LS-12

Olympus LS-12 manual

LS-12

User manual for the Olympus LS-12 in English. This PDF manual has 100 pages.

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EN Thank you for purchasing an Olympus Digital Voice Recorder. Please read these instructions for information about using the product correctly and safely. Keep the instructions handy for future reference. To ensure successful recording, we recommend that you test the record function and volume before use. LINEAR PCM RECORDER LS-14/LS-12 Linear PCM Recorder Linear PCM Recorder DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS
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2 EN • The contents of this document are subject to change without notice. Contact our Customer Support Center for the latest information relating to product names and model numbers. • Illustrations of the screen and the recorder shown in this manual may differ from the actual product. The utmost care has been taken to ensure the integrity of this document but should you happen to find a questionable item, error or omission, please contact our Customer Support Center. • Olympus does not accept any liability for passive damages or damage of any kind incurred due to data loss resulting from a defect of the product, repair performed by a third party other than Olympus or an Olympus authorized service station, or for any other reason. Trademarks and registered trademarks ▌ • IBM and PC/AT are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. • Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. • Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. • SD and SDHC are registered trademarks of SD Card Association. • MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology is licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson. • The tuner and metronome technologies are realized using“CRIWARE”from CRI Middleware Co., Ltd. Other product and brand names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Introduction
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3 EN Introduction P.2 Getting started P.10 About recording P.26 About playback P.40 File management P.48 Menu setting P.64 About the tuner P.80 Using the recorder on your PC P.82 Other information P.89 INDEX ▌ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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4 EN Introduction Safety precautions .................................. 6 1 Getting started Main features..........................................10 Identification of parts...........................12 Display (LCD panel)..........................................13 Inserting batteries.................................15 Turning on/off the power.....................16 HOLD........................................................17 Setting the time and date [Time & Date]......................................18 Inserting and ejecting an SD card......20 Inserting an SD card........................................20 Ejecting an SD card..........................................21 [Home] screen operations ...................22 Notes on the folders..............................24 Selecting folders and files....................25 2 About recording Recording tips for each instrument ...26 Recording................................................28 [QUICK] mode.....................................................28 [SMART] mode....................................................29 [MANUAL] mode...............................................30 Dividing a file while recording..................34 Using the overdubbing function............35 Using the metronome function...............36 Recording from an external microphone or other device..............................................38 3 About playback Playback..................................................40 Changing the playback speed..................43 Setting an index mark or a temp mark....................................................44 How to begin segment repeat playback............................................46 Table of contents
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5 EN Table of contents 4 File management Editing [OPTION]....................................48 Moving/Copying a file [Move/Copy]...................................................48 Protecting a file [File Lock]...........................51 Dividing a file [File Divide]...........................54 Partially erasing a file [Partial Erase].......56 Trimming a file [Trimming] (LS-14 only)......................................................58 Confirming a file in memory [Property]..........................................................60 Erasing.....................................................61 Erasing a file..........................................................61 Erasing multiple files at once.....................62 5 Menu setting Menu setting method...........................64 , Rec Menu.........................................................66 - Play Menu........................................................70 . LCD/Sound Menu.......................................71 / Device Menu.................................................72 Guidance [Voice Guide] (LS-14 only)....74 Changing the time and date [Time & Date].................................................75 Changing the USB class [USB Settings].................................................76 Formatting the recorder [Format]...........78 6 About the tuner Using the tuning function....................80 7 Using the recorder on your PC Operating environment .......................82 Connecting to your PC..........................84 Disconnecting from your PC......................85 Transferring voice files to your PC......86 Usage as external memory of your PC............................................88 8 Other information Alarm message list ................................89 Troubleshooting....................................91 Accessories (optional)...........................94 Specifications.........................................95 Technical assistance and support.......99
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6 EN Before using your new recorder, read this manual carefully to ensure that you know how to operate it safely and correctly. Keep this manual in an easily accessible location for future reference. • The warning symbols indicate important safety related information. To protect yourself and others from personal injury or damage to property, it is essential that you always read the warnings and information provided. f Danger: If the product is used without observing the information given under this symbol, serious injury or death may result. fWarning: If the product is used without observing the information given under this symbol, injury or death may result. f Caution: If the product is used without observing the information given under this symbol, minor personal injury, damage to the equipment, or loss of valuable data may result. Cautions relating to the operating environment • Do not leave the product where it will be subject to high temperatures and/or humidity such as in a car parked in direct sunlight or at the seashore in summer. • Do not store the product in a humid or dusty place. • If the product gets wet, immediately wipe water off with a dry cloth. Especially avoid salt. • Do not use organic solvent such as alcohol or thinner for cleaning. • Do not place the product on or near a television set, refrigerator, or other electric appliance. • Ensure that no sand or mud gets on the product. Sand or mud may cause irreparable damage. • Do not apply strong vibration or shock to the product. • Do not use the product where it will get wet. • Do not put a magnetic card (such as bank card) near the speaker or headphones. Data recorded in the magnetic card may be damaged. • When installing a tripod, rotate the screws on the tripod rather than the recorder. Notes on data loss • Data recorded in the memory could be damaged or erased due to a wrong operation, device failure, repair or other cause. It is recommended to save important data in the hard disk of your PC or other media for backup. • Olympus bears no liability for any damage or lost earnings incurred by data loss due to a failure, repair by a third party not certified by Olympus, or other reason. Safety precautions
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7 EN Safety precautions Notes on record files • Olympus bears no liability even if a record file is erased or becomes unplayable due to a failure of the recorder or PC. • Recorded contents can be used for personal use only. It is prohibited by the Copyright law to use copyrighted work for other purposes without permission from the owner. Handling the recorder fWarning: s Do not use the product where there may be flammable or explosive gas in the air. Doing so could cause an ignition or explosion. s Do not use or store the product for a long time where there is a lot of dust, humidity, oil, smoke, or steam. Doing so could cause a fire or electric shock. s Do not disassemble, repair, or modify the product. Doing so could cause an electric shock or injury. s If the product falls into water or if water, metal or a flammable foreign object gets into the product, perform the following steps: 1 Immediately remove the battery. 2 Contact your dealer or the Olympus Service Station for service. Continuing to use it could cause a fire or electric shock. s Do not insert a card other than SD or SDHC card into the recorder. If you accidentally insert such a card, do not try to forcibly remove it but contact our repair center or service station. s Do not operate the product while driving a vehicle (such as bicycle, motorbike or car). Doing so could cause a traffic accident. s Do not leave the product within the reach of infants or children. When using the product near them, take extra care and do not carelessly leave the product unattended. Children cannot understand warnings and cautions. In addition, the following accidents could happen: – Accidentally wrap the earphone cord around the neck and suffocate – Perform a wrong operation, causing injury or electric shock s Avoid using the product in an airplane, hospital, or other place where use of electric devices is restricted. Or, follow the instructions given at the site. s When carrying the recorder by a strap, ensure that it does not get caught on other items.
