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3-253-939-11(1)

Portable

MiniDisc Recorder

Operating Instructions

page 9

Recorder Operation ____________________________

page 42

Software Operation _____________________________

AM-NX1

©2003 Sony Corporation

WARNING

To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose the unit to rain or moisture.

Do not install the appliance in a confined space, such as a bookcase or built-in cabinet.

To prevent fire, do not cover the ventilation of the apparatus with news papers, table cloths, curtains, etc. And don’t place lighted candles on the apparatus.

To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not place objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on the apparatus.

Certain countries may regulate disposal of the battery used to power this product. Please consult with your local authority.

Caution

The use of optical instruments with this product will increase eye hazard.

CAUTION INVISIBLE LASER RADIATION WHEN OPEN

AVOID EXPOSURE TO BEAM

Information

IN NO EVENT SHALL SELLER BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY NATURE, OR LOSSES OR EXPENSES RESULTING FROM ANY DEFECTIVE PRODUCT OR THE USE OF ANY PRODUCT.

The validity of the CE marking is restricted to only those countries where it is legally enforced, mainly in the countries EEA (European Economic Area).

SonicStage, OpenMG and the OpenMG logo, MagicGate Memory Stick and the MagicGate Memory Stick logo, Memory Stick and the Memory Stick logo, Net MD and the Net MD logo, ATRAC, ATRAC3 and ATRAC3 plus are trademarks of Sony Corporation.

Microsoft, Windows, Windows NT and Windows Media are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and /or other countries.

IBM and PC/AT are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.

Macintosh is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. in the United States and/ or other countries.

Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.

All other trademarks and registered trademarks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

™ and ® marks are omitted in this manual.

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Notice for users

On the supplied software

Copyright laws prohibit reproducing the software or the manual accompanying it in whole or in part, or renting the software without the permission of the copyright holder.

In no event will SONY be liable for any financial damage, or loss of profits, including claims made by third parties, arising out of the use of the software supplied with this recorder.

In the event a problem occurs with this software as a result of defective manufacturing, SONY will replace it. However, SONY bears no other responsibility.

The software provided with this recorder cannot be used with equipment other than that which is so designated.

Please note that, due to continued efforts to improve quality, the software specifications may be changed without notice.

Operation of this recorder with software other than that provided is not covered by the warranty.

Program © 2001, 2002, 2003 Sony

Corporation

Documentation © 2003 Sony Corporation

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Table of contents

 

Recorder Operation

 

Looking at controls .........................................

10

Getting started ...............................................

13

Playing an MD right away! ..............................

16

Various ways of playback ..............................

18

Viewing various information ................................................................

18

Selecting the play mode ........................................................................

18

Playing a track repeatedly (Repeat Play) ........................................

19

Listening to tracks in a desired sequence (Program Play) ..............

19

Adjusting the sound (Virtual-Surround • Digital Sound Equalizer) .....

20

Varying the virtual sound to create different acoustics (Virtual-

 

Surround) .........................................................................

20

Selecting the sound quality (Digital Sound Equalizer) ..................

20

Changing playback speed (Digital Speed Control) ...............................

21

Using the group function ................................

23

What is the group function? ..................................................................

23

Using the group function when playing ................................................

23

Playing a track in group play ..........................................................

23

Selecting the play mode for group play (Group Play Mode) .........

24

Repeat play for the selected group play mode

 

(Group Repeat Play) ........................................................

24

Playing groups in a desired sequence (Group Program Play) ........

24

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Other operations .............................................

25

Useful settings ......................................................................................

25

How to use the menu items ............................................................

26

Turning off the beep sound ............................................................

26

Preserving battery power (Power Save Mode) ..............................

26

Starting the playback quickly (Quick Mode) .................................

27

Protecting your hearing (EAR GUARD) .......................................

27

Turning on/off the backlight ..........................................................

28

Storing the settings for individual discs

 

(Playback Information Memory) ....................................

28

List of menus .................................................................................

29

Power sources ................................................

30

Battery life .....................................................................................

30

Additional information ....................................

31

Precautions ...........................................................................................

31

Specifications .......................................................................................

34

Troubleshooting and explanations ................

35

Troubleshooting ...................................................................................

35

While charging ...............................................................................

35

While playing .................................................................................

36

While using group function ...........................................................

37

Others .............................................................................................

37

Messages ..............................................................................................

39

Explanations .........................................................................................

40

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Software Operation

 

What is a Net MD? ..........................................

43

Basic Operations ............................................

44

Basic operational flow using the Net MD ............................................

44

Providing the required system environment .........................................

45

System requirements ......................................................................

45

Installing the software onto your computer ..........................................

46

Before installing the software .........................................................

46

Installing SonicStage Ver.1.5 .........................................................

47

Connecting the Net MD to your computer ...........................................

49

Storing audio data to your computer .....................................................

50

Starting SonicStage ........................................................................

50

Recording audio CDs to the hard disk drive ..................................

51

Labeling audio data ........................................................................

53

Transferring audio data from your computer to the

 

Net MD (Check-out) ........................................................................

54

Checking out audio files to the Net MD .........................................

54

Listening to an MD ...............................................................................

57

Listening to an MD with the Net MD connected to the

 

computer ..........................................................................

57

Listening to an MD with the Net MD disconnected from the

 

computer ..........................................................................

57

Advanced operations ......................................

58

Using other functions! ..........................................................................

58

Using the SonicStage online help ...................................................

58

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Other information ...........................................

60

Settings and Precautions ......................................................................

60

Settings according to OS ................................................................

60

For users with OpenMG Jukebox, SonicStage, SonicStage Premium,

or SonicStage Simple Burner installed on

 

their computer .................................................................

62

Note on hard disk drive space ........................................................

63

Notes on system suspend/hibernation mode ..................................

63

Backing up the audio data ..............................................................

63

Uninstalling the SonicStage software ..................................................

64

For Windows XP users ..................................................................

64

For Windows Millennium Edition/Windows 98 Second Edition

 

users ................................................................................

64

For Windows 2000 users ...............................................................

65

Troubleshooting ...................................................................................

66

If your computer does not recognize the Net MD .........................

68

If the installation was not successful .............................................

68

Information and explanations ...............................................................

70

Net MD FAQ .................................................................................

70

On copyright protection .................................................................

71

Glossary ...............................................................................................

73

Index .....................................................................................................

75

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Before using this product

This manual explains the recorder operations and the installation and basic use of the supplied SonicStage software. For details on the various operations, refer to the pages indicated below.

When using the recorder

Recorder Operation (pages 9 to 40)

Pages 9 to 40 in this manual explain the use of the Net MD as an ordinary MiniDisc recorder.

Troubleshooting and explanations (page 35)

This section shows the troubles you may find while using the recorder, and their solutions.

3-253-939-11(1)

Portable

MiniDisc Recorder

Operating Instructions

page 9

Recorder Operation ____________________________

page 42

Software Operation _____________________________

AM-NX1

©2003 Sony Corporation

When using the Net MD (the recorder) connected to your computer

Software Operation (pages 42 to 74)

Pages 42 to 74 in this manual explain the installation and basic operations of the supplied SonicStage software. Refer to these pages for details.

Other information (page 60)

This section shows the troubles you may find while using the SonicStage software, and their solutions. It also has the list of frequently asked questions and answers.

SonicStage Ver. 1.5 Help

This is an online help that you can view on your computer screen.

Refer to online help for details on the use of the software. To display the help window, see page 58.

Notes on the “Software Operation” section

The displayed items in the illustrations that appear in this section may differ from the actual items displayed by the software.

Explanations in this section assume familiarity with basic Windows operations. For details on the use of your computer and the operating system, please refer to the respective manuals.

Explanations in this section cover general Net MD products. For this reason, some explanations (and some illustrations) may not be applicable to your Net MD. Please refer to the operating instructions of your Net MD as well.

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Checking the supplied accessories

AC power adaptor (1)

Battery charging stand (1)

Headphones/earphones

 

 

with a remote control (1)

Dedicated USB cable (1)

NH-14WM Nickel metal

 

hydride rechargeable

 

battery (1)

Dry battery case (1)

CD-ROM (SonicStage Ver. 1.5) (1)* Carrying pouch (1)

Do not play a CD-ROM on an audio CD player.

Battery carrying case (1)

Operation Recorder

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Looking at controls

The recorder

A Battery compartment

BTerminals for attaching a battery charging stand

CTerminals for attaching a dry battery case

D DC IN 3V jack

E OPEN switch

FHandstrap hole

Use the hole to attach your own strap.

G Dedicated USB cable connecting jack

H CHARGE/DATA indicator

I i (headphones/earphones) jack

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The headphones/earphones with a remote control

AVolume control (VOL+, –) Turn to adjust the volume.

B x (stop) button

CNX/ENTER button: play, pause, enter

D Display window

E(group) +, –

F>: FF

.: REW

G Clip

HHOLD switch

Slide the switch in the direction of the arrow (a yellow mark appears) to disable the buttons on the remote control. To prevent the buttons from being accidentally operated when you carry the recorder, use this function.

I SOUND button

J DISPLAY button

K P MODE/ button

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Using the clip for the remote control

It may be hard for you to read the indications in the display if the remote control is attached upside down with the clip in its current position. In this case, attach the clip in the opposite direction as shown below.

1 Remove the clip.

2 Attach the clip in the opposite direction.

The display window of the remote control

A Disc indication

E SOUND indication

B Track number display

F Battery level indication

C Character information display

G Group indication

D Play mode indication

 

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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.

1Insert the rechargeable battery.

Slide OPEN to open the battery compartment lid.

Insert the NH-14WM

Close the lid.

rechargeable battery minus

 

end first.

 

2Charge the rechargeable battery.

1Connect the AC power adaptor to the battery charging stand and the AC adaptor to a wall outlet.

To a wall

Battery charging

outlet

stand

AC power

To DC IN 3V

adaptor

 

2Place the recorder on the battery charging stand.

Attach the connector to the jack firmly.

CHARGE/DATA indicator lights in red, and charging starts. When charging completed, the CHARGE/DATA indicator goes off. The battery is fully charged after charging is continued 2 more hours.

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3Remove the recorder from the battery charging stand.

