Sony Recorder Setup
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1- Turn on the device (see 1)
2- Make sure the "REC LEVEL" switch is set to "Manual" (see 2)
3- Press the record button (see 4). This turns-on the microphones, but does not start recording.
4- Point the recorder at the source you're trying to record.
4- SET YOUR LEVELS! Look at the meters (see 6) and adjust the "Record Level" dial (see 5) until the loudest parts of what you're trying to record hits -6dB. Avoid clipping as much as possible (i.e., you should never see the "Over" indicators to the right of the meters). If you need the mic to be more sensitive, set the "MIC SENS (ATT)" to "HI" (see 3). Conversely, if the microphones are too sensitive (i.e., you're almost always clipping), set the "MIC SEND (ATT)" to "LOW".
5- Plug-in headphones, adjust the headphone volume to a comfortable level (see 7), and listen to what's being captured by the microphones. Consider the following:
Is there too much/too little room sound?
Is the sound "natural" (i.e., like it sounds to your ears), or is it more focused on a particular frequency range?
7- If you moved the recorder while listening, make sure you re-check your levels. Adjust accordingly.
8- Press the "Pause" button. (see 8) This starts recording. You will see the time indicator start to count up.
9- When done, press the "stop" button.
10- To transfer to the computer, plug the USB cable into the Sony recorder and into the computer. The recorder will appear on the computer as a hard drive named "Sony Recorder". Double click on it and look for your audio files in the "Folder001" folder; your files will be the last ones in the folder. Click and drag your files to the location of your choice on the computer.