Olympus introduces LS-7 Linear PCM recorder

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Olympus LS-7

Olympus has announced the LS-7, a compact and simple to use “pocket” linear PCM recorder.

On one hand, the Olympus LS-7 Linear PCM recorder with superior-to-CD quality sound, three sensitive microphones, pre-recording function, and more, is easy to operate. You will find a ton of usefulness packed into a slim package weighing 3.17 ounces. Just turn it on. You will be amazed.

LS-7 features

  • 24 Bit/ 96 kHz linear PCM recording – Sound that’s even better than what you hear on a compact disc. Every nuance of every note and syllable is captured and played back with a rich and resonant quality.
  • 4GB internal memory and removable Micro SD card capability – With 4GB of internal memory you’ll be able to capture hours of music, lectures, and more – and still have room to store documents. For even more storage, the LS-7 is microSD card compatible.
  • 3 microphones (stereo directional mic and center omni directional mic) – The LS-7 employs two condenser stereo mics and a center, omni-directional mic capable of capturing lower bass ranges as low as 20Hz. The 45-degree outward positions of the two condenser mics enable users to record with wider stereo sound.
  • PCM (Wa), MP3 and WMA recording – Select from one of three standard recording formats: WAV, MP3 or WMA. The availability of three compatible formats increases the versatility of decisive, on-the-spot audio recording.
  • Via USB or optional ac adapter for charging battery – With a USB cable or optional AC adapter it is easy to charge your recorder. You can also quickly transfer your files over to your Mac or PC via a USB cable.
  • File divide, move and copy – Divide files and make partial cuts right inside the device. Or, move and copy files between the internal memory and the micro SD card, which makes it easier to switch to a different micro SD card on the go.
  • Recording level setting – Recording preferences can be fine-tuned with a Level function that’s clearly displayed, along with a PEAK indicator, on the recorder’s bright LCD.
  • Voice guidance – Voice feedback for actions lets the user operate the LS-7 without looking at the display.
  • Voice activation – Voice Activation makes automatic starting and stopping of the recorder an extra benefit that saves time and energy.

The LS-7 is expected to ship in March, for an estimated street price of $199.99 USD.

More information: Olympus / LS-7

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Olympus announces LS-11

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Olympus LS-11

Olympus has announced the LS-11, a compact, lightweight powerhouse of audio recording.

Drawing on 40 years of experience, Olympus has put a feature-packed audio studio in one 5-ounce PCM recorder. The LS-11, with two high-sensitivity microphones and 8GB of internal memory, is the star of the show when it comes to capturing and playing back crystal clear audio, whether for personal enjoyment, hobbies, or even important business functions.

LS-11 features

  • 24 bit/96 kHz Linear PCM Recording. Sound that’s even better than what you hear on a compact disc. Every nuance of every note and syllable is captured and played back with a rich and resonant quality.
  • Multiple recording formats: Select from one of three standard recording formats: WAV, MP3 or WMA. The availability of three compatible formats increases the versatility of decisive, on-the-spot audio recording.
  • Responsive Pickup, Precision Design. Two precision condenser microphones capture all the sounds with both heightened sensitivity and reduced noise. Their 90-degree outward placement achieves a wider spectrum of sound capture. And the recorder’s rigid aluminum case minimizes vibration for even extra clarity.
  • 8 GB of internal memory, coupled with as much as 23 hours of battery life, provides many hours of uninterrupted recording. An AC adapter is also available.
  • An extra 32 GB of memory is available with an SD or SDHC card. Move files easily between internal and external memory.
  • At just over five ounces, with an easy-to-operate interface and aesthetically pleasing design, it is a true ‘anywhere-anytime’ portable digital recorder.
  • Two built-in 16mm round dynamic stereo speakers give the small wonder a wonderfully full and vibrant playback. Earphones can also be used.
  • A voice synchronization function enables automatic recording when sounds are detected at a pre-set level. There’s auto stop, too.
  • Recording preferences can be fine-tuned with a Level function that’s clearly displayed, along with a PEAK indicator, on the recorder’s bright LCD.
  • Create Index marks during recording or playback in PCM mode to instantly locate specific portions of the recording that you want to hear.
  • With a new File Edit function, you can partially cut or divide your files.

The LS-11 will be available September 2009 for a suggested retail price of $399 USD.

More information: Olympus

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Short links for May 23rd, 2008

Olympus LS-10

Some interesting things I found on May 23rd, 2008:

# Review: Olympus LS-10 WAV/WMA/MP3 Recorder – Olympus brings its expertise in cameras and voice recorders to the exploding field of portable WAV/MP3 recorders and comes up with some new twists. Guitarist Mark Nelson tests this 24-bit, aluminum-clad beauty and likes what he hears.

Mark writes:

I like the Olympus LS-10 a lot. I’m tickled with the design, ergonomics, audio quality, and the rugged aluminum case. I even like the little carrying case; it’s just big enough for the recorder and a mini tripod.

# Peter Vogel’s Fairlight Audio Archives – A collection of audio material including Fairlight demos, radio interviews and CMI pieces from the eighties. There are even a couple of recordings from the Fairlight CMI's predecessor, the Qasar M8, designed by Tony Furse.

# S T E I M needs your support

Things are not well at STEIM. We are in the danger of losing our structural funding from the government, based on a review from the advisor board which called us ‘closed and only appealing to a niche audience’. The outlook isn’t exactly bleak, but at the moment our future is unclear.

You can help out the creators of the Cracklebox by writing to the Dutch government, more info here.

# Cyclepong 2.0 – Cyclepong is an update of the classic arcade game Pong to use bikes as the controllers.

# Interview: New Virtual Instrument Maker FAW Talks Usability and Design

Peter Kirn writes:

Eoin Rossney, our new writer and contributor to the Kore minisite, got a chance to talk to FAW co-founder Gavin Burke, a fellow Irishman. We’ll have more on the instrument itself soon, but it’s an excellent, coffee-fueled discussion.

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Short links for January 23rd, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on January 23rd, 2008:

Wiimote SiimpleSynth
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Buying a new digital camera

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Lumix® DMC-TZ3K

I’m due for a new digital camera. A few years ago I bought a 5 megapixel Olympus C-5050 Zoom, which at the time set me back about 800 euros.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with this particular camera, but in a few weeks I’ll be going on vacation and I’m looking for a nice little pocket sized camera to document the trip. The C-5050 is just a little too bulky and it always feels like a bit of a hassle to carry around, especially for taking holiday pictures.

Digital cameras have improved quite a lot over the last few years, resulting in increased value-for-money. I was checking the 200-300 euro price range and couldn’t really find any camera that was outright bad. It’s kind of hard picking the best camera with so many models available.

Right now I think I’ll go for the Lumix® DMC-TZ3 (Panasonic), a 7.2-Megapixel camera with a 28mm wide-angle lens, image stabilization and 10x optical zoom.

Anyone have experience with this camera?

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