There are places like this Sony PCM Manuals
and Sony PCM-R500 Manuals, Support and Troubleshooting
may have an operations manual for your machine in PDF format.
Not sure exactly what you are trying to do but one problem with BETA was they sometimes only played back well on the machine they were recorded on. When we did BETA transfers in the old days we had 5 different BETA machines that we tried to get the best one for the tape we were trying to playback.
Could you be more specific as to what you are trying to do??? Thanks!
Do you know if there is anything on the tape? Some tapes were also recorded at different speeds but NOT all Beta machines could playback all the different speeds.
SOME PCMs units were designed for NTSC and won't work with Pal or Secam units.
Hope this helps!
Thomas W. Bethel
Acoustik Musik, Ltd.
Room with a View Productions
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