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Olympus LS-7 Linear PCM recorder


The PPA has six LS-7 recorders in our tool box and the clarity is fantastic.  Some investigators like older recorders with a lot of natural hiss to act as white noise but we have found that ambient background noise can often make voice-like sounds on cheaper recorders and when compared to a better quality recorder, had an obviously normal cause to the sounds. Here's more from Stephen Wagner.

The Bottom Line

This is a beautifully designed, high quality recorder that is easy to use and produces excellent recordings.

With a list price of $199, it might be too pricey for most ghost hunter budgets, but if you use it for multiple purposes you can easily justify the cost.  Or perhaps the ghost hunting group as a whole would want to invest in the device for the group to use. 

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality
  • Three microphones can capture possible EVP that are easy to analyze
  • Easy to use
  • Good software to transfer recordings to a PC
  • 4 GB built-in memory storage with room for an additional micro SD card (up to 32 GB)

Cons

  • Might be too pricey for dedicated ghost-hunting use for most investigators on a budget

Description

  • Professional quality hand-held voice recorder that produces digital recordings as good as many much larger recording devices.
  • Three microphones: two stereo, one omni-directional (the third mic can be turned off, if desired)
  • Intuitive interface with light-up screen makes it easy to use in dark situations (which ghost hunters are always in).

Guide Review - Olympus LS-7 Linear PCM recorder

Just about every paranormal researcher out there, I would guess, owns two pieces of equipment: a camera and a voice recorder.

And yes you can get by with a cheap point-and-shoot camera and a low-end recorder for capturing EVP, but my advice has always been to get the best equipment you can afford. I know that buying high-priced equipment isn't always possible, but there are good reasons that you want the best your budget will allow:

The better the camera, the better the picture quality and resolution, which will help the ghost investigator eliminate photographic anomalies and illusions, and provide more detail.

Likewise, the better the recorder you have, the better the sound quality, which will help distinguish background noises from what might be a genuine EVP.

If you're in the market for a high-end, professional quality voice recorder, the new Olympus LS-7 won't disappoint. This excellent little device features three microphones: two directional mics (stereo) and a third omni-directional mic designed to pick up lower bass tones. Recording at a remarkable 96kHz/24bits, the result is better than CD quality.

Obviously, if you're going to invest in this little machine, you may be using for more than ghost hunting. You can also use it for business and even recording live music.

Investigators who already use Olympus recorders will be very familiar with the LS-7's controls, which I have always found easy and intuitive to use. And, of course, you can upload your recordings to your computer for further analysis and editing.

One thing you'll have to be aware of when ghost hunting is that the recorder "talks" aloud when you select a record mode, for example, or other features. So you'll want to turn off that voice lest it be mistaken for EVP voices by other recorders.



      


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