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

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

P. P. 36. P. P. This recorder is compatible with USB 2. text data. 36. P. s Connecting this recorder directly to the USB port links up with your PC. 40) and a Voice Filter function (☞ P. 21). etc. It can also play back MP3* (MPEG-1/MPEG-2 Audio Layer-3) and WAV* format files (☞ P. 36. 27. P.53. 36. 6 . By connecting the computer with the USB. 38). 32. s A Noise Cancel function (☞ 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 backlight full-dot display (LCD panel) (☞ P. s The playback speed can be controlled as preferred (☞ P. s It has a built-in Variable Control Voice Actuator (VCVA) function (☞ P. s It has a USB charging function (☞ P. P. pictures. s The recorder stores highly compressed WMA (Windows Media Audio) format voice messages in integrated flash memory (☞ P. 39). s It has built-in SRS WOW XT (☞ P. P. WS-550M only. P. enabling fast data transfer to a computer. 8). 31). and utilized to carry data. s Index mark and temp mark features allow you to quickly find desired locations (☞ P. 41). P. 41).17). 64). 36. s It features various repeat functions (☞ P. s The Low Cut Filter minimizes air conditioner noise and other similar noises while recording (☞ P.12). 36.Getting Started Main features s Dual function recorder as a Digital Voice Recorder and a Digital Music Player (☞ P.60). 40). 36. 36. 39). 1 Main features s You can change the playback equalizer settings (☞ P. P. 50). * For WS-560M. The data can be transferred or saved without USB cable or driver software (☞ P. can be saved. 40) cut noise and enable clear audio playback. s You can choose one of three stereo or three monaural recording modes (☞ P. P. 42). 36.0.

Mode (VOICE/MUSIC) switch* MIC SENSE CONF/DICT switch** = USB connector slide lever q USB connector * For WS-560M. WS-550M only. ** For WS-450S only. 7 .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 @ 9 button # MENU button $ – button % INDEX/ERASE button ^ OK ` button & 0 button * STOP4 button ( Battery cover ) HOLD switch .

Identification of parts Display (LCD panel) Folder list display " For WS-450S: 1 " For WS-560M/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-560M/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-560M/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 .

9 Playback mode indicator 0 Title name ! Artist name @ Album name # Elapsed playback time $ [#] SRS 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. be sure to use the supplied specified Ni-MH rechargeable (BR401) batteries.polarities. Before using the unit or after long periods of disuse. 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. 10 .Identification of parts 7 During recording mode: Elapsed recording time Power supply Inserting batteries This recorder can be used with either Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries or AAA Alkaline Batteries. • The supplied rechargeable batteries are not fully charged. it is recommended that you continuously charge them until full (☞ P. " For WS-560M/WS-550M: • When charging with the recorder. observing the correct = and .12).

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

4 Charging is completed when battery indication becomes to [<]. press and hold the STOP 4 button until [Please Wait] is displayed. 2 Slide the USB connector slide lever in the direction indicated by the arrow to eject the USB connector out of the recorder. Do not charge the primary batteries such as alkaline or lithium batteries. Notes • The recorder cannot be charged when the PC is not turned on. Also. When charging. It may cause battery leakage heating and recorder malfunction. • When charging the battery. Charging time: approximately 3 hours * * It shows the approximate time when charging the rechargeable battery fully from no remaining power at the room temperature. The charging time will be changed depending on the remaining amount and the state of batteries.Power supply Charging by connecting to a computer via USB 3 While pressing the STOP 4 button. " For WS-560M/WS-550M: 1 Power supply You can charge the batteries by connecting to a PC's USB port. 12 . stop mode and sleep mode.10). connect to the PC’s USB port. 1 Boot the PC. 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.

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. • If [Cannot charge] is displayed. existing data. • Do not use USB extension cables other than the supplied cable. remove the rechargeable batteries from the products when you will not be using them for a long time.6°F Charging: 5°C .42°C/ 32°F . Replace the batteries with supplied ones at once (☞ P. In order to prevent battery leakage or rust. • When disposing rechargeable batteries.]: When surrounding temperature is low. Notes • This recorder is designed to fully charge batteries regardless of their energy level. and clock settings will be maintained.30°C/ –4°F . This is an inherent nature of such products. turn the power off to reduce battery consumption to a minimum.Power supply • Do not charge the recorder with the USB hub connected. • Be sure to push the USB connector all the way in. The rechargeable batteries efficiency may fluctuate even when operating within the recommended temperature range. Otherwise. 1 Power supply Turning on/off the power When the recorder is not being used. for best results when charging newly purchased rechargeable batteries or batteries that have not been used for a long time (more than one month). always observe the local laws and regulations. Operating temperature: The rechargeable batteries are chemical products.]* or [=]** blinks. 13 . • When using time becomes notably short even after the batteries are fully charged. Be sure to charge them regularly before use.95°F Storage for a long period: –20°C . • You cannot charge when [. It is recommended to fully charge the batteries then discharge repeatedly for 2 to 3 times. by taping the contacts) before disposing. and store them separately. However. replace them with new ones. Do not use the supplied USB extension cable with devices from other manufacturers. • Use the supplied USB extension cable depending on situations. Charge the batteries at the temperature from 5°C to 35°C (41°F to 95°F). Using cables from other manufacturers could result in damage to the recorder. 10). Discharging: The rechargeable batteries self-discharge while this is not in use.107. it means that a battery that cannot be charged is in the recorder. * [. the recorder may not operate properly.35°C/ 41°F . protect against shortcircuiting (e.g. Recommended temperature range: When operating appliance: 0°C . Even if the power is turned off. ** [=]: When surrounding temperature is high.86°F Using the rechargeable batteries outside the above temperature range may result in declining efficiency and shorter battery life. For customers in Germany: Olympus has a contract with the GRS (Joint Battery Disposal Association) in Germany to ensure environmentally friendly disposal. mode settings. Contact you local recycling center for proper disposal methods.