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8 EN Safety precautions Battery handling precautions f Danger: s Do not put the battery near fire. s Do not throw the battery into fire or heat it. Doing so could cause a fire, blowout or ignition. s Do not directly solder, deform, modify or disassemble the battery. s Do not connect the positive and negative terminals. Doing so could cause heat generation, electric shock or fire. s When carrying or storing the battery, always put it into the case to protect the terminals. Do not carry or store it with a key chain or other metal item. Doing so could cause heat generation, electric shock or fire. s Do not directly connect the battery to the power outlet or the slot of car cigarette lighter. s Do not use or leave the battery at a place with high temperatures such as under direct sunlight, in the car in the hot sun, or near a heater. Doing so could cause a fire, burn or injury due to liquid leak, heat generation, blowout or other reason. f Caution: s Do not turn the volume up before starting operation. Doing so could cause a hearing problem or hearing loss. s Stop using the product if you notice an abnormality such as unusual odor, abnormal sound, or smoke. Continuing to use the product could cause a fire or burn. Immediately remove the battery carefully not to get burned and contact your dealer, our repair center or service station (Do not touch the battery with bare hands when removing it. In addition, remove the battery outdoors away from combustible materials). s Do not leave the product where it will be subject to high temperatures. Doing so could cause deterioration of parts or a fire. s Do not touch the metal part of the product for a long time when the ambient temperature is low. Doing so could damage your skin. Avoid touching the product with bare hands if possible and use gloves or other protective gear at low temperatures.
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9 EN Safety precautions fWarning: s Do not touch or hold the battery with wet hands. Doing so could cause an electric shock or failure. s Do not use a battery whose package is scratched or damaged. Doing so could cause a blowout or heat generation. s Do not insert the batteries with the =/- polarity reversed. Doing so may cause fluid leakage, heat generation, fire or bursting. – Do not use a battery whose outer seal (insulating cover) is torn. – Remove the batteries if you are not going to use the recorder for an extended period of time. – When a battery is depleted, cover the contacts with tape to insulate them and dispose of the battery as general waste in accordance with local regulations. – Remove expended batteries from the unit at once. Leaving them in the unit may result in fluid leakage. s If battery fluid gets into your eyes, flush your eyes immediately with clean, cold running water and seek medical attention immediately. s Do not leave the battery within the reach of infants or children. They could swallow the battery. If this happens, immediately consult a doctor. s If you notice an abnormality such as abnormal sound, abnormally high temperature, burnt odor or smoke during use, perform the following steps: 1 Immediately remove the battery carefully. 2 Contact your dealer or the Olympus Service Station for service. Leaving it could cause a fire or burn. s Do not soak the battery in freshwater or seawater or let the terminals get wet. s If a battery leaks, becomes discolored or deformed, or becomes abnormal in any other way during operation, stop using the recorder. s If a battery leaks fluid onto your clothing or skin, remove the clothing and flush the affected area with clean, cold running water immediately. If the fluid burns your skin, seek medical attention immediately. f Caution: s Do not apply a strong shock to the battery or throw it. s Please recycle batteries to help save our planet’s resources. When disposing of dead batteries, be sure to cover their terminals and always observe local laws and regulations.
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1 Main features 10 EN Smart mode ([SMART]) for facilitating ▌ high-quality recording The [SMART] Mode detects the maximum volume input during a set time interval and automatically optimizes the recording level. Once the set time interval has elapsed, recording automatically starts. This means that even sudden increases in the volume of the sound source can be recorded without distortion. Main features Getting started Mode dial for easy setting adjustment to ▌ suit your usage The Mode dial allows you to easily change the recording setting in accordance with the conditions of use. Four modes are available: • [QUICK] mode: In this mode the recording level will be adjusted automatically. • [SMART] mode: In this mode the recording level will be adjusted automatically to the optimum level to suit the volume input within the set time. • [MANUAL] mode: In this mode the recording level can be adjusted manually. • Tuning Mode (v) to measure the difference between the source and the reference. Linear PCM Recording feature with ▌ recording quality at least equal to a CD This feature is capable of realistically recording various different sound sources. High resolution recording at a high sampling frequency and bit count equivalent or superior to that of a music CD (Sampling frequency 44.1 kHz, Bit count 16bit) is possible. Tresmic, a triple microphone system that ▌ enables high-quality recording of all sound frequencies from low to high (LS-14 only) This system enables high-quality recording of the full range of sounds, from bass to treble. The combination of a high performance stereo microphone with a center microphone that enriches the bass enables wideband recording between 20Hz and 20,000Hz that is closer to the original sound.
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1 Main features 11 EN Main features Metronome function ▌ This feature can be used as a rhythm guide during recording. A brand-new microphone design with ▌ maximum sound pressure of 130dBspl The new built-in microphones with acoustic resistance of 130dBspl are designed to produce high-quality and immersive recordings without clipping even when recording live shows and concerts. The new high-sensitivity and low-noise stereo microphones faithfully capture the original sound. Stereo microphones are fixed at a 90° angle to allow natural and expansive stereo recording. Various other recording functions ▌ In addition to the normal recording modes, two other functions can be selected: Overdubbing and Pre-recording. You can select the recording mode and function according to your use: recording of musical instrument practice, field recording, and so on. File dividing function ▌ You can divide files after recording (PCM, MP3) or during recording (PCM). File trimming function (LS-14 only) ▌ You can trim portions of files (PCM) and keep only the part you want. Partial erase function ▌ You can erase part of a PCM-format file that has been recorded with this recorder. Large high-definition backlit display ▌ Chromatic tuning function ▌ This feature can be used to tune musical instruments. You can use the recorder as a tuning meter to tune musical instruments.
