Battery Life: 12 Hr when using recording STSP setting (high quality). File size (128 kbps mp3) will be about 1 megabyte/minute. Playback time: Speaker 27 hr, Headphones 67 hr. Battery life is indicated by a small battery icon, all black means fully charged.
Storage Space for Recording (4 GB) at STSP setting = 70 hours (If you need longer time, set recorder to STLP (48 kbps mp3) mode = 189 hours) Remaining recording time is displayed in front. STLP setting is acceptable for voice interviews.
1. Turn recorder on by sliding the HOLD - POWER switch, on the side, away from the microphones. Wait for the display.
2. Press the RED record button. This will start the recording, the RED light will go on.
3. To stop recording, push the STOP button, RED light will go off.
4. You should monitor the recording before starting, if possible. Press the RED record button twice rapidly. This will put the recorder in RECORD PAUSE mode, RED light and display will blink. Plug the headphones into the recorder, and ensure the recording volume is high enough. You can adjust the headphone level with the VOL rocker switch on the side. A good setting is about 20.
NOTE: When you adjust the headphone volume, you are not adjusting the recording volume, only the playback.
5. When you are ready to record, press the RED button again. The RED light will stay on, and ecorded time display will advance (Hours:Minutes:Seconds)
6. To pause in the same recording, push the RED record button once. The RED light and display will flash.
7. Push the RECORD button again to start re-recording.
8. To end the recording, push the square STOP button.
9. The difference between PAUSE and STOP is that PAUSE will result in one file, while STOP will create a new file.
10. There are 10 folders you can record to, changed with the FOLDER button, suggested you only use Folder 1.
1. Push the PLAY button (in the center of the ring), the last recording will be played.
2. Push the STOP button, or the PLAY button again, to stop playback. Push PLAY again to re-start playback.
3. Each recording is numbered, the total number of recordings is also displayed, i.e.: 14/20. To play an earlier, or later recording, use the REVERSE and FORWARD keys on each side of the PLAY button.
4. Playback volume control is from the VOL rocker button.
TURNING THE RECORDER OFF
To turn the recorder off, slide and hold the HOLD - POWER button until the display goes off.
COPYING THE FILES TO A COMPUTER
1. Turn the recorder off.
2. Slide the USB Connector out of the recorder. Connect the recorder to the computer using the USB extension cable.
3. The recorder will show up on the computer as a USB drive. Copy the mp3 files from the VOICE/FOLDERs/ to the computer.
4. You can also delete the files from the recorder in this manner, but do not rename them while they are in the recorder.
5. When you are done, unmount the recorder as you would a USB drive, do NOT just pull it out.
6. Slide the USB Connector back into the recorder, and turn it off.
1. Initially, the recorder is set to "High Recording Level", and is very sensitive, and should be adequate for most interviews.
2. For interviews, find a location with as little ambient noise as possible. The recorder sensitivity can be changed in the MIC SENSITIVITY menu. The microphones work best within an axis 90 degrees on each side of directly forward.
3. Tthe recorder is very sensitive to handling noises, place it on a surface if you can, off the table. If you have to hold it, hold it in the bottom half, and move your fingers as little as possible.
4. If you are recording outside, stay out of the wind.
5. When in doubt, always check the recording level with the headphones.
To edit the files, you can use the free Audacity program (Mac and PC), download from http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Documentation here: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/documentation
On a Mac, you can use the free GarageBand.
REPLACING THE BATTERIES
The battery cover is located at the bottom of the recorder. It slides off. The recorder takes one AAA battery.
Observe the correct polarity (+ and -) when inserting it.
ACCESSING THE MENU: Hold the Menu button down for a few seconds. To get out of Menu mode, press the Menu button.
MANUAL: Link to Official Sony Manual at http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/model-documents.pl?mdl=ICDUX300&LOC=3