Basic user guide

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1. S1MP3 Presentationback to top

These will be the buttons mentioned in this guide. Please, remind it for further reference. If you player does not look like this one, probably you will find the buttons mentioned here written on your player's case. Buttons of the s1mp3

2. Turning on and offback to top

To turn on the S1MP3, keep PLAY/STOP pressed until the boot animation shows up.

To turn off the S1MP3, keep PLAY/STOP pressed until the shutdown animation shows up.

You can shutdown anytime, and when the S1MP3 is again turned on, it will return to the same state of use before the shutdown, keeping the position of the song that was being played or the application in use.

3. Using the S1MP3 as a pen driveback to top

Connect the S1MP3 to the computer, through the USB cable or directly to the USB hub.

Windows XP shall recognize and automatically mount the S1MP3 as a removable disk. At windows 98, that does not come with the needed drivers to mount pen drives, you will have to install the drivers (that come on the mini-CD).

Observe the difference between the physical connection, that is the link S1MP3- PC via USB, and the logical connection, the mounting process: make the filesystem available for windows. Some times, even if the S1MP3 is physically connected, windows somehow can't mount the removable disk. In this case, try to turn the S1MP3 on and off, and try again without the battery. Disable HOLD, if it's enabled. If windows still can't mount the unit, try at another Win Xp computers. More advanced instructions to solve this issue can be seen at Install drivers and make windows detect the player .

Once mounted, with Windows Explorer, you can create and delete folders and files on S1MP3, and move or copy files and folders between your computer and S1MP3. All the operations possible with files and folders on a hard disk can be done with the removable disk. Now, you can move the audio files that you wish to enjoy to the removable disk.

WARNING!! If there are unknown files on the removable disk root, such as "settings.dat", don't delete it! This may make your S1MP3 unusable!

To keep the S1MP3 memory organized, put your files into subfolders:

  • DATA, at the root(with subfolders), to store any kind of data and program to be transported between computers.
  • RECS, at the root, to store your voice recorded RECXX files.
  • One or more folders, with any name, (ex. MUSIC_A, MUSIC_B, etc.) to store audio files. Note that S1MP3 will recognize only 99 files per folder, and it can't recognize sub-folders.
  • If you wish to view short files with the TXT application (if your S1MP3 support it), create a TXT folder at the root.
  • Avoid putting your files on S1MP3's root. It can become very messy!

The 99 files limitation

The player's firmware is limited to 99 files per folder. If you have more files in one folder, it will simply ignore the last files.

Sadly, there is no firmware update available that fixes this problem, so we will have to live with it.

Also, the firmware cannot see more than 1 folder deep into the drive. EG: songs in C:\folder1\ can be played (up to the 99th song of course) but files in C:\folder1\folder2 do not.

After removing S1MP3 from USB:

eject eject

Unmount the S1MP3. Right-click over the Removable disk icon(at windows explorer), and click “Eject”.

Or, on the taskbar, click at the removable devices icon, them click on “Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device”.

After the unmounting, the removable disk and the icon on the task bar will disappear. The S1MP3 will show the Main menu, and you can use the player on normal mode, draining power from the USB hub. Another way to unmount the S1MP3 is by holding Mode Click.

ONLY after unmounting, you can physically unconnect the S1MP3.

WARNING!! Before unplugging the S1MP3 from USB, certify that it's NOT mounted! If you don't observe this, your S1MP3 can become unusable!

If you wish to format your player, format it using the FAT file system.

WARNING!! If you format the player using any filesystem other than FAT or FAT16,(such as FAT32) your player may become unusable!!

4. Browsing the systemback to top

s1mp3 menu

Let's begin with the Main menu. Turn on the S1MP3, and if the main manu does not show up, (similar to the picture), keep MODE clicked.

Observe the S1MP3's applications:

  1. MSC => MuSiC player ( MP3, WMA, WAV, and, for a few recent players, OGG)
  2. REC => Voice RECorder
  3. RPL => Recorded files PLayer (Voice or Radio recordings)
  4. FM => FM Radio
  5. SYS => SYStem settings
  6. TEL => TELephone Book
  7. TXT => TeXT reader

To browse the S1MP3 :

Press MODE left or right to select the desired Icon/Application.