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1 Identification of parts 12 EN q - = e r t y u * ( ) 3 4 5 6 8 9 7 0 ! @ # $ % ^ & w 2 1 Identification of parts 1 Built-in stereo microphone 2 Built-in center microphone (LS-14 only) 3 MIC (Microphone) jack 4 LINE IN jack 5 Card cover 6 STOP/w (4) button 7 REC (s) (Record) button, Recording indicator light (LED) 8 MENU button 9 Mode dial 0 PEAK indicator light (LED) ! LED indicator light @ Display (LCD panel) # F1 button, F2 button, F3 button $ PLAY (`) button % + button ^ 0 button & OK button * ERASE button ( – button ) 9 button - Battery cover = Battery cover release button q Tripod socket w Built-in speaker
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1 Identification of parts 13 EN Identification of parts 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 Folder list screen ▌ File list screen ▌ 1 Total number of recorded files in the folder 2 Battery indicator 3 Folder name 4 Function guide indicator 1 Current folder name 2 Battery indicator 3 File name 4 Function guide indicator e EAR (Earphone) jack r REMOTE jack Connect the receiver of the exclusive remote control set RS30W (optional). This enables operation of the start and stop recording functions through the remote control. t USB connector y POWER/HOLD switch u Strap hole Display (LCD panel)
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1 Identification of parts 14 EN Identification of parts 1 2 3 7 4 5 6 8 9 File screen ▌ 1 Current file name 2 Battery indicator 3 [OVERdub] indicator, Metronome indicator, Folder name 4 Recorder status indicator [H REC]: Record indicator [G PAUSE]: Pause indicator [F STOP]: Stop indicator [E PLAY]: Play indicator [I FF]: Forwarding indicator [J REW]: Rewinding indicator [X F.PLAY]: F. Play indicator [Y S.PLAY]: S. Play indicator 5 Remaining memory bar indicator, Playback position bar indicator 6 Level meter 7 Function guide indicator 8 Remaining recording time, File length 9 Elapsed recording time, Elapsed playback time
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1 Inserting batteries 15 EN Inserting batteries Notes • Manganese batteries may not be used in this recorder. • Be sure to turn off the recorder before replacing the batteries. Unloading the batteries while the recorder is in use may cause a malfunction such as corrupting the file, etc. If you take out the batteries while recording, you will lose your currently recorded file because the file header will not be able to close. • If it takes longer than 15 minutes to replace the dead batteries or if you take the batteries in and out repeatedly at short intervals, you may have to re-enter the battery and time settings. • Remove the batteries if you are not going to use the recorder for an extended period of time. • When you are playing a file from the built-in speaker, the recorder may turn off depending on the volume level due to the reduced voltage output of the batteries even if [L] is displayed in the battery indicator. In this case, lower the volume of the recorder. This recorder can be used with AA Alkaline Batteries. 1 Press the battery cover release button, and then slide the battery cover open while lightly pressing it down. 2 Insert the batteries, observing the correct = and - polarities. 3 Close the battery cover completely by pushing the cover downwards in direction A while sliding it in direction B. Battery indicator The battery indicator on the display changes as the batteries lose power. • When [N] appears on the display, replace the batteries as soon as possible. When the batteries are too weak, [Battery Low] will appear on the display and the recorder will shut down. For customers in Germany: Olympus has a contract with the GRS (Joint Battery Disposal Association) in Germany to ensure environmentally friendly disposal.
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1 Turning on/off the power 16 EN Turning on/off the power When the recorder is not being used, turn the power off to reduce battery consumption. Existing data, mode settings, and clock settings are not lost when the power is turned off. Turning on the power ▌ While the recorder is turned off, slide the POWER/HOLD switch in the direction of the arrow. Power save mode If the recorder is on but is not used for 10 minutes or longer (default), the display shuts off and the recorder goes into power save mode (☞ P.72). • To exit power save mode, press any button. • The power turns off. Turning off the power ▌ Slide the POWER/HOLD switch in the direction of the arrow, and hold it for 1 second or longer. • The power turns on.
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1 HOLD 17 EN HOLD If you set the recorder to HOLD mode, the current settings will be preserved and all buttons will be disabled. This feature is useful when the recorder has to be carried in a bag or pocket. This mode can also prevent you from accidentally stopping recording. Setting the recorder to HOLD mode ▌ Slide the POWER/HOLD switch to the [HOLD] position. Exiting HOLD mode ▌ Slide the POWER/HOLD switch to the A position. • After [Hold] appears on the display, the recorder is set to HOLD mode. Notes • If you press any button while the recorder is in HOLD mode, the clock screen lights for 2 seconds, but the recorder does not operate. • If HOLD is applied during playback (recording), operation is disabled with the playback (recording) state unchanged (When playback has ended or recording has ended due to the remaining memory being used up, the recorder stops). • The recorder can be effectively operated via the exclusive remote control set RS30W (optional), even when it is in HOLD mode.
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1 1 2 3 Setting the time and date [Time & Date] 18 EN Setting the time and date [Time & Date] When you use the recorder for the first time, or when the battery is inserted after the recorder has not been used for a long time, [Set time & date] will appear. When “Hour” is flashing, conduct setup from Step 1. 1 Press the 9 or 0 button to select the item you want to set. • Select“Hour”,“Minute”,“Year”,“Month”or “Day”by moving the flashing position. 2 Press the + or − button to change the value. • Follow the same steps by pressing the 9 or 0 button to select the next item, and pressing the + or − button to change the value. • You can select between 12 and 24 hour display by pressing the F2 button while setting the hour and minute. Example: 10:38 P.M 10:38 PM (Initial setting) 22:38 • You can select the order of“Month”,“Day” and“Year”by pressing the F2 button while setting these items. If you set the time and date before using the recorder, recording time and date information is automatically stored for each file. Setting the time and date beforehand enables easier file management.
