Olympus LS voice recorder settings

Subject: Olympus LS voice recorder settings
From: Graeme Chapman <>
Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2012 15:08:26 +1000
Hello Steve,

Depends how serious you are about recording. Generally if you use the inbuilt 
microphones, handling noise will be your biggest problem - also even with the 
accessory windshields, wind noise will also be a problem. For birds, you'll 
have to use the high sensitivity setting to get your peak levels up to near 
-12dB, the optimum. You'll also have to get fairly close to most birds to 
achieve this with the inbuilt mikes. If you don't get close, most of the other 
background noise can drown out what you are trying to record. The serious sound 
recorders use PCM (WAV) format, but I use MP3 and I can't hear any difference 
and fit much more sound on a card. On an LS10 I find the best setting for input 
volume to get clean recordings to be about 7 (out of 10). There is an AUTO 
setting but I've never used it.

If you have a look at my website in the resources 
section you'll see the most convenient setup I have found to use with an 
Olympus LS10, an older model, now sold as an LS5.  It is more expensive than an 
LS7 but has a few better features including manual input and output controls. 
There are  cheaper microphones than the Sennheiser now available that would be 
OK but I would be wary of anything for less than $100. Just Google shotgun 

By the way, any of the recordings on my website that have an LS prefix in the 
file number, were recorded with the LS10 (Golden Whistler and Silver-backed 
Butcherbird for example). The latest and greatest of the LS models is the 
LS100, but although its specs are a lot better, I find it less convenient to 
use than the smaller versions, which all go in your pocket.

Unfortunately, a good microphone is always  the expensive part, but if you want 
recordings that are better than just a record, you'll need one.


Graeme Chapman                       

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