Korg mr-1 Owner's Manual

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  • Page 2: Power Supply

    Battery operated apparatus means it con- ment, unplug the AC adapter from the wall out- forms to EMC Directive (89/336/EEC) and CE mark let. Then contact your nearest Korg dealer or the Directive (93/68/EEC). store where the equipment was purchased.

  • Page 3: Copyright Warning

    CD or other media. Please be aware that Korg will accept no responsibility for any damages which may re- sult from loss of data.

  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Contents Introduction -------------------------------------------------------------------- 6 Features -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6 Connection example ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 6 Parts of the MR-1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7 Front and side panels ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7 Top panel -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8 Screens and operations ------------------------------------------------------------------ 9 Level meter screen and menu list (MENU) screen ------------------------------------------------------ 9...

  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Formatting the hard disk (Format) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 39 Updating the system (Load System) --------------------------------------------------------------------- 40 DSD output filter settings (DSD Filter) ------------------------------------------------------------------- 41 Using the MR-1 with your computer ------------------------------------------------ 42 USB mode ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 42 Hard disk structure and files ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 44...

  • Page 6: Introduction, Features, Connection Example

    CD (16-bit/44.1 kHz), DVD audio (24-bit/192 kHz), and SACD (Super Audio CD) (1-bit/2.8 MHz). The MR-1 has a built-in rechargeable battery, so it can easily be used to make high-quality field recordings. Of course, an AC adaptor is also included for extended recording or when using the MR-1 in a fixed location.

  • Page 7: Parts Of The Mr-1, Front And Side Panels

    Connect the included AC adaptor here (also used for charging the battery). 2. USB connector This lets you use a USB cable to connect the MR-1 to your computer. 3. Display The display shows the level meters and counter during recording and playback, and can also show information about the project (→p.13) or file, and parameter settings.

  • Page 8: Top Panel

    9. Power button (with Hold function) This turns the power on/off (shutdown). By sliding this button to the HOLD position, you can prevent accidental operation from occurring when you inadvertently touch the buttons or the P-dial. 10. Menu button This button accesses the menu list (MENU) screen, allowing you to choose the information or parameters that will be displayed.

  • Page 9: Screens And Operations, Level Meter Screen And Menu List (menu) Screen

    To select parameters and set values, you will turn the P-dial to move this selection icon or modify the value, and then press the P-dial to confirm the modified value. On the MR-1, we'll tell you to "use the P-dial to select and confirm" the item you're setting.

  • Page 10: Basic Operation, Power And Usage, Using The Ac Adaptor, Using The Rechargeable Battery

    However, if you leave the MR-1 sitting for two or three days and the rechargeable battery does not have enough power to turn on the MR-1, the date and time settings will need to be reset after recharging the battery.

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    The rechargeable battery is not user-replaceable. Please contact your dealer to have the battery replaced (a fee will be charged). If you use the MR-1 in extremely low-temperature conditions (0°C or below), the battery low indicator may appear sooner, but this is a temporary condition.

  • Page 12: Connecting Your Monitor Equipment, Turning The Power On/off, Turning The Power On

    Opning screen Level meter screen If the MR-1 is running on its battery and the power won't turn on, there is not enough remain- ing battery capacity. Please connect the AC adaptor to charge the battery. When using the AC adaptor, charging occurs automatically unless the battery is already full.

  • Page 13: Playing Back The Demo Project, Playing Back, Pausing, Stopping Playback

    Here's how to play back this project. What is a project? When you record on the MR-1, two files are created; an audio file and a project file (contain- ing protection data and markers, etc.). These two files are collectively called a "project," and can be operated on the MR-1 as if they were a single audio file.

  • Page 14: The Level Meter Screen

    When you turn on the power, the level meter screen is shown in the display. When the menu list (MENU) screen is shown, you can also access the level meter screen by pressing the menu button. This screen shows information such as the MR-1's operating status and recording/playback format. Protect indicator...

  • Page 15: Recording, Selecting Your Recording Device

    If you set the date and time on the MR-1 (→p.28), the date and time will be correct. However, if the rechargeable battery does not have enough power to turn the MR-1 on and you let it sit for a few days, the date and time settings will be reset, so you'll need to set them correctly after recharging the battery.

