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  • Brand: Sony
  • Product: Audio Recorder
  • Model/name: ICD-SX712
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English, Dutch

Table of Contents

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© 2011 Sony Corporation Printed in China
4-196-712-12(1)
ICD-SX712
IC Recorder
Operating Instructions
Getting Started
Basic Operations
Other Recording Operations
Other Playback Operations
Editing Files
About the Menu Function
Utilizing Your Computer
Additional Information
Troubleshooting
Index
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Owner’s Record
The model number is located at the rear panel and the
serial number is located inside the battery
compartment. Record these numbers in the space
provided below. Refer to these numbers whenever
you call upon your Sony dealer regarding this
product.
Model No. __________________________________
Serial No. __________________________________
The following FCC statement applies only to the
version of this model manufactured for sale in the
USA. Other versions may not comply with FCC
technical regulations.
INFORMATION
This equipment has been tested and found to comply
with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to
Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will
not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment
does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the
equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to
correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and
receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications
not expressly approved in this manual could void your
authority to operate this equipment.
If you have any questions about this product, you may
call: Sony Customer Information Service Center
1-800-222-7669 or http://www.sony.com/
RECYCLING NICKEL METAL HYDRIDE
BATTERIES
Nickel metal hydride batteries are
recyclable.
You can help preserve our
environment by returning your used
rechargeable batteries to the
collection and recycling location
nearest you.
For more information regarding recycling of
rechargeable batteries, call toll free 1-800-822-8837,
or visit http://www.rbrc.org/.
Caution: Do not handle damaged or leaking nickel
metal hydride batteries.
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name : SONY
Model : ICD-SX712
Responsible Party : Sony Electronics Inc.
Address : 16530 Via Esprillo,
San Diego, CA 92127 USA
Telephone Number : 858-942-2230
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that
may cause undesired operation.
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Notice for users
All rights reserved. This manual or the software
described herein, in whole or in part, may not be
reproduced, translated or reduced to any machine
readable form without prior written approval from
Sony Corporation.
IN NO EVENT SHALL SONY CORPORATION BE
LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL,
CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES,
WHETHER BASED ON TORT, CONTRACT, OR
OTHERWISE, ARISING OUT OF OR IN
CONNECTION WITH THIS MANUAL, THE
SOFTWARE OR OTHER INFORMATION
CONTAINED HEREIN OR THE USE THEREOF.
Sony Corporation reserves the right to make any
modification to this manual or the information
contained herein at any time without notice.
The software described herein may also be governed
by the terms of a separate user license agreement.
• This software is for Windows and cannot be used
for Macintosh.
• The supplied connecting cable is for the IC recorder
ICD-SX712. You cannot connect other IC
recorders.
• The recorded music is limited to private use only.
Use of the music beyond this limit requires
permission of the copyright holders.
• Sony is not responsible for incomplete recording/
downloading or damaged data due to problems of
the IC recorder or computer.
• Depending on the types of the text and characters,
the text shown on the IC recorder may not be
displayed properly on device. This is due to:
– The capacity of the connected IC recorder.
– The IC recorder is not functioning normally.
– Content information is written in the language
or the character that is not supported by the IC
recorder.
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Trademarks
• Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and Windows
Media are registered trademarks or trademarks of
Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or
other countries.
• Macintosh and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple
Inc., registered in the USA and other countries.
• Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel
Corporation.
• MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology and
patents licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson.
• microSD and microSDHC logos are trademarks of
SD-3C, LLC.
• “Memory Stick Micro,” “M2” and are
trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony
Corporation.
• “MagicGate” is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
• Nuance, the Nuance logo, Dragon, Dragon
NaturallySpeaking, and RealSpeak are trademarks
and/or registered trademarks of Nuance
Communications Inc., and/or its affiliates in the
United States and/or other countries.
• US and foreign patents licensed from Dolby
Laboratories.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are
trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective holders. Furthermore, “ ™ ” and “®” are
not mentioned in each case in this manual.
The “Sound Organizer” uses software modules as
shown below:
Windows Media Format Runtime
This product contains technology subject to certain
intellectual property rights of Microsoft.
Use or distribution of this technology outside of this
product is prohibited without the appropriate
license(s) from Microsoft.
What you record is for personal
enjoyment and use only. Copyright laws
prohibit other forms of use without the
permission of the copyright holders.
The use of Memory Stick™ media for
recording copyright-protected graphics or
other data is limited to the restrictions
specified under applicable copyright
laws. Any use beyond those restriction is
prohibited.
This product supports “Memory Stick
Micro™ (M2™)” media. “M2™” is an
abbreviated form of “Memory Stick
Micro™.” Hereinafter, “M2™” is used in
this document.
