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Sony Walkman MZ-NF610 Operating Instructions Manual

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    3-255-343-11(1) SON_ FM/AM Portable MiniDisc Recorder Recorder Operation ....Operating Instructions Software Operation ....MDLP °WALKMAN" is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation represent Headphone Stereo products. _,_=',_'_LKnV'_ iS a trademark of Sony Corporation. MZ-NF610 @2003 Sony Corporation...

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    Refer to them whenever confined space, such as a bookcase or you call upon your Sony dealer regarding bu t-n cab net. this product. Model No. MZ-NF610 Serial No. To prevent fire, do not cover the...

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    SONY You are cautioned that any changes Model No.: MZ-NF610 modifications not expressly approved in |his manual could void your aulhority Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc. operale this equipment. Address: 680 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ 07649 USA SONY MZ-NF610 q'elephone No.: 201-930-6972...

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    (he permission of (he Corporation in(he United States m_d/or copyright holder. other countries. • in no event will SONY be liable tbr any • IBM and PC/AT are registered financial damage, or loss of profits, (rademarks of International...

  • Page 6: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Recorder Operations Looking at controls ......... Getting started ..........Recording an MD right away! ......Playing an MD right away! ......Listening to the radio ........Various ways of recording ......Viewing various information ..............29 To star,stop recording in sync with the sound source (Synchro-mcording) ................30 Long-time recording (MDLP) ..............31 Recording from a TV or a radio (Analog Recording) ......32...

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    Editing recorded tracks ........Before editing ..................40 Labeling recordings (Name) ..............Labeling ..................Moving recorded tracks (Move) ............Dividing a track (Divide) ..............Dividing a track directly ..............Combining tracks (Combine) ............... Erasing tracks _nd a whole disc contents (Erase) ........ To erase a track ................

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    Other operations ..........Useful settings ..................53 How to use the menu items ............Turning offthe beep sound ............. Recording without overwriting existing material ......56 Creating a new group when recording ..........Selecting the play mode ..............Adjusting treble or bass (Digital Sound Preset) ......58 Starting the playback quickly (Quick Mode) .........

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    Troubleshooting explanations ....Troubles and solutions ................. 72 While charging ................While recording ................While playing ................. While Editing ................. While using group function ............While using the radio ..............Others ..................... Messages ....................Explanations ..................

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    Software Operation What is a Net MD? .......... Basic Operations ..........Basic operational flow nsing the Net MD ..........Providing the required system environment ......... System requirements ..............Installing the software onto your computer .......... Before installing the software ............installing SunicStage Ver, 1.5 ............

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    Other information ......... Settings and Precautions ..............102 Settings according to OS .............. For users with OpenMG Jukebox, SonicStage, or SonicStage Premium installed on their computer ......Note on hard disk drive space ............Notes on system suspend/hibernation mode ........ Backing up the audio data ............

  • Page 12: Recorder Operations

    Before using this product This manual explains the recorder operations and the installation ond basic use of the supplied SonicStage software. For details on the various operations, refer lo the pages indicaled below. When using the recorder Recorder Operation (pages 13 to 82) Pages 13 m 82 in this manual explain the use of the Net MD as an ordinary MiniDisc...

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    Checking supplied accessories NH-7WMAA Nickel metal Headphones with a remote AC power adaptor (I) hydride rechargeable control ( 1) battery (I) (tbr USA model) Earphones with a remote control (I) Dedicated USB cable (1) (tbr Canadian model) Battery carrying case (I) CD-ROM (SonicStage Ver.

  • Page 14: Looking At Controls

    Looking at controls recorder Display window REC (record) • T MARK button GROUP button USB connecting jack II (pause) bution Handstrap hole Use lhe hole Io attach your own strap. END SEARCH button Battery compartment (at ll_e bottom) MENU button [_ LINE IN (OPTICAL) jack OPEN button...

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    display window of the recorder [_ MONO (monaural) indic3tion Battery indication Shows approximate battery condition. [_] LP mode indicotion _, : indication tbr remaining playing [_] Sound indications time of 1he current track or of 1he disc _] Disc indication R : indication lbr remaining Shows 1hat the disc is rotzting for...

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    headphones/earphones with a remote control VOL +, buttons RADIO ON/OFF button Press to lurn on or off the radio. Press to 3diust the volume. Jog lever (1<41 • I_II/ENT • I_1_t, Clip TUNE • BAND • TUNE +) HOLD switch "ib prevent the buttons from being mD'-II/ENT (lo press): play, pause, enter...

