compact flash audio recorders
Now you can begin recording by pressing a record button on the recorder.
The recorder will record to a track on the compact flash card.
The track number will be shown in the recorder's display window.
With a new compact flash card, this will be track no. 1. With a card on which you're already recorded some audio, the recorder should skip to a new track, numbered one higher than your last recorded track.
On the Marantz PMD660 recorder, you begin recording by pressing the REC button on the top of the recorder.
You can tell you're recording because a small circle and arrow will appear in the display window on the top of the recorder, and a counter will start registering the time of the recording in the display.
You can pause the recording at any point.
On the Marantz PMD660 recorder, you do this by pressing the REC PAUSE button on the top of the recorder. Two small vertical bars will appear in the display window on the top of the recorder and the circle will start blinking, indicating that the recording has been paused. The time duration of the recording also will stop.
You then can resume recording, and the new audio will automatically be placed on the compact flash card after the audio recorded before you paused the recorder (it thus will not overwrite any previous audio you have recorded).
Closely monitor the recorder to make sure you are recording. It's a common mistake to get confused when switching from record to pause and back again, and wind up in pause when you think you're in record. So check to make sure the counter is registering the recording time in the display window when you want to record audio.
On the Marantz PMD660 recorder, to resume recording you press the REC button again on the top of the recorder. The new audio will automatically be placed on the compact flash card at the end of the same track as the audio recorded before you paused (if you want to start a new track for the new audio, you'll need to press the REC button a second time - see Creating Tracks below).
if you accidentally press the wrong button and find yourself unable to record, simply press the STOP/CANCEL button. That will return you to the recorder's standard stop mode, without changing any of the recorder settings.
You can periodically create new tracks for the audio you're recording, rather than recording an entire session as a single track. This will separate the audio into individual files when you download the audio onto your computer, making it easier to find audio segments you want.
For example, if you're recording an interview you might want to create separate tracks for the answer to each question you ask, so those will be in separate audio files. You also should write down a quick note about the contents of each track, which will make it easier later on to identify the audio you want to use during editing.
On the Marantz PMD660 recorder, to create new tracks while you're recording audio simply press the REC button again. This won't interrupt the recording, but instead will just create a new track for the remainder of the recording. You can repeat this process as many times as you want, to separate your audio into different tracks during a recording session.
On the Marantz PMD660 recorder, you also can set it so that after 5 minutes of continuous recording a new track automatically will be created (this is one of the default presets for the recorder).
Note: if you are using the built-in microphone on the recorder and use the REC button to create a new track while recording, a discernable clicking sound will be recorded when you press the REC button. So if you're using the built-in mic and want to record a continuous segment of audio, don't use the REC button to create new tracks.
This is not a problem if you're using an external mic or a line feed, as those will not pick up the sound of the click when you press the REC button.
Recording on a Compact Flash Card
That Has Existing Audio
When you record on a compact flash card that you previously used to record audio, the recorder will automatically go to the end of the existing tracks and create a new track for your new recording. Thus it will not overwrite any previous audio you have recorded.
Stopping Recording and
Removing the Compact Flash Card
When you're done recording, you need to press the stop recording button, turn off the recorder and remove the compact flash card.
On the Marantz PMD660 recorder, you stop recording by pressing the STOP button on the top of the recorder.
Then turn off the recorder using the power switch that's on the right side of the recorder.
To remove the compact flash card, open the door to the compact flash card compartment on the front of the recorder (be sure not to open the door too far). Push the tiny eject button to the right of the card slot and the button should pop out. Then push in the eject button again, grab the card, slide it out of the slot and close the compartment door (if it won't close, check to make sure the eject button is pushed in).