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Table of Contents
Getting Started
Step 1: Checking the Contents of the
Package .....................................................8
Index to parts and controls ...................9
Preventing unintentional operations
(HOLD) ..............................................11
Step 2: Recharging the Batteries .............12
Recharging the batteries using a
computer .............................................12
Recharging the batteries using a USB
AC adaptor ..........................................14
When to charge/replace the
batteries ...............................................14
Step 3: Turning the IC Recorder On .......15
Turning the power on .........................15
Turning the power off .........................15
Step 4: Setting the Clock ........................16
Setting the clock after recharging the
batteries ...............................................16
Setting the clock using the menu ........16
Step 5: Setting the Language to Be Used
in the Display Window ...........................19
Basic Operations
Recording .......................................20
Listening .........................................25
Erasing ............................................31
Other Recording Operations
Changing the Recording Settings ............33
Switching the directionality of the
built-in microphones ...........................33
Selecting a recording scene for each
situation ...............................................34
Manual recording ................................39
Adding a recording to a previously
recorded file ........................................40
Adding an overwrite recording during
playback ..............................................42
Recording a few seconds in advance
– the pre-recording function ...............43
Starting to record automatically in
response to sound
– the VOR function .............................45
Recording on a Memory Card .................47
Recording across memory media
– cross-memory recording ..................50
Recording via Other Devices ..................52
Recording with an external
microphone .........................................52
Recording from other equipment ........53
Operating during Recording ....................57
Monitoring the recording ....................57
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Other Playback Operations
Changing the Playback Settings .............58
Convenient playback methods ............58
Selecting a recording date from the
calendar and playing back ..................59
Reducing noise in the playback
sound and making the human voice
clearer – the noise cut function ...........60
Adjusting the playback sound by
amplifying inaudible sound
– the digital voice up function ............61
Adjusting the playback speed and
tones – the DPC (Digital Pitch
Control) function, key control ............63
Selecting the sound effect ...................64
Selecting the playback mode ..............66
Playing Back a File at a Desired Time
with an Alarm .........................................68
Playback via Other Devices ....................71
Recording with other equipment ........71
Editing Files
Arranging Files in a Folder .....................72
Moving a file to a different folder ......72
Copying a file to the other memory
media ..................................................73
Erasing all files in a folder ..................74
Using a Track Mark ................................76
Adding a track mark ...........................76
Erasing a track mark ...........................77
Erasing all the track marks in the
selected file at one time ......................77
Dividing a File ........................................79
Dividing a file at the current
position ...............................................79
Dividing a file at all the track mark
positions ..............................................80
Changing a Folder Name ........................82
Protecting a File ......................................84
About the Menu Function
Making Settings for the Menu ................85
Menu Settings .........................................86
Utilizing Your Computer
Using the IC Recorder with Your
Computer ...............................................103
Connecting the IC recorder to your
computer ...........................................103
Structure of folders and files .............104
Disconnecting the IC recorder from
your computer ...................................108
Copying Files from the IC Recorder to
Your Computer .....................................109
Copying Music Files from Your
Computer to the IC Recorder and
Playing Them Back ...............................110
Copying a music file from your
computer to the IC recorder
(drag and drop) .................................110
Playing back music files copied
from your computer using the
IC recorder ........................................110
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Using the IC Recorder as USB
Memory .................................................112
Using the Supplied Sound Organizer
Software ................................................113
What you can do using Sound
Organizer ..........................................113
System requirements for your
computer ...........................................114
Installing Sound Organizer ...............116
The Sound Organizer window ..........117
Additional Information
Using a USB AC Adaptor .....................119
Disconnecting the IC recorder from
the AC outlet .....................................120
Precautions ............................................121
Specifications ........................................124
System requirements ........................124
Design and specifications .................125
Battery life ........................................128
Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting ....................................130
Message List .........................................140
System Limitations ...............................145
Display Window Guide ........................147
Index .....................................................152
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Getting Started
Step 1: Checking the Contents of the
Package
IC Recorder (1)
Remove the film on the display window
before you use the IC recorder.
Stereo headphones (1)
USB connecting cable (1)
Wind screen* (1)
Use this to cover the built-in microphones.
Cradle* (1)
Stand (1)
Application software, Sound
Organizer (CD-ROM) (1)
Application software, Dragon
NaturallySpeaking (DVD-ROM)* (1)
Carrying pouch (1)
NH-AAA (size AAA) rechargeable
batteries* (2)
LR03 (size AAA) alkaline batteries*
(2)
Battery case* (1)
Operating Instructions
* The wind screen, cradle, application
software, Dragon NaturallySpeaking
(DVD-ROM), LR03 (size AAA) alkaline
batteries, NH-AAA (size AAA)
rechargeable batteries and battery case are
supplied with some models in some regions
only.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate
this equipment.
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Started
Index to parts and controls
Front
A Built-in microphones (stereo)
B Operation indicator
C Display window
D SCENE button
E (folder) button
F x STOP button
G z REC (record)/PAUSE button
H Control button (v, V / . (review/fast
backward), > (cue/fast forward))
I N (play)/ENT (enter) button*
J T-MARK (Track mark) button
K POWER/HOLD switch
L MENU button
M VOLUME –/+* button
N (repeat) A-B button
O ERASE button
P Strap hole (A strap is not supplied.)
Rear
Q Speaker
R NOISE CUT switch
S DPC(SPEED)/KEY CTRL switch
T Battery compartment
U m (microphone) jack*
V i (headphone) jack
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W M2™/microSD memory card slot
X (USB) connector
* These buttons and the jack have a tactile dot.
Use it as a reference point for operations, or
to identify each terminal.
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Started
Preventing unintentional
operations (HOLD)
You can disable all the buttons (HOLD) in
order to prevent unintentional operations
when you carry the IC recorder, etc.