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    display window of the remote control [_ Disc indicalion Battery level indic3tion [_] PRESET indicalion Track number/Band/Preset number display [_] Characler information displ3y Group indic3tion _] Play mode indicalion [_ SOUND indicalion...

  • Page 18: Getting Started

    Getting started Charge the rechargeable battery before using. Even if the rechargeable battery is not charged, you can use the recorder as long as the AC power adaptor is connected. !:_?i! ¸;i:;;!;::iiii!::!!i!i!;i;!!iiiii!))))))))i ¸i!;iiiiil;::iiii!iii!ili ¸il; ¸i!ii_i?i_iil ¸!I ¸:!iii!ii;!ii!ii_;;ii%i:%:%:)!:%!il;;i!;!iiil;iiiiil ¸ii!iii)!;!_;ili!iiii_;ii;);;;;;;;;::);i!; ¸i!;;!;i;!;);i;i;i;i;i;i;iii;!!!i!!i!iii ¸i!ii_ii ¸I ¸i!ii_ii ¸I¸I!II!! Insert the rechargeable...

  • Page 19

    to a wall outlet AC power adaptor to DC IN 3V 4-way control key • CANCEL/CHG) Connect the AC power adaptor to DC IN 3V. Press • • CANCEL/CHG while the recorderis stopped. is completed, the battery indication disappears. Full charging of a completely discharged rechargeable...

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    (--,,=_) to unlock the controls....HOLD......Connectfirmly Battery life For details, refer to "Battery life" (page 67) When recording (Unit: Approx. hours) Batteries Stereo Stereo Stereo Ntt-7WMAA nickel metal hydride rechargeable battery LR6 (SG) Sony alkaline dry battery...

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    Stereo Stereo Stereo NH-7WMAA nickel metal 14.5 15.5 17,5 hydride reehargeable battery LR6 (SG) 42.5 Sony alkaline dry battery When using the radio (Unit: Approx. hours) Batteries FM/AM TV/Wb(weather) (USA model only) NH-7WMAA nickel metal hydride rechargeable baRery LR6 (SG) 18.5...

  • Page 22: Recording An Md Right Away

    Recording an MD right away! This section explains the basic procedure for making digital recordings using an optical cable connected to a CD player, Digital TV or other digital equipment. For other recording operations, "Various ways of recording" (page 29). Note that you cannot record a radio broadcast that is being...

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    firmly and completely into the appropriate jacks.) Portable CD player, CD player, MD etc. video player, etc. player, DVD wall outlet AC power ._ to a digital (optical) outjack adaptor Optical plug Optical mini-plug .ooo Optical cable* ..* For using the optical cable, tO DC IN 3V...

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    Press Record li'om the end of the Press END SEARCH, press _ while holding down RE(-' • current contents0 T MARK0. Record over partway Press _ or press _ or _ lo find lhe start point of previous through lhe recording, and then press •...

  • Page 25: Playing An Md Right Away

    Playing an MD right away! Insert an MD. Press OPEN to open the lid. Insert an MD with the label side facing front, and press the lid down to close. Press _ on the recorder. (Press thejog lever (1=,_11)on the remote control.) 4-way control key (D.%_<, _H, ,,)

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    Operation on the Operation on the remote recorder control Pause Press II. Press II again to Press the jog lever (1_11). resume play. Press the jog lever (1_11) again to resume plzy. Cue to lhe current Press 1'4'41. Slide the jog lever towards track or fl_e previous Press _ repeatedly.

  • Page 27: Listening To The Radio

    Listening to the radio You can listen to the radio through the built-in digital tuner in the remote control. With the USA model, you can also listen to TV and weather broadcasts. You cannot use the recorder to record a radio broadcast that is being received on the remote control.

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    To improve broadcast • The volume of radio and MD cm_ be ac[justed individually using the supplied remo_e reception control. • For FMfI'V/Wb (weather): Extend the headphones/earphones cord, which act as the FM antenna. • For AM: Orient the built-in AM antenna inside the remote control horizontally to obtain optimum...

  • Page 29: Various Ways Of Recording

    Display window on the recorder Viewing various r. ? information You can check _he remoining time, track number, etc. when recording or during slop. Group-related items appeor only when a track wifl_ group settings is played and then slopped. When you press ENTER, _ and O appear in |he display.

  • Page 30: To Star,stop Recording In Sync With The Sound Source

    On the remote control To startlstop recording Press DISPLAY. in sync with sound source Each time you press the butlon, lhe display changes as follows: (Synchro-recording) Display window on the remote control During synchm-recording, the recorder starts and stops recording in sync with the sound source.

