Edit and Playback Functions
Overview: The Olympus WS-822 is a compact, hand-held portable digital voice recorder
with features found in professional dictation systems. The
recorder records onto its 4 GB internal memory for
up to 1000 hours of recording time (WMA, 8 kbps). It can also record onto optional microSD memory cards. It has
two built-in condenser microphones, an 18mm diameter mono speaker, and
jacks for an external microphone and headphones. The WS-822 operates on a single
"AAA" Ni-MH rechargeable battery (included). It can also work with an alkaline
LCD Display: The WS-822 features a 1-3/8" (diagonal)
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 can be set to
5, 10, 30, or 60
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.
Built-in Microphone: The unit features two built-in
condenser microphones on the top of the recorder. You can set the recording level to
Low, Medium, or High. In addition to the built-in microphones, the
recorder also has a 3.5mm external microphone input.
Headphone Jack: A 3.5mm headphone jack is provided on the
top of the recorder to allow you to listen to recorded files, or monitor the
audio during recording. A pair of earbud headphones is included.
Recording Memory: The WS-822 features a 4 GB internal memory
for recording and storing files. In addition, the recorder has a slot for
microSD memory cards with capacities ranging from 2 to 32 GB.
USB Plug: The WS-822 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 the battery. The unit is Hi-speed USB 2.0-compatible, and can
work with the following Operating Systems: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista,
Windows XP, and Mac OS X (v10.5-v10.8).
Power Requirements: The recorder is powered by a single
BR404 "AAA"-sized Nickel-Metal Hydride
(NiMH) battery (included). The battery charges via USB in approximately 3
hours. A fully-charged battery provide approximately 37 hours of battery life
(WMA 8 kbps with alkaline battery). An optional A514 AC adapter is available for
charging the battery.
Power Save: The Power Save function switches the unit to
Standby after a preset amount of time without a button being pressed. You can
set the Power Save duration to 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, or
Recording Format: The WS-822 records audio files in Linear
PCM, MP3, or WMA formats in five recording modes. You can record in stereo or
mono, depending upon the recording mode. Lower bit rates provide longer
recording times while higher bit rates offer better quality recordings. The
selectable recording modes are as follows:
|Recording Mode ||Frequency Response ||Maximum Recording Time |
Built-in 4 GB Memory
|Linear PCM |
|40 Hz - 21 kHz ||5 hrs 45 min |
|MP3 256 kbps ||40 Hz - 20 kHz ||32 hrs 30 min |
|MP3 128 kbps ||40 Hz - 17 kHz ||65 hours |
|WMA 32 kbps |
|40 Hz - 13 kHz ||267 hrs 30 min |
|WMA 8 kbps |
|40 Hz - 3 kHz ||1000 hours |
Note: The maximum capacity for a single file is limited to
approximately 4 GB for MP3 and WMA.
Low Cut Filter: The WS-822 has a Low Cut Filter to minimize
low frequency sounds. This helps make voice recording clearer, especially in
Voice Balancer: The Voice Balancer function adjusts the
volume levels of all speakers to a certain level for clearer playback. This
compensates for uneven voice recordings when persons are varying distances away
from the microphone.
Recording Scenes: A recording setting can be set to one of
five templates to suit the recording scene or situation. The available Recording
- 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
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-822 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 different values.
Music Files: The recorder can play MP3 and WMA 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
(Artist, Album, File, etc.).
Edit and Playback Functions
File Storage: The recorded files are separated into two
folders--Music and Recorder. You can search within each folder to find the
desired file to play back, or use the Calendar Search function to search for
files by their recording date.
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 vary the playback
speed by 0.1x increments from 0.5x (half speed) to 3.5x normal speed.
Pitch Control: In addition to variable playback speed, you
can also alter the pitch of the playback by 6 levels higher (#) or lower (♭).
Noise Canceling: When listening to voice recordings, you can
engage the Noise Canceling function to dramatically reduce unwanted background
noise for clearer voice playback.
Play Scene: When playing back files, you can select a
Playback Scene for best results. You can choose between Transcription and
Index Marks: Setting an index mark
lets you quickly find a location you want to listen to while fast forwarding or
fast rewinding. Up to 99 index marks can be placed on a single file.
Erase: You can erase your recorded
messages one by one, or all messages in a folder at one time.
File Lock: To prevent a file from being accidentally
erased or edited, you can lock it. When a file is locked,
it is regarded as a read-only file. It can later be unlocked, if desired.