For models supplied with the AC plug adaptor

If the AC power adaptor does not fit the wall outlet, use the AC plug adaptor.

Using the alkaline dry battery

Attach the dry battery case to the recorder.

Insert the battery minus end first.

Rear of the recorder

Insert an LR6 (size AA) alkaline dry battery.

To operate the recorder for the longest possible time, use the dry battery together with a fully charged rechargeable battery.

3Make connections and unlock the controls.

1 Connect the headphones/earphones

2 Slide HOLD to the opposite direction of

with the remote control to i.

the arrow (.) on the remote control

 

to unlock the controls.

Connect firmly.

HOLD

 

To i

Connect firmly.

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z

You can also charge the rechargeable battery by connecting the AC power adaptor directly to the recorder.

Connect the headphones/earphones with the remote control to i.

Connect the AC power adaptor to DC IN 3V on the recorder, and then press x on the remote control while the recorder is stopped. “Charging” and e appear in the display and charging starts. Full charging takes about 3.5 hours. Charging is complete when e disappears. Charging time may vary depending on the battery condition.

Notes

If you start playback or do another operation during charging, the charging will stop.

“Charging” and e may not appear in the display immediately after you place the recorder on the battery charging stand. The indication will, however, begin flashing after a few minutes and charging will begin.

Charge the battery at a temperature of +5°C (+41°F) to +40°C (+104° F).

Battery life

See page 30.

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Playing an MD right away!

1Insert an MD.

1 Press OPEN to open the lid.

2 Insert an MD to the direction of the

 

arrow with the label side facing front,

 

and press the lid down to close.

2Play an MD.

Volume control (VOL+, –)

/ENTER

1Press NX/ENTER on the remote control.

A short beep sounds in the headphones/ earphones when you operate.

2Turn the volume control towards VOL + or – on the remote control.

The volume will be shown in the display.

To stop play, press x.

A long beep sounds in the headphones/ earphones when you operate. After you stop the recorder, the recorder will automatically turn off in about 10 seconds.

Playback starts from the point you last stopped playing.

To start with the first track of the disc, press NX/ENTER on the remote control for 2 seconds or more.

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To

Operation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pause

Press NX.

 

 

 

Press NX again to resume play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find the beginning of the current track

Press ..

 

 

 

Press . repeatedly until you reach the

 

 

 

beginning of the desired track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Find the beginning of the next track

Press >.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go backwards or forward while playing

Press and hold . or >.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Search for a point in a track while

While pausing, press and hold . or >.

 

 

viewing the elapsed time (Time search)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Search for a specific track while viewing

While the recorder is stopped, press and hold

 

 

track numbers (Index search)

. or >.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cue to the beginning of every 10th track

Press

+ or –.

 

 

(only during playback of the disc with no

 

 

 

 

group settings)1)

 

 

 

 

Remove the MD

Press x and open the lid.2)

 

1)For more details, see “Using the group function” (page 23).

2)Once you open the lid, the point to start play will change to the beginning of the first track (except when the disc information is stored to the Playback Information Memory).

If the play does not start

Make sure the recorder is not locked (pages 11, 14).

Note

The playback sound may skip if:

the recorder receives stronger continuous shock.

a dirty or scratched MiniDisc is played.

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Various ways of playback

This section explains the operations that are done on the remote control. For details on operations done on the recorder, see the pages indicated for each operation.

Viewing various information

You can check the track name, disc name, etc. during playback. Group-related items appear only when a track with group settings is played.

DISPLAY

AB

Track number SP/LP mode of the current track

Note

Depending on the group settings, the operating conditions, and the disc settings, you may not be able to select certain indications or the indications may appear differently.

Selecting the play mode

You can select the various play modes using the P MODE/ button.

P MODE/

1 While playing, press DISPLAY.

Each time you press DISPLAY, the display changes as follows.

Display window on the remote control

Display: A/B

A

B

 

 

Track number

Elapsed time

 

 

Track number

Track name

 

 

Numbers of

Group name

tracks in the

 

group

 

 

 

Numbers of

Disc name

remaining

 

tracks

 

 

 

Track number

Group name and track

 

name

 

 

/ENTER

1 Press P MODE/ repeatedly.

Each time you press the button, the play mode changes as follows:

Play mode indication

Indication1)

Play mode

(none)

All the tracks are

(normal Play)

played once.

 

 

1

A single track is played

(single-track

once.

play)

 

 

 

SHUF

All the tracks are

(shuffle play)

played in random order.

 

 

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Indication1)

Play mode

PGM

Tracks are played in the

(program play)

order that you

 

specified.

 

 

1)Group play mode ( ) appears whenever you play a disc with group settings. For more details, see “Playing a track in group play” (page 23).

Playing a track repeatedly (Repeat Play)

You can use the repeat function for normal play, single-track play, shuffle play, and program play mode.

1 While playing in the selected play mode, press P MODE/ for 2 seconds or more.

appears in the display.

To cancel repeat play

Press P MODE/ for 2 seconds or more.

z

By pressing the P MODE/ button during repeat play, you can change the play mode to used with repeat play.

Listening to tracks in a desired sequence (Program Play)

1 While playing, press

P MODE/ repeatedly until “PGM” appears in the display.

2 Press . or > repeatedly to select a track, and then press NX/ ENTER to enter that track.

Track

Programmed sequence

number

 

3 Repeat step 2 to program more tracks.

You can program up to 20 tracks.

4 After programming the tracks, press NX/ENTER for 2 seconds or more.

The program is stored and playback starts from the first track.

z

The program play setting will remain in memory even after playback finishes or is stopped.

Note

If you open the lid, all program settings are canceled.

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Adjusting the sound (Virtual-Surround • Digital Sound Equalizer)

You can vary the virtual sound to create different acoustics, or modify the sound to suit your taste and store it for later use. The following two effect can be selected.

V-SUR (Virtual-Surround)

Provides 4 kinds of virtual surround conditions.

Digital Sound Equalizer

Provides 5 different sound qualities.

SOUND

Varying the virtual sound to create different acoustics (Virtual-Surround)

1 While playing, press SOUND repeatedly to select “V-SUR”

2 Press SOUND for 2 seconds or more.

3 Press . or > repeatedly to select the surround mode.

Each time you press . or >, A and B change as follows:

A

B

 

 

STUDIO

V-SUR S

 

 

LIVE

V-SUR L

 

 

HALL

V-SUR H

 

 

AB

CHURCH

V-SUR C

4 Press NX/ENTER to enter the selected surround mode.

Selecting the sound quality (Digital Sound Equalizer)

1 While playing, press SOUND repeatedly to select “SOUND.”

2 Press SOUND for 2 seconds or more.

3 Press . or > repeatedly to select the sound mode.

Each time you press . or >, A and B change as follows:

A

B

 

 

METAL

SOUND 1

 

 

SOUL

SOUND 2

 

 

JAZZ

SOUND 3

 

 

TECHNO

SOUND 4

 

 

USER

SOUND U

 

 

4 Press NX/ENTER to enter the selected sound mode.

To cancel the procedure

Press x for 2 seconds or more.

To cancel the setting

Press SOUND repeatedly until the indication at B disappears.

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To modify and store the sound

You can modify the sound and store the results in “USER”.

1Do steps 1 to 3 of “Selecting the sound quality (Digital Sound Equalizer)” (page 20), and press . or > repeatedly until “USER” appears.

2Press NX/ENTER.

3Press . or > repeatedly to select the frequency.

Frequency (100 Hz)

From the left, you can select 100 Hz, 250 Hz, 630 Hz, 1.6kHz, 4 kHz, or 10 kHz

4Turn the volume control repeatedly to adjust the level.

Level (+6 dB)

You can select from among five levels. –6 dB, –3 dB, 0 dB, +3 dB, +6 dB

5Repeat steps 3 and 4 to adjust the level for each frequency.

6Press NX/ENTER to enter the selection.

To cancel the procedure

Press x for 2 seconds or more.

To return to the preceding setting

Press x.

Changing playback speed (Digital Speed Control)

The speed control function is useful for language study and other purpose. This function changes the playback speed without changing the playback pitch. The playback speed can be varied from +100% to –50% the normal speed, in 13 steps.

DISPLAY

/ENTER

1 While playing, press DISPLAY for 2 seconds or more.

2 Press . or > repeatedly until “USEFUL” appears in the display, and then press NX/ENTER.

3 Press . or > repeatedly until “SpeedCtrl” appears in the display, and then press NX/ENTER.

The player changes to speed-setting mode. Select the speed while listening the sound.

4 Press . or > repeatedly to select the desired playback speed, and then press NX/ENTER to enter the selection.

“SC” appears in the display.

To cancel the procedure

Press x for 2 seconds or more.

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To return to the preceding setting

Press x.

z

Once you open the lid, the playback speed reverts to the normal speed (0%).

Note

When using digital speed control, you may hear noise or an echo in the playback.

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Using the group function

What is the group function?

The group function is provided to allow playback of discs with group settings. The group function is convenient for playback of MDs on which several albums or CD singles have been recorded in MDLP (LP2/LP4) mode.

What is a disc with group settings?

The recorder can operate various functions in units of group; that is tracks that have been recorded on a disc as part of separate groups, as shown below.

Before group settings are made

Disc

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

 

1213

1415

Track 1 to 5 are assigned to group 1.

mTrack 13 to15 are assigned to group 3. Track 6 to 7 are assigned to no group.Track 8 to12 are assigned to group 2.

After group assignments have been made

 

Disc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6 7

 

1

2

3

4

5

 

1

2

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracks that were not assigned to a group are treated as being part of “Group - -”.

You can create a maximum of 99 groups on a disc.

Note

It will not be possible to make a group setting if the tracks, groups and disc name on a disc exceed the maximum number that can be input.

Using the group function when playing

The recorder can operate various playback with a disc which has group setting.

P MODE/

/ENTER

Playing a track in group play

In group play, all groups are played in order, starting with group 1, followed by the unassigned tracks (“Group --”). Playback stops after all the tracks have been played.

1 While playing, press P MODE/ until “” appears in the display.

To cue to the start of a group (Group Skip)

1While playing, press + or –. Pressing the – button cues to the first track in the current group. Pressing the button again cues to the first track of the previous group.