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1 Setting the time and date [Time & Date] 19 EN Setting the time and date [Time & Date] Example: March 24, 2012 3M 24D 2012Y (Initial setting) 24D 3M 2012Y 2012Y 3M 24D 3 Press the OK button to complete the setting. • The clock will start from the set date and time. Press the OK button when you want the clock to start. Notes • If you press the OK button during the setup operation, the recorder will save the items that were set to that point. • After setup, a message will sound prompting you to select [Off], if voice guidance is not required and the screen will go into [Voice Guide] (☞ P.74) setup. If you don’t want the guidance feature, select [Off] (LS-14 only). While the recorder is in stop mode at the [Home] screen, press and hold the STOP/w (4) button to display [Time & date] and [Remain]. If the current time and date are not correct, set them using the time and date setting. See “Changing the time and date [Time & Date]” (☞ P.75).
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1 Inserting and ejecting an SD card 20 EN Inserting and ejecting an SD card 2 With the SD card facing the correct way, insert it into the card slot as shown in the diagram. “SD” indicated in the instruction manual refers to both SD and SDHC. This recorder enables you to store data not only to the internal memory but also to a commercially available SD card. Inserting an SD card 1 While the recorder is in stop mode, open the card cover. • Insert the SD card, keeping it straight. • Inserting the SD card in the wrong way or at an angle could damage the contact area or cause the SD card to jam. • If the SD card is not inserted all the way, data may not be recorded on the SD card. • When you insert the SD card, the recording media changeover screen will appear. 3 Close the card cover securely. 4 To record on an SD card, press the + or − button and select [Yes]. 5 Press the OK button to complete the setting. Terminal surface Notes • It is possible to switch the recording media over to the internal memory (☞ P.72). • In some cases SD cards that have been formatted (initialized) by another device, such as a computer, may not be recognized. Be sure to format SD cards with this recorder before using them (☞ P.78). • Battery life may be shorter when using an SD card (☞ P.98).
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1 LOCK Inserting and ejecting an SD card 21 EN Inserting and ejecting an SD card Ejecting an SD card 1 While the recorder is in stop mode, open the card cover. 2 Push the SD card inward to unlock it, and let it eject partially. The SD card is visibly out of the slot and can be removed safely. Notes • Quickly moving your finger away after pushing the SD card inward may cause it to eject forcefully out of the slot. • Some SD cards or SDHC cards may not be recognized correctly depending on the manufacturer or type of card due to compatibility issues with this recorder. • See the Olympus website for a list of SD cards that have been confirmed to operate with this recorder in conditions prescribed by Olympus. The website http://olympus-imaging.jp/ introduces manufacturers and types of SD cards confirmed to be compatible. Please note, however, this is not meant to guarantee that SD cards will operate. Some SD cards may not be recognized correctly due to circumstances such as changes in manufacturer specifications. • Always read the instructions that come with your SD card before using it. • If an SD card is not recognized, remove the SD card and then insert it again to see if the recorder recognizes the SD card. • Processing speed may be slower with some types of SD cards. Processing performance may also be reduced due to repeated writing and deleting. If that happens, reformat the SD card (☞ P.78). • If you eject the SD card when [Memory Select] is set to [SD card], [Memory Select] will automatically change to [Internal memory selected]. 3 Close the card cover securely. SD card When the write protection switch is set to [LOCK], you cannot record or erase files. Write protection switch
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1 [Home] screen operations 22 EN [Home] screen operations When you turn on the recorder, the [Home] screen will be displayed. The [Home] screen is the main screen used for accessing each function. In addition, you can also verify the current settings for recording and playback. Switching functions ▌ Recording starts A In [SMART] mode, recording starts automatically when the countdown by the automatic adjustment function ends. [QUICK], [SMART] mode (☞ P.28, P.29) [MANUAL] mode (☞ P.30) Recording pauses Recording starts [Home] screen Press the REC (s) button to start recording. Press the PLAY (`) button to start playback. Playback starts File list screen
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1 [Home] screen operations 23 EN 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1 [Home] screen operations Verifying the current settings ▌ Press and hold the F3 (INFO) button on the [Home] screen. You can also check it while recording is paused. The following settings will be displayed. 1 [Mic Gain] (☞ P.66) 2 [Rec Format] (☞ P.66) 3 [Mic Select]* (☞ P.67) 4 [Play Mode] (☞ P.70) 5 [Limiter] (☞ P.66) 6 [Low Cut Filter] (☞ P.67) 7 [Pre-Recording] (☞ P.68) 8 [Memory Select] (☞ P.72) * LS-14 only
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1 001 001 002 002 003 003 004 004 005 005 006 006 007 007 999 999 LS-14 LS-12 001 001 002 002 003 003 004 004 005 005 006 006 007 007 999 999 Notes on the folders 24 EN Notes on the folders The internal memory or an SD card can be used as the recording media. All files recorded with this recorder will be stored in the [RECORDER] folder regardless of the recording media. Each folder can store up to 999 files. Notes • Files placed in the same hierarchical level as the [RECORDER] folder will not be recognized. • This recorder will not recognize folders if they are created inside the [01], [02] or [03] folder. RECORDER 01 02 03 Library folder Notes on the library folder: It is possible to divide and store files saved in the [RECORDER] folder into folders [01] to [03]. Besides transferring files from a PC, you can also add new folders by keeping the same hierarchy as folders [01] to [03]. You can add up to 200 folders (including the [01], [02] and [03] folders). It’s not possible to add a folder with a name already in use. Folder for recorded files: Recorded files will be saved in the [RECORDER] folder.
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1 Selecting folders and files 25 EN Selecting folders and files Change folders while the recorder is stopped. For information on the layered structure of the folders, see the section entitled “Notes on the folders” (☞ P.24). Moving through the levels ▌ } Return: F1 (BACK) button Pressing this button takes you back to the previous screen. { Proceed: OK button Pressing this button opens the folder or file selected in the list screen. + or – button Selects a folder or file. [Home] screen Folder list screen File list screen File screen Folder list screen File list screen File screen F1 (LIST) button: The display changes to the File list screen. F3 (FOLDER) button: The display changes to the Folder list screen. List screen: The folders and files stored in the recorder are displayed. File screen: Information about the selected file is displayed. The recorder is in playback standby mode.
