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Olympus LS-100 Multi-Track PCM Recorder

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Olympus LS-100 Multi-Track PCM Recorder
Key Features
  • 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
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.

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Olympus LS-100 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2High-Quality 96kHz / 24-Bit Linear PCM Recording & Two Storage Options
  • 3Internal & External Storage Options that Support Up to 64GB of Memory
  • 490° Directional Stereo Condenser Microphones
  • 5Separate Audio & System Circuit Boards to Minimize Noise
  • 6Stereo XLR / Phone Combo Inputs & 24V / 48V Phantom Power Supply
  • 7Eight Track Multi-Tracking Function
  • 8Overdubbing Function
  • 9Voice Activated Recording with Voice Sync
  • 10Packed with Convenient Features
  • 11Live Recorder with Plenty of Uses Beyond Music
  • 12Voice Guidance

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

Olympus LS-100 Specs

Recording
Recording FormatHigh-Quality: Linear PCM 96kHz / 24-Bit (WAV)
Fixed-Setting: Linear PCM 44.1kHz / 16-Bit (WAV)
Alternate-Format: MP3
Internal Memory4GB (Flash Memory)
External MemorySD Card Slot (64GB Max)
Recording LevelsLeft & Right Independent Levels (Manual / Auto)
Voice Activated RecordingYes (Voice Sync)
Play Sync RecordingYes
Multi-Track FunctionYes (Multi-Tracking Capable)
Multi-Track Recording Limit999 Tracks (Using 44.1kHz / 16-Bit Format for CD Writing)
Simultaneous Track Editing Limit8 Tracks
Pre-Recording FunctionYes
Over Dubbing FunctionYes
User SettingsRecording Scene Select (3 User Settings)
Lowcut FilterYes (Off / 100Hz / 300Hz)
Microphone
ConstructionMicrophone Bottom Cap
Microphone Holder
Microphone Side Net
Microphone Shock Absorber
High-Quality Microphone
Microphone Mesh Screen
Microphone Case
Microphone Guard
Microphone TypeStereo Condensor Microphones (2)
Directional Pattern90° (Directional Microphones)
AmplifiersIntegrated Instrumentation Amplifier (for XLR Inputs)
Integrated Microphone Amplifier (for Stereo Condensor Microphones)
Microphone SensitivityHigh Setting
Medium Setting
Low Setting
Microphone Frequency Response20Hz - 20kHz (Integrated Microphones)
Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)140dB (Integrated Microphones)
Instrument Examples Under SPL110dB Loudness Example:
Alto Sax
Piano (Pro)
Vocal Music (Amateur)
Brass Instrument

120dB Loudness Example:
Tenor Sax
Vocal Music (Pro)
Club (Live Music)
Wind Orchestra

130dB Loudness Example:
Rock Band (Live)
Percussions
Conga
Drums
SpacingOptimized Mic Spacing (Prevents Sound Reflection)
Dial TypeIndependent Left & Right Microphone Recording Level Dial
Phantom Power Supply48V / 24V
Connectivity
Microphone Input1/8" (3.5 mm) Mini-Jack
10 kohms Impedance
Line Input (Mic Jack)1/8" (3.5 mm) Mini-Jack
12.5 kohms Impedance
XLR / Phone JackFemale 3-Pin XLR & 1/4" (6.35 mm) TRS Phone Combo Jack
10 kohms Impedance
Headphone OutputType: 1/8" (3.5 mm) Mini-Jack (8 ohms Impedance or More)
Maximum Output: 10mw + 10mW (at 16 ohms)
Speaker OutputType: Integrated 0.91" (23 mm) Round Dynamic Speaker
Maximum Output: 480mW (at 8 ohms)
PC InterfaceUSB 2.0 Port (Hi-Speed)
Conveniences
File Editing FunctionYes (PCM / MP3)
Voice GuidanceYes (Voice Feedback for Actions)
Metronome FunctionYes
Tuner FunctionYes
Lissajous FunctionYes
MP3 Convert FunctionYes
CD Write FunctionYes
General
Audio & System Circuit BoardsAudio Circuit Board:
Capless Class-G Amp for Earphones
Capless Class-D Amp for Speaker
Instrumentation Amp for XLR Input
Microphone Amp for Stereo Condesor Mics
Power Circuit (for Audio Circuit Only)
Audio Control IC (Codec)

System Circuit Board:
Multimedia Processor
Power Manager IC (for System Circuit Only)
Wireless Remote Control SetOptional (Sold Separately)
Compatible Operating SystemsWindows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Mac OS X 10.4.11 - 10.7
Battery TypeLithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery x 1
Battery Life (Recording)12.5 hrs (Approximately)
External Power SupplyAC Adapter (A514)
Dimensions2.75 x 3.25 x 1.31" (7.0 x 15.9 x 3.35 cm)
Weight9.8 oz (280 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.2 x 7.5 x 2.9"

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