Olympus LS-12 Linear PCM Recorder


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Smart mode enables to anyone to record high-quality recordings. Linear PCM Recorder LS-12 is born
The LS-12 has a new function called smart mode that enables anyone to record high-quality recordings easily. With smart mode, there is no need to resort to difficult manual operation as you can create professional level recordings with just a simple operation. With a maximum sound pressure level of 130dB SPL, which is unprecedented for recorders in this class, there is no clipping even for the loud sounds of drums and other percussion instruments.

Easy manual recording with SMART Mode
Recording outstanding high fidelity audio has never been easier with the LS-12’s SMART recording mode. Simply set the dial to ‘SMART’, press the dedicated recording button and then play with the highest volume during the countdown. The LS-12 will automatically set an appropriate recording level after the countdown. The actual recording shall begin as soon as the countdown finishes.

Maximum sound pressure level of 130dBSPL captures clear sound even in the loudest of environments
The maximum sound pressure level is 130dB SPL, which is unprecedented for recorders in this class.

Useful functions
– Support for optional remote control RS30W
– Support for optional Windjammer WJ4 for reducing wind noise
– Low-cut filter to cut out the noise of air conditioners and other devices
– Pre-recording function for recording from two seconds before the start of recording
– BWF support for adding the date and time of creation to recording files. (PCM) New
– Playback speed adjustable between 50% and 300% without altering the pitch
– Function for setting an interval to skip or reverse-skip
– Convenient file splitting function
– Moving and copying files between internal memory and SD card
– LINE IN jack for recording voice from another device

Additional information

Weight 0.44 kg
Dimensions 18 × 15 × 8 cm



Display type LCD Full Dot Matrix with LED backlight
Display size 1.83 inch


Internal memory 2GB
External memory Max. 32GB (optional)
Storage media SD / SDHC
PC connectivity via USB cable supplied

Device Operation

Main switch Mode Select Dial

Power Supply

Requirements AA alkaline battery x 2, or Ni-MH rechargeable battery x 2 (optional)
External power supply A514 AC Adaptor (optional)
Battery life Approx. 50 hours (Alkaline batteries) (Rec)


Built-in microphone Stereo
Microphone type Directional
Directional characteristic 90 degree outward facing
Microphone sensitivity High / Middle / low
Input level Max. 130dB SPL
Recording format Linear PCM (WAV) / MP3
Recording level setting Manual / SMART mode / Quick mode
Low-cut filter Yes (100Hz/300Hz)
Pre-record function Yes
Overdubbing Yes
Internal microphone frequency 60Hz – 20,000Hz
Overall frequency response [PCM]
96kHz | 20Hz – 44,000Hz
88.2kHz | 20Hz – 42,000Hz
48kHz | 20Hz – 23,000Hz
44.1kHz | 20Hz – 21,000Hz
44.1kHz (mono) | 20Hz – 21,000Hz
320kbps | 20Hz – 20,000Hz
256kbps | 20Hz – 20,000Hz
128kbps | 20Hz – 17,000Hz
64kbps mono | 20Hz – 13,000Hz
Recording Time [PCM]
96kHz/24bit | 40 minutes (approx.)
88.2kHz/24bit | 45 minutes (approx.)
48kHz/16bit | 2 hours, 10 minutes (approx.)
44.1kHz/24bit | 2 hours, 20 minutes (approx.)
44.1kHz mono | 4 hours, 40 minutes (approx.)
320kbps | 10 hours (approx.)
256kbps | 13 hours (approx.)
128kbps | 26 hours (approx.)
64kbps mono | 52 hours (approx.)


Playback speed control Yes
Gapless playback Yes

Editing & Workflow

File copy Yes (folder to folder & internal to external memory)
File move Yes
Time / date information Yes
File divide PCM / MP3
Partial erase Yes (only PCM files)
File erase Erase all files
Erase single files

Additional Functions

Metronome function Yes
Tuner function Yes (chromatic)


Dimensions 138.7mm (H) x 52.5mm (W) x 23.5mm (D)
Weight 170g (including batteries)
Microphone jack Ø3.5mm | Impedance 2kΩ
LINE IN jack (MIC jack) Ø3.5mm | Impedance 10kΩ
EAR jack Ø3.5mm | Impedance 8Ω or more
Maximum headphone output 2mW + 2mW (at load 22Ω)
Speaker Built-in Ø28mm round dynamic speaker
Maximum speaker output 300mW (Speaker 8Ω)
Mounting hole Yes
Compatible OS Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OS X 10.4.11 – 10.8
Wireless remote control Available with RS30W (optional)
Supplied items AA alkaline batteries x 2, USB cable
Languages EN / FR / DE / IT / ES / RU / PL / CS / SV / DA / NL / CN / TW
Compatible OS Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
Mac OS X 10.4.11 – 10.8


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