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Olympus LS-12 Linear PCM Recorder

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Olympus LS-12 Linear PCM Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Built-in Stereo Microphones and Speaker
  • Built-in Metronome and Tuner
  • Mic/Line Inputs
  • Overdubbing and Pre-Recording Functions
  • SD Slot
  • USB Port
  • 2GB of Internal Memory
  • 24-bit, 96 kHz Linear PCM Recording
  • 50 Hours of Battery Life
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The LS-12 Linear PCM Recorder from Olympus is designed as an all-in-one, portable recording solution. Built for professional sound quality, it records at a maximum bit depth of 24-bit and a 96 kHz sample rate. The built-in stereo microphones and speaker allow for simple recording and playback without the need of any additional gear. However, there are 3.5mm stereo mini-jack mic and line inputs for connecting additional audio equipment such as microphones or CD players, and a USB port for interfacing with your computer.

The LS-12 also offers convenient features for musicians such as a built-in metronome and tuner as well as overdubbing and a pre-recording function. Further, you can find important moments in your recordings by using the index mark feature. In terms of storage, the LS-12 is equipped with 2GB of internal memory and also features an SD slot.

Built-in low noise, high quality microphones, as well as 3.5mm stereo mini-jack mic and line inputs
Features designed to aide musicians such as built-in metronome, tuner as well as overdubbing and a pre-recording function
"Smart Mode" feature that adjusts to the best recording level based on the loudest sound
Easily find critical parts of your recording using the 99 available index marks
Linear PCM (WAV) recording and playback with bit depth up to 24-bit and a sample rate up to 96 kHz and MP3 format as well
Built-in speaker and 3.5mm stereo mini-jack headphone out for playback anywhere
Can be mounted on an optional tripod or clip stand (sold separately)
Recording Format PCM (WAV), MP3
Recording Media Built-in: 2 GB flash memory
Removable media: SD (SDHC) card (up to 32 GB)
Card Format SD, SDHC
Interface USB
Speaker 1 x 1.1" (28 mm) round dynamic speaker
Microphone Input 1 x 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack, 2kΩ impedance
Frequency Response 60 Hz - 20 kHz for internal microphones
Headphone 1 x 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack, 8Ω impedance
Power Requirements 2 x AA alkaline batteries
OS Supported Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7/8
Mac OS X 10.4.11 - 10.8
Dimensions (WxDxH) 2.07 x 0.9 x 5.46" (48 x 22 x 132 mm)
Weight 5.8 oz (164 g)
Olympus LS-12 Linear PCM Recorder
  • USB Cable
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    OlympusLS-12 Linear PCM Recorder
     
    4.7

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (6)
    • Compact (4)
    • Long battery life (3)
    • Reliable (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Conversation piece (4)
      • Lectures (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Tech savvy (3)

      Reviewed by 9 customers

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      4.0

      Great recorder - less accessories

      By Pro-audio Kit'er

      from Maryland

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accepts Sd Media Storage
      • Compact Design
      • High Quality Sound
      • Long Battery Life
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Only 2 Gb Internal Memory

      Best Uses

        Comments about Olympus LS-12 Linear PCM Recorder:

        I've purchased several of these LS-12 recorders for professional use in audio kits that I put together. Like it's big brother (the LS-14) it has nice quiet preamps for the built-in microphones and the external stereo mic input, a very similar interface and other features. The LS-12 however lacks the third mic for tre-mic recording, has no voice guidance (which I never really use anyway) and it comes with half of the 4GB internal memory of the pricey recorder. Nevertheless, it takes large SD media card for extra storage and the MSRP is about $ less. I find the LS-12 to be a great value for the price and will continue to purchase them as the need for a music-grade/high quality voice PCM (.WAV) recorder arises.

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        5.0

        Good quality

        By Heuristx

        from Toronto, Ontario

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • High Quality Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Conversations
          • Lectures

          Comments about Olympus LS-12 Linear PCM Recorder:

          I am not a pro and have not performed any formal testing.
          However, I am pleased with the sound quality and the features for this class of recorders.
          Operation is easy to understand and everything seems to be well designed.
          I don't know how reliable it is because I bought it recently, but Olympus has a reputation for quality control.
          Overall, I can't find anything negative about it and would recommend it to others.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Crisp. Precise. Minimalist.

          By Chepo

          from New York

          About Me Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • High Quality Sound

          Cons

          • Picks Up Background Noise

          Best Uses

            Comments about Olympus LS-12 Linear PCM Recorder:

            This device is not only for recording music it works great for recording interviews! Love the new features that adjust the levels automatically but still, it's very easy to use in manual. It has an internal recording space but it's recommended to by an additional SD card.

