LS-10 – Portable Linear PCM Recorder

Olympus’ LS-10 is a portable 24 bit/ 96 kHz linear PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) recorder that allows for digital audio recording outside of a recording studio. Whether it is live music, a lecture at the university, a journalist’s interview, or the sounds of nature, its 2GB built-in flash memory allows users to record up to 12 hours of audio tracks. The recording time can be further extended by using SD and SDHC memory cards. Editing is done with the bundled Steinberg Cubase LE4 software. The LS-10 is equipped with high-sensitivity microphones and microphone amplifier circuitry, in addition to built-in stereo speakers, promising to provide a full recording package.

The LS-10’s size is 131.5 mm x 48 mm x 22.4 mm and it weighs 165 grams, making it very compact and easy to carry around. It is powered by 2 AA Alkaline, Lithium, or NiMH batteries and is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh operating systems. The LS-10 can also function as a USB flash drive or as a music player, since music can be downloaded to the device via a USB connection and then saved to the SD or SDHC memory cards.

This recording device incorporates built-in stereo speakers and high-sensitivity and low-noise stereo microphones, which contribute to the high quality of the recording. The microphone amplifier circuitry eliminates interferences such as background noises.

The LS-10 offers multiple options for recording audio and transferring music to the recorder, by employing three audio formats – WAV, MP3, and WMA – that differ mainly in their compression (or lack of). In addition, the device has a Zoom Mic option that uses DiMAGIC Virtual Microphone (DVM) technology by DiMAGIC. The technology enables the user to modify the focus of the sound capture.

The software used for editing – Steinberg Cubase LE4 – supports MIDI music production and accepts plug-ins from Virtual Studio Technology (VST). It can create a virtual mixing panel of up to 48 tracks. The estimated price of the LS-10 is $400.

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More information about the LS-10 can be found at the official Olympus website.