  • Page 16: Selecting The Recording Format, Manually Adjusting The Recording Level

    Here's how to adjust the recording level with the Gain Control mode/Input Gain set to Manual. When the MR-1 is shipped from the factory, the Input Gain is set to Manual. If you want to use the Auto function (Gain Control mode set to Auto) and adjust the Auto gain settings, refer to "Changing the Auto recording level settings"...

  • Page 17: Starting And Stopping Recording

    Starting and stopping recording Each time you record on the MR-1, a folder is created containing an audio file and a settings file, collectively called a "project." The folder is named automatically (→p.45). You can edit this name after you've finished recording (→p.24).

  • Page 18: Other Playback/record Operations, Selecting And Playing Back A Project/file

    Inside the "MR_PROJ" folder are other folders that organize the files recorded on the MR-1 by their format. Select and confirm a folder to choose a project inside that folder. The "AUDIO" folder contains audio files that were created on a device other than the MR-1.

  • Page 19: Using The Auto Gain Control Mode

    Push Play/Pause Button 4. Press the play button to begin playing the selected project/file. Alternatively, you can begin playback by using the P-dial to select and confirm "Play Now" in the file edit screen. Using the Auto Gain Control mode The Manual setting is convenient if you are able to predict the audio level of the source you're recording.

  • Page 20

    6. When you've finished making settings, press the menu button to return to the record- ing level (REC LEVEL) setting screen. Alternatively, you can return by using the P-dial to select and confirm "<- Back" in the screen. Gain Decrease Threshold Slope Input level...

  • Page 21: Using Marks Within A Project

    However, the MR-1 also lets you add marks to a project during recording or playback, and use the rewind and fast-forward buttons to rapidly move between these marks during playback.

  • Page 22: Editing Marks

    Regardless of the screen shown in the display, you can press the rewind or fast-for- ward button during playback to move to the time location of the previous or next mark. Current position Press once Press once Press once Press once Press once (time) Project...

  • Page 23

    When you've finished making settings, press the P-dial several times to return to the Mark Edit screen. Deleting a mark (Delete Mark) 1. When you use the P-dial to select and confirm "Delete Mark," a dialog screen will ask you to confirm the deletion. 2.

  • Page 24: Other General Operations, Changing The Meter Peak Hold And The Counter Mode

    8. Other general operations Changing the meter peak hold and the counter mode 1. From the level meter screen, press the P-dial. The meter/counter (Meter/Counter) screen will appear. 2. Use the P-dial to select and confirm "Meter Peak Hold" (peak indicator hold time). A check mark will appear in the hold time check box you selected (0 seconds, 4 seconds, 10 seconds).

  • Page 25

    2. Use the P-dial to select and confirm the project/file whose name you want to edit. (See "Selecting and playing back a project/file," p.18) If you want to edit the name of the currently selected project/file, simply press the P-dial twice to confirm.

  • Page 26: Conserving Battery Power

    Backlight setting You can turn the backlight off if you're using the MR-1 in a brightly lit location, or make it automatically turn off a set period of time after the most recent operation. 1. Press the menu button, and in the menu list (MENU) screen, use the P-dial to se- lect and confirm "SYSTEM."...

  • Page 27

    Auto shutdown setting If no operations have been performed for the length of time you specify here, the shutdown screen will appear automatically, and the power will turn off several seconds after that. This will prevent the battery from running down in the event you forget to turn off the power.

  • Page 28: Setting The Date And Time

    Setting the date and time If you set the MR-1's date and time, the recorded files will have the correct date and time stamp. Here's how to set the internal clock. 1. Press the menu button, and in the menu list (MENU) screen, use the P-dial to select and confirm "SYSTEM."...

  • Page 29: Protecting A Project, Deleting A Project/file

    A protected project is indicated by a lock icon displayed in the project/file information field (the top line) of the level meter screen. You can't protect an audio file that was recorded by a device other than the MR-1 (such files will be located in the AUDIO folder).

  • Page 30: Viewing Details About The Project/file

    4. Use the P-dial to select and confirm "Delete." A dialog screen will ask you to confirm the Delete operation. Push Push 5. Use the P-dial to select and confirm [Yes]. If you decide not to delete, use the P-dial to select and confirm [No] (or press the menu button), and you'll return to the file edit screen.

