Edit and Playback Functions
Overview: The Olympus WS-803 is a compact, easy-to-use,
hand-held portable digital voice recorder. In addition to voice recording, you
can transfer WAV, MP3, and WMA music files from a computer for playback. The
recorder has a built-in 8 GB flash memory for
hours of recording time. It has a built-in, stereo microphone, a 18mm diameter mono speaker, and
jacks for an external microphone and headphones. The WS-803 operates on a single
"AAA" Ni-MH rechargeable battery. It can also work with an alkaline battery. A pair of
in-ear headphones is included.
LCD Display: The WS-803 features a 15/16" square,
LCD display which indicates recording and playback information. The recorder
will display the elapsed or remaining recording time in hours, minutes, and
seconds. When not recording, the current time can be displayed. You can set the
display contrast to one of 12 levels, and the backlight duration to 5 sec, 10
sec, 30 sec, or 1 minute.
Date and Time: The recorder features a built-in clock. If
you have set the time and date, information as to when a sound file was recorded
is stored automatically with that file.
FM Tuner: The WS-803 is equipped with an FM tuner. Up to 30
radio stations can be stored as preset, either manually or automatically. The
tuner has scan tuning with adjustable sensitivity. Recordings can be made from
the FM radio if desired.
Built-in Microphone: The unit features two built-in
microphones on the top of the recorder. You can set the recording level to High,
Middle, or Low. In addition to the built-in microphones, the
recorder also has a 3.5mm external microphone input.
Built-In 8 GB Flash Memory: The WS-803 Digital Voice
Recorder features a built-in 8 GB flash memory which can hold hours of audio or
voice memos. The unit has 5 pre-programmed folders, with up to 200 files per
Memory Card Slot: In addition to the 8 GB built-in memory,
the WS-803 has a memory card expansion slot for more recording capacity. The slot
will accept microSD (and microSDHC) memory cards up to 32 GB.
USB Port: The WS-803 has a retractable Type A USB plug at
the bottom to let you plug the unit directly into your computer for transferring
files or charging (if you are using the rechargeable battery). The unit is Hi-speed USB
2.0-compatible, and can work with the following Operating Systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP,
and Mac OS X (v10.4.11-v10.7).
Power Requirements: The recorder is powered by a single
"AAA"-sized Nickel-Metal Hydride battery (included). See the chart below for battery
life information during recording. During playback, the battery provides up to
20 hours using the built-in speaker, or up to 22 hours using earphones. You can
switch the NiMH battery for an alkaline battery, which will provide up to 24
hours (speaker) to 30 hours (earphones).
Recording Format: The WS-803 records audio files in 16-bit,
44.1kHz LPCM, MP3, or WMA formats in eight recording modes. MP3 files can be
recorded at bit rates of 128 kbps and 256 kbps, while WMA files can be recorded
at rates of 8 to 128 kbps.
You can record in stereo or mono, depending upon the recording mode. When
recording with the built-in microphone, a stereo recording will have the same
audio recorded to both channels. Lower bit rates provide longer recording times while higher bit rates offer
better quality recordings. The selectable recording modes are as follows:
||Maximum Recording Time
Built-in 8 GB Memory
|Battery Life (NiMH/Alkaline)
|40 Hz - 21 kHz
||12 hrs 5 min
||15 hrs/20 hrs
|MP3 256 kbps
||40 Hz - 20 kHz
||66 hrs 30 min
||18 hrs/22 hrs
|MP3 128 kbps
||40 Hz - 17 kHz
|WMA 128 kbps
||40 Hz - 19 kHz
||17 hrs/21 hrs
|WMA 64 kbps
||40 Hz - 16 kHz
|WMA 32 kbps
|40 Hz - 13 kHz
|WMA 16 kbps
|40 Hz - 8 kHz
|WMA 8 kbps
|40 Hz - 3 kHz
||22 hrs/27 hrs
Note: The maximum capacity for a single file is limited
to approximately 4 GB for MP3 and WMA.
