New WS Series Recorders: Cutting Edge Innovation at Competive Prices

We’re proud to announce the addition of the WS-600S, WS-700M and WS-710M to our line of recorders. Check out the specs on these cool new products:

WS-600S features:
•    27.5 x 23.9mm LCD screen (30-percent increase)
•    2GB of internal memory
•    529 hours of recording time
•    WMA and MP3 recording formats and file divide
•    Built-in USB port for direct connect to PC
•    Scene Select function
•    High-quality stereo microphones
•    Playback speed control
•    VCVA, Multiple Language and Index Marks functions
•    Colors: Metallic silver

WS-700M features:
•    27.5 x 23.9mm LCD screen (30-percent increase)
•    4GB of internal memory
•    1058 hours of recording time
•    microSD card slot (up to 16GB)WMA, MP3 and PCM recording formats and file divide
•    Built-in USB port for direct connect to PC
•    Scene Select function
•    USB battery charge
•    High-quality stereo microphones
•    Playback speed control
•    VCVA, Multiple Language and Index Marks functions
•    Noise Cancellation feature
•    Colors: Metallic gray, navy or red

WS-710M features:
•    27.5 x 23.9mm LCD screen (30-percent increase)
•    8GB of internal memory
•    2122 hours of recording time
•    microSD card slot (up to 16GB)
•    WMA, MP3 and PCM recording formats and file divide
•    Built-in USB port for direct connect to PC
•    FM Tuner
•    Scene Select function
•    USB battery charge
•    High-quality stereo microphones
•    Playback speed control
•    VCVA, Multiple Language and Index Marks functions
•    Noise Cancellation feature
•    Olympus Sonority Software
•    Directional microphone
•    Colors: Metallic black

The WS-600S, WS-700M and WS-710M digital audio recorders will be available in September 2010. Each will include a carrying case, one rechargeable AAA alkaline battery, an instruction manual and an Olympus warranty card. The WS-700M and WS-710M also will come with a USB extension cable and earphones.

U.S. PRICING WS-600S Estimated Street Price: $79.99 WS-700M Estimated Street Price: $99.99 WS-710M Estimated Street Price: $149.99

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The World’s First Microcassette Recorder!

The year was 1969 and technological innovation was in high gear. The Boeing 747 took off on its maiden voyage, thus sealing the deal on high-volume commercial flight. The first message was sent over ARPANET, the forerunner to the internet, ultimately changing the shape of global communications. And, of course, Apollo 11 put man on the moon. Most people are aware of these great technological feats but few know of Olympus’ contribution to the technological landscape. The very same year we unleashed the first microcassette recorder on the world, the Zuiko Pearlcorder, which helped to increase productivity for thousands upon thousands of businesses.

Using the familiar 2.25″ x 1.5″ microcassette as a point of reference, this recorder was fairly large and hardly “micro” compared to current technologies. Still, versus other available dictations solutions, the Zuiko Pearlcorder was pretty portable. Of course, we must give credit to the fashion czars of the ’60s and ’70s for providing such large pockets to accommodate our recorder.

We’ve come a long way since the development of this recorder but I wanted to take just a moment to recognize our very first voice recorder. If you’ve ever owned one of these recorders we’d love to hear your Pearlcorder story.

LS-10 vs. LS-11: What’s The Difference?

Lately I’ve come across a good number of people asking what the difference is between our LS-10 and LS-11 Linear PCM Recorders. It’s time I answered this question once and for all.

From a quality standpoint there is almost no difference between these two units. Both feature the same high-sensitivity, 16mm cardoid microphones and offer 24 bit/96 kHz linear PCM recording quality. There is a difference in frequency response (70Hz – 20 KHz for the LS-10 and 60Hz -20Khz for the LS-11) which helps to resolve some of the bass roll-off concerns we’ve heard from our musician base of users. Otherwise, the differences between these recorders are all about convenience. In a nutshell, here’s what the LS-11 features that the LS-10 does not:

  • The ability to copy internal files to SD. Simple file management.
  • The ability to edit and move files on the recorder. You can partially cut or divide your files.
  • Voice synchronization enables automatic recording when sounds are detected at a preset level.
  • Extended battery life. Up to 23 hours.
  • Gapless playback.
  • More internal memory. 8 GB expandable to 32 GB with an SD or SDHC card.

