DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER

DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS
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 recordings, we recommend that you test the record function and volume before use.

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Introduction
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Table of contents
Introduction
Safe and proper usage .............................. 4

4 Menu Setting
Menu setting method ............................. 36 + File Menu ................................................. 38 , Rec Menu ................................................. 38 - Play Menu ................................................ 40 . LCD/Sound Menu ..................................... 43 / Device Menu ............................................ 44 Rearranging files [Replace] .......................... 45 Formatting the recorder [Format] ............... 46

1 Getting Started
Main features........................................... 6 Identification of parts .............................. 7 Display (LCD panel) ........................................ 8 Power supply ......................................... 10 Inserting batteries ........................................10 Charging by connecting to a computer via USB ..........................................................12 Turning on/off the power ..............................13 HOLD ...................................................... 14 Setting time and date [Time & Date] ....... 15 Changing the time and date..........................16 [VOICE] mode and [MUSIC] mode ..........................................................17 Notes on the folders ............................... 18 About the folders for voice recordings ..........18 About the folder for music playback .............19 Selecting the folders and files ................ 20

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5 Using the Recorder on Your PC
Operating environment.......................... 48 Connecting to your PC............................. 50 Disconnecting from your PC ......................... 51 Transfer the voice files to your PC............ 52 Using Windows Media Player .................. 53 Window names ............................................ 53 Copying music from CD ................................ 54 Transferring music file to the recorder......... 55 Copying voice file to the CD .......................... 58 Using iTunes ........................................... 60 Window names ............................................ 60 Copying music from CD .................................61 Transferring music file to the recorder......... 62 Copying voice file to the CD .......................... 63 Using as external memory of the PC ........ 64

2 About Recording
Recording .............................................. 21 Microphone sensitivity ................................ 23 Recommended settings by recording condition .................................24 Recording from external microphone or other devices........................................... 25

6 Other Information
Alarm message list ................................. 65 Troubleshooting..................................... 66 Technical assistance and support ............ 68 Accessories (optional) ............................. 68 Specifications ........................................ 69

3 About Playback
Playback ................................................ 27 Setting an index mark or a temp mark .........31 How to begin segment repeat playback ...... 32 Erasing................................................... 34

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humid locations such as inside a closed automobile under direct sunlight or on the beach in the summer. f Warning: • Do not solder lead wires or terminals directly onto a battery or modify it. General Precautions • Do not leave the recorder in hot. To protect yourself and others from personal injury or damage to property.terminals together. • Do not disassemble. or any other reasons is excluded from the Olympus’s liability. repair performed by the third party other than Olympus or an Olympus authorized service station. or during repair work. 4 . or go-cart). This may cause fire. it is essential that you always read the warnings and information provided. Keep this manual in an easily accessible location for future reference. • The warning symbols indicate important safety related information. motorcycle. Any liability for passive damages or damage of any kind occurred due to data loss incurred by a defect of the product. or subjected to high temperatures in a hot vehicle. • Never store batteries where they will be exposed to direct sunlight. • Do not use organic solvents such as alcohol and lacquer thinner to clean the unit. etc. These can cause irreparable damage. • Avoid sand or dirt. Batterries f Danger: • Batteries should never be exposed to flame. overheating or electric shock. • Do not operate the unit while operating a vehicle (such as a bicycle. • Avoid strong vibrations or shocks. repair or modify the unit yourself. read this manual carefully to ensure that you know how to operate it safely and correctly. • Keep the unit out of the reach of children. • Do not connect the = and . near a heat source. If you experience noise. <Warning regarding data loss> Recorded content in memory may be destroyed or erased by operating mistakes. unit malfunction.Safe and proper usage Before using your new recorder. or move the recorder further away from such equipment. • Do not store the recorder in places exposed to excessive moisture or dust. • Do not place the recorder on top of or near electric appliances such as TVs or refrigerators. heated. move to another place. It is recommended to back up and save important content to other media such as a computer hard disk. shortcircuited or disassembled. • Avoid recording or playing back near cellular phones or other wireless equipment. as they may cause interference and noise.

When the operating time becomes shorter even if the rechargeable battery is fully charged under the specified condition. • Do not connect the batteries directly to a power outlet or a cigarette lighter of an automobile. or a burning odor: 1 remove the batteries immediately while being careful not to burn yourself.Safe and proper usage • When carrying or storing the batteries. Do not carry or store the batteries with any metal objects (such as key rings). • If you notice anything unusual when using this product such as abnormal noise. • If any liquid from a battery gets into your eyes. promptly wash it off with clean water and consult your doctor at once.terminals reversed. 2 call your dealer or local Olympus representative for service. be sure to recharge them before use. • Never use any batteries with a torn or cracked outer cover. • Rechargeable batteries have limited lifetime. color change or deformity. • Unplug the charger if the charging is still incomplete after the specified time it should take. • Do not attempt to recharge alkaline. replace it with a new one. If this warning is not followed. heat. • Keep batteries out of the reach of children. • When using rechargeable batteries that have not been used for a while. fire. promptly wash it off with clean water. • Do not remove or damage the batteries insulating sheet. and. Do not allow water to contact the terminals. f Caution: • Do not subject batteries to strong shocks. be sure to put it in the provided case to protect its terminals. • Do not expose the batteries to water. • Do not use the batteries if you find something wrong with them such as leakage. • Should any batteries liquid get on skin or clothing. lithium or any other non-rechargeable batteries. smoke. • Keep batteries away from fire. overheating or electric shock may occur. 5 . • Do not insert the batteries with their = and .

36. The data can be transferred or saved without USB cable or driver software (☞ P. 36. It can also play back MP3* (MPEG-1/MPEG-2 Audio Layer-3) and WAV* format files (☞ P. s Index mark and temp mark features allow you to quickly find desired locations (☞ P. P. P. pictures. P. 6 . s It has built-in WOW XT (☞ P.60). P. and utilized to carry data. s A Noise Cancel function (☞ P.17). * For WS-550M only.Getting Started Main features s Dual function recorder as a Digital Voice Recorder and a Digital Music Player (☞ P. s It has a USB charging function (☞ P.53. P. s The playback speed can be controlled as preferred (☞ P. 21).12). 32. text data. 40) cut noise and enable clear audio playback. s It features various repeat functions (☞ P. 64). P. 38). 27. P. 36. 40). 8). This recorder is compatible with USB 2. 1 Main features s You can change the playback equalizer settings (☞ P. s Connecting this recorder directly to the USB port links up with your PC. s It has a backlight full-dot display (LCD panel) (☞ P. 36. 36. can be saved. P. 36. s The Low Cut Filter minimizes air conditioner noise and other similar noises while recording (☞ P. 36. enabling fast data transfer to a computer. 42). 41). By connecting the computer with the USB. 31). 50). s The recorder stores highly compressed WMA (Windows Media Audio) format voice messages in integrated flash memory (☞ P. s It has a built-in Variable Control Voice Actuator (VCVA) function (☞ P. P. P.0. s You can choose one of three stereo or three monaural recording modes (☞ P. 39). etc. s This USB storage class support recorder can be utilized as external memory to read and save the data (☞ P. P. 40) and a Voice Filter function (☞ P. 36. 39). P. 41). 36.

Identification of parts 1 2 3 8 * & ^ % 0 ! @ # $ = 9 7 q 4 5 6 ) ( 1 Identification of parts 1 EAR (Earphone) jack 2 MIC (Microphone) jack 3 Built-in stereo microphone (L) 4 Built-in stereo microphone (R) 5 Recording indicator light 6 LIST button 7 Strap hole 8 Display (LCD panel) 9 Built-in speaker 0 + button ! RECs (Record) button @ 0 button # MENU button $ – button % INDEX/ERASE button ^ OK ` button & 9 button * STOP4 button ( Battery cover ) HOLD switch .Mode (VOICE/MUSIC) switch* MIC SENSE CONF/DICT switch** = USB connector slide lever q USB connector * For WS-550M only. 7 . ** For WS-450S only.

Identification of parts Display (LCD panel) Folder list display " For WS-450S: 1 " For WS-550M: 1 Identification of parts When [VOICE] mode is selected: 1 2 2 1 [VOICE] mode indicator Record/ Playback status indicator Battery indicator 2 Folder name When [MUSIC] mode is selected: File list display 3 4 " For WS-550M: When [VOICE] mode is selected: 1 2 1 [VOICE] mode indicator Record/ Playback status indicator Battery indicator 2 Folder name 3 [MUSIC] mode indicator Record/ Playback status indicator Battery indicator 4 Folder name When [MUSIC] mode is selected: 3 4 8 .

Identification of parts 1 Folder name Record/ Playback status indicator Battery indicator 2 File name 3 Folder name Record/ Playback status indicator Battery indicator 4 File name When [MUSIC] mode is selected: 0 ! @ # $ % ^ & 1 Identification of parts " For WS-450S: 1 2 " For WS-450S: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 Folder name Record/ Playback status indicator Battery indicator 2 File name File display 1 File name Record/ Playback status indicator Battery indicator 2 Folder indicator Recording mode indicator 3 During recording mode: Remaining memory bar indicator " For WS-550M: When [VOICE] mode is selected: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 During playback mode: Playback position bar indicator 4 Recording date and time 5 [?] Microphone Sensitivity indicator [!] VCVA indicator [%] Noise Cancel indicator [$] Voice Filter indicator [0] Low Cut Filter indicator 6 Current file number/ Total number of recorded files in the folder 9 .

polarities. During playback mode: Elapsed playback time 8 During recording mode: Remaining recording time 1 Identification of parts/Power supply During playback or stop mode: File length 1 Lightly press down on the arrow and slide the battery cover open. 9 Playback mode indicator 0 Title name ! Artist name @ Album name # Elapsed playback time $ [#] WOW XT indicator ["] Equalizer indicator % Current file number/ Total number of recorded files in the folder ^ File length & Playback mode indicator 2 Insert size-AAA alkaline battery. " For WS-550M: • When charging with the recorder. be sure to use the supplied specified Ni-MH rechargeable (BR401) batteries. Before using the unit or after long periods of disuse.12). 10 .Identification of parts 7 During recording mode: Elapsed recording time Power supply Inserting batteries This recorder can be used with either Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries or AAA Alkaline Batteries. observing the correct = and . it is recommended that you continuously charge them until full (☞ P. • The supplied rechargeable batteries are not fully charged.

