Olympus LS-100 Multi-Track PCM Recorder

Olympus LS-100 Multi-Track PCM Recorder

Olympus LS-100 Multi-Track PCM Recorder

B&H # OLLS100 MFR # LS-100
Discontinued

Product Highlights

  • Superb 96kHz/24-Bit Linear PCM Recording
  • Supports Linear PCM & MP3 Audio Formats
  • Internal 4GB Built-In Flash Memory
  • External SD Slot Memory Up to 64GB Card
  • Two 90° Stereo Condenser Microphones
  • Left & Right XLR / Phone Combo Inputs
  • Multi-Track Recording Up to 999 Tracks
  • Simultaneously Edit Up to Eight Tracks
  • Voice Sync, Play Sync & Overdubbing
  • Separate Audio & System Circuit Boards
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Olympus LS-100 overview

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The Olympus LS-100 Multi-Track PCM Recorder features high-quality 96kHz / 24-Bit Linear PCM recording, which captures every nuance of every note and syllable with a rich, resonant quality. With this level of digital recording, the LS-100 gives you the ability to make truly colorful, dynamic recordings almost anywhere. It also supports 44.1kHz / 16-Bit Linear PCM and MP3 format as well. MP3 recording is ideal for times when convenience and quantity are more important than quality. The LS-100 is equipped with 4GB of internal Flash memory. It also offers external memory with an SD card slot that supports cards all the way up to a capacity of 64GB.

The LS-100's dual 90° directional stereo condenser microphones have a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz, which allows them to capture a wide range of audio from the lowest audible bass frequencies to the highest audible treble frequencies. Olympus used an innovative system when designing these mics, which ensures that the entire frequency range of human hearing is captured with exceptional clarity. This design also supports a maximum sound pressure level (SPL) of up to 140dB, which means you'll be able to clearly record even the loudest live performances. Plus, the LS-100's integrated stereo condenser microphones have independent left and right recording level dials, so you'll be able to maintain optimum balance, as well as make adjustments on the fly.

Designed with pro musicians in mind, the LS-100 features 24V / 48V Phantom Power for condenser mics, ribbon mics, etc. The built-in instrumentation amplifier cuts slight noise and amplifies signals as well. This allows the use of much longer cables. Plus, with integrated left and right stereo XLR / 1/4" Phone combo jacks, it's easy to connect external mics for recording. This way, you're not limited to using just the built-in stereo condenser mics. Another sound minimizing feature is the separate audio and system circuit boards - each with their own power supply. Separate circuitry helps maintain a high signal-to-noise ratio and it eliminates cross-channel interference as well. This ensures clear signal transmission.

Another highlight of the LS-100 is its ability to do multi-track recording and overdubbing. On the LS-100, up to 999 tracks can be recorded using the fixed 44.1kHz / 16-Bit format for CD writing. Plus, up to eight tracks can be edited simultaneously. Overdubbing lets you make a recording and then go back later to add additional parts over the original recordings. It can be used by musicians to add a supplementary recorded sound to a previously recorded performance or by vocalists to sing harmonies with themselves. The LS-100 also features functions for file editing, pre-recording, metronome, tuner, Lissajous for chords, MP3 converting, CD writing and Play Sync recording. It has hi/med/lo microphone sensitivity switches and a 100Hz / 300Hz lowcut filter.

The LS-100 is equipped with Voice Sync and Voice Guidance as well. Voice Sync is the Olympus technology for voice activated recording, which is one of those extra benefits that saves time and energy. Voice Guidance provides voice feedback for actions, which allows the user to operate the LS-100 without looking at the backlit LCD display. For added convenience, the recorder is also equipped with a headphone jack, a 3.5 mm mic / audio line-input and an integrated speaker. The 480mW round dynamic speaker allows you to listen back instantly after making a recording. If you're a professional musician, then the benefits of the LS-100 are obvious. However, this recorder was also designed for high-quality podcasting. It also works great for journalists who prefer to listen back to ultra-clear recordings after an interview. It can even be used to build soundscapes, capture ambient noise, or even for birding and nature enthusiasts who want to record wildlife with lifelike clarity.

