POCKET RECORDER POCKETRAK CX Reference Manual...
Table of Contents Table of Contents Starting Up ........4 Playback ........26 Part names and functions ......... 4 Playing back files ..........26 Front, side and back panels ........4 Playing back tracks from the Playlist ....27 LCD screen ............7 Indicators displayed during playback ....
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Starting Up Starting Up Part names and functions Front, side and back panels LCD screen [REC/PAUSE ] button Starts or pauses recording. [STOP/ESC ] button Stops recording or playback. Press this button during the menu setting operation to return to the previous screen or setting. [VOL +] button Increases the volume of playback or recording monitoring.
Starting Up LED indicator Lights up as a “recording or playback indicator” during recording or playback, as a “peak indicator” if the level of the recording input source is too high, and as a “charging indicator” while the battery is being charged. ☞...
Starting Up [DEL] button Deletes ﬁles, folders, or index marks. It also recalls the Recycle Bin menu while the Recycle Bin folder is selected. ☞ Deleting (page 42) microSD card slot Insert a microSD card here. USB terminal Connect this terminal to a computer using the included USB cable. [HOLD/CHARGE] switch To engage the Hold function (to avoid accidental operation), slide the switch in the direction of the arrow.
Starting Up LCD screen microSD card Bit rate External recording mode (MIC, LINE) (for recording and playing back MP3 VAS (Voice Activated System) ﬁles and playing back WMA ﬁles) Frequency (for PCM recording and Timer/Alarm playback) Auto Divide Remaining battery power Recording level Battery setting (with ALC off)
Starting Up About the screens Appears when you press [Menu screen] [Main screen] and hold down the [MENU/ ENTER] button for at least two (2) seconds while the main screen is displayed. MENU ENTER This screen enables you to change Recording mode, set the date and time, ini- Appears when the tialize the recorder, and...
Starting Up Setting the current date and time After you set the date and time, the POCKETRAK CX will automatically record the recording date and time with each ﬁle. Press the [MENU/ENTER] button for at least two (2) seconds while the main screen is displayed, press the [VOL +/-] buttons to select [COMMON MENU], then press the [MENU/ENTER] button.
— even a weak air conditioning breeze that hits the microphones directly — will be recorded as noise. To reduce the level of wind and other environmental noise, Yamaha recommends that you use the recorder with the wind screen attached to the microphones. Also, to further minimize the noise level, Yamaha recommends that...
Recording Attaching the recorder to a tripod or a microphone stand You can attach the recorder to a commercially-available camera or camcorder tripod using the threaded socket on the unit. You can also attach the recorder to a micro- phone stand using the included microphone stand adapter. In this way, you can set up the recorder in the optimum position.
Recording Press the [ ] buttons to adjust the MIC LEVEL (recording level). Adjust the recording level while playing music, speaking, etc. Note: Setting the recording peak limiter When the recording peak limiter is set to ON, the recorder reduces sound distortion by automatically adjusting excessive peaks.
Recording • Indicators displayed during recording Recording LED Folder name Recording mode File number Recording level PAUSE SPEED STOP PLAY Elapsed recording time Level meter MENU ENTER Available recording time (Recording remaining time) Recording-in-progress indicator Press the [STOP/ESC ] button to stop recording. The LED will turn off, and the REC REMAIN TIME indicator will be displayed on the screen.
Recording Press the [REC/PAUSE ] button. The LED lights up in red and recording begins. Hint: · If the recording level is too high (see page 12), set the [MIC SENS] (microphone sensitivity) switch to [LOW]. PAUSE SPEED STOP PLAY MENU ENTER Press the [STOP/ESC...
Recording Use a commercially-available audio cable (stereo mini plug, 3.5mm, with no resis- tance). To the external Audio device input socket To audio output or LINE OUT headphones socket (Recording) socket Adjust the volume level of the external audio device while playing the recording source.
Recording Settings Recording Settings Changing the Recording mode (Selecting a sound quality) The POCKETRAK CX enables you to record audio in MP3 or PCM (WAV) format. In PCM mode, non-compressed audio data will be recorded. In MP3 mode, compressed audio data will be recorded.
Recording Settings Changing Recording mode Press the [MENU/ENTER] button for at least two (2) seconds while the main screen is displayed, press the [VOL +/-] buttons to select [REC MENU] → [REC MODE], then press the [MENU/ENTER] button. Press the [VOL +/-] buttons to select the desired Recording mode option, then press the [MENU/ENTER] button.