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2 Recording tips for each instrument 26 EN Recording tips for each instrument Recorder position examples ▌ Voice Position the recorder slightly away from the singer's face. If breathing noises are audible, adjust the recorder position. Piano When recording the sound of a grand piano, position the recorder pointing to the center of the open lid. To record acousmato as well, move the recorder slightly away to get a richer sound. Wind instrument Position the recorder pointing to the center of the so- called "bell." If breathing noises are audible, move the recorder slightly away from the center. String instrument When recording the sound of a string instrument such as a violin, position the recorder slightly away from the upper part of the instrument, pointing to the f-hole of the body. If breathing noises are audible Point to the open lid If breathing noises are audible Adjust sound by moving the recorder away from the center. Point to the f-hole About recording
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2 Recording tips for each instrument 27 EN Recording tips for each instrument Acoustic guitar Position the recorder pointing to a place slightly away from the sound hole of the guitar. For a rhythm guitar, keep a certain distance from the main body of the guitar. For solo or melody-focused music, keep the recorder closer to the main body of the guitar during recording. Hall Place the recorder on the center line of the stage, with players also facing the direction of the microphone. Then, fix the recorder with a tripod or other tool before starting recording. Electric guitar To record sound directly from the speaker of a guitar amplifier, position the recorder slightly away from the speaker and pointing to the center of the speaker cone paper. To record sound from two speakers in stereo, position the recorder slightly away from the center between the left and right speakers. To record sound in mono, position the recorder slightly away from the center of the speaker cone paper. Move the recorder slightly away from the sound hole. Hard sharp sound Round harmonic sound Orchestra, big band, choir, etc... Guitar amplifier Speaker Guitar amplifier Speaker
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2 1 3 2 Recording 28 EN Recording The recorder has three recording modes that can be selected by using the Mode dial. Use them according to your needs. [QUICK] mode: In this mode the recording level will be adjusted automatically. This mode is useful if you want to start recording immediately. [SMART] mode: In this mode the recording level will be adjusted automatically to the optimum level to suit the volume input within the set time. Recording starts after the recording level is adjusted, so even sudden loud sounds are recorded without distortion. This mode allows you to set a time for detecting the input volume (☞ P.29, P.68). [MANUAL] mode: In this mode the recording level can be adjusted manually (☞ P.30). 1 Switch the Mode dial to the [QUICK] position. [QUICK] mode 2 Press the REC (s) button to start recording. • The recording indicator light turns on and [H] appears on the display. Notes • The newly recorded file will be saved last in the [RECORDER] folder. • Set [Rec Format] while the recorder is stopped (☞ P.66). • Set the Mode dial while the recorder is stopped.
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2 1 3 2 Recording 29 EN Recording d b c a e e File length a Elapsed recording time b Remaining memory bar indicator c Remaining recording time d Level meter (changes according to the recording level and recording function settings) • If the recording level is low, please change the [Mic Gain] setting to [Hi] or [Mid] (☞ P.66). • This recorder is able to record in high quality even when the volume of the sound source changes significantly. However even higher quality can be realized by adjusting the recording level manually. 3 Press the STOP/w (4) button to stop recording. • [F] appears on the display. [SMART] mode 1 Switch the Mode dial to the [SMART] position. 2 Press the REC (s) button to start automatic adjustment of the recording level. • The countdown of the [Smart Time] starts (☞ P.68). • When the countdown of the automatic adjustment time ends, recording starts with the adjusted settings.
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2 1 5 2,4 3 Recording 30 EN Recording e b a d c [MANUAL] mode a Elapsed recording time b Remaining memory bar indicator c Remaining recording time d Level meter (changes according to the recording level and recording function settings) • The recording level will be adjusted automatically depending on the volume input within the set time. During recording level adjustment, [Setting Rec Level] and the remainder of the set time will be displayed (☞ P.68). • If you want to cancel automatic adjustment, press the F1 (CANCEL) or STOP/w (4) button. If you want to skip automatic adjustment and start recording immediately, press the F3 (SKIP) or the REC (s) button. • After automatic adjustment, you can adjust the recording level manually by using the 9 and 0 buttons (☞ P.31). 3 Press the STOP/w (4) button to stop recording. • [F] appears on the display. e File length 1 Switch the Mode dial to the [MANUAL] position. 2 Press the REC (s) button to prepare to record. • The recording indicator light flashes and [G] appears on the display.
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2 Recording 31 EN Recording c b a d e a Remaining recording time b Remaining memory bar indicator c Level meter (changes according to the recording level and recording function settings) 3 Press the 9 or 0 button to adjust the recording level. 4 Press the REC (s) or PLAY (`) button to start recording. • The recording indicator light turns on and [H] appears on the display. d Elapsed recording time e File length • Distorted sound will be recorded while [OVER] is displayed. Adjust the recording level so that [OVER] is not displayed. • The level can be adjusted between [01] and [70]*. The higher the number, the higher the level and the larger the indicator position on the level meter. * When recording from the LINE IN jack, you can adjust the level between [01] and [30]. 5 Press the STOP/w (4) button to stop recording. • [F] appears on the display.