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

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

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

• This recorder functions as an IC recorder. set the mode switch to [VOICE]. For listening to music. See “About the folders for voice recordings” regarding the destination of saved files (☞ P. 1 [VOICE] mode and [MUSIC] mode Slide the mode switch to [VOICE] position. [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 recording and playback voice recordings.18).[VOICE] mode and [MUSIC] mode " For WS-560M/WS-550M: This device can be used as a voice recorder or as a music player. • The recorder functions as a music player. 17 . set the mode switch to [MUSIC].

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. 3 Extension: These are the file name extensions for the recording format when recording with this device.WMA 1 2 3 1 User ID: The user ID name that has been set on the Digital Voice Recorder. 2 File number: A serial number automatically assigned by a Digital Voice Recorder. File names will be automatically created for files recorded by this recorder.[Folder E] are the folders for voice recordings. When recording with the recorder. About the folders for voice recordings [Folder A] . WS55 0001 . 1 Recorder Notes on the folders Folder A Folder B Folder C Folder D 001 002 003 004 Folder Folder E 200 File Each folder can store up to 200 files.WMA 18 .

45).57). Precautions for transferring music files: When using Windows Media Player 10. a folder is automatically created within the music playback folder which has a layered structure as shown in the diagram below. 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. Up to 128 folders can be created under the [Music] folder. click [Start Sync] instead of setting the synchronization options. Music files that are in the same folder can be rearranged in preferential order and replayed (☞ P. All the files will be transferred to the part A above (☞ P. including [Music]. Folder File 19 .Notes on the folders " For WS-560M/WS-550M: About the folder for music playback When transferring music files to the device using Windows Media Player.

see the section entitled “Notes on the folders” (☞ P. 20 . The list display screen can be operated by the 9 button. For information on the layered structure of the folders. + or − button Select the folder or file. Operation of the folders for music playbacks: " For WS-560M/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. Enters in playback standby mode. P.Selecting the folders and files Change folders while the operation is stopped or played back. Proceed Each time you press this it opens the folder or file selected in the list display and proceeds down one level. Return Each time you press this it returns up one level. List display The folders and files recorded in this recorder are displayed. When you press and hold the LIST button while moving in a hierarchy of folders. The list display can be operated by the 0 button.19). it will return to the file display.18.

• [4] will appear on the display.About Recording Recording Before starting recording. Pressing the LIST button repeatedly will bring you to the folder list display. Set the mode switch to [VOICE] before recording (☞ P. 1 Select the recording folder (☞ P.18 to P. These five folders can be selectively used to distinguish the kind of recording. 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-560M/WS-550M: • If the RECs button is pressed while the mode switch is set to [MUSIC].17). • Newly recorded audio will be saved as the last file in the selected folder. STOP 4 button REC s button 2 Press the RECs button to start recording.36. P.38). 2 Pressing button + or − at the folder list display will select the folders for voice recordings. • Turn the microphone in the direction of the source to be recorded. while Folder ['] might be dedicated to holding business information. 3 Press the STOP4 button to stop recording. Folder [&] might be used to store private information. Configure this while the recorder is stopped (☞ P. for example.20). f f File length 21 . [Music Mode] will flash on the display. select a folder between [&] to [*]. How to change folders: 1 Pressing the LIST button at the file display while stopped will return you to the next higher level. • [Rec Mode] cannot be changed in the recording standby mode or while recording. • The recording indicator light glows and [7] will appear on the display.

start speaking after you see the recording indicator light on. • After recording has started. the recording indicator light starts flashing. press the RECs button. you can hear the sound being recorded.34). To EAR jack • [5] will appear on the display. 2 Recording • [6] will appear on the display. When the recording time is decreasing to 30 or 10 seconds. • The recorder will time out after 60 minutes when left in “Rec Pause”. Listening while audio is recorded If you start recording after inserting the earphone into the EAR jack on the recorder. press the OK ` button. you can hear the sound being recorded through the earphone. Select on other folder or delete any unnecessary files before recording (☞ P. Resume Recording: Press the RECs button again.Recording Notes • To ensure recording from the beginning. • [Folder Full] will appear when the recording cannot be made any further. Connect the earphone to the EAR jack on the recorder. Delete any unnecessary files before recording any further (☞ P. • When remaining recording time is less than 60 seconds. The recording monitor volume can be adjusted by pressing the + or − button. Pause To quickly check on the recorded contents While the recorder is during recording mode. • Recording will resume at the point of interruption.34). 22 . the light flashes faster. While the recorder is during recording mode. • Stop recording and the file that was just recorded will be played back. • [Memory Full] will appear when the memory is full.

