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MUSIC & SOUND RECORDERS LS-100

Introducing the high quality sound of the linear PCM LS-100 recorder, with a max. sound pressure resistance of 140 dB SPL, and multi-track support

The new flagship model LS-100 is the pinnacle of sound quality in the Olympus LS series of linear PCM recorders that continue to be praised for their excellent sound quality. The microphone and amplifier circuits have been completely redesigned to achieve superior frequency response and a maximum sound pressure level of 140dB SPL. The result is astounding sound of the highest quality. This model also comes with phantom power compatible XLR and standard phone combo jacks. With features such as multitrack recording/editing, metronome and tuner functions, this premium model will also meet the highest expectations of professionals and musicians.

Technology to achieve ultra high quality sound

The microphone and amplifier circuits have been completely redesigned to achieve superior frequency response and a maximum sound pressure level of 140dB SPL. The result is astounding ultra high quality sound.

Price: $499

Special Price: $485

XLR and phone combo jacks

This model comes with phantom power compatible XLR and standard phone combo jacks. Professional functions are also included such as a lissajous function for detecting, adjusting, and reproducing phase difference.

Multitrack functionality brings fun to the creative process

Multitrack recording allows you to mix together multiple, separately recorded, sound sources to create a single stream of sound. A class-leading maximum of eight tracks per project is possible. Now you can enjoy fully fledged song writing in an accessible format.

Useful functions

Professional videos combined with hifi sound: The LS-100 Linear PCM Recorder and Olympus OM-D

Overdubbing for recording sound on top of existing recorded data.

Metronome function serves as a rhythm guide during recording and can also be used when practicing an instrument.

Tuner function enables fine tuning

4GB of internal memory and SD card slot supporting 64GB SDXC cards

Support for variety of recording formats MP3 and PCM up to 96kHz/24bit.

Conversion of recorded linear PCM (WAV) data to MP3 in the recorder.

Limiter and compressor function useful for preventing clipping during recording with manual level setting.

Microphone ‘gain’ function for changing the input sensitivity

Low-cut filter cuts lower frequency sound at two levels

Pre-recording function for recording from two seconds before the start of recording

Playback speed adjustable between 50% and 400% without altering the pitch

Segment repeat function for playing back a section of a file repeatedly

Both AC/USB internal charging are available.

Voice guide function for notifying of operating conditions by voice

Convenient file splitting function

Support for optional remote control RS30W

V-Sync.Rec for voice sync recording

Audio CD output function for connecting an external USB CD drive to the recorder and then writing recording files to CDs.

Basic Information

Product Name
LS-100
Box Contents
Strap, USB Cable, USB Adapter Connector, USB AC Adapter (A514), Lithium-ion Battery (LI-50B), Instruction Manual

Features

Technology to achieve ultra high-quality sound

The microphone and amplifier circuits have been completely redesigned to achieve superior frequency response and a maximum sound pressure level of 140dB SPL. The result is astounding, ultra high quality sound.

Newly designed high-performance directional stereo microphones with 90° layout

To get the most out of basic performance such as frequency response and directional characteristics, focus was placed on the size of the microphone casings and the shape of the openings. The left and right microphone units are angled outward at a 90 degrees angle to achieve a stereo sound with a natural ambience.


  • A. Microphone case
    B. Screen mesh
    C. Side net
    D. Microphone unit
    E. Shock absorber
    F. Microphone holder

Optimally designed microphone chambers reduce unwanted reflected sound

Optimally designed microphone chambers keep the production of unwanted reflected sound (noise) to a minimum.

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz

The superbly designed microphones and circuits have a wide frequency response. The result of this is a recorder with rich sound quality that excels at reproducing low frequencies, such as the sound of bass drums and bass guitars.

High-quality sound amplifier circuit with low noise and high S/N ratio

To transfer and amplify the sounds captured by the microphones as faithfully as possible, Olympus’ design focuses on sound quality in its signal processing circuitry. The amplifier components include independent low noise and distortion amplifier signals for the left and right channels. Eliminating cross-channel interference enables clear signal transmission and achieves a high signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio. Analogue circuits, which perform delicate processing of the electric signals that affect subtle nuances in the sound, include isolated power supply circuits. This reduces the minute interference from the power supply to help improve the S/N ratio. In addition, the boards for system control (digital) and audio have been separated to prevent interference noise and achieve low-noise signal transmission.

