Marantz PMD-660 Audio Recorder Operating Guide

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Quick Step Reference

Plug recorder into wall and turn it on. Once it boots up press the menu/store button while holding down SHIFT.

Troubleshooting Tip: If the screen does not come on, check your power source. If you are using batteries make sure they are in correctly and properly charged. Have extra batteries.

Formatting and Erasing Tracks

Before recording you need to format the CF card. This will erase any previously recorded tracks and prepares it for use in the Marantz. (If the CF card is formatted other than FAT16 or FAT 32 please format in your computer).

  1. Select the Format Edit menu choice. While in stop, push and hold the SHIFT button, then push MENU/STORE EDIT.
  2. Push the TRACK JUMP buttons until "Format" appears.
  3. Push ENTER twice (if you need to cancel, push CANCEL instead of ENTER.)

Setting Up to Record (Editing Presets)

Press MENU to access the preset menu. Use the following steps to adjust individual parameters:

Editing a Preset
  1. In the presets menu use TRACK JUMP to move between presets and hit ENTER to edit a selected preset.
  2. Use TRACK JUMP to move between preset parameters in the preset, hit ENTER to select the parameter you want.
  3. Use the TRACK JUMP buttons again to cycle through the options for the selected parameter, press ENTER to select the desired option.
  4. Once all the parameters are set to your liking, press the MENU/STORE/EDIT button to save your changes into the current preset. This is very important! If you forget to store your changes, you will have to start all over again!
Preset Options Additional Info
Input Mic, Line, Int Mic Select either line for a mixer, stereo for microphones, or mono left channel only.
Output Line, SP/HP, SP/HP +LINE SP/HP +LINE is recommended since if you plug in headphones/speakers, the internal speaker automatically turns off.
Rec Format PCM 48k & 44.1k, MP3-48k & 44.1k PCM 48k is highest, 44.1k is CD quality and will give you more recording time.
Rec Channel Mono, Stereo Mono recording will allow you to record twice as long
Prerecord On/Off This will record 2 seconds before you hit record, recommended On
Manual Track On/Off Will create a new track with each press of REC.
Auto Track On/Off 1,5,10, etc. Sets a new track to be made on time increments
Auto Mark On/Off, dB level Sets a new mark automatically when paused or silent during recording NOTE: dB levels for automark and silent skip are the same
Silent Skip On/Off, dB level Pauses Rec if silent for 3 seconds, keep this Off as it can ruin temporal placement
Level Control ALC, Manual, ALC & Manual Manual recommended
Meter Mode Peak, Average Average shows all meterings
Mic Attenuation 0dB, -20dB Lets you reduce mic input sensitivity
Auto Power Off On/Off Shut down after 15 mins of no activity
Battery Ni-HM, Alkaline If you plan on using regular batteries you need to select alkaline. If you plan on using rechargeable batteries select Nihm. IT WILL NOT WORK unless this is set properly. It is recommended to have extra batteries and know how to switch this function.
Beep On/Off Controls trigger noises
Machine Id *** This will be added to the filename when saving
Defaults OK? Resets all presets to default settings
Note:The Marantz's at media loan comes with a 512MB flash card to record. DO NOT remove or replace the card. For approximate recording times, see chart below:
MP3 128 kbps PCM 44.1k Mono PCM 44.1k Stero PCM 48k Stereo
512MB 8:52:00 1:36:00 0:48:00 0:44:00

Once out of the MENU, you are able to record. If Manual Track is on, a new track is created every time you hit REC.


Once you have stored your settings (see previous section), you are now ready to set the input level(s). Connect your source (microphone), press REC PAUSE and set your input levels using the dial and meters on the front edge of the Marantz. Press REC to begin recording.

Getting Your Data

Turn off the Marantz and turn on the computer.

  1. Connect the USB cable from the Marantz to your computer.
  2. Connect the AC power adapter to the Marantz. You cannot copy files using battery power.
  3. Press and hold the COPY button while turning the flash recorder on. Hold COPY until it boots up. The Marantz screen will display USB and you should see a drive on your desktop. Open it and only drag the audio files into your folder. Once you are done, format the CF card.