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Selecting the play mode for group play (Group Play Mode)

The shuffle play and program play function can be used during group play mode.

1 Press P MODE/ repeatedly.

After normal playback, the following play modes are displayed.

Display

Play mode

 

 

 

All tracks in the groups

(Normal

play back once (starting

Group Play)

with the first track in

 

group 1).

 

 

, SHUF

Shuffle play starts with the

(In-Group

group that is currently

Shuffle)

playing, and continues

 

with the succeeding

 

groups.

 

 

, PGM

The groups are played in

(Group

the order that you

Program)

specified.

 

 

Repeat play for the selected group play mode

(Group Repeat Play)

1 While playing in the selected group play mode, press P MODE/ for 2 seconds or more.

Playback repeats in the respective group mode.

Display

Play mode

 

 

 

,

 

Repeat play of tracks

 

 

within a group.

 

 

 

,

SHUF

Repeat shuffle play of

 

 

tracks within a group.

 

 

 

,

PGM

Repeat play for group

 

 

program.

 

 

 

Playing groups in a desired sequence (Group Program Play)

Do the procedure explained in “Listening to tracks in a desired sequence (Program Play)” (page 19) to playback groups in a desired sequence. You can program up to 10 groups. The sequence of tracks within the groups cannot be changed.

Suppressing the skips of the sound (E.A.S.S. GP)

The E.A.S.S. GP function was developed to provide a higher level of shock resistance than that of existing players.

Note

The playback sound may skip if:

the recorder received stronger continuous shock.

a dirty or scratched MD is played.

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Other operations

Useful settings

The recorder has many menus with useful functions for operation.

The following table shows the menu items that you can select.

Category

Function

What it does

Site

 

 

 

page

 

 

 

 

General

Beep on/off

Turns the beep sound on or off.

page 26

operations

 

 

 

Power saving

Maximizes the battery life.

page 26

 

 

 

 

 

Playing

Starting playback

Sets the recorder to start playback or

page 27

 

quickly

cue to a track quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Limiting the

Sets a limit on the maximum volume

page 27

 

maximum volume

to protect your hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

Display

Selecting the

Selects the status of the backlight in

page 28

 

backlight status

the display window on the remote

 

 

 

control.

 

 

 

 

 

Useful

Playback

Stores the recorder settings.

page 28

functions

Information Memory

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to use the menu items

To set the menu items, do the following procedure.

On the remote control:

 

1

Press DISPLAY for 2 seconds or more to

 

2

enter the menu.

DISPLAY

Press . or > repeatedly to select

 

3

the item.

 

Press NX/ENTER to enter the

 

4

selection.

/ENTER

Repeat steps 2 and 3.

 

The setting will be entered when you press NX/ENTER at the last.

To return to the preceding setting

Press x.

To cancel the operation while setting

Press x for 2 seconds or more.

Turning off the beep sound

You can turn off/on the beep sound on the remote control.

1 Enter the menu and select “OPTION” - “BEEP”.

2 Select “BEEP OFF”.

To turn on the beep sound

Select “BEEP ON”.

Preserving battery power (Power Save Mode)

This function allows you to maximize the operating life of the battery when playing the recorder with headphones/earphones (with a remote control) or a line cable connected to the i jack. Power consumption is reduced by turning off the display when no operation has been made for a while.

1 Enter the menu and select “OPTION” - “PowerMode”.

2 Select “PowerSave”.

To turn the setting to normal

Select “NORMAL”.

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Starting the playback quickly (Quick Mode)

After pressing the playback button or cueing to the track, the playback can start quickly.

1 While the recorder is stopped or playing, enter the menu and select “OPTION” - “PowerMode”.

2 Select “QUICK”.

To switch back to the normal setting

Select “NORMAL”.

Notes

When the power mode is set to “QUICK”, the power remains on within the recorder even when nothing appears in the display. This leads to a shorter battery life. For this reason, it is recommended that you charge the battery daily.

If no recorder operation (including opening or closing of the lid) occurs for 17 hours, the power in the recorder automatically turns off. For this reason, the next time you start playback or do another operation, the recorder will not respond quickly. The unit, however, will return to quick mode afterwards.

Protecting your hearing (EAR GUARD)

The EAR GUARD function keeps down the maximum volume to protect your ears.

1 Enter the menu and select “OPTION” - “EAR GUARD”.

2 Select “EAR G. ON”.

When you try to turn the volume too high, “EAR GUARD” appears in the display. The volume is kept to a moderate level.

To cancel the EAR GUARD

Select “EAR G. OFF”.

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Turning on/off the backlight

The backlight of the display window of the remote control can be set to remain on or off.

1 While the recorder is stopped, enter the menu and select “OPTION” - “BACKLIGHT”.

2 Select the desired item.

Display

Setting

 

 

AUTO

The backlight lights when

 

you operate the recorder or

 

the remote control, and

 

automatically turns off when

 

no operation is made for a

 

few seconds.

 

 

ON

The backlight lights when

 

the recorder is operating.

 

 

OFF

The backlight stays off.

 

 

Storing the settings for individual discs (Playback Information Memory)

The recorder can store the various settings for each disc, and then retrieve them automatically whenever the disc is inserted.

The following setting can be stored:

Volume

Play mode

Group mode

Program play

Sound quality (Virtual Surround/Digital Sound Equalizer)

Playback speed (Digital Speed Control)

1 When the recorder is stopped, playing, or play-paused, enter the menu and select “USEFUL” - “PLAY INFO”.

“Entry?” appears in the display.

2 Press NX/ENTER to enter the selection.

“Entry OK” appears in the display and the disc settings are stored in the recorder.

Erasing the disc information

1Insert the disc whose information is to be erased and verify its contents.

2Select “Erase?” after step 1.

“Erase OK” appears in the display and the disc information is erased.

Note

If you try to erase the disc information of a disc that have never been stored, “No Entry!” appears in the display for a few seconds.

z

“PLAY INFO” appears when the disc with its setting stored is inserted.

Notes

The settings for up to 20 discs can be stored. Any settings stored afterwards will replace the settings for the least used disc among the 20.

If you add tracks or perform an editing operation (not including labeling) to a disc whose settings have been stored on the recorder, the disc will no longer be recognizable by the recorder and the stored information will become useless. In this case, store the settings again.

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List of menus

Menus on the recorder

Items listed under “Menu 1” are the selectable items which appear when you press DISPLAY for 2 seconds or more. Items listed under “Menu 2” are the selectable items which appear when you select an item in Menu 1, and “Menu 3” are the selectable items which appear when you select an item in Menu 2.

Note

Different indication may be displayed depending on the operating conditions and disc settings.

Menu 1

Menu 2

Menu 3

 

 

 

USEFUL

PLAY INFO

Entry? y Erase?

 

 

 

 

SpeedCtrl

 

 

 

OPTION

EAR GUARD

EAR G. OFF (factory setting) y EAR G. ON

 

 

 

 

BEEP

BEEP OFF y BEEP ON (factory setting)

 

 

 

 

BACKLIGHT

AUTO (factory setting) y ON y OFF

 

 

 

 

PowerMode

NORMAL (factory setting) y QUICK y

 

 

PowerSave

 

 

 

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Power sources

You can use the recorder on house current or as follows.

a nickel metal hydride rechargeable battery NH-14WM

LR6 (size AA) alkaline dry battery (used with the supplied dry battery case)

It is preferable to use the recorder on house current when recording for a long time. When powering the recorder with batteries, make sure the rechargeable battery is fully charged or that the alkaline dry battery is new to prevent battery exhaustion in the middle of a recording operation.

Battery life1)

The battery life may be shorter due to operating conditions, the temperature of the location, or the type of alkaline dry battery being used.

When playing

(Unit:

approx.hours)(JEITA2))

Batteries

 

SP

LP2

LP4

 

 

Stereo

Stereo

Stereo

 

 

 

 

 

Nickel metal

 

31

38

45

hydride

 

 

 

 

rechargeable

 

 

 

 

battery3)

 

 

 

 

LR6 (SG)

 

47

57

69

Sony alkaline

 

 

 

 

dry battery4)

 

 

 

 

Nickel metal

 

80

95

114

hydride

 

 

 

 

rechargeable

 

 

 

 

battery3)

 

 

 

 

+ One LR6

 

 

 

 

(SG)4)

 

 

 

 

1)Measured with the power save mode on (see “Preserving battery power (Power Save Mode)” (page 26)).

2)Measured in accordance with the JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association) standard.

3)When using a 100% fully charged nickel metal hydride rechargeable battery.

4)When using a Sony LR6 (SG) “STAMINA” alkaline dry battery (produced in Japan).

When to replace the batteries

When the dry battery or rechargeable battery is weak, flashing e or “LOW BATT” appears in the display. Replace the dry battery or charge the rechargeable battery.

The battery level indicator is approximate. It may be more or less than the indication depending on the operating condition or the operating environment.

Note

Stop the recorder before replacing the battery.

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Additional information

Precautions

On safety

Do not put any foreign objects in the DC IN 3V jack.

On power sources

Use house current, nickel metal hydride rechargeable battery, LR6 (size AA) battery, or car battery.

For use in your house: For the supplied battery charging stand, use the AC power adaptor supplied with this recorder. Do not use any other AC power adaptor since it may cause the recorder to malfunction.

Polarity of the plug

Connect the AC power adaptor to an easily accessible AC outlet. Should you notice an abnormality in the AC power adaptor, disconnect it from the AC outlet immediately.

The recorder is not disconnected from the AC power source (mains) as long as it is connected to the wall outlet, even if the recorder itself has been turned off.

If you are not going to use this recorder for a long time, be sure to disconnect the power supply (AC power adaptor, dry battery, rechargeable battery, or car battery cord) and remove the recorder from the battery charging stand. To remove the AC power adaptor from the wall outlet, grasp the adaptor plug itself; never pull the cord.

On heat build-up

Heat may build up in the recorder if it is used for an extended period of time. This, however, is not a malfunction.

On installation

If you use the recorder at a place subject to static or electrical noise, the recording may not be properly done or the recorded data may be lost. If you perform a check-out or check-in operation at such a place, the track's check-out or check-in authorization may be lost.

