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Directions for theBaykel Talking MP3 Player From Future Aids, The Braille Superstore.

Introduction. The Baykel Talking MP3 Player is a revolution in design and engineering. Using real-sounding speech to guide you through the various menus, options, filenames and selections, every area of the player is entirely accessible to blind users. The button layout makes each feature extremely simple to operate, and each key is easy to feel and press by touch. The player is small, just over half an inch thick, and weighs in under 3 ounces. Take your jukebox, book reader, recorder, compass, and calculator with you with one small, powerful device. It's packed with rich features, and equipped with some of the best synthetic speech you've ever heard.

Buttons. Place the player on a table in front of you, with the speaker facing down and the buttons facing up. Orient the player so the three jacks are facing towards you.

There are fifteen buttons on the player.

On the top row, there are two buttons. To the left is Power, and to the right is Record.

The next grouping of buttons looks like a cross, with a large square button in the middle. The four buttons around the square are the arrow keys, and the button in the center is OK.

Below the arrow group, we have two buttons. The one on the left is Menu, and to the right is Escape.

The final grouping of buttons has six keys. The three on the top row are, from left to right, Volume Down, Info, and Volume Up. Below that, we find Music, Radio, and Bookmark.

Ports. On the left side of the player, you will find the Micro SD Memory card slot. To insert a memory card, first locate the raised ridge on one end of the card. Insert the other end of the card into the player, with the ridge facing down. Gently push the card into place against the loading spring until it is flush with the side of the player, then release your finger to feel it click into place. Simply press on the card again to release it.

On the bottom of the player, there are three ports. The round one on the left is Headphone, and to the right is Microphone. The rectangular port in the middle is for a USB cable, which you will use to charge the player and add files to it.

Basic Operation. To turn on the player, hold down the Power button for two to three seconds, then release it. The player plays a short tune. After a few seconds, the synthetic speech will announce your current position in the file structure.

You are now browsing the list of files in a folder. You may use the up and down arrow keys to select a folder. When you find the one you want, press OK to open it. Press Info to hear more about the item you have selected, or Escape to go back to the parent folder.

At any time, you can press Info twice to hear the current time and date, or thrice to hear the battery level. Press Music to go back to the audio you were listening to before, picking up right where you left off. Press and hold Power for two to three seconds to power off the player.

Press Volume Up to increase the player's volume, or Volume Down to decrease it. Quickly press Power then Music to lock or unlock the keys.

If you press Escape while browsing the folders on the Root (or head) of your file structure, you are able to select which drive to browse. This allows you to listen to files on either your player's internal memory, or your SD memory card.

Pressing Bookmark allows you to select a bookmark you have set. If you have a lot of bookmarks, you can use the Left and Right arrow keys to show only bookmarks you've set for E-Book, Audio, or Daisy. Or, you can press Bookmark a second time to pull up a list of recently-listened audio. Again, you can use the Left and Right arrow keys to show only audio you've recently listened to in E-Book, Audio, or Daisy. Press Menu to delete a bookmark.

Recording. Press the Record button to pull up the Recording menu. Here, you may select where to store your recording, or set options such as recording volume and format. Press OK on Record to start recording. Press OK to pause or resume the recording, and Record to stop and save it.

Recordings are saved in the Record folder, with today's date as the filename.

Listening to Music. When you come to a song you want to listen to, press OK to start playing it. Press OK to pause and resume the audio playback. Press Left and Right arrow to skip back and forth through the song. Press Info to hear the length of the file, and your position in it.

You can also press Menu to pull up the playback Settings menu. Here, you can configure Play Mode (Normal, Single Play, Repeat Once, Repeat All or Shuffle), Equalizer (Normal, Pop, Rock, Jazz or Classical), Speed (50% slow to 300% fast), Pitch (minus 5 to 5), and Skip Step (10 seconds to 1 hour).

You can have the player remember your current position by pressing the Bookmark key. You can also access A-B mode by selecting the "Start Highlight Bookmark" option with the arrow keys under the Bookmark menu.

Reading a book. As with Music, you can skip forward or back through the document using the Left and Right arrow keys, or press Bookmark to remember your current position. You can also press Up and Down arrow to select how quickly you move through the document: 1 percent, ten percent, Page, paragraph, or Sentence.

Listening to Daisy books. There are several special options available to you, when listening to audio books in the Daisy format.

While reading a book, you can press Menu to Go to a particular page or heading. You can also use the Left and Right arrows to configure Reading Speed (minus 10 to 20), Voice (Sally or Joey), and Background Music Volume and Selection.