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-560M/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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the audio output signal sent out from the EAR jack will change as well (☞ 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. perform a test recording and then adjust the output level for the external devices. 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.40.36. Note • When you adjust the various sound quality settings related to playback on the recorder. 26 . with the connecting cord KA333 (optional) for dubbing.41). When external devices are connected. P. To audio output terminal of other devices Recording the sound of this recorder with other devices: The sound of this recorder can be recorded to other devices when connected to the audio input terminal (microphone jack) of other devices and the EAR jack of this recorder. P. and the MIC jack of the recorder with the connecting cord KA333 (optional) for dubbing.

About Playback Playback The recorder can playback WAV*. 2 Pressing button + or − at the folder list display will select the folders for voice recordings and press the OK ` or 9 button.17). * For WS-560M. 5 Press the STOP 4 button at any point you want to stop the playback. • [6] will appear on the display. 1 Select the folder which contains the files to be played back (☞ P. • [4] will appear on the display. MP3* and WMA format files. even if the power is turned off. Pressing the LIST button repeatedly will bring you to the folder list display. 4 Press the + or − button to adjust to a comfortable listening volume. • In the File display. 2 In the File list display. • The volume can be adjusted within a range from [00] to [30]. 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. set the mode switch to [VOICE] (☞ P. • This will stop the file being played back midway. The next time the power is turned on. press the + or − button to select the file that you want to playback. WS-550M only. • When playing back files recorded on the recorder. 3 Press the OK ` button to start playback. set the mode switch according to the folder type (☞ P.17). you need to transfer (copy) it from a computer. press the 9 or 0 button to select a file.18 to P. To playback a file recorded with other machines. 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-560M/WS-550M: • When playing back files transferred from a PC.20). 27 . When the resume function is activated the stopped location will be registered.

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

You can select the playback mode that fits your preference.42) [Skip Space] (☞ P.43) * Can be operated only in [VOICE] mode. Notes • When you skip to the beginning of the file during playback.36. The playback speed can be set to slow speed or fast speed playback. fast. press the 0 button twice. ** Can be operated only in [MUSIC] mode.32) This function enables repeated playback of part of the file being played. The recorder has a Voice Filter Function to cut low and high frequency tones during normal. P. [Voice Filter]* (☞ P. P.40) To EAR jack [Equalizer]** (☞ P. The skip interval length can be set. Notes • To avoid irritation to the ear.36.Playback While the recorder is during playback mode. It may cause hearing impairment and decrease in hearing ability. Playback through earphone An earphone can be connected to the EAR jack of the recorder for listening.36. the recorder speaker will be switched-off.40) [WOW]** (☞ P.36. • The recorder skips to the beginning of the previous file. The index mark and temp mark will be skipped when you perform the operation in stop mode (☞ P. insert the earphone after turning down the volume level. If you change the equalizer setting. This changes the order of the files in the selected folder.45) 3 Playback [Noise Cancel]* (☞ P. P. [Replace] (☞ P. P. P. P. or slow playback. do not raise the volume too much. 31). • When you listen with the earphone during playback.40) Settings relating to playback " For WS-560M/WS-550M: Segment repeat (☞ P.36. the recorder will skip forward/ reverse the specified time. the recorder will stop at the position of the index mark and temp mark. 43). [Play Mode]*** (☞ P. adjust the Noise Cancel setting level. It is useful for playing back files in a preferred order while in normal playback mode etc. P.36.36. • When [Skip Space] set to other than [File Skip]. *** The operation is different between [VOICE] mode and [MUSIC] mode.41) • When the earphone is used. The recorder has SRS WOW XT. P. 36. you can enjoy the music with your favorite sound quality. 29 . and enable clear audio playback.41) [Play Speed] (☞ P. If recorded audio is difficult to understand because of noisy surroundings. then will start playback (☞ P. an audio processing technology that increases sound clarity and bass quality.

