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S1MP3 Presentation

Congratulations for getting your S1mp3 and welcome to our project! To know more about the wonderful toy you have just acquired, see what is an s1mp3. There you will find out how to be sure whether your player is or not an S1mp3. This manual will teach you how to use any of the many different S1mp3s.

Buttons of the S1mp3

The S1mp3s come with 6 or 7 buttons, and a Switch. Take some time to identify them on your unit. The image below show examples on common types:

(image of the buttons)

  • (image)MODE (May also be called M, or MENU)
  • (image)PLAY/STOP
  • (image)LEFT and (image)RIGHT (May be called << and >>)
  • (image)VOL+ and (image)VOL-
  • optional (image)AB/REC button

There can be also two switches:

  • the optional (image)HOLD switch
  • the optional ON/OFF switch

We will instruct two ways to press the buttons. Note the difference between them.

  • press: Press and release
  • hold: Hold the key for 1~2 seconds

Using the S1MP3 as a pen drive

You can use your s1mp3 as a Pen drive. 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. Windows 98, though, will need you to install the drivers, that come on the mini-CD that usually ships with the player (Also downloadable at the Tools page).

If windows can't mount your device, read the relevant troubleshooting page(link).

Once mounted, you will see a new "Removable disk" (Usually E: or F:) at My computer, using the Windows Explorer. All the operations possible with files and folders on a hard disk/floppy can also be done with 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!

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!!

Now, you can move the audio/video files that you wish to enjoy from your computer to the removable disk.

The 99 files limitation

Most player's firmwares are limited to 99 music files per folder. If you have more musics in one folder, it will simply ignore the last ones. Sadly, there is no firmware update available that fixes this problem, so we will have to live with it.

The subfolder limitation

Some player's 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 cannot. Beware when copying your music to your s1mp3!

Keep the S1MP3 memory organized

Organize your files in your S1mp3 into folders:

  • "\data", to store any kind of data unrelated to S1mp3 functions.
  • "\recs", to store your voice or radio recorded RECXX files.
  • Music folders, ("\Rock", "\Pop", or whatever you like) to store your audio files.(Don't use subfolders or more than 99 files per folder)
  • Avoid putting your files on S1MP3's root. It can become very messy!

Before removing the S1MP3 from USB:

(image:eject1) (image:eject2)

Before unplugging your S1mp3, you must 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".

Or, hold (img)MODE in your S1MP3.

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 unplug or use the player on normal mode, draining power from the USB hub.

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!

How to use the S1mp3 system

Turning on and off

If your player have an ON/OFF switch, ensure it's set to "ON". If it has an (img)HOLD switch, be sure it's disabled.

To turn on the S1MP3, hold PLAY/STOP(img). Make the same procedure to turn off.

You can shutdown anytime, and when the S1MP3 is turned on again, 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.

If your s1mp3 has an ON/OFF switch and if you are going to keep your s1mp3 unused for many time, it's wise to keep it at the OFF position, to preserve your internal batteries.

If your player has a HOLD(img) switch, you can enable it in order to protect the S1mp3 for turning on by itself.

Browsing the system

(image:s1mp3 menu)(image:s1mp3 mp4 menu)

On general, LEFT(img) and RIGHT(img) will move your selection or pointer between the options. MODE(img) will confirm/select your option. PLAY/STOP will cancel/exit. MODE(img) hold will return to the main menu. AB/REC(img) will start recording immediately and HOLD(img) will protect all your buttons from being pressed, and also make the Pen Drive write-protected.

Let's begin with the Main menu. Turn on the S1MP3. If it's not already on the main menu, go for it(hold MODE). Press LEFT(img) and RIGHT(img) to observe the S1MP3's applications. Press MODE(img) to enter in any of them. You can always return to the main menu any time(holding MODE(img)).

When you select and enter on an application, you may press MODE(img) to view the application's internal options. These are the applications present on the S1mp3s:

  1. Music player (or MSC) ( MP3, WMA, WAV, and, for a few recent players, OGG)
  2. Voice Recorder (or REC)
  3. Voice and Recorded files Player (or RPL)
  4. System settings (or SYS)
  5. FM Radio (or FM) (*)
  6. Telephone Book( or TEL) (*)
  7. Text reader (also TXT or Ebook) (*)
  8. Image viewer (or Photo Browse) (*)
  9. Movie Player (*)
  10. Game (*)

(* Not present on all S1mp3s)

Music player application

From the main menu, (see #Browsing the system), enter at the Music Application. If there is any music file, the 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 Music Application. (You can also quit by pressing PLAY/STOP)

To select a music folder

Select Local Folder option in this Sub-Menu. The folders that contain music files will appear. Your music folders ("Rock", "Pop", ...) should be listed. I again remind that in most cases it can't recognize sub-folders. Browse to one of that folders and choose one for playing (press MODE(img)). The screen will return to the main Music Application screen, showing the name of one music file of that folder. Note that the name is still not moving. All this procedure was just to select your music folder.

To play audio files

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

At winamp(famous and free to use 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(img). Note that the playback time freeze. To return playing, press PLAY/STOP(img) again. Note that you can Fast forward and rewind by holding LEFT(img) or RIGHT(img).