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2 Recording 32 EN Recording Notes • Inputting a very loud sound may produce noise even when the Mode dial is set to [QUICK] or [SMART]. • To ensure that you do not lose the beginning of the recording, verify that the recording indicator light or the mode indicator is lit on the display. • When the remaining recording time is less than 60 seconds, the LED indicator light starts flashing. When the remaining recording time drops to 30 and then 10 seconds, the light flashes faster. • While adjusting the recording level manually, the sound input may be interrupted. • [Folder full] will appear when recording cannot be continued. Delete unnecessary files or move them to another folder before recording (☞ P.48, P.61). • [Memory full] will appear when the memory is full. Delete unnecessary files before recording any further (☞ P.61). • When an SD card is inserted into the recorder, be sure to confirm the recording media as either [Internal memory] or [SD card] so that there is no mistake (☞ P.23, P.72). • Processing speed may be slower with some types of SD cards. Processing performance may also be reduced due to repeated writing and deleting. If that happens, reformat the SD card (☞ P.78). • We recommend formatting the recording media in the recorder before recording. Recording more than 2 GB of data in ▌ linear PCM format Recording will continue even if the volume of a single file exceeds 2 GB in linear PCM format recording. • The data is saved every 2 GB in separate files. It is treated as multiple files during playback. • If the 999th file in a folder exceeds 2 GB, recording stops. Settings relating to recording ▌ [Mic Gain] (☞ P.66) Sets the recording sensitivity. [Limiter] (☞ P.66) Switches the correction method according to the sound input when recording. [Rec Format] (☞ P.66) Sets the recording rate for each recording format. [Low Cut Filter] (☞ P.67) This function can reduce noise from air conditions and projectors and other similar noises. [Plug-in Power] (☞ P.67) Selects whether or not to use the plug-in power function according to the external microphone connected to the MIC jack. [Mic Select]* (☞ P.67) Selects whether or not the built-in center microphone is to be turned On or Off. [Pre-Recording] (☞ P.68) Pre-recording enables you to start recording up to 2 seconds before you press the button for recording. [Rec Monitor] (☞ P.68) Selects whether or not to output the recording monitor sound from the EAR jack. [Smart Time] (☞ P.68) You can set the time for [SMART] mode automatic adjustment. [Metronome] (☞ P.68) You can set the metronome as a rhythm guide during recording. * LS-14 only
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2 Recording 33 EN Recording Pause ▌ While the recorder is in recording mode, press the REC (s) or PLAY (`) button. • [G] will appear on the display. • The recorder will stop if left on pause for more than 60 minutes. Listening while audio is recorded ▌ If you start recording after inserting the earphones into the EAR jack on the recorder, you can hear the audio being recorded. The recording monitor volume can be adjusted by pressing the + or − button. Connect the earphones to the EAR jack on the recorder. • After recording has started, you can hear the audio being recorded through the earphones. Notes • You cannot control the recording level using the volume button. • To avoid hurting your ears, turn down the volume before inserting the earphones into your ears. • Do not place earphones near a microphone as this may cause feedback. • If an external speaker is connected during recording, there is a risk that audio feedback will occur. It is recommended that you use earphones to monitor recording, or turn [Rec Monitor] to [Off] while recording (☞ P.68). To EAR jack Resume Recording Press the REC (s) or PLAY (`) button again. • Recording will resume at the point of interruption.
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2 1 2 Recording 34 EN Recording Dividing a file while recording You can also divide files while recording. This is useful, for example, when you want to have different files for each movement of a concert. A • Please set the [Rec Format] to [PCM] in advance (☞ P.66). • The maximum number of files that can be stored in the [RECORDER] folder is 999. If there are already more than 998 files, file division will not be possible. If you have already reached the limit, calculate the number of times you will divide the file and delete the files that you do not need (☞ P.61) or move them to other folders (☞ P.48) beforehand to make space. • You cannot divide a file while overdubbing is in progress. 1 At the position where you want to divide the file, press the F2 (DIVIDE)button. • Recording will continue uninterrupted. 2 Press the STOP/w (4) button to stop recording.
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2 4 7 6 5 Recording 35 EN Recording a To EAR jack • Set [Rec Monitor] to [On] (☞ P.68). 4 While the recorder is in stop mode, press the F3 (OVER DUB) button. • If the Mode dial is set to [QUICK], recording and playback will start simultaneously. Proceed to Step 7. • If the Mode dial is set to [MANUAL], playback will start first. 3 Connect earphones to the EAR jack of the recorder. • The file to be dubbed over will be played back through the EAR jack. Using the overdubbing function The overdubbing function enables you to dub sound over a file while listening to it. The recorded file is saved under a different name. This is useful when practicing songwriting and musical instruments. A When using the overdubbing function, the following conditions must be met: • Select a (.wav) file with the format [PCM 44.1kHz/16bit] as the file to be played (☞ P.25, P.60). • Set [Rec Format] to [PCM 44.1kHz/16bit](☞ P.66). 1 Switch the Mode dial to the [QUICK] or [MANUAL] position (☞ P.28, P.30). • This function is not enabled when the Mode dial is set to [SMART]. 2 Select a file to dub over (☞ P.25). a Overdubbing
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2 2 Recording 36 EN Recording a 5 Press the 9 or 0 button to adjust the recording level. • You can adjust the recording level by using the 9 or 0 button depending on the volume level during playback. 6 Press the REC (s) button to start recording. • Playback will start again from the beginning. Recording will start at the same time. 7 Press the STOP/w (4) button to stop recording. Notes • When the original playback file ends, overdubbing also ends. • When the [OVER DUB] function is used, the following functions cannot be used. • [DIVIDE] (☞ P.34) • [Pre-Recording] (☞ P.68) • [Metronome] (☞ P.68) Using the metronome function The metronome is a useful rhythm guide and can be used during recording. 1 Set the metronome function (☞ P.68). • Set [Rec Monitor] to [On] (☞ P.68). 2 Press the F1 (METRONOME) button while recording or pausing. • Turn the metronome ON or OFF by pressing the F1 (METRONOME) button. a Metronome • The metronome works with the current settings. The sound of the metronome will not be recorded. • The LED indicator lights on the recorder light in time with the metronome.
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2 1 2 120324 _0001 3 .WAV Recording 37 EN Recording File names are automatically created for files recorded by this recorder. 1 Time stamp: 2012.03.24 2 File number: A file number is consecutively assigned regardless of changes in the selected recording media. 3 Extension: This is the file name extension indicating the recording format used when recording with this recorder. • Linear PCM format .WAV • MP3 format .MP3 Notes • The sound of the metronome will be output from the EAR jack. Connect earphones to hear the metronome. • When [Rec Monitor] is set to [Off], no metronome sound is output.