• If the “hour” indicator flashes in the display.Power supply " For WS-450S: • This recorder cannot charge rechargeable batteries. you may have to reset the time when you have loaded fresh batteries (☞ P.15). • If it takes longer than 1 minute to replace the dead batteries or if you take the batteries in and out repeatedly at short intervals.15). • When changing batteries. AAA alkaline batteries or Olympus Ni-MH rechargeable batteries are recommended. In this case. then sliding to the direction B. 1 Power supply 8{9{: • When [:] appears on the display. The use of other manufacturers' products can damage the recorder and should be avoided. the recorder may be reset due to the reduction of the voltage output of the batteries depending on the volume level even if [8] is displayed in the battery indicator. be sure to use Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (optional). 3 Close the battery cover completely by pressing to the direction A. It is crucial to change the batteries once you see only one Hash mark in the battery indicator. If you are recording into a file and the batteries run out. lower the volume of the recorder. Unloading the batteries while the recorder is in use may corrupt the file. see “Setting time and date [Time & Date]” (☞ P. When the batteries are too weak. you will loose your currently recorded file because the file header will not be able to close. Notes • Manganese batteries may not be used in this recorder. • When playing a voice/music file. • When replacing rechargeable batteries. Battery indicator The battery indicator on the display changes as the batteries loose power. replace the batteries as soon as possible. 11 . [ ] and [Battery Low] appears on the display and the recorder shuts down. • Be sure to stop the recorder before replacing the batteries. • Remove the batteries if you are not going to use the recorder for an extended period of time.

2 Slide the USB connector slide lever in the direction indicated by the arrow to eject the USB connector out of the recorder. Charge the batteries at the temperature from 5°C to 35°C (41°F to 95°F). When charging. • Charging is completed when battery indication becomes to [<] (charging time: approximately 3 hours *). it means that a battery that cannot be charged is in the recorder. • If [Cannot charge] is displayed. • Use the supplied USB extension cable depending on situations. • Do not charge the recorder with the USB hub connected. ** [=]: When surrounding temperature is higher than 35°C (95°F).]: When surrounding temperature is lower than 5°C (41°F). • When using time becomes notably short even after the batteries are fully charged. Also. 12 . the recorder may not operate properly. * It shows the approximate time when charging the rechargeable battery fully from no remaining power at the room temperature. 3 While pressing the STOP 4 button. 1 Boot the PC. replace them with new ones. Notes • The recorder cannot be charged when the PC is not turned on.Power supply Charging by connecting to a computer via USB " For WS-550M: 1 Power supply You can charge the batteries by connecting to a PC's USB port. • You cannot charge when [. it may not be charged when the PC is in standby mode. Replace the batteries with supplied ones at once (☞ P. 10). be sure to correctly place the rechargeable batteries (supplied) into the recorder (☞ P. connect to the PC’s USB port. The charging time will be changed depending on the remaining amount and the state of batteries. * [.10). Otherwise. • Be sure to push the USB connector all the way in.]* or [=]** blinks.

It is recommended to fully charge the batteries then discharge repeatedly for 2 to 3 times.Power supply Cautions concerning the rechargeable batteries Read the following descriptions carefully when you use the Ni-MH rechargeable batteries. • If Ni-MH rechargeable batteries are not fully discharged. turn the power off to reduce battery consumption to a minimum. This is an inherent nature of such products. existing data. Turning on the power Slide the HOLD switch in the opposite direction that indicated by the arrow. For customers in Germany: Olympus has a contract with the GRS (Joint Battery Disposal Association) in Germany to ensure environmentally friendly disposal. Even if the power is turned off. and clock settings will be maintained.42°C/ 32°F . Be sure to charge them regularly before use.35°C/ 41°F . remove the rechargeable batteries from the products when you will not be using them for a long time. • The resume function will bring the recorder back to the stop position in memory before power was turned off. and store them separately. by taping the contacts) before disposing. • The display will turn on. and the power will be turned on.6°F Charging: 5°C .g. In order to prevent battery leakage or rust.30°C/ –4°F .86°F Using the rechargeable batteries outside the above temperature range may result in declining efficiency and shorter battery life. The rechargeable batteries efficiency may fluctuate even when operating within the recommended temperature range. protect against shortcircuiting (e. Recommended temperature range: When operating appliance: 0°C . always observe the local laws and regulations. However. • When disposing rechargeable batteries. mode settings. Contact you local recycling center for proper disposal methods. 1 Power supply Turning on/off the power When the recorder is not being used. for best results when charging newly purchased rechargeable batteries or batteries that have not been used for a long time (more than one month).95°F Storage for a long period: –20°C . Discharging: The rechargeable batteries self-discharge while this is not in use.107. Operating temperature: The rechargeable batteries are chemical products. 13 . Notes • This recorder is designed to fully charge batteries regardless of their energy level.

14 . Notes • If you press any button in HOLD mode. the recorder is set to HOLD mode. and the power will be turned off.Power supply Turning off the power HOLD If you bring the recorder is set to HOLD mode. Power save mode If the recorder is stopped/not used for over 5 minutes after it is turned on. and all buttons will be disabled. Exit HOLD mode Slide the HOLD switch in the opposite direction that indicated by the arrow. and the display shuts off. but it will not operate the recorder. press any button. This feature is useful when the recorder has to be carried in a bag or pocket. • The resume function remembers the stop position before the power is turned off. the running conditions will be preserved. 1 Power supply/HOLD • The display shuts off. the clock display flashes for 2 seconds. While the recorder is during stop mode. • After [Hold] appears on the display. slide the HOLD switch in the direction indicated by the arrow. it goes into standby (power-save) mode. slide the HOLD switch in the direction indicated by the arrow. • To exit standby mode and turn on the display. Set the recorder to HOLD mode While the recorder is during stop mode.

M 10:38 PM (Initial setting) 22:38 • You can select the order of the “month”. the information when the file is recorded is automatically stored for each file. and press the + or − button to set. Example: 10:38 P. or when the batteries have been inserted without the device having been used in a long time. Example: April 15. When you use the recorder for the first time after purchasing it. When the “hour” is flashing. • You can select between 12 and 24 hour display by pressing the LIST button while setting the hour and minute. • Select the item from the “hour”. “year”. • Follow the same steps by pressing the 9 or 0 button to select the next item. it will stop).HOLD/Setting time and date [Time & Date] • If HOLD is applied during playback (recording). “month” and “day” with a flashing point. 15 . Setting the time and date beforehand enables easier file management. Setting time and date [Time & Date] If you set the time and date beforehand. 1 Press the 9 or 0 button to select the item to set. 2009 4M 15D 2009Y (Initial setting) 15D 4M 2009Y 2009Y 4M 15D LIST button +− button 9 0 button OK ` button 3 Press the OK ` button to complete the setting. “day” and “year” by pressing the LIST button while setting them. 1 HOLD/Setting time and date 2 Press the + or − button to set. “minute”. operation is disabled with the playback (recording) state unchanged (When playback has ended and the recording has ended due to the remaining memory being used up. conduct the setup from Step 1. the [Set Time & Date] will appear.

• The menu will appear on the display (☞ P.15). and [Remain].Setting time and date [Time & Date] • The clock will start from the set date and time. 3 Press the OK ` or 9 button to move the cursor to the item to set. • The “hour” will flash on the display. 1 Setting time and date Note • If you press the OK ` button during the setup operation. 1 While the recorder is during stop mode. If the current time and date is not correct. 2 Press the + or − button to select [Device Menu] tab. +− button 9 button OK `button MENU button 4 Press the OK ` or 9 button. • [Device Menu] will appear on the display. the recorder will save the items that were set to that point. The following steps are the same as Step 1 through Step 3 of “Setting time and date [Time & Date]” (☞ P. 5 Press the MENU button to close the menu screen. 16 . • [Time & Date] will appear on the display.36). indicating the start of the Time and Date setup process. set it using the procedure below. press the MENU button. • You can change the menu display by moving the settings tab cursor. press and hold the STOP 4 button to display the [Time & Date]. Changing the time and date While the recorder is during stop mode. Press the OK ` button according to the time signal.

• This recorder functions as an IC recorder.19). See “About the folder for music playback” for transferring music files to the recorder using Windows Media Player (☞ P. • The recorder functions as a music player. [VOICE] mode: [MUSIC] mode: Slide the mode switch to [MUSIC] position. For listening to music. 1 [VOICE] mode and [MUSIC] mode Slide the mode switch to [VOICE] position.18). set the mode switch to [VOICE].[VOICE] mode and [MUSIC] mode " For WS-550M: This device can be used as a voice recorder or as a music player. 17 . For recording and playback voice recordings. See “About the folders for voice recordings” regarding the destination of saved files (☞ P. set the mode switch to [MUSIC].

• WMA format . 2 File number: A serial number automatically assigned by a Digital Voice Recorder. 3 Extension: These are the file name extensions for the recording format when recording with this device. WS55 0001 . 1 Recorder Notes on the folders Folder A Folder B Folder C Folder D 001 002 003 004 Folder Folder E 200 File Each folder can store up to 200 files. File names will be automatically created for files recorded by this recorder.WMA 18 .WMA 1 2 3 1 User ID: The user ID name that has been set on the Digital Voice Recorder.[Folder E] are the folders for voice recordings.Notes on the folders The voice files and the music files are separated into folders for voice recordings and folders for music playback that are organized in a branching tree-style and saved. select any one of the five folders and then record. When recording with the recorder. About the folders for voice recordings [Folder A] .

Precautions for transferring music files: When using Windows Media Player 10. All the files will be transferred to the part A above (☞ P.Notes on the folders " For WS-550M: About the folder for music playback When transferring music files to the device using Windows Media Player. Up to 128 folders can be created under the [Music] folder. including [Music]. Music files that are in the same folder can be rearranged in preferential order and replayed (☞ P. a folder is automatically created within the music playback folder which has a layered structure as shown in the diagram below.45). 1 Notes on the folders Music First layer Second layer Music Artist 01 Album 01 001 002 Artist 02 Album 02 003 Artist 03 Album 03 004 A 200 Each folder can store up to 200 files. Folder File 19 . click [Start Sync] instead of setting the synchronization options.57).

