG, RK-G139HG /AC power adaptor AC-E30HG / "Memory Stick Duo" MSH-M128A (128 MB)/ "Memory Stick PRO Duo" MSX-M256 (256 MB), MSX-M1GST (1 GB)/High Speed "Memory Stick PRO Duo" MSX-M1GN (1 GB), MSX-M2GN (2 GB)

Your dealer may not handle some of the above listed optional accessories. Please ask the dealer for detailed information.

Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

For the customers in the USA

INFORMATION

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.

However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation.

If you have any questions about this product, you may call: Sony Customer Information Services Center 1-800-222-7669 or http://www.sony.com/

Declaration of Conformity

Trade Name: SONY
Model: ICD-MX20
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
Address: 16530 Via Esprillo, San Diego, CA 92127 U.S.A.
Telephone Number: 858-942-2230
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

  1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and
  2. this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Notice for users

Program © 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
Sony Corporation
Documentation ©2007 Sony Corporation

All rights reserved. This manual or the software described herein, in whole or in part, may not be reproduced, translated or reduced to any machine readable form without prior written approval from Sony Corporation.

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

The unit does not operate.

  • The batteries have been inserted with incorrect polarity.
  • The batteries are weak.
  • The buttons are locked with the HOLD switch. (If you press any button, "HOLD" will appear for 3 seconds.)

The "Memory Stick" is not recognized. The number of folders automatically created in the "Memory Stick" is less than 5.

  • Since the "Memory Stick" contains image data or other files, the memory required for creating initial folders is insufficient. Use the Windows Explorer or other tool to delete unnecessary files or use "Format" menu of the unit to format the "Memory Stick".

No sound comes from the speaker.

  • The headphones are plugged in.
  • The volume is turned down completely.

Sound comes from the speaker even when the headphones are plugged in.

  • If you plug in the headphones not securely during playback, the sound may come from the speaker. Unplug the headphones and then insert them securely.

The OPR indicator does not light.

  • The "LED" in the menu is set to "OFF". Display the menu and set the "LED" to "ON".

You cannot start recording.

  • The memory is full. Erase some of the messages. Or use the Digital Voice Editor to save the IC recorder messages to the hard disk of your PC. You can also use the "Memory Stick" with sufficient capacity.
  • The write-protect switch on the inserted "Memory Stick" is set to "LOCK".
  • 999 messages have already been recorded in the selected folder. Select another folder or erase some of the messages.

You cannot erase a message.

  • The message or the folder containing the message is set to "Read-only" in the computer. Display the message or the folder using Windows Explorer and remove the check for "Read-only" under "Properties".
  • The write-protect switch on the inserted "Memory Stick" is set to "LOCK".

You cannot add a recording or an overwrite recording to the previously recorded message.

  • The remaining memory is too short. The overwritten part will be deleted after the overwriting part finishes recording. Therefore, you can only overwrite within the remaining recording time.
  • At a factory setting, "Add/Over" (additional/overwrite recording) is set to "OFF". Display the menu and set the "Add/Over" to "Add REC" or "Overwrite".

Recording is interrupted.

  • The advanced VOR (Voice Operated Recording) function is activated. Set "VOR" in the menu to "OFF".

Recording is interrupted (when recording from an external device).

  • If you use an audio connecting cable without a resistor to connect the sound source to the IC recorder, sound may be recorded interrupted. Make sure to use a resistance audio connecting cable.

Noise is heard.

  • An object, such as your finger, etc., accidentally rubbed or scratched the unit during recording so that noise was recorded.
  • The unit was placed near an AC power source, a fluorescent lamp or a mobile phone during recording or playback.
  • Plug of the connected microphone was dirty when recording. Clean the plug.
  • Headphones plug is dirty. Clean the plug.

Recording level is low.

  • "Mic Sense" (microphone sensitivity) is set to "Low". Display the menu and set "Mic Sense" to "High".
  • If it is difficult to hear small sound of a recorded message, slide the VOICE UP switch to "ON". Playback sound may become more audible.

Playback speed is too fast or too slow.

  • The playback speed is adjusted in the "DPC" in the menu. Slide the DPC switch to "OFF" or display the "DPC" in the menu and adjust the playback speed.

"--Y--M--D" or "--" is displayed.

  • You have not set the clock. Display the "Date&Time" in the menu and set the clock.

"--Y--M--D" or "-" is displayed as the recorded date.