  • Page 31: Long-time Recording (mdlp)

    Press P'_ while pressing • Long-time recording T MARK. (MDLP) The recorder stands by for recording. Play the source you want to record. Select each recording mode according lhe recording time that you want. The recorder starts recording Stereo recording is possible at 2 times automatically when it receives lhe...

  • Page 32: Recording From A Tv Or A Radio (analog Recording)

    Press _ or _ repeatedly Notes select the desired recording mode, • It is recommended thai you use the AC power and then press ENTER. adaplor for long recordings. • When you record in LP4 mode, momentary Recording Display Recording noise may be produced on very rare occasions mode 1)

  • Page 33: Adding Track Marks While Recording

    Make connections. Adding track marks Use the appropriale connecting cord automatically (Auto Time to suit the source equipment*. When Mark) connecting the cable, make sure to insert the connectors firmly. Use |his feature 1o add track marks * For details, see "Optional accessories" automatically at specified intervals when...

  • Page 34: Adjusting The Recording Level Manually

    Using Auto Time Mark to add Adjusting recording track marks while recording level manually When the elapsed recording time exceeds the time interval for Auto The sound level is adjusted automatically Time Mark: while recording, if necessary, yon can set The recorder adds track marks at the point lhe recording level manually during both...

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    While observing the level meter in |he display, adjust lhe recording level by pressing or IHH Set the level so thol |he maximum input lights up 1he fifth segment on |he level meter. if the six|h segment lights up, lower |he level by pressing I<1_1.

  • Page 36: Various Ways Of Playback

    In this seclion, the operation using the remole control is mainly explained. Tr_ack number S_P/LP mode details on operations done on the recorder, see the p3ges indicaled for each operation. Notes • Depending oll whelher group play or normal play is selected, the operating conditions, die disc settings, you may no_ be able to select Viewing...

  • Page 37: Playing A Track Repeatedly (repeat Play)

    Listening to selected tracks IndicationS) Play mode only (Bookmark Play) (none) All the tracks are pl3yed You can bookmark tracks on a disc and (normal pl_y) once. play lhem only. The sequence of 1 (single-track A single track is pl3yed bookmarked tracks cannot be changed.

  • Page 38: Adjusting Treble Or Bass (digital Sound Preset)

    Adjusting treble or bass Adjusting the sound quality (Digital Sound Preset) You can change the preset sound qualily and slore the results in "SOUND1" or You can adiust the treble and bass m suit "SOUND2". your taste. The player can slore two sets of treble-bass adjustments, which can...

  • Page 39

    Press 1he jog lever to enter. The sound settings are saved and the playback display appears again. To cancel setting Press SOUND repeatedly until nothing appears in the display in step I. To cancel procedure Press and hold the DISPLAY button or •...

  • Page 40: Editing Recorded Tracks

    Maximum number This section explains the oper3tions that are done on the recorder. For details on characters that be input operations done on 1he remole control, see per disc lhe p3ges indic3ted tbr each operation. Alphanumeric characte_ and symbols only: Approx. 120 titles of about 10 characters each (a maximum...

  • Page 41

    Press 1"4<1or _ repeatedly until Repeat step 5, and then enter all characters of the label name. the following item appears in the display, and then press ENTER. Press ENTER for 2 seconds or more When labeling "T : Name" A track or disc is labeled.

  • Page 42: Moving Recorded Tracks (move)

    Press 1<1'4 or _ repeatedly until Moving recorded tracks "T : Move" appears in the display, (Move) and _hen press ENTER. For example above, "--+Tr003" You can change the order of the recorded appears in the display. tracks. Press _ or _ repeatedly Note...

  • Page 43: Dividing A Track Directly

    Combining tracks (Combine) & When you record with analog (line) input, Track marking unnecessary track marks may be recorded where recording level is low. You can erase a crack mark to combine the tracks Track numbers increase betbre and after the track mark. 4-way control key Notes •...

  • Page 44: Erasing Tracks _nd A Whole Disc Contents (erase)

    PressTMARKto erase the mark. To erase a track "MK OFF" appears in lhe display. The track mark is erased and the two Note that once a recording tracks are combined. been erased, you cannot retrieve Make sure of the track you are erasing.

  • Page 45: To Erase The Whole Disc

    To erase the whole disc You can quickly erase all 1he tracks and data of 1he MD al the same time. Note that once a recording been erased, you cannot retrieve it. Be sure to check the contents the disc before you erase Play the disc you want to erase to check the contents.