The list display can be operated by the 0 button. Return Each time you press this it returns up one level. For information on the layered structure of the folders. see the section entitled “Notes on the folders” (☞ P. it will return to the file display.19).18. Proceed Each time you press this it opens the folder or file selected in the list display and proceeds down one level. List display The folders and files recorded in this recorder are displayed. The list display screen can be operated by the 9 button. P. + or − button Select the folder or file. Enters in playback standby mode. When you press and hold the LIST button while moving in a hierarchy of folders. Operation of the folders for music playbacks: " For WS-550M: 1 Folder list display Folder list display (First layer) Folder list display (Second layer) File list display Selecting the folders and files Operation of the folders for voice recordings: Folder list display File list display File display File display Moving through the levels File display LIST button OK `button Information of the selected file is displayed. 20 .Selecting the folders and files Change folders while the operation is stopped or played back.

• Newly recorded audio will be saved as the last file in the selected folder. select a folder between [&] to [*]. P.17).18 to P. [Music Mode] will flash on the display. How to change folders: 1 Pressing the LIST button at the file display while stopped will return you to the next higher level. Configure this while the recorder is stopped (☞ P. • The recording indicator light glows and [7] will appear on the display. a b c d e a b c d e Recording mode Remaining memory bar indicator Remaining recording time Elapsed recording time Level meter (change according to the recording level and recording function settings) 2 Recording " For WS-550M: • If the RECs button is pressed while the mode switch is set to [MUSIC]. • [Rec Mode] cannot be changed in the recording standby mode or while recording. Folder [&] might be used to store private information. f f File length 21 . 2 Pressing button + or − at the folder list display will select the folders for voice recordings. • Turn the microphone in the direction of the source to be recorded. These five folders can be selectively used to distinguish the kind of recording. while Folder ['] might be dedicated to holding business information. Pressing the LIST button repeatedly will bring you to the folder list display. • [4] will appear on the display.38). 3 Press the STOP4 button to stop recording.20). 1 Select the recording folder (☞ P.36. STOP 4 button REC s button 2 Press the RECs button to start recording.About Recording Recording Before starting recording. for example. Set the mode switch to [VOICE] before recording (☞ P.

Recording Notes • To ensure recording from the beginning. Connect the earphone to the EAR jack on the recorder. start speaking after you see the recording indicator light on. • [Folder Full] will appear when the folder capacity is full. • Stop recording and the file that was just recorded will be played back. press the OK ` button. • After recording has started. While the recorder is during recording mode. To EAR jack • [5] will appear on the display. Pause To quickly check on the recorded contents While the recorder is during recording mode. When the recording time is decreasing to 30 or 10 seconds. press the RECs button. 2 Recording • [6] will appear on the display. you can hear the sound being recorded. • The recorder will time out after 60 minutes when left in “Rec Pause”.34). Listening while audio is recorded If you start recording after inserting the earphone into the EAR jack on the recorder. the recording indicator light starts flashing. The recording monitor volume can be adjusted by pressing the + or − button. 22 . Resume Recording: Press the RECs button again. • [Memory Full] will appear when the memory is full. • When remaining recording time is less than 60 seconds. the light flashes faster. Delete any unnecessary files before recording any further (☞ P. you can hear the sound being recorded through the earphone.34). • Recording will resume at the point of interruption. Delete any unnecessary files before recording any further (☞ P.

Recording
Notes • Recording level cannot be controlled using the volume button. • When using the earphones, do NOT set the volume too high. Listening at very high volume may lead to hearing loss. • Do not place earphones near a microphone as this may cause feedback. • When the external speaker is connected while recording, there is a risk that audio feedback will occur.

Microphone sensitivity
Microphone sensitivity is adjustable to meet recording needs.

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• Set the microphone sensitivity function using the menu display (☞ P.36 P.38).

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Slide the MIC SENSE CONF/DICT switch to select [CONF] or [DICT]. Recording

[CONF]: This is a highly sensitive mode which can record surrounding noises. [DICT]: This is the standard level of microphone sensitivity. Select this mode for cases where the volume of the source sound is high, such as a band performance. Note • When you would like to clearly record a speaker’s voice, set the MIC SENSE CONF/DICT switch to [DICT] and hold the recorder’s built-in stereo microphone close to the speaker’s mouth (5-10 cm) before recording.

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Recording Recommended settings by recording condition
The recorder is initially set to the [ST XQ] mode so that you can make high quality stereo recordings immediately after purchasing it. The various functions relating to recording can be configured in detail to suit the recording conditions. Recommended settings Recording condition
Recording Mode (☞ P.36, P.38) Microphone Sensitivity (☞ P.23 or P.36, P.38) Low Cut Filter (☞ P.36, P.39)

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Recording

Conferences with large crowds and lectures in large rooms.

[ST XQ] [CONF] or [Conference]

Meetings and [ST XQ] business negotia[ST HQ] tions with a small [HQ] number of people. Dictation with a lot of background noise. [ST XQ] [ST HQ] [HQ]

[On]

[DICT] or [Dictation] Set the microphone sensitivity according to the volume being recorded.

Music playing, wild birds singing, [ST XQ] and railway sounds. Dictation in a quiet environment.

[Off]

There is no particular recommendation. Choose a setting for recording.

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Recording Recording from external microphone or other devices
The external microphone and other devices can be connected and the sound can be recorded. Connect as follows by the device to be used. • Do not plug and unplug devices into the recorder’s jack while it is recording. Tie clip microphone (omni-directional): ME15 Small concealing microphone with a tie-clip. Telephone pickup: TP7 Earphone type microphone can be plugged into your ear while phoning. The voice or conversation over the phone can be clearly recorded.

Recording with external microphone: Connect an external microphone to the MIC jack of the recorder.

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• • Notes The built-in microphone will become inoperable when an external microphone is plugged into the recorder’s MIC jack. Microphones supported by plug-in power can also be used. When the external stereo microphone is used while [Rec Mode] is set to a monaural recording mode, audio will be recorded to the L channel only (☞ P.36, P.38). When an external monaural microphone is used while [Rec Mode] is set to a stereo recording mode, it enables recording only with the L channel microphone (☞ P.36, P.38).

Recording

To MIC jack

Applicable external microphones (optional) (☞ P.68)
Stereo microphone: ME51S The built-in large-diameter microphone enables sensitive stereo recording. 2 channel microphone (omnidirectional): ME30W These are highly sensitive omnidirectional microphones supported by plug-in power which are well-suited to recording musical performances. Highly sensitive noise-cancellation monaural microphone (unidirectional): ME52W This microphone is used to record sound at a distance while minimizing surrounding noise.

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Note • When you adjust the various sound quality settings related to playback on the recorder. perform a test recording and then adjust the output level for the external devices.36. P. When external devices are connected.Recording Recording the sound of other devices with this recorder: The sound can be recorded when connecting to the audio output terminal (earphone jack) of the other device.41). and the MIC jack of the recorder with the connecting cord KA333 (optional) for dubbing. 26 .40. the audio output signal sent out from the EAR jack will change as well (☞ P. with the connecting cord KA333 (optional) for dubbing. P. To audio output terminal of other devices Recording the sound of this recorder with other devices: The sound of this recorder can be recorded to other devices when connected to the audio input terminal (microphone jack) of other devices and the EAR jack of this recorder. 2 Recording To MIC jack To EAR jack To audio input terminal of other devices Note • The detailed input levels cannot be adjusted with this recorder.

About Playback Playback The recorder can playback WAV*. 5 Press the STOP 4 button at any point you want to stop the playback. playback may be resumed from the registered stopped location. • [6] will appear on the display. • [4] will appear on the display. a STOP 4 button +− button OK ` button b c d e a b c d e File name Folder indicator Playback position bar indicator Elapsed playback time File length 3 Playback " For WS-550M: • When playing back files transferred from a PC. • When playing back files recorded on the recorder. When the resume function is activated the stopped location will be registered. 2 In the File list display.17). The next time the power is turned on. press the + or − button to select the file that you want to playback. MP3* and WMA format files. 3 Press the OK ` button to start playback. 2 Pressing button + or − at the folder list display will select the folders for voice recordings and press the OK ` or 9 button. 27 . To playback a file recorded with other machines. set the mode switch to [VOICE] (☞ P. you need to transfer (copy) it from a computer. set the mode switch according to the folder type (☞ P. Pressing the LIST button repeatedly will bring you to the folder list display. 1 Select the folder which contains the files to be played back (☞ P. * For WS-550M only.20).18 to P. press the 9 or 0 button to select a file.17). • In the File display. even if the power is turned off. • This will stop the file being played back midway. How to change folders: 1 Pressing the LIST button at the file display during playback or while stopped will return you to the next higher level. • The volume can be adjusted within a range from [00] to [30]. 4 Press the + or − button to adjust to a comfortable listening volume.

the recorder will stop at that location (☞ P. 28 . press and hold the 9 button. • The recorder skips to the beginning of the previous file. • If you release the 9 button. While the recorder is during playback mode. While the recorder is during stop mode in the file display.Playback Forwarding • [4] will appear on the display. Locating the beginning of the file 3 • [3] will appear on the display. While the recorder is during stop mode in the file display. Playback While the recorder is during playback mode. it will stop. • The recorder skips to the beginning of the current file. • The recorder stops when it reaches the beginning of the file. While the recorder is during stop mode. press and hold the 9 button. press and hold the 0 button. 31). press the 0 button. press the 0 button. While the recorder is during playback mode. If the recorder stop the midway of the file. Rewinding While the recorder is during stop mode or playback mode. return to the beginning of the file. the recorder will stop at that location (☞ P. press and hold the 0 button. • When you release the 9 button the recorder will resume normal playback. Continue pressing the 0 button to proceed with the review from the end of the previous file. 31). Press the OK ` button to start playback from where it was stopped. • The recorder stops when it reaches the end of the file. • When you release the 0 button the recorder will resume normal playback • If there is an index mark or temp mark in the middle of the file. Continue pressing the 9 button to proceed with the cue from the beginning of the next file. • If you release the 0 button. • If there is an index mark or temp mark in the middle of the file. it will stop. Press the OK ` button to start playback from where it was stopped. press the 9 button. • The recorder skips to the beginning of the next file.