  • The date and time of recording will not be displayed if you recorded the message when the clock was not set. Display the "Date&Time" in the menu and set the clock.

There are fewer menu items in the menu mode.

  • There are some menu items which are not displayed while the set is in recording or playback mode.

A character in a folder or message name is displayed as " ".

  • The unit cannot support and display some characters which are entered using the supplied "Digital Voice Editor" software.

Messages are not sorted in order of the number of priority marks in a folder.

  • Unless you sort messages using the supplied "Digital Voice Editor" software, messages are displayed in the unit in the same way as specified in the computer. Sort again in the order of the number of priority marks in the computer using the supplied "Digital Voice Editor" software.

The remaining time displayed in the display window is shorter than that displayed in the supplied "Digital Voice Editor" software.

  • The unit requires a certain amount of memory for system operation. That amount is subtracted from the remaining time, which is the reason for the difference.

The battery life is short.

  • The battery life mentioned in "Step 1: Installing the Batteries" is based on playback through internal speaker with the medium volume level (using Sony alkaline batteries LR03(SG)). The battery life may shorten depending on the operation of the unit.

"ACCESS" display does not disappear.

  • If the unit is required to process excessive amount of data, "ACCESS" may be displayed for an extended period of time. This is not a malfunction of the unit. Wait until the message disappears.

The unit does not operate correctly.

  • Take out the batteries and insert them again with correct polarity.

You cannot connect the unit to the PC.

  • Refer to the help files of the Digital Voice Editor 3 software.

Digital Voice Editor

Refer to the Help files of the Digital Voice Editor software, too.

The Digital Voice Editor software cannot be installed.

  • The free disk or memory space on the computer is too small. Check the hard disk and memory space.
  • You are trying to install the software into the operating system that the Digital Voice Editor software does not support.
  • In Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005/Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2004/Windows® XP Media Center Edition/Windows® XP Professional/Windows® XP Home Edition, you log on as a user name belonging to a user account with limitations. Make sure to log on as a user name with the "Computer administrator" user account.
    In Windows® 2000 Professional, make sure to log on as the user name of "Administrator".

The IC recorder or "Memory Stick" cannot be properly connected.

  • Check that the installation of the software has been successful. Also check the connection as follows:
    • When using an external USB hub, connect the IC recorder directly to the computer.
    • Disconnect and then connect the cable with the IC recorder.
    • Connect the IC recorder to another USB connector.
  • Your computer may be in the system standby/hibernate mode. Do not let your computer enter into the system standby/ hibernate mode while being connected to the IC recorder.

The IC recorder does not operate.

  • You may format the memory of the IC recorder. Use the IC recorder formatting function to format the memory.

Messages cannot be played back./Playback sound volume is too low.

  • No sound board is installed.
  • No speaker is built-in or connected to the computer.
  • The volume of the sound is turned down.
  • Turn up the volume on the computer. (Refer to the instruction manual of the computer.)
  • The volume of WAV files can be changed and saved using the "Increase Volume" feature of the Microsoft Sound Recorder.

Saved message files cannot be played back or edited.

  • You cannot play back a message whose file format the Digital Voice Editor software does not support. Depending on the file format, you cannot use part of editorial features of the software.

Counter or slider moves incorrectly.

  • There is noise. This happens when you play back messages that you divided, combined, overwrote, or added a recording. Save a message in the hard disk first, and then add it to the IC recorder. Select the saving file format that suits the IC recorder you use.

Operation is slow when there are many messages.

  • When the total number of messages increases, the operation becomes slower, regardless of the length of the recording time.

Display does not work during saving, adding, or deleting of messages.

  • It takes a longer time to copy or delete long messages. After completing operations, the display works normally.

It takes too long to convert a file format.

  • The time required for file conversion becomes longer as the file size is bigger.

The software "hangs" when the Digital Voice Editor software starts up.

  • 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.
  • There may be conflict between the software and other driver or application.
  • Do not install the "Memory Stick Voice Editor" software and the Digital Voice Editor Ver. 2x software after you installed the Digital Voice Editor software. The Digital Voice Editor software may not operate properly.

Please note that recorded messages may be erased during service or repair work.

Documents / Resources

References

Download manual

Here you can download full pdf version of manual, it may contain additional safety instructions, warranty information, FCC rules, etc.

Download Sony ICD-MX20 - IC Recorder Operating Instructions

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