High-Quality 96kHz / 24-Bit Linear PCM Recording & Two Storage Options
The LS-100 features a fixed Linear PCM recording setting of 44.1kHz / 16-Bit. However, the recorder is capable of truly pristine 96kHz / 24-Bit Linear PCM recording, which delivers sound that's even better than what you would hear on a compact disc. Every nuance of every note and syllable is captured with a rich and resonant quality. The LS-100 gives you the ability to make truly colorful, dynamic recordings almost anywhere. Plus, for times when quality is second to convenience and quantity, you can record using the MP3 format
Internal & External Storage Options that Support Up to 64GB of Memory
The LS-100 is equipped with 4GB of internal Flash memory. It also has an SD card slot for recording directly onto memory cards. This external memory option supports SD cards all the way up to a capacity of 64GB
90° Directional Stereo Condenser Microphones
With a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz, these high-quality directional microphones capture a wide range of audio from the lowest audible bass frequencies to the highest audible treble frequencies. Olympus used an innovative mic design to ensure that the entire frequency range of human hearing would be captured with exceptional clarity. This design also supports a sound pressure level (SPL) of up to 140dB, which means you'll be able to clearly record even the loudest of live performances. Plus, the LS-100's integrated stereo condenser microphones have independent left and right recording level dials, which lets you maintain optimum balance, as well as make adjustments on the fly
Separate Audio & System Circuit Boards to Minimize Noise
The LS-100 is equipped with separate audio processor and system circuit boards. Plus, each has its own independent power supply. Separate circuitry helps maintain a high signal-to-noise ratio. It also eliminates cross-channel interference and enables clear signal transmission
Stereo XLR / Phone Combo Inputs & 24V / 48V Phantom Power Supply
Designed with pro musicians in mind, the LS-100 features 24V / 48V Phantom Power for condenser mics, ribbon mics, etc. The built-in instrumentation amplifier cuts slight noise and amplifies signals, which allows the use of much longer cables. Plus, with integrated left and right stereo XLR / 1/4" Phone combo jacks, it's easy to connect external mics for recording. This way, you're not limited to using just the built-in stereo condenser mics
Eight Track Multi-Tracking Function
Multi-tracking and editing is a staple of professional recording and is a technique where multiple separately-recorded sounds are mixed together to create a single stream of sound. On the LS-100, up to 999 tracks can be recorded using the fixed 44.1kHz / 16-Bit format for CD writing. Plus, up to eight tracks can be edited simultaneously
Overdubbing Function
Overdub recording allows you to record sound over an original sound, while still being able to keep the original sound. Overdubbing has several useful applications. It can be used by musicians to add a supplementary recorded sound to a previously recorded performance and vocalists can use it to sing harmonies with themselves. With LS-100, you'll be able to make a recording and then go back later to overdub additional parts over the original recording
Voice Activated Recording with Voice Sync
Voice Sync lets you start your recordings, stop your recordings and then start your recordings again using only your voice to automatically initiate the record function. Voice activated recording is an extra benefit that saves time and energy, while simultaneously lowering stress and frustration for those times when you could really use a hands-free start/stop record feature
Packed with Convenient Features
Besides Voice Syncing, the LS-100 features functions for file editing, pre-recording, metronome, tuner, Lissajous for chords, MP3 converting, CD writing and Play Sync recording. The recorder is equipped with a hi/med/low microphone sensitivity switch and a 100Hz / 300Hz lowcut filter. It also has a headphone jack and built-in speaker for instant playback
Live Recorder with Plenty of Uses Beyond Music
The LS-100 is ideal for podcasting, while journalists and foley artists will appreciate the clear sound. You can even use it to build soundscapes or capture ambient noise. Plus, birding and nature enthusiasts can record wildlife with lifelike clarity
Voice Guidance
Voice feedback for actions lets the user operate the LS-100 without looking at the display
UPC: 050332179226
In the Box
Olympus LS-100 Multi-Track PCM Recorder
  • Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery
  • AC Adapter (A514)
  • USB Cable
  • Carrying Case
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Olympus LS-100 specs

