Technology giant unveils successors to its popular LS-5 and LS-11 models, offering a variety of new features.
Olympus unveiled its new LS-12 and LS-14 digital handheld recorders at the Classic Rock Awards in London.
Successors to the popular LS-5 and LS-11 models, the LS-12 and LS-14 (pictured) capture and play back high quality sound at up to 130dB SPL, and offer new onboard directional stereo microphones, as well as amplifier.
One key feature of the recorders is ease of use, as users can set optimal recording levels on a Mode Select Dial located on the face of the device that lets the user cycle through Tuner, Manual, Quick and Smart Modes and eliminates the need to go through menu settings. There are also functions specifically for musicians, including overdub recording, metronome and a chromatic tuner.
The LS-12 is equipped with two new internal 90-degree directional stereo condenser microphones with a frequency response of 60Hz to 20 kHz, allowing it to capture lower bass frequencies. The LS-14 compliments those directional mics with a third omni-directional center 'Tresmic', increasing the frequency response range to 20Hz - 20 kHz. This makes the LS-14 an ideal recorder for very loud environments.
The audio and system circuitry are separated on the Olympus LS-12 and LS-14 to minimise sound degradation and keep the signal true. A switchable low-cut filter enables users to eliminate low frequency sound at two different settings – 100Hz or 300Hz. With this feature, unwanted background noises can be greatly minimised.Article continues below
The LS-12 will hit stores with an RRP of £139.99, while the LS-14 is expected to retail for around £189.99.
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