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Using the Sony ICD-MS1 Digital Audio Recorder

Note

Digital audio recorders can be borrowed from the ATC. Visit the ATC in Fuller Labs, call x5220, or send e-mail to atc@wpi.edu for information on borrowing a digital audio recorder.

Image 1: Sony ICD-MS1 Digital Audio Recorder Kit

When you borrow a Digital Audio Recorder from the ATC, you will receive a numbered kit provided in a small case. The Digital Audio Recorder kit should include:

  1. Digital Audio Recorder with protective case
  2. 1 Microphone (clip attachment)
  3. Sony Memory Stick (quantity varies)
  4. 1 SanDisk 4-in-1 PC Card Adapter (for laptops)
  5. 1 SanDisk ImageMate 5-in-1 Reader
  6. 1 USB cord (not pictured)
  7. Spare AAA Batteries (quantity varies)

Setting Up the Digital Audio Recorder for Classroom Use

Note

Refer to Image 1 (above) for hardware reference numbers in the instructions below.

  1. Plug the microphone (2) into the Digital Audio Recorder (1). The microphone jack is located at the top of the Recorder.
  2. Insert one Sony Memory Stick (3) into the slot in the bottom of the Digital Audio Recorder. The Recorder will read the Memory Stick and it will briefly flash on the screen and then disappear.
  3. Attach the microphone below the collar of your shirt or near the knot of your tie.

    Image 2: Proper microphone placement

Tip

The microphone should not be covered up by a tie or jacket as it will muffle the recording. The microphone should be clipped about 4-5 inches from your mouth so that heavy breathing is not recorded. Refer to Image 2 above.

  1. On the side of the Recorder, slide the "Hold" button to power on the Recorder.

Note

The "Hold" button is similar to a standard "Power" button. Power on and off the Digital Audio Recorder by sliding the "Hold" button to the left or right.

  1. On the Recorder screen, the default "Folder01" appears. Below "Folder01" are numbers indicating the number of files and the file number you are currently on. If you have just borrowed a Digital Audio Recorder and these numbers show anything but "000/000" (zero of zero files), you will need to format the memory stick.
  2. The Digital Audio Recorder can record audio and place it into three folders. It is wise simply to stick with the default Folder01 to minimize confusion. If you need to sort data files (i.e. for different courses), request an additional memory stick from the ATC. If you do need to switch folders, press the "Folder" button and use the jog lever on the side of the Recorder to change folders. Press the jog lever button in when you have selected the correct folder.

    The jog lever is the wheel located on the right-front side of the Recorder as highlighted in the above image

  3. When you are finished with the Recorder for an extended period of time, slide the "Hold" button again to power off the Digital Audio Recorder. It will flash briefly and then the screen will go blank.

Recording Audio

  1. When you are ready to record audio, press the "Rec/Stop" button on the side of the Recorder.
  2. When you are ready to stop recording, press the "Rec/Stop" button again. The file will save. You can record multiple audio clips on the memory stick. (An example of this would be if you have a lengthy class and offer your students a break in the middle of class. You probably would not want to record the audio that is happening during the break time. Stop the recording during the break by pressing the "Rec/Stop" button and then when break is over and you are ready to continue with class, push the "Rec/Stop" button again to resume recording. Thus, you would have two files: one before break and one after break.)
  3. When you are finished with the Recorder for an extended period of time, slide the "Hold" button again to power off the Digital Audio Recorder. It will flash briefly and then the screen will go blank.

Playing Back Audio

  1. If you want to review your audio clips, use the jog lever to scroll through and select the audio file you want to play back.
  2. Press the jog lever switch in to play back your file. If you would like to use a personal headset (the ATC does not provide these with the Digital Audio Recorder kits, but you can reserve a headset separately) so that the audio is not played back through the speakers, you can use the jack at the top of the Recorder next to the microphone jack.
  3. Use the jog lever button to fast forward or rewind your audio.
  4. When you are finished with the Recorder for an extended period of time, slide the "Hold" button again to power off the Digital Audio Recorder. It will flash briefly and then the screen will go blank.

Deleting Audio Files

There are two ways you can delete audio files. One method is to delete audio files individually. The other method is to format the whole memory stick.

Deleting Individual Files

  1. Use the jog lever to scroll through your audio files to select the one you wish to delete.
  2. Press and hold the "Erase" button on the front of the Recorder until it beeps. The file you wish to delete will play so that you can confirm that this is indeed the file you want deleted permanently from the memory stick.
  3. At any point during the playback, press the "Erase" button again and the file will delete.
  4. Repeat for any subsequent files you wish to delete.

Formatting the Memory Stick

Caution

This process will erase all files and folders stored on your memory stick!

  1. Press the "Menu" button.
  2. Use the jog lever and scroll to FORMAT
  3. Press the jog lever in and confirm the format by selecting YES and OK (press the jog lever in to select both these options).
  4. You will return to the main menu. Press the "Menu" button again to exit.
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