  • Page 31: Other Functions, Play Mode

    Other functions Play mode The MR-1 provides three play modes, as well as shuffle and repeat play settings. To select these mode, use "PLAY MODE" in the menu list (MENU) screen. Current Proj/File (play only one project/file) In this mode, only the single project/file you select will play. (See "Selecting and playing back a project/file,"...

  • Page 32

    1. Press the menu button, and in the menu list (MENU) screen, use the P-dial to select and confirm "PLAY MODE." The play mode select (PLAY MODE) screen will appear. 2. Use the P-dial to select and confirm the playback method you want to use. A check will appear in the check box of the play mode you selected and confirmed.

  • Page 33: Play List (play List), Creating A Play List

    Play list (PLAY LIST) Creating a play list After creating a play list, you can select "Play List" as the play mode, and the projects/files will be played in the order specified by the list. The repeat and shuffle settings of the Play Mode can affect the playback of the PlayList.

  • Page 34: Viewing A Play List, Editing A Play List

    Viewing a play list Here's how to view the contents of a play list. Press the menu button, and in the menu list (MENU) screen, use the P-dial to select and con- firm "PLAY LIST." The play list (PLAY LIST) screen will appear. Push Editing a play list In the play list (PLAY LIST) screen (see above), select the file you want to edit and then select...

  • Page 35

    4. The Move icon will appear in the play list (PLAY LIST) screen. 5. Turn the P-dial to move the project/file to the desired position, and then press the dial to confirm. The play list (PLAY LIST) screen will show the new order. If you press the menu button before you confirm, you will return to the play list edit screen.

  • Page 36: Record Mode, Project Recording Format (new Project Type)

    Remove All Here's how to remove all projects/files from the play list. This will not delete the projects/files themselves. 1. In the play list (PLAY LIST) screen, use the P-dial to select and confirm any project/ file. 2. The play list edit screen will appear. 3.

  • Page 37: Settings When Wav (bwf) Is Selected, Recording Time For Each Format (per 1gbyte)

    DFF (DSDIFF) This is a 1-bit audio file format widely used in professional audio devices for SACD (Super Audio CD) production. The name stands for Direct Stream Digital Interchange File Format (file extension .dff). This is a 1-bit audio file format used in some "VAIO" personal computers made by Sony. The name stands for DSD Stream File (file extension .dsf).

  • Page 38: System Settings (system), Lcd Contrast, Device Information (device Info)

    The selection icon will change from " " to " ". Device information (Device Info) Here you can view the version of the MR-1's system software, the total capacity of the hard disk, the free capacity, and the number of recorded projects/files.

  • Page 39: Formatting The Hard Disk (format)

    Before executing this operation, you should make a backup of any data you want to keep. (→p.42 "Using the MR-1 with your computer") If a power failure or similar accident occurs during formatting, the MR-1 may become inoperable. If this occurs, please contact Korg customer service.

  • Page 40: Updating The System (load System)

    6. Press the P-dial (or press the menu button); the MR-1 will shut down and the power will turn off. 7. Slide the power button to turn on the power; the MR-1 will start up with the newly loaded system.

  • Page 41: Dsd Output Filter Settings (dsd Filter)

    DSD output filter settings (DSD Filter) When playing back a 1-bit project/file, you can select one of three types of signal processing filter that will be used. By default, the standard Type 1 filter is used. Type 1 : -3.0 dB @ 50 kHz (standard), -18.0 dB @ 100 kHz Type 2 : -3.0 dB @ 70 kHz, -9.8 dB @ 100 kHz Type 3 : -3.0 dB @ 60 kHz, -17.0 dB @ 100 kHz 1.

  • Page 42: Using The Mr-1 With Your Computer, Usb Mode

    Press the menu button, and from the menu list (MENU) screen, use the P-dial to select and confirm "USB MODE." The MR-1 will start up in USB mode if the USB cable is connected when you turn on the power.

  • Page 43: Transferring Files

    • Project data files (.prj): These files contain information such as project settings and marks Do not change the names of these two files. Doing so may make them unplayable on the MR-1. To restore data that you previously backed-up, copy the files into the folder for the appro- priate recording format.

