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Olympus LS12 Portable Recorder


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  • Professional PCM Recording (24-bit/96kHz)/MP3
  • High-quality stereo microphones offer exceptional audio capture
  • Sound pressure level up to 130dB makes it great for close miking and high intensity sound sources
  • Smart Mode optimises recording settings to suit any environment
  • Pre-recording function allows you to capture up to 2 seconds before pressing the Record button in standby mode
  • Up to 50 hours battery life allows you to capture on the move before needing to recharge
  • Playback speed control
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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.

LCD Screen

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!

File Formats

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.

Battery Life

The LS-12 conveniently operates on two AA alkaline batteries or two AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries for up to an incredible 50 hours.

ModelLS12 Portable Recorder
Dimension (H x W x D)52.5 x 138.7 x 23.5 mm
Weight170g (Incl. Batteries)
Storage Media
Internal / Removable MediaInternal + Removable
External Memory (Slot)SD / SDHC card (512 MB - 32 GB)
Internal memory2GB
USB Functionality
USB SpeedUSB 2.0 High Speed
USB Classes USB Storage class
USB Composite device
Display BacklitYes
Display ColourWhite
Display TypeFull Dot Matrix Display
Display Size30.1 x 35.4mm / 1.83''
Device Operation
Mode Select DialYes
Recording Modes
Recording FormatPCM / MP3
96kHz / 24bit40min
88.2kHz / 24bit45min
48kHz / 16bit2h 10min
44.1kHz / 16bit2h 20min
44.1kHz (Mono)4h 40min
320 kbps10h
256 kbps13h
128 kbps26h
64 kbps (Mono)52h
Smart RecYes
Playback Modes
Playback formatPCM (WAV) / MP3
Frequency Response
96 kHz20 - 44.000Hz
88.1kHz20 - 42,000Hz
48kHz20 - 23.000Hz
44.1kHz20 - 21.000Hz
44.1kHz (Mono)20 - 21.000Hz
320 kbps20 - 20.000Hz
256 kbps20 - 20.000Hz
128 kbps20 - 17.000Hz
64 kbps (Mono)20 - 13.000Hz
Internal Microphones60 - 20.000Hz
Record Function
Auto recordingPre-Recording
Sound Control
  • Rec Monitor
  • Manual Rec Level Control
  • Low Cut-Filter
Advanced Recording
  • Direct Recording
  • Overdubbing
Playback Function
Gapless PlaybackYes
Playback ControlPlayback Speed Control
Repeat FunctionsRepeat Playback
Data Organisation
File MoveYes
File DivideYes
File Copy (Folder to Folder)Yes
File Copy (Internal Memory - External Memory)Yes
Time/Date InfoYes
File Copy (Folder to Folder)Yes
  • Erase All Files
  • Erase Single Files
  • Partial (PCM Only)
Other Features
Remote ControlYes (Optional)
Chromatic TunerYes
Metronome FunctionYes
Interfaces Input
LINE IN Input Level-6 dBv
PC InterfaceUSB Cable
Microphone Sensitivity / GainHigh / Middle / Low
Microphone Jack
  • 3.5 mm mini-jack
  • Impedance 2 kOhm
  • 3.5 mm mini-jack
  • 3.5 mm Jack, Impedance 10 kOhm
Interfaces Output
Max. Working Output300mW Or More (8 kOhm Speaker)
Maximum Headphone Output2 mW + 2 mW
Speaker DiameterBuilt-In 28 mm Round Dynamic Speaker
Earphone Jack3.5 mm Jack, Impedance 8kOhm Or More
Power Supply
Power SupplyAA Batteries (LR6 or ZR6) Or Two Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries
Alkaline Battery LifeRecording: 50h
External power supplyUSB Connecting AC adapter (A-514)
Alkaline Battery LifeRecording: 50h
External power supplyUSB Connecting AC adapter (A-514)
Operating Systems & Requirements
WindowsOperating system: Microsoft Windows XP/ Vista/7/8
MacintoshMacintosh Operating system: Mac OS X 10.4.11 - 10.8
Microphone System
TRESMIC (3 Mic System)No
Max. Sound Pressure130dB SPL
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