What We Sound Like: Music

Welcome to our music page. Here’s where you can find examples of musical performances captured with our LS series (LS-10 & LS-11) of recorders. We’ll cover everything from demos to live performances here in the hopes that we can arm you with as info as possible if you’re in the market for a new handheld recorder.

As always, if you’ve captured audio with your LS-10 or LS-11, we’d love to hear it. Send us your files and tell us about you or your band and we’ll post it on this page.


English Beat performance recorded at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA on May 22nd 2009. Audio is unprocessed, in “Auto Level” setting and was recorded using the LS-10 from 1st row of venue.

1) Hands Off She’s Mine
2) Save it for Later
3) Tears of a Clown
4) Twist and Crawl


Live performance by students at the Easton, Pa., School of Rock, as captured by the Olympus LS-10. This is unprocessed audio captured in “Auto Level” setting.

Song title: Every Little Love Song
Written by: Albie Monterossa

Performers (Easton School of Rock):
– Nikki Palar – Vocals
– Anthony Zucchero – Guitar
– Paul Ermlich – Bass
– Tanner Schanzlin – Drums
– Travis Thierrin –Keys

We spent a day with these talented kids a few months back. You can check out the video here.


Jason Evigan, lead singer of After Midnight Project, provided Olympus with this exclusive recording of “Too Fast,” a new song that he and the band are working on. It was recorded using the Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder, which delivers outstanding clarity and dynamic range for a handheld recorder. The band uses Olympus PCM recorders during songwriting and rehearsals. Thanks for sharing this with us, Jason.


We are pleased to share an unprocessed recording of Nine Inch Nails’ “Down In It,” recorded at their final show at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles on 9/10/09. It was recorded on an Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder by Daniel Barassi, who happens to be the webmaster for Depeche Mode. Listen to “Down In It.”


John Macleod's Rex Hotel Orchestra

I was digging around Mr Equipment’s site yesterday and came across a couple of really nice LS-10 audio samples. Often the samples I receive or find are mostly of rock bands. It’s nice to finally have some horns to share with you. The following sample comes to us courtesy of Colin Murray of the very talented  John Macleod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra.

Title: bs blues

LS-10 settings/conditions: 48KHz/24bit, jazz club, 15 ft. away



Hailing from Osaka, Japan, Shonen Knife has been an integral part of the pop-punk scene for almost three decades. This set was captured with the LS-10 during their October 2009 visit to the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis.

LS-10 settings/conditions: Bass rolloff. Onboard mics clamped to rafters of club. 48KWAV>FLAC.



I was poking around the Internet Archive and came across a nice John Mayer performance. These tracks were recorded live on the Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder from John’s 7/30/08 performance at the Cricket Wireless Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ. Considering this is an outdoor venue I was pretty impressed with the sound quality.

LS-10 settings/conditions: Unknown

Something’s Missing – jmayersomethingsmissing2008-07-30t02_64kb

No Such Thing – jmayerls10nosuchthing

Ain’t Nobody’s Business – jmayeraintnobodysbusiness2008-07-30t05_64kb

Say – jmayerls10say


Admittedly, I’m not really a fan of fan of the bluegrass genre but there’s always a place in my library for outstanding musicians. I recently discovered the Yonder Mountain String Band while searching through the Internet Archive. These guys are crazy talented so you should check them out even if bluegrass isn’t your thing. The songs below were captured with an Olympus LS-10 during their June 12th 2008 performance at Lafayette Square in Buffalo, NY.

LS-10 settings/conditions: SOUNDBOARD > OLYMPUS > LS-10

1) Ten

2) Mother’s Only Son

3) Crazy


I really like pancakes

Ryan Adams really likes pancakes! He’s also a pretty solid singer-songwriter. While I was digging around the internet for some tasty audio files I came across this live performance from 2008 captured with our LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder. I’ve never seen Ryan play live but if this performance is any indicator, he’s a definite must-see act. I love it when artist throw all of their passion into live performance. Check out a few tracks from his show at Kitty CarlisleHart Theater in Albany, NY.

LS-10 settings/conditions: SBD > RCA > Olympus LS10

1) Wonderwall

2) Magnolia Mountain

3) Easy Plateau

You can pick up the rest of this amazing live performance from the Internet Archive.


Well, this is an unusual supergroup. I’ve been hearing about Them Crooked Vultures for a little while now but haven’t actually heard any of their material. If you’re not familiar with the group it is a collaboration between Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), and the legendary John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin). I don’t usually expect much from supergroups like this but I have to say this is pretty interesting stuff. The guys have put a lot of work into arranging some cool beats and sounds. I was fortunate enough to come across a live performance, captured on the LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder, from their February show at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Check out a couple of tracks from that show.

1) No One Loves Me And Neither Do I

2) Spinning In Daffodils


I was digging around my LS-11 Linear PCM Recorder the other day and I completely forgot that I had a couple of live tracks from Jason Mraz‘s performance at winter NAMM this past January. Jason appeared as part of Taylor Guitars’ JMSM signature model launch. It was a great performance but the room was packed and it was incredibly stuffy in there. Here are a couple of tracks I was able to capture before retreating to get some air. Both tracks were recorded in MP3 format and are unaltered.

1) Butterfly

2) In The Name of Love (Kenny Rankin Cover)


This performance by college favorites O.A.R. was captured using the Olympus LS-10 with an AT-Pro 24 microphone during their 8/15/09 performance at Madison Square Garden. Make sure you check out their faithful rendition of Joe Cocker’s version of With a Little Help From My Friends. This is the first arena recording I’ve heard captured with the LS-10. The quality of this recorder never ceases to amaze me.

1) Lay Down

2) Love and Memories

3) Shattered (Turn The Car Around)

4 ) With A Little Help From My Friends


The New Mastersounds

Here’s something a little unexpected coming out of the UK. The New Mastersounds have been serving up “new funk” since 1999. I’m not sure why it took me so long to find them but I’m sure glad I did. They remind me very much of the Brand New Heavies. Check out these sweet live tracks from the band’s performance at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. Audio was captured on the Olympus LS-10 paired up with Core Sound binaural mics.

1) Soulshine/Carrot Juice

2) Fast Man

3) Baby Bouncher


When Derek Trucks isn’t busy with his Allman Brothers Band responsibilities he’s out on the road with The Derek Trucks Band, which the phenom guitarist started at age 15. If you haven’t head Derek’s work outside of Allman Brothers you’re missing some of his best work. These tracks, recorded with the Olympus LS-10, were captured during the band’s March 2009 performance at House of Blues in Houston, TX. For these recordings the LS-10 was outfitted with an Olympus ME 51s Stereo Condenser Microphone.

1) Get What You Deserve

2) Already Free

3) Down in the Flood

4) We’re A Winner



2 Responses

  1. I would like to bundle Olympus audio recording devices with a product of my own. Who can I speak to about this?

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