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LS-10 crib sheet!

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Olympus LS10 The LS-10 is a digital audio recorder that stores its data on 2 GB of internal ash memory (the same as an iPod shufe). Thats about three hours of recording time. Since there arent moving parts its small and pretty rugged. It uses two AA batteries for power; these should already be in it when you get your recording kit from the equipment room. Lets take a look at this device: Like most digital recorders, theres a pair of built-in microphones for stereo recording in the eld. Careful, though theyre very susceptible to wind noise, even with the foam windscreens attached! Most of the time youll want to use your hand-held mic, especially for interviews.

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display lights up. This tiny rectangle packs a lot of information: Filename, the `/OK button. Press folder 3 button battery status, memory location, 2 [Cancel] will appear setting, 0 button record time, record/play status, elapsed time, audio 9 remaining on the display `/OK button levels and record parameters (sampling rate, bit depth & le format) are all visible when the 2 or if you know where If you format the recorder, all files will be removedMENU button you record3 button to select the to look for them. Press

If you format the recorder, all files will be removed Press the 2 or 3 button to select the The power switch is on and all function settings will return to defaults the left side toward the bottom. Slide it down recording media to format. except date andturn the LS-10 on. In any time settings. Transfer a few seconds the When formatting an SD Card, cancel the important files to a computer before formatting Olympus logo will appear and the write protection function before inserting the recorder. the card into the recorder ( P.15).

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and all function settings will return to defaults recording media to format. except date and time settings. Transfer any When formattingits SD an always cancel the Before recording, however, function Card, a inserting good idea to do a little basic important files to a computer before formatting write protection before the recorder. housekeeping.the card into the recorder ( P.15). For one While the recorder is during stop thing, the previous user probably left a lot of old

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2 button to [Start]. 1 mode, pressaudio les on the recorder 6 Press the them beforeselect mess us up. 4 the MENU button. lets erase they The menu will appear on the display. You can also change to [Memory Menu] the `/OK button. 5 Press screen on the bottomthe `/OK button. by using the settings tab MENU button Press the ( P.34). Press front 7 youll see: of the recorder Heres what Press the 2 [Format]. 2 or 3 button to select
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While the recorder is during stop ormat the recorder, all files will be removed lets navigate to the Memory Menu. select the Press the theor 3 buttonselect [Start]. Press 2 2 button to to 4 mode, press the MENU defaults l function settings will return to button. recording media to format. The menu will appear on the display. You Card, cancel the Be Cleared] message After the [Data Will t date and time settings. [Memory Menu] screen Transfer any When formatting an SD can also change to is on ant filesYou can do that withformattingand buttons on the nav.function beforefor two seconds, [Cancel] will turn toby using the settings tabtheP.34). a computer before ( | write protection wheel. on. inserting Press the `/OK button. corder. the card into the recorder ( P.15). The Memory Menu has three options. Scroll down with the nav. wheel and select Format. Press the Press the 2 or 3 button to select Press the OK button. [Format]. Continue to navigate so you see this sequence of windows: 2 button again to select [Start]. Press the `/OK or 9 button. `/OK button. Press the

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After the [Data Will Be Cleared] message is on for two seconds, [Cancel] will turn on.

[Cancel] will appear on the display

Then press the OK button.

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You can also change to [Memory Menu] screen by using the settings tab ( P.34).

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The menu will appear on the display. You can also change to [Memory Menu] screen 2 button again to select Press the by button. Press the `/OK button. [Start]. `/OK or LS-10 crib sheet! tab ( P.34). 9using the settings

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on the display. The next thing to do is double-check youron for two seconds, [Cancel] willthe MENU button on the bottom front is record settings. Press turn 43 [Format Done] appears when formatting on. of the recorder (right next to the LIST button.) You want Rec Mode to indicate PCM, which produces ends. uncompressed audio in .wav format. If Recthe 2 button again to select or (horrors!) WMA, press the OK Mode set 8 Pressrecord inisMP3 to MP3 (no!) These are lossy recording Press the `/OK or 9to PCM. Please do [Start]. button and reset it button. not or WMA mode. 3 4 formats that dont lend themselves well to later signal processing or post-production.

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Under the PCM category there are a variety of choices. Truthfully, any of these will result in a swell recording. Consider what software youll be using to edit your audio. Final Cut Pro works better with audio recorded at a sampling rate of 48kHz because that's the typical rate for video. Pro Tools will accommodate any sampling rate and bit43 depth just make sure your Pro Tools session is set up to match what you recorded. FYI 44.1kHz/ 16bit will give you the most recording time, and its the standard for audio CDs. Make your selection with the the nav. wheel and press OK to conrm. Now were ready to record. The microphone cord goes into the tiny MIC jack on the right side. Leave the LOW CUT switch on OFF and the MIC SENSE set to HIGH (not LOW as it is here.) If you nd your record levels are too high even with the REC LEVEL control turned almost down to 0, then (and only then) should you switch to the LOW setting. This will only happen in the 44 very loudest of situations, however. For normal interviews always set the MIC SENSE to HIGH. Plug your headphones into the EAR jack on the left side of the recorder. The volume control there is for the headphone volume only not the record level. Always wear your headphones. To begin recording press the REC button twice. The rst press will cause the REC button to ash and youll hear audio in the headphones. This is standby mode, and you can use it to set recording levels. But YOURE NOT RECORDING UNTIL YOU PRESS A SECOND TIME. When you do, the REC button will stop ashing and the time display will begin counting up from 00:00. Thats how you know youre recording.

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This is a stereo recording; your bars will be the same length.

If the REC button is ashing and the time display is not counting up from 00:00 YOURE NOT RECORDING.

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As youre recording, keep an eye on your levels. Remember: the volume in your headphones has nothing to do with the level of the audio youre recording. Adjust recording level with the REC LEVEL thumbwheel on the right side of the recorder. Make sure the MIC SENSE is set to HIGH. Try to keep your levels peaking around -6 on the display and youll be ne. If your level gets too high, the PEAK light above the display will ash. Lower the recording level with the REC LEVEL thumbwheel. Try to glance at the display frequently as youre recording to check levels. When youre done recording, press STOP. Your recording will be saved to Folder A on the LS-10. The next step is to get it off the recorder and onto the workstation.

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