SonicStage is an integrated software that allows you to import music from a variety of sources such as audio CDs and your computer's hard disk. Your music files are registered as tracks in My Library, the SonicStage music database.
Tracks within My Library can be managed in various ways. For example, you can create custom compilations, search by artist name or genre, rearrange the order of tracks, and more.
Tracks can be transferred from My Library to a portable device/media, or written to a CD/CD-RW disc so you can enjoy music while away from computer.
The process for loading tracks to your computer and your WALKMAN is described in three steps:
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Start SonicStage: Click the Windows Start button, and then point to All Programs Point to the SonicStage folder, and then click SonicStage. Or, double-click the desktop icon created upon installation of the SonicStage application. SonicStage starts and the Main Window appears.
If you are using another Windows version, click the Windows Start button and point to Programs Point to the SonicStage folder and click SonicStage.
When SonicStage is opened, you can select your music source from the main menu bar.
To import a CD, click Import a CD and follow the onscreen instructions.
Note that some copy protected CDs may not be detected. In this case, it is advisable that you contact your CD manufacturer.
You can also import music files (single file or file folder) stored on your computer. You only have to select the location where your music files are stored.
Tracks that will be imported into My Library and are automatically arranged in to albums.
You can rearrange the order of your tracks by album name, artist name, genre, order on CD, etc. Note that this process can take several minutes depending on your music collection size. Please do not interrupt this process.
These tracks are called Playlist.
To play a song or an album, select the one you want to listen to and press the Play button.
You can transfer music to the following devices:
You can create the following types of CD:
Click Transfer on the main task bar.
And select media where you want to transfer your music to.
To transfer tracks to a WALKMAN, for instance, connect your WALKMAN to your computer. SonicStage will detect it and will add the name of the connected device in the transfer options. Make sure that your WALKMAN or disc are correctly formatted (1). Do not format your WALKMAN or disc with Windows Explorer.
When you click Transfer, another window appear. This Transfer window is divided in two parts: My Library, where your tracks are located and the device window, where you want to transfer your tracks.
Now you can select one or several tracks and drag and drop your selection to the Atrac Audio Device window. You can also alternatively click
The following button allows you to specify your preferred bit rates.
During transfer, Transfer in progress... n% (n = number between 1 and 99) will appear to inform you about the transfer status. Wait until all your tracks are transferred before doing any other action.
(1) Important note:
Make sure that your WALKMAN is properly initialized or formatted. Do not format the WALKMAN from Windows Explorer, but follow the procedure below:
To transfer music to your WALKMAN you always have to follow the above mentioned steps. You cannot transfer music from a CD to your WALKMAN directly. You cannot transfer your music to your WALKMAN with Windows Explorer. You always have to use SonicStage.
Using SonicStage with an OpenMG compliant program simultaneously
Do not run SonicStage and an OpenMG compliant program (that is, a program that can play back or manage OpenMG or OpenMG Audio format files) simultaneously. Doing so may corrupt the music files on the hard disk, devices, or media.
Using SonicStage with any other programs simultaneously
Cautions about performing simultaneous operations
Depending on the performance of your computer, sound skips may occur when a track is played back during a transfer operation. Sound skips or noise may also occur if a track is played back under the following conditions:
Cautions about importing audio CDs
Cautions about connecting/disconnecting CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drives
Do not connect/disconnect (or dock/undock) your computer's CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive while SonicStage is running, as this may damage the drive and/or your computer.
Quit SonicStage first, then connect or disconnect the drive, and start SonicStage again.
Cautions about the SonicStage installation environment
If more than one operating system is installed on your computer, install SonicStage under only one of the operating systems. Installing SonicStage under more than one operating system may corrupt the music data on your computer.
Cautions about using SonicStage when logged on to a Limited user account
To have access to all the functions of SonicStage, log on to an account with Administrator or Power User privileges before using the program. (When using SonicStage under Windows XP Home Edition, log on to an account with computer administrator privileges.)
Cautions about using SonicStage Backup Tool
Cautions about system hibernation and system standby
Do not put your computer into hibernation or on standby while SonicStage is performing an operation. In particular, do not put your computer into hibernation or on standby during CD and file importing or transfer operations, as this may corrupt the music data and cause the computer to not come out of standby or hibernation properly.
While the above operations are being performed, the System Hibernate and System Standby timers (only for ACPI compatible systems) are turned off. Even if the time interval set in the timers is exceeded, the system will, in most cases, not go into hibernation or on standby (this also depends on the system environment).
Be sure to monitor the battery indicator if you are running your computer on battery power.
Cautions about importing music files
SonicStage may not properly play back some variable bit rate MP3 files. In addition, SonicStage may not be able to convert some fixed bit rate MP3 files to OpenMG Audio (ATRAC) format.
Cautions about SonicStage operations during playback of a track by another OpenMG compliant program
Cautions about using SonicStage and another program simultaneously
CD importing with SonicStage may not run properly if performed while another CD player program is running.
Using another program while SonicStage is playing back a track may cause sound skips.
Cautions about SonicStage installation and music database folders
Do not modify the contents of the SonicStage installation folder or the music database folder with a program such as Windows Explorer.
Do not change the drive letter of the disk drive that contains the above folders.
Cautions when creating audio CDs
If a track title contains the "\" character, then this character is removed when the track is written to CD.
Some of my music cannot be played back, burned or transferred to my Sony portable device.
If you used the auto import function of SonicStage it may have included some music files that cannot be accessed because it is protected content from an electronic music distributor other than Sony Connect. Files downloaded from other services are usually not playable in SonicStage and must be accessed in the software they were obtained with.
This is due to they way CONNECT and other music download services handle their copyright protection.
