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What are the main features of this model?

The DS-5000 is a digital voice recorder that records in the Digital Speech Standard Pro (DS2) audio format. It uses microSD/SDHC flash media for internal memory and also accepts optional SD/SDHC media via an external card slot. Because its memory media are removeable, the recorder need never be left with a transcriptionist. In addition, should the recorder ever need service, the media can be removed before shipping to provide additional security. The recorder ships with a 512MB microSD card but accepts cards up to 8GB. Using larger-capacity media dramatically increases potential recording time.

The DS-5000 offers the ability to edit files in the recorder. File-editing functions include appending files, overwriting a section within a file and inserting new recordings into an existing file. Since the DS-5000 is also a mass storage device, it can be used as a USB flash drive to transfer files from one computer to another.

The DS-5000 features a Device Lock security option new to Olympus digital voice recorders. Device Lock prevents unauthorized access to the device via password protection

The bundled DSS Player Pro R5 for Windows® and DSS Player 7 for Mac™ software is used to download dictation files to a computer, where they can be archived and where further file editing can be performed. Files can be encrypted in DSS Player Pro R5, and they can also be converted to other audio formats.

DSS Player Pro R5 is compatible with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 8, 9 and 10 Preferred. No voice-to-text support is available in DSS Player 7 for Mac.

The DS-5000 is an Olympus Professional Dictation Device. As such, technical support for the recorder and its associated software is provided solely by authorized Olympus Professional Dictation Products dealers.

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How does DSS Player Pro R5 differ from DSS Player 7?

For the most part, DSS Player Pro R5 and DSS Player 7 are similar. DSS Player Pro R5 offer some enhancements designed to facilitate the transfer and archiving of files on a computer network. The primary enhancements found in DSS Player Pro R5 but not in DSS Player 7 are:

  • Automatic distribution of recordings by e-mail or FTP to transcriptionists or other users
  • Automatic retrieval of transcribed text documents, via e-mail or FTP, linking the document to the recording
  • File encryption
  • More options for file audio format conversion
  • More options for demographic data inputs into the voice recorder

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What is the DSS audio format?

Digital Speech Standard (DSS) is a proprietary audio compression format jointly developed by Olympus, Philips, and Grundig. DSS compresses files approximately 12 times, so it is an ideal format for transferring files by e-mail. The DSS compression format also extends the recording capacity of the microSD/SDHC or SD/SDHC removable storage media due to the smaller files it creates.

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Are the files recorded on the memory card secure?

The files are secure to a degree. The DSS Pro audio codec is exclusive to the DSS Player Pro, DSS Player Standard, DSS Player for Mac (Version 7) and DSS Player Lite applications. Therefore, the files recorded in the DSS Player Pro (.ds2) format cannot be opened and played without one of these applications. Earlier versions of DSS Player software are unable to read the files.

When the recorder is configured to record in the Classic DSS (.dss) format, a layer of security is compromised because these files can be played on older versions of DSS Player software. However, neither DSS Player Pro or Classic DSS files can be played natively by any other application or operating system. If the recorder's memory cards were removed from the recorder and inserted into a card reader or a card slot on a computer, the files on the cards could not be played without an appropriate DSS Player application.

As a further security measure, the recorder's internal memory is stored on a removable microSD card. This means the files can be removed before the device is given to another party (for example, if the device were to require service). The microSD/SDHC slot is discreetly hidden. Should an unauthorized person gain access to the device while the internal memory card is inside, the card may not be detected. Those unfamilar with the device may only notice the prominent external SD/SDHC slot and assume the recorder holds no files

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What are Index Marks?

Index marks are digital tags that can be inserted while recording or during playback. They are used to skip forward or backward in recordings to pre-selected points. Up to 32 index marks can be added to a single file when recording in DSS Pro (.ds2) format. When the recorder is configured to record in Classic DSS (.dss) format, 16 index marks may be added to a single file.

Index marks can also be inserted into a downloaded file in DSS Player Pro R5.

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What is the purpose of the USB Class option in the recorder menu?

The USB Class option allows the DS-5000 to perform as two different devices:

  • Composite - The recorder will function as a USB microphone or speaker. This allows the recorder to be used to record dicataion directly into the DSS Player Pro R5 software when the recorder is connected to the computer with the USB cable. Standing the recorder in the CR-10 cradle allows hands-free dictation. When the recorder is connected to a computer, the LCD screen will indicate the device is in the Composite mode.
  • Storage - The recorder will function as a portable digital voice recorder and will save dictation files to the microSD/SDHC or SD/SDHC memory card. When the recorder is connected to a computer for file download, the LCD screen will indicate that the device is in the Storage mode.

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What is the function of the NEW button?

The NEW button closes an audio file so that a new file can be recorded. In the DS-5000, a file will remain open until the NEW button is pressed. Not pressing the NEW button allows a file to remain open over several sessions.

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What is VCVA?

Variable Control Voice Actuator (VCVA) is a function that configures the recorder to record automatically only when sound is detected at a pre-set level and to stop recording when the sound drops below the threshold level. The purpose of the function is to eliminate "dead air" during recordings, thereby conserving memory and shortening file times.

VCVA is enabled via the recorder menu.

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What is Voice Recognition?

Voice Recognition is technology that enables and application to "listen" to the playback of an audio dictation file and convert the spoken words to a text document. DSS Player Pro R5 for Windows® is compatible with Dragon NaturallySpeaking® 8, 9 and 10 Preferred.

Voice-recognition software must be trained to understand individual speakers.The applications can create accounts for individual speakers who have read prepared text under controlled conditions into a digital voice recorder. A transcriptionist can make corrections to the text, and these corrections can be incorporated by the voice-to-text software to "learn" how the dictator speaks. If users correct their own text files, they can also learn to enunciate words so the software can better understand their speech and increase the accuracy of the text-file conversion.

Hands-free recording using the bundled CR-10 USB cradle reduces handling noises that may confuse voice-recognition software. When using the CR-10, the microphone sensitivity of the DS-5000 should be set to CONFERENCE.

The recorder can also be controlled during dictation using an optional footswitch (RS-27, RS-28) plugged into the CR-10 cradle. Using DSS Player Pro R5 software, the functions of the footswitch can be customized to the user's preference.

Voice Recognition performs poorly in meeting or lecture situations because of the presence of untrained voices and varying acoustics that will confuse the software.

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