Olympus Digital Recording Equipment Instructions

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Olympus Digital Recording Equipment Instructions
Digital recorders have a much greater storage capacity than older models using cassettes. (hand mit recorder image by Dron from Fotolia.com)

Olympus digital recorders can be used for a variety of purposes, including dictation for attorneys and physicians, and recording lectures, speeches and other audio performances. Storage capacities, formats, features and options for these recorders can vary depending on the specific product line and model, with one benefit being that all but the most basic models can connect to a computer to transfer recorded audio. Though the level of sophistication can differ by model, they are all designed to be easy for the user to operate.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Fresh batteries (likely 2 AAA)

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  1. 1

    Open the battery cover and install the batteries as directed. Slide the "Power/Hold" switch in the direction the arrow indicates to turn the device on. Insert an SD flash memory card in the designated slot if your particular recorder uses this type of storage medium.

  2. 2

    Set the time and date using the method applicable to your model. For first time use or after replacing the batteries, this will be flashing on the display; use the arrow keys to select an item (hour, minute, etc.) and use the "+" or "-" button to set that item. Use the arrow keys to move on to the next, and press "Play/OK" to complete the set-up.

  3. 3

    Press the "Folder" button (or "Folder/Index" with other models) to change the folder for your recording, if you do not want it to go to the current or default folder (Folder A). Set or change the recording mode by entering the menu settings (pressing "Disp/Menu" or "F3 (Menu)") and using the arrow keys to select a mode.

  4. 4

    Press "Rec" to begin recording. Press "Pause" to pause recording and "Rec" again to resume; press "Stop" when finished. With some models, you can first press "New" to create a new file within the folder for your recording, or overwrite an existing file.

  5. 5

    Select a specific folder and file and press "Play/OK" to begin playback. Press the "+" or "-" button to adjust the volume, and insert headphones into the headphone jack if you choose. Press and hold the left or right arrow key to rewind or fast-forward during playback, and press "Stop" to stop. Select a file or folder and press "Erase" to erase its contents.

  6. 6

    Install the accompanying Olympus DSS software on your computer if your model offers this feature. Connect the recorder to your computer using the supplied USB cable, and open the Olympus software or use a different program, such as Windows Media Player, for models without this software. The recorder will be recognised as a removable media device, and the content in the various folders can be transferred to the computer.

Tips and warnings

  • Consult your owner's manual to locate and identify the various controls on your recorder and their purpose, and for further operating instructions for your particular model.
  • Different recording modes accommodate different maximum recording times.

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