To move through the different sections of your book, use the Left and Right arrow keys. To configure how rapidly you move through the book, use the Up and Down Arrows to select Level 1, Level 2, Page, Paragraph or One Minute Time Jump.

Configuring the Player. When browsing a list of files, press Menu to enter the Main Device menu. Here, you can set the current time, configure the speech output, set an alarm, activate the FM transmitter, and much more. Use the arrow keys to select the option you want, and press OK to configure it. Use the Up and Down arrows to select the desired setting, and press OK to confirm.

Under this menu, Device Information can be selected to give you capacity and free space information. System Sound can be used to configure the voice and speed of the audible feedback.

Time Settings. The Time Settings menu, under the main device menu, is used to set a wide array of options. Here you can set the system time, configure automatic announcement of the current time, and set automatic power-off. Press OK to enter a particular setting, and use the Left and Right arrows to configure it. Press OK when done.

Timer Power Off will turn the unit off, even if it is playing, after a certain duration of time. Timer Power On will turn the player on automatically, after it has been powered off for the indicated amount of time.

Alarms. There are five alarms you can configure from the main system menu. After you press OK on Alarms, you are presented with the Alarm menu. Use the Up and Down arrows to select the alarm number you wish to change and press OK. Now, you can set the time you wish the alarm to go off, what weekdays it should sound on, and the desired alarm sound.

Managing Files. When browsing a list of files, press Menu twice to enter the File Manager. Here, you can Delete a file, move it to your clipboard, or send it to your SD memory card. Simply select the action you want, then press OK. As usual, you can press Escape to exit this menu.

Radio. As soon as you press the Radio key, the current station is spoken and radio reception is switched on. The radio only plays through headphones, as the headphone cord acts as an antenna.

Press Up and Down arrow to select the station you want to listen to. Press Menu to enter the Advanced Station Manager menu. Press Record to record from the radio.

Tools. Here, you will find helpful gadgets such as Calculator and Compass. You can also use Disc Management to format the internal or external memory card.

Compass. The Compass is found on the Tools menu, under the Main Device menu. Simply select Compass, then press OK to hear the current direction. You must hold the device flat for accurate bearings. Options to Calibrate Compass or Resume Default Calibration can be found with the arrow keys, but these options can damage your unit so they are available only as a last resort and not recommended.

Calculator. In the calculator, use Up and Down arrows to select the desired number. Press Right arrow to enter another number, or Left to erase it. Press Menu repeatedly until the desired operation is reached, then use the Up and Down arrows to enter another number. Press OK to calculate.

FM Transmission. If you want to listen to audio from your player on the radio, select "FM Transmit Settings" from the main device menu. Press Down Arrow to highlight "FM Transmission Frequency," then use the Left and Right arrows to select the station you want to transmit on. You can select from 87 MHz to 108 MHz. Finally, set "FM Transmit" to Enable.

Now, whenever you're listening to audio on your player, you can tune into it with a nearby radio. Transmission range is about 20 meters of the device.

Charging the Battery. Using a Mini USB Cable, you can charge the player by either connecting it to the computer or a wall adapter. Note that, if it's connected to the wall adapter, the player will charge faster, it will announce "Charging battery," and you can still use the unit.

Safety Precautions. Keep the device dry, and away from direct heat or sunlight. Avoid dropping the device. Do not clean the device with solvents or alcohol. We recommend that you charge the battery continuously for at least five hours to maximize its life.

Basic Troubleshooting. If the device is not operating properly, simply press and hold the Power button for eight seconds to restart it. If that does not fix the problem, try reloading the firmware. If the player still will not operate, format the disc from a computer with the FAT32 file system, then reload the firmware.

Technical Specifications. Daisy audio books must be saved in the folder called Daisy, whether on the player's internal memory or on a memory card. Both DAISY formats 2.0 and 3.0 are supported.

Electronic books can be read in TXT, HTM, HTML, MHT, DOC, DOCX, EPUB, and PDF.

Audio can be played from MP3, WMA, WAV, FLAC, APE, ACC, OGG, RA, and M4A. In addition, video in RM, RMVB, AVI, MP4, 3GP, MOV, WMV, FLV, MPG, MPEG, and DAT can be listened to on the player.

Recordings can be stored in either MP3 or PCM format, with a variety of quality choices.

Internal FLASH Capacity is 4-8 GB. The device supports memory cards up to a capacity of 32 GB.

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