To put the IC recorder in the
HOLD status
Slide the POWER/HOLD switch in the
direction of “HOLD.”
“HOLD” will appear for approximately 3
seconds, indicating that all the button
operations are disabled.
To release the IC recorder from
the HOLD status
Slide the POWER/HOLD switch towards
the center.
P Note
When the HOLD function is activated during
recording, all the button operations are
disabled. To stop recording, cancel the HOLD
function first.
z Tip
Even if the HOLD function is activated, you
can stop the alarm playback by pressing any
button. (You cannot stop normal playback.)
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Step 2: Recharging the Batteries
P Note
The NH-AAA (size AAA) rechargeable
batteries are supplied with some models in
some regions only.
Recharging the batteries
using a computer
Remove the film on the display window
before you use the IC recorder.
Connect the IC recorder to a running
computer, and charge the batteries until the
battery indicator indicates “ .”
It takes about 4 hours to fully charge
exhausted batteries.*
1 Insert rechargeable batteries.
Slide and lift the battery compartment
lid, insert two NH-AAA rechargeable
batteries with correct polarity, and close
the lid.
2 Connect the IC recorder to your
computer.
Use the USB connecting cable supplied
with the IC recorder to connect the
(USB) connector of the IC recorder
and the USB port of your computer.
While the batteries are charging,
“Connecting” and the battery indicator
are displayed in an animation.
Computer
IC recorder
To USB port of
your computer
To (USB)
connector
USB connecting cable
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Started
When the batteries are fully charged, the
battery indicator will indicate “ .”
3 Disconnect the IC recorder from your
computer.
Follow the procedures below; otherwise,
when the IC recorder contains data files,
the files may be damaged or become
unplayable.
1 Make sure that the operation indicator
of the IC recorder does not light.
2 Perform the following operation on
your computer.
On a Windows screen, left-click the
icon at the bottom of the desktop of
the computer.
t Left-click “Eject IC
RECORDER.”
The icon and menu displayed can be
different on different operating systems.
On a Macintosh screen, drag “IC
RECORDER” on the desktop to
“Trash” and drop it there.
For details on disconnecting the IC
recorder from your computer, refer to the
operating instructions supplied with your
computer.
3 Disconnect the IC recorder from the
USB port of the computer.
* This is an approximation for the time it
takes to charge from no remaining battery
power to full battery power at room
temperature. It varies depending on the
remaining power and the condition of the
batteries. It also takes more time if the
temperature of the batteries are low, or if
the batteries are charged while you are
transferring data to the IC recorder.
P Note
If the battery indicator is not displayed in an
animation, charging has not been done
properly. See “Troubleshooting” on page 130.
When using fully charged
batteries or LR03 (size AAA)
alkaline batteries
Follow the step 1.
P Note
You cannot charge LR03 (size AAA) alkaline
batteries.
Battery indicator
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z Tips
• Do not use manganese batteries for this IC
recorder.
• When replacing the batteries, files recorded
or alarm settings are not erased even when
you remove the batteries.
• When replacing the batteries, the clock
continues moving for about 1 day after you
remove the batteries.
Recharging the batteries
using a USB AC adaptor
You can also charge the batteries by using
an AC-U501AD USB AC adaptor, etc. (not
supplied) (page 119).
When to charge/replace the
batteries
The battery indicator on the display shows
the battery condition in an animation.
Battery remain indication
: “Low Battery Level” appears.
Charge the rechargeable batteries or
replace the old batteries with new
ones.
m
: “Low Battery” appears and the IC
recorder will stop operation.
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15GBGetting
Started
Step 3: Turning the IC Recorder On
Turning the power on
Slide the POWER/HOLD switch in the
direction of “POWER” for more than 1
second. The IC recorder is turned on, and
the “Accessing...” animation is displayed.
Turning the power off
Slide the POWER/HOLD switch in the
direction of “POWER” for more than 2
seconds, and the “Power Off” animation is
displayed.
z Tips
• When you are not going to use the IC
recorder for a long time, we recommend to
turn off the IC recorder.
• When the IC recorder is in the stop mode,
and you leave the IC recorder without
attempting an operation for a certain length
of time, the auto power off function will take
effect. (The length of time before auto power
off is set to “10min” when you purchase the
IC recorder.) You can select the length of
time before auto power off takes effect in the
menu (page 101).
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Step 4: Setting the Clock
You need to set the clock to use the alarm
function or record the date and time.
When you insert batteries for the first time,
or when you insert batteries after the IC
recorder has been without batteries for
more than 1 day, the “Set Date&Time”
animation appears, and then the year
section begins to flash in the clock setting
display window.
Setting the clock after
recharging the batteries
1 Press v or V on the control button to set
the year, month, day, hour, and minute in
sequence, and then press N/ENT.
Select the last two digits of the year
when you set the year.
2 Press x STOP to return to the stop mode
display.
Setting the clock using the
menu
While the IC recorder is in the stop mode,
you can set the clock using the menu.
1 Select “Date&Time” in the menu.
1 Press MENU to enter the menu mode.
The menu mode window will be
displayed.
x STOP
N/ENT
v, V
MENU
.
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2 Press . on the control button, press
v or V on the control button to select
the (IC recorder setting) tab, and
then press N/ENT.
