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

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

41). The data can be transferred or saved without USB cable or driver software (☞ P. s Index mark and temp mark features allow you to quickly find desired locations (☞ P. 64). s A Noise Cancel function (☞ P. 40). 40) and a Voice Filter function (☞ P. 36. P. 50). 38). P. s The playback speed can be controlled as preferred (☞ P. P. 36. 32. P. 27. P. 36. P. 36. 36. enabling fast data transfer to a computer. 31). 42). 36. It can also play back MP3* (MPEG-1/MPEG-2 Audio Layer-3) and WAV* format files (☞ P. s You can choose one of three stereo or three monaural recording modes (☞ P.53. P. P. 36. pictures.60). 41). 40) cut noise and enable clear audio playback. 1 Main features s You can change the playback equalizer settings (☞ P.Getting Started Main features s Dual function recorder as a Digital Voice Recorder and a Digital Music Player (☞ P. P. By connecting the computer with the USB. P. can be saved. s The Low Cut Filter minimizes air conditioner noise and other similar noises while recording (☞ P. P. 6 .17). etc. 39). s It has a backlight full-dot display (LCD panel) (☞ P. s The recorder stores highly compressed WMA (Windows Media Audio) format voice messages in integrated flash memory (☞ P. P. s This USB storage class support recorder can be utilized as external memory to read and save the data (☞ P. s It has a USB charging function (☞ P. s It features various repeat functions (☞ P. This recorder is compatible with USB 2.0. * For WS-550M only. text data. 8). 36. 21). s Connecting this recorder directly to the USB port links up with your PC. s It has built-in WOW XT (☞ P. s It has a built-in Variable Control Voice Actuator (VCVA) function (☞ P.12). and utilized to carry data. 39). 36.

** For WS-450S only.Mode (VOICE/MUSIC) switch* MIC SENSE CONF/DICT switch** = USB connector slide lever q USB connector * For WS-550M only.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 . 7 .

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 .

• The supplied rechargeable batteries are not fully charged. be sure to use the supplied specified Ni-MH rechargeable (BR401) batteries.12).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. it is recommended that you continuously charge them until full (☞ P. 10 . 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. observing the correct = and . " For WS-550M: • When charging with the recorder. Before using the unit or after long periods of disuse.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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

select any one of the five folders and then record. • WMA format .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. 2 File number: A serial number automatically assigned by a Digital Voice Recorder. About the folders for voice recordings [Folder A] .WMA 1 2 3 1 User ID: The user ID name that has been set on the Digital Voice Recorder.WMA 18 . 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. 3 Extension: These are the file name extensions for the recording format when recording with this device. When recording with the recorder. File names will be automatically created for files recorded by this recorder.[Folder E] are the folders for voice recordings. WS55 0001 .

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

19). P. The list display screen can be operated by the 9 button. When you press and hold the LIST button while moving in a hierarchy of folders. For information on the layered structure of the folders. Return Each time you press this it returns up one level. 20 . List display The folders and files recorded in this recorder are displayed. Proceed Each time you press this it opens the folder or file selected in the list display and proceeds down one level.Selecting the folders and files Change folders while the operation is stopped or played back. it will return to the file display. see the section entitled “Notes on the folders” (☞ P. The list display can be operated by the 0 button. Enters in playback standby mode. + or − button Select the folder or file.18. 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.

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

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

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.

" For WS-550M:
• 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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36. Note • When you adjust the various sound quality settings related to playback on the recorder. P.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. with the connecting cord KA333 (optional) for dubbing.40. and the MIC jack of the recorder with the connecting cord KA333 (optional) for dubbing. P.41). 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. perform a test recording and then adjust the output level for the external devices. the audio output signal sent out from the EAR jack will change as well (☞ P. 26 . 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. When external devices are connected.

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

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

the recorder speaker will be switched-off. The playback speed can be set to slow speed or fast speed playback.41) [Play Speed] (☞ P. P. P. adjust the Noise Cancel setting level. press the 0 button twice. [Play Mode]*** (☞ P. It is useful for playing back files in a preferred order while in normal playback mode etc. You can select the playback mode that fits your preference. P.40) To EAR jack [Equalizer]** (☞ P.40) Settings relating to playback " For WS-550M: Segment repeat (☞ P.32) This function enables repeated playback of part of the file being played. • When [Skip Space] set to other than [File Skip]. It may cause hearing impairment and decrease in hearing ability.43) * Can be operated only in [VOICE] mode. If recorded audio is difficult to understand because of noisy surroundings. • The recorder skips to the beginning of the previous file. The recorder has a Voice Filter Function to cut low and high frequency tones during normal. *** The operation is different between [VOICE] mode and [MUSIC] mode. or slow playback. ** Can be operated only in [MUSIC] mode. [Replace] (☞ P.45) 3 Playback [Noise Cancel]* (☞ P.36. This changes the order of the files in the selected folder. Playback through earphone An earphone can be connected to the EAR jack of the recorder for listening. [Voice Filter]* (☞ P.41) • When the earphone is used. 43). an audio processing technology that increases sound clarity and bass quality. P.36. insert the earphone after turning down the volume level. 36. Notes • When you skip to the beginning of the file during playback. 29 .Playback While the recorder is during playback mode. Notes • To avoid irritation to the ear.36. The recorder has WOW XT. P. you can enjoy the music with your favorite sound quality. 31). P. P. the recorder will skip forward/ reverse the specified time.36.40) [WOW]** (☞ P. P. The index mark and temp mark will be skipped when you perform the operation in stop mode (☞ P. the recorder will stop at the position of the index mark and temp mark.36.42) [Skip Space] (☞ P.36. fast. If you change the equalizer setting. and enable clear audio playback. then will start playback (☞ P.36. • When you listen with the earphone during playback. The skip interval length can be set. do not raise the volume too much.