  • Audio circuit board

    A. Capless class-D amplifier for speaker

    B. Microphone amplifier

    C. Audio circuit-dedicated power circuit

    D. Instrumentation amplifier for XRL input

    E. Audio control IC (codec)

    F. Class-G amplifier for earphone

  • System circuit board

    A. Multimedia processor

    B. Power manager IC

Impressive maximum sound pressure level of 140 dB SPL breaking the mould of conventional recorders

If sound that exceeds the maximum sound pressure level of the recorder is recorded, clipping will occur even if the recording level is decreased. Previously, measures such as moving the microphone further away from the sound source were required, however depending on the recording environment this would not always produce a good result. For that reason, we have made sure that the LS-100 achieves the highest maximum sound pressure level for a recorder of 140 dB SPL. This is a level that was previously unthinkable with conventional recorders. It means that the explosive sound of rock music or loud sound of drums can be recorded without clipping.

Examples of sound pressure levels of musical instruments and music

110dB Alto sax, piano (professional), vocal (amateur), brass instruments
120dB Tenor sax, vocal (professional), live club performance, orchestra
130dB Rock band concert, percussion, conga, drums, etc.

XLR and phone combo jacks

24V/48V phantom power compatible XLR and standard phone combo jacks

The LS-100 comes with 24V/48V phantom power compatible XLR and standard phone combo jacks. This means that you can connect a guitar, bass, keyboard, or other musical instrument directly to the LS-100. The recorder incorporates an independent instrumentation amplifier so noise is reduced to achieve a high S/N ratio even when a very long cable is used.


  • XLR and phone combo jacks placed at the
    bottom

Connecting a musical instrument

When connecting a monaural device, connect it to the L combo jack. Connect a musical instrument that outputs stereo such as a keyboard to both the L and R combo jacks.


  • * Recommended to connect via an amplifier.

Connecting a microphone

When connecting a dynamic microphone or condenser microphone, connect it to either the L or R combo jack. When phantom power is required, turn on the XLR Power switch for the XLR and standard phone combo jack to which the microphone is connected.

Independent adjustment of left and right recording levels

The recording levels can be finely adjusted even if different devices are connected to the left and right XLR/standard phone combo jacks.

Lissajous function for detecting and adjusting the phase difference of the left and right XLR microphones

This function automatically measures the phase distance to determine the distance between the microphones and the sound source for studio recording and other applications. You can adjust or reproduce the recording conditions by adjusting the position and orientation of the XLR microphones while checking the Lissajous waveforms.

Multitrack functionality brings fun to the creative process

Multitrack recording allows you to mix together multiple separately-recorded sound sources to create a single stream of sound. A class-leading maximum of eight tracks per project is possible. Now you can enjoy full-fledged song writing in an accessible format.

Multitrack recording and editing facilitates high-level recording

Multitrack recording allows you to mix together multiple, separately recorded, sound sources to create a single stream of sound. A class-leading maximum of eight tracks per project is possible. Now you can enjoy fully fledged song writing in an accessible format.

Example of using multitrack recording

The following is an example of creating a one-person band by playing various instruments in succession and then mixing the recordings together.

Track 1: Record the drums

Record the drums first on Track 1 to set the tempo of the performance. Connect headphones to check the exact tempo with the metronome function.

Track 2: Record the bass.

Record the bass on Track 2 while listening to the drums of Track 1. Any mistakes or corrections will not affect Track 1 so you can re-record as many times as you want.

Track 3: Record the guitar.

Record the guitar on Track 3 while playing back either just Track 1 or both Track 1 and Track 2.

Track 4: Record the vocals.

Record the vocals on Track 4 while playing back Tracks 1 to 3 that you recorded up to now. You can even record additional tracks for the sub vocals of the chorus and harmonic parts yourself.

  • Simultaneous editing of up to eight tracks

    Up to eight tracks can be mixed at the same time. All operations are possible with the screen level meters including using the mute function to turn on or off each track, using the volume controls to adjust the volume balance of parts, and using the left and right balance (pan function) to adjust the positional relationship of musical instruments, so anybody can make music they will be satisfied with.


  • A. Mute
    B. Sound volume
    C. Left and right balance

Bounce (mixing down tracks)

Output up to 8 tracks to a single stereo audio file.

Writing to CD and MP3 conversion

The completed audio file can be written to a data CD in a directly connected commercially available CD drive. You can also convert the file to MP3 and then distribute it over the Internet via a PC.