The skip interval length can be set. About music file In cases where the recorder is unable to playback music files that have been transferred to it. WS-550M only.1 kHz. 44. The recorder has a Voice Filter Function to cut low and high frequency tones during normal.1 kHz.36. P. P. The playback speed can be set to slow speed or fast speed playback. 48 kHz MPEG2 Layer3: 16 kHz. 48 kHz Bit rate 16 bit [Replace] (☞ P.32) This function enables repeated playback of part of the file being played. check to make sure that the sampling rate and bit rate are in the range where playback is possible. It is useful for playing back files in a preferred order while in normal playback mode etc. • This recorder is compatible with Microsoft Corporation DRM9. P.45) 3 Playback [Voice Filter] (☞ P. 22. 41) [Play Speed] (☞ P. but not with DRM10. • Variable bitrate MP3 files (in which conversion bitrates can vary) may not play properly. and enable clear audio playback. P. Combinations of sampling rates and bit rates for music files which the recorder can playback are given below.Playback " For WS-450S: Segment repeat (☞ P. 16 kHz.42) [Skip Space] (☞ P. WAV files other than these cannot be played back.36. File format WAV* format Sampling frequency 44.1 kHz MPEG1 Layer3: 32 kHz.36. 22 kHz.36. fast. this recorder can only play back those in the linear PCM format.40) [Play Mode] (☞ P. 24 kHz 8 kHz. or slow playback. This changes the order of the files in the selected folder. 30 .05 kHz. 32 kHz. 44. • For WAV files.43) MP3* format From 8 kbps up to 320 kbps WMA format From 5 kbps up to 320 kbps * For WS-560M. 11 kHz. You can select the playback mode that fits your preference.

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

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

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

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

However. In addition. 3 Erasing 35 . replace the batteries with new ones in order to ensure that the batteries will not run out while processing. WS-550M only: You can delete other than [Music] folders when the recorder is set to [MUSIC] mode. • For WS-450S only: You cannot delete folders through the recorder.Erasing • It may take over 10 seconds to complete processing. • For WS-560M. you cannot delete any folders when the recorder is set to [VOICE] mode. Never remove batteries during this time because data may be corrupted.

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

*** For WS-560M. WS-550M (Set to [VOICE] mode). when a selected item is not applied. For WS-560M. • When in the menu screen during recording or playback. 4 Menu setting method * For WS-560M. 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. ** For WS-450S. 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. 37 . the menu settings will be cancelled if 8 seconds elapse with no buttons being pressed. • When entering menu settings during recording or playback. WS-550M only (Set to [VOICE] mode). WS-550M only (Set to [MUSIC] mode). • Pressing the 0 button without pressing the OK ` button will cancel the settings and return you to the previous screen.Menu setting method 7 Press the OK ` button to complete the setting. Notes • The recorder will stop if you leave it idle for 3 minutes during a menu setup operation.

Select the recording mode that fits your purpose. Property File and folder information can be confirmed from the menu screen. [Bit Rate]* (File format) [Artist]** (Artist name) and [Album]** (Album name) will appear on the display. set [Mic Sense] to [Dictation] and hold recorder’s built-in stereo microphone close to the speaker’s mouth (5-10 cm) before recording. " For WS-450S: • Use the switch to set the microphone sensitivity (☞ P. 4 Menu setting method Refer to “Rearranging files [Replace]” (☞ P. set the mode switch to [VOICE] (☞ P. • When you would like to clearly record a speaker’s voice.17). [Dictation]: This is the standard level of microphone sensitivity. Locked files are not erased when you select to erase all files from a folder (☞ P. [Artist] and [Album] will not appear on the display.23). • Select the files for which you would like to confirm information in advance before operating the menu. [Date] (Time stamp). [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. [Off]: Unlocks the file and allows it to be erased. Rec Mode In addition to selecting between stereo or mono recording formats. or record favoring increased recording time. When the file is selected: [Name] (File name). [Size] (File size). Select this mode for cases where the volume of the source sound is high. Rec Menu " For WS-560M/WS-550M: • When performing operations on the [Rec Menu] screen. [ST XQ]: Stereo extra high quality sound recording. Mic Sense Microphone sensitivity is adjustable to meet recording needs. [ST SP]: Stereo standard recording. [Folder] will not appear on the display. [Bit Rate] area displays the sampling frequency and bit rate. [Folder]* (Number of folder) and [File]** (Number of file) will appear on the display. * When a linear PCM format file has been selected. When [VOICE] is selected.45). you can also record favoring high sound quality. such as a band performance. Replace . ** When a file contains no tag information. [Conference]: This is a highly sensitive mode which can record surrounding noises. [ST HQ]: Stereo high quality sound recording. * When [VOICE] is selected. When the folder is selected: [Name] (File name). the display contents of this area are blank.34). 38 . ** Files which cannot be recognized by this recorder are not included in the number of files.