Never use the recorder where it will be subjected to extremes of light, temperature, moisture or vibration.

Never wrap the recorder in anything when it is being used with the AC power adaptor. Heat build-up in the recorder may cause malfunction or damage.

On the headphones/earphones

Road safety

Do not use headphones/earphones while driving, cycling, or operating any motorized vehicle. It may create a traffic hazard and is illegal in many areas. It can also be potentially dangerous to play your recorder at high volume while walking, especially at pedestrian crossings. You should exercise extreme caution or discontinue use in potentially hazardous situations.

Preventing hearing damage

Avoid using headphones/earphones at high volume. Hearing experts advise against continuous, loud and extended play. If you experience a ringing in your ears, reduce the volume or discontinue use.

Caring for others

Keep the volume at a moderate level. This will allow you to hear outside sounds and to be considerate of the people around you.

On the remote control

The supplied remote control is designed for use with this recorder only. The recorder cannot be operated with a remote control that was supplied with another device.

On charging

The supplied battery charging stand can be used only with this recorder. Any other models cannot be charged.

Do not use the supplied battery charging stand to charge any other battery besides the supplied one or the one designated for it (NH14WM).

Be sure to use the supplied AC power adaptor.

Charge the rechargeable battery at a temperature of +5° C (+41° F) to +40° C (+104° F).

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Though the battery charging stand and the battery may become hot during the charging procedure, this poses no danger.

If you charge the battery for the first time or after a long period of disuse, the battery may not charge up to its rated capacity. This is a normal characteristic. After you use and recharge the battery a few times, it will return to its normal charge capacity.

If the capacity of the rechargeable battery drops to half the normal amount, replace with the new one.

On the dry battery case

The supplied dry battery case is designated for this recorder only.

On the MiniDisc cartridge

When carrying or storing the MiniDisc, keep it in its case.

Do not break open the shutter.

Do not place the cartridge where it will be subject to light, extreme temperatures, moisture or dust.

Attach the supplied MD label only in the space designated for it on the disc. Do not stick it on any other disc surface.

On cleaning

Clean the recorder casing with a soft cloth slightly moistened with water or a mild detergent solution. Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder or solvent such as alcohol or benzene as it may mar the finish of the casing.

Wipe the disc cartridge with a dry cloth to remove dirt.

Dust on the lens may prevent the unit from operating properly. Be sure to close the disc compartment lid after inserting or ejecting an MD.

To obtain the best sound quality, use a dry cloth to wipe the plugs of the headphones/ earphones or the remote control. Dirty plugs may cause sound distortion or intermittent breaks in the sound.

On batteries

Incorrect battery usage may lead to leakage of battery fluid or bursting battery. To prevent such accidents, observe the following precautions:

Install the + and – poles of the batteries correctly.

Do not try to recharge dry battery.

When the recorder is not to be used for a long time, be sure to remove the batteries.

If a battery leak should develop, carefully and thoroughly wipe away battery fluid from the battery compartment before inserting new ones.

On mechanical noise

The recorder gives off mechanical noise while operating, which is caused by the power-saving system of the recorder and it is not a problem.

To protect a recorded MD

To record-protect an MD, slide open the tab at the side of the MD. In this position, the MD cannot be recorded. To record again, slide the tab back so the tab is visible.

Tab

Back of the MD

Recorded material is

protected.

Recorded material is not protected.

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On maintenance

Clean the terminals periodically with a cotton swab or a soft cloth as illustrated.

If you have any questions or problems concerning your recorder, please consult your nearest Aiwa dealer. (If a trouble occurred when the disc was in the recorder, we recommend that the disc be left in the recorder when you consult your Aiwa dealer so that the cause of trouble may be better understood.)

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Specifications

Audio playing system

MiniDisc digital audio system

Laser diode properties

Material: GaAlAs Wavelength: λ = 790 nm Emission duration: continuous

Laser output: less than 44.6 µW

(This output is the value measured at a distance of 200 mm from the lens surface on the optical pick-up block with 7 mm aperture.)

Recording and playback time (when using MDW-80)

Maximum 160 min. in monaural Maximum 320 min. in LP4 stereo

Revolutions

350 rpm to 3,600 rpm (CLV)

Error correction

ACIRC (Advanced Cross Interleave Reed Solomon Code)

Sampling frequency

44.1 kHz

Coding

ATRAC (Adaptive TRansform Acoustic Coding)

ATRAC3 — LP2/LP4

Modulation system

EFM (Eight to Fourteen Modulation)

Frequency response

20 to 20,000 Hz ± 3 dB

Outputs

i: stereo mini-jack (dedicated remote control jack)/194 mV (10 k)

Maximum output (DC)

Headphones:

4 mW + 4 mW (16 ) (European models) 5 mW + 5 mW (16 ) (Other models)

Power requirements

Sony AC Power Adaptor connected at the DC IN 3V jack:

120 V AC, 60 Hz (Models for USA, Canada, Mexico and Taiwan)

230 V AC, 50/60 Hz (Models for continental Europe and Chili)

240 V AC, 50 Hz (Model for Australia)

220 V AC, 50 Hz (Models for China)

230 V AC, 50 Hz (Models for U.K. and Hong Kong)

220 V AC, 60 Hz (Model for Korea) 100 - 120 V/220 - 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz (Other models)

The recorder:

Nickel metal hydride rechargeable battery NH-14WM, 1.2 V, 1,350 mAh (MIN), Ni-MH

LR6 (size AA) alkaline battery Battery charging stand:

AC power adaptor DC 3V

Battery operation time1)

See “Battery life” (page 30)

Dimensions

Approx. 78.9 ×

72.2 × 17.2 mm (w/h/d)

(3 1/8 × 2 7/8 ×

11/16 in.)

(excluding projecting parts and controls)

Mass

Approx. 85 g (3.0 oz) the recorder only 1)Measured in accordance with JEITA.

US and foreign patents licensed from Dolby Laboratories.

Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Optional accessories

Nickel metal hydride rechargeable battery NH14WM

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Troubleshooting and explanations

Troubleshooting

If a problem occurs during recorder operation, follow the steps described below before consulting the nearest Aiwa dealer. If any messages appear, it is recommended to take notes.

1

2

Check to see if the problem is listed in “Troubleshooting”.

Check “Messages” (page 39) for the problem as well.

If after step 1 you still cannot solve the problem, consult your nearest Aiwa dealer.

While charging

Symptom

Cause/Solution

 

 

The rechargeable

• The rechargeable battery or the dry battery has been inserted

battery does not

incorrectly or the AC power adaptor has been connected

start charging. The

incorrectly.

rechargeable battery

, Insert the battery correctly or connect the AC power adaptor

cannot be fully

correctly.

charged.

• The terminals of the battery charging stand is dirty.

 

, Clean the terminals with a dry cloth.

 

• Because of the battery’s characteristics, the capacity of the

 

rechargeable battery may be smaller than normal when it is used

 

for the first time or after a long period of disuse.

 

, Charge and discharge the battery several times. The normal

 

battery life will be restored.

 

• The rechargeable battery is drained (nothing appears in the

 

display window).

 

, Charge the rechargeable battery. It takes one minute after

 

placing the recorder on the battery charging stand for an

 

indication to appear and charging to start. If charging does not

 

start even after a minute, replace the recorder on the battery

 

charging stand again.

 

 

The rechargeable

• The quick mode was set to “QUICK”.

battery has become

, If you set the quick mode to “QUICK”, the power stays on

drained even when

inside recorder even when there is no operation, causing the

the recorder was not

battery life to shorten. If the battery is not fully charged, the

used for a while.

rechargeable battery may become drained after a while. If this

 

happens, charge the rechargeable battery again.

 

 

Even when fully

• The useful life of the rechargeable battery may be ending.

charged, the life of

, Replace the rechargeable battery with the new one.

the battery is only

 

about half what it

 

normally is.

 

 

 

 

continued

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Symptom

Cause/Solution

 

 

 

The battery

• This is normal and poses no danger.

charging stand and

 

 

the recorder become

 

 

hot during the

 

 

charging procedure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While playing

Symptom

Cause/Remedy

 

 

 

An MD is not

• Repeat play is selected.

played normally.

, Press P MODE/

for 2 seconds or more to change back to the

 

normal play (page 18).

 

• Playback mode is changed.

 

, Press P MODE/

for 2 seconds or more to change back to the

 

normal play (page 18).

 

 

An MD is not

• Disc playing stopped before it came to the last track.

played from the

, Press NX/ENTER for 2 seconds or more to start playing.

first track.

• The disc information has been stored to the Playback Information

 

Memory.

 

 

, Erase the disc information from the Playback Information

 

Memory (page 28).

 

 

 

Playback sound

• The recorder is placed where it receives continuous vibration.

skips.

, Put the recorder on a stable place.

 

• A very short track may cause sound to skip.

 

, Try not to create a short track.

 

 

Sound has a lot of

• Strong magnetism from a television or such device is interfering

static.

with operation.

 

 

, Move the recorder away from the source of strong magnetism.

 

 

 

Volume cannot be

• EAR GUARD is on.

 

turned up.

, Release EAR GUARD settings (page 27).

 

• The “USER” on “SOUND” settings are being applied.

 

, This is not malfuntion. When this setting is applied, the

 

maximum volume setting will be limited to a certain level to

 

prevent excessive loudness.

 

 

No sound comes

• The headphones/earphones plug is not firmly connected.

through the

, Plug in the plug of the headphones/earphones firmly to the

headphones/

remote control. Plug in the plug of the remote control firmly to

earphones.

i.

 

 

• The plug is dirty.

 

 

, Clean the plug.

 

 

 

 

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While using group function

Symptom

Cause/Remedy

 

 

The group

• While using a disc without group setting, an attempt was made to

function does not

select some group-related menu.

operate.

, Use a disc with group setting.

 

 

Others

Symptom

Cause/Remedy

 

 

The recorder does

• The rechargeable battery is not charged.

not work or works

, Charge the rechargeable battery.

poorly.

• The volume is low.

 

, Turn up the volume.

 

• No disc is inserted.

 

, Insert a recorded disc.

 

• The HOLD function is turned on.

 

, Disable HOLD by sliding the HOLD switch to the opposite

 

direction of the arrow (pages 11, 14).