    Recording
    Type Digital
    Mode Stereo
    Recording Format PCM (WAV)
    MP3
    Bit-Rate 16 -bit - 24 -bit
    128 kbps - 320 kbps
    Sample Rate 44.1 kHz - 96 kHz
    Recording Time Not Specified by Manufacturer
    One-Click Recording Yes
    Voice Activated Recording Yes
    Microphone Type External Stereo
    Pickup Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    Playback
    Speaker Yes
    Features
    Display Size/Type LCD Backlit
    Indicators Power, Low Battery, Recording, Voice Volume, Peak
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    Battery Type 1 x Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
    Battery Life (approx.) Recording: 12.5 Hours
    Power Adapter Yes
    General
    Internal Memory Flash Memory - 4 GB
    Compatible Memory Cards SD
    Connectors XLR In
    XLR In
    1/8" mini In
    1/8" mini Out
    USB USB 2.0 (Mini-B)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.76 x 6.26 x 1.32" (7.0 x 15.9 x 3.35 cm)
    Weight 9.88 oz (280 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.2 x 7.5 x 2.9"
    Note: 24V / 48V Phantom Power Supply, File editing function (PCM/MP3), Play Sync recording, Pre-recording function, Multi-Track function (999 Tracks / 8 Track Edit Simultaneously), Overdubbing function, Metronome function, Tuner function, Lissajous function, MP3 Convert function, CD Write function, Lowcut filter (100Hz / 300Hz) & Microphone Sensitivity function (lo/med/hi)