To enter/confirm the selected Icon/Application, press and release MODE at vertical position. This procedure will be named Mode click.

Each application has a sub-menu. To show the running application sub-menu, click MODE.

To return to the main menu, or exit the running application, keep MODE pressed at the vertical position. This procedure will be named long MODE click.

5. Configuring the S1MP3back to top

From the main menu, go to SYS. Enter in each option under SYS, and modify it according to your taste:

  1. Record time => Date stamped to the recorded files. Don't worry about setting the time, each time you change the S1MP3's battery, the time will reset.
  2. Backlight => Time the backlight will remain lit after a button is pressed.
  3. Backlight mode => Adjust the backlight color.
  4. Language => Set the system language.
  5. Power off :
    • off time : Time until the player automatically shutdown after the last pressed button.
    • sleep time : Time until the player automatically shut down while playing audio files, after the last button is pressed.
  6. Replay mode =>(????)
  7. Contrast => LCD screen contrast
  8. Online mode:
    • Multidrive : Mount the encrypted drive (if it exists) and the normal disk while connected to the computer.
    • Normal only : Mount only the normal disk.
    • Encrypted only : Mount only the encrypted disk.
  9. Memory info => Shows how much memory is being used.
  10. Firmware version => Shows the version of the current firmware. (THIS INFO IS NOT valid to choose a firmware to the S1MP3)
  11. Firmware upgrade => Enters at the firmware upgrade mode.( NEVER flash your firmware without KOWING what are you doing. This can make your player useless or "DEAD")
  12. Exit => Return to the main menu.

6. Using the S1MP3 as an MP3 playerback to top

From the main menu, (see ), enter at the MSC Application. If there is any music file, the LCD screen will show the name of the first music. Note that the name is not moving, with means that the file is not being played.

While it's not playing, click mode to enter the Sub-Menu:

  1. Local Folder => Choose the folder that contains the music files to be played.
  2. Delete  file=> Delete the music file that was last sown on the LCD screen.
  3. Delete All => Delete all the music files from the current directory.
  4. Exit => Exit the Sub-Menu and return to MSC Application. (Note that you can also quit by pressing PLAY/STOP)

To select a music folder

Select and enter at Local Folder option in this Sub-Menu. The folders that contain music files will appear. If you've followed my advice for files organization, (see Using the S1MP3 as a pen drive ), your music folders (MUSIC_A, MUSIC_B, ...) should be listed. I again remind that it can't recognize sub-folders. Browse to one of that folders and choose one for playing (MODE click). The LCD screen will return to the main MSC Application screen, showing the name of one music file of that folder. Note that the name is still not moving. All this procedure was to select your music folder.

To play audio files:

music ap

To play the song shown on the screen, press PLAY/STOP. The name of the music starts to move, indicating that the file is being played.

The LCD screen shows the Artist name and the music Title recorded on the ID3 tag of the file. If the file has no ID3 information, the LCD will show the name of the music file, with it's extension. (ex.: .wav). If you get a strange name on the screen, this is probably due to a strange ID3 tag.

At winamp(famous and free music player for windows), you can edit the ID3 information of a file by pressing ALT+3. Another way to edit the ID3 tag on windows: right-click the music file, choose properties, and select "summary". Modify the fields and click OK.

To pause, press PLAY/STOP. Note that the playback time freeze. To keep playing, press PLAY/STOP again. Note that you can Fast forward and rewind by holding MODE left or MODE right.