That’s really all it comes down to. Whatever your recording requirements, if you demand high quality audio, either of these recorders will serve you well.

To hear some audio files captured on the LS series check out our What We Sound Like: Music page. If you’d like to learn and hear more about these recorders the fine folks at FrequencyCast have put together a superb review of both recorders. Check it out here.

Digital Voice Recording Applications – vol. 2: Health

As we continue our series on uses you may never have thought of for digital voice recorders, I’d like to introduce you to some health-related applications. The key to this particular installment is that our recorders, unlike humans, have a memory that never forgets.

1) Sometimes going to the doctor’s office can be confusing and stressful.  Naturally, your head may be elsewhere when doctors and nurses give counsel and advice. Having a recorder on hand ensures that you’ll be able to refer to all of those critical details at a later time. I find this handy when my aging father heads off to a doctor’s appointment that I cannot attend. I like to be able to get his side of the story and then verify it against the doctor’s actual advice.

2) Before you even schedule an appointment with a doctor, your recorder will allow you to keep track of your symptoms so you can recall all of the important little details. Already into recovery phase? Keep track of your progress for your next visit.

3) If you take more than a couple of prescription drugs regularly you know how important it is to understand their interactions. Recording your pharmacist’s advice or instructions will allow you to refer back regularly so you can medicate safely.

4) On a diet? You know how difficult and inconvenient it is to pull out a pen and paper and log what you eat. At the same time, most experts agree that creating a log provides eating awareness that’s helpful for achieving your goal. Grab your recorder, make a quick note and transfer to your written log at the end of the day. This is especially helpful when following the Weight Watchers program.

5) When seeing a therapist there’s nothing more comforting than knowing that he/she is with you when you most need it. Record your sessions and you can have your therapist with you 24-7.

These are just a few of the many medical-related uses for digital handheld recorders. If you have any additional ideas you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you.

Olympus LS-10/11 versus Sony PCM-M10

Recently, I’ve become a fan of the theatre of noise blog published by Robin Parmar.  While Robin covers a variety of topics on his blog, one of the things I really enjoy is his reviews of voice recording gear. His reviews are quite thorough while remaining fair and balanced. Through various social spaces I often see requests for side-by-side reviews of our LS series of recorders versus competitive products. Well, yesterday I came across what I believe is one of the finest reviews of the LS-10/11 versus the Sony PCM-M10. If you’re seriously looking into purchasing either of these recorders this review is a must-see. Many thanks to Robin for the review. In-depth technology podcast serving blind audiences

While we love to talk about our history of innovation here at Olympus, one of the things we’re really proud of is being able to better serve our visually impaired customers. Intuitive, easy-to use design coupled with features like voice guidance have helped to put our digital voice recorders in the hands of those who need it most.

Technology plays such an important role in the lives of our visually impaired customers. We recognize it and we love to promote those companies/groups that help the blind adopt the technologies that make everyday life easier.

One such group I’d like to point out are the folks at who have been creating technology-based podcasts for the blind since 2005. Each podcast offers accessible appliance and device reviews, tips and tricks about daily life, information, great sound seeing tours, etc. I stumbled upon the podcast when I saw a review of our DM-520 and was immediately impressed with the level of detail that is provided within each podcast.

If you have a friend or love one that is visually impaired this would be a great link to pass along.

Every time my daughter sings an angel loses its wings.

This is terrible. I’m about to make fun of my darling, four year old daughter. I love her more than anything in the world but when she sings I want to hit myself in the head with a claw hammer.  I know I can’t expect her tone to be perfect but, as a musician, I have to scrutinize every single note I hear. Even so, it’s the cutest thing I’ve ever heard. This morning while I was getting ready for work I heard Allison in her room rocking out to one of those Kidz Bop CDs. The song playing at the time was Since You’ve Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson. I had no idea she had any interest in this song but I found out pretty quickly as she started to belt out the lyrics to the best of her ability AND at the top of her voice. After my initial laughter settled I ran to get my LS-11 so I could capture this moment , unbeknownst to her, for posterity…and to embarrass her with twelve years from now.

For everything I use my LS-11 linear PCM recorder for my favorite application, hands down, is capturing the adorable, though sometimes grating, voice of my baby girl. These are the moments I’m going to cherish forever. So, without further adieu, here’s a sound clip of my daughter singing the chorus to Since You’ve Been Gone.