Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VP-10

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VP-10

Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VP-10

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Product Highlights

  • Omni-Directional Stereo Microphone
  • Voice Balancer
  • Noise Cancellation
  • LCD Display
  • Integrated USB Stick
  • One-Touch Recording
  • 50 Hours Recording, 29 Hours Playback
  • Low-Cut Filter Switch
  • PCM (22.05 kHz), WMA, MP3 Formats
  • Language Learning Mode
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Olympus VP-10 overview

  • 1Description

The Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VP-10 is a pen-sized digital recorder intended for capturing lectures, conferences, and business meetings. Powered by a single AAA rechargeable nickel-metal hydride battery, the device offers up to 50 hours of recording time or 29 hours of playback. An integrated 4GB USB flash drive on one end of the devices makes it easy to transfer recorded PCM, WMA, or MP3 files directly to a computer by simply plugging the unit into an available USB port. The battery can also be recharged via the USB connection and the unit can double as a USB storage device.

The other end of the recorder features a stereo pair of omnidirectional microphones that have been optimized for capturing speech. Active noise cancellation helps reduce handling noise to improve intelligibility and a low-cut filter switch helps remove infrasonic energy such as from HVAC systems. A threshold can be set to turn the recorder on and off.

Selectable modes such as for language learning, pocket recording, conferences, negotiations, and memos optimize the performance of the microphone and internal DSP for the intended application. An integrated LCD display provides visual feedback for organizing files and monitoring battery life, while a file splitting function helps make large files more manageable.

A one-touch record button instantly starts recording, even from the powered off position to ensure critical information is recorded. A Voice Balancer algorithm helps make the volume of voices recorded from different distances more consistent, which is especially useful when recording conferences or business meetings.

Variable playback speeds between 0.5 and 2x allow for faster transcriptions without shifting the pitch of the speaker's voice. A "Starting Character" mode can be engaged to pause and re-start the recording three seconds back to ease with transcription or for repeating a word while learning a foreign language. Transport controls enable you to skip ahead in the recording by 10 second skips. An integrated clip allows the recorder to rest and record from within a shirt or coat pocket for discrete recording applications without any sounds or light coming from the recorder.

Anti-Rustle Filter
Identifies the difference between a voice and a rustling sound and suppresses the noise only
One-Touch Recording
Allows you to silently and quickly activate the recording with one-touch, even in your pocket thanks to the REC slide switch. This allows you to start recording without making the other party self-conscious as well as record in an instant with just a touch, so you never miss a recording opportunity
USB Direct Connection
Lets you connect directly to a PC simply by removing the cover. This allows you to easily exchange data between PC without the need for cable or software as well as recharge the unit from the PC without taking out the battery. It also allows the unit to be used as a USB storage device
Four Recording Scene Modes, Including "Pocket Mode"
Allows you to choose optimum recording settings according to specific scenes
Search Files Quickly with "Date Search" Function
Helps you select the target file easily and conveniently. You can access this function by holding down the Menu/Scene button, When the Intro Playback function is on, it will playback the first few second of the file. This is even more useful when used together with the "Date Search" function
New Noise-Cancellation Function
Strongly cuts out background noise recorded with the voice
Voice Balancer Function
Makes smaller voices louder and ensures that louder voices stay below a given level, providing playback where everyone can be heard clearly
Create Meeting Minutes Efficiently with "Transcription Mode"
Allows you to create minutes or notes from your meeting recordings. While you transcribe, you would frequently repeat play and stop to check the content. Therefore when you resume, the recorder will automatically playback 3 seconds before, so that you can check the contents you need. On the other hand, fast forward will be preset to 2.0x so that you can conveniently skip the silence. Also, since the volume level of a speaker tends to differ in a meeting, the Voice Balancer helps to normalize the audio level
UPC: 050332188808
In the Box
Olympus Digital Voice Recorder VP-10
  • AAA Nickel-Metal Hydride Rechargeable Battery
  • USB Extension Cable (KP19)
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Olympus VP-10 specs

