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Olympus LS-100
  • I wanted to discuss this audio recorder because I did not see any thread on it. I find it strange because during my research for an external audio recorder this looks like the best small/affordable handheld recorder. At $ 400 it is about the same price that many bought the zoom h4n, and looking at the video bellow it is a vastly superior recorder in terms of build, ergonomic and most importantly sound quality.

    The only advantage of the zoom apart from the price now which is more like $ 270, is that it can record 4 track from its 2 xlr and 2 internal mics. But as a filmmaker, I will always choose to have two quality preamps than some crappy zoom ones because most of the time we will use only one microphone. From everything I saw and heard the zoom XLR preamps are very noisy, unfortunately it is those thing/brand/model that gained traction from the early days of hdslr filming that would never go away.

    Furthermore if you look at http://www.avisoft.com/recordertests.htm test, the Ls-100 is at the top part of the list, the best handheld recorder with XLR and better than the Rolland R-26 which is about $ 100 more. The internal microphone seems to be very good quality also. From what I read it had problem of latency for the headphone jack, but Olympus has remedied to that with a firmware update.

    Test of the Olympus Ls-100 compared to the zoom h4

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  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev do you think that we should go back to the other threat because it is only one post? If I post this one there, you will have two post with basically the same thing. What the last threat shows is that there are really not much interest in this recorder, which I find strange for the quality/price ratio.

  • I'll close other one.

  • Ok, you have a good, I would call cinematic example of sound clip of a car and footstep here http://soundcloud.com/ausavim/olympus-ls-100-test-1

    Another interesting podcast with some test comparing the sound devices 744, ls-100 and zoom h4n here http://www.startstop.com/ls100.asp

  • During Photokina I've spoken with one of the Olympus managers who is specialized on the sound recorders. He stressed the sound recording qualities of the LS-100 (PCM recording (24bit/96kHz) / MP3 / BWF; Maximum sound pressure level up to 140dBSPL; Adjustable 100 Hz/300 Hz Low cut filter; Limiter and compressor functions etc.).

    I have also found that the menu interface is rather confusing with all those multiple clicks to start/stop recording, where and how to store the record, etc. I've attempted to record a couple of tracks (with the help of another Olympus assistant) on my own SDHC, but when I came back home the tracks was empty, even though the directories and the .wav-files were created. Evidently somehow the track was recorded only to the internal LS-100 memory (it has 4Gb memory). Possibly, I had to re-format the SD-card prior to use it with the recorder.

    Another thing is that the LS-100 can not record 8 tracks simultaneously. The LS-100 features two channel recording with eight channel playback. Once tracks are recorded; up to 8 tracks can be edited simultaneously, mix-down onboard (overdub via its MTR feature), and even burn directly to a CD without a PC connection.

    Talking about the PC-software, at Photokina Olympus was advertising the partnership with German multimedia software company MAGIX, stressing the "intuitive editing of video material and effortless synchronization of the multi-track recordings." The MAGIX Video deluxe 2013 (Plus and Premium versions only) allows Automatic synchronisation of two cameras recordings via the audio track. I am not sure though what in this case "the partnership" means, since you can use the MAGIX Video deluxe with any cameras and sound recorders, while the software is not included together with the purchase of LS-100 and costs the additional ~100€ for the Plus, and ~130€ for the Premium versions, http://www.magix.com/us/movie-edit-pro/

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