Useful functions

Professional videos combined with hifi sound: The LS-100 Linear PCM Recorder and Olympus OM-D[*]

While the OM-D already offers impressive audio recording capabilities, anyone who wishes to record in hifi quality should make use of an external Linear PCM audio recorder, such as the one from the Olympus LS series. Connect the Olympus OM-D E-M1/E-M5 Mark II and the Olympus LS-100 with a separately available audio cable. The LS-100 records in the highest possible audio quality while the camera captures the video images in Full HD splendor. Use the enclosed USB cable for synchronised PCM audio and video movie recording. The recorder can be easily connected to the camera hot-shoe using a separately available adapter. The LS-100 can generate a quick “slate tone,” which adds a simultaneous quick tone to both the audio track on the PCM recorder and in-camera audio, making the separate audio tracks easy to sync up in post-production.

Compatible cameras: Olympus OM-D E-M1, E-M5 Mark II (As of November 2015)

User guide: How to use the “slate tone” feature (PDF)

Overdubbing for recording sound on top of existing recorded data

Existing recorded data can be overdubbed. While similar to the multitrack function, this is a way to enjoy overdubbing in a simpler and more direct way. For private enjoyment, you can even use sources such as music CDs to make an original recording in which you perform together with pro musicians. This is also a useful feature for karaoke-type uses, for adding sound effects such as the bustle of the city, train sounds or bird calls, and for adding subtle arrangements on top of existing data to make something original.


  • A. Recorded sound
    B. Overdubbing
    C. Original sound

  • Metronome function serves as a rhythm guide during recording and can also be used when practicing an instrument

    There is a metronome function that can be used for practicing an instrument as well as a rhythm guide during recording.

    Metronome settings

    Count down / Tempo / Rhythm pattern / Sound / Volume

  • Normal metronome screen / Screen for recording while listening to the metronome

Tuner function enables fine tuning

This function includes Calibration, Chromatic Tuner and Guitar and Bass Mode, enabling you to perform accurate tuning according to the type of instrument.

  • Calibration Reference pitch A can be adjusted between 435Hz and 445Hz in 1Hz increments.

  • Chromatic Tuner supports all the musical scales and allows you to tune your instrument by adjusting the deviation between the input instrument sound and the reference tone.

  • Guitar and Bass Mode Easily tune your instrument by plucking a single note.

4GB of internal memory and SD card slot supporting 64GB SDXC cards

The LS-100 includes 4GB of internal memory and an external memory slot with support for the very versatile SD, SDHC, and SDXC (up to 64GB) cards.

Support for variety of recording formats including 96kHz/24bit linear PCM and MP3

Support is included for both the 96kHz/24bit linear PCM (WAV) format for high quality recording and playback with a dynamic range surpassing that of music CDs, and the extremely versatile MP3 format.

Conversion of recorded linear PCM (WAV) data to MP3 in the recorder

The LS-100 includes a function is for converting Linear PCM WAV format files to MP3 files with a bit rate of 128kbps. This allows you to decrease the size of large WAV files.

Limiter and compressor function useful for preventing clipping during manual recording

The limiter function that allows you to adjust the recording level manually, and suppresses distortion caused by sudden loud sounds. There is also a compressor function for compressing while maintaining the overall balance.

Microphone gain function for changing the input sensitivity

The input sensitivity can be changed to match your recording environment or intended purpose. This function supports not only manual mode but also auto mode.

Low cut filter cuts noise in two steps

You can use the low cut filter to cut the noise in two steps according to the types of noise, such as that of an air conditioner, projector, and wind.

Cut low frequency noise of 300 Hz or less: Cutting of various types of low-frequency noises.
Cut low frequency noise of 100 Hz or less: Used when you want to cut, for example, the air conditioner noise that interferes with the recording of the low frequency sound.

Pre-recording function for recording from two seconds before the start of recording

Pre-recording is a function which begins recording from up to two seconds before the start of recording. For example, when recording a small bird singing, this function will start recording up to two seconds before the bird starts singing when the record button is pressed at the moment the bird starts singing.

Playback speed adjustable between 50% and 400% without altering the pitch

The playback speed can be changed between 50% and 400% without changing the pitch of playback.

Segment repeat function for playing back a section of a file repeatedly

The Segment Repeat function allows you to repeatedly play back one section of the file being played.