    Type Digital
    Mode Stereo
    Recording Format LPCM, MP3, WMA
    Bit-Depth 16
    Bit-Rate 128 kbps - 32 kbps
    5 kbps 
    Sample Rate 22.05 kHz
    Recording Time PCM Stereo: 12 Hours Recording in LPCM Format
    MP3 Stereo: 66 Hours Recording in MP3 Format
    WMA Mono: 258 Hours Recording in WMA Format
    WMA Mono: 1620 Hour Recording in WMA Format
    One-Click Recording Yes
    Voice Activated Recording Yes
    Microphone Type Internal Stereo - 2 Elements
    Microphone Sensitivity High/Low
    Pickup Pattern Omni-Directional
    Frequency Response 50 Hz - 10 kHz @ 22 kHz Sample Rate / 16 Bit LPCM
    50 Hz - 17 kHz @ 128 kHz Sample Rate / 128 kbps MP3
    50 Hz - 13 kHz @ 32 kHz Sample Rate / 32 kbps WMA
    50 Hz - 3 kHz @ 5 kHz Sample Rate / 5 kbps WMA
    Playback Formats PCM (WAV)
    Bit-Rate None
    Speaker Yes
    Speaker Size 10 mm
    Power Output 90 mW
    Display Size/Type LCD
    Indicators Power, Low Battery, Recording
    On Screen Clock Yes
    Battery Type 1 x AAA
    Battery Life (approx.) Recording: 24 Hours @ 22 kHz 16 Bit LPCM
    Recording: 27 Hours @ 128 kHz 128 Kbps MP3
    Recording: 33 Hours @ 32 kHz 32 Kbps WMA
    Recording: 50 Hours @ 5 kHz 5 Kbps WMA
    Playback: 23 Hours @ 22 kHz 16 Bit LPCM
    Playback: 28 Hours @ 128 kHz 128 Kbps MP3
    Playback: 29 Hours @ 32 kHz 32 Kbps WMA
    Playback: 29 Hours @ 5 kHz 5 Kbps WMA
    Power Adapter None
    Internal Memory Installed: Flash Memory - 4 GB
    Compatible Memory Cards None
    Connectors 1/8" mini Female Headphone Out
    Dimensions (WxHxD) .67 x 5.12 x .67" / 17.02 x 130.05 x 17.02 mm
    Weight 1.32 oz / 37 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.1 x 5.1 x 1.8"

    Olympus VP-10 reviews

    Digital Voice Recorder VP-10 is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Olympus knocks it out of the park again! I have been an audio guy for more than forty years, and I own several Olympus recorders, from their basic ones to their high-end PCM models. No one does a better job on these than they do, not even Sony (and I own lots of Sony gear, too). More than a decade ago, Panasonic made the RR-US006 slim pocket recorder whose downfall was that it was an IC (integrated circuit) recorder and required their proprietary software to offload the files. But it was the only pocket recorder on the market, and I still have mine. I am sure I wasn't the only one to do this, but I hounded Olympus for years asking them to make a shirt-pocket recorder geared toward the professional who would carry it alongside their Cross pen and tablet stylus, and I can't believe that they actually did! There is nothing else to say except that it is as perfect as all of their other recorders are with the addition of being super practical for those of us who are constantly wanting to capture thoughts and ideas and even conversations (disclaimer: as long as it's legal in your state to do that). Having said all this, this is a more specialized recorder and may not have the kind of wide appeal that will encourage Olympus to carry it for very long, so if you are even remotely interested you should go ahead and get it just as I did.
    Date published: 2015-12-09
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for professional work! I have been using Olympus products for 8 years and i had big hopes with this recorder. It is true that the quality of recording is amazing. But it has a lot of flows: first it does not have a Pause option.It is a option that pauses the recording depending on the voice intonation, but lets be serious!When u work with a recorder you need also the pause option. Also it was impossible or me to set the time and date after the initial preset. Also, if you have big fingers is somehow hard to handle. so...i returned it and i replaced it with an Olympus WS-832.
    Date published: 2016-02-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from NOT USER-FREINDLY ENOUGH This was the replacement to the Samsung Pen Recorders I couldn't wait to get...but sadly, it's not (except for the form-factor). Except for the one-slide record button (which doesn't engage immediately), it's not easy, ergonomic nor user friendly, & I can't figure out why. The Samsung of almost a decade ago blows this away in simplicity of use & ergonomics... I just wish the Samsungs were more immune to falls & I could find someone to repair them. I hope Olympus redoes this, or Samsung gets back into the market, but I doubt it on both. What a letdown.
    Date published: 2015-08-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product - Gets the job done in tight places! I am a professional videographer with 15+ years. I was looking for an audio recorder with decent sound that I could sneak discreetly on podiums and other places that may be too difficult to set up higher end sound recording gear. I was pleasantly surprised that the sound is very good on this item. Many people may not call this item Professional, and it does not replace higher end sound recording devices, but this could be a life saver for you and it's great to have one in your camera bag.
    Date published: 2015-10-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great small recorder! Very small and easy to carry without anybody noticing it. Just perfect for my application. The quality of the recording is awesome
    Date published: 2016-01-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from After three years of use... ... I have only one negative comment about this recorder. The one-touch recording switch is easy to bump accidentally, and I have lost count of how many times the recorder ran without my knowledge and used up the battery and was dead when I needed it. Not a good design, needs a tweak like a secondary button that must be pushed to unlock the one touch. Otherwise, I love it. TH
    Date published: 2018-10-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good sound, tiny buttons So far, so good. We use several digital audio recorders; this one is the smallest. Other than to record or play back, the other operational functions are difficult to access, the buttons are very small.
    Date published: 2017-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Professional Scribe The most useful and helpful gadget during very important meetings.� When I do not have focus, it is my best backup to finalize my important notes.� I'm so grateful for it.
    Date published: 2018-05-17
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