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VCVA I'm setting the VCVA to on and setting the recording mode to SP to record longer, but even set on HQ I only get about 20mins of recording before it shuts off. In the directions on page 8 it says; "using the FF and REW buttons, the VCVA level can be adjusted in 15 levels." What levels and where are they? Also I can not get the 'remain' time to show up and I'm following the directions.

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I need the instructions manual for olympus pearlcorder j300 microcassette

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Why would my ds 4000 loose sections of the recording and then pick back up again.

If you have the VCVA set to on maybe the actuation level set too low; the recorder stops recording when the sound level does't reach that level.
Adjust the level to a higher value.
Here is a link to the DS-4000 Instruction Manual

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Hi all,

I recently bought this little headache of a dictation machine to help me with my Law revision. Had similar problems but have worked out the following:

The machine appears to have 2 modes of recording - LP and SP. When the machine is in LP mode, it appears to be a format for the machine itself to allow for longer record time. Because of this individual format it will not play back on computers. If, however, you change it to SP mode (from what I can ascertain from the VERY unhelpful user manual is 'high quality recording' i.e. standard WAV format) it saves the file in a .wav format which is playable on computers.

To switch it from LP to SP (this is on my dictation machine only - i take absolutely no responsibility for breakages etc):

Turn on
Press 'M' to cycle to 'REC' mode
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Record as usual.

I've made test recordings on both SP and SP VOR and both save to WAV format and can be played back through a computer.

If anyone knows what VOR is then please shout back.

Hope this helps.


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Limited recording time

WS-100: 64 MB
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SP mode: Approx. 8 hours 40 minutes
LP mode: Approx. 27 hours 20 minutes

You can go to the menu of the device and change the recording mode from HQ to SP to get longer recording time. Page 7 of the instructions explains how to change this.

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