Convenient internal charging enables charging even with a USB connection

The battery can be charged while it is still in the recorder. You can also connect the recorder to a PC via USB to charge the battery from the power supplied from the PC.

Voice guide function for notification of operating conditions by voice

This convenient feature gives audio announcements of recorder operating conditions.

Convenient file splitting function

Large files or files with long recording times can be split.

Support for optional remote control RS30W

You can use the dedicated remote control RS30W (sold separately) to start and stop recording remotely.

V-Sync.Rec for voice sync recording

Voice sync recording is a function to start recording automatically upon detection of a voice higher than a pre set voice sync level (detection level), and stop recording automatically when the voice becomes low.

Audio CD output function for connecting an external USB CD drive to the recorder and then writing recording files to CDs

PCM (WAV) files recorded with the recorder can be directly written to a CD in an external CD drive.


Specifications


Recorders

Simultaneous recording of tracks Recorder Mode: 2
Multitrack Mode: 2
Simultaneous playback of tracks Recorder Mode: 2
Multi Recorder Mode: 8
Maximum recording file size Linear PCM format: 2GB
MP3 format: 4GB

Recording formats

Linear PCM format 96.0kHz/24bit, 96.0kHz/16bit
88.2kHz/24bit, 88.2kHz/16bit
48.0kHz/24bit, 48.0kHz/16bit
44.1kHz/24bit, 44.1kHz/16bit
44.1kHz/mono
MP3 format 320kbps
256kbps
128kbps
64kbps (mono)

Recording Media

Internal memory 4GB
SD card SD card (512MB – 2GB)
SDHC card (4GB – 32GB)
SDXC card (32GB – 64GB)

Metronome

Metronome sound sources 2
Odd meter 1/1, 1/4 to 8/4, 6/8
Tempo 40 – 208 BPM

Tuner

Tuner type Calibration, Chromatic, Guitar, Bass
Calibration range 435Hz to 445Hz (1Hz steps)

Data type

Linear PCM format (WAV) Quantization bit rate: 16/24-bit
Sampling frequency: 44.1/48.0/88.2/96.0kHz
MP3 format Bit rate: 320/256/128/64kbps
Sampling frequency: 44.1kHz

Signal processing

[AD/DA conversion] 16/24bit, 44.1/48.0/88.2/96.0kHz

Display

2.0-inch colour LCD monitor

Input

Built-in microphone Directional microphone
MIC/LINE input Mini stereo phone jack
MIC : Input impedance 10kΩ
LINE : Input impedance 12.5kΩ

XLR/standard phone inputs

XLR (balanced input)
standard phone (unbalanced input) combo jacks
XLR : Input impedance 10kΩ
Phone : Input impedance 10kΩ

Output

EAR jack 3.5mm, impedance 8Ω or more
10mW+10mW (when 16Ω load)
Built-in speaker Built-in 28mm dynamic speaker 430mW (8Ω)

Phantom power

48V, 24V, and OFF; L/R channels: 20mA or less in total

USB

USB2.0 High Speed mass storage operation, audio interface operation

Power supply

Olympus lithium ion battery (LI-50B)
External power supply: AC adapter (A514) (5V DC)

External dimensions

159.0 x 70.0 x 33.5mm (excluding largest projections)

Weight

280g (including lithium ion batteries)

Reference input level

Input source Microphone gain Level value
Built-in microphone HI 74dBSPL
MID 94dBSPL
LOW 114dBSPL
MIC HI -58dBV
MID -47dBV
LOW -27dBV
LINE -6dBV
XLR (balanced input) HI -58dBu
LOW -38dBu
Standard phone(unbalanced input) -32dBu

Frequency response

When recording/playback (when recording via the MIC/LINE/PHONE/XLR input)

Recording mode Frequency response
Linear PCM format 96.0 kHz/24bit 20Hz – 44kHz
96.0 kHz/16bit 20Hz – 44kHz
88.2 kHz/24bit 20Hz – 40kHz
88.2 kHz/16bit 20Hz – 40kHz
48.0 kHz/24bit 20Hz – 23kHz
48.0 kHz/16bit 20Hz – 23kHz
44.1 kHz/24bit 20Hz – 21kHz
44.1 kHz/16bit 20Hz – 21kHz
44.1 kHz/mono 20Hz – 21kHz
MP3 format 320 kbps 50Hz – 20kHz
256 kbps 50Hz – 20kHz
128 kbps 50Hz – 17kHz
64 kbps (mono) 50Hz – 8kHz

When recording with built-in stereo microphone

*The upper limit of the frequency response depends on the recording mode when recording in MP3 format (see the table above).