3 Press v or V on the control button to
select “Date&Time,” and then press
N/ENT.
2 Press v or V on the control button to
select “Auto” or “Manual,” and then
press N/ENT.
When you selected “Auto,” the clock is
automatically adjusted using the clock in
the computer connected to the IC
recorder and on which the supplied
Sound Organizer software is started.
When you select “Manual,” proceed to
the next steps.
3 Press v or V on the control button to
select “10y1m1d,” and then press N/
ENT.
4 Press v or V on the control button to set
the year, month, day, hour, and minute in
sequence, and then press N/ENT.
Select the last two digits of the year
when you set the year.
5 Press x STOP to exit the menu mode.
P Note
If you do not press N/ENT within 1 minute
of entering the clock setting data, the clock
setting mode is canceled and the window will
return to the display of the stop mode.
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To display the current date and
time
While the IC recorder is in the stop mode,
press x STOP to display the current date
and time for about 3 seconds.
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Started
Step 5: Setting the Language to Be Used in
the Display Window
You can select the language to be used for
messages, menus, folder names, file names,
etc. from 3 languages.
1 Select the (IC recorder setting) tab
t “Language” in the menu, and then
press N/ENT.
2 Press v or V on the control button to
select the language that you want to use,
and then press N/ENT.
You can select the following languages.
English, Español (Spanish), Français
(French)
3 Press x STOP to exit the menu mode.
x STOP
N/ENT
v, V
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Basic Operations
Recording
P Notes
• Before making a recording, be sure to check the battery indicator (page 14).
• Noise may be recorded if an object, such as your finger, etc., accidentally rubs or scratches the IC
recorder during recording.
z Tip
Before you start recording, we recommend you make a trial recording first, or monitor the
recording (page 57).
Switching the directionality of the built-in microphones
Selecting a folder
1 Change the angle of the built-in microphones manually
according to the direction you want to record (page 33).
1 Slide the POWER/HOLD switch towards the center to
release the IC recorder from the HOLD status
(page 11).
Built-in
microphones
Built-in
microphones
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Operations
2 Press to display the folder selection window.
3 Press . on the control button, press v or V on the
control button to select the (Voice) tab, and then
press > on the control button.
P Note
Only the (Voice) tab will be displayed when you
purchase the IC recorder. The (Music) tab and the
(Podcast) tab will be displayed when you transfer files
from your computer (page 110, 114).
The (Built-in memory) tab will be displayed when you
insert a memory card into the IC recorder (page 48).
., >
v, V
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Starting to record (Auto (AGC) recording)
4 Press v or V on the control button to select the folder in
which you want to record files.
When you purchase the IC recorder, there are 5 folders
already available ( FOLDER01-05).
5 Press N/ENT.
1 Turn the built-in microphones in the direction of the
source to be recorded.
v
V
N/ENT
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Operations
To stop recording
Note while accessing
The IC recorder is recording data and storing it on the memory media when the operation
indicator flashes in orange. While the IC recorder is accessing data, do not remove the
batteries or connect or disconnect the USB AC adaptor (not supplied). Doing so may damage
the data.
2 Press z REC/PAUSE in the stop mode.
The operation indicator lights in red.
You do not need to press and hold z REC/PAUSE
while recording.
The new file will be automatically recorded after the
last recorded file.
1 Press x STOP.
The operation indicator flashes in orange and the IC
recorder stops at the beginning of the current recording
file.
Operation
indicator
z REC/
PAUSE
x STOP
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Other operations
z Tips
• You can record up to 199 files in each folder.
• You can make new folders or erase unwanted folders using the supplied Sound Organizer
software (page 113).
• When a memory card has been inserted, you can continue recording a file by changing the
location of the folder used to store the file from the built-in memory to the memory card
automatically after the built-in memory is full (Cross-memory recording) (page 50).
pause recording* Press z REC/PAUSE. During recording pause, the operation
indicator flashes in red and “ ” begins to flash in the display
window.
release pause and resume
recording
Press z REC/PAUSE again. Recording resumes from that point. (To
stop recording after pausing recording, press x STOP.)
review the current
recording instantly**
Press N/ENT. Recording stops and playback starts from the
beginning of the file just recorded.
review during recording** Press and hold . on the control button during recording or
recording pause. Recording stops and you can search backwards
while listening to fast playback sound. After you release . on the
control button, playback starts from that point.
* 1 hour after you pause recording, recording pause is automatically released and the IC recorder enters
the stop mode.
** You cannot select this function in the manual recording mode.
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Operations
Listening
Starting playback
1 Slide the POWER/HOLD switch towards the center to
release the IC recorder from the HOLD status
(page 11).
2 Press .
3 Press . on the control button, press v or V on the
control button to select the (Voice) tab, the
(Music) tab, or the (Podcast) tab, and then press
> on the control button.
4 Press v or V on the control button to select the folder.
., >
v, V
v
V
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5 Press > on the control button.
6 Press v or V on the control button to select the file you
want to play.
7 Press N/ENT.
Playback will start soon, and the operation indicator
will light in green. (When “LED” is set to “OFF” in the
menu (page 98), the operation indicator does not light.)