  • Page 46: Using The Group Function

    You can creale a maximum of 99 groups on a disc. What is the group function? Note It will no_ be possible to make a group setiing it" The group function is provided m allow the tr_cks, groups and disc name on a disc playback of discs with group settings.

  • Page 47: Recording A Track To An Existing Group

    Recording a track to an Playing a track in group play existing group In group play, all groups are played in order, starling wi|h group 1, followed by You can add a track 1o an existing group. _he unassigned tracks ("Group - -').

  • Page 48: Repeat Play For The Selected Group Play Mode (group Repeat Play)

    Repeat play for the selected Editing groups group play mode This seclion explains 1he operations 1hal (Group Repeat Play) are done on the recorder. During playback in the selected group mode, press and hold P-MODE/c; Assigning tracks or groups as lbr 2 seconds or more.

  • Page 49: Releasing A Group Setting

    Press I<1<1 or _ until the number Notes • You c_n create a maximum of 99 groups on a of the desired last track appears in the disc. fi will not be possible to make a group display, and then press ENTER. setting if the tracks, groups...

  • Page 50: Labeling Recorded Groups

    Press MENU. Moving a track in a disc with Press _ or IH_I until "EDIT" group setting appears in the display, and then press ENTER. You can move a Irack from one group out oflbe group or to another group. You can Press _ or _ until "G : Rls"...

  • Page 51: Changing The Order Of A Group On A Disc (group Move)

    Press _ or _ until the number Press _ or _ until "Move" appears in the display, and then press of the destination track (within a ENTER. group when moving into a different group) appears in the display, and Press _ or _ until "T : Move"...

  • Page 52: To Erase A Group

    Press _ or _ to selecl the Press _ or _ until "EDIT" destination point on the disc, and then appears in the display, and then press ENTER. press ENTER. Press _ or _ until "Erase" To return preceding appears in the display, and then press settings ENTER.

  • Page 53: Other Operations

    Useful settings The recorder has many menus with useful functions for recording, playback, editing, etc. The following table shows the menu items lhat you can select. Some ilems can be set with bo_h the recorder and the remole control, and some can be set with either the recorder or the relr_ote control.

  • Page 54

    Function Category What it does Operation Site page Display Viewing Displays various recorder pages 29 intbrmation intbrmation such as the and 36 remaining time, etc. in remote page 30 fl_e display window, control page 59 Editing Labeling Labels tracks, groups, or recorder page40 (Name)

  • Page 55: How To Use The Menu Items

    How to use the menu items To set the menu items, do the lbllowing procedure. On the recorder: 4-way controlkey 1 Press MENU to enter the menu. 2 Press _ or _ to select 1he item. 3 Press ENTER to enter lhe selection. 4 Repeat sleps 2 and 3.

  • Page 56: Turning Offthe Beep Sound

    Turning beep Creating a new group when off the sound recording You can turn on/off lhe beep sound on the recorder and the remole control. By pressing while pressing REC • T MARK, you can set lhe recorder Enter lhe menu and select"OPTION" create a new group automaiically each - "BEEP'.

  • Page 57

    To erase bookmarks Indication Play mode While playing the Irack lbr which you want m erase lhe bookmark, press _ _' TrPLAY/_- Bookmarked tracks 2 seconds or more. play back in order of +heir track Note nmnber. If you open the lid, all bookmarks are canceled. ShufflSHUF All lhe tracks are Playing...

  • Page 58: Adjusting Treble Or Bass (digital Sound Preset)

    Press _ or _ repeatedly to Adjusting treble or bass adjust the sound level, and |hen press (Digital Sound Preset) ENTER..F RE" (treble) is set. For details and remote control operation, The sound setlings are saved and lhe see page 38.

  • Page 59: Protecting Yoljr He,_ring (avls)

    Notes Viewing various information • When Ihe power mode is set to "QUICK", tile power remains on within the recorder even While playing, enter the menu and when nolhing appears in the display. This select "DISP'. leads to a shorter baltery life.

  • Page 60: Labeling (name)

    For the details and the recorder Labeling (Name) operation, see page 40. • Enter the menu and select "EDIT" Labeling recorded groups "Name" Select" Ira'l: Nome" in step 2 of Select one of lhe lbllowing: "Labeling (Nome)" (page 60) and do When labeling "ot_ : Name"...

  • Page 61: Erasing Tracks, The Entire Disc Or Groups (erase)

    Moving a track in a disc with Erasing tracks, the entire disc group setting or groups (Erase) While playing |he track you want to move enter the menu and select Erasing tracks "EDIT" - "Move" - "d'_ : Move". While playing the track you want to When moving a track out of a group, erase, enter the menu and select skip this step.