do not raise the volume too much. ** Can be operated only in [MUSIC] mode. then will start playback (☞ P. P. the recorder speaker will be switched-off.36. P.40) To EAR jack [Equalizer]** (☞ P. The recorder has a Voice Filter Function to cut low and high frequency tones during normal. Notes • When you skip to the beginning of the file during playback. The playback speed can be set to slow speed or fast speed playback. If you change the equalizer setting.42) [Skip Space] (☞ P. P. you can enjoy the music with your favorite sound quality. adjust the Noise Cancel setting level.40) [WOW]** (☞ P.36. You can select the playback mode that fits your preference. [Replace] (☞ P.41) [Play Speed] (☞ P.32) This function enables repeated playback of part of the file being played. This changes the order of the files in the selected folder. *** The operation is different between [VOICE] mode and [MUSIC] mode. 43). The recorder has WOW XT.36.36.40) Settings relating to playback " For WS-550M: Segment repeat (☞ P. 31).36. It may cause hearing impairment and decrease in hearing ability. • When you listen with the earphone during playback. P.43) * Can be operated only in [VOICE] mode. insert the earphone after turning down the volume level. or slow playback. The skip interval length can be set. If recorded audio is difficult to understand because of noisy surroundings. • When [Skip Space] set to other than [File Skip]. P. P. It is useful for playing back files in a preferred order while in normal playback mode etc. the recorder will skip forward/ reverse the specified time. 29 . 36. Notes • To avoid irritation to the ear. The index mark and temp mark will be skipped when you perform the operation in stop mode (☞ P.36. P. [Play Mode]*** (☞ P. • The recorder skips to the beginning of the previous file. an audio processing technology that increases sound clarity and bass quality. and enable clear audio playback. Playback through earphone An earphone can be connected to the EAR jack of the recorder for listening. the recorder will stop at the position of the index mark and temp mark.45) 3 Playback [Noise Cancel]* (☞ P.36.Playback While the recorder is during playback mode. [Voice Filter]* (☞ P. fast. P.41) • When the earphone is used. press the 0 button twice.

44.32) This function enables repeated playback of part of the file being played. and enable clear audio playback. You can select the playback mode that fits your preference.Playback " For WS-450S: Segment repeat (☞ P. check to make sure that the sampling rate and bit rate are in the range where playback is possible. • This recorder is compatible with Microsoft Corporation DRM9.1 kHz. P. The skip interval length can be set.1 kHz. • Variable bitrate MP3 files (in which conversion bitrates can vary) may not play properly. 32 kHz. 48 kHz MPEG2 Layer3: 16 kHz. 16 kHz. 22 kHz. or slow playback. fast. P. P.1 kHz MPEG1 Layer3: 32 kHz.45) 3 Playback [Voice Filter] (☞ P. Combinations of sampling rates and bit rates for music files which the recorder can playback are given below. File format WAV* format Sampling frequency 44. 41) [Play Speed] (☞ P.05 kHz. 24 kHz 8 kHz.36. The playback speed can be set to slow speed or fast speed playback. 11 kHz.40) [Play Mode] (☞ P. The recorder has a Voice Filter Function to cut low and high frequency tones during normal. 48 kHz Bit rate 16 bit [Replace] (☞ P. This changes the order of the files in the selected folder. P. 22.43) MP3* format From 8 kbps up to 320 kbps WMA format From 5 kbps up to 320 kbps * For WS-550M only. but not with DRM10.36. 44. About music file In cases where the recorder is unable to playback music files that have been transferred to it. 30 . It is useful for playing back files in a preferred order while in normal playback mode etc. this recorder can only play back those in the linear PCM format.36. • For WAV files. WAV files other than these cannot be played back.36.42) [Skip Space] (☞ P.

switch to the list screen. recording or playback will continue so you can place index or temp marks in other locations in a similar manner. Press the INDEX/ERASE button. 2 Press the 9 or 0 button to select the index or temp mark to erase. • Even after an index or temp mark is placed. you can quickly find a location you want to listen to in fast forward and fast rewind and when cuing a file. • Index or temp numbers after the erased index or temp number will automatically move up. Index marks cannot be placed on files created on machines other than Olympus IC recorders. 3 While the index or temp number appears for approximately 2 seconds on the display. or connect the recorder to a computer. but temp marks can be placed instead to temporarily remember desired locations. Notes • Temp marks are temporary markings. so if you move to another file. they will be automatically erased. • A number appears on the display and an index mark or temp mark will be placed. 31 . press the INDEX/ERASE button. Clearing an index mark or a temp mark: 1 Locate the index or temp mark you want to clear. +− button 9 0 button OK ` button INDEX/ERASE button 3 Playback 1 While the recorder is during recording mode or playback mode.Playback Setting an index mark or a temp mark If index marks and temp marks are placed. • The index or temp mark is erased.

and you can quickly proceed as far as the end position (☞ P. 2 In the File list display. • [w] will flash on the display. 3 Press the OK ` button to start playback. • In the File display.Playback • Up to 16 index and temp marks can be set in a file. . and [Temp Mark Full] for temp marks.38). +− button 9 0 button OK ` button REC s button 3 Playback 1 Select a file that has a segment you would like to play back repeatedly (☞ P. If you try to place more than 16 index or temp marks. the [Index Full] message will appear for index marks.18 to P. press the + or − button to select the file. P.28). 32 • Fast forwarding and rewinding can be conducted when [w] is flashing in the same manner as during normal playback. press the 9 or 0 button to select a file. How to begin segment repeat playback This function enables repeated playback of part of the file being played. • Index or temp marks cannot be set or erased in a locked file (☞ P. 4 Press the RECs button at the point you want to start segment repeat playback.36.20).

• The recorder repeatedly plays back the segment until the segment repeat playback is cancelled. Pressing the 0 button will release segment repeat playback. and repeat playback will start. playback speed can be changed during segment repeat playback as well (☞ P. segment repeat playback will be canceled and it will return to normal playback mode (☞ P. and reverse to the beginning of the current file. Pressing the STOP 4 button will release segment repeat playback. Cancel the segment repeat playback function 5 Press the RECs button again at the position where you want to end segment repeat playback.Playback • When it reaches to the end of the file while [w] is flashing. and playback continues without repeating. the point will become the end position. If an index mark and temp mark are inserted or eliminated during segment repeat playback.36. Pressing any of the following buttons will release the segment repeat playback. b Press the RECs button c Press the 9 button Pressing the 9 button will release segment repeat playback. and stop playback. Pressing the RECs button will release segment repeat playback.42). P. 3 Playback a Press the STOP 4 button Note • As in normal playback mode. d Press the 0 button 33 . and fast forward and cue to the beginning of the next file.31).

4 Press the + button to select [Erase in Folder] or [File Erase].18 to P. press the 9 or 0 button to select a file. the recorder will return to stop status. • In the File display.38). press the INDEX/ERASE button.36. 2 In the File list display. 5 Press the OK ` button. Also.Erasing A selected file can be erased from a folder. press the + or − button to select the file you want to erase. all files in a folder can be erased simultaneously. 6 Press the + button to select [Start]. 3 Erasing 1 Select the folder or file you want to erase (☞ P. P. 3 While the recorder is during stop mode.20). • The display changes to [Erase!] and erasing will start. File numbers will be reassigned automatically. Notes • The locked files and files set as read-only cannot be erased (☞ P. • [Erase Done] is displayed when the file is erased. +− button 9 0 button OK ` button INDEX/ERASE button 7 Press the OK ` button. 34 . • If an action is not selected within 8 seconds.

replace the batteries with new ones in order to ensure that the batteries will not run out while processing. 3 Erasing 35 . you cannot delete any folders when the recorder is set to [VOICE] mode. However. Never remove batteries during this time because data may be corrupted. • For WS-450S only: You cannot delete folders through the recorder.Erasing • It may take over 10 seconds to complete processing. • For WS-550M only: You can delete other than [Music] folders when the recorder is set to [MUSIC] mode. In addition.

6 Press the + or − button to change the setting (☞ P. • Moves to the setting of the selected item.44).Menu Setting Menu setting method Items in menus are categorized by tabs. press the MENU button. +− button 9 0 button OK ` button MENU button 4 1 While the recorder is during stop mode. so select a tab first and move to a desired item to quickly set it. • The menu will appear on the display. • Menu items can be set during a recording or playback (☞ P. 3 Press the OK ` or 9 button to move the cursor to the item to set. Menu setting method 5 Press the OK ` or 9 button. 36 . You can set each menu item as follows. • You can change the menu display by moving the settings tab cursor.44).38 to P.38 to P.37). 4 Press the + or − button to move to the item you want to set. 2 Press the + or − button to move to the tab that contains the item you want to set (☞ P.

*** For WS-550M only (Set to [MUSIC] mode). 4 Setting menu during recording: Function Mic Sense Low Cut Filter VCVA Backlight LED To menu item options Setting • You will be informed that the settings have been established via the screen.Menu setting method 7 Press the OK ` button to complete the setting. • Pressing the 0 button without pressing the OK ` button will cancel the settings and return you to the previous screen. • When entering menu settings during recording or playback. ** For WS-450S. pressing the 0 or MENU button will allow you to return to the playback screen without interrupting recording or playback. • When in the menu screen during recording or playback. Notes • The recorder will stop if you leave it idle for 3 minutes during a menu setup operation. the menu settings will be cancelled if 8 seconds elapse with no buttons being pressed. 4 Menu setting method * For WS-550M only (Set to [VOICE] mode). For WS-550M (Set to [VOICE] mode). 4 Setting menu during playback: Function Property Noise Cancel* Voice Filter** WOW*** Equalizer*** Play Mode Play Speed Skip Space Backlight LED To menu item options Setting 8 Press the MENU button to close the menu screen. when a selected item is not applied. 37 .