 

• The lid is not firmly closed.

 

, Close the lid until it clicks. Then slide OPEN to open the lid.

 

• Moisture has condensed inside the recorder.

 

, Take the MD out and leave the recorder in a warm place for

 

several hours until the moisture evaporates.

 

• The AC power adaptor is not firmly connected.

 

, Connect the AC power adaptor firmly to the DC IN 3V jack on

 

the recorder or the battery charging stand and to the house

 

current.

 

• The rechargeable battery or dry battery is weak (“LOW BATT”

 

flashes or nothing appears).

 

, Charge the rechargeable battery or replace the dry battery with

 

a new one (page 13), or use the supplied AC power adaptor.

 

• The dry battery has been inserted incorrectly.

 

, Insert the battery correctly (page 14).

 

 

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Symptom

Cause/Remedy

 

 

The recorder does

• The disc is damaged or does not contain proper recording or

not work or works

editing data.

poorly.

, Reinsert the disc. Rerecord the disc. If the error message still

 

appears, replace it with another disc.

 

• There is an internal malfunction in the system.

 

, Remove the dedicated USB cable from the recorder, restart

 

your computer, and then connect the cable to the recorder

 

again.

 

• While operating, the recorder received a mechanical shock, too

 

much static, abnormal power voltage caused by lightning, etc.

 

, Restart the operation as follows.

 

1 Disconnect all the power sources.

 

2 Leave the recorder for about 30 seconds.

 

3 Connect the power source.

 

 

The display

• The recorder was disconnected from the power source.

window is not

, Let the recorder sit for a while, or disconnect the power source,

normal.

reconnect it, and then press any of the operation buttons.

 

 

When using with

• This is due to the MiniDisc system limitation. The recorder turns

the AC power

off 10 senconds after the recorder has stopped in order to allow the

adaptor, the display

charging time on the dedicated USB cradle to be calculated.

window of the

 

recorder will

 

remain faintly lit

 

for some time even

 

after the recorder is

 

stopped.

 

 

 

The playing time of

This is due to a calculation discrepancy between the recorder and

a checked-out track

the computer.

is different from

 

the time that

 

appears on your

 

computer monitor.

 

 

 

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Messages

If the following error messages flash in the display window on the remote control, check the chart below.

Error message

Meaning/Remedy

 

 

BLANKDISC

• An MD with no recording on it is inserted.

 

 

CannotCHG

• You tried to charge the battery at a place with a temperature outside

 

the specified range for the recorder.

 

, Charge the battery at a temperature of +5° C (+41° F) to +40° C

 

(+104° F).

Charging

• The rechargeable battery is being charged.

 

 

EAR GUARD

• EAR GUARD is set to "EAR G.ON" and so the volume cannot rise

 

higher.

 

, Set EAR GUARD to "EAR G. OFF" (page 27).

 

 

ERROR

• There is an internal malfunction in the system.

 

, Restart the operation by doing steps 1 to 3 on page 38. If the

 

message appears again, please consult your nearest Aiwa dealer.

 

 

Hi DC in

• Voltage of the power supply is too high (The supplied AC power

 

adaptor or the recommended car battery cord is not used).

 

, Use the supplied AC power adaptor or the recommended car

 

battery cord.

 

 

LOW BATT

• Batteries are weak.

 

, Charge the rechargeable battery or replace the dry battery

 

(page 13).

 

 

NO DISC

• You tried to play or record with no disc in the recorder.

 

, Insert an MD.

 

 

No Entry!

• You tried to erase a setting in the Playback Information Memory on

 

a disc that contains no settings in the Playback Information Memory

 

(page 28).

 

 

READ ERR

• The recorder cannot read the disc information correctly.

 

, Reinsert the disc.

 

 

SLOW CHG

• You tried to charge at a place where the temperature is too low.

 

, Charge the battery at a temperature of +5°C (+41°F) to +40°C

 

(+104°F).

 

 

TEMP OVER

• Heat has built up in the recorder.

 

, Let the recorder cool down.

 

 

TOC ERR

• The recorder cannot read the disc information correctly.

 

, Insert another disc.

 

 

TR FULL

• Track number 254 has been reached.

 

 

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Explanations

Restrictions on the editing of tracks checked out from your computer

This unit was designed so that editing functions (i.e., erasing tracks, adding track marks, and erasing track marks) do not function for tracks that have been checked out from your computer. This is to prevent the loss of check-in authorization by the checked-out tracks. To edit these tracks, first check them back into the computer, and then edit them on the computer.

About the DSP TYPE-S for ATRAC/ATRAC3

This recorder supports DSP TYPE-S, a specification for high-level Sony MiniDisc decks equipped with digital signal processors (DSP). This specification allows the recorder to produce high-quality sound from tracks recorded in MDLP mode. Since it retains DSP TYPE-R support, the recorder produces superior results during recording or playback in SP (normal stereo) mode.

Suppressing the skips of the sound (E.A.S.S GP)

The E.A.S.S GP function was developed to provide a higher level of shock resistance than that of existing players.

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Recording audio data to your computer

You can record audio data to your computer from sources such as audio CDs and the Internet (page 50).

Audio CDs

Internet

On the computer

Listening

You can listen to an audio CD in the CDROM drive of your computer, or audio data in the hard disk drive (page 57).

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What is a Net MD?

Net MD is a standard that enables the transfer of audio data from a computer to a MiniDisc device. To use this Net MD with your computer requires a software application called “SonicStage”.

SonicStage software provides a database for managing audio data in the computer and functions for playing the audio data in various play modes, editing the data, and transferring the results to other devices and hardware connected to the computer. It is an integrated software application with a variety of functions for enjoying music.

Transferring audio data to the Net MD

You can transfer audio data stored in your computer to an MD (page 54).

Editing

You can easily edit audio data or add labels from the keyboard (page 53).

To a Net MD

Operation Software

Creating a music library

You can create a music library of your favorite songs on your computer.

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Basic Operations

Basic operational flow using the Net MD

The following is the basic steps that you will take following the purchase of your recorder. Through these steps, you will prepare and 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.

1Providing the required system environment.

(page 45)

2Installing the software onto your computer.

(page 46)

3 Connecting the Net MD to your computer.

(page 49)

4 Storing audio data to your computer.

In this manual, recording from an audio CD is explained.

(page 50)

5Transferring audio data from your computer to an MD (Check-out).

(page 54)

6 Listening to an MD.

You can listen to audio data that have been checked out from your computer to your Net MD.

(page 57)

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Providing the required system environment

System requirements

The following hardware and software are required in order to use the SonicStage software for the Net MD.

Computer

IBM PC/AT or Compatible

 

 

 

• CPU: Pentium II 400 MHz or higher (Pentium III 450 MHz or higher

 

is recommended.)

 

• Hard disk drive space1): 120 MB or more

 

• RAM: 64 MB or more (128 MB or more is recommended)

 

 

 

Others

 

• CD-ROM drive (capable of digital playback by WDM)

 

• Sound Board

 

• USB port (supports USB (conventionally called USB 1.1))

 

 

Operating

Factory installed:

System

Windows XP Home Edition/Windows XP Professional/Windows

 

Millennium Edition/Windows 2000 Professional/Windows 98 Second

 

Edition

 

 

Display

High Color (16bit) or higher, 800 × 480 dots or better (800 × 600 dots

 

or better is recommended)

 

 

Others

• Internet access: for EMD services and CD information services

 

• Windows Media Player (version 7.0 or higher) installed for playing

 

WMA files

 

 

1) See page 63 for details.

This software is not supported by the following environments:

Macintosh

Windows XP versions other than Home Edition or Professional

Windows 2000 versions other than Professional

Windows 98 versions other than Second Edition

Windows NT

Windows 95

Personally constructed PCs or operating systems

An environment that is an upgrade of the original manufacturer-installed operating system

Multi-boot environment

Multi-monitor environment

Notes

We do not ensure trouble-free operation on all computers that satisfy the system requirements.

We do not ensure trouble-free operation of the system suspend, sleep, or hibernation function on all computers.

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Installing the software onto your computer

This section explains the installation of the SonicStage Ver.1.5 software supplied with your Net MD.

Before installing the software

1 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 load or operate if the dedicated USB cable is connected to your computer during the installation.

Close all other Windows applications before starting the installation!

Make sure to close any virus-check software, as such software usually demand large amounts of system resources.

2Depending on the following operating system or software already installed on your computer, refer to the reference pages before installing the software.

Windows XP

• To install this software, you must log on with a

, page 60

user name with “Computer Administrator”.

 

• If you perform the “System Restore” function in

 

the Windows “System Tools” menu, the tracks

 

managed by SonicStage may become corrupted

 

and rendered unplayable.

 

 

Windows Millennium Edition

• If you perform the “System Restore” function of

, page 61

the Windows “System Tools” menu, the tracks

 

managed by SonicStage may become corrupted

 

and rendered unplayable.

 

 

Windows 2000

• You must log on as “Administrator” before

, page 61

installing the software.

 

 

OpenMG Jukebox,

• Depending on the version of your software, the

SonicStage, SonicStage

existing software may be overwritten by the new

Premium, or SonicStage

version or it may co-exist with SonicStage

Simple Burner

Ver.1.5. As the installation process will depend

, page 62

on the version, see the reference page for details.

 

 

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Installing SonicStage Ver.1.5

1 Turn on your computer and start up Windows.

2 Insert the installation CD-ROM for SonicStage into the CD-ROM drive of your computer.

The setup program starts up automatically and the SonicStage Ver.1.5 installation window appears.

3 Click to select [SonicStage 1.5].

To use this software with the Net MD, you must install SonicStage Ver.1.5 and the Net MD driver.

Click [SonicStage 1.5]

When installing SonicStage for the first time

When OpenMG Jukebox, SonicStage, SonicStage Premium, or SonicStage Simple Burner is installed on the computer

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4 Follow the displayed instructions.

Read the instructions carefully.

The installation may take 20 to 30 minutes, depending on your system environment (page 69).

5 After the installation is completed, click [Restart] to restart the computer.

Make sure to restart your computer only after the installation has completed.

Was the installation successful?

If any trouble occurs during the installation, see “Troubleshooting” (page 66).

Notes

Do not delete, move, or edit any of the installed folders using Explorer or any other application. Doing so could cause the SonicStage database to become unstable or corrupted.

While the installation is still in progress, do not interrupt the operation or take the CD-ROM out of the CD-ROM drive. Doing so may render it impossible to install the software thereafter.

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Connecting the Net MD to your computer

After the software installation is completed, connect the Net MD to your computer. Refer to the operating instructions of the Net MD as well.

1 Insert a recordable disc into the Net MD.

2 Make the power source and the dedicated USB cable connections with the Net MD and the computer.

AC

To the USB jack/

To the USB

power

dedicated jack

connecting

adaptor

 

terminal

Net MD

 

devices*

Dedicated

 

 

USB cable

To the DC IN

Computer

jack

*If a cradle is supplied with your Net MD, connect the dedicated USB cable to the USB cradle and place the Net MD onto the USB cradle.

3 Check the connections.

When the connections have been properly made, “PCppMD”* appears in the display of the Net MD.

* Depending on the device, “Net MD” or “PC>>MD” may be displayed.

Notes

When using the Net MD connected to your computer, make sure to run the recorder from an AC outlet. We do not assure the results should there be a mis-operation, check-out failure, or destruction of audio data caused by insufficient battery power.

Place the recorder on a stable surface so that the dedicated USB cable does not become detached.

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Storing audio data to your computer

This section explains how to record and store audio data from an audio CD to the hard disk drive of your computer.

The procedure in this section is used to record all tracks on an audio CD. To record only specific tracks from a CD, or from other sound sources, see the online help for details (page 58).

Note

The system may malfunction if your computer changes to system suspend or hibernation mode while the software is playing, recording, or connecting to an external device or media* such as a Net MD. Make sure to disable any changes to suspend or hibernation mode. See page 63 for details.

For this software, the word “MD” refers to the built-in MD slot on the computer, and “Device/ Media” to a Net MD that is externally connected over a USB cable.

Starting SonicStage

Do one of the following:

Double click ([SonicStage] icon) on the computer.

Select [Start] - [Programs]* - [SonicStage] - [SonicStage].[All Programs] in the case of Windows XP

SonicStage starts up and the main window appears.

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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.

1 Insert the audio CD that you want to record into the CD-ROM drive of your computer.

The CD window appears in the display.

Note

When you record an audio CD from your CD-ROM drive for the first time, the “CD Drive Optimization” dialog box appears when you insert the audio CD. Clicking [Start] initiates a check of the CD-ROM drive to verify that the CDROM drive is able to perform the recording properly.

2 Click .

The recording navigation window* appears in the display.

The recording navigation window makes it easy to make a recording. Simply by doing 1, 2and 3in the next step, you can select the audio source in the left panel and the recording destination in the right panel.

3 Select (CD) for [1Music Source] and (Music Drive) for [2 Destination], then click 3 [Jump to Record Window].

The display changes to the recording window.

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4 Click in the middle of the recording window and select the recording mode.

When recording data in LP2 mode: select ATRAC3 132kbps

When recording data in LP4 mode: select ATRAC3 66kbps

Click here

5 If the list panel is not displayed, click .

List panels appear under the recording window. The contents of the audio CD appear in the left list panel.

6 Click [Record All].

Recording starts.

Upon completion, recorded tracks appear in the right list panel.

To stop recording

Click ([Stop]).

To resume recording, click . When recording is resumed, it starts from the beginning of the track that was last stopped.

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Labeling audio data

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

1 Start up SonicStage (page 50) and click (Music Drive).

“All Playlists” appears and all the albums stored on the Music Drive appear in the Music Drive window.

2 Double click the desired album name.

A list of the audio files in that album appears.

3 Click in the lower right part of the display.

The editing panel appears in the display.

4 Select an item by clicking [Title], [Album], [Artist], or [Genre], and then right-click and select [Rename].

You can also click [V] at [Album] or [Artist] to display a dropdown list, and then select an item from the list.

5 When the track title is highlighted, enter the text data from the keyboard.

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The ([CD Info]) button for track and album labeling can also be used to import names from Internet databases. See the online help for details (page 58).

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Transferring audio data from your computer to the Net MD (Check-out)

Audio data stored on the Music Drive can be transferred to your Net MD. This process is called “Check-out”. The number of times a track can be checked out is restricted in this software for the protection of copyrights (page 71).

Playlist

Checking out audio files to the Net MD

This section explains how to check out all audio files in a playlist*.

A playlist is a container that allows the stored audio files in the Music Drive to be classified by genre, artist, etc.

Note

Check-outs should be done at a temperature of +5 ° C (+41 ° F) or higher.

1 Click to display the recording navigation window.

2 Select (Music Drive) for [1Music Source] and (Device/Media) for [2Destination], then click 3 ([Jump to Record Window]).

The display changes to the recording window.

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3 Click in the middle of the display and select the recording mode (page 52).

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. Select this mode if you listen to checked-out data on equipment that does not support MDLP mode.

4 If the list panel is not displayed, click .

A playlist appears in the display.

5 Confirm that the audio files you are about to check out are okay for checking out.

The music notations beside the track number in the left panel of the list represent the number of times the file can be checked out (e.g. = the track can be checked out three more times). If appears beside the track number, the file cannot be checked out.

6 Click [Check-Out All].

Checking out of the files starts.

All files in the playlist are checked out to the connected Net MD.

To cancel a check-out

Click ([Stop]).

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Notes

Make sure not to disconnect the dedicated USB cable or power source until the operation has completed once the check-out (or check-in) operation has begun. Failure to do this may result in the loss of check-out authorization. Even if a check-out fails, the audio file may be considered checked out on the SonicStage side and the file’s check-out authorization may be reduced.

Make sure not to bump the Net MD after check-out has started. If you do, the contents of the recording may not be stored correctly.

Due to the limitations of the MD system, you may not be able to record the full amount of remaining recording time.

Due to the limitations of the MD system, a maximum of about 1,700 characters can be stored for disc name, group names and track names on the disc. Take note of this fact when checking out a large number of tracks.

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Listening to an MD

You can listen to an MD on the Net MD while it is connected to your computer. When disconnected from your computer, the Net MD can be used as an ordinary MiniDisc device.

For details on Net MD operations, refer to the “Recorder Operation” section.

Listening to an MD with the Net MD connected to the computer

If you listen to an MD with the Net MD connected to the computer, be sure to listen with the Net MD itself (connecting to the headphones/earphones, speakers, etc.). The MD sound cannot be heard from headphones/earphones that are connected to the computer.

Listening to an MD with the Net MD disconnected from the computer

Listen to the MD after disconnecting the dedicated USB cable from the computer and the Net MD.

Notes

Generally, you cannot erase or divide/combine checked-out audio files. If you want to edit such files, check them back in first. Checked-out files can be edited on some MD devices; however, erasing a track will decrease the number of times the file can be checked out, and dividing or combining tracks will render the file impossible to check back into the computer (page 70).

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Advanced operations

Using other functions!

Using the SonicStage online help

This manual explains only the basic operations of the SonicStage software. However, the software has a host of other functions that allow you to carry out various operations, such as importing audio files from the Internet, classifying and managing audio files, and playing in various play modes. For information and details on the various menus and operations, go to the online help.

To display online help

Click (help) while the SonicStage software is running.

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You can display the online help by selecting the following: [Start]–[Programs]*–[SonicStage]–[SonicStage Help]

[All Programs] in the case of Windows XP.

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Viewing online help

The Tabs

The left side frame

The right side frame

Let’s find out how to use the online help first. An explanation on the use of the online help can also be found in the online help.

1Double click [Overview] in the left-hand frame.

2Click [About this Help file].

The explanation will appear in the right-hand frame.

3Read the text.

Scroll the display if necessary.

Click underlined words to jump to their explanations.

Note

In the online help, “Device/Media’ is the general term for external devices such as Net MDs and MusicClips.

Device/Media

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Other information

Settings and Precautions

Settings according to 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 XP

To install this software, you must log on with a user name with “Computer Administrator”* as an attribute.

You must log on with the user name “Administrators” or “Power Users” to use the SonicStage software.

Both edition of Windows XP (Home/Professional) can be used.

The NTFS format of Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional (factory installed) can be used only with the standard (factory) settings.

To check whether the user name has the attribute of “Computer Administrator”

Go to [Start]- [Control Panel]-[User Account], and then check the user name displayed on the window.

When using SonicStage under Windows XP

If you use the “System Restore” function in Windows “System Tools”, audio data managed by SonicStage may become corrupted and rendered unplayable.

Before executing the system restoration procedure, you should first back up all audio files and restore them after doing the system restoration procedure.

For details about backup procedures, refer to online help.

Note

Restoring backup data requires access to the Internet. If an audio file becomes unplayable after restoring the system, an error dialog box may appear. If this occurs, do as instructed by the message.

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For Windows Millennium Edition users

When using SonicStage under Windows Millennium Edition

If you use the “System Restore” function in Windows “System Tools”, audio data managed by SonicStage may become corrupted and rendered unplayable.

Before executing the system restoration procedure, you should first back up all audio files and restore them after doing the system restoration procedure.

For details about backup procedures, refer to online help.

Note

Restoring backup data requires access to the Internet. If an audio file becomes unplayable after restoring the system, an error dialog box may appear. If this occurs, do as instructed by the message.

For Windows 2000 users

Restrictions when running the SonicStage software under Windows 2000

You must log on as “Administrator” to install the SonicStage software.

You must log on with the user name “Administrators” or “Power Users” to use the SonicStage software.

Of the Windows 2000 versions, SonicStage is supported only by Windows 2000 Professional.

The NTFS format of Windows 2000 Professional (factory installed) can be used only with the standard (factory) settings.

For Windows 98 Second Edition users

Importing MP3 files to the computer or playing WAV files on the computer

Microsoft Media Player version 7.0 or higher is required for importing MP3 files or playing WAV files. Users of earlier versions can download the most recent version from the Microsoft website (http://www.microsoft.com/).

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For users with OpenMG Jukebox, SonicStage, SonicStage Premium, or SonicStage Simple Burner installed on their computer

Note

Confirm whether any tracks have been checked out from your computer.