  • Page 62: Assigning Tracks Or Groups As A New Group (group Setting)

    To erase a group Releasing a group setting Select a group you want to erase and Select a group that you want to check the contents (see "I_) cue to the release and check the contents (see start of a group (Group Skip)" "'lk_ cue to lhe start of a group (Group (page 47)).

  • Page 63

    List of menus Menus on the recorder items listed under "Menu 1" are the selectable items which appear when you press MENU, items listed under "Menu 2" are the selectable items which appear when you select on item in Menu 1, and "Menu 3" are the seleclable items which appear when you select an item in Menu 2.

  • Page 64

    Menu 1 Menu 2 Menu 3 R-SET R-MODE SP (l_ctory setting) _ LP2 _ LP4 _ MONO RecVol Auto (factory setting) _ Manual TimeMk MK OFF (factory setting) _ MK ON G-REC G-OFF (faclory setting) _ G-ON SYNC-R OFF (faclory setting) _ OPTION AVLS OFF (factory setting) _...

  • Page 65: Various Way To Use The Radio

    Presetting radio Presetting radio stations automatically manually You can automatically preset radio If the automatic presetting function fails stations whose reception is good. to find the station that you want because Once a station is preset, you can tune it in of poor reception, do the steps below to at any time simply by selecting the preset...

  • Page 66: Listening To The Preset Radio Stations

    Press the jog lever to enter the Receiving stations selection. another country A long beep sounds in the headphones/earphones. "PRESET", The li'equency step differs according "1_1 , and preset number disappear in the geographical region. If you cannot the display. tune in stations clearly while in asmther country, try changing the fi'equency step...

  • Page 67: Power Sources

    2/When using a 100% fully charged nickel metal battery. hydride rechargeable baltery (NI I-7WMAA). 31When using a Sony LR6 (SG) "STAMINA" The battery level indicator is approximate. alkaline dry battery (produced in Japan). It moy be more or less thon the indicotion...

  • Page 68: Additional Information

    headphones/earphones Precautions Read safety DO no1 use headpllones/earphones while safety driving, cycling, or operating any motorized vehicle. It may create a traffic hazard and is Do not put any foreign objects in the DC 1N 3V illegal in many areas. It can also be polentially jack.

  • Page 69

    Notes on batteries nearest Sony dealer. (Ira trouble occurred when the disc was in the recorder, we recommend tlm_ Incorre¢t ballery usage may lead to leakage the disc be left in the recorder when you consult...

  • Page 70: Specifications

    Maximum 160 rain. in monaural General Maximmn 320 rain. in LP4 slereo Revolutions Power requirements Sony AC Power Adaplor connected at the DC 380 I_m to 2,700 rpm (CLV) Error correction IN 3V jack: 120 V AC, 60 Hz (Models...

  • Page 71

    Design and specifications are subject to change without norice. Optional accessories Optical Cable POC- 15B, POC- 15AB, POC-DA ! 2SP MDR-series stereo headphm/es/earphones* SRS-series active speakers Your dealer may no1 bmadle some of the above listed accessories. Please ask the dealer |br detailed inlbl_nation about the accessories your country.

  • Page 72: Troubleshooting And Explanations

    (page 72). Yon may find the solution of your trouble on "Messages" (page 78) as well. Cheek the information. if you cannot solve the problem after you made checks, consult your nearest Sony dealer. While charging Symptom Cause/Solution The rechargeable...

  • Page 73

    Symptom Cause/Remedy Recording cannot be • Audio sources may not be securely connected. done correctly. Disconnect the audio sources once and connect them again (pages 20, 23). • There is no digital signal fl'om the portoble CD player. When recording digitally from a portable CD plzyer, use the AC power odaptor and disable the anti-skip function (such as ESP) on the CD player (page 23).

  • Page 74: While Playing

    Symptom Cause/Remedy "IYFULL" appears • This is due to the MiniDisc system limitation. When 254 tracks even before the disc have been recorded on the disc, "TrFULL" appears regardless has reached the the total recorded time. More than 254 tracks cannot be recorded maximum recording on the disc.

  • Page 75: While Editing

    Symptom Cause/Remedy No sound comes * The headphones/earphones plug is not firmly connecled. lhrough the Plug in lhe plug oflhe headphones/earphones firmly lo the headphones/ remole control. Plug in the plug of the remole control fin_aly to earphones. • The plug is dirly. Clean 1he plug.