you can also record favoring high sound quality. [Folder]* (Number of folder) and [File]** (Number of file) will appear on the display. 38 . [Artist] and [Album] will not appear on the display.17). . [ST XQ]: Stereo extra high quality sound recording. Unlocks the file and allows it to be erased. [Bit Rate] area displays the sampling frequency and bit rate. " For WS-450S: • Use the switch to set the microphone sensitivity (☞ P. [Folder] will not appear on the display. 4 Menu setting method Refer to “Rearranging files [Replace]” (☞ P. or record favoring increased recording time. Mic Sense Microphone sensitivity is adjustable to meet recording needs. When the folder is selected: [Name] (File name). set [Mic Sense] to [Dictation] and hold recorder’s built-in stereo microphone close to the speaker’s mouth (5-10 cm) before recording.45). [Bit Rate]* (File format) [Artist]** (Artist name) and [Album]** (Album name) will appear on the display. When the file is selected: [Name] (File name). [Conference]: This is a highly sensitive mode which can record surrounding noises.Menu setting method + File Menu Erase Lock Locking a file keeps important data from being accidentally erased.34). * When [VOICE] is selected. such as a band performance. When [VOICE] is selected. Rec Menu " For WS-550M: • When performing operations on the [Rec Menu] screen. [Dictation]: This is the standard level of microphone sensitivity. [Off]: Disables this function. ** Files which cannot be recognized by this recorder are not included in the number of files. set the mode switch to [VOICE] (☞ P. [On]: Locks the file and prevents it from being erased. the display contents of this area are blank. • When you would like to clearly record a speaker’s voice. Locked files are not erased when you select to erase all files from a folder (☞ P. Rec Mode In addition to selecting between stereo or mono recording formats. Select this mode for cases where the volume of the source sound is high. Replace • Select the files for which you would like to confirm information in advance before operating the menu. [Date] (Time stamp). [Size] (File size). * When a linear PCM format file has been selected. Property File and folder information can be confirmed from the menu screen.23). Select the recording mode that fits your purpose. ** When a file contains no tag information.

recording automatically stops after 1 sec approximately. The recording indicator light glows when recording starts and flashes when recording pauses. [ST SP]: Stereo standard recording. even the faintest sound will activate recording. • The higher the value. set other than [LP] in [Rec Mode]. [Off]: Disables this function. the display will return to the previous. [HQ]: Monaural high quality sound recording. the built-in Variable Control Voice Actuator (VCVA) starts recording automatically. [LP]: Monaural long-term recording. The VCVA feature extends recording time and conserves memory by stopping recording during silent periods. 2 Press the 9 or 0 button adjust the start/stop actuation level. [On]: Enables the VCVA function. Adjust the start/stop actuation level: 1 Press the RECs button to start recording. [On]: Enables the Low Cut Filter function. Low Cut Filter The recorder has a Low Cut Filter function to minimize low-frequency sounds and record voices more clearly.Menu setting method [ST HQ]: Stereo high quality sound recording. [Off]: Disables this function. VCVA When the microphone senses that sounds have reached a preset threshold volume level. • When the sound volume is lower than the preset threshold sound level. At the highest value. the more sensitive the recorder to sounds. • The VCVA level can be set to any of 15 different values. • If the starting level is not adjusted within 2 seconds.38 ). Will start recording in VCVA mode. • To record a meeting and lecture clearly. • If the surrounding noise is loud. [SP]: Monaural standard recording. • When the external monaural microphone is used while [Rec Mode] is set to a stereo recording mode. which helps the playback to be more efficient. projectors and other similar noises. and [Standby] flashes on the display. it enables recording only with the L channel microphone. 4 Menu setting method a b a Level meter (varies according to the sound volume being recorded) b Start level (moves to the right/left according to the set level) • The start/stop actuation level also varies depending on the selected microphone sensitivity mode (☞ P. This function can reduce noise from air conditioners. Will resume recording in normal mode. and stops when the volume drops below the threshold level.23 or P. 39 . the starting sensitivity of the VCVA can be adjusted according to the recording situation.

different settings items are displayed depending on the position of the mode switch. WOW . prior testing and adjustment of the start/stop actuation level is recommended. Noise will be reduced in the file when it’s played back for better sound quality. [Noise Cancel] will not function. The low-frequency range can be made richer.42) [Skip Space] (☞ P.42) [Skip Space] (☞ P.41) [Play Speed] (☞ P. [Off]: Disables this function. 40 . [Off]: Disables this function. [High] [Low]: Enables the Noise Cancel function.41) [Play Mode] (☞ P. Voice Filter The recorder has a Voice Filter Function to cut low and high frequency tones during normal. • When [Voice Filter] is set to [On]. The expansive feel and clarity of the sound can be increased.43) When [MUSIC] mode is selected: [WOW] [Equalizer] (☞ P. [On]: Enables the Voice Filter function. 1 Select [SRS 3D] or [TruBass]. To use this functions.42) [Skip Space] (☞ P. set [Voice Filter] to [Off]. an audio processing technology that increases sound clarity and bass quality. fast.Play Menu " For WS-550M: • When operating the [Play Menu] screen. set [Noise Cancel] to [Off]. The level of the surround effect (SRS 3D) and the bass effect (TruBass) may be individually adjusted through 4 levels of processing.43) " For WS-450S: [Voice Filter] [Play Mode] (☞ P. [Voice Filter] and slow/high speed playback functions will not function.43) The recorder has WOW XT. adjust the Noise Cancel setting level.41) [Play Speed] (☞ P. • When [Noise Cancel] is set to [Low] or [High]. or slow playback. To use these functions. Noise Cancel If recorded audio is difficult to understand because of noisy surroundings. [TruBass]: The low-frequency range can be adjusted. and enable clear audio playback.Menu setting method • To ensure successful recordings.41) [Play Speed] (☞ P. When [VOICE] mode is selected: [Noise Cancel] 4 Menu setting method [Voice Filter] [Play Mode] (☞ P. [SRS 3D]: The surround effect can be adjusted.

• Set [WOW] to [Off] to use the slow playback or fast playback mode. Otherwise you cannot use these functions (☞ P. [Repeat]: Sets to repeat playback mode. • Depending on the song. the WOW XT effect will be heightened. 2 Select the frequency band. [Off]: Disables this function. [Off]: Disables this function. • The WOW XT effect will be weakened if the bit rate for any music file is less than 32 kbps. [Folder]: Selects the current folder. you can enjoy the music with your favorite sound quality. [Random]: Sets to random playback mode. 2 Select [On] or [Off]. Select the desired playback mode: 1 Select [Repeat] or [Random]. [High] [Middle] [Low]: The sound quality can be adjusted to one of 3 levels.42). the louder the sound. Select the desired playback range: 1 Select [Play Area]. press the 9 or 0 button and repeat the procedure from step 2. [Rock] [Pop] [Jazz]: Enables the equalizer function. and may sound like noise. [Off]: Disables the equalizer function. [On]: Sets the playback range to be played back repeatedly or randomly. 3 Select the equalizer level. 2 Select [File]. [60 Hz] [250 Hz] [1 kHz] [4 kHz] [12 kHz]: Select the frequency bandwidth setting. 41 . • The higher the decibel value. [Folder] or [All]. [File]: Selects the current file.Menu setting method 2 Adjust the surround level or bass effect level. proceed to Step 2. • To change the settings again. If this happens. • You can select the equalizer level from [–6] to [+6] in 1dB increments. " For WS-550M: Set to [MUSIC] mode. [User]: Select [User] to save your own custom equalizer settings. If [User] is selected. adjust the WOW XT effect. Equalizer If you change the equalizer setting. [All]: Selects all files in the internal memory. 4 Menu setting method 1 Select the desired equalizer characteristics. Play Mode You can select the playback mode that fits your preference.

• Even if playback is stopped. Play Speed The playback speed of the file can be changed between 0. when the recorder comes to the end of the last file in the folder. [End] flashes for two seconds on the display and the recorder stops at the start of the first file in the folder. the changed playback speed will be retained. When [Slow Playback] is selected: [x0. the recorder will start playing from the first file in the next folder. [End] flashes for two seconds on the display and the recorder stops at the start of the last file.5 and 2 times speed. • In [File] mode.25 Play] [x1. • In [Folder] mode.5 speed.75 Play] [x0. Normal playback: Playback at normal speed. Restrictions on double speed playback: Double speed fast playback may not be available depending on the sampling frequencyand the bit rate of the file to be played back. When it comes to the end of the last file in the recorder. • In [All] mode.Menu setting method " For WS-550M: " For WS-450S: 1 Select [Slow Playback] or [Fast Playback]. 2 Set the playback speed. In such a case. Slow playback: Playback speed slows down. Change Playback Speed: 1 Press the OK ` button to start playback. and [1] will appear on the display (default at 1.625 Play] [x0.875 Play] When [Fast Playback] is selected: [x1. • As in normal playback mode. you can stop playback. 4 Menu setting method [File]: Stop after playing back the current file. after playing the last file in the folder. when the recorder comes to the end of the last file in the folder. Change the speed according to need such as listening to meeting content at a fast speed or reviewing spots that you couldn't catch in a language lesson at a slow speed.5 Play] [x0. the playback speed will switch. 42 .125 Play] [x1. Fast playback: Playback speed becomes faster. The next playback will be at that speed. [End] flashes for two seconds on the display and the recorder stops at the start of the first file in the recorder. or insert an index mark in slow playback and fast playback modes as well (☞ P.75 times as fast). cue a file.5 Play] [x2. The tone will be automatically adjusted digitally without changing the voice so it sounds natural. • Every time the OK ` button is pressed.375 Play] [x1. and [2] will appear on the display (default at 0.5 times as fast).31).0 Play] Set to [VOICE] mode. [Folder]: Play files continuously in the current folder until the last file and stop. 2 Press the OK ` button to switch playback speed. the device plays back in up to x1.

LCD/Sound Menu Backlight The display will remain lit for about 10 (Initial setting) seconds when a button on the recorder is pressed. Forward/Reverse Skip Playback: 1 Press the OK ` button to start playback. [On]: Enables the Beep function.41). P. • The recorder will skip (forward) or reverse skip (rewind) a set space and start playing back. Skip Space This function enables you to skip (forward) or reverse skip (rewind) a file being played for a set period. • The slow playback or fast playback is not available if either [Noise Cancel] or [WOW] effect is set (☞ P. Skip] [1min. 2 Set the lighting time. Skip] [5min. Skip] [5min. Skip] [30sec. 1 Select [Lighting Time] or [Brightness]. 43 . LED light will be cancelled. System sounds may be turned off. [5seconds] [10seconds] [30seconds] [1minutes]: Enables the Backlight function. the recorder will forward skip/reverse skip to that position. Skip] [1min. Skip] When [Reverse Skip] is selected: [File Skip] [1sec. . • If there is an index mark/temp mark or a cue closer than the skip space.40). [Off]: Disables this function. This function is convenient for quickly skipping to another playback position or repeatedly playing back short phrases. You can adjust the LCD display contrast level from [01] to [12].40. Beep The recorder beeps to alert you to button operations or warn you of errors. Skip] [10min. Skip] – [5sec. When [Forward Skip] is selected: [File Skip] [10sec. Skip] [30sec. Skip] [10sec. 1 Select [Forward Skip] or [Reverse Skip]. 2 Press the 9 or 0 button. Skip] 3 Set the brightness. 4 Menu setting method LED You can set it so the LED indicator light does not turn on. 2 Set the skip space. Contrast Display contrast can be adjusted in 12 levels. • Playback speed will return to normal if the mode switch setting is changed. [On]: LED light will be set. [Off]: Disables this function. [Off]: Disables this function. [High] [Low]: Sets the brightness of the backlight when lit.Menu setting method • The slow playback or fast playback is available even if either [Voice Filter] or [Equalizer] is set (☞ P. Skip] [10min.