Low Cut Filter: The WS-803 has a Low Cut Filter to minimize
low frequency sounds. This helps make voice recording clearer, especially in
Recording Scenes: A recording setting can be set to one of
four templates to suit the recording scene or situation, or you can register a
specific setting and save it for later use. The available Recording Scenes
- Lecture: Suitable for lectures with a large number of
- Conference: Suitable for seminars with a small number
- Meeting: Suitable for recording a meeting
- Dictation: Suitable for personal dictation
- DNS: Suitable for voice recognition software (see more
- User Setting 1, 2, or 3: Recording with a user-saved
DNS Scene: The DNS recording scene lets you record spoken
audio that you will later transcribe. DNS makes the audio suitable to use with
optional Dragon NaturallySpeaking software, which uses speech-to-text technology
to transcribe spoken words into a text document.
VCVA Function: You can set the WS-803 to automatically start
recording when is picks up sound and shut off when the sound stops. The Variable
Control Voice Actuator (VCVA) lets you adjust the volume level threshold for
starting and stopping recording. The VCVA level can be set to any of 15
Music Files: The recorder can play WAV, MP3 (bit rates of
8-320 kbps) and WMA (5-320 kbps) music files transferred from a computer. Voice
files and music files are separated into different folders. Music files are
organized and saved in a branching tree. Up to 300 Music folders can be created,
and up to 2000 songs (128 kbps, 4 minutes) can be stored.
Edit and Playback Functions
Playback Formats: The WS-803 can playback LPCM, MP3 and WMA
format files with bit rates of 8-320 kbps for MP3 and 5-320 kbps for WMA.
Playback Speed: You can adjust the playback speed as you
desire; slowing it down to review spots you couldn't understand, or speeding it
up to listen to meeting content at a faster speed. You can choose from Normal
Playback (x1.0 Play), Slow Playback (x0.5 to x0.9), or Fast Playback (x1.1 to
x2.0). Some features, such as setting index marks, are not available during Slow
or Fast Playback.
Equalizer: When playing back music files, you can choose
from 4 EQ presets: Rock, Pop, Jazz, and User. The User setting lets you adjust 5
EQ bands (60Hz, 250Hz, 1kHz, 4kHz, and 12kHz) by + or - 6dB and save the
Skip Space: The Skip Space function lets you skip forward or
backward during playback. This is handy for quickly skipping to another playback
position or repeatedly playing back short phrases. You can choose Forward Skip
(file, 10 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 5 min, or 10 min) or Reverse Skip (file, 1 sec, 5
sec, 10 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 5 min, or 10 min).
Index and Temp Marks: Setting an index mark or a temp mark
lets you quickly find a location you want to listen to while fast forwarding or
fast rewinding. Index marks cannot be placed on files created on machines other
than this recorder, but temp marks can be placed instead to temporarily remember
desired locations. Up to 99 index and temp marks can be placed on a single file.
Segment Repeat: The Segment Repeat function, also known as
A-B Repeat, enables you to repeat playback of part of a particular file. You can place marks at the beginning and the
ending of a recorded passage for repeated playback. This constant repetition
feature can be used for language learning.
Voice Balancer: When playing back voice recordings, the
Voice Balancer feature enhances the low-volume portions of the file, making them
louder and easier to understand.
Voice Detect: The Voice Detect feature extracts voice
portions from a recorded voice file. Use the Voice Playback to play just the
voice portions of the file. During playback following extraction, the silent
portions are automatically skipped.
Play Scene: During playback, you can choose from 2 Voice and
3 Music "scenes" to enhance playback. You can save the playback scene of your
choice with each file.
Erase: You can erase your recorded
messages one by one, or all messages in a folder at one time.
Divide: In the stop mode, you can divide a file into two
parts, with the new file number being added to the newer part of the divided
file. Only MP3 files recorded on this unit may be divided.
Protect Files: To prevent a file from being accidentally
erased or edited, you can protect an important file. When a file is protected,
it is regarded as a read-only file. Protection can be released, if desired.
Calendar Search: You can easily search for recordings by
date. A calendar is displayed, indicating the dates when recordings were made.
Hold Function: The WS-803 has a Hold function that will lock
the buttons to prevent accidental operations. The Hold function is activated by
sliding the power switch to the left.