  • Page 76: While Using Group Function

    Symptom Cause/Remedy Track marks • This is due to the MiniDisc system limitations. When the data of a cannot be erased. track is fragmented, the track mark of a fragment under 12 seconds long (recorded in SP stereo), 24 seconds long (recorded in LP2 stereo mode or monaural mode), or 48 seconds long (recorded...

  • Page 77: Others

    Symptom Cause/Remedy • The rechargeable CZ? flashes in 1he battery or the alkaline dry battery is used up. display on the Charge the battery or replace the battery with new LR6 (size remotu conlrol and AA) alkaline dry battery (page 18). the radio does not operate.

  • Page 78: Messages

    -_" Restart the operation by doing steps 1 to 3 on page 77. if the message appears again, please consult your nearest Sony dealer. FULL • The remaining recording time on the disc is 12 seconds (stereo), 24...

  • Page 79

    Error message Meaning/Remedy LoBATT • Battery is weak. •'_ Replace lbe dry battery (page 18). MEMORY • You tried to record with the recorder placed where it receives continuous vibr3tion. Put the recorder on a stable place, and start recording again.

  • Page 80

    Error message Meaning/Remedy Rec ERR * Recording was not correctly done. Place the recorder at a place with no vibrations and record again. • The disc is soiled wilh an oil film or finger prints, is scralched, is not a standard disc. Try recording again wilh another disc.

  • Page 81: Explanations

    Explanations Difference between digital (optical) analog (line) inputs The input jack of this recorder works as both digital and analog input jacks. Connect the recorder to a CD pl3yer or a cassette recorder using eifl_er digital (optical) input or analog (line) input.

  • Page 82

    About DSP TYPE-S for ATRACIATRAC3 This recorder supports DSP TYPE-S, a specification for high-level Sony MiniDisc decks equipped wiih digital signal processors (DSP). This specification allows the recorder to produce...

  • Page 84

    Recording audio data your computer You can record audio data to your computer from sourcessuch as audio CDsand the Internet (page 92). Audio CDs Internet On the computer Listening You can listen to an audio CD in the CD- ROM drive of your computer, or audio data in the hard disk drive (page 99).

  • Page 85: What Is A Net Md

    What is a Net MD? Net MD is a standard that enables the transfer of audio data ikom a computer to a MiniDisc device. "ib use this Net MD with your computer requires a software applic3tion called "SonicStage". SonicStage software provides a database for managing audio dota in the computer functions...

  • Page 86: Basic Operations

    Basic operational flow using The following is the basic steps fl_at you will Cake lbllowing fl_e purchase of your recorder. Through these steps, you will prepare ond set up your computer for use of your recorder as a Net MD. Do the following steps, and refer to the indicated pages for details.

  • Page 87: Providing The Required System Environment

    Providing required system environment System requirements The following hardware and software are required in order co use the SonicStage software lbr the Net MD. Computer IBM PC/NF or Compatible CPU: Pentilam Ii 400 Mttz or higher (Pentium iii 450 Mttz or higher is recommended.) Hard disk drive spaceE): 120 MB or more RAM: 64 MB or higher (128 MB or higher is recommended)

  • Page 88: Installing The Software Onto Your Computer

    Installing software onto your computer This section explains the installation of the SonicStage Ver. 1.5 software supplied with your Net MD. Before installing software t Make sure to note the following before installing the software. Do not connect the dedicated USB cable before the installation! The SonicStage software may not correctly...

  • Page 89: Installing Sunicstage Ver, 1.5

    Installing SonicStage Ver.l.5 Turn on your computer and start up Windows. Insert the installation CD-ROM for SonicStage into the CD-ROM drive of your computer. The setup program starls up automatically and the SonicStage Ver. 1.5 installation window appears. Click to select [SonicStage 1.5].

  • Page 90

    Follow the displayed instructions. Read the insiructions carefully. installation take 20 to 30 minutes, depending on your system environment (page I I 1 ). After the installation is completed, click [Restart] to restart the computer. Make sure to restart your computer only alter...

  • Page 91: Connecting The Net Md To Your Computer

    Connecting MD to your computer After 1he software installation is completed, connect the Net iVID |o your computer. Refer lo the operating instructions of lhe Net MD as well. Insert a recordable disc into the Net MD. Make the power source madthe dedicated USB cable connections with the Net MD and the computer.

  • Page 92: Storing Audio Data To Your Computer

    Storing audio data to your computer This section explains how to record and slore audio data from an audio CD to the hard disk drive of your computer. The procedure in 1his section is used lo record all tracks on an audio CD. 'lk) record only specific tracks from a CD, or from other sound sources, see the online help for details (page 100).