    Olympus LS-100 reviews

    LS-100 Multi-Track PCM Recorder is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 18.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect indoor recorder This device creates high quality recordings, even when the music is REALLY loud. Ideal for recording loud (Rock, Jazz) concerts. I was recording a concert the other day and when my SLR with an external stereo mic picked up distorted sound, LS-100 still gave me a perfect, non distorted result. The only inconvenient thing I have faced with so far was that one time I used it in an outside recording session in some light wind. The mike was completely useless in this situation (while my other mike was hardly bothered by it). You need to get one of those fluffy protectors for such cases. Overall I am happy with this unit.
    Date published: 2012-06-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost Perfect Using the recorder to document oral histories. Quality is exceptional. Easy to use. Works flawlessly EXCEPT in one instance: Auto-level is independent on ech channel such that, for example, if a sudden percussive noise overloads one channel, stereo soundstage is thrown way off and takes a couple seconds to recover. As useful as auto-level could be, in an environment where extraneous noise is likely to occur, it is useless. Understand that this is a minor quibble of an otherwise exceptional recorder. The LS-100 puts its competition to shame.
    Date published: 2012-03-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from What I needed, and more. I was hesitant to purchase a new $ item with no reviews, but I'm glad I did. Construction is solid. I have tested both the on-board mics and recording through XLR with the RHODE NTG-3, both sound spectacular. Menus are intuitive and button layout is ergonomic. Overall, a great recorder.My only worry is that your only option for mobile power is the dedicated Li-ion battery. I'm used to carrying around a bag of AA's that I can quickly swap out if necessary. Knowing that I'll have to stop recording and wait while the battery charges scares me a little. Now, it does boast 12.5 hours of battery life, but I bet you that doesn't weigh in the use of phantom power.Anyway, I am %100 satisfied with my purchase and I would recommend it to all in the film-making and music industries.
    Date published: 2012-02-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Sound I have used the LS-100 to record a concert band, replacing a unit with separate XLR microphones, cables, and a lot of setup time. The sound stage is great, and the frequency response is outstanding. It can take our loudest sounds without overload (over 100 musicians in a middle school auditorium). With that comes a drawback, however: ambient room noise (HVAC) transmitted through the stand to the unit becomes a low-frequency rumble that cannot be eliminated with anything Olympus offers, nor with software, without canceling out the tubas as well(!). That rumble is as annoying as old-fashioned tape hiss, and it interferes with the sound of the lower register instruments. I have ordered a Neumann Z 26 mt shock mount to try to deal with this problem and will report on the results later.
    Date published: 2012-04-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Recorder with Room for Improvement I got this recorder two weeks ago, and I've used it for recording live events and interviews. The built-in mics capture phenomenal sound, and the XLR inputs offer lots of additional options. I have used it with the Sennheiser ME66, and I was able to capture clean sound in a bustling and noisy environment. The menu interface is intuitive and comprehensive. Four of the things that I think this recorder got absolutely right are the use of the lithium ion battery (as opposed to disposable); the internal storage; the ability to provide phantom power; and the ability to use the recorder as a USB mic. I'm sure that as I continue to use the recorder, the list will continue. The one thing that I hope Olympus adds is the ability to record simultaneously off of the built-in mics and the XLR inputs. The Zoom H4n is able to do this which is important, especially for videographers. The addition of this ability would put the Olympus LS-100 Recorder heads and shoulders above all other hand-held recorders.
    Date published: 2012-03-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product My first recorder, to be used for nature recording. Just wanted to correct an issue raised by another reviewer. The unit does PAUSE playback, if playing back a track and STOP is pressed, the track pauses, press PLAY again and the playback resumes. I have no idea why the reviewer has a problem. It also pauses during recording, press the REC button and then again to start recording, then if you want to pause recording press the REC button again. Press STOP to finalise the track. Admittedly Olympus could be consistant with the operaion here, i.e. to pause playback the operator should maybe have to push PLAY again (so the the PLAY button is a PLAY/PAUSE button, in the same way that the REC is REC/REC PAUSE, or even have a separate PAUSE button! I have little to compare against in terms of sound quality but as a beginner I am very happy with the dynamic range and ease of use, it does everything and more for my needs.
    Date published: 2012-04-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clean audio, some limitations So far I really like this recorder. I have the smaller ls-10, which is all metal, so at first I was disappointed that the body of the ls-100 is plastic, but it has performed well and seems sturdy enough. Only complaint I have so far is that from reading the manual it seems that I have to change menu settings whenever I change my input source. I wish the unit would just recognize that a mic was plugged in to the xlr, or to the mini. But, that brings me to it's second limitation, which is I don't believe it can record to one channel with the mini and one channel with the xlr. I had planned to feed my shotgun into the xlr, and my lav into the mini, but it will only record whichever input I select (one or the other, but not both). So you can control the levels on each channel independently, but from what I can tell, that's only applicable with the dual xlr inputs. And mini isn't the same as 1/4, so you can't just plug the lav into the other xlr (without an adapter, but I couldn't find a mini cable with threads to hold onto the 1/4 adapter so it falls off). Other than that, great clean audio.
    Date published: 2012-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This thing I use this for capturing sounds to be used in my music projects, as well as for recording my lectures and DJ sets. Though many professionals might want to supplement this with their own external mics, the built-in mics sound amazing. Low noise, and they capture very loud sounds. I brought it to a concert, stood right in front of the speakers and it captured the sound with no distortion. I have recorded two live DJ sets using the line-in, and they sound great. I recorded the sound of a flowing stream and with headphones on it sounds like you are there! You can choose from many different recording formats, Mp3/wav and a variety of bit depths and resolutions. It also can render your wavs to mp3 but, somewhat annoyingly, ONLY if the wav is in 16bit mode. The modern color interface is nice, though sometimes it feels a bit unnecessary. One time it froze on me and I had to take the battery out. I am very happy with this purchase and I bring this thing everywhere with me.
    Date published: 2012-02-22
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