For WS-550M (Set to [VOICE] mode). [Model] (Model Name). 4 Menu setting method Menu settings after setting reset (initial settings): .Menu setting method Language(Lang) You can select the display language for this recorder. LCD/Sound Menu: [Backlight] [Lighting Time] [Brightness] [Contrast] [LED] [Beep] [Language(Lang)] [10seconds] [Low] [Level 06] [On] [On] [English] / Device Menu Time & Date Refer to “Setting time and date [Time & Date]” (☞ P. Reset Settings This returns the functions back to their initial settings (factory default). [Start]: Returns the settings to their initial values. Format Refer to “Formatting the Recorder [Format]” (☞ P. [English] [Français] [Deutsch] [Italiano] [Español]: . * For WS-550M only (Set to [VOICE] mode).46). the time settings and file numbers will be preserved from before the reset and will not return to their initial settings. *** For WS-550M only (Set to [MUSIC] mode). System Info. ** For WS-450S. [Cancel]: Takes you back to the [Device Menu].] (Serial Number) appears on the display.75 Play] [x1. • After resetting the settings. Rec Menu: [Mic Sense] [Rec Mode] [Low Cut Filter] [VCVA] [Conference] [ST XQ] [Off] [Off] [Off] [Off] [Off] [Off] [Off] [Folder] [Off] [Off] [File] [x0.15).5 Play] [File Skip] .Play Menu: [Noise Cancel]* [Voice Filter]** [WOW]*** [SRS 3D] [TruBass] [Equalizer]*** [Play Mode]*** [Play Area] [Repeat] [Random] [Play Mode]** [Play Speed] [Slow Playback] [Fast Playback] [Skip Space] 44 . [Capacity] (Built-in frash memory size) and [Version] (System version) [Serial No. You can check the recorder’s information on the menu screen.

20). 7 Press the OK ` button. +− button 9 0 button OK ` button MENU button 8 Press the + or − button to select the location to move it to. press the MENU button. • Pressing the 0 button without pressing the OK ` button will cancel the settings and return you to the previous screen. 9 Press the OK ` button button to complete the setting.18 to P. • The cursor will flash to confirm that the file can be moved. 1 Select the folder for which you would like to rearrange the song order (☞ P. 10 Press the MENU button to close the menu screen.Menu setting method Rearranging files [Replace] You can move a file in a folder to change the order of playback. • If there are more files to move. repeat Steps 5 through 8. First select the folder (file) for which you want to change the playback order. 45 . \4 Press the + or − button to select [Replace]. 6 Press the + or − button to select the file you want to move. 4 Menu setting method 3 Press the OK ` or 9 button to move the cursor to the item to set. 2 While the recorder is during stop mode. 5 Press the OK ` or 9 button. • The menu will appear on the display (☞ P.36).

• You can change the menu display by moving the settings tab cursor. 4 Press the + or − button to select [Format]. Menu setting method 2 Press the + or − button to select [Device Menu] tab.Menu setting method Formatting the Recorder [Format] If you format the recorder. • After the [Data will be cleared] message is on for two seconds. +− button 9 0 button OK ` button MENU button 7 Press the OK ` button. [Cancel] will turn on. 8 Press the + button again to select [Start]. Transfer any important files to a computer before formatting the recorder. 5 Press the OK ` or 9 button. 46 . 4 1 While the recorder is during stop mode. 6 Press the + button to select [Start]. • [Format] will appear on the display.36). • The menu will appear on the display (☞ P. press the MENU button. all files will be removed and all function settings will return to defaults except date and time settings. 3 Press the OK ` or 9 button.

• When returning the settings for the functions to their initial settings.Menu setting method 9 Press the OK ` button. replace the batteries with new ones in order to ensure that the batteries will not run out while processing. P. Never remove batteries during this time because data may be corrupted. 4 Menu setting method Notes • It may take over 10 seconds to complete processing. including locked files and read-only files. are erased. • [Format Done] appears when formatting ends. • Formatting begins and [Format !] flashes on the display. • Once the recorder is formatted. all the saved data. • Never format the recorder from a PC. In addition. 47 . use [Reset Settings] (☞ P.44).36. recorded audio file names may start from [0001]. the music files with DRM may not be transferred to the recorder again. • After formatting. • When the recorder is formatted.

10. and manage them by using Windows Media Player or iTunes (☞ P. play them back.52. the recorder enables you to do the following: • You can transfer files recorded with this recorder to a computer.8 .53. • Even if operational environment is satisfied. the multi-boot environment and self-modified PC’s. P. * For WS-550M only. P.Using the Recorder on Your PC By being connected to a PC.60). • The recorder is compatible with WMA. • In addition to its uses as an IC recorder and a music player. this recorder can also be used as external memory for a computer by storing data from a computer and reading it back out (☞ P.5 (Standard Installation) Compatible PC’s: Apple Macintosh series equipped with more than one free USB port Notes • This is an operational environment for saving the files recorded by this recorder to your PC with USB connection. Operating environment Windows Operating System: Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista (Standard Installation) Compatible PC’s: Windows PC’s equipped with more than one free USB port Macintosh Operating System: Mac OS X 10.2. MP3* and WAV* language content. we do not support such as upgraded OS. 5 Operating environment 48 .64).

For initialization. unplug the external microphone and earphone when you connect the recorder to a PC. Copyright and copyright protection feature (DRM) By the Copyright Act. When removing the USB cable. publicized/re-publicized on the Internet.46). Copying the music files with DRM purchased from online music distribution service to a portable device such as this recorder may be restricted. To transfer a WMA file with DRM to the recorder. • On a PC. Initialization is not successfully achieved on a PC. do not format the drive of the recorder. do not remove the USB cable even if the screen is indicating you can. Data is still being transferred while the recording indicator light is blinking. but not with DRM10. be sure to follow the description in ☞ P. or converted into WMA or MP3 files for the purpose of commercial business or sale. If the USB cable is removed before the drive is stopped.Operating environment Precautions on using the recorder connected to a PC • When you are downloading a file from the recorder or uploading a file to the recorder. you need to use appropriate methods such as Windows Media Player. follow the instructions in the [Format] screen of the recorder (☞ P. A WMA file may be provided with DRM (Digital Right Management) for copyright protection. distributed. 5 Operating environment 49 . • If folders or files stored on the recorder are moved or renamed by using a file management tool such as Explorer. data may not be successfully transferred.51. DRM limits the file to copy or distribute music files that are converted (ripped) from a music CD or downloaded from music distribution services. • Folder (directory) names appeared by file management tools such as Explorer attached to Microsoft Windows is different from the folder names that can be set with the recorder. the order of files may be changed or files may become unrecognizable • Data can be written or uploaded to the recorder even though the attribute of the recorder drive is shown as Read-only by the operating system of the PC. • As the noise may cause adverse effects on electronics devices nearby the recorder. any voice/music files and music CDs downloaded from the Internet without the copyright holder’s permission may not be reproduced. Note • This recorder is compatible with Microsoft Corporation DRM9.

Connecting to your PC 1 Boot the PC. the recorder may not operate properly. 50 . • Be sure to push the cable connector all the way in. Notes • Refer to the user’s manual for your PC regarding the USB port on your PC. 5 Connecting to your PC 3 Connect to the PC's USB port or to a USB hub. Otherwise. Using cables from other manufacturers could result in damage to the recorder. Macintosh: When you connect the recorder to a Mac OS. it will be recognized by the drive name of the product name. Do not use the supplied USB extension cable with devices from other manufacturers. 2 Slide the USB connector slide lever in the direction indicated by the arrow to eject the USB connector out of the recorder. • Use the supplied USB extension cable depending on situations. Windows: When you open [My Computer]. • Do not use USB extension cables other than the supplied cable. • [Remote] is appeared on recorder if the USB cable is connected. it will be recognized by the drive name of the product name on the desktop.

51 . click [OK]. 3 Disconnect the recorder from the PC. 1 Click [ ] on the task bar located at the lower-right corner of the screen. 2 Disconnect the recorder from the PC.Connecting to your PC Disconnecting from your PC Windows Note • NEVER disconnect the USB while the recording indicator light is flashing. Click [Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device]. 2 When the safe to remove hardware window appears. the data will be destroyed. If you do. • The drive letter will differ depending on the PC being used. Macintosh 5 Connecting to your PC 1 Move the drive icon for this recorder that is appear on the desktop to the garbage bin by Drag & Drop it. it will be recognized by the drive name of the product name on the desktop. • When you connect the recorder to a Mac OS.

WMA format files cannot be played back. 4 Copy the data. and the recorded voice files are saved in these folders. NEVER disconnect the USB while the recording indicator light is flashing. • In the Mac OS operational environment. and the recording indicator light flashes. • When you connect the recorder to a Mac OS. Macintosh 1 Connecting the recorder to your PC (☞ P. it will be recognized by the drive name of the product name on the desktop.50). 2 Open the Explorer window. 5 Transfer the voice files to your PC 5 Disconnect the recorder from the PC (☞ P. 52 . the data will be destroyed. 3 Copy the data.51). [DSS_FLDC]. 2 Double-click the product name icon on the desktop. Windows Notes • While transmitting data.50).Transfer the voice files to your PC The 5 voice folders of this recorder are appeared as [DSS_FLDA]. [DSS_FLDB]. • When you open [My Computer]. 3 Open the product name folder. If you do. [DSS_FLDD] and [DSS_FLDE]. 1 Connecting the recorder to your PC (☞ P.51). 4 Disconnect the recorder from the PC (☞ P. [Busy] is appeared. it will be recognized by the drive name of the product name.