To check if a track has copyright protection; right mouse click on the track and choose Properties:
In Track Properties, click on the File Info tab and check the Copy protection field. Some WMA and AAC files may have copy protection Available. These types of files will not play, burn or transfer in SonicStage. Files with the format OpenMG Audio (ATRAC 3) should work.
Note: You can remove the track from your library by right clicking on the track with your mouse and choosing Delete. Also you can select not to run the auto import during setup and add your non Atrac3 music manually. In SonicStage click on the File drop-down menu and choose Import and then Music File.
Here you can choose the folder(s) and or file(s) to import into your library.
I cannot transfer ATRAC format files to my Sony portable device.
If you receive the following message when you connect your player to SonicStage, you will have problems attempting to transfer copyright protected ATRAC format files:
In this case, please click OK, and then choose the "Controls" menu, Device/Media and Delete All Tracks of SonicStage to delete all tracks in the player.
Note: If you want to keep pre-installed tracks or Playlists, transfer the pre-installed tracks or Playlists to My Library, and then delete all the tracks by performing the following the steps:
Note: To transfer the Playlists to My Library, tracks listed in the Playlist must exist in My Library.
"Cannot transfer copyright protected tracks from this computer because the ATRAC Audio Device contains tracks from another computer."
When the player is connected to SonicStage, SonicStage can display the following dialog:
In this case, please click OK, and then choose the Controls menu, Device/Media and Delete All Tracks of SonicStage to delete all tracks in the player.
Note: If you want to keep pre-installed tracks or Playlists, transfer the pre-installed tracks or Playlists to My Library, and then delete all of tracks by performing the following the steps:
Note: To transfer the Playlists to My Library, tracks listed in the Playlist must exist in My Library.
How to burn a CD with my music using SonicStage?
To burn a CD in CDDA/Redbook (CD Digital Audio) format:
Is it possible to convert ATRAC files to MP3, WAV, or WMA?
No, it is not possible to convert ATRAC3 or ATRAC3plus formatted music files to MP3, WAV, or WMA file format using SonicStage software.
How to uninstall and reinstall SonicStage when an uninstall fails?
To uninstall SonicStage, you will need to follow these steps:
Make sure you have backed up your Library before performing the below steps.
If either of these items are not listed:
Once rebooted, open My Computer and delete the following folders:
After these folders are removed, go to: Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup.
Check Temporary files and click OK.
After this is complete you will need to re-install SonicStage.
How do I back up My Library?
You can save (back up) all the data managed by SonicStage.
Click the Windows Start button, and point to All Programs. Point to the SonicStage folder, and click SonicStage Backup Tool.
Make sure that Back up my data is selected, and click Next.
The amount of disk space needed for backup is shown. Specify the backup destination screen appears.
When choosing the folder, you can click Browse to specify the folder to save the backup data.
Note: if the actual files managed by the database cannot be found, such as when they have been moved or deleted using Windows Explorer, a list of such files appears. Any files that appear in the list cannot be backed up, but all other files can be backed up as usual. In addition, if files are stored on a device such as an external hard drive, confirm that the drive is connected and that its drive letter has not changed since the files were registered.
Choose Hard disk or Removable media, and select the destination location for backup data. Then click Next.
Specify a backup folder name screen appears. Enter the name of the folder to be backed up, and click Next.
Notes: When backing up SonicStage data to a removable media, note the following:
Backup begins and a status bar displays the progress. When the backup has completed, the Backup is completed message box appears.
Notes: SonicStage Backup Tool treats each track to be saved as one unit, so the size of any one track has to be smaller than the size of the media you use. If the capacity of the media is too small, use a media with a larger capacity, or back the track up onto the hard disk of your computer.
If I convert the format of a file, is the original deleted?
When you convert an MP3, WAV or WMA file, a copy is made in the ATRAC format you are converting to and the original is left in it's original form and location.
Can a CD created in the ATRAC3 or ATRAC3plus format or MP3 format play in any CD player?
A CD created in any of these format can only be played in a ATRAC and/or MP3 compatible CD player. Check the specification of your CD player.
Why are some tracks greyed out?
Some tracks may not be available due to label licensing rights. To view if your song has copyright information, right click on the title of the song in My Library, select Properties and then choose the Rights Info tab.
What is CDDB and why should I register?
The Gracenote CDDB database is used to search for information about audio CDs on the Internet. The search results (such as the album name, artist name, or track title) are then reflected in the track list. When burning a CD, the SonicStage(r) software will compare the disc information with the CDDB database and provide the information accordingly to the SonicStage(r) Music Source window.
Note: An Internet connection is required to use the CDDB database.
I have a Visual C++ Runtime Library error
The Visual C++ Runtime Library may be generated by a conflict with the Efax(r) and/or the J2 communications(r) software. If you are running this software, please disable it from the task tray or follow the below steps before using SonicStage to avoid this error:
To use the Efax(r) software again you must reboot the PC.
Can I install SonicStage on a drive other than the C drive?
No, it is not possible to put the entire installation elsewhere. However, during the Install shield Wizard, you will be asked which folder you would like your setup files to install into (please see picture below). While it is preferable that you install SonicStage into the default folder, you can change the installation destination by clicking on the browse button and selecting the folder of your choice.
Please note, however, that parts of the install will still be located on the C drive.
"Device Media not connected"
This error can occur with your Atrac Audio device if you formatted the device using windows. You will have to re-format the device using the format option from the menu of the player.
When I connect my WALKMAN to a PC, it is not detected by SonicStage and Windows and it does not appear as a Removable Disk in My Computer.
This problem may occur when there is no drive letter assigned to the WALKMAN or when the drive letter that is assigned to the WALKMAN is already mapped to a network share or to a local path. The problem can easily be resolved by assigning an unused drive letter to the walkman. To do this, proceed as follows: