The Olympus LS-12 portable recorder is perfect for those who want a compact stereo recorder that is extremely powerful and easy on the pocket. Whether you're recording on location samples, recording a practise or jam session, or capturing a speech or presentation, the LS-12 records audio to an exceptionally high-standard of quality. It can even record up to an impressive 130db without distorting, making it suitable for recording in loud, live environments too.
The Olympus LS-12 has been designed with a pair of on-board 90-degree directional condenser microphones, which means that you can record in stereo - giving independent right and left channel inputs. Microphone sensitivity can be easily adjusted to perform at their best in different environments from 'High', 'Medium' or 'Low' sensitivity mode. When recording close to a sound source with the 'Low' setting, the LS-12 recorder will only pick up very loud sounds. At 'Medium' settings, the mics become a more sensitive and have a wider range, then on the 'High' setting, the LS-12 will pick up more ambient sounds. Therefore, you can comfortably use the LS-12 for close miking an instrument or someone's voice without picking up unwanted background noise just as easily as picking up the ambient sound of a room full of people. Recordings can be captured in a selection of formats and modes, giving you a greater level of control over the audio quality from 64kbps right up to 24-bit.
The easy to read 1 3/4" inch LCD screen gives you presently correct information - relating to the recording levels, recording times, record status, file names, battery level, etc. - with easy access controls that match the option onscreen. This makes the LS-12 very easy to use and highly intuitive. The Mode Select Dial allows you to jump between different work modes such as 'Tuner', 'Manual' and 'Smart' recordings.
The 'Tuner' mode initiates the built-in chromatic tuner for musical instruments and a metronome to practise with - demonstrating the Olympus' design leaning towards a useful tool for musicians. You can speed up and slow down the playback of audio for creative purposes or to slow down songs or passages that are beyond your skill level at that moment in time. You can even overdub recordings to create sophisticated sound layers, giving you the ability to build complete song ideas anywhere. The LS-12 has a few nifty built-in features that make recording on-the-fly nice and simple. There is Smart Mode, which automatically detects the optimum recording level based on the loudest sound source presented to it (e.g. snare hit, voice etc.) and adjusts immediately when you press 'Record' allowing you to capture a perfect recording with minimal fuss!
The Olympus LS-12 can capture audio in both mp3 or PCM formats, which not only gives you control over the audio quality but the corresponding battery life too. For rough recording or to capture a long session you could use mp3. When you need high quality audio samples for a project you can use the PCM format.
The LS-12 comes with 2GB worth of memory built-in, with the option to increase the memory using SD/SDHC memory cards which can increase the capacity by up to a whopping 32GB. As long as you have a spare SD card to hand you'll never have to worry about running out of recording space.
The Olympus LS-12 features a separate mini-jack microphone and line-input, a headphone socket and a 'Remote' input - which can be connected to an optional Olympus RS30W set (available separately) for remote control over the device's main record functions. There is also an mini-tripod slot on the reverse of the device, which allows you to position the recorder near to the sound source without having to worry about holding it and lying it on a flat surface that can pick up unwanted vibrations. There is a USB socket that can be used to connect the LS-12 to a computer using the included USB cable for quick and easy file transfers.
The LS-12 conveniently operates on two AA alkaline batteries or two AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries for up to an incredible 50 hours.
Manufacturer Olympus Model LS12 Portable Recorder Dimension (H x W x D) 52.5 x 138.7 x 23.5 mm Weight 170g (Incl. Batteries) Storage Media Internal / Removable Media Internal + Removable External Memory (Slot) SD / SDHC card (512 MB - 32 GB) Internal memory 2GB USB Functionality USB Speed USB 2.0 High Speed USB Classes USB Storage class USB Composite device Display Display Backlit Yes Display Colour White Display Type Full Dot Matrix Display Display Size 30.1 x 35.4mm / 1.83'' Device Operation Mode Select Dial Yes Recording Modes Recording Format PCM / MP3 96kHz / 24bit 40min 88.2kHz / 24bit 45min 48kHz / 16bit 2h 10min 44.1kHz / 16bit 2h 20min 44.1kHz (Mono) 4h 40min 320 kbps 10h 256 kbps 13h 128 kbps 26h 64 kbps (Mono) 52h Smart Rec Yes Playback Modes Playback format PCM (WAV) / MP3 Frequency Response 96 kHz 20 - 44.000Hz 88.1kHz 20 - 42,000Hz 48kHz 20 - 23.000Hz 44.1kHz 20 - 21.000Hz 44.1kHz (Mono) 20 - 21.000Hz 320 kbps 20 - 20.000Hz 256 kbps 20 - 20.000Hz 128 kbps 20 - 17.000Hz 64 kbps (Mono) 20 - 13.000Hz Internal Microphones 60 - 20.000Hz Record Function Index Yes Auto recording Pre-Recording Sound Control
- Rec Monitor
- Manual Rec Level Control
- Low Cut-Filter
- Direct Recording
Playback Function Gapless Playback Yes Playback Control Playback Speed Control Repeat Functions Repeat Playback Data Organisation File Move Yes File Divide Yes File Copy (Folder to Folder) Yes File Copy (Internal Memory - External Memory) Yes Time/Date Info Yes File Copy (Folder to Folder) Yes Erase
- Erase All Files
- Erase Single Files
- Partial (PCM Only)
Other Features Remote Control Yes (Optional) Chromatic Tuner Yes Metronome Function Yes Interfaces Input LINE IN Input Level -6 dBv PC Interface USB Cable Microphone Sensitivity / Gain High / Middle / Low Microphone Jack
- 3.5 mm mini-jack
- Impedance 2 kOhm
LINE IN Jack
- 3.5 mm mini-jack
- 3.5 mm Jack, Impedance 10 kOhm
Interfaces Output Max. Working Output 300mW Or More (8 kOhm Speaker) Maximum Headphone Output 2 mW + 2 mW Speaker Diameter Built-In 28 mm Round Dynamic Speaker Earphone Jack 3.5 mm Jack, Impedance 8kOhm Or More Power Supply Power Supply AA Batteries (LR6 or ZR6) Or Two Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries Alkaline Battery Life Recording: 50h External power supply USB Connecting AC adapter (A-514) Dimensions Alkaline Battery Life Recording: 50h External power supply USB Connecting AC adapter (A-514) Languages Menu Languages EN/FR/DE/IT/ES/RU/PL/CS/SV/DA/NL/CN/TW Operating Systems & Requirements Windows Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP/ Vista/7/8 Macintosh Macintosh Operating system: Mac OS X 10.4.11 - 10.8 Microphone System TRESMIC (3 Mic System) No Max. Sound Pressure 130dB SPL
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