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2 Recording 38 EN Recording Recording from an external microphone or other device An external microphone or other device can be connected and audio can be recorded. Connect as follows according to the device to be used. • Do not plug/unplug devices into the recorder’s jack while it is recording. Recording with an external microphone ▌ Connect an external microphone to the MIC jack of the recorder. • Applicable external microphones (optional) (☞ P.94). Notes • The built-in microphone becomes inoperable when an external microphone is plugged into the recorder’s MIC jack. • Microphones supported by plug-in power can also be used. • When an external monaural microphone is used while [Rec Format] is set to a stereo recording mode, audio is recorded to the L channel only (☞ P.66). • When an external stereo microphone is used while [Rec Format] is set to a monaural recording mode, audio is recorded to the L channel only (☞ P.66). • To record using an external microphone, connect it to the MIC jack. If you connect it to the LINE IN jack, the recorder will not record sound properly. • If you use the MIC jack and LINE IN jack at the same time, input from the LINE IN jack has priority. To MIC jack
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2 Recording 39 EN Recording Notes • If you are unable to produce a clear recording with this recorder even after adjusting the recording level (☞ P.31), this could potentially be because the output level for the connected devices is too high or too low. When external devices are connected, perform a test recording and then adjust the output level for the external devices. • To record sounds from another device, connect to the LINE IN jack. If you connect to the MIC jack, the sound will distort and cannot be recorded properly. Recording audio from this recorder with ▌ another device Audio from this recorder can be recorded to another device by connecting the audio input terminal (microphone jack) of the other device and the EAR jack of this recorder using the connecting cord KA333 (optional). Recording audio from another device ▌ with this recorder Audio can be recorded when you have connected the audio output terminal (earphone jack) of another device and the LINE IN jack of the recorder using the connecting cord KA334 (optional) for dubbing. To LINE IN jack To audio output terminal of other device To EAR jack To audio input terminal of other device
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3 4 2 3 Playback 40 EN c d e a b Playback The recorder can play back WAV and MP3 format files. To play back a file recorded with another device, you need to transfer (copy) it from a computer. a File name, Folder name b Elapsed playback time c Playback position bar indicator d File length e Level meter 3 Press the + or − button to adjust the volume. • The volume can be adjusted within the range of [00] to [30]. 4 Press the STOP/w (4) button at any point where you want to stop playback. • [F] appears on the display. • Pressing this button stops the file being played. 1 Select the file to be played back from the folder that contains it (☞ P.25). 2 Press the PLAY (`) button to start playback. • [E] appears on the display. About playback
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3 Playback 41 EN Playback Settings relating to playback ▌ [Play Mode] (☞ P.70) You can select the desired playback range and repeat playback. [Skip Space] (☞ P.70) The skip interval can be set. Playback through the earphones ▌ The earphones can be connected to the EAR jack of the recorder for listening. • When the earphones are used, the recorder speaker is switched off. Notes • To avoid hurting your ears, turn down the volume before inserting the earphones into your ears. • When using the earphones, do NOT set the volume too high. Listening at very high volume may lead to hearing loss. To EAR jack Forwarding ▌ While the recorder is in stop mode in the File screen, press and hold the 9 button. • [I] appears on the display. • When you release the 9 button, forwarding stops. Press the PLAY (`) button to start playback from where forwarding stopped. While the recorder is in playback mode, press and hold the 9 button. • When you release the 9 button, the recorder resumes normal playback. • If there is an index mark or temp mark within the file, the recorder stops at that location (☞ P.44). • The recorder stops when it reaches the end of the file. Continue pressing the 9 button to continue forwarding from the beginning of the next file.
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3 Playback 42 EN Playback Rewinding ▌ While the recorder is in stop mode in the File screen, press and hold the 0 button. • [J] appears on the display. • When you release the 0 button, rewinding stops. Press the PLAY (`) button to start playback from where rewinding stopped. While the recorder is in playback mode, press and hold the 0 button. • When you release the 0 button, the recorder resumes normal playback. • If there is an index mark or temp mark within the file, the recorder stops at that location (☞ P.44). • The recorder stops when it reaches the beginning of the file. Continue pressing the 0 button to continue rewinding from the end of the previous file. Locating the beginning of a file ▌ While the recorder is in stop mode or playback mode, press the 9 button. • The recorder skips to the beginning of the next file. While the recorder is in playback mode, press the 0 button. • The recorder skips to the beginning of the current file. While the recorder is in stop mode, press the 0 button. • The recorder skips to the beginning of the previous file. If the recorder is in the middle of a file, it will return to the beginning of the file. While the recorder is in playback mode, press the 0 button twice. • The recorder skips to the beginning of the previous file.
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3 1,3 2 Playback 43 EN Playback Notes • When you skip to the beginning of the file during playback, the recorder stops at the position of the index mark or temp mark. Index marks and temp marks are skipped when you perform this operation in stop mode (☞ P.44). • When [Skip Space] is set to a setting other than [File Skip], the recorder skips forward/reverse by the specified time and then starts playback (☞ P.70). About music files ▌ In cases where the recorder is unable to play back music files that have been transferred to it, check to make sure that the sampling rate and bit rate are in the range where playback is possible. Combinations of sampling rates and bit rates for music files which the recorder can play back are given below. File format Sampling frequency Bit rate WAV format 44.1 kHz, 48.0 kHz 16 bit 88.2 kHz, 96.0 kHz 24 bit MP3 format MPEG1 Layer3: 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz MPEG2 Layer3: 16 kHz, 22.05 kHz, 24 kHz From 8 kbps up to 320 kbps • Variable bit rate MP3 files (in which conversion bit rates can vary) may not be played back properly. • For WAV files, this recorder can only play back those in the linear PCM format. WAV files other than these cannot be played back. • Even if the file format is compatible for playback on this recorder, the recorder does not support every encoder. Changing the playback speed The tone will be automatically adjusted digitally without changing the voice so it sounds natural. 1 While the recorder is in playback mode, press the OK button. 2 Press the + or − button to select playback speed.