While it's playing a song, click MODE to enter the Sub-Menu:

  1. Repeat => Choose the repeat mode
  2. Equalizer=> Choose the equalizer preset
  3. Tempo rate => Lower or increase the 'tempo' (song speed).
  4. Replay =>A–B repeat(??????)
  5. Replay times => Number of repetitions(??????)
  6. Replay gap => Gap between repetitions(???????).
  7. Exit => Exit the Sub-Menu and return to the MSC Application main screen(You can quit by pressing PLAY/STOP too. )

Entering on Repeat, we have these options:

  1. Normal => Play all the music files, at the order they were written on the memory.
  2. Repeat One=> Keep repeating the music currently playing.
  3. Folder => Plays all the audio files until the end on the folder.
  4. Repeat Folder => After reaching the end of the folder, S1MP3 returns to the first song of the folder.
  5. Repeat All =>After reaching the end of all the songs, S1MP3 returns to the first song of the first folder.
  6. Random => Plays the audio files at the current folder in random order.
  7. Intro => Play only the first 10 seconds of each song.

The equalizer works live, as you select them, you will notice the equalizer preset effect before choosing it with MODE click.

How to set the playing order

S1MP3 plays the songs in the order that they were copied to it. So the only way to change the playing order is to remove all the songs from the player, and put them back on in the order you would like to have them played.

Windows and Linux copy the files in numerical/alphabetical order, so if you number all your songs, they will be copied in that order, and therefore, also be played in that order.

There is a nice program called ReOrganize! that can help you into numbering your files.

Brownse your music library

If you are concerned about easily find music <X> on the S1mp3, there is a way to do this. Create folders from "A" to "Z" on root and sort the songs on these folders, according to the artirst, or to the track name if you prefer. Make sure there is no prefix to the music file names, so, the musics get sorted in alphabetical older.

7. Using the S1MP3 as a voice recorderback to top

As described in , enter the REC Application. The LCD will show a REC file to be created.

Click mode. Select the option "Local Folder". The previously created folders are listed. If you have followed my advice to folder organization, (see ) there will be a RECS folder. Choice it by MODE clicking it. S1MP3 is now ready to record at the selected folder.

Selecting the sub-menu option "Rec Mode", you choose the bitrate (or quality) of the recorded file. As better the quality(higher the number before the K), larger is the REC file.

Begin recording by pressing PLAY/STOP (or REC, if your S1MP3 has this button). Try to align and approximate the MIC to the recorded sound source. This raises the quality of the recorded file.

While recording, the LCD shows a moving counter.

To pause the recording, press PLAY/STOP or REC again. Note that the counter keeps blinking and frozen. To continue recording, press PLAY/STOP or REC again.

To finish the recording, hold PLAY/STOP (calm down, your S1MP3 won't shut down). The message "Saving...", will appear on the screen, and right after S1MP3 is again ready to record another file. Another way to end recording is by holding the MODE click until the Main menu shows up.

To listen to the recording, see .

8. Using the FM radio functionback to top

As described in , enter on FM Application.

If you get a "hard" error, that's because your S1mp3 does not have the FM chip, or the connection between the the FM chip is broken. Have your S1mp3 changed of fixed.

Press MODE left or right and hold it till the cursor that indicates the radio station start moving by itself(auto seek). When a station is found, click MODE to enter the Sub-Menu:

  1. Save => Save the station to the memory
  2. Delete => Erase the station from the memory (if it is recorded)
  3. Delete All => Delete all the recorded stations.
  4. Normal Band => Adjust the FM Radio to work on the standard FM mode. ( Works from 87 to 108 Mhz)
  5. Japan Band =>Adjust the FM Radio to work on the japanese FM mode. ( Works from 76 to 90 Mhz)
  6. Fine REC => Begin recording of the current station in high quality.
  7. Long REC => Begin recording of the current station in low quality. (Allows a larger recording time)
  8. Exit => Exit the Sub-Menu and return to FM Application. (You can quit by pressing PLAY/STOP too)

Choose the option 'Save'. This saves the current radio station as CH01.

Repeat the operation for all your other favorite stations. You can record up to 20 or 10 stations.

To jump between the saved stations, press PLAY/STOP.

To record the radio transmission, choice "Fine Rec" or "Long Rec". The recording process is similar to the voice recording. (see ) The RECXX files are always recorded to the root.

9. Playing recorded filesback to top

As described in , enter on the RPL Application. The LCD screen will show a RECXX file (if there is any).