Linear PCM format 20Hz – 20kHz

Approximate recording times
Linear PCM format

Recording Mode Built-in memory (4GB) SD card
8GB 16GB 32GB 64GB
96kHz24bit Approx. 1 hour 35 min Approx. 3 hours 40 min Approx. 7 hours 15 min Approx. 14 hours 55 min Approx. 30 hours
96kHz16bit Approx. 2 hours 15 min Approx. 5 hours 30 min Approx. 10 hours 30 min Approx. 22 hours Approx. 45 hours
88.2kHz24bit Approx. 1 hour 40 min Approx. 4 hours Approx. 7 hours 45 min Approx. 16 hours Approx. 32 hours 30 min
88.2kHz16bit Approx. 2 hours 30 min Approx. 6 hours Approx. 11 hours 30 min Approx. 24 hours Approx. 49 hours
48kHz24bit Approx. 3 hours Approx. 7 hours 15 min Approx. 14 hours 30 min Approx. 29 hours 30 min Approx. 60 hours
48kHz16bit Approx. 4 hours 45 min Approx. 11 hours Approx. 21 hours 30 min Approx. 44 hours 30 min Approx. 90 hours
44.1kHz24bit Approx. 3 hours 15 min Approx. 8 hours Approx. 15 hours 30 min Approx. 32 hours Approx. 65 hours
44.1kHz16bit Approx. 5 hours Approx. 12 hours Approx. 23 hours 30 min Approx. 48 hours 30 min Approx. 98 hours
44.1kHzmono Approx. 10 hours Approx. 24 hours Approx. 47 hours Approx. 97 hours Approx. 196 hours

MP3 format

*Use the values above as a rough guide only.

*The possible recording time may be shorter than the above when repeated short recordings are made (use the possible recording time and elapsed recording time indications as a rough guide only).

*The possible recording time also varies due to the differences in the available memory space of different SD cards.

*When the number of bits and bitrate is low, caution is required because the possible recording time will differ significantly.

Recording Mode Built-in memory (4GB) SD card
8GB 16GB 32GB 64GB
320 kbps Approx. 22 hours 30 min Approx. 53 hours Approx. 104 hours Approx. 214 hours Approx. 432 hours
256 kbps Approx. 28 hours 30 min Approx. 66 hours 30 min Approx. 130 hours Approx. 268 hours Approx. 540 hours
128 kbps Approx. 57 hours Approx. 133 hours Approx. 261 hours Approx. 537 hours Approx. 1081 hours
64 kbps (mono) Approx. 114 hours Approx. 267 hours Approx. 522 hours Approx. 1074 hours Approx. 2163 hours

Approximate battery duration
Lithium-ion rechargeable battery: (linear PCM format)

Recording mode When recording with built-in stereo microphone When playing back through headphones
96kHz24bit Approx. 9 hours 30 min Approx. 12 hours 30 min
96kHz16bit Approx. 11 hours Approx. 12 hours 30 min
88.2kHz24bit Approx. 10 hours Approx. 13 hours 30 min
88.2kHz16bit Approx. 11 hours 15 min Approx. 14 hours
48kHz24bit Approx. 11 hours Approx. 14 hours
48kHz16bit Approx. 12 hours 15 min Approx. 14 hours 15 min
44.1kHz24bit Approx. 11 hours 30 min Approx. 15 hours 45 min
44.1kHz16bit Approx. 12 hours 30 min Approx. 16 hours 15 min
44.1kHzmono Approx. 12 hours 30 min Approx. 17 hours 30 min

Lithium ion rechargeable battery: (MP3 format)

Recording mode When recording with built-in stereo microphone When playing back through headphones
320 kbps Approx. 11 hours 15 min Approx. 15 hours
256 kbps Approx. 11 hours 30 min Approx. 15 hours 30 min
128 kbps Approx. 11 hours 45 min Approx. 16 hours 15 min
64 kbps (mono) Approx. 12 hours 30 min Approx. 16 hours 15 min

*Use the values above as a rough guide only.

*The battery duration was tested in accordance with the Olympus testing method. It will significantly vary depending on the operating conditions.

*Specifications are subject to change without notice.

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