8 Press VOLUME –/+ to adjust the volume.
>
v
V
Operation
indicator
N/ENT
VOLUME –/+
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Operations
To stop playback
Other operations
1 Press x STOP.
stop at the current position
(Playback Pause function)
Press N/ENT. To resume playback from that point, press N/ENT
again.
go back to the beginning of
the current file
Press . on the control button once.*1*2
go back to previous files Press . on the control button repeatedly. (During the stop mode,
keep the button pressed to go back the files continuously.*3)
skip to the next file Press > on the control button once.*1*2
skip to the succeeding files Press > on the control button repeatedly. (During the stop mode,
keep the button pressed to skip the files continuously.*3)
*1 When a track mark is set, the IC recorder goes backward or forward to the track mark before or after
the current point (page 76).
*2 These operations are for when “Easy Search” is set to “OFF” (page 58).
*3 In the continuous searching mode, the IC recorder does not locate track marks.
x STOP
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About the tab view
The recordable area and the playback-only area of folders stored on the IC recorder are
managed separately, and are displayed with tabs. When you choose a folder, you can move to
one of those areas by switching a tab.
(Voice): Recordable area. This is the area used to manage files recorded with the IC
recorder.
(Music): Playback-only area. This is the area used to manage music files transferred from
your computer.
(Podcast): Playback-only area. This is the area used to manage podcast files transferred
from your computer.
(Built-in memory) or (External memory): You can switch between the built-in
memory and external memory (memory card) of the IC recorder (page 49).
Only the (Voice) tab will be displayed when you purchase the IC recorder. The
(Music) tab and the (Podcast) tab will be displayed when you transfer files from your
computer (page 110, 114).
The (Built-in memory) tab will be displayed when you insert a memory card into the IC
recorder (page 48).
Tabs
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Operations
Display when playing back a file
A File information
Press v or V on the control button to check the file information during playback.
A file recorded using the IC recorder is displayed as follows.
: Folder name: FOLDER01-FOLDER05
: File name: Date_file number (e.g. 100101_001)
: Artist name (e.g. My Recording)
: Title: Date_file number (e.g. 100101_001)
Playback level meter
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B Counter information
You can select the display mode in the menu (page 98).
Elapsed time: The elapsed playback time of one file
Remaining time: The remaining playback time of one file
Recording date: Date recorded
Recording time: Time recorded
C Remaining recording time
Displays the remaining recording time in hours, minutes, and seconds.
If there is more than 10 hours time remaining, the time is displayed in hours.
If there is more than 10 minutes and less than 10 hours time remaining, the time is
displayed in hours and minutes.
If there is less than 10 minutes time remaining, the time is displayed in minutes and
seconds.
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Operations
Erasing
P Note
Once a recording has been erased, you cannot retrieve it.
Selecting a file and erasing it
1 Slide the POWER/HOLD switch towards the center to
release the IC recorder from the HOLD status
(page 11).
2 Select the file you want to erase when the IC recorder is
in the stop or playback mode.
3 Press ERASE.
“Erase?” is displayed and the specified file is played
back for confirmation.
4 Press v or V on the control button to select “Execute.”
ERASE
v
V
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To cancel erasing
To erase another file
Proceed with steps 2 through 5 in “Selecting a file and erasing it.”
To erase a part of a file
Divide the file into two files first (page 79), and then proceed with steps 2 through 5 in
“Selecting a file and erasing it.”
5 Press N/ENT.
The “Erasing...” animation appears in the display
window and the selected file will be erased.
When a file is erased, the remaining files will advance
so that there will be no space between files.
1 Select “Cancel” in step 4 of “Selecting a file and
erasing it,” and then press N/ENT.
N/ENT
N/ENT
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Recording
Operations
Other Recording Operations
Changing the Recording Settings
Switching the directionality
of the built-in microphones
The built-in microphones are
unidirectional. You can change the angle of
the built-in microphones manually.
Rotating both capsules of the
built-in microphones in the same
direction (0° position)
You can record the sound directly in front
of the built-in microphones. This is
convenient when you want to record a
sound source in a particular direction, such
as a voice note, an interview, etc.
Rotating both capsules of the
built-in microphones to face the
outside (120° position)
The microphone on the right records sound
from the right; the microphone on the left
records sound from the left. You can thus
obtain dynamic stereo sound recording,
therefore this position is recommended for
recording a sound source, such as a
conference, a musical performance, etc.
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Selecting a recording scene
for each situation
According to various recording scene, you
can change the items for recording, such as
REC Mode (page 89), REC Level
(page 90), etc., to the recommended
settings in bulk. You can change the
settings for each item.
1 Press SCENE in the stop mode.
The Scene Select window will be
displayed.
2 Press v or V on the control button to
select the scene you want, and then press
N/ENT.
P Notes
• You cannot set a scene during recording.
• When 60 seconds have passed without any
operation after the Scene Select window
N/ENT
x STOP
v, V
SCENE
(Meeting)
To record in a variety of
situations, such as recording in
a spacious conference room.
(Voice Notes)
To record dictation with a
microphone in front of your
mouth.
(Interview)
To record human voice at a
distance of 1 to 2 meters (40 to
80 in.). When you rotate both
capsules of the built-in
microphones in the same
direction (0° position), the
directionality effect of the
microphones will be improved.