By using Windows Media Player. Window names Windows Media Player 11 1 Windows Media Player 10 1 2 3 4 5 Using Windows Media Player 6 8 0 5 7 9 @ ! 2 3 4 6 8 0 5 7 9 1 Features taskbar 2 Seek slider 3 Shuffle button 4 Repeat button 5 Stop button 6 Previous button 7 Play button 8 Next button 9 Mute button 0 Volume slider 1 Features taskbar 2 Quick Access Panel button 3 Seek slider 4 Rewind button 5 Play button 6 Stop button 7 Previous button 8 Next button 9 Mute button 0 Volume slide ! Shuffle/ Repeat button @ Fast Forward button Note • If you are using Windows 2000. and WMA format music files.Using Windows Media Player Music files that have been imported to your computer from music CDs and acquired over the Internet can be transferred to and played back with this recorder. 53 . P. Windows Media Player must be installed on the PC. music files from music CDs can be converted (ripped) (☞ P.54) and music files that you have bought from any music distribution sites can be easily transferred to the recorder (☞ P.55. It supports WAV. MP3.58).

etc. 4 Click [Start Rip]. • For Windows Media Player 10 Click [Rip Music]. album. click [Rip] menu. Music files copied are categorized by artist. • After clicking [Rip] menu. Windows Media Player 10 5 Using Windows Media Player 4 3 2 4 54 . • Files copied to a PC are stored in WMA format. genre. click [View Album Info] for Windows Media Player 10 as necessary. 2 From the Features taskbar. and start Windows Media Player. • If Internet connectivity is available. Windows Media Player 11 2 3 3 Put a check mark on the music file that you want to copy. CD information is searched. and added to the play list.Using Windows Media Player Copying music from CD 1 Insert CD into the CD-ROM drive.

*1 *2 • The folder with artist name or album name is automatically created. the *1 may need to be set again. a file named “WMPInfo. *2 After the synchronous transfer to the recorder. This will make you find the file you want to listen to more easily. click to uncheck the box once. and set as follows. *1 If [Create folder hierarchy on device] is checked by default.Using Windows Media Player Transferring music file to the recorder You can transfer the music files saved in your PC to this recorder. Windows Media Player 11 1 Connect the recorder to a PC. 2 From the Features taskbar.54). and start Windows Media Player. For how to copy the music files from the CD to your PC. see “Copying music from CD” (☞ P.xml” is created. • Click on the [Create folder hierarchy on device] to check. click [Sync]. 2. and click it again to check. If you delete this file. 3 5 Using Windows Media Player 3 55 . 3 Click [Sync] menu again to select [DVR] { [Advanced Options] { [Set Up Sync].

select the drive corresponding to the recorder.Using Windows Media Player 4 Select the desired category from [Library] on the left. click [Sync]. 4 5 Using Windows Media Player Windows Media Player 10 5 4 1 Connect the recorder to a PC. 56 . and start Windows Media Player. and put the check marks on the music file that you want to transfer. 2 3 4 From the pull down menu on the right side window. • The file is transferred to the recorder. • The order of music pieces can be changed by Drag & Drop of the music file in the play list displayed. • The recorder is recognized as a Removable Disk. 5 Click [Start Sync]. 3 From the pull down menu on the left side window. and Drag & Drop them in [Sync List] on the right. 2 From the Features taskbar. select the play list to be transferred to the recorder. and select music files or albums to transfer to the recorder.

In such a case. 57 . If you delete this file. • Click on the [Create folder hierarchy on device] to check. check the Olympus website.Using Windows Media Player 5 Click [ ] on the upper right corner. and click it again to check. • The file is transferred to the recorder. • To transfer the files by using Windows Media Player 9. *2 After the synchronous transfer to the recorder. the message [Can’t make the system file. Connect to PC and delete unnecessary file] may appear on this recorder’s display. The music file transferred to the recorder is displayed in Item on Device. * 1 *2 • The folder with artist name or album name is automatically created. (The more capacity for the management file will be necessary as the number of the music files increases). 5 Using Windows Media Player 6 Notes • Copying the music files with DRM purchased online music distribution service to a portable device such as this recorder may be restricted. This will make you find the file you want to listen to more easily. *1 If [Create folder hierarchy on device] is checked by default.xml” is created. click to uncheck the box once. erase the files to make free space (hundreds of KB to dozens of MB depending on the music file sizes) for the management file. 6 5 6 Click [Start Sync]. • If the music files are transferred to the recorder until it reaches to the maximum memory. the *1 may need to be set again. and set the synchronization options. a file named “WMPInfo.

Using Windows Media Player Copying voice file to the CD You can transfer the voice files in the recorder to your PC and copy them to CD. and Drag & Drop them in [Burn List] on the right. When [Data CD] is selected: • Copying files with the format to be recorded. When [Audio CD] is selected: • A file is converted and copied in music CD in order to play it by the audio equipment which can play CD-R/RW. 4 Click [Burn] menu again. and start Windows Media Player. 58 . 2 From the Features taskbar. see “Transfer the voice files to your PC” (☞ P. and select voice files or albums to copy to the CD-R/RW. For how to copy the voice files from the recorder to your PC. 3 Select the desired category from [Library] on the left. click the [Burn] menu. and select [Audio CD] or [Data CD]. Windows Media Player 11 1 Insert the blank CD-R/RW into the CD-R/RW drive. 2. 4 5 Using Windows Media Player 3 5 5 Click [Start Burn].52).

When [Audio CD] is selected: • A file is converted and copied in music CD in order to play it by the audio equipment which can play CD-R/RW. • • Click [Burn] as needed after clicking [Edit Playlist] menu. 5 2 3 4 3 Put a check mark on the voice files that you want to copy. 2 From the Features taskbar. When [Data CD] is selected: • Copying files with the format to be recorded. You can change the order of tracks by Drag & Drop files. and start Windows Media Player. 5 Using Windows Media Player 5 Click [Start Burn]. 59 . 4 Select format of CD before clicking [Start Burn]. click [Burn] menu.Using Windows Media Player Windows Media Player 10 1 Insert the blank CD-R/RW into the CD-R/RW drive.

Using iTunes Window names 1 2 3 5 Using iTunes 4567 8 9 0 1 Features taskbar 2 Rewind button/ Playback. Pause button/ Fast Forward button 3 Volume slide 4 Playlist addition button 5 Shuffle button 6 Repeat button 7 Display change button 8 Disc create button 9 Browse button 0 Disc eject button 60 .

Using iTunes 6 61 . 4 Click [Importing] to set the file format and bit rate for copying music files to your PC. 2 3 4 5 5 5 Put a check mark on the music files that you want to copy. 2 Click [iTunes] { [Preferences].Using iTunes Copying music from CD 1 Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive. [Import Using]: Set the file format for copying music file from a CD. and start iTunes. and click [OK]. 3 Click [Advanced] tag. [Setting]: Set the bit rate for copying music file from a CD. 6 Click [Import CD].

Drag & Drop files here 62 . • The order of music pieces can be changed by Drag & Drop of the music file in the play list displayed. see “Copying music from CD” (☞ P. and start iTunes. 2 4 Select the desired files. Up to 200 files can be stored in each folder. • • • • When you connect the recorder to a Mac OS. For how to copy the music files from the CD to your PC. and Drag & Drop them to [Music] folder. and open [Music] folder. 1 Connect the recorder to a PC. 5 Using iTunes 3 Double-click the corresponding drive with the recorder.61). it will be recognized by the drive name of the product name on the desktop. You can create up to 2 hierarchies in the [Music] folder. And up to 128 folders can be made including [Music] folder.Using iTunes Transferring music file to the recorder You can transfer the music files saved in your PC to this recorder. Copy to [Music] folder of the recorder when transferring the music file. 2 Select the play list to be transferred to the recorder. and put the check marks on the music files that you want to transfer.

and click [OK]. see “Transfer the voice files to your PC” (☞ P. 1 Insert the CD-R/RW into the CDR/RW drive. and put a check mark on the voice files to copy to the CD-R/RW. 5 6 63 . For how to copy the voice files from the recorder to your PC. and start iTunes. When [Data CD] is selected: Copying files with the format to be recorded. 2 3 4 5 Using iTunes 5 Select the desired playlist. When [MP3 CD] is selected: Copying in MP3 format. 4 Click [Burning] to set the CD format for copying voice files to CD-R/RW. 6 Click [Burn Disc].52).Using iTunes Copying voice file to the CD You can transfer the voice files in the recorder to your PC and copy them to CD. 2 Click [iTunes] { [Preferences]. 3 Click [Advanced] tag. When [Audio CD] is selected: A file is converted and copied in music CD in order to play it by the audio equipment which can play CD-R/RW.

4 Disconnect the recorder from the PC (☞ P. this recorder can also be used as external memory for a computer by storing data from a computer and reading it back out. • When you open [My Computer]. 5 Using as external memory of the PC 4 Copy the data.50). With the recorder connected to your PC.51). Macintosh 1 Connecting the recorder to your PC (☞ P. NEVER disconnect the USB while the recording indicator light is flashing. it will be recognized by the drive name of the product name on the desktop. Windows Note • While transmitting data.51). 2 Double-click the product name icon on the desktop. the data will be destroyed. 1 Connecting the recorder to your PC (☞ P. 2 Open the Explorer window. you can download data from the memory to your PC and upload data stored on your PC to the memory. 3 Copy the data. 3 Open the product name folder. it will be recognized by the drive name of the product name.Using as external memory of the PC In addition to its uses as an IC recorder and a music player. 5 Disconnect the recorder from the PC (☞ P. [Busy] is displayed. 64 . If you do. • When you connect the recorder to a Mac OS. and the recording indicator light flashes.50).