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            5.0

            Recorder

            By Mr Williams

            from Brooklyn, Ny, NY

            Comments about Olympus LS-12 Linear PCM Recorder:

            Awesome, used it in my training info sessions , even heard other folks conversations. Had to constantly direct the location because of its effectiveness.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            So Far So Good

            By Khris

            from Buena Park

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • High Quality Sound
            • Long Battery Life

            Cons

            • Bulky

            Best Uses

            • Conversations
            • Lectures

            Comments about Olympus LS-12 Linear PCM Recorder:

            I owned LS-10 too. The reason I bought LS-12 is the battery life. The battery life is incredibly good and the audio quality of recordings is excellent. Most importantly, the recording quality of the LS-12 seems very good. The quality levels go all the way up to 24-bit 96 khz., which is impressive, and higher than I generally need.

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            5.0

            AOK!

            By PeterJay

            from Northern NJ

            About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • High Quality Sound
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Conversations
              • Lectures

              Comments about Olympus LS-12 Linear PCM Recorder:

              Does everything it is supposed to do, so far. There are many functions, that are not intuitive, in the detailed manual that you can download - supposedly the manual is also on the device as shipped, but I downloaded it.

              Worked just fine - bought two of these for recording live spoken events.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great little recorder...

              By BCT

              from Glendale, CA

              About Me Indie filmmaker, New To Sound Recorders

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • High Quality Sound
              • Long Battery Life
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

              • Conversations
              • Indie Film

              Comments about Olympus LS-12 Linear PCM Recorder:

              I make microbudget shorts but wanted to buy a sound recorder for my shoots that would'nt drain my wallet and would be reliable.

              The recorder is very easy to use, setting it up for the first time was a breeze. It takes standard SD cards up to 32 Gigs and has 2 Gigs of built in memory. Sound clips were simple to transfer to the laptop with minimal fuss. Setting up the recording sensitivity levels is easy to do on the fly.

              I'm using this with an external Rode mic and a pair of ear phones for monitioring sound. The reording quality is much better than I expected, I've been both surprised and happy with the results.

              But again, I'm using the recorder strictly for recording dialogue. The LS-12 is perfect for this.

              The only con, and it's minor, is that when testing the recorder's internal stereo mic it seemed sensitive to interference. This wasn't an issue when connected to the Rode.

              Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Does the Job

              By Ben

              from N,Y.

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Olympus LS-12 Linear PCM Recorder:

              I think that for the price this is a very good recorder. Obviously you are not expecting studio quality recordings for $ bucks. The tools for the practicing musician are great and very easy to use. It seems as these guys have a lot of experience making this devices. This recorder looks and feels very sturdy compared to others in the same price range. I would highly reccommend this recorder to anyone who wants to recorder sessions, voice or even playback audio or mp3 files.

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              5.0

              Excellent product

              By Deme cantor

              from Richmond, VA

              About Me Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Olympus LS-12 Linear PCM Recorder:

                Although I have not checked out all the features, I love what I have seen so far on this recorder.
                Your service in handling my order was also exemplary, as usual. You are my top photo-video store.
                Demetrius

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                Batteries & Power

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                Always keep spare batteries handy and you won't get caught without power.

                Duracell - AA 1.5v Alkaline Coppertop Battery (4-Pack)
                • You Pay: $2.79
                 
                Watson - 4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh)
                • You Pay: $17.95
                 

                Cables

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                Add interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                Hosa Technology - Stereo Mini Angled Male to 3-Pin XLR Female Cable - 5'
                • You Pay: $6.68
                 

                Wind Protection

                Protect your audio from wind noise with a windscreen.

                Olympus - WJ-4 Windjammer for LS-100 Recorder
                • You Pay: $49.00
                 

                Store and read data with the proper media.

                Transcend - 4GB SDHC Memory Card Class 6
                • You Pay: $6.92
                 

                Headphones

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                Headphones are essential for real-time monitoring and mixing.

                Senal - SMH-1000 Professional Field and Studio Monitor Headphones
                • You Pay: $89.99
                 
                Polsen - HPC-A30 Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones
                • You Pay: $29.99
                 

                Remote Controls

                Have control at your fingertips with a remote.

                Olympus - RS-30W Remote Control for LS-10 / LS-11 / LS-100
                • You Pay: $41.18
                 

                Cases & Protection

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                Carry, store and protect all your equipment in a bag or case.

                Gator Cases - Micro Recorder Pack
                 
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