If tracks have been checked out from OpenMG Jukebox, an earlier version of SonicStage, or SonicStage Premium, it may not be possible to check those tracks back in with SonicStage Ver.1.5. It is recommended to check in the tracks before installing SonicStage Ver.1.5.

Check the following contents before installing SonicStage Ver.1.5.

The installation items and procedure will vary depending on the software installed on your computer.

Users with OpenMG Jukebox installed

Installed Version

What to do

 

 

Ver.1.0~2.1

Install SonicStage 1.5. OpenMG Jukebox Ver.1.0-2.1 is

 

automatically uninstalled and replaced.1)

Ver.2.2

OpenMG Jukebox Ver.2.2 and SonicStage Ver.1.5 can co-

 

exist in the computer.

 

If you install SonicStage Ver.1.5, then OpenMG Jukebox

 

Ver.2.2 will be automatically upgraded to the latest version.

 

 

1)Audio files recorded with OpenMG Jukebox Ver.1.0-2.1 are automatically converted to SonicStage Ver.1.5 files. For safety sake, it is recommended that you back up your audio data with the back-up tool before doing the upgrade to SonicStage Ver.1.5.

Users with an earlier version of SonicStage installed

Installed Version

What to do

 

 

Ver.1.0~1.5

Install SonicStage Ver.1.5. The earlier version is

 

automatically uninstalled and replaced.1)

1)Audio files recorded with SonicStage Ver.1.0-1.5 are automatically converted to SonicStage Ver.1.5 files. For safety sake, it is recommended that you back up your audio data with the back-up tool before doing the upgrade to SonicStage Ver.1.5.

Users with a SonicStage Premium installed

Installed Version

What to do

 

 

SonicStage Premium

Install SonicStage Ver.1.5. SonicStage Premium and

 

SonicStage Ver.1.5 can co-exist in the computer.

 

 

Users with a SonicStage Simple Burner installed

 

 

Installed Version

What to do

 

 

SonicStage Simple Burner

Install SonicStage Ver.1.5. SonicStage Simple Burner and

 

SonicStage Ver.1.5 can co-exist in the computer.

 

 

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Precautions on the co-existence of SonicStage Ver. 1.5 with OpenMG Jukebox Ver.2.2 or SonicStage Premium

Make sure the OpenMG Jukebox Ver.2.2 icon is not displayed in the task tray. If it is, the Net MD may not be recognized by your computer.

Audio data recorded on the computer are stored in a common file and used by both applications. Therefore, if you delete an audio file (e.g., one album) in one application, it will be deleted in the other software as well.

Precaution on using a computer on which OpenMG Jukebox Ver.1.0-2.1 or SonicStage Ver.1.0-1.2 is installed

After installing SonicStage Ver. 1.5, make sure you do not replace SonicStage Ver.1.5 with OpenMG Jukebox Ver.1.0-2.1 or SonicStage Ver.1.0-1.2, as all audio data in the Music Drive may be lost. If you begin the installation of OpenMG Jukebox Ver.1.0-2.1 or SonicStage Ver.1.0-1.2 by mistake, stop the installation immediately.

Note on hard disk drive space

120 MB or more free space on the hard disk drive is required. If your computer does not have enough space, the software will not be properly installed. The required free space differs according to the version of your Windows OS, or the amount of audio files that you handle.

Notes on system suspend/hibernation mode

If the computer changes to system suspend/hibernation mode during the recording of a CD or the checking in/out of a data file, the audio data may be lost or the computer may not wake up properly. The computer suspend/hibernation function should therefore be turned off.

If you change the media while the computer is in system suspend/hibernation mode, audio data may be lost after the computer wakes up.

If the computer changes to system suspend/hibernation mode, the computer may not recognize the Net MD when it wakes up. If this happens, disconnect the dedicated USB cable and reconnect it again.

Backing up the audio data

Before doing any procedure that may affect the operating system itself (such as a system recovery), you should back up all of your audio data with the [SonicStage backup tool] from the [Start] - [Programs] - [SonicStage].

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Uninstalling the SonicStage software

To uninstall the SonicStage software, follow the procedures below.

For Windows XP users

Log on with a user name with “Computer Administrator” as an attribute.

Refer to the operating instructions of your computer for details on logging on as an administrator.

1 Click [Start]–[Control Panel].

The “Control Panel” window appears.

2 Double-click [Add/Remove Programs].

The “Add/Remove Programs” dialog box appears.

3 Click [Change or Remove Programs].

4 Click [SonicStage 1.5.XX] in the “Currently Installed Programs” list, and then click [Change and Remove].

5 Click [OpenMG Secure Module 3.X]* in the “Currently Installed Programs” list, and then click [Change and Remove].

Do as instructed by the message and restart the computer. When the computer restarts, the uninstallation will be completed.

*If SonicStage Ver.1.5 is co-existing with OpenMG Jukebox Ver.2.2 or SonicStage Premium on your computer, and you uninstall one or the other, make sure [OpenMG Secure Module 3.X] is not uninstalled since it is commonly used with both software applications.

For Windows Millennium Edition/Windows 98 Second Edition users

1 Click [Start]–[Settings]–[Control Panel].

The “Control Panel” window appears.

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2 Double-click [Add/Remove Programs].

The Add/Remove Programs Properties window appears.

3 Click [SonicStage 1.5.XX] in the list of programs for automatic removal, and then click [Add/Remove].

4 Click [OpenMG Secure Module 3.X]* in the list of programs for automatic removal, and then click [Add/Remove].

Do as instructed by the message and restart the computer. When the computer restarts, the uninstallation will be completed.

For Windows 2000 users

Log on as “Administrator”, and then follow the instructions below.

Refer to the operating instructions of your computer for details on logging on as an administrator.

1 Click [Start]–[Settings]–[Control Panel].

The “Control Panel” window appears.

2 Double-click [Add/Remove Programs].

The “Add/Remove Programs” dialog box appears.

3 Click [Change or Remove Programs].

4 Click [SonicStage 1.5.XX] in the “Currently Installed Programs” list, and then click [Change/Remove].

5 Click [OpenMG Secure Module 3.X]* in the “Currently Installed Programs” list, and then click [Change/Remove].

Do as instructed by the message and restart the computer. When the computer restarts, the uninstallation will be completed.

*If SonicStage Ver.1.5 is co-existing with OpenMG Jukebox Ver.2.2 or SonicStage Premium on your computer, and you uninstall one or the other, make sure [OpenMG Secure Module 3.X] is not uninstalled since it is commonly used with both software applications.

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Troubleshooting

Please do the following steps if you encounter a problem while using the SonicStage software. In case a message appears, it is recommended that you write it down.

Step 1: Check the symptoms in this “Troubleshooting” section.

A variety of information can also be found in the operating procedures and “Settings and Precautions” (page 60) as well.

Step 2: Check the symptoms in the SonicStage 1.5 online help (page 58).

Check “Troubleshooting” under “Additional information” in the online help. Useful information may also be found in other sections in the online help.

Step 3: If the trouble cannot be solved after checking the above references.

Check the following table and then consult your nearest Aiwa dealer.

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Computer

Manufacturer:

Model:

Type: Desktop type / Laptop type

Name of operating system:

RAM capacity:

Hard disk drive (containing SonicStage and audio data)

Capacity of the drive:

Free space:

Installed folder containing SonicStage (if other than the default folder)1)

• Location of the installed folder:

Version of the software (SonicStage Ver.1.5)2):

Error Message (if one appeared):

If an externally connected CD-ROM drive is used

 

 

• Manufacturer:

 

 

• Model:

 

 

• Type: CD-ROM / CD-R/RW / DVD-ROM / Other (

)

 

• Type of connection to the computer: PC card / USB / IEEE1394 / Other (

)

If another device with USB connection is used

Name of the device (or devices):

1)If you do not specify the destination, the software is installed at C:\Program Files\Sony\SonicStage.

2)To check the SonicStage software version, go to [Menu] - [About SonicStage] in the SonicStage window, or see the version information on the supplied CD-ROM.

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If your computer does not recognize the Net MD

Is the Net MD connected correctly to your computer?

If the Net MD is not firmly connected to the computer, the Net MD will not be recognized by your computer.

Reconnect the dedicated USB cable. If the computer still does not recognize the Net MD, disconnect the Net MD, restart the computer, and connect the dedicated USB cable again.

Is an MD inserted in the Net MD?

Check if an MD is inserted in the Net MD.

If your computer does not recognize your Net MD even when the Net MD is connected and a disc is inserted, the Net MD driver may not be correctly installed.

Go to the [USB Controller] in the Windows Device Manager window to verify that your Net MD is correctly recognized.

A [!] mark in the Device Manager window indicates that your Net MD is not correctly recognized. Reinstall the Net MD driver.

1 Click [Start]–[Settings]–[Control Panel].1) 2 Double click [System] in the control panel.2)

3 Click the [Hardware]3) tab, and then click [Device Manager].

The Device Manager window appears.

1)In Windows XP, select [Start]–[Control Panel].

2)In Windows XP, double click [System] if the control panel is in the “classic” format, or click [Performance and Maintenance] and then [System] if the control panel is in the “category” format.

3)Depending on your system, the [Hardware] tab may not be provided. In this case, click the [Device Manager] tab to display the Device Manager window.

If the installation was not successful

Be sure to close all Windows applications before you start the installation.

If you start the installation while other programs are running, a malfunction may occur. This is especially true for programs that require large amounts of system resources, such as virus-check software.

Be sure not to connect the Net MD to your computer before you start the installation.

If the dedicated USB cable is connected to your computer before the installation, the installation cannot be done correctly. Connect the dedicated USB cable after the installation completed.

Make sure your computer has enough hard disk drive space.

120 MB of free space or more on the hard disk drive is required. If your computer does not have enough space, the installation may not be possible.

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If the installation seems to be stopped

It may take 30 minutes or more for the installation to complete, depending on your computer or CD-ROM drive.

During the installation, watch out for the occurrence of any of the following problems.

Problem

Cause/Remedy

 

 

The installation appears to have

Check for the appearance of an error message beneath

stopped before it has

the installation window.

completed.

t Press the [Tab] key while holding down the [Alt]

 

key. If an error message has appeared, press the [Enter]

 

key. The installation will resume. If there is no

 

message, the installation is still in progress. Wait a little

 

while longer.

