New Recorders: Olympus LS-100 and Tascam DR-100mkII

Olympus and Tascam have announced new and interesting additions to their catalog of portable recorders. Here are the official specs

Olympus LS-100

  • 24 Bit/ 96 KHZ Linear PCM Recording
  • 90-degree directional, stereo condenser microphones
  • Frequency range of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz
  • Max SPL: 140dB
  • Separate audio processor and systems circuitry to maintain a high signal-to-noise ratio. Eliminates cross-channel interference and enables clear signal transmission.
  • XLR/Phantom Power Supply
  • Multi-tracking and editing is a staple of professional recording, and is a technique where multiple separately-recorded sounds are mixed together to create a single stream of sound. On the LS-100, up to 999 tracks can be recorded in the fixed 44.1 kHz/16 bit format for CD writing, and up to eight tracks can be edited simultaneously.
  • Additional functions for music recording including; overdubbing, voice syncing, tuner and metronome.
  • Voice feedback for actions lets the user operate the LS-100 without looking at the display.
  • Voice Activation makes automatic starting and stopping of the recorder an extra benefit that saves time and energy.

Tascam DR-100mkII

  • +4dBu (maximum +24dBu) line input available via XLR jack
  • XLR jack with a locking latch for professional use
  • Better quality uni-directional and omni-directional microphones than the original DR-100
  • Accepts digital input signal from an external digital device via remote jack
  • Improved Mic pre amp with higher gain and lower noise
  • Up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV recording
  • 32 to 320kbps MP3 recording
  • XLR or RCA 1/8” line input
  • S/PDIF digital power
  • Wired/wireless remote control included (RC-10)
  • Limiter and low cut filter
  • Back panel dedicated switches
  • Rugged aluminum casing
  • VSA changes playback speed from -50% to +16%
  • Records to SD or SD-HC card (2GB card included)
  • Mini USB 2.0 jack and cable
  • Large thumbwheel individual gain control
  • Built-in speaker
  • Tripod Mount
  • Included Li-ion battery, windscreen and carrying case