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Olympus LS-P4 Audio Recorder

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Olympus LS-P4 Audio Recorder
Key Features
  • TrueStereo / Three Microphone System
  • MP3, PCM, and FLAC Recording Formats
  • Bluetooth Playback on Headphones
  • USB Compatible for Windows/Mac Computers
The LS-P4 Audio Recorder from Olympus features three microphones and is designed to mimic the function of human ears. It is equipped with two directional microphones to create a stereo effect with a third omnidirectional microphone that is positioned between the other two on the recorder. It can be used to capture an expanded frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz when the center microphone is on, and 60 Hz to 20 kHz when it is off.
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Olympus LS-P4 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Design
  • 3Sound Quality
  • 4Performance
  • 5Versatility
  • 6Connectivity

The LS-P4 Audio Recorder from Olympus features three microphones and is designed to mimic the function of human ears. It is equipped with two directional microphones to create a stereo effect with a third omnidirectional microphone that is positioned between the other two on the recorder. It can be used to capture an expanded frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz when the center microphone is on, and 60 Hz to 20 kHz when it is off.

The LS-P4 PCM recorder is compatible with FLAC format recordings that reduce high-resolution audio file sizes with no reduction in audio quality. Other features include compatibility with PCM/MP3 file formats, USB charging, built-in 8 GB file storage (which stores up to 253 hours of audio), a microSD external memory slot, and Bluetooth playback on compatible headphones. A rechargeable AAA NiMH battery is also included.

Design

The LS-P4 offers three microphones for a natural sound that mimics the function of human ears. It uses two directional microphones, while a third omnidirectional microphone can be engaged to record additional bass frequencies.

Sound Quality

In addition to PCM and MP3 formats, the LS-P4 can record and playback audio in the FLAC format. With FLAC files, high-resolution audio is maintained via lossless compression for smaller file sizes.

Performance

The Fade-in/Fade-out feature adds a smooth beginning and ending to your recordings. The volume will gradually adjust, increasing from the first second of the sound signal and decreasing over the last second to silence at its end.

Versatility

Select from 7 preset recording scenes optimized for common recording situations. Try the Music preset for recording across a wider bandwidth or the NoisySituation preset for clear voice-only recordings in noisy surroundings.

Connectivity

Enjoy wireless playback on compatible headphones and speakers using Bluetooth technology. Install the Bluetooth app from Olympus on your smartphone (available for Android devices only) to use as a remote control for the recorder.
UPC: 050332192201

Olympus LS-P4 Specs

Recording
TypeDigital
ModeStereo
Recording FormatFLAC, MP3, PCM (WAV)
Bit-Depth24
Bit-Rate8 kbps - 24 -bit
Sample Rate11.025 kHz - 96 kHz
Recording TimePCM Stereo: 10.30 Hours (PCM/WAV)
One-Click RecordingYes
Voice Activated RecordingYes
Microphone TypeInternal Stereo - 3 Elements
Microphone SensitivityMedium
High/Low
Auto SENS Setting
Pickup PatternOmnidirectional
Frequency Response20 Hz - 20 kHz
Playback
Playback FormatsPCM (WAV)
SpeakerYes
Speaker Size18 mil /
Power Output150 mW
Features
On Screen ClockYes
Safety LockYes
SearchReview
Track Mark
Power
Battery Type1 x AAA
1 x Rechargeable NiMH AAA
Battery Life (approx.)Recording: 28 Hours @ 44.1 kHz 16 Bit PCM (WAV)
Power AdapterNo
General
Internal MemoryInstalled: Flash Memory - 8 GB
Compatible Memory CardsmicroSD
Connectors1/8" mini Female Headphone Out
USB 3.0 Female Auxiliary Out
USBUSB 3.1 Gen 1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A)
Operating System SupportWindows, macOS/OS X
Dimensions (WxHxD)1.6 x .57 x 4.29" / 40.64 x 14.48 x 108.97 mm
Weight2.7 oz / 77 g
Warranty LengthLimited 1-Year Warranty
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.615 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.25 x 5.15 x 1.7"

Olympus LS-P4 Reviews

Professional Recorder...

By Kenneth
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-02

This is a Audio Recorder with all the bells and whistles... Wide angle to zoom, manual and auto record levels and noise cancelation.

