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New Lines of Olympus Audio Digital Recorders

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 12:52 PM on January 12, 2012

If you are looking for a good digital recorder you maybe in luck. Olympus the market leader in portable digital recording and dictation devices, is introducing three new lines of digital recorders, the WS series, the VN-702PC and the DP-201.

WS Series

The WS series consist of WS-803, the WS-802 and the WS-801. The WS-801 will be approximately $79.00. It will have 2 GB of internal memory for over 514 hours of recording time. There is a calendar search function included, so you can search for recordings by date. It runs on AAA alkaline batteries, The WS-802 will be approximately $99.00. It will also have the Calendar search feature. It will have 4 GB of internal memory for 1,016 hours of recording. It will run on AAA NI-MH rechargeable batteries. It will record in PCM format along with MP3 and WMA. It will comes with stereo headphones and a USB cable. The WS-803 will run approximately $149.00. It will have 8GB of internal memory for up to 2,043 hours of recording time. There are two recording levels auto and manual. In manual mode the sound level is set thru on-screen commands. There is the ability to listen and record radio through the built-in FM tuner. Like the WS-801 and WS-802 the WS-803 has the calendar search feature. It will run on AAA NI-MH batteries. Both the WS-802 and WS 803 will have voice playback, voice balancer, file move, voice changer and noise cancellation. Voice playback allows the user to skip the non-voice portions of a recording and only playback parts with recorded voices, making it easier to transcribe files. Noise cancellation helps to eliminate constant background noises. The voice balancer, will adjust voice levels to compensate for distance. Perfect for interviews where one voice maybe louder than the other, due to the distance from the microphone. The Voice Changer allows users to alter the pitch of a voice. File Move allows users to transfer files from internal memory to external SD cards. All three of the WS series have two internal low noise directional condenser microphones, 1.43 inch backlit LCD screen and Micro SD slot for an additional 32 GB of memory.

DP-201

The DP-201 recorder has 2GB of memory with over 200 hours of standard recording and 98 hours of HQ recording. It has the simplicity of an analog recorder in a digital format. It will run on two AAA batteries for over 80 hours of recording time. The Play, Stop and Record buttons are color coded and easily accessible. The erase button is also clearly marked to prevent accidental erasing. There is a large front speaker and volume control. There is a Playback speed control with rewind and fast forward option. It has a four language display English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. It will run around $34.99.

VN-702PC

The VN-702PC recorder will run $59.99. It has a monaural omni directional condenser microphone. It records in both MP3 and WMA format. It has 2GB of internal memory. There is a Micro SD slot for an additional 32 GB of memory. There is also a calendar search feature. There is a 1.61 baclit screen. Included with the recorder is a case a one AAA alkaline battery and USB cable. It has a built-in stand which makes it great for recording lectures.

The WS series, the DP-201 and the VN-702 PC recorder will be available in March 2012. I’ve been looking for a good digital recorder so I am interested in picking one up and trying it.

Olympus LS-100 Audio Recorder

Posted by Andrew at 7:59 AM on December 19, 2011

Olympus has announced the latest addition to its popular LS series of digital recorders with the addition of the LS-100 linear PCM audio recorder. Aimed at musicians and audio enthusiasts, it comes with a combination of professional interconnects, high quality sound recording, multitracking and extra features in a convenient pocket size.

Olympus LS-100 Audio RecorderIt’s an impressive little device with a matching list of features

- two internal 90-degree directional stereo condenser microphones with a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz and capable of capturing sound pressure levels up to 140 dB (which is about as loud as you’d really want to get).

- uncompressed 24 bit/96 kHz Linear PCM digital recording saved to the internal 4GB memory or on SD (up to 2GB) / SDHC (up to 32GB) / SDXC (up to 64GB) cards.

- separate audio and system circuitry to keep the signal clean.

- low cut filter at either 100 Hz or 300 Hz to eliminate low frequency background noise.

- two quarter-inch XLR / standard phone combo jacks, supporting phantom power at 48/24 volts to power high-quality external microphones.

- 8 track multitracking, with independent volume and pan control.

- tuner and metronome.

- Lissajous measurement which shows the phase difference betweenthe left and right mics.

- direct CD mastering.

- 2″ LCD screen and all-metal body.

The Olympus LS series has been a favourite of musicians, artists and music lovers, and the LS-100 is an evolution in this series designed with the working musician, specifically, in mind,” said Amy Leslie, Sr. Marketing & Business Development Manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “For songwriting sessions, band rehearsals, live performances, broadcasting, or really anything that requires the highest quality of audio recording, the LS-100 is an ideal, all-encompassing recording solution.”

Nevermind all that, it just looks cool. Full details on the LS-100 are here and it will be available from all good stores in February 2012 for $399.