5 – Recording CDs—Basic recording
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being played back at a non-standard speed using a
varispeed unit (more than 1% away from the stan-
dard), the CC-222’s internal frequency converter will
automatically convert the incoming frequency to
If digital direct is selected, as described below (“Digital
direct” on page 32), the frequency convertor is
bypassed. In this case, recording from digitally-con-
nected devices is only possible when the source fre-
quency is 44.1 kHz. If an attempt is made to record from
a digitally-connected source at a different frequency,
the error message
According to the “Red Book” (the specification for
audio CDs), a track cannot be less than four seconds in
length, and there can be a maximum of 99 tracks on an
audio CD. Bear these limitations in mind when record-
If you press either the
four seconds of starting recording, the unit will con-
tinue recording until four seconds have elapsed (since
the start of recording) and then stop or pause as appro-
After selecting the input source(s) (, “Input selec-
tion”), it is possible to start recording.
The basic record procedure is as follows:
1Load a recordable disc is into the unit. As the
disc is loaded, the display shows TOC
When the disc has been loaded, the display
, as appropriate.
2Press the RECORD key. The unit enters
record ready mode, as shown by the
pause indicators on the display. As the unit
enters record ready mode, the display shows
Now OPC (Optimum Power Control), as
the unit prepares to record on the disc.
3Adjust the level of the source(s), following the
guidelines in “Signal volume” on page 24.
indicators on the meters should never
light. Unlike analog equipment, digital audio units pro-
duce extremely unpleasant sounds when distorted, and
there is no “headroom” after the
mark. If recording
digitally from a commercially-produced CD, the volume
set in the menu should be
. This will maintain all
the dynamic range of the source CD without clipping.
Only boost the signal if the source is exceptionally
An analog signal input at nominal level, with no cut
or boost from the volume controls, is equivalent to a
reading of –16 dB on the meters (on other words, 0 is
equivalent to 16 dBFS).
4Press the PLAY key or the PAU SE key to start
Note that there is no need to “cue up” the
recording position—the unit always finds the
next available location on the disc and start
recording to it.
5Press the PAUSE key to pause recording tem-
porarily. The pause indicator on the display
Pressing PAUSE or PLAY again restarts
recording with a new track number.
6Press STOP to stop recording. When record-
ing stops, the display shows PMA
Writing (Program Memory Area) and
indicator flashes for a few seconds as
the unit writes to the disc.
While the “PMA Writing” message is displayed, all keys
are disabled, and the unit is actually writing to disc. Do
not disconnect the power or subject the unit to severe
vibration or shocks at this time, as this will prevent
proper recording of the information.
7When this message disappears, you must
press the RECORD key (step 2) before
restarting the recording. Recording restarts
with a new track number.
Remember that every time recording is paused or
stopped, when recording is restarted, a new track will
always be started. It is not possible to record in two
“stages” within one track.