Nintendo DSi Sound

With Nintendo DSi Sound, you can record sounds using the internal microphone and then play with them to create new sounds. You can also play compatible music files saved on an SD Card. Available from the Nintendo DSi main menu, Nintendo DSi Sound comes preloaded on every Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL system.

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Sound clips

Music files

Settings

SD Cards and sound files

Additional topics

 

 


 

Record sound clips

Using the system's built-in microphone, you can record sound clips up to 10 seconds long.

How to record sound clips:

  1. On the Nintendo DSi menu, use the stylus to select the Nintendo DSi Sound icon.
  2. Select "Record and edit a sound" to view the sound menu.
  3. Select an empty "balloon."
  4. Select the record button (red circle) to begin recording. (If the microphone detects a loud enough noise, it will begin recording automatically.)
  5. Press the stop (square) button to stop recording, or it will automatically stop after 10 seconds.
  6. The recording will automatically begin playing back.
    • If you are happy with the recording, select "OK" (the color that you select within the OK button will determine the color of the sound balloon).
    • If you are unhappy with the recording, select "Cancel" to return to the recording screen.

 

 

 

Edit and have fun with a recorded sound

You can apply various effects to the sound clips you've recorded. You cannot edit songs or other sounds that are stored on an SD Card.

How to record sound clips:

  1. On the Nintendo DSi menu, use the stylus to select the Nintendo DSi Sound icon.
  2. Select "Record and edit a sound" to view the sound menu.
  3. Select the "balloon" you want to edit.
  4. Select from the on-screen options to change the sound.
    Change playback speed and pitch
    sing the stylus, move the square to the desired position to alter the speed and pitch.
    Apply sound filters
    Using the stylus, tap the icons to apply different filters to alter your sound. Only one filter can be applied at a time.
    Change the Playback Mode
    Tap on the playback mode icon to change to a different mode.
  5. Once you're done making changes, select "Overwrite" to save them.
  6. Select "OK" to save the changes.
    • The color you tap within the "OK" button will be the color of the sound balloon.

 

 

 

Erase saved sound clips

How to delete individual sound clips:

  1. On the Nintendo DSi menu, use the stylus to select the Nintendo DSi Sound icon.
  2. Select "Record and edit a sound" to view the sound menu.
  3. Select the sound balloon you want to delete, then select "Delete."

How to delete all sound clips:

  1. On the Nintendo DSi menu, use the stylus to select the Nintendo DSi Sound icon.
  2. Select "Settings," then "Delete DSi Sound Data." Note: his erases all sound files you've recorded and modified, any favorites you've assigned to your music, and anything your parakeet might have picked up.

 

 

 

Move saved sound clips

How to move sound clips:

  1. On the Nintendo DSi menu, use the stylus to select the Nintendo DSi Sound icon.
  2. Select "Record and edit a sound" to view the sound menu.
  3. Tap the sound balloon you want to move, then drag the stylus to move the balloon to the location you want it to go, and release.
  4. The two sound balloons will swap locations.

 

 

 

Adjust the playback volume

There are two ways to adjust the volume:

  • While playing a sound clip or listening to a song, slide the volume slider left/right to adjust the volume. The volume slider is located near the bottom-left of the screen, just above the "Back" button.
  • You can also use the Volume buttons on the side of the system to adjust the volume (more info).

 

 

 

Listen to music saved on an SD Card


How to play specific songs:

  1. On the Nintendo DSi menu, use the stylus to select the Nintendo DSi Sound icon.
  2. Select "Play with your music" to open the SD Card screen.
  3. Select the desired folder, then select "Open."
  4. Select the song you want to listen to, then select "Start."

How to play a random song:

  1. On the Nintendo DSi menu, use the stylus to select the Nintendo DSi Sound icon.
  2. Select "Play with your music" to open the SD Card screen.
  3. Select "Auto," then select "Start" to begin playing a random song.

More information you might find useful:
How to save music files to an SD Card
Finding music files on a PC or Mac
Converting music into compatible AAC audio files

 

 

 

Use music playback options

While listening to music files stored on an SD Card, you can alter the playback to create various effects. The effects to the song are not saved to the SD Card.

Explanation of playback options:

 

 

 

 

Tag a song as a "favorite"

You can tag compatible music files with one of four different types of "favorite" status.

How to assign a favorite:

  1. On the Nintendo DSi menu, use the stylus to select the Nintendo DSi Sound icon.
  2. Select "Play with your music" to open the SD Card screen.
  3. Select the desired folder, then select "Start."
  4. Select the song you want to make a favorite, then select "Favorites."
  5. Select from the following options:
    Top 10 Adds the song to your top 10 favorites. Up to 10 songs can be assigned this value.
    Practice Applies the "Practice" category. Up to 100 songs can be assigned this value.
    Memories Applies the "Memories" category. Up to 100 songs can be assigned this value.
    Do not assign Select this if you do not want to assign the song as a favorite.

 

 

 

Set headphone playback to stereo or mono

  1. On the Nintendo DSi menu, use the stylus to select the Nintendo DSi Sound icon.
  2. Select "Settings," then select "Headphones."
  3. Tap the setting to switch between Stereo and Mono.

 

 

 

Turn on or off Touch Screen sound effect:

You can turn on or off the sound effects you hear when you tap on the Touch Screen.

  1. On the Nintendo DSi menu, use the stylus to select the Nintendo DSi Sound icon.
  2. Select "Settings," then select "Tap Sound."
  3. Tap the setting to switch between On and Off.

 

 

 

Set the back light to turn off when idle:

This setting will automatically turn the back light of the system off when no buttons or the Touch Screen have been pressed in several minutes. This can be useful to preserve battery life when you are listening to music files.

  1. On the Nintendo DSi menu, use the stylus to select the Nintendo DSi Sound icon.
  2. Select "Settings," then select "Back light "
  3. Tap the setting to switch between "Always On" and "Auto Off."
    • Auto Off will automatically dim the back light when DSi Sound is not in use.

 

 

 

Play with the Parakeet:

If you let the parakeet listen to sounds around it, it will try to imitate them. It also remembers recordings you've made earlier, and may repeat them at random.

  1. On the Nintendo DSi menu, use the stylus to select the Nintendo DSi Sound icon.
  2. Tap the parakeet (near the bottom of the screen) to play with it. It will play back sounds that you've recorded or try to imitate sounds that it has heard.