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

an audio processing technology that increases sound clarity and bass quality. . [Noise Cancel] will not function. set [Voice Filter] to [Off]. [SRS 3D]: The surround effect can be adjusted. adjust the Noise Cancel setting level. [TruBass]: The low-frequency range can be adjusted. To use this functions. fast. • When [Voice Filter] is set to [On]. set [Noise Cancel] to [Off].43) When [MUSIC] mode is selected: [WOW] [Equalizer] (☞ P. When [VOICE] mode is selected: [Noise Cancel] 4 Menu setting method [Voice Filter] [Play Mode] (☞ P.41) [Play Mode] (☞ P. or slow playback. prior testing and adjustment of the start/stop actuation level is recommended.Menu setting method • To ensure successful recordings. WOW The recorder has SRS WOW XT. The expansive feel and clarity of the sound can be increased. The low-frequency range can be made richer. Noise Cancel If recorded audio is difficult to understand because of noisy surroundings. [Voice Filter] and slow/high speed playback functions will not function. Voice Filter The recorder has a Voice Filter Function to cut low and high frequency tones during normal.41) [Play Speed] (☞ P. [Off]: Disables this function. • When [Noise Cancel] is set to [Low] or [High].42) [Skip Space] (☞ P.42) [Skip Space] (☞ P. [Off]: Disables this function. and enable clear audio playback. Noise will be reduced in the file when it’s played back for better sound quality.41) [Play Speed] (☞ P.43) " For WS-450S: [Voice Filter] [Play Mode] (☞ P.43) 1 Select [SRS 3D] or [TruBass]. [On]: Enables the Voice Filter function. [High] [Low]: Enables the Noise Cancel function.41) [Play Speed] (☞ P.Play Menu " For WS-560M/WS-550M: • When operating the [Play Menu] screen. The level of the surround effect (SRS 3D) and the bass effect (TruBass) may be individually adjusted through 4 levels of processing. To use these functions. 40 .42) [Skip Space] (☞ P. different settings items are displayed depending on the position of the mode switch.

2 Select [File]. press the 9 or 0 button and repeat the procedure from step 2. [All]: Selects all files in the internal memory. [Off]: Disables this function. [Off]: Disables the equalizer function. [Random]: Sets to random playback mode. [60 Hz] [250 Hz] [1 kHz] [4 kHz] [12 kHz]: Select the frequency bandwidth setting. Equalizer If you change the equalizer setting. 2 Select the frequency band.Menu setting method 2 Adjust the surround level or bass effect level. 3 Select the equalizer level.42). [Rock] [Pop] [Jazz]: Enables the equalizer function. and may sound like noise. [Folder]: Selects the current folder. • The higher the decibel value. • To change the settings again. If this happens. Select the desired playback mode: 1 Select [Repeat] or [Random]. [Folder] or [All]. 41 . Play Mode You can select the playback mode that fits your preference. the SRS WOW XT effect will be heightened. • Depending on the song. Otherwise you cannot use these functions (☞ P. 4 Menu setting method 1 Select the desired equalizer characteristics. [Repeat]: Sets to repeat playback mode. Select the desired playback range: 1 Select [Play Area]. the louder the sound. If [User] is selected. adjust the SRS WOW XT effect. [Off]: Disables this function. [High] [Middle] [Low]: The sound quality can be adjusted to one of 3 levels. [User]: Select [User] to save your own custom equalizer settings. • Set [WOW] to [Off] to use the slow playback or fast playback mode. [On]: Sets the playback range to be played back repeatedly or randomly. " For WS-560M/WS-550M: Set to [MUSIC] mode. you can enjoy the music with your favorite sound quality. 2 Select [On] or [Off]. [File]: Selects the current file. proceed to Step 2. • The SRS WOW XT effect will be weakened if the bit rate for any music file is less than 32 kbps. • You can select the equalizer level from [–6] to [+6] in 1dB increments.

[End] flashes for two seconds on the display and the recorder stops at the start of the first file in the recorder.875 Play] When [Fast Playback] is selected: [x1.375 Play] [x1. the recorder will start playing from the first file in the next folder. after playing the last file in the folder. 2 Set the playback speed. • In [Folder] mode. when the recorder comes to the end of the last file in the folder. and [1] will appear on the display (default at 1. • Every time the OK ` button is pressed. you can stop playback.0 Play] 4 Menu setting method [File]: Stop after playing back the current file. Play Speed The playback speed of the file can be changed between 0.5 Play] [x0. • In [File] mode. 2 Press the OK ` button to switch playback speed. When it comes to the end of the last file in the recorder. 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. and [2] will appear on the display (default at 0.31).5 Play] [x2. [Folder]: Play files continuously in the current folder until the last file and stop. The tone will be automatically adjusted digitally without changing the voice so it sounds natural.625 Play] [x0. Change Playback Speed: 1 Press the OK ` button to start playback.5 and 2 times speed. [End] flashes for two seconds on the display and the recorder stops at the start of the first file in the folder.125 Play] [x1.25 Play] [x1. 42 . or insert an index mark in slow playback and fast playback modes as well (☞ P. • In [All] mode. 1 Select [Slow Playback] or [Fast Playback]. 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.75 times as fast). Normal playback: Playback at normal speed. • As in normal playback mode. the playback speed will switch.5 times as fast).75 Play] [x0. the changed playback speed will be retained. The next playback will be at that speed.5 speed. Slow playback: Playback speed slows down. Fast playback: Playback speed becomes faster. • Even if playback is stopped. In such a case. when the recorder comes to the end of the last file in the folder.Menu setting method " For WS-560M/WS-550M: " For WS-450S: Set to [VOICE] mode. [End] flashes for two seconds on the display and the recorder stops at the start of the last file. When [Slow Playback] is selected: [x0. the device plays back in up to x1. cue a file.