Click MODE to enter the Sub-Menu, and select the folder where there are the RECXX files to be played.

Press PLAY/STOP to play the REC file shown on the screen.

Press again PLAY/STOP to stop playing.

To listen another file, press MODE left or right until the desired REC appear on the screen.

Obs: The REC01, REC02, RECXX files can be Radio or Voice recordings. All the generated REC files got the same or similar encoding(act, vor or wav). You play all these files at the same way, on the RPL Application.

If you wish to listen the recorded RECXX files at the computer, convert-em to mp3/wav/wma/ogg format using the "Sound Convert tool", that comes on a mini-CD packed together with the player.

10. Creating and viewing the phone bookback to top

Download a telbook application file (from Telbook aplication ). Extract the 7zip file with 7ZIP(free open source tool) or WinRAR. Then run the telbookexe. You will see something like this:

Telbook aplication screen

For each item of your phone list, fill in the fields Name, Mobile, Tel, E-mail, QQ(?) and Fax. The field Name is the only obligatory. When you finish, press Add, and all the information on the fields go to the first line of your sheet.

When the list is ready, press 'Save', generating a 'TelBook.bin' file. If you want to keep the list in a legible format outside S1MP3, click 'Export', saving the list as a telbook.txt text file. Both files are recorded on the same folder the telbook.exe program is located.

Mount (connect) the S1MP3 to the computer, and copy the "TelBook.bin" file to the root. Then unmount theS1MP3 (see how here: ).

Turn the S1MP3 on and another at the TEL Application. Select Import Tel, and confirm the operation.

If the generated file cannot be imported, you shall try the same procedures, but using another version if the telbook.exe(1.0 or 1.1 or 2.0).

The phone list is ready to be consulted! Get on TEL Application and select Browse Tel. The list of names will appear. Choose the desired name with MODE right or left, and press PLAY/STOP to see the first item of this register(Name). To see other items, press MODE let or right. If an item overflow the screen, press PLAY/STOP to view the rest of the line.

If none of the 3 versions does not work, try RENAMING the file generated by te telbook application to the same name of the file that you get when you 'export' the telbook file from your player.

11. Creating and viewing the text filesback to top

If your player does not include the Text reader function

The text reader function is not included in all the S1MP3. If you cannot find this option in your main menu, sorry, but your firmware does not have this option. (DO NOT try to flash other firmwares to get this function, it WILL kill your player if you do so, if you feel suicidal, make a backup of your firmware first!)

Preparing a text file

First, create a small text file with Notepad.

Then, connect the S1MP3 to the computer (see ).

With windows explorer, copy the file to the TXTS folders on the S1MP3.

Unmount the S1MP3, and un connect it to the usb port (see ).

Viewing the text file

Enter on the TXT Application. Choose Dir Select. Select the TXTS folder .

Now enter on File Select. The name of the file you have left previously appear. Select the desired text file.

Finally select Text Read. The content of the text file is displayed on the LCD. Note that it's hard to view the information! To browse the text, press MODE left or right.

12. How To set up lyricsback to top

To have lyrics, you should place a "[music_name].lrc" file containing the time stamped lyrics and " [music_name].ext" music file in the same folder, where "ext" is the extension for your file (ex.: .wav, .mp3). Don't forget it is CaSe SeNsITiVe. Keep the "music_name" short and without special chars, or it won't work.

When playing a music witch has a .lrc file associated, a small "L" (or "T" in some other firmwares) will appear in the music icon. Then, to start showing lyrics, hold the "mode" button for 3 or 4 seconds.

The lyrics function has several bugs, try to keep the lyrics as simple as possible. Use timestamp in this format:

[00:55.68]Lyrics are fun
[00:58.49]...dadada...

The .lrc file shall be saved with normal ANSI encoding. Notepad can do this job.

There are also some freeware and commercial tools out there that can automatically download and save a ready to go .lrc lyric for your musics (such as Winlyrics, paid software). Even thought, If you want to make your own lyrics, there are some programs to assist you. You can get a tutorial on this here: http://www.mycnknow.com/download/TUTORIAL/tutor.htm.

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