P. 48 kHz MPEG2 Layer3: 16 kHz.42) [Skip Space] (☞ P. 16 kHz. this recorder can only play back those in the linear PCM format. It is useful for playing back files in a preferred order while in normal playback mode etc. The recorder has a Voice Filter Function to cut low and high frequency tones during normal. 32 kHz. 44. but not with DRM10. About music file In cases where the recorder is unable to playback music files that have been transferred to it. P. You can select the playback mode that fits your preference.05 kHz. fast.45) 3 Playback [Voice Filter] (☞ P. The playback speed can be set to slow speed or fast speed playback. 30 .36. • This recorder is compatible with Microsoft Corporation DRM9. WAV files other than these cannot be played back.1 kHz MPEG1 Layer3: 32 kHz. check to make sure that the sampling rate and bit rate are in the range where playback is possible. • Variable bitrate MP3 files (in which conversion bitrates can vary) may not play properly. 22 kHz. • For WAV files. P. This changes the order of the files in the selected folder.36. 24 kHz 8 kHz.Playback " For WS-450S: Segment repeat (☞ P. P.1 kHz. 48 kHz Bit rate 16 bit [Replace] (☞ P. Combinations of sampling rates and bit rates for music files which the recorder can playback are given below. or slow playback.1 kHz. The skip interval length can be set.36.43) MP3* format From 8 kbps up to 320 kbps WMA format From 5 kbps up to 320 kbps * For WS-550M only.40) [Play Mode] (☞ P. and enable clear audio playback. 41) [Play Speed] (☞ P. 44.36. File format WAV* format Sampling frequency 44. 11 kHz. 22.32) This function enables repeated playback of part of the file being played.

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

28). How to begin segment repeat playback This function enables repeated playback of part of the file being played. press the 9 or 0 button to select a file. • In the File display. 2 In the File list display. P. 4 Press the RECs button at the point you want to start segment repeat playback. 3 Press the OK ` button to start playback. . 32 • Fast forwarding and rewinding can be conducted when [w] is flashing in the same manner as during normal playback. If you try to place more than 16 index or temp marks. +− 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.18 to P.36. • Index or temp marks cannot be set or erased in a locked file (☞ P. • [w] will flash on the display. the [Index Full] message will appear for index marks.Playback • Up to 16 index and temp marks can be set in a file. press the + or − button to select the file.20). and [Temp Mark Full] for temp marks.38). and you can quickly proceed as far as the end position (☞ P.

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

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

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

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

• When in the menu screen during recording or playback. ** For WS-450S. 4 Menu setting method * For WS-550M only (Set to [VOICE] mode). • Pressing the 0 button without pressing the OK ` button will cancel the settings and return you to the previous screen. For WS-550M (Set to [VOICE] mode). Notes • The recorder will stop if you leave it idle for 3 minutes during a menu setup operation.Menu setting method 7 Press the OK ` button to complete the setting. *** For WS-550M only (Set to [MUSIC] mode). pressing the 0 or MENU button will allow you to return to the playback screen without interrupting recording or playback. 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. when a selected item is not applied. 37 . the menu settings will be cancelled if 8 seconds elapse with no buttons being pressed. • When entering menu settings during recording or playback. 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.