38). Tried to delete a locked file. For WS-550M only: Explanation Battery power is getting low. No remaining memory.36. The file is full of Tempmarks (maximum of 16 marks). The file for management cannot be created due to a shortage of capacity for remaining memory.34).31). No files were found in the folder. [Temp Mark Full] Tempmark full. Erase the file (☞ P. Erase-locked. This is a malfunction. The management file cannot be created. [Folder Full] Folder full. Action Replace with new batteries (☞ P. The music files copied illegally. Erase Tempmarks that are no longer required (☞ P.31). Zero remaining memory. P. memory. [Format Error] [Can’t make the system file. The file is full of index marks (maximum of 16 marks). There was an error while Reformat the memory formatting the recorder’s (☞ P. Unlock the file (☞ P.46). Select another folder (☞ P. Erase unnecessary files (☞ P. so go to the store where you purchased the recorder or an Olympus service station for repair (☞ P. The mode switch is set to [MUSIC] position. [Music Mode] [MUSIC] mode is active. [Licence Mismatch] [Memory Full] [No File] Illegally copied file. Connect to PC and delete unnecessary file] Formatting error. Set the mode switch to [VOICE] position (☞ P.34). The folder is full of files (maximum of 200 files). Error in the memory. Erase index marks that are no longer required (☞ P.20). Erase unnecessary files (☞ P. No file. 6 Alarm message list [Memory Error] Error in the memory.10).18 to P.34). [Index Full] Index full. 65 . Connect the recorder to a computer and delete any unnecessary files.17).Other Information Alarm message list Message [Battery Low] [File Protected] Meaning Low battery power.68).

36. Release the recorder from HOLD (☞ P.13). Cannot find the recorded Voice File Wrong folder.34).36. Replace with new batteries (☞ P. Unable to record The maximum number of files has been reached.13). Set [Rec Mode] to the stereo recording mode (☞ P. 66 . When recording while an external monaural microphone is connected. Switch to the correct folder (☞ P.38). Adjust the output level for the connected devices. Erase unnecessary files (☞ P. Won’t start The power is off. [Rec Mode] is set to a monaural recording mode. Set the microphone sensitivity to the conference mode and try again (☞ P.21). The connected external microphone is monaural.14).10). Action Verify that the batteries’ polarities = and .23 or P. The microphone sensitivity is too low. Recording level too low This could potentially be because the output level for the connected external devices are too low.27). The earphone is connected.10). The volume level is set to [00].21). The power is off. Battery power is getting low.18 to P. The recorder is in HOLD mode. Unplug the earphones to use the internal speaker.18 to P. The recorder was placed near a cell phone or fluorescent lamp while recording or during playback. Turn the power on (☞ P. P.are correct (☞ P.10). Low remaining memory. Change to the another folder (☞ P. sound will only be recorded by the L-channel. ------- 6 Troubleshooting No playback tone heard Voice files are not recorded in stereo Noise heard during playback Move the recorder. The recorder was shaken during recording. Turn the power on (☞ P. Adjust the volume level (☞ P.38).Troubleshooting Symptom Probable cause The batteries are not loaded properly. P. Replace with new batteries (☞ P. Nothing appears on the display Battery power is getting low.

36. Erase unnecessary marks (☞ P.38). tempmarks The file is locked. Unable to set index marks. Conduct adjustments like separating the earphones from the microphone further. Unlock the file or cancel the read-only setting of the file on the PC.36.Troubleshooting Symptom Probable cause The file is locked. The file is read-only. Noise is audible through the recording monitor Acoustic feedback is occurring. Unlock the file (☞ P. do not point the microphone at the earphones. Unlock the file or cancel the read-only setting of the file on the PC. 6 Troubleshooting 67 . lower the volume on the recording monitor. It is recommended that you use earphones for the recording monitor. When the built-in speaker amps and the like are connected there is a risk that audio feedback will occur while recording. Unable to erase The file is read-only.38). P. and so on.31). Action Unlock the file (☞ P. The maximum number of marks has been reached. P.

com s Technical Hotline Number in Europe Toll free number: 00800 67 10 83 00 available for Austria. The voice or conversation over the phone can be clearly recorded.S. This charger can quick charge Olympus AA or AAA Ni. Germany. s Tie clip microphone (omnidirectional): ME15 Small concealing microphone with a tie-clip. Sweden. s Connecting cord: KA333 Connecting cord which has stereo mini-plugs (ø3. s Technical Hotline Number in the U. Switzerland.5) or monaural mini plug (ø2. Luxemburg. Denmark. Use to connect from the earphone jack output of the recorder to the microphone input jack when recording. Belgium. and Canada 1-888-553-4448 s User Support E-mail address in the U.support@olympus-europa.MH rechargeable batteries. s Ni-MH rechargeable battery and charger set: BC400 (For Europe) BC400 comes with an Ni-MH rechargeable battery charger (BU-400) and 4 Ni-MH rechargeable batteries (BR401) as a pack. Norway. Converting plug adapters (PA331/PA231) which convert to the monaural mini plug (ø3.com Accessories (optional) s Stereo microphone: ME51S s Telephone pickup: TP7 Earphone type microphone can be plugged into your ear while phoning. 68 . Finland. s 2 channel microphone (omnidirectional): ME30W Two ME30 monaural microphones come in a set with a miniature tripod and a connection adapter. s Highly sensitive noisecancellation monaural microphone (unidirectional): ME52W This microphone is used to record sound at a distance while minimizing surrounding noise s Ni-MH rechargeable battery: BR401 High-efficiency rechargeable long life batteries. United Kingdom Charged numbers for the Rest of Europe + 49 180 567 1083 + 49 40 23773 4899 s User Support E-mail address in Europe dss. Spain. France.5) with resistance at both ends. Portugal. Netherlands. These are highly sensitive omni-directional microphones supported by plug-in power which are well-suited to recording musical performances.Technical assistance and support The following are contact information for technical support for Olympus recorders and software only. 6 Technical assistance and support/ Accessories (optional) The built-in large-diameter microphone enables sensitive stereo recording.S. and Canada distec@olympus.5) are also enclosed. Italy.

55 min. 35 min. 25 min. 247 h. 35 min.8 mm × 38 mm × 11 mm (without protrusions) 4 Weight: 46 g (including battery) 4 Operating temperature: 0°C .6°F Guide to recording times 4 Frequency response: During recording mode (Microphone jack): [ST XQ] mode: 50 Hz to 19 kHz [ST HQ] mode: 50 Hz to 15 kHz [ST SP] mode: 50 Hz to 9 kHz [HQ] mode: 50 Hz to 13 kHz [SP] mode: 50 Hz to 7 kHz [LP] mode: 50 Hz to 3 kHz During recording mode (Built-in stereo microphone): 80 Hz to 20 kHz During playback mode: 20 Hz to 20 kHz 4 WS-550M (Built-in flash memory 2 GB): [ST XQ] mode: [ST HQ] mode: [ST SP] mode: [HQ] mode: [SP] mode: [LP] mode: [ST XQ] mode: [ST HQ] mode: [ST SP]] mode: [HQ] mode: [SP] mode: [LP] mode: 34 h. impedance 2 kΩ 69 . 272 h. impedance 8 Ω or more 4 Recording format: WMA (Windows Media Audio) 4 Input level: . 25 min. 10 min. 45 min. 4 Speaker: Built-in ø 16 mm round dynamic speaker 4 MIC jack: ø 3. 25 min. 69 h. 20 min. 17 h.1 kHz 22 kHz 8 kHz 4 External dimensions: 94.1 kHz 22 kHz 44. 544 h.1 kHz 44. 139 h. 00 min.Specifications General points 4 EAR jack: ø 3. 69 h. 30 min.42°C/ 32°F . 6 Specifications 4 WS-450S (Built-in flash memory 1 GB): 4 Maximum working output: 60 mW (8 Ω speaker) 4 Maximum headphone output: ≤ 150 mV (according to EN 50332-2) _ 4 Wide band characteristic headphone output: _ 75 mV ≤ (according to EN 50332-2) 4 Recording medium: Built-in NAND FLASH memory WS-550M: 2 GB WS-450S: 1 GB Notes • The above values are strictly rough guides. 137 h. 40 min. • Available recording time may be shorter if many short recordings are made (The displayed available recording time and recorded time are approximate indications).5 mm mini-jack.5 mm mini-jack. 34 h. 69 h. 139 h.70 dBv 4 Input power requirement: Batteries: AAA battery (LR03) or Olympus Ni-MH rechargeable battery 4 Sampling frequency: [ST XQ] mode: [ST HQ] mode: [ST SP] mode: [HQ] mode: [SP] mode: [LP] mode: 44.107.

40 min. 40 min. 6 Specifications 4 WS-550M ([MUSIC] mode): During WMA file (128 kbps) playback mode (All Playback Mode): Alkaline battery Earphone: 26 h. 148 h. Ni-MH Rechargeable battery Earphone: 22 h. Specifications and design are subject to change without notice. Guide to recordable number of songs WS-550M: 500 songs WS-450S: 250 songs (At 128 kbps. recording cannot be continued beyond the limit. 53 h. 40 min. Even if the recorder’s memory is not used up. 70 . [LP] mode: 21 h. 40 min. Ni-MH Rechargeable battery Built-in speaker: 12 h. • Battery life is measured by Olympus. Earphone: 26 h. Earphone: 22 h. Maximum recording time per file [ST XQ] [ST HQ] [ST SP] [HQ] [SP] [LP] 26 h. 26 h. 26 h. It varies greatly according to the type of batteries used and the conditions of use. During MP3 file (128 kbps) playback mode (All Playback Mode): Alkaline battery Earphone: 25 h.Specifications • A maximum recording time per file is set for each mode. 53 h. Ni-MH Rechargeable batter Earphone: 21 h. 30 min. Notes • The above values are strictly rough guides. During voice file playback mode (All Playback Mode): Alkaline battery Built-in speaker: 12 h. 40 min. 4 minutes per song) Guide to battery life 4 WS-550M ([VOICE] mode): WS-450S: During recording mode: [ST XQ] mode: 15 h. 40 min.

Please do not throw the equipment into the domestic refuse.environment and customer protection.For customers in Europe “CE” mark indicates that this product complies with the European requirements for safety. Please do not throw the batteries into the domestic refuse. Applicable Product : WS-550M/WS-450S This symbol [crossed-out wheeled bin Directive 2006/66/EC Annex II] indicates separate collection of waste batteries in the EU countries. Please use the return and collection systems available in your country for the disposal of this product. Please use the return and collection systems available in your country for the disposal of the waste batteries. . This symbol [crossed-out wheeled bin WEEE Annex IV] indicates separate collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment in the EU countries. health.

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