  • Page 93: Recording Audio Cds To The Hard Disk Drive

    Recording audio CDs to the hard disk drive in SonicStage Ver. 1.5, the hard disk drive is called the "Music Drive". The Music Drive manages all audio data stored by SonicStage. I Music Drive Insert the audio CD that you want to record into the CD-ROM drive of your computer.

  • Page 94

    Click in the middle of the recording window and select the recording mode. When recording dam in LP2 mode: select ATRAC3 132kbps When recording dam in LP4 mode: select ATRAC3 66kbps If the list panel is not displayed, click List panels appear under the recording window. The contents of the audio CD appear in |he left list pm_eh CI ck [Record...

  • Page 95: Labeling Audio Data

    Labeling audio data After recording has completed, you can l_bel the audio data in the Music Drive. Once audio data in lhe Music Drive is labeled, lhe label intbrmation will be transferred to a disc along with |he audio data, allowing you to view |he data on your Net MD.

  • Page 96: Net Md (check-out)

    Transferring audio data from your computer to the MD (Check-out) Audio data stored on the Music Drive can be transl_rred to your Net MD. This process is called "Check-out". The number of times a crack con be checked out is restricted in this software tbr the protection of copyrights...

  • Page 97

    Click in the middle of the display and select the recording mode (page 94). Standard transfer mode: Data are transferred in the format of the original files. Maximum available transfer space: All data are transferred in LP4 mode. SP transfer mode: All data are converted and transferred in normal stereo mode.

  • Page 98

    Notes • Once a check-out (or check-in) has started, do ,,lot disconneo the dedic01ed USB cM'_]e or power source until the check-out operation has ¢ornpleled. T]/ese actions may damage the dala or cause the system to malfunction. • Make sure not to bump lhe Ne_ MD a_er check-ou_ has s_arted. If you do, tbe contents of the recording may not be stored correctly.

  • Page 99: Listening To An Md

    Listening to an MD You can listen to an MD on the Net MD while it is connected to your computer. When disconnecled from your computer, lhe Net MD can be used as an ordinary MiniDisc device. For det3ils on Nel MD operations, relEr to lhe "Recorder Operations"...

  • Page 100: Advanced Operations

    Using other functions! Using the SonicStage online help This manual expbins only the basic operotions of the SonicSt3ge sol,ware. However, software has a host of olher functions that allow you to carry out various operotions, guch as importing audio files from lhe interne1, classil_ing and managing audio files, and playing in various play modes.

  • Page 101

    Viewing online help ght side frame Lel's find out how lo use 1he online help first. An explan31ion on the use of|he online help can also be lbund in lhe online help. 1 Double click ]Overview] in the left-hand fi"ame. 2 Click ]About this Help file].

  • Page 102: Other Information

    Settings and Precautions Settingsaccordingto OS The settings and precautions will differ according to the operating system being used. Check the items that apply to your system. For Windows XP users Restrictions when running the SonicStage software under Windows • [b install this software, you must log on with a user name with "Computer Administrator"* as an attribute.

  • Page 103

    For Windows Millennium Edition users When using SonicStage under Windows Millennium Edition if you use lhe "System Restore" function in Windows "System 'Ibols", audio d_ta managed by SonicStage may become corrupted and rendered unplayable. Before executing lhe system restoration procedure, you should first back up all audio files and restore them al_er doing lhe system restoration procedure.

  • Page 104: For Users With Openmg Jukebox, Sonicstage, Or Sonicstage

    For users with OpenMG Jukebox, SonicStage, or SonicStage Premium installed on their computer Note Conlirm whelher any tracks have been checked out from your computer. If tracks have been checked out from OpenMG Jukebox, an earlier version of SonicSt3ge, or SonicStage Premium, it may not be possible 1o check 1hose tracks back in with SonicStage...

  • Page 105: Note On Hard Disk Drive Space

    Precautions on the co.existence of SonicStage Vet. 1.5 with OpenMG Jukebox Ver.Z2 or SonicStage Premium • Make sure tile OpenMG Jukebox Ver.2.2 icon is no_ displayed in tile task tray. l f it is, tile Net MD may no_ be recognized by your computer.

  • Page 106: Uninstaning The Sonicstage Software

    Uninstalling SonicStage software ib uninstall the SonicStage soflw3re, lbllow 1he procedures below. For Windows XP users Log on with a user name with "Computer Administrator" as an attribute. RelEr to the operating instructions of your computer lbr details on logging on as an administrator.