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

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

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

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

0 Play] Set to [VOICE] mode.75 Play] [x0.31). • In [All] mode.875 Play] When [Fast Playback] is selected: [x1.25 Play] [x1. 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. • In [File] mode.Menu setting method " For WS-550M: " For WS-450S: 1 Select [Slow Playback] or [Fast Playback]. 2 Press the OK ` button to switch playback speed. and [2] will appear on the display (default at 0. you can stop playback. Play Speed The playback speed of the file can be changed between 0. • Even if playback is stopped. the playback speed will switch.125 Play] [x1. 42 . and [1] will appear on the display (default at 1. • As in normal playback mode. [End] flashes for two seconds on the display and the recorder stops at the start of the first file in the recorder.5 Play] [x2. 4 Menu setting method [File]: Stop after playing back the current file. The next playback will be at that speed. The tone will be automatically adjusted digitally without changing the voice so it sounds natural. • Every time the OK ` button is pressed.375 Play] [x1.75 times as fast). when the recorder comes to the end of the last file in the folder. when the recorder comes to the end of the last file in the folder. In such a case. Slow playback: Playback speed slows down. [End] flashes for two seconds on the display and the recorder stops at the start of the first file in the folder. Fast playback: Playback speed becomes faster. Change Playback Speed: 1 Press the OK ` button to start playback. Normal playback: Playback at normal speed. [Folder]: Play files continuously in the current folder until the last file and stop.5 and 2 times speed. cue a file. 2 Set the playback speed.5 Play] [x0. after playing the last file in the folder.625 Play] [x0. or insert an index mark in slow playback and fast playback modes as well (☞ P. [End] flashes for two seconds on the display and the recorder stops at the start of the last file. the device plays back in up to x1. 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. the changed playback speed will be retained. When it comes to the end of the last file in the recorder. • In [Folder] mode.5 times as fast). When [Slow Playback] is selected: [x0.5 speed. the recorder will start playing from the first file in the next folder.

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

Menu setting method Language(Lang) You can select the display language for this recorder. * For WS-550M only (Set to [VOICE] mode). [Cancel]: Takes you back to the [Device Menu]. For WS-550M (Set to [VOICE] mode).46). [English] [Français] [Deutsch] [Italiano] [Español]: . • After resetting the settings. [Capacity] (Built-in frash memory size) and [Version] (System version) [Serial No. [Model] (Model Name).5 Play] [File Skip] .] (Serial Number) appears on the display. ** For WS-450S. 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. You can check the recorder’s information on the menu screen. System Info. Reset Settings This returns the functions back to their initial settings (factory default).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 .15). Format Refer to “Formatting the Recorder [Format]” (☞ P.75 Play] [x1. the time settings and file numbers will be preserved from before the reset and will not return to their initial settings. 4 Menu setting method Menu settings after setting reset (initial settings): . [Start]: Returns the settings to their initial values. 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. *** For WS-550M only (Set to [MUSIC] mode).

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

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

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

P. • The recorder is compatible with WMA.52. we do not support such as upgraded OS. P. 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.Using the Recorder on Your PC By being connected to a PC. play them back. * For WS-550M only.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. MP3* and WAV* language content. • In addition to its uses as an IC recorder and a music player.10.8 . the recorder enables you to do the following: • You can transfer files recorded with this recorder to a computer. 5 Operating environment 48 .2.53. this recorder can also be used as external memory for a computer by storing data from a computer and reading it back out (☞ P. • Even if operational environment is satisfied.60). the multi-boot environment and self-modified PC’s.64). and manage them by using Windows Media Player or iTunes (☞ P.

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

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

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

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

58). and WMA format music files. MP3. 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. It supports WAV. 53 . By using Windows Media Player.54) and music files that you have bought from any music distribution sites can be easily transferred to the recorder (☞ P.55. P.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. Windows Media Player must be installed on the PC. music files from music CDs can be converted (ripped) (☞ P.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Window names 1 2 3 5 Using iTunes 4567 8 9 0 1 Features taskbar 2 Rewind button/ Playback.

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

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

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. 6 Click [Burn Disc]. For how to copy the voice files from the recorder to your PC. see “Transfer the voice files to your PC” (☞ P. and start iTunes. 4 Click [Burning] to set the CD format for copying voice files to CD-R/RW. 5 6 63 . 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. 2 Click [iTunes] { [Preferences]. 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. When [Data CD] is selected: Copying files with the format to be recorded. 2 3 4 5 Using iTunes 5 Select the desired playlist. 3 Click [Advanced] tag. When [MP3 CD] is selected: Copying in MP3 format. and click [OK].52).

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

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

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

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

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

17 h. 45 min.1 kHz 22 kHz 8 kHz 4 External dimensions: 94. 69 h. 35 min. 272 h.8 mm × 38 mm × 11 mm (without protrusions) 4 Weight: 46 g (including battery) 4 Operating temperature: 0°C . 139 h.42°C/ 32°F .Specifications General points 4 EAR jack: ø 3. 30 min. 544 h.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. 247 h. 10 min.5 mm mini-jack.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: 44.5 mm mini-jack. 139 h. 69 h. 55 min.107.1 kHz 44. 34 h. 35 min. impedance 8 Ω or more 4 Recording format: WMA (Windows Media Audio) 4 Input level: . 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. impedance 2 kΩ 69 . 69 h. 20 min. 25 min.1 kHz 22 kHz 44. 25 min. 4 Speaker: Built-in ø 16 mm round dynamic speaker 4 MIC jack: ø 3. 25 min. • Available recording time may be shorter if many short recordings are made (The displayed available recording time and recorded time are approximate indications). 137 h. 00 min. 40 min.

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

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

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