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.
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.
- 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)
- Might be too pricey for dedicated ghost-hunting use for most investigators on a budget
- 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.
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:
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.
the better the recorder you have, the better the sound quality, which
will help distinguish background noises from what might be a genuine
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
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.
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.
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.