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3 1 Playback 44 EN Playback a Setting an index mark or a temp mark If index marks and temp marks have been placed into your files, you can quickly find a location you want to listen to when you are fast forwarding, fast rewinding, or cuing a file. Index marks can only be placed into files created by Olympus voice recorders, but temp marks can be used to temporarily remember desired locations. 1 While the recorder is in recording mode or playback mode, press the F3 (INDEX) button. • A number appears on the display and an index mark or temp mark is placed into the file. Note • As in normal playback mode, you can stop playback, cue a file, or insert an index or temp mark in slow playback and fast playback modes as well. 3 Press the OK button. a Playback speed indicator • Even if playback is stopped, the changed playback speed will be retained. The next playback will be at that speed.
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3 Playback 45 EN Playback • Even after an index or temp mark has been placed into a file, recording or playback will continue so you can place index or temp marks in other locations in a similar manner. 3 While the index or temp number is displayed for approximately 2 seconds on the display, press the ERASE button. Notes • Temp marks are temporary markings, so if you move to another file or connect the recorder to a PC, the marks will automatically be erased. • Up to 99 index and temp marks can be set in a file. If you try to set more than 99 index or temp marks, the [No more can be set] message appears for index marks and the [No more can be set] message appears for temp marks. • Index or temp marks cannot be set or erased in a locked file (☞ P.51). • The index or temp mark is erased. • Index or temp numbers after the erased index or temp number automatically decrement by 1. Clearing an index mark or a temp mark ▌ 1 Play a file that contains index or temp marks you wish to erase. 2 Press the 9 or 0 button to select the index or temp mark to be erased.
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3 2,3 Playback 46 EN Playback • While [y] is displayed, you can fast forward, rewind, or change the playback speed in the same way as in normal mode to find the end position (☞ P.41, P.43). • If the recorder reaches the end of the file while [y] is displayed, point [z] becomes the end of the file, and repeat playback starts. 3 Press the F1 (A-B) button again at the position where you want to end segment repeat playback. • The recorder continuously plays back the segment until segment repeat playback is canceled. Note • As in normal playback mode, the playback speed can be changed during segment repeat playback as well (☞ P.43). If an index mark or temp mark is set or cleared during segment repeat playback, segment repeat playback is canceled and the recorder returns to normal playback mode (☞ P.44). How to begin segment repeat playback This function enables repeated playback of part of the file being played. 1 Select a file that has a segment you would like to play back repeatedly, and start playback. 2 Press the F1 (A-B) button at the position where you want to start segment repeat playback.
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3 c d a b Playback 47 EN Playback Pressing any of the following buttons releases segment repeat playback. a Press the F1 (CANCEL) button Pressing the F1 (CANCEL) button releases segment repeat playback, and it will return to normal playback mode. b Press the STOP/w (4) button Pressing the STOP/w (4) button releases segment repeat playback and stops playback. c Press the 9 button Pressing the 9 button releases segment repeat playback, and makes the recorder skip to the beginning of the next file. d Press the 0 button Pressing the 0 button releases segment repeat playback, and makes the recorder skip to the beginning of the current file. Canceling the segment repeat playback ▌ function
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4 4,6, 8 11 2,10 3,5, 7,9 Editing [OPTION] 48 EN Editing [OPTION] Moving/Copying a file [Move/Copy] Files saved in the internal memory or an SD card can be moved or copied within the memory. Files can also be moved or copied between memory. You can edit a single selected file or multiple files. 1 First, select the file or the folder that contains the file you want to copy/move (☞ P.25). File management Recorded files options ▌ [Move/Copy] Files can also be moved or copied between memory. [File Lock] (☞ P.51) Locking a file keeps important data from being accidentally erased. [File Divide]*1 (☞ P.54) Only files recorded with this recorder can be divided. [Partial Erase]*1 (☞ P.56) An unwanted part of a file can be erased. Only a PCM file recorded with this recorder can be partially erased. [Trimming]*1 *2 (☞ P.58) You can trim a part of a file and save it as a new file. Only a PCM file recorded with this recorder can be trimmed. [Property] (☞ P.60) [Name] (File name), [Date] (Time stamp), [Size] (File size), [Bit Rate] (File format), [File Lock] (File protection) *1 This function is not available when the File list screen is displayed. *2 LS-14 only Note • The recorder stops if you leave it idle for 3 minutes during a menu setup operation and do not set a selected item.
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4 Editing [OPTION] 49 EN Editing [OPTION] 3 Press the + or − button to select [Move/Copy]. 2 While the recorder is in stop mode, press the F2 (OPTION) button. • The [OPTION] screen appears on the display. 4 Press the OK button. 5 Press the + or − button to select the location to which you want to move or copy the file. [Move to memory]: Move a file from the internal memory or SD card to another folder within the internal memory. [Copy to memory]: Copy a file from the internal memory or SD card to another folder within the internal memory. [Move to SD]: Move a file from the internal memory or SD card to another folder in the SD card. [Copy to SD]: Copy a file from the internal memory or SD card to another folder in the SD card. 6 Press the OK button. If you entered the [OPTION] screen from the File screen: • Move or copy the selected file. Proceed to Step 9. If you entered the [OPTION] screen from the File list screen: • Move or copy multiple files. Proceed to Step 7. 7 Press the + or − button to select the number of files you want to move or copy. [One file]: Select only the specified file. [Selected files]: Select multiple files. [All files]: Select all files in the folder.
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4 Editing [OPTION] 50 EN Editing [OPTION] 10 Press the F2 (GO) button. • File move or file copy starts if [Moving!] or [Copying!] appears on the display. During the process, the progress status is shown as a percentage. • The process is completed when [File move completed] or [File copy completed] is displayed. 9 Press the + or − button to select the folder to which you want to move or copy the file. 8 Press the OK button to move to the respective setting. If you selected [ 4 One file]: 1 Press the + or − button to select the file you want to move or copy. If you selected [ 4 Selected files]: 1 Press the + or − button to select the file(s) you want to move or copy. 2 Press the OK button to check the file(s) selected. 3 Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all the files you want to move/copy are selected, then press the F2 (GO) button. If you selected 4 [All files]: When you select [All files], all the files in the folder are automatically selected and the recorder moves to the [Destination] screen. 2 Press the OK button to select the file.

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