Well, my 5 year old daughter still can’t sing…

…but at least she has better taste in the songs she butchers now.

A few months back I was lucky enough to have my digital voice recorder handy for the whole Since You’ve Been Gone episode. Last night my wife heard her singing to the bedtime mix of songs I made for her recently. I put Carole King’s It’s Too Late on there thinking she would probably enjoy it. I guess I was right. I managed to get upstairs in time to catch the last chorus but couldn’t get to my LS-10 in time to capture it. Well, fortunately I worked from home today and her bedroom is right next to my office. Sure enough, the song came on and I was able to get to my recorder in time to capture it. She doesn’t quite have all the lyrics down yet but it’s close enough for a 5 year old. Here she is singing the chorus. This will be filed away to be played for her friends when she’s older. Now, if I could only get a recording of her singing Run to the Hills by Iron Maiden in the car….


New Recorders Added to Record-breaking VN Series

This past April we marked the sale of our 10 millionth VN series recorder. Following this landmark we’re pleased to introduce the VN-7000 and VN-8100PC recorders to this successful line. In addition to their sleek look and feel these recorders are packed with great features at even better prices. Always intuitive and easy to use, both recorders now feature a Scene Select mode. If you’re recording in an unfamiliar space and not sure which setting to use, this mode allows you to select from preset environmental settings to help you capture optimal recordings whether you’re in a classroom or a lecture hall. Both recorders also feature 2GB of internal memory and long battery lives to ensure you’ll be able to capture what you need when you need it. With the school year just around the corner, teachers and students alike will find great features at an affordable price with our new VN series recorders.

VN-7000 features:

  • 2GB of internal memory
  • Over 1,200 hours of recording time
  • 39 hours of battery life
  • HQ, SP & LP sound quality
  • VCVA function
  • Index Marks function
  • Playback speed control
  • Alarm function

VN-8100PC features:

  • 2GB of internal memory
  • Over 850 hours of recording time
  • MP3 and WMA recording formats
  • USB 2.0 high-speed connectivity to your PC/Mac
  • Larger LCD screen with font size select function
  • Scene Select function
  • 51 hours of battery life
  • VCVA, Multiple Language and Index Marks functions
  • Playback speed control
  • Larger speakers

The VN-7000 and VN-8100PC digital audio recorders will be available in September 2010. Both will include a carrying case, two rechargeable AAA alkaline batteries, an instruction manual and an Olympus warranty card. The VN-8100PC is also supplied with a USB cable for connection to your PC or Mac.


VN-7000 Estimated Street Price: $39.99

VN-8100PC Estimated Street Price: $59.99

To read the full press release visit: http://twurl.nl/fbhmpq

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

To read the full press release visit: http://twurl.nl/qwfeh2

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.

Desperately seeking bird calls!

It has become quite evident in my time managing this blog that many of our loyal customers are birding enthusiasts. That being the case I’d really like to build up a collection of bird songs to share with everyone. The only problem is that I know absolutely nothing about birds except for the fact that they fly and they seem to hate my car. I’d go out and record some bird songs myself but, honestly, it would make for a pitifully inaccurate collection. So I wanted to recruit all of you Olympus owners out there to help me build my catalog of bird songs. And, yes, there’s something in it for you.

If you provide me with an audio file, photo of the bird you captured and identify which Olympus recorder you used I will credit you on the blog and provide you with a one-time-use discount code that you can use on our Friends of Olympus website. These codes are good for up to 20% off all products on the site from recorders to cameras to accessories. This is a limited time offer. I will only be giving out these codes until October 15, 2011 so hurry up and get those submissions in. Please submit all inquiries and submissions to olympusaudio@gmail.com

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.