Great� Prompt Service

By Gaston
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-03-29

Item was received quicker than expected. Will be happy to place Orders with you again if necessary

Olympus LS-P4 Initial Observations

By Gary Dunne
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-03-14

Have only had this new LS-P4 audio recorder for about 2 weeks and had chance to use it at a jazz music event to record about 1.5 hours total of some music performances. I should mention that I have been using an older Olympus LS-10 audio recorder for 3-4 years now and while I truly like that recorder on occasion for unknown reasons some of my recordings seem to get deleted in process of sampling them for playback while at a music event. Because of this decided to try a new audio recorder desirably Olympus and the new LS-P4 seemed to have nice added features and a relatively low price point. Was interested in its 3 mike system and built in blue-tooth and so purchased it. Was a bit surprised when I received this new recorder to see just how much smaller it was to my LS-10, nice in some ways with downside of harder to read display size and the two outside mikes are so small physically that there was not some foam covering over them. However, it operated easily for auto recording in mp3 and wave modes which I changed on a couple of sets. The subsequent playback seemed comparable to the larger LS-10 from prior different recording dates, which I consider overall very good. Two items at this initial first evaluation that did disappoint me was the bluetooth and the supplied rechargeable AA size equivalent battery. The Bluetooth paired easily with two different decent quality BT speaker types and sounded decent, however it did not stay synced for long, typically a couple of minutes or so and then lost sync, and took a bit of time to re-sync. However I will be using the LS-P4 this week at another musical event and will also then recheck the Bluetooth sync solidity with a third Bluetooth Radio. It would be such a shame if the problem of this BT capability is with the Olympus recorder as that is such a great feature. The other issue was the supplied NIMH Olympus battery though nice option was less useful than just using fresh AAA batteries and not having to deal with using the USB connector to charge it. So for now initially as far as portable audio recording of live music performances go am quite happy with the LS-P4. Am hoping the initial Bluetooth issues I had does not occur again and if that is the case then this recorder would be near perfect for a very small portable and inexpensive to boot digital audio recorder for on the go music events.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

By Blake
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2018-03-14

I picked up this recorder to have something to stuff in my pocket for quick recordings. FLAC recording is great, and the Bluetooth remote is pretty cool. Also I like that it uses one AAA battery. Unfortunately, this recorder shows its price. The mics are definitely a bit noisier than the Olympus LS-100. It's a fairly good recorder if you don't need to record quieter things. If you do, stick with the more expensive LS-100. Hopefully they'll release something comparable to a higher priced offering with higher quality preamps and the new features they've introduced with this recorder.

The LS-7 is another great Olympus PCM recorder

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-14

I bought my first Olympus LS-10 when PCM recorders were first introduced. Since then I purchased a smaller LS-7, using one or the other on different occasions. I am a church organist and choir director. I have made thousands of recordings on them. I just added the LS-P4 this year. If you do the original setup correctly, you can get amazing recordings. You can turn it on, perform your music, and process your recordings later on the computer. The LS-P4 is another winner.

Replaced a well used H2n

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-09

I've only had it for a short time but very pleased with the sonic quality, build, size and ease of use. It's been used to record from the on-board mics, as well as to create backup copies from other audio sources via the Microphone jack. Definitely put this one on your list to consider when looking to buy a digital audio recorder.

muy bueno

By Patricio
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-03

compre esta grabadora porque la iba a usar grabando mis cassettes a digitar con el sistema de grabación flac y les cuento que mi impresiono la calidad de sonido que este aparatito graba, es excelente para mi, pero para que la grabación salga buena debe de ponerlo en modo manual, lo único que no me gustó es que uno no puede ponerles los nombres a su grabación. pero eso es lo de meno, también me gustó que usa una sola batería y dura mucho, yo recomiendo este grabador.

It does the job

By Roderick
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-29

I am recording our musical rehearsals and playing back through the bluetooth connection through a Sony Cube. It works well and sound quality is fine. I like the easy USB male port that slides out so I dont need a cord to recharge, and it connects to my computer seamlessly. I think it has even more capability but the manual is trivial. Ill have to go to the internet for better instruction.

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No, a 64 GB microSD card is not supported. The Olympus LS-P4 can be used with microSD cards that have a capacity of 2 GB minimum to 32 GB maximum.
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Can you review your dictation and overwrite to edit that which was dictated?
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Date published: 2020-12-20

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Can you review your dictation and overwrite to edit what was dictated?
Asked by: Andy
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Asked by: Dev
The LS-P4 does NOT come with the cable you are referring to.
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Date published: 2020-04-08

Can you turn off the recording modes? Is there a ...

Can you turn off the recording modes? Is there a user mode to make your own recording mode?
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Yes you can disable the SCENE modes, see pages 32-34 of the Manual at this link. https://learnandsupport.getolympus.com/sites/default/files/media/files/2018/03/LSP1_LSP4_EN_manual.pdf There is no "USER" Scene mode however you can change the recording settings to your personal tastes and they will be retained unless you change them. See pages 60-66
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Does the LS-P4 have a transcription mode, allowing you to slow down the playback so you can transcribe it?
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Does this recorder integrate with Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II just like LS-100?
Asked by: Wan
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If I am using an external mic, will I be able to ...

If I am using an external mic, will I be able to record the sound from the internal mic as well?
Asked by: CY
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