by Christopher Walsh
Olympus' LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder.The field of portable, high-resolution digital recorders has become a bit more crowded with the introduction of the LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder from Olympus, a top player in the professional dictation market and manufacturer of cameras, binoculars and other products for consumer, medical and industrial applications.
"We have been an active participant in the recording industry for quite a long period of time," explains Andy Flagg, director of sales & marketing, Audio Products Group, Olympus Imaging America. "Olympus introduced the first micro-cassette recorder in the world and has been producing micro-cassette recorders for more than 30 years. In addition, Olympus has been very aggressive in the deployment and introduction of digital voice recorders over the last seven years. In addition to that, Olympus is also very active in the professional side of the equation with a series of dictation devices for the verticals of medical, legal, insurance and law enforcement."
To promote the launch of the LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder, Olympus is sponsoring Steven Van Zandt's nationally syndicated radio show, Little Steven’s Underground Garage. Olympus Imaging America will also exhibit at the NAMM Show, Jan. 17-20 at the Anaheim Convention Center (Hall E, booth #1689).
The LS-10 offers 24-bit/96kHz recording; WAV, MP3 and WMA recording and playback and an SD removable media card slot, as well as a 2-gigabyte built-in memory. The LS-10 also features an aluminum body, built-in speakers and a remote jack for optional wireless remote controller. The manufacturer claims 10 hours of battery life.
Also included are Steinberg Cubase LS 4; a carrying case, USB cable, audio cable, wind screen, two AA batteries and strap. In addition to the remote controller, optional accessories include the Olympus ME30W 2-channel microphone kit, an AC adapter, carrying bag, tripod, rechargeable battery and charger, zoom microphone, and head set.
The LS-10, carrying a retail price of $399.99, is available as of January 2008, according to the manufacturer.
"Quality is becoming more and more important to the end user," says Flagg, "whether they're using it as a voice recorder; whether they're using it as a device for practice purposes as a musician; whether they are a naturist and looking to record live sound to go with the photographic work that they may be doing onto Olympus, because of its quality as an imaging company as well; or it could be from an electronic news gathering segment where they're looking for even higher quality and the ability to work with removable media as an option as well as internal media.
"There are a lot of different opportunities," Flagg continues, "but it all comes back to quality. A lot of it comes back to intuitiveness from a design standpoint, and ease of use. I think that when you look at the product in its totality, it really breaks new ground, because of the host of features. Given our technology and history of making very, very high-quality digital recorders, we feel that we will be very successful in this category."
Olympus Imaging America