(Music)
To record acoustic guitar,
piano, violin, or other
instrumental sounds at a
distance of 2 to 3 meters (80 to
120 in.).
(My Scene)
Use to store your favorite
settings.
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Recording
Operations
appears in step 1, the stop mode display will
be displayed.
There are ways of making settings to record
well other than using scene selection.
Recording at a meeting
• When you record a voice coming from a
specific direction, set the angle of the
built-in microphones to 0°. When you
record voices from unspecified directions,
set the angle of the built-in microphones
to 120° (page 33).
• By placing the IC recorder on the
supplied stand, you can record with clear
and low-noise sound, without vibration
noise from the desk.
Recording a voice note
Set the angle of the built-in microphones to
0° (page 33).
Recording an interview
Set the angle of the built-in microphones to
0° (page 33).
Built-in
microphones
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Recording music
• Set the angle of the built-in microphones
to 120° (page 33).
• By attaching a tripod (not supplied) using
the supplied stand, you can adjust the
angles of the IC recorder and the built-in
microphones more precisely.
To change the Scene Select
settings using the menu
1 Select the (Recording) tab t “Scene
Edit” in the menu, and then press N/
ENT.
2 Press v or V on the control button to
select the scene you want to change the
settings, and then press N/ENT.
Sound source
Tripod (not supplied)
Set up the IC recorder
with the display window
facing up, and with the
built-in microphones
pointing to the sound
source.
Approx. 2 to 3 meters
(80 to 120 in.)
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3 Press v or V on the control button to
select “Edit from Current Setting” or
“Edit,” and then press N/ENT.
4 Press v or V on the control button to
select the menu item you want to change,
and then press N/ENT.
5 Press v or V on the control button to
select a setting item, and then press N/
ENT.
For details on the menu items and
settings, see pages 89 through 93.
6 Press v or V on the control button to
select “Edit Complete,” and then press
N/ENT.
7 Press x STOP to exit the menu mode.
To set the menu item settings of
the Scene Select to the default
values
1 Select “Set Default Value” in step 3 of
“To change the Scene Select settings
using the menu,” and then press N/
ENT.
“Default Value?” will be displayed.
2 Press v or V on the control button to
select “Execute,” and then press N/
ENT.
The menu item settings will be set to the
default settings.
3 Press x STOP to exit the menu mode.
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Default settings
For details on the menu items and settings,
see pages 89 through 93.
(Meeting) (Voice
Notes)
(Interview)
REC
Mode
MP3
192kbps
MP3
128kbps
MP3
192kbps
REC
Level
Medium Low Medium
REC
Level
Value
– – –
LCF(Low
Cut)
ON ON ON
LIMITER – – –
VOR OFF OFF OFF
SYNC
REC
OFF OFF OFF
Select
Input
MIC IN MIC IN MIC IN
(Music) (My Scene)
REC
Mode
LPCM
44.1kHz/16bit
LPCM
44.1kHz/16bit
REC
Level
Low(Music) Manual
REC
Level
Value
– 10
LCF(Low
Cut)
OFF OFF
LIMITER – ON
VOR OFF –
SYNC
REC
OFF OFF
Select
Input
MIC IN MIC IN
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Recording
Operations
Manual recording
When you set “REC Level” to “Manual
,” you can adjust the recording level
manually, according to the sound source. If
necessary, you can also utilize the
“LIMITER” setting (page 91) in the menu
to reduce sound distortion.
1 Set “REC Level” to “Manual ” in
the menu (page 90).
2 Select a folder.
For details, see “Selecting a folder”
(page 20).
3 Turn the built-in microphones in the
direction of the source to be recorded.
4 Press and hold z REC/PAUSE.
The IC recorder enters the recording
standby mode. When the microphones
pick up sound, the level meter in the
display window moves.
5 Press . or > on the control button
to adjust the recording level, depending
on the sound source.
N/ENT
Built-in microphones
z REC/PAUSE
., >
x STOP
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You can check the recording level value
with the peak meter of the display
window. Adjust the level closer to
–12 dB, into a range that is appropriate
for your sound source.
If “ ” is displayed, press . on the
control button to adjust the recording
level down so that “ ” is not
displayed, to prevent sound distortion.
Press and hold . or > on the
control button to change the REC Level
value continuously. The sound level is
also displayed as a number right side of
the level meter.
6 Make other settings according to the
state of recording.
If necessary, utilize the “LIMITER”
setting in the menu (page 91).
7 To start recording, press z REC/
PAUSE.
8 To stop recording, press x STOP.
P Notes
• In the manual recording mode, you cannot
record with the VOR function (page 45).
• In the manual recording mode, you cannot
review the current recording, even if you
press N/ENT.
Adding a recording to a
previously recorded file
OVER indicator
Adjust the maximum
level of the sound to
about –12 dB.
N/ENT
z REC/PAUSE
x STOP
v, V
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Recording
Operations
When “Add/Overwrite” in the menu is set
to “Add,” you can add a recording to the
file being played back. The added recording
will be placed after the current file, and will
be counted as a part of the file.
Select the file to which you want to add a
recording first.
1 Select the (Recording) tab t “Add/
Overwrite” in the menu, and then press
N/ENT.
2 Press v or V on the control button to
select “Add,” and then press N/ENT.