 

 

The progress bar on the display

The installation is progressing normally. Please wait.

is not moving. The access lamp

 

has not lit for a few minutes.

 

 

 

If the installation is still unsuccessful after all that you have done.

The installation can be done by copying all files to the hard disk as follows:

1Create a new folder on the hard disc.

2Insert the supplied CD-ROM (SonicStage Ver.1.5) into the CD-ROM drive.

3When the installation window appears, click [Exit] to cancel the installation.

4Right-click the start menu and start up Explorer.

5Select [SS15E] on the CD-ROM drive, and then click [Edit] -[Select All].

6Click [Edit]-[Copy to Folder] (or [Edit]-[Copy]) to copy all files to the folder that you created in step 1.

7Remove the CD-ROM from the CD-ROM drive, open the folder that was copied to the hard disk and double-click [setup.exe].

8When the installation window appears, follow the displayed instructions to install [SonicStage 1.5].

— The installation may be done by installing the software from [Start]-[Run].

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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.

Till now, MiniDiscs could be used to record only analog sources (through a microphone or analog input) or PCM sources such as CDs. Recording audio files on a computer was impossible. However, thanks to SonicStage and other music management software based on such copyright protection technology as “OpenMG”1) and “MagicGate”2), conversion of audio files to the ATRAC or ATRAC33) format used on MDs became possible, enabling the recording of computer files to MDs.

1)Copyright protection technology for managing audio data recorded on computers, etc.

2)Technology for verifying the copyright-protection status of audio data in check-out/check-in operations between a computer and a Net MD device.

3)File type for recording to an MD.

How does the SonicStage software make using MDs more convenient?

It allows you to record audio data from your computer to your MD.

Editing operations are easily done using on-screen operations.

Labeling: Allows use of keyboard for easy labeling of contents.

Moving tracks or groups: Allows tracks or groups to be moved simply by dragging and dropping. Track movements are easy to see.

Group settings: Groups are easy to create or release.

These operations can be used to edit tracks on a disc in the Net MD. If you want to edit the contents of an MD, connect the Net MD to your computer, and edit the tracks in the SonicStage Device/Media window.

Can tracks recorded on the Net MD be checked in to a computer?

No, they cannot.

Audio data that was originally checked out from a computer can only be checked back into the same computer. Tracks that are recorded on the Net MD using a microphone or through an analog or digital connection cannot be transferred to the computer or copied.

Computer k MiniDisc : OK.

MiniDisc k Computer : OK only for tracks originally checked out from the computer.

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On copyright protection

The OpenMG technology* allows you to enjoy digital music, while maintaining the copyrights of its holders. OpenMG Jukebox encrypts audio files in OpenMG format and stores them on the hard disk of your computer to prevent unauthorized distribution.

*The copyright protection technology of this software conforms to SDMI (Secure Digital Music Initiative) specifications.

This software places some restrictions on recording and playback to protect copyrights.

You can check in audio files only to the same computer from which they were checked out. They cannot be copied or checked in to other computers.

For details, see “Features by copyright protection by OpenMG” (page 72).

You can check-in audio files only to the computer which they were checked out.

Check-out can be made for three times.

You cannot copy or move audio files to another computer.

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Restrictions on audio content

High-quality digital audio content is widely available through music distribution services on the Internet. To protect the copyrights of its holders from unauthorized distribution, some audio content is distributed with certain restrictions on recording and playback. For example, the playback period or playback count for the data may be limited. In such cases, checking out of the audio contents may not be possible.

Depending on the contents, some audio data that could be checked out are subject to editing restrictions on the Net MD; e.g., audio contents cannot be erased or track marks cannot be added or erased.

It is not possible to check in tracks other than those that were checked out from your computer (for example, tracks recorded using a microphone or through analog or digital connection).

Features by copyright protection by OpenMG

The SonicStage software features OpenMG, a copyright protection technology developed by Sony to protect music copyrights. OpenMG uses high-level cryptographic technology to protect music contents with computers.

Users should be aware of the restrictions described below.

Music recorded on the hard disk using the SonicStage software cannot be played when copied to other computers.

Installation of the same SonicStage software to other computers is not permitted.

Usage Rules

If Usage Rules are included in the music by way of the copyright holder or the distributor, operation will be restricted to use permitted by the Usage Rule. For music, such as compact discs, that does not contain a Usage Rule, the Default Usage Rule of SDMI will apply. This Default Usage Rule states that one file can be checked out up to three times only.

On music contents that are not compatible with the SonicStage software

Under the supervision of SDMI, this software prohibits recording of music with a copy prohibition signal.

Upgrading SonicStage software

This software was developed in accordance with the current arrangement between Sony and SDMI. If this arrangement is modified in the future, some of the software functions may become unavailable. Sony may offer an upgrade kit in this case at additional user expense.

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Glossary

ATRAC3

ATRAC3, which stands for Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding3, is audio compression technology that satisfies the demand for high sound quality and high compression rates. The ATRAC3 compression rate is approximately 10 times higher than that of the Audio CD, resulting an increased data capacity for the media.

“Check-In /Check-Out”

Check-out is to transfer music files from a personal computer to an external device/media (such as a Net MD). Returning checked-out music files to the same computer is to check in. (You cannot move checked-out music files to another computer.)

You can check out a music file, check it back in, and then check it out again an infinite number of times. The SDMI rules provide that up to four copies of a music file can be checked out at one time. OpenMG employs a method whereby three copies of a song can be checked out simultaneously, while the fourth copy is maintained as a master on your PC.

Electronic Music Distribution (EMD) service*

EMD is a website that distributes music files which are available for purchase.

The use of EMD services requires installation of player software on your computer. Audio files should be downloaded in a format that is supported by the SonicStage software (such as Label Gate MQ format). For details on EMD services support by SonicStage, please contact to the respective companies.

* EMD may not be available in certain areas of the world.

MP3

MP3, which stands for MPEG-1 Audio Layer3, is a standard for audio file compression determined by the Motion Picture Experts Group, an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) working group. It enables compression of audio files to about 1/10 of the data size of a standard compact disc. Since the MP3 encoding algorithm is disclosed, there are various encoders/decoders that are compliant with this standard, including freeware that is available for no charge. The MP3 standard is therefore widely used in the computer field.

Music Drive

Music Drive is a music database for managing audio data on a computer. In Music Drive, audio files can be managed along with such information as artist names, track names, and CD jacket images, or can be combined and categorized in different playlists.

OpenMG

Copyright protection technology for the import and management of musical content from distribution services or CDs. By using software that are compliant with OpenMG, audio contents can be encrypted before storage on a hard disk drive to allow playback of those audio files on that computer. OpenMG also prevents the unauthorized distribution of the contents via the Internet or other networks.

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Playlist

A playlist is like a container that can be used to hold and categorize files stored in Music Drive. For example, by making a “jazz” playlist and then putting your favorite jazz tracks into the playlist, you can play all of the tracks repeatedly or check them all out at the same time.

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 rate can be selected for recording an audio CD or converting MP3 and WAV format audio files into ATRAC3 format from among three rates: 132 kbps, 105 kbps or 66 kbps. In the case of 105 kbps, 105,000 bits of information is processed per second. If the bit rate is large, that means a large amount of information is used to play the music. Thus, 105 kbps data produces better sound quality than 66 kbps data, and 132 kbps data provides better sound quality than 105 kbps data. However, audio files in formats such as MP3 have different encoding methods, and so the sound quality is not determined by the bit rate alone.

SDMI

SDMI, which stands for Secure Digital Music Initiative, is a forum that consists of over 130 companies in the fields of recorded audio content, computers, and consumer electronics. It is dedicated to the development of integrated copyright protection technology that can be used worldwide.

SDMI is working to create a framework for preventing the improper usage of audio files and to promote legal music distribution services. The copyright protection technology OpenMG is based on the SDMI standard.

Windows Media Technology (WMT)

This is a technology that includes a contents management system called Windows Media Rights Manager which encrypts contents and distributes music contents along with their conditions for usage, distribution, etc. Copyright-protected audio files supported by Windows Media Technology (WMT) cannot be converted to the ATRAC3 format and coded in the OpenMG format.

Windows Media Audio (WMA)

This is an audio compression technology that includes the management system called “Windows Media Rights Manager”. Windows Media Audio (WMA) format files supported by Window Media Technology (WMT) cannot be converted to the ATRAC3 format and coded in the OpenMG format.

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Index

A

Accessories

optional 34 supplied 9

ATRAC3 70, 73

Audio CD 42, 51

B

back up 63 Backlight 28 Battery

battery life 15, 30 dry battery 14

rechargeable battery 13 BEEP 26

C

CD-ROM 45

Charging 13 Check-in 70, 73

Check-out 54, 70, 73 Cleaning 32 Connecting 49

when charging 13 copyright protection 71

D

delete (software) 64 Device/Media 54, 59 Digital Sound Equalizer 20 Digital Speed Control 21 DSP TYPE-S 40

E

E.A.S.S. GP 24 EAR GUARD 27 EMD services 73

G

Group

play 23 skip 23

Group Program Play 24

H

hard disk

free space 45, 63 storing 51

I

Installing 47

L

labeling 53

M

Menus 29 MP3 73

Music Drive 51, 73

N

Net MD 43, 70 Net MD driver 68

O

Online help 58 OpenMG 73

OpenMG Jukebox software 46, 62

P

Play mode

groups 23 tracks 18

Playback Information Memory 28 Playlist 54, 74

Program Play 19

Q

Quick mode 27

R

Recording mode (Bit rate) 52, 55, 74 Recording navigation window 51

S

SDMI 74

SonicStage Premium 46, 62

SonicStage software (earlier version) 46, 62 start (software) 50

System environment 45 System limitations 45

T

Transferring

to the computer 50 to the Net MD 54

U

Uninstalling

Windows 2000 65

Windows 98 Second Edition 64

Windows Millennium Edition 64 Windows XP 64

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USB

cable 9

V

Virtual Surround 20

W

Windows 2000 61, 65

Windows 98 Second Edition 61, 64 Windows Millennium Edition 61, 64 Windows XP 60, 64

WMA 74

WMT 74

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