Recording Settings Setting the recording EQ (equalizer) Setting the recording EQ enables to record the audio of the desired tonal quality by boosting the lower or higher frequency ranges. You can use the recording EQ only when recording audio to folders A – D and when the ALC function is turned off.
Recording Settings Selecting a recording EQ option Set the [ALC] switch to “OFF.” Press the [FOLDER/A-B REPEAT] button repeatedly to select a folder into which to record. Select a folder from folders A-D. Press the [REC/PAUSE ] button. The unit displays the [STANDBY] indicator. Press and hold down the [MENU/ENTER] button for at least two (2) seconds while the [STANDBY] indicator is displayed.
Recording Settings Customizing the recording EQ The USER recording EQ enables you to customize the level of ﬁve EQ bands. Select “USER” while the recording EQ screen is dis- played. Refer to steps 1-5 in the “Selecting a recording EQ option”...
Recording Settings Setting the recording peak limiter When the recording peak limiter is set to ON, the recorder reduces sound distortion by automat- ically adjusting excessive peaks. It is recommended that you set the limiter to ON when you are recording audio.
Recording Settings VAS (Voice Activated System) recording When the VAS recording function is turned on, if the unit is in recording pause mode, the unit will automatically start to record as soon as it detects audio at a level above a certain threshold. The unit will pause recording when the detected audio level falls below the threshold.
Recording Settings Setting the Auto Divide function (AUTO DIVIDE) If you turn the Auto Divide function on when recording a line source, such as tracks from a CD player, the unit automatically detects a silent pause between tracks and records each track as an individual ﬁle.
Recording Settings Recording with the self timer You can specify the time duration from the press of the [REC/PAUSE ] button until the start of recording. This function is useful when you need some time to prepare. For example, you may wish to practice your musical instrument until the actual recording starts.
Recording Settings Changing the LED setting During recording or playback, the LED indicator lights up in red or green by default (the REC/ PLAY option). However, you can set the LED indicator so that it will not light up during recording or playback (the OFF option).
Playback Playback Playing back ﬁles The POCKETRAK CX plays back MP3 and WMA format ﬁles in addition to WAV format ﬁles recorded on the unit. To play back a ﬁle recorded on the unit, select a folder from the VOICE (A- D) folders or the LINE (L) folder.
Playback Press the [STOP/ESC ] button to stop playback. Press the [PLAY/SPEED ] button again to resume playback. Hint: · You can play the ﬁles in each folder from the list screen (see page Playing back tracks from the Playlist Hint: ·...
Playback • MUSIC (M) folder Bit rate (MP3, WMA), frequency (PCM) File number/ File format Total number of ﬁles Elapsed playback time Playlist/folder playback indicator Status indicator : Playing back tracks from a folder located one hierarchy level below the M folder Track/ﬁle name : Playing back tracks from a folder located two hierarchy levels below the M folder...
Playback Settings Playback Settings Changing the playback speed You can decrease or increase the playback speed, if necessary. This is useful if you want to listen carefully to complex musical parts or to skip quickly through unimportant parts of a recorded meeting.
Playback Settings Playing back speciﬁc sections of a track You can specify and quickly locate a desired section of a track in three ways. This can be useful if you want to skip unimportant parts during playback or to repeat playback of a particular portion of the ﬁle.
Playback Settings Using the A-B Repeat playback function During playback, you can specify a part of a ﬁle that you want to play repeatedly (from point A to point B). During playback, press the [FOLDER/A-B REPEAT] button at the desired start point (A) for A-B Repeat playback.
Playback Settings Note: · During A-B Repeat playback, the Phrase playback function remains effective between points A and B. · If the speciﬁed number of seconds exceeds the time between the current playback point and the beginning of the ﬁle, the unit will play back from the beginning of the ﬁle. ·...
Playback Settings Press the [STOP/ESC ] button twice. The unit displays the main screen with the Repeat mode indicator in the lower- right corner. RANDOM Press the [PLAY/SPEED ] button. The unit will perform the selected Repeat playback. To cancel Repeat playback, select [OFF] as the Repeat playback mode. Hint: ·...
Playback Settings Setting the sound EQ (equalizer) (applicable only to the M and L folders) You can set the sound EQ to adjust the overall tone of music. The function is available only when you play back ﬁles in the LINE (L) or MUSIC (M) folder through the headphones. About the sound EQ options The POCKETRAK CX offers six sound EQ presets and one USER EQ option (which enables you to cut and boost ﬁve bands individually to suit your preference).
Playback Settings Selecting a sound EQ option Press the [MENU/ENTER] button for at least two (2) seconds while the main screen is displayed, select [PLAY MENU] → [SOUND EQ], then press the [MENU/ENTER] button. Press the [ ] buttons to select the desired sound EQ option.