“Add/Overwrite” is set to “OFF” when
you purchase the IC recorder.
3 Press x STOP to exit the menu mode.
4 When the file to be added is played back,
press z REC/PAUSE.
“Add REC?” will be displayed.
For details on playback, see page 25.
5 While “Add REC?” is displayed, press
z REC/PAUSE.
The operation indicator will turn red.
Then recording starts.
6 To stop recording, press x STOP.
P Notes
• You cannot add a recording when the file has
reached the maximum size limit (2 GB with
LPCM files and 1 GB with MP3 files).
• You cannot add a recording to an LPCM file
or an MP3 file that was not recorded using
During playback of file 3
File 3 File 4
After adding a recording
File 3 File 4
Added recording
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the IC recorder. Moreover, when you edit
files using the supplied Sound Organizer
software, adding a recording to the files may
not be possible.
• The REC Mode of an additional recording is
the same as the added file.
• If 10 minutes have passed after step 4, you
must start the procedure again from step 4.
Adding an overwrite
recording during playback
When “Add/Overwrite” in the menu is set
to “Overwrite,” you can add an overwrite
recording after a selected point in a
recorded file. The part of the file after the
selected point is erased.
Select the file to which you want to add an
overwrite recording first.
1 Select the (Recording) tab t “Add/
Overwrite” in the menu, and then press
N/ENT.
N/ENT
z REC/PAUSE
x STOP
v, V
The starting point of an overwrite recording
File 2
Added overwrite recording in File 2
The erased part
of File 2
File 3 File 4
File 2 File 3 File 4
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Recording
Operations
2 Press v or V on the control button to
select “Overwrite,” and then press N/
ENT.
“Add/Overwrite” is set to “OFF” when
you purchase the IC recorder.
3 Press x STOP to exit the menu mode.
4 When the file to be added is played back,
press z REC/PAUSE at the position
where you want to overwrite the file.
“Overwrite REC?” will be displayed.
For details on playback, see page 25.
5 While “Overwrite REC?” is displayed,
press z REC/PAUSE.
The operation indicator will turn red.
Then recording starts.
6 To stop recording, press x STOP.
P Notes
• You cannot add an overwrite recording to an
MP3 file when the file has reached the
maximum size limit (1 GB). You can add an
overwrite recording to an LPCM file, even if
the file has reached the maximum size limit
(2 GB), when the beginning of the point to
be overwritten has not reached the maximum
size limit.
• You cannot add an overwrite recording to an
LPCM file or MP3 file which was not
recorded using the IC recorder. Moreover,
when you edit files using the supplied Sound
Organizer software, adding an overwrite
recording to the files may not be possible.
• The REC Mode of an additional overwrite
recording is the same as the added file.
• If 10 minutes have passed after step 4, you
must start the procedure again from step 4.
Recording a few seconds in
advance – the pre-recording
function
The pre-recording function allows you to
record sound sources for approximately 5
N/ENT
z REC/PAUSE
x STOP
v, V
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seconds prior to the point when you press
z REC/PAUSE. This is useful for
recording during interviews or when
making an open-air recording so that you
will not miss an opportunity to start
recording.
1 Select the (Recording) tab t “PRE
REC” in the menu, and then press N/
ENT.
2 Press v or V on the control button to
select “ON,” and then press N/ENT.
“PRE REC” is set to “OFF” when you
purchase the IC recorder.
3 Press x STOP to exit the menu mode.
4 Select a folder.
5 Press and hold z REC/PAUSE.
The IC recorder enters the recording
standby mode.
Pre-recording starts and sounds for a
maximum of the last 5 seconds are
buffered in the memory.
6 To start recording, press z REC/
PAUSE.
The standby for recording mode is
released, and recording continues from
the sound buffered in step 5.
7 To stop recording, press x STOP.
P Notes
• If you start recording with pre-recording
function using the built-in microphones, a
click noise may be recorded when you press
z REC/PAUSE. To record with
pre-recording function, we recommend
using an external microphone.
Press z REC/PAUSE
to enter the recording
standby mode.
Sounds for 5 seconds are
buffered in the memory.
Press z REC/
PAUSE.
Recording
starts.
Displays how long the
sound is buffered in the
memory.
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Recording
Operations
• When the remaining recordable time is less
than 10 seconds, the pre-recording function
is disabled. Before starting to use the
pre-recording function, erase unwanted files.
• When 60 minutes have passed after the IC
recorder entered the standby mode in step 5,
the standby mode will be canceled and
recording stops.
• If you stop recording before step 6, sounds
buffered in the memory will not be saved.
To cancel the pre-recording
function
Set “PRE REC” to “OFF” in step 2.
Starting to record
automatically in response to
sound – the VOR function
You can set the VOR (Voice Operated
Recording) function to “ON,” to make the
IC recorder start recording when the IC
recorder detects sound, and pause when no
sound is heard, eliminating recording
during soundless periods.
1 Select the (Recording) tab t “VOR”
in the menu when the IC recorder is in
the stop or recording mode, and then
press N/ENT.
2 Press v or V on the control button to
select “ON,” and then press N/ENT.
“VOR” is set to “OFF” when you
purchase the IC recorder.
3 Press x STOP to exit the menu mode.
4 Press z REC/PAUSE.
“ ” appears in the display
window.