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

  1. Repeat => Choose the playing order and repeating options:
    • Normal: Play the musics at the order (order they were written on the memory), until the last music of the last folder
    • Repeat one : Keeps repeating the music being played
    • Folder : Plays the music on the order, until the last music of the current folder
    • Repeat folder : Plays the music on the order, until the last music of the current folder, and then returns to the first music of the current folder.
    • Repeat all : Plays the music on the order, until the last music of the current folder, and then returns to the first music of the first folder.
    • Random : Plays the songs of the current folder on a (semi)random mode.
    • Intro : Plays only the first 10 seconds of each music
  2. Equalizer=> Choose the equalizer preset (the equalizer works live, as you select them, you will notice the equalizer preset effect before choosing it with MODE click).
  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.

How to set the playing order

S1MP3 plays the songs on a folder 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.

Browse your music library

If you are concerned about how to easily find an specific music 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 artist, 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.

How To set up lyrics

To have lyrics, you should place a "[music_name].lrc" file containing the time stamped lyrics and a "[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 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

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 timestamped .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.

The Video application

Using the FM radio function

As described in #Browsing the system, enter on FM Radio 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 >> or << 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 CHxx. 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 #using as voice recorder). The RECXX files are always recorded to the root.

Voice recorder appliation

As described in (#Browsing the system), enter the Voice Recorder Application. The screen will show a REC file to be created. The display will show also some info about the new recording, e.g: The recording format, and some info about the system too, like the remaining recording time for that format, the number of recordings on disk, and the recording number of the actual record file.

Click mode and select "Local Folder". The previously created folders are listed. If you have followed my advice to folder organization, (#using as a pen drive) select the RECS folder. The 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(and better) is the REC file. WAV format is the most quality recording format, so you should use it if you want to get better sound, and reserve ACT for long recordings, where space-saving is the priority.

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

While recording, the LCD shows a moving counter. This counter shows the recorded time so far in the file. To pause the recording, press PLAY/STOP or REC again. Note that the time counter keeps blinking and frozen. To continue recording, press PLAY/STOP or REC again.

To finish the recording, hold PLAY/STOP for more than 1 second(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 (#listening to recorded files).

Playing recorded files

As described in #Browsing the system, enter on the Voice and Recorded files Player Application. The 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.

In the main display you can see some info as in the recording application. You can see wich format the record was made, the date and the length of the recording, and finally, you have a clock that times the playback, info about the number of recordings in the folder, the number of the actual recording and the playback modes.

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

To listen another file, press << or >> until the desired REC appear on the screen.

if you press the MODE button while you are playing back a file, you get a menu where you can change the playback mode. You can choose betwen Normal mode and repeat, and you can change the playback rate of the files (this option is acts like a tempo modifying effect).

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 Voice and Recorded files Player 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.

Creating and viewing the phone book

NOTE: This will only work with the S1mp3s that have a Telbook application on the main menu.

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

(image:Telbook application 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 the S1MP3 (#using as pen drive).

Turn the S1MP3 on and select at the Telbook 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 << or >>, and press PLAY/STOP to see the first item of this register(Name). To see other items, press >> or <<. 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 the telbook application to the same name of the file that you get when you 'export' the telbook file from your player.

Creating and viewing the text files

NOTE: This will only work with the S1mp3s that have a Text reader application on the main menu.

Create a small text file with Notepad, then, connect the S1MP3 to the computer (see #using as pen drive). With windows explorer, copy the file to the target TXTS folders on the S1MP3. Unmount the S1MP3, and disconnect it from the usb port(see #unmounting).

Enter on the Text Reader 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 screen. Note that it's hard to view the information! To browse the text, press << or >>.

Image viwer application

Configuring the S1MP3

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

As always, press << or >> to select an item, and MODE click to confirm. PLAY/STOP will exit/cancel.

  1. Record time => Date stamped to the recorded files. Don't worry about setting the time, each time you change the S1MP3's battery, or flip the on/off switch, the time will reset.
  2. Language => Set the system language.
  3. 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.
  4. Replay mode =>(????)
    • Manual replay: (????) ?By now there is no function selecting this?
    • Auto replay: (????) ?By now there is no function selecting this?
  5. 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.
  6. Memory info => Shows how much memory is being used.
  7. Firmware version => Shows the version of the current firmware. (THIS INFO IS NOT valid to choose a firmware to the S1MP3)
  8. 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")
  9. Exit => Return to the main menu.

These options will be present only on Black/White LCD players:

  1. Backlight => Time the backlight will remain lit after a button is pressed.
  2. Backlight mode => Adjust the backlight color.
  3. Contrast => LCD screen contrast

These options will be present only on coloured LCD players:

  1. LCD set => Display settings
    • Brightness: The brightness of the screen
    • Screen Savers: How long to wait since no button is pressed to show the screen saver. "0" disables it.
    • Black: This is an excellent feature to save batteries. How long to wait since no button is pressed turn off the screen. "0" disables it.
  2. Style setup => Set the background color of some applications (Including the Music Application).
  3. ScreenSaver sel => Selects which screensaver to use