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Olympus LS-12 and LS-14: High performance audio recording meets unparalleled operating ease

01/08/2013 • Professional simplicity. Enjoy capturing audio in high quality more easily than ever. With the LS-12 and LS-14 Linear PCM audio recorders, Olympus delivers two new models that not only impress due to their pro performance attributes and diverse range of functions including tuner, metronome and overdubbing capabilities – they also provide for effortless operation. A prominent mode select dial lets users swiftly choose between the Tuner, Quick and Manual modes plus the innovative Smart mode, which returns professional results thanks to intelligently analysing sound over a set interval and then automatically setting the optimal levels. Two high quality directional microphones ensure exceptional recording quality. The LS-14 additionally features a Tresmic system, which impresses due to its outstanding natural bass capturing capabilities. Moreover, recordings are assured to be as pure as their source – with each model capable of handling audio to an ear-splitting sound pressure level of 130dBspl, without clipping. The Olympus LS-12 and LS-14 will become available from January 2013 and will be priced at €219.99 and €159.99 respectively.


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Smart and simple

Switch it on, turn the dial and start recording. The eye-catching Olympus LS-12 and LS-14 make it that simple to record in professional quality. The mode dial lets users choose between the tuner and three recording modes – Quick, Manual and Smart. No volume adjustments are necessary in Quick mode thanks to Automatic Gain Control (AGC) – making it ideal for recording quick memos. In Manual mode, users have complete control of levels – even during recording. The clever Smart mode, meanwhile, automatically adjusts to the best levels to ensure professional results: it detects the maximum volume input during a set time interval and optimises the recording level. Recording then automatically commences once the interval has elapsed. A clear user interface complements these recorders with intuitive icons and multiple screens on the 1.75” (4.45cm) backlit display to ensure easy operation.

Clear and powerful sound

Superior sound is what you expect from Olympus and the LS-12 and LS-14 uphold this tradition admirably – recording in professional, uncompressed 96kHz/24bit Linear PCM quality, which far surpasses 44.1kHz/16bit CD quality audio, or in the popular MP3 format. The LS-12 incorporates two high performance directional microphones with a frequency response of 60-20,000Hz. The LS-14 boasts a “Tresmic” system, which incorporates an improved third, omni-directional mic placed in the centre. The result is a wide frequency range, which extends to as low as 20Hz to ensure natural bass recording. Both models support faithful audio capture up to a sound pressure level of 130dBspl that ensures clipping is not an issue even when recording extremely loud sources.

Musical maestro

A true companion for musicians, the LS-12 and LS-14 include a chromatic tuner to keep you in key. Users also have the option to depict waveforms on the built-in screen. This provides the opportunity, for example, to check whether a stable pitch has been played and held over a certain timeframe. Meanwhile, the metronome function, indicated by a flashing LED, will keep you in time. Overdubbing lets users record over a file or section of music while listening to it, which is then saved together as a new file. Furthermore, tracks can be divided and then incremented to assist in getting the track just right – with the LS-14 also enabling on-unit trimming.

The Olympus LS-12 comes with 2GB of internal memory, the LS-14 with 4GB. Both models additionally boast an SD/SDHC slot (up to 32GB) for added versatility. A tripod hole on the back of these units also allows for easy attachment to tripods or the CL2 Stand Clip (included with the LS-14).

These new Olympus models represent the perfect tools for amateur musicians or any other user looking for a high performance audio recorder with exceptional operating ease. The LS-12 comes in gunmetal grey, the LS-14 in black. They become available from January 2013 and will retail at €159.99 and €219.99 respectively.

Main Features LS-12 and LS-14:

  • High quality stereo microphones (additional omni-directional microphone (TRESMIC) LS-14)
  • Professional PCM recording (24bit/96kHz) / MP3 / BWF
  • Sound pressure level up to 130dBSPL
  • Frequency characteristics of built in microphones: 20Hz to 20kHz (LS-14); 60Hz to 20kHz (LS-12)
  • Pre-recording function
  • Essential music functions: tuner, metronome, overdubbing, partial delete and trimming* (*LS-14)
  • Track increment: divide file during recording
  • Playback speed control from 50-300%
  • Outstanding battery life: up to 50hrs (LS-12) / 46hrs (LS-14 with 3 mics on)
  • Voice Guidance (LS-14)
  • LS-14: stand clip (CL2) and case included
  • Optional Wireless Remote Controller (RS30W)

Product specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check the Olympus website at for the latest specifications.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Un-Hee Lee
Olympus Europa Holding GmbH
Tel.: +49-40-237-73-5867