Olympus has announced the release of the LS-12 and LS-14 Linear PCM digital handheld audio recorders. Here's their press release with all the details...
Successors to the overwhelmingly popular LS-5 and LS-11 PCM
recorders, the Olympus LS-12 and LS-14 effortlessly capture and
playback pristine, better-than-CD quality sound up to 130dB SPL with
new on-board directional stereo microphones and amplifier.
Ease of use is another key feature of the LS-12 and LS-14 as users
can set optimal recording levels on a "Mode Select Dial" located on
the face of the recorder rather than having to go through menu
settings. There are also functions specifically for musicians,
including overdub recording, Metronome and Chromatic Tuner
Touch That Dial
While the 1 ¾ inch LCD menu screen is intuitive and easy to follow, recording
professional sound is made even easier by the Mode Select Dial and Smart
Mode features. The Mode Select Dial, located on the bottom right-hand corner of
both recorders, can be set to the following modes: Tuner, Manual, Quick and
Smart. Tuner Mode sets the recorder as a Chromatic Tuner for musical
instruments. In Manual Mode, experienced users can adjust the recording level
manually, adjusting the level while playing music or capturing sound. Smart Mode
is ideal for anyone from the novice to the seasoned veteran. It will automatically
adjust to the optimum recording level with a single touch of the record button. By
entering the loudest sound, Smart mode automatically adjusts to capture the best
and professional-quality audio. While in Quick Mode, the user can immediately
begin recording without adjusting levels.
A hallmark of the Olympus LS series has always been superior sound quality,
and the LS-12 and LS-14 take that reputation to a new level. The LS-12 features
two new internal 90-degree directional stereo condenser microphones with a
frequency response of 60Hz to 20 kHz, allowing the user to capture lower-bass
frequencies. The LS-14 compliments those directional stereo condenser
microphones with a third omni-directional center "TRESMIC," increasing the
frequency response range to 20Hz - 20 kHz. This makes the LS-14 an ideal
recorder for an incredibly loud environment. Both recorders support sound
pressure levels up to 130 decibels, more than enough to capture extreme sound
from a rock band without experiencing clipping issues.
Complementing the new high-quality stereo microphones is a new amplifier
circuitry. The audio and system circuitry are separated on the Olympus LS-12
and LS-14 to minimize sound degradation and keep the signal true.
A switchable low-cut filter enables users to eliminate low-frequency sound at two
different settings, 100Hz or 300Hz. With this feature, unwanted background
noises can be greatly minimized.
A Musician's Best Friend
Ideal for any musician's gear bag, the Olympus LS-12 and LS-14 recorders
feature overdubbing capabilities, allowing sound recording to take place over the
original sound while simultaneously monitoring it through the Playback Synchro
Recording feature. Playback speed control can be set anywhere from 50% to
300%, perfect for budding musicians to pick up tracks at their own pace. A
Metronome feature allows users to keep flawless time, and the Chromatic Tuner
function ensures accurate tuning for each musical instrument selected. Status for
the Metronome and Chromatic Tuner are clearly displayed on the LCD menu
screen. Metronome tempo is displayed through flashing buttons above the menu.
Specifications and Accessories
Files are recorded in PCM or MP3 modes and saved to the internal memory
(2GB for the LS-12 and 4GB for the LS-14) or on SD / SDHC (up to 32GB) cards.
The LS-12 and LS-14 operate on two AA alkaline batteries or two AA Ni-MH
rechargeable batteries. The LS-14 recorder boast up to 48 hours of continuous
recording while the LS-12 offers an impressive 50 hours. They also include mic,
line-in, and ear jacks and a tripod hole on the back for a clip stand. The LS-12
comes in gunmetal grey, while the LS-14 comes in black. The LS-12 and LS-14
are packaged with a USB cable and two AA alkaline batteries. In addition, the LS-
14 comes with additional accessories, including a case and our new stand clip,
which attaches to the tripod hole by allowing the device to be clipped directly to a
microphone stand or displayed on a table reducing surface vibration.
Pricing and Availability:
£139.99 for the LS-12 and £189.99 for the LS-14