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AXOLOGY: Olympus LS-10 Brings Pro Audio to Handheld Recorders

phase-correct recording.

Like most other handhelds, the LS-10 can record in MP3, WAV and WMA formats. Unlike most other handhelds, it can also make studio-grade PCM recordings at up to 96kHz/24-bit quality. (That means “really good” for those of you a few bits short in the digital music department.)

The LS-10 runs for up to 12 hours on two AA batteries, and it has a 2-gig flash memory, enough to record, say, two gigs at the CD-standard 44.1/16-bit recording mode. Should you need more memory, the LS-10 accepts those postage-stamp-sized SD memory cards.

While the unit sports a tiny speaker and earphone jack, most users will undoubtedly want to transfer their recordings to a computer. For that, the LS-10 has a USB 2.0 connection and even comes with Cubase4 LE sound-editing software (though the files can be edited in any digital-recording or wave-editing application).

All in all, it’s a serious package with a serious price tag: $449.95. Obviously, some of us will have to continue hating cassettes a little longer.

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Christopher Scapelliti
Christopher Scapelliti

Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.