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

the time settings and file numbers will be preserved from before the reset and will not return to their initial settings. [Model] (Model Name). Reset Settings This returns the functions back to their initial settings (factory default). WS-550M only (Set to [MUSIC] mode). * For WS-560M. System Info. 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. WS-550M (Set to [VOICE] mode).Play Menu: [Noise Cancel]* [Voice Filter]** [WOW]*** [SRS 3D] [TruBass] [Equalizer]*** [Play Mode]*** [Play Area] [Repeat] [Random] [Play Mode]** [Play Speed] [Slow Playback] [Fast Playback] [Skip Space] 44 . [Capacity] (Built-in frash memory size) and [Version] (System version) [Serial No. 4 Menu setting method Menu settings after setting reset (initial settings): . [Start]: Returns the settings to their initial values.15).] (Serial Number) appears on the display. 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. [Cancel]: Takes you back to the [Device Menu]. Format Refer to “Formatting the Recorder [Format]” (☞ P.5 Play] [File Skip] . For WS-560M.46). *** For WS-560M. You can check the recorder’s information on the menu screen. • After resetting the settings. ** For WS-450S. [English] [Français] [Deutsch] [Italiano] [Español]: . WS-550M only (Set to [VOICE] mode).Menu setting method Language(Lang) You can select the display language for this recorder.75 Play] [x1.

press the MENU button.18 to P. • Pressing the 0 button without pressing the OK ` button will cancel the settings and return you to the previous screen. 10 Press the MENU button to close the menu screen. 1 Select the folder for which you would like to rearrange the song order (☞ P. • If there are more files to move. repeat Steps 5 through 8.36). 5 Press the OK ` or 9 button. 2 While the recorder is during stop mode.20). 45 . • The cursor will flash to confirm that the file can be moved. \4 Press the + or − button to select [Replace]. 6 Press the + or − button to select the file you want to move. +− button 9 0 button OK ` button MENU button 8 Press the + or − button to select the location to move it to. • The menu will appear on the display (☞ P. 4 Menu setting method 3 Press the OK ` or 9 button to move the cursor to the item to set.Menu setting method Rearranging files [Replace] You can move a file in a folder to change the order of playback. First select the folder (file) for which you want to change the playback order. 9 Press the OK ` button button to complete the setting. 7 Press the OK ` button.

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

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

• Even if operational environment is satisfied.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. • In addition to its uses as an IC recorder and a music player. play them back.Using the Recorder on Your PC By being connected to a PC.2. * For WS-560M. 5 Operating environment 48 . WS-550M only. P. and manage them by using Windows Media Player or iTunes (☞ P. we do not support such as upgraded OS. MP3* and WAV* language content.53. P. the recorder enables you to do the following: • You can transfer files recorded with this recorder to a computer. the multi-boot environment and self-modified PC’s. • The recorder is compatible with WMA.52.60). this recorder can also be used as external memory for a computer by storing data from a computer and reading it back out (☞ P.8 .64). 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 10.10.

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. If the USB cable is removed before the drive is stopped. • 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. data may not be successfully transferred. be sure to follow the description in ☞ P. WMA or MP3 files for the purpose of commercial business or sale. 5 Operating environment 49 . Initialization is not successfully achieved on a PC. A WMA file may be provided with DRM (Digital Right Management) for copyright protection. DRM limits the file to copy or distribute music files that are converted (ripped) from a music CD or downloaded from music distribution services. To transfer a WMA file with DRM to the recorder. follow the instructions in the [Format] screen of the recorder (☞ P. Note • This recorder is compatible with Microsoft Corporation DRM9. unplug the external microphone and earphone when you connect the recorder to a PC. or converted into WAV. distributed. do not remove the USB cable even if the screen is indicating you can. but not with DRM10. do not format the drive of the recorder. any voice/music files and music CDs downloaded from the Internet without the copyright holder’s permission may not be reproduced. For initialization. Data is still being transferred while the recording indicator light is blinking. • On a PC. publicized/re-publicized on the Internet.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. • If folders or files stored on the recorder are moved or renamed by using a file management tool such as Explorer.51.46). • 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. When removing the USB cable. you need to use appropriate methods such as Windows Media Player. Copyright and copyright protection feature (DRM) By the Copyright Act.

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

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

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

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

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

If you delete this file. 3 5 Using Windows Media Player 3 55 . *1 *2 • The folder with artist name or album name is automatically created. click to uncheck the box once. Windows Media Player 11 1 Connect the recorder to a PC. and start Windows Media Player. *1 If [Create folder hierarchy on device] is checked by default. 2.54). see “Copying music from CD” (☞ P.Using Windows Media Player Transferring music file to the recorder You can transfer the music files saved in your PC to this recorder. 2 From the Features taskbar. 3 Click [Sync] menu again to select [DVR] { [Advanced Options] { [Set Up Sync]. • Click on the [Create folder hierarchy on device] to check. *2 After the synchronous transfer to the recorder. click [Sync]. a file named “WMPInfo. the *1 may need to be set again. For how to copy the music files from the CD to your PC. and set as follows. and click it again to check.xml” is created. This will make you find the file you want to listen to more easily.

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

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

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

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].Using Windows Media Player Windows Media Player 10 1 Insert the blank CD-R/RW into the CD-R/RW drive. 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 . • You can change the order of tracks by Drag & Drop files. 4 Select format of CD before clicking [Start Burn]. and start Windows Media Player. click [Burn] menu. When [Data CD] is selected: • Copying files with the format to be recorded. • Click [Burn] as needed after clicking [Edit Playlist] menu.

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

6 Click [Import CD]. and start iTunes. 4 Click [Importing] to set the file format and bit rate for copying music files to your PC.30). [Setting]: Set the bit rate for copying music file from a CD. and click [OK]. • This recorder supports MP3 and WAV format music files (☞ P. 3 Click [Advanced] tag.Using iTunes Copying music from CD 1 Insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive. 2 Click [iTunes] { [Preferences]. [Import Using]: Set the file format for copying music file from a CD. 2 3 4 5 5 Using iTunes 5 Put a check mark on the music files that you want to copy. 6 61 .

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

3 Click [Advanced] tag. and start iTunes. 6 Click [Burn Disc].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. and put a check mark on the voice files to copy to the CD-R/RW. 1 Insert the CD-R/RW into the CDR/RW drive. see “Transfer the voice files to your PC” (☞ P. and click [OK]. 2 Click [iTunes] { [Preferences]. 2 3 4 5 Using iTunes 5 Select the desired playlist. 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.52). 5 6 63 . 4 Click [Burning] to set the CD format for copying voice files to CD-R/RW. When [Data CD] is selected: Copying files with the format to be recorded. When [MP3 CD] is selected: Copying in MP3 format.

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

[Folder Full] Folder full. [Licence Mismatch] [Memory Full] [No File] Illegally copied file.31). The music files copied illegally. Tried to delete a locked file. Action Replace with new batteries (☞ P. The file for management cannot be created due to a shortage of capacity for remaining memory.31).Other Information Alarm message list Message [Battery Low] [File Protected] Meaning Low battery power. The file is full of index marks (maximum of 16 marks).34). Erase index marks that are no longer required (☞ P.46). The management file cannot be created. The folder is full of files (maximum of 200 files). Select another folder (☞ P. There was an error while Reformat the memory formatting the recorder’s (☞ P. 6 Alarm message list [Memory Error] Error in the memory.36.34). Connect the recorder to a computer and delete any unnecessary files. Erase-locked. so go to the store where you purchased the recorder or an Olympus service station for repair (☞ P. This is a malfunction.17). Set the mode switch to [VOICE] position (☞ P. [Format Error] [Can’t make the system file. For WS-560M. Erase unnecessary files (☞ P. [Temp Mark Full] Tempmark full. Erase Tempmarks that are no longer required (☞ P. No files were found in the folder.10).20). Explanation Battery power is getting low. [Index Full] Index full.18 to P.34). 65 . Erase the file (☞ P. Erase unnecessary files (☞ P. WS-550M only: [Music Mode] [MUSIC] mode is active. Unlock the file (☞ P. memory. P. Error in the memory. The mode switch is set to [MUSIC] position.68). No remaining memory. Connect to PC and delete unnecessary file] Formatting error. Zero remaining memory. No file. The file is full of Tempmarks (maximum of 16 marks).38).

36. Change to the another folder (☞ P.18 to P. Nothing appears on the display Battery power is getting low.Troubleshooting Symptom Probable cause The batteries are not loaded properly.36.14).21).10).are correct (☞ P. Replace with new batteries (☞ P.23 or P. P. Turn the power on (☞ P.34). Release the recorder from HOLD (☞ P. Won’t start The power is off. When recording while an external monaural microphone is connected. Replace with new batteries (☞ P. Recording level too low This could potentially be because the output level for the connected external devices are too low.13).18 to P. The earphone is connected. Low remaining memory. Set the microphone sensitivity to the conference mode and try again (☞ P.13).10). Erase unnecessary files (☞ P.38). sound will only be recorded by the L-channel.27). The recorder was placed near a cell phone or fluorescent lamp while recording or during playback. ------- 6 Troubleshooting No playback tone heard Voice files are not recorded in stereo Noise heard during playback Move the recorder.38). Unable to record The maximum number of files has been reached. Adjust the volume level (☞ P. P. Adjust the output level for the connected devices. The power is off. Turn the power on (☞ P. Cannot find the recorded Voice File Wrong folder. Switch to the correct folder (☞ P. 66 .21). Unplug the earphones to use the internal speaker. The microphone sensitivity is too low. The recorder is in HOLD mode. The connected external microphone is monaural. The volume level is set to [00]. [Rec Mode] is set to a monaural recording mode. Set [Rec Mode] to the stereo recording mode (☞ P.10). Action Verify that the batteries’ polarities = and . The recorder was shaken during recording. Battery power is getting low.

The file is read-only. Erase unnecessary marks (☞ P. do not point the microphone at the earphones. It is recommended that you use earphones for the recording monitor. 6 Troubleshooting 67 . P.38).36. The maximum number of marks has been reached.50). Conduct adjustments like separating the earphones from the microphone further. Unable to erase the folders Noise is audible through the recording monitor Acoustic feedback is occurring. There is a file which cannot be recognized by the recorder in the folder. Unlock the file or cancel the read-only setting of the file on the PC.31). The file is read-only. tempmarks The file is locked. Unlock the file or cancel the read-only setting of the file on the PC. and so on.36. Unable to set index marks. Action Unlock the file (☞ P. Unlock the file (☞ P. lower the volume on the recording monitor. Connect the recorder to your PC and erase a folder (☞ P. When the built-in speaker amps and the like are connected there is a risk that audio feedback will occur while recording.38). P.Troubleshooting Symptom Unable to erase the file Probable cause The file is locked.

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

544 h.5 mm mini-jack. impedance 8 Ω or more 4 Recording format: WMA (Windows Media Audio) 4 Input level: .1 kHz 22 kHz 44. 10 min. 278 h.107. 30 min. 69 h. 6 Specifications 4 WS-550M (Built-in flash memory 2 GB): 4 Maximum working output: 60 mW (8 Ω speaker) 4 Maximum headphone output: ≤ 150 mV (according to EN 50332-2) _ 4 WS-450S (Built-in flash memory 1 GB): 4 Wide band characteristic headphone output: _ 75 mV ≤ (according to EN 50332-2) 4 Recording medium: Built-in NAND FLASH memory WS-560M: 4 GB WS-550M: 2 GB WS-450S: 1 GB 4 Speaker: Built-in ø 16 mm round dynamic speaker 4 MIC jack: ø 3. 1. 69 h. 30 min.1 kHz 44. 25 min. 00 min. 137 h. 35 min. 17 h.70 dBv 4 Input power requirement: Batteries: AAA battery (LR03) or Olympus Ni-MH rechargeable battery 4 Sampling frequency: [ST XQ] mode: [ST HQ] mode: [ST SP] mode: [HQ] mode: [SP] mode: [LP] mode: 44. 35 min. 547 h.1 kHz 22 kHz 8 kHz 4 External dimensions: 94. 25 min. 139 h. 35 min.Specifications General points 4 EAR jack: ø 3. 25 min.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-560M (Built-in flash memory 4 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: [ST XQ] mode: [ST HQ] mode: [ST SP]] mode: [HQ] mode: [SP] mode: [LP] mode: 69 h.088 h.42°C/ 32°F . 25 min. 34 h.5 mm mini-jack. • Available recording time may be shorter if many short recordings are made (The displayed available recording time and recorded time are approximate indications). 69 . 05 min. 20 min. 69 h. 139 h. 10 min. 139 h. 278 h. 10 min. 34 h. 55 min. 272 h. 40 min. 45 min. 247 h. impedance 2 kΩ Notes • The above values are strictly rough guides.8 mm × 38 mm × 11 mm (without protrusions) 4 Weight: 46 g (including battery) 4 Operating temperature: 0°C .

Earphone: 22 h. 4 minutes per song) Guide to battery life 4 WS-560M/WS-550M ([VOICE] mode): WS-450S: 6 Specifications During recording mode: [ST XQ] mode: 15 h. During voice file playback mode (All Playback Mode): Alkaline battery Built-in speaker: 12 h. Notes • The above values are strictly rough guides. 40 min.Specifications • A maximum recording time per file is set for each mode. During MP3 file (128 kbps) playback mode (All Playback Mode): Alkaline battery Earphone: 25 h. Earphone: 26 h. 70 . • Battery life is measured by Olympus. Even if the recorder’s memory is not used up. 26 h. Specifications and design are subject to change without notice. 148 h. Guide to recordable number of songs WS-560M: 1.000 songs WS-550M: 500 songs WS-450S: 250 songs (At 128 kbps. Ni-MH Rechargeable batter Earphone: 21 h. Maximum recording time per file [ST XQ] [ST HQ] [ST SP] [HQ] [SP] [LP] 26 h. 40 min. It varies greatly according to the type of batteries used and the conditions of use. 26 h. 40 min. [LP] mode: 21 h. recording cannot be continued beyond the limit. 40 min. 53 h. Ni-MH Rechargeable battery Earphone: 22 h. Ni-MH Rechargeable battery Built-in speaker: 12 h. 30 min. 40 min. 4 WS-560M/WS-550M ([MUSIC] mode): During WMA file (128 kbps) playback mode (All Playback Mode): Alkaline battery Earphone: 26 h. 53 h. 40 min.

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.environment and customer protection. Applicable Product : WS-560M/WS-550M/WS-450S This symbol [crossed-out wheeled bin Directive 2006/66/EC Annex II] indicates separate collection of waste batteries in the EU countries. Please do not throw the batteries into the domestic refuse.For customers in Europe “CE” mark indicates that this product complies with the European requirements for safety. Please use the return and collection systems available in your country for the disposal of the waste batteries. health. . Please do not throw the equipment into the domestic refuse.

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