  • Page 107: For Windows 2000 Users

    Double-click [Add/Remove Programs]. The Add/Remove Programs Properties window appears. Click [SonicStage 1.5.XX] in the list ofprogn'ams for automatic removal, and then click [Add/Remove]. Click [OpenMG Secure Module 3.1]* in the list of programs for automatic removal, and then click [Add/Remove]. Do as instructed by the message and restart the computer.

  • Page 108: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting Please d_ 1he l_)llowing sleps if you encounler a problem while using 1he SonicSt_ge software, in case a message appears, it is recommended that you wrile it down.

  • Page 109

    • Nm_ae of|he device (or devices): If you do no1 specit_ the destination, the software is installed at C:\Program Files\Sony\SonicStage. 2/ To check _he SonicSt_ge software version, go to [Menu] - [About SonicStage] in the SonicStage window, or see the version infbrmation on the supplied CD-ROM.

  • Page 110: If Your Computer Does Not Recognize The Net Md

    If your computer does not recognize the Net MD • Is the Net MD connected correctly to your computer? if the Net MD is not llrmly connecled to the computer, the Net MD will not be recognized by your computer. Reconnect the dedicated USB cable.

  • Page 111

    • Ifthe installation seems to be stopped It m_y take 30 minutes or more for lhe installation 1o complete, depending on your computer or CD-ROM drive. During 1be installation, watch out lbr 1be occurrence of any oflbe following problems. Problem Cause/Remedy The install_tion appears to have...

  • Page 112: Net Md Faq

    Information and explanations Net MD FAQ This section introduces frequently asked questions and answers on the Net MD. On the Net MD What is a "Net MD"? Net MD is a specification that allows audio data in a computer to be transferred to a MiniDisc through a USB cable.

  • Page 113

    On Editing Can checked-out tracks be edited on the Net MD? • Things you can do on the Net MD: Label contents. Assign or release groups Move tracks or groups. • Things you cannot do on lhe Net MD: Add hack marks (divide)/erase track marks (combine).

  • Page 114: On Copyright Protection

    On copyright protection The OpenMG technology* allows you lo enjoy digital music, while maintaining copyrights of its holders. OpenMG Jukebox encrypts audio files in OpenMG lbrmat and siores them on the hard disk of your compuier to prevent unauthorized distribution. * The copyright protection 1ethnology of this sofiware conforms to SDMI (Secure Digital Music Initiative) specifications.

  • Page 115

    OpenMG The SonicStoge soltware fea|ures OpenMG, a copyright protection technology developed by Sony to protect music copyrights. OpenMG uses high-level cryp|ogr3phic technology protect music contents with computers. Users should be aware oftbe restrictions described below. • Music recorded on |he hard disk using |he SonicStage software cannot be played when copied |o o|her computers.

  • Page 116: Glossary

    Glossary ATRAC3 ATRAC3, which stands lbr Adaptive 'lYanstk}rm Acoustic Coding3, is audio compression technology that satisfies 1he demand for high sound qualgy and high compression rates. The NI'RAC3 compression rate is approximalely 10 times higher 1hart 1hat of the Audio CD, resulting an increased data capacity lbr the media.

  • Page 117

    Recording mode (Bit rate) This is a measure of data volume per second. The rate is expressed in bps (bits per second). in SonicStage, the bit rote can be selected for recording an audio CD or converting and WAV format audio files into EI'RAC3 format from among lhree rotes: 132 kbps, 105 kbps or 66 kbps.

  • Page 118: Index

    Index Accessories G-PROTECTION optional 71 Group supplied erasing 52 ATRAC3 112_ 116 moving 51 Audio CD 84, 93 play 47 recording 46 Auto Time Mark 33 releasing 49 AVLS 59 setting 48 skip 47, 57 Group Program Play 48 back up 105 Bookmark add 37, 57 hard disk...

  • Page 119

    Windows 2000 107 Play mode Windows 98 Second Edition 106 groups 47 tracks 36, 38 Windows Millennium Edition Playlist 96_ 116 Windows XP 106 Presetting radio stations WMA 117 automatic 65 WMT 117 manual 65 Quick mode 58 Radio 65 Recording adding track marks 33 analog 32...

  • Page 120

    This warranty is valid only in Canada. LIMITED WARRANTY...

  • Page 121

    (1) yur, *4_m"9G days ffo_ the date of purchal_ labot_ I_1_ available ftmn Sony aL,ffio_ed am'vfee fa_lhkm or a SoW SeP,ke CK_et at your m To ob_in'*,mnmnty m,Ace,'e_u muir tdm _o Frcdu,_ or deli_m'the produ_ higM...

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