The recording pauses when no sound is
detected and “ ” flashes. When
the IC recorder detects sound again, the
recording starts again.
N/ENT
z REC/PAUSE
x STOP
v, V
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To cancel the VOR function
Set “VOR” to “OFF” in step 2.
P Notes
• The VOR function is affected by the sound
around you. Set “REC Level” in the menu
according to the recording conditions. If
recording is not satisfactory after you have
changed the “REC Level” setting, or for an
important recording, set “VOR” to “OFF” in
the menu.
• If you press z REC/PAUSE to pause
recording during VOR recording, only
“ ” flashes.
• During manual recording (page 39),
pre-recording (page 43), and synchronized
recording (page 54), the VOR function does
not work.
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Recording
Operations
Recording on a Memory Card
In addition to the built-in memory, you can
record files on a memory card.
About compatible memory cards
Memory cards that you can use with the IC
recorder are as follows:
• Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™) media:
Up to 16 GB is supported.
• microSD card: A microSD (FAT16) card
smaller than 2 GB and a microSDHC
(FAT32) card from 4 GB to 32 GB are
supported.
A memory card of 64 MB or less is not
supported.
The microSD/microSDHC cards that have
been tested according to our standards are
as follows.
microSD/microSDHC cards
a: Operation tested
–: Operation not tested
As of September 2010
N/ENT
x STOP
v, V
Insert M2™ with the label side
facing toward you.*
Insert microSD card with the
terminal side facing toward you.*
* When you are
inserting a memory
cardwiththeback side
of the IC recorder
facing toward you.
z REC/PAUSE
.
Supplier 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
SONY a a a — —
Toshiba a a a a —
Panasonic a a a a —
SanDisk a a a a a
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For ICD-SX712, the operational tests
performed were using memory cards available
as of September 2010.
For the latest information about the memory
cards that have been tested, please access the
support home page for the IC recorder:
http://www.sony.com/recordersupport
In this manual, M2™ and microSD cards
are generally referred to as a “memory
card.”
The M2™/microSD card slot is referred to
as the “memory card slot.”
Due to the file system specifications of the
IC recorder, you can record and play back
an LPCM file smaller than 2 GB, and an
MP3/LPEC/WMA/AAC-LC file smaller
than 1 GB using a memory card.
You can record up to 4,074 files on an M2™
media.
P Note
Operations of all types of compatible memory
cards are not guaranteed.
To insert a memory card
Before recording, be sure to copy all the
data stored on the memory card to your
computer and format the memory card on
the IC recorder (page 102) so it contains no
data.
1 Open the cover of the memory card slot
in the stop mode.
2 Insert an M2™ or microSD card, in the
direction shown in the illustration on
page 47, securely to the end of the slot
until it clicks into place. Then close the
cover.
To remove a memory card
Push the memory card into the slot. When it
pops out, remove it from the memory card
slot.
Structure of folders and files
5 folders are created in a memory card in
addition to those in the built-in memory.
The structure of folders and files is
somewhat different from that of the built-in
memory (page 106).
P Notes
• Do not insert or remove a memory card
during recording/playback/formatting.
Doing so may cause a malfunction of the IC
recorder.
• Do not remove a memory card while the
“Accessing...” animation appears in the
display window. Doing so may damage the
data.
• If a memory card is not recognized, remove
it and then insert it into the IC recorder
again.
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Recording
Operations
• Close the cover of the memory card slot
firmly. Also, do not insert any liquid, metal,
flammable or any object other than a
memory card into the slot. Doing so may
cause fire, electric shock, or malfunctions.
To switch the IC recorder
destination to the memory card
(from the folder selection
window)
1 Press .
The folder selection window will be
displayed.
2 Press . on the control button, press v
or V on the control button to select the
(Built-in memory) tab, and then
press N/ENT.
3 Press v or V on the control button to
select “Memory Card,” and then press
N/ENT.
The (Built-in memory) tab changes
to the (External memory) tab, and
then the folder selection window will be
displayed.
4 Press x STOP to return to the stop mode
display.
To use the built-in memory
Select “Built-In Memory” in step 3.
To switch the IC recorder
destination to the memory card
(from the menu)
1 Select the (IC recorder setting) tab
t “Select Memory” in the menu, and
then press N/ENT.
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2 Press v or V on the control button to
select “Memory Card,” and then press
N/ENT.
“Select Memory” is set to “Built-In
Memory” when you purchase the IC
recorder.
If the memory card has already been
formatted, proceed to step 5.
3 When the memory card is not formatted,
select the (IC recorder setting) tab
t “Format” in the menu, and then press
N/ENT.
“Erase All Data?” will be displayed.
4 Press v or V on the control button to
select “Execute,” and then press N/
ENT.
5 Press x STOP to exit the menu mode.
To use the built-in memory
Select “Built-In Memory” in step 2.
To start recording
Select the folder and then press z REC/
PAUSE.
For auto (AGC) recording, see page 22. For
manual recording, see page 39.
Recording across memory
media – cross-memory
recording
When the memory media currently being
used becomes full during recording, the IC
recorder automatically switches its
destination to the other memory media and
continues recording (Cross-memory
recording).
x STOP
N/ENT
v, V

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