Hand-Held Portable Multitracker

Olympus launches the LS-100 Multi-Track Linear PCM Recorder      20/12/11

Hand-Held Portable Multitracker

Buying Choices
Olympus tell us that their new LS-100 provides musicians and broadcasters with a state-of-the-art tool enabling convenience of studio-grade, multi-track audio recording just about anywhere. Furthermore, they say that this mobile recording studio is capable of handling a maximum sound pressure level of up to 140dBspl. Here's more details directly from Olympus:
As with its cousins in the LS-family, the new LS-100 delivers ultimate sound recording quality in uncompressed 96kHz/24bit Linear PCM splendour. This extreme audio quality has now been amplified with eight-track recording and overdubbing capabilities to turn sounds and individual tracks into complete compositions – all within the palm of the hand. Besides its integrated stereo mics, the LS-100 also features dual XLR/Phone combo jacks to facilitate the direct connection with professional external microphones or other musical equipment. Professional Recording
Audio quality par excellence is what professionals expect and will get from the LS-100. Besides stereo 320kbps MP3 recording, the uncompressed 96kHz/24bit Linear PCM format ensures highest recording quality (double CD quality). An expansive frequency range of 20-20,000Hz allows the dull thump of bass drums become captured just as clearly as the shrill song of a bird. In addition, with the capability to handle sound pressure up to 140dBspl – which is even 10dB louder than an ear-splitting rock band – the intensity of sounds is no barrier to perfection either. Separate audio and system circuit boards with independent power supplies, together with the improved, sensitivity adjustable mics with a 90° layout ensure natural sound capture. Signals are optimised due to the onboard limiter and compressor whilst Automatic Gain Control (AGC) tweaks signals to their optimum level. And a switchable (300Hz/100Hz) low-cut filter also enhances recordings made in situations with background noise.
XLR/Phone Combo Jacks to directly connect your instruments
The LS-100 is the first and currently only model in the Olympus LS range to boast dual XLR/Phone combo jacks (with 48/24V Phantom Power Supply). These enable instruments and professional external microphones to be plugged directly into the unit. The interface is equipped with an independent instrumentation amplifier, ensuring that low noise, high signal/noise (S/N) ratio recordings can confidently be made – even when using long leads. Levels for the left and right channels can be independently adjusted according to the requirements of the attached instruments thanks to the integrated recording level dial.
Mobile multi-track
Whether wanting to record in just one take or wishing to take advantage of the versatility multi-track recording offers, the LS-100 provides the power and flexibility to meet all demands. Up to eight tracks are at users' disposal. Each can be separately volume adjusted and panned, then mixed down to create the complete composition – all on the device. Overdubs are also in the repertoire of the LS-100, allowing sound recording to take place over the original sound while simultaneously monitoring it. Meanwhile, the Playback Synchro Recording feature enables recording of an additional track while listening to another.
Pre-recording and more
The first vital sounds of a recording will never be missed either thanks to the innovative Pre-Recording function, which lets the two seconds prior to hitting the record button to be captured. Additionally, with Voice Sync, users can set the LS-100 to automatically commence recording to file once sound hits a certain level. Index marks can also be placed at specific points on a track letting particular sections to be located more easily later on. And various repeat modes, including A-B Repeat, allow users to listen to precise track sequences at will.
Digital metronome and tuner features ensure that the timing of tracks is nothing less than perfect and instruments are always in tune. Users can also invoke the Lissajous function, which detects and displays the phase difference between the left and right external microphones from the sound source on the 5.1cm (2.0") backlight LCD. Files are saved to the internal 4GB memory or on SD (up to 2GB) / SDHC (up to 32GB) / SDXC (up to 64GB) cards.
LS-100 Multi-Track Linear PCM Recorder – Main Features:
  • Linear PCM (up to 96kHz/24bit) and MP3 file formats
  • Up to 140dBspl sound pressure
  • Multi-track recording (8 tracks)
  • Overdubbing capabilities
  • Playback Synchro
  • Voice Sync recording
  • Dual XLR/Phone combo jacks with Phantom Power Supply (48V/24V)
  • Directional stereo microphones with 90° layout
  • High quality, low noise amplifier circuitry with separate circuit boards for audio and system – each with independent power supply
  • 20-20,000Hz frequency characteristics with built-in microphones
  • High signal/noise (S/N) ratio
  • Low-cut filter (300/100Hz)
  • Pre-Record buffer
  • Metronome, tuner and lissajous functions
  • Indexing function
  • File editing
  • File transfer and copying
  • MP3 convert
  • CD Writing function to burn composition to external CD drive
  • 4GB internal memory and SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • 159 x 70 x 33.5mm, 280g (incl. battery)
  • Includes: USB cable, USB/mini USB converter connector, strap, AC adapter, LI-50B rechargeable battery, and case.
Pricing and Availability:
Available from January 2012 at a recommended price of £449. More information:


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