I've already mentioned that one of the
most novel features of the YP-55i is that it can encode an MP3 file and store it
to memory on the fly - from one of two inputs no less. For example, if you are
listening to the radio and a new song comes on, making an MP3 recording of it
right then and there with the YP-55i only requires you to slide the 'REC/ENC'
button to the 'ENC' side. The recording will automatically begin, and when you slide
the little button back towards the 'REC' side, recording stops and the
file is saved.
ENC Files are saved under the
'/FM_ENC' folder, and are given a generic 'F001.mp3' name. The next time the YP-55i
is connected to a PC, it's advisable to go through these recordings and rename
them to suit their contents.
Alternatively, if you need to
record a track off a friends Discman, a tape deck, another MP3 player, or
basically anything with a mini-headphone jack, you can. The YP-55i includes
a short headphone line cable and recording input jack. Once the YP-55i is connected
to the other other device's audio out, or headphone jack, encoding the
music onto the YP-55i is as straightforward as recording a song off
Files can be encoded at between 32kbps
- 128kbps, depending on the quality level you desire, or how much space remains
in the memory. Again, recordings through the ENC jack are stored in their
own directory, '/LINE_ENC,' and are given a generic name like 'L001.mp3.' Recoding quality is
pretty good, but slightly detracts from the original file. On the
plus side, I had expected background static, and fuzz to work its way into
the recording, as with the voice memo's, but none was present! Overall,
the recording of MP3 tracks from another portable music device at 128kbps
drawback to both of these two otherwise awesome features is that the YP-55i will
not allow you to
immediately listen to any of the recorded files. Only files stored in user
created folders are accessible for playback when the YP-55i is in music playback
The third method of recording on the fly is by
using the integrated microphone at the top of the YP-55i to record
verbal messages, reminder notes, or whatever.
The unit must first be set to 'Voice' mode, but after that, just
key in the 'REC/ENC' button to start up a voice memo. Files
are stored with the same generic 'V001.wav' naming structure as before -
but in WAV format, not MP3.
Sound quality is respectable given the small condenser microphone, though a bit
muffled. Unlike the previous two recording methods, the YP-55i will enable users
to immediately play back voice recordings.