Playback Settings Customizing the sound EQ option The USER sound EQ option enables you to adjust the level of ﬁve EQ bands. Select “USER” as the sound EQ. Refer to steps 1 and 2 in the “Selecting a sound EQ option”...
Editing Files Editing Files Dividing ﬁles You can divide any ﬁle recorded and stored in the VOICE (A-D) folders or LINE (L) folder into two pieces. This feature enables you to remove an unwanted part of a recording while retaining the part you wish to keep.
Editing Files ■ File names after division Before division The ﬁle name is Dividing a ﬁle automatically changed. After division For example, if you divide a ﬁle named “IC_A_001.MP3”, a new ﬁle named “IC_A_002.MP3” will be created. If the new ﬁle has the same name as a ﬁle that already exists in the folder, the new ﬁle will keep the name, and the existing ﬁle will be renamed automatically.
Editing Files Using the fade in and fade out effects The POCKETRAK CX enables you to apply fade in and fade out effects to the ﬁles recorded in PCM (WAV) format. The fade in effect raises gradually the volume level of the ﬁrst four seconds of the ﬁle.
Editing Files If you are satisﬁed with the ﬁle after auditioning and wish to save it, press the [VOL +/-] buttons to select [SAVE], then press the [MENU/ENTER] button. The ﬁle with the fade in effect will overwrite the original ﬁle. If you do not wish to overwrite the original ﬁle, select [CANCEL], then press the [MENU/ENTER] button.
Editing Files Press the [ ] buttons to select the ﬁle from which you want to delete index marks, then press the [MENU/ENTER] button. The selected ﬁle number ﬂashes. Press the [VOL +/-] buttons to select [YES], then press the [MENU/ENTER] button. The unit displays the message “DELETING…”...
Deleting Deleting Managing the Recycle Bin If you delete a ﬁle on the recorder while the Recycle Bin function is active, the ﬁle will be moved to the Recycle Bin ( ) folder temporarily so that you can restore it later if necessary. If you delete a ﬁle or folder on the recorder while the Recycle Bin function is turned off, the ﬁle will be deleted completely and you will be unable to restore it.
Deleting • The Recycle Bin folder contains ﬁles. File number/Total number of ﬁles in the Recycle Bin folder Original folder that contained the ﬁle prior to deletion File number prior to deletion The ﬁles moved into the Recycle Bin will be renamed automatically (see page 59).
Deleting Note: · A ﬁle restored from the Recycle Bin will be renamed automatically and added to the end of the ﬁle list in the original folder (see page 38). · If the recorder displays the message “FOLDER FULL!,” the original folder contains the maximum number of ﬁles allowed.
Deleting Deleting a selected ﬁle You can delete a single ﬁle from a folder. IMPORTANT • If you delete a ﬁle while the Recycle Bin function is turned off (see page 42), you will be unable to restore it. Be sure to check the content of a ﬁle before you delete it. •...
Deleting Deleting all ﬁles from a folder You can delete all ﬁles from a selected folder. IMPORTANT • If you delete all ﬁles from the selected folder while the Recycle Bin function is turned off (see page 42), you will be unable to restore them. Be sure to check the contents of a folder before you delete the ﬁles.
Using the Timer Functions Using the Timer Functions Programming Timer recording Timer recording enables you to set the recorder so that it will start recording at the speciﬁed time. Before you proceed, make sure that the current date and time on the unit have been set correctly (see page Press the [MENU/ENTER] button for at least two (2)
Using the Timer Functions Press the [STOP/ESC ] button twice. The recorder displays the main screen. Note: · The crossed-out timer indicator ( ) means that Timer recording is unavailable due to one of the following reasons: - There is no available recording time. - The speciﬁed folder contains 199 ﬁles.
Using the Timer Functions Specify the alarm time ([ALARM TIME]). Press the [ ] buttons to select the hour or minute, use the [VOL +/-] buttons to set the value, then press the [MENU/ENTER] button. Press the [VOL +/-] buttons to select [BEEP] or [MUSIC] as the alarm sound, then press the [MENU/ENTER] button.
About the Menu Settings About the Menu Settings Menu and menu item list Menu items are categorized into three main menus: [REC MENU] (Recording settings), [PLAY MENU] (Playback settings) and [COMMON MENU] (Global settings). ■ [REC MENU] (Recording settings) Reference Menu items Description page...
About the Menu Settings Setting the menu options The following section explains how to set the menu items. The example here explains how to select “MP3 128kbps” for the Recording mode. Press and hold down the [MENU/ENTER] button for at least two (2) seconds while the main screen is displayed.
About the Menu Settings Turning the beep sound on or off You can set the recorder so that it will make a beep sound when you operate the buttons or if you make an operational error. Procedure: Press the [MENU/ENTER] button for at least two (2) seconds while the main screen is displayed, press the [VOL +/-] buttons to select [COMMON MENU] →...
About the Menu Settings Adjusting the LCD contrast You can adjust the LCD contrast on a scale of ten (10). Press the [MENU/ENTER] button for at least two (2) sec- onds while the main screen is displayed, press the [VOL +/-] buttons to select [COMMON MENU] →...
Using the POCKETRAK CX with a Computer Using the POCKETRAK CX with a Computer You can transfer audio ﬁles stored on the microSD card to a computer by connecting the recorder to the computer via an included USB cable. Transferred ﬁles are compatible for playback with Windows Media Player and iTunes, and can be edited using the included “Cubase AI”...
Using the POCKETRAK CX with a Computer Once the recorder is recognized by the computer, the following display appears on the screen. Transmitting to/ Connected to PC from PC Precautions when using the USB terminal Be sure to observe the following points when connecting the recorder to a computer's USB interface.
[Continue] to open the “Device Manager” window. Expand “Disk drives” and “Universal Serial Bus controllers.” “Disk drives” must include “Yamaha Pocketrak USB Device” and “Universal Serial Bus con- trollers” must include the device name for the USB Mass Storage Device.
Using the POCKETRAK CX with a Computer About ﬁles and folders From a connected computer, you can manage the recorder’s ﬁles that are stored in folders. You can also transfer audio ﬁles from the recorder to a computer to save them, or from a com- puter to the recorder for playback.
Using the POCKETRAK CX with a Computer • MUSIC This folder stores music and other audio ﬁles transferred from a connected com- puter. To play back the transferred ﬁles, the ﬁles must be in MP3 or WMA format or WAV ﬁles that were recorded on the unit.
Using the POCKETRAK CX with a Computer ■ Folder structure of the POCKETRAK CX VOICE (A-D) folders: Store audio ﬁles recorded on the unit. Each folder accommodates up to 199 ﬁles. LINE (L) folder: Stores ﬁles recorded via the line input. Accommodates up to 199 ﬁles.
Using the POCKETRAK CX with a Computer Transferring audio ﬁles from the recorder to a computer ■ Windows: Connect the recorder to a computer. Open [My Computer] from the [Start] menu. Double-click [Removable Disk]. Double-click the “VOICE” folder. Double-click the folder (A-D) that contains the ﬁle that you wish to load to your computer.
Using the POCKETRAK CX with a Computer Right-click [Burn] in the menu bar, then select [Audio CD] or [Data CD]. Audio ﬁles are converted to CD-DA format and copied to a CD-R/RW disc. [Audio CD] You can play the disc on a CD-R compatible CD player in your home or car. Audio ﬁles (MP3 or PCM) are copied to a CD-R/RW disc without conversion.
· Copying commercially-available music data is strictly prohibited except for your per- sonal use. · Yamaha makes no representations or warranties with regard to the content of ﬁles, and cannot be held responsible for the failure of transfers or downloads, or for damage or erasure of music ﬁles due to malfunction of the unit or your computer.
Using the POCKETRAK CX as a Music Player Click [Rip] in the menu bar. Click Check Click Insert a music CD into the computer’s CD-ROM drive. Note: · If your computer has access to the Internet, the system will automatically obtain and display music information related to the CD.
Using the POCKETRAK CX as a Music Player Transferring music ﬁles to the POCKETRAK CX (Sync func- tion) You can transfer audio ﬁles (ripped from a music CD to a computer) to the recorder for playback. For information on how to rip a music CD, refer to the “Ripping CDs (Creating compatible music ﬁles from music CDs)”...
Using the POCKETRAK CX as a Music Player Drag and drop the desired music ﬁles from the Library pane in the left col- umn of the window to the Sync List pane in the right column of the window. Click Click [Start Sync].
Using the POCKETRAK CX as a Music Player Playing back tracks in a speciﬁc sequence Creating a Playlist You can create a Playlist to play back tracks in a desired sequence. The recorder supports playlist ﬁles that are in M3U format with the extension “.m3u”. An M3U format ﬁle stores multimedia playlists that specify the location of media ﬁles (such as MP3 ﬁles).
Importing Audio Files into Cubase AI Importing Audio Files into Cubase AI The POCKETRAK CX ships with a DVD disc that contains the DAW software “Cubase AI.” You can use this software to edit and mix audio ﬁles. This section explains how to install Cubase AI and import audio ﬁles.
Importing Audio Files into Cubase AI Step 3. Importing audio data into Cubase AI Launch Cubase AI. Windows: Click [Start] → [All Program] → [Steinberg Cubase AI 4] → [Cubase AI 4] to launch the program. Note: · If the “ASIO Multimedia” dialog window appears, click [Yes]. Macintosh: Double-click the [Application] →...
Importing Audio Files into Cubase AI When the directory selection dialog window appears, select the folder to which the project and audio ﬁles for the project are to be stored, and click [OK]. An empty project window with 4 stereo and 8 monaural tracks will appear. Project window Mixer window Transport panel...
Importing Audio Files into Cubase AI Go to [File] menu → [Import] → [Audio File] → [My Computer] → “Remov- able Disk”, then click [Open]. Select an audio ﬁle to import from the folder, then click [Open]. Note: · If the “Import Options” dialog box appears, select the desired options, then click [OK]. To save the project ﬁle, select [Save] from the [File] menu, enter a ﬁle name, then save the ﬁle.
Recharging the eneloop Recharging the eneloop WARNING • Recharge the eneloop at an ambient temperature of between 5 and 35 degrees Cel- sius (41 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit). • Be sure to close the battery cover before you start recharging. Make sure that the eneloop battery is inserted in the recorder.
Appendix Appendix Error messages The following table explains the error messages that you may see during operation of the POCK- ETRAK CX. Unit status or Error message Description function LOW BATTERY! The alkaline battery is exhausted. Replace REPLACE BATTERY the battery with a new one. Low battery LOW BATTERY! The eneloop is exhausted.
Appendix Unit status or Error message Description function CANNOT FADE IN! The ﬁle is too short in duration (four seconds FILE TOO SHORT! or less) to apply the fade in effect. CANNOT The ﬁle is too short in duration (four seconds FADE OUT! or less) to apply the fade out effect.
Appendix Troubleshooting The unit does not operate. Battery is not inserted properly or is exhausted. Possible cause Reinsert the battery correctly. Corrective action Recharge the eneloop or replace with a new alkaline battery (see page 71). Buttons do not work. The Hold function is set.
Appendix No sound. The volume is turned down too low. Possible cause Use the [VOL +/-] button to adjust the volume level. Corrective action Files in the VOICE (A-D) folders cannot be played. The ﬁle name is wrong. Possible cause If you change the ﬁle name on a computer, then move the ﬁle back to the VOICE (A-D) folder, you cannot play the ﬁle on the unit.
If the computer does not recognize the unit, try connecting it again. If you connect the unit to any computer other than those supported by the Corrective action unit, Yamaha will not guarantee the operation of the unit (see page 54).
Appendix When the unit is connected to the computer, the unit does not display the “Connected” icon. The unit is not connected to the computer correctly. Possible cause In some cases, the unit may not display the “Connected” icon or may not be recognized when it is connected to a computer.
Q: May I use a manganese battery ? A: Do not use a manganese battery or NiCad battery. You may use an oxyride battery, but Yamaha will not guarantee the operation. (The battery life would be about the same as that of alkaline batteries.)
Appendix Q: I cannot play a recorded ﬁle that was stored on the computer and transferred back to the unit. A: You may have changed the ﬁle name on the computer. If you change the ﬁle name, the ﬁle will not play, even if it is transferred back into the VOICE or LINE folder. However, you will be able to play the ﬁle if you transfer it into the MUSIC folder.
Appendix Speciﬁcations Windows Vista, XP Professional/Home Edition Supported OS Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5 Supported media microSD/SDHC card PCM 48 kHz: Approx. 2hr.50min. PCM 44.1 kHz: Approx. 3hr.5min. MP3 320 kbps: Approx. 13hr.35min. Recording mode and available recording time (with the included MP3 192 kbps: Approx.
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Appendix Index Symbols ............... button EDIT/PHRASE button ................ button Editing Files .......... Eneloop ......EQ (equalizer) ......A-B Repeat playback ........Error messages ..........Alarm ......External audio device ..... ALC (Auto Level Control) ......External microphone ......ALC ON/OFF switch ........
Simple recording ..... Recording EQ (equalizer) ........Recording level ......Recording mode ....Recording peak limiter ........Recycle Bin ......Repeat playback U.R.G., Pro Audio & Digital Musical Instrument Division, Yamaha Corporation POCKETRAK CX Reference Manual © 2008 Yamaha Corporation 904IP-C0...