  • Page 44: Hard Disk Structure And Files

    MR_PROJ folder This folder contains the folders for each format recorded by the MR-1. Don't use your computer to delete or rename the MR_PROJ folder. If you do so, the MR-1 will no longer recognize the files you created. WAV_PROJ, DFF_PROJ, DSF_PROJ, WSD_PROJ folders For each format, a maximum of two hundred project folders can be created within each of these folders.

  • Page 45

    MR-1, but you can add them to a play list and play them. You can create up to four levels within a folder, but the MR-1 is able to recog- nize only up to a total of two hundred folders and files within this folder.

  • Page 46: Using The Audiogate Software

    Using the AudioGate software The audio files of a project recorded on the MR-1 can be copied to your computer. Then you can use the "AudioGate" audio format conversion application on the included CD to convert the audio file format; as well as edit, divide, or join audio files.

  • Page 47

    Windows XP users In order to install or uninstall software in Windows XP, you must have Administrator privi- leges. For details, consult your system administrator. 1. Insert the included CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive of your computer. Normally, the "AudioGate Application Installer" will start up automatically. If your computer is set so that the installer will not start up automatically, double- click "KorgSetup.exe"...

  • Page 48: Appendix, Troubleshooting

    → Set the counter display to "Free" and check the remaining time available for recording. (→p.24) The recording is interrupted • Could the MR-1 have been bumped while recording? • Could the MR-1 have been in a location subject to continuous vibration (such as near a motor or a bass amp) while recording?

  • Page 49: Various Messages, Execution Messages, Error Messages

    • The procedure will depend on the operating system of your computer. (→p.42) When you connect the MR-1, you are asked to install software or a device driver • Does the MR-1 support the version of the operating system your computer is running? (→p.42)

  • Page 50

    Alternatively, delete unneeded files to increase the amount of free space, and then connect the MR-1 to your computer in USB mode and optimize the drive. It is effective to use software of a type that optimizes the free space.

  • Page 51: Confirmation Messages, Serious Error Messages

    Alternatively, delete unneeded files to increase the amount of free space, and then connect the MR-1 to your computer in USB mode and optimize the drive. It is effective to use software of a type that optimizes the free space.

  • Page 52: Specifications

    Specifications Operating conditions: +5 ... +35 ˚C (no condensation) Main sections < Recorder section > Number of tracks : 2 tracks : 2 tracks simultaneous playback / 2 tracks simultaneous recording Recording formats : PCM audio format WAV format (extension .wav), BWF compliant 44.1 kHz @ 16/24-bit, 48 kHz @ 16/24-bit 88.2 kHz @ 24-bit, 96 kHz @ 24-bit 176.4 kHz @ 24-bit, 192 kHz @ 24-bit...

  • Page 53

    A/D conversion : 24-bit, 64/128x oversampling D/A conversion : 24-bit, 128x oversampling <INPUT L, R> Connector : Mini phone jacks Input impedance : 10 kΩ Nominal level : LINE -6 dBV, MIC -39 dBV Maximum level : LINE +6 dBV, MIC -27 dBV Source impedance : 600 Ω...

  • Page 54: Index

    Index Menu list screen Project/file edit screen MENU LIBRARY LIBRARY -------------------------- 18 Project/File Remame ---------------------- 24 PLAY MODE --------------------- 31 Protect ------------------------- 29 REC MODE ------------------ 16, 36 Delee --------------------------- 29 REC LEVEL ---------------------- 16 Add to Play List -------------- 33 PLAY LIST ------------------------ 33 Detail --------------------------- 30 PlayNow ----------------------- 34...

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    Peak hold ------------------------ 14, 24 AUDIO folder ------------------------- 45 Play list -------------------------------- 33 Auto Gain Control ----------------- 19 Play mode ---------------------------- 31 Auto shutdown ---------------- 12, 27 Playback ------------------------- 13, 18 Project --------------------------------- 13 Backlight ------------------------------ 26 Project/file name ------------------- 24 Protect ---------------------------- 14, 29 Computer ----------------------------- 42 Conserving battery power ------ 26...

  • Page 56

    Please also retain your receipt as proof of purchase otherwise your product may be disqualified from the manufacturer’s or distributor’s warranty. 4015-2 Yanokuchi, Inagi-city, Tokyo 206-0812 Japan      1812 GH Printed in Japan 2006 KORG INC.

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