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Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio  

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Like the Omega and Lambda, the Lexicon Alpha USB Audio Interface is a complete portable desktop recording studio. It offers a 2x2x2 USB I/O mixer which is powered directly from the USB bus. You can be... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Like the Omega and Lambda, the Lexicon Alpha USB Audio Interface is a complete portable desktop recording studio. It offers a 2x2x2 USB I/O mixer which is powered directly from the USB bus. You can be connected to the XLR inputs and the 1/4" balanced line inputs at all times while controlling input levels and monitoring from the front panel. The front panel also offers a Hi-Z instrument input and a 1/8" headphone amplifier output suitable for all headphone types. Alpha ships with Steinberg Cubase LE recording/editing software and Lexicon Pantheon VST reverb plug-in.

Cubase LE offers 48 tracks of tracking, supports up to 8 VST instruments, and is compatible with both VST system link and Rewire 2. The Lexicon Pantheon VST reverb plug-in offers 35 factory presets and 6 reverb types and lets you edit 16 parameters per reverb type.

Features
  • 2-channel USB interface
  • 16-bit/44.1kHz to 24-bit/48kHz audio
  • One XLR microphone input
  • 2 TRS line inputs
  • 2 TRS and RCA line outs
  • Hi-Z instrument input (front panel)
  • 1/8" headphone jack
  • Zero-latency direct monitoring
  • USB bus powered
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LexiconAlpha USB Desktop Recording Studio
 
3.5

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Lexicon Alpha USB Audio Interface

I just purchased a Lexicon Alpha USB Audio Interface and I am very impressed with the sound quality and ease of use. I'm using a P4, 3.2GHz PC with 1GB of RAM and a...Read complete review

I just purchased a Lexicon Alpha USB Audio Interface and I am very impressed with the sound quality and ease of use. I'm using a P4, 3.2GHz PC with 1GB of RAM and a 40GH harddrive. I just installed the software and plugged the interface in and started recording. I have not run into any latency or sound clipping issues. Sounds very good for a Sennheiser E835 mic into the XLR input. Recorded from my line out on my Marshall JCM 2000 into the Instrument Input on the front of the unit, and from a single mic in the middle of the room during a full rehersal. The Cubase software it comes with is user friendly and the reverb plug in sounds pretty good for being digital. This unit also acts as my main sound card. Great for laying down tracks for other band members to hear or for recording a live practice session for review. Might want to go with something better if you plan on selling your music. Could have used another XLR input, but for the price this unit and it's features are very good.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not as It Seems (Not 4 Phantom Power)

I opened the box thinking i was going to record and I had the MXl V63m Microphone. To my surprse this interface only supports dynamic mics and non powered or self powered mics. I...Read complete review

I opened the box thinking i was going to record and I had the MXl V63m Microphone. To my surprse this interface only supports dynamic mics and non powered or self powered mics. I was very dissapointed. Now I have to spend another $40 for a phantom power supply

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5.0

Alpha Works Very Well

By eric

from undisclosed

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Verified Buyer

Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

I bought this as a quality unit to put my LPs and cassettes on my laptop. Most laptops don't have a stereo input and the reviews for most USB to TRS adapters report poor sound quality. My laptop is a Compaq with Win7. The battery drops about 50% to record an LP or about 40min. My laptop does go through battery power pretty quick so a new system may do better. I did have to load the drivers from the CD. Both Audacity and the included Cubase LE5 found the Alpha. The clipping LEDs below the gain knobs are very handy. It might just be my ears, but I think Cubase recordings sound better that Audacity. But Cubase is just a pain to use. Since Cubase comes with it I'll review it too. All I want to do is record an LP straight through and then Slice at for each song. The instructions say I just Scissor the times I want, select the whole track length, go to Pool and see the slices. Wrong. No slices in Pool or the Export field, but you can click on the new sliced area and drag/drop into a new set of tracks. Still doesn't work and if you change the name in one of the slices all the slices get that name. Audacity on the other hand is very simple, but not as easy as the Scissors in Cubase. You also probably want to view the video in the Lexicon site on how to register Cubase and keep it open in the background.

 
2.0

OW!

By Old Red Eye

from Florida

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Narration
      • Professional Recording
      • Voice Overs

      Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

      I bought this just about a year ago. It came with Cubase LE5 software (which is now up to version 9) and because the desktop computer I was doing voiceovers on with another board did not have internet access, I took ill and never installed it until today. The Cubase Serial Number I have is not being recognized.

      Guitar Center has been contacted. Hopefully something can be worked out here.

       
      5.0

      Nice inexpensive interface

      By Wink

      from Hampton Roads, VA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

        Use to digitally record reel to reel archive tapes.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Don't buy it for the Cubase!

        By Dr Donna Jo

        from Greenville, SC

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Bundled Cubase LE5 software is worthless!

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

        Spent half a day trying to get the Cubase LE5 license to be accepted online so the software would work, only to learn that this version of Cubase is obsolete and is no longer supported and can't be upgraded. So... the Cubase that comes bundled with the Lenova Alpha is worthless. You should know that you will need other recording software before you buy this!!!!!

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice addition to studio

        By Lightning Larry

        from Sunny FL

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

          This unit compliments my studio nicely.
          It looks very durable, and I look forward to using it.
          My 10 year old computer did not have enough of a processor for it. But, It gives me reason to upgrade that finally, ;-)

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Easy install and great quality

          By MLW

          from New Hampshire

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to install
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

            Easy to set up on my laptop. We have used these for years in production studios at the radio station. Not one problem to report. Windows updates have had an affect on my laptop install. Great product at a very affordable price

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            A Nasty Little Device

            By Studio1201

            from Chicago

            Pros

              Cons

              • Noisy Output Signal
              • Poor quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

                Very noisy audio output characteristics with constant hiss that is not evident on my reference system.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Dont Buy!!!! Worthless Piece Of Junk!!!

                By Derek M

                from Smithtown, NY

                Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

                Don't buy. I got this product yesterday, plugged it into the computer, and tried using it with some existing software i already had. on playback i started hearing all these popping noises and crackling... i thought it was the software.. so i tried downloading cubase and cubase is the hardest software to download.. so after two hours of trying, i gave up... brought it back to the store and they tried it on cubase 7 and it was the same problems... Dont Buy!!!! I got credit and i am saving up for a higher quality product.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Not Compatible with Logic or Garage Band

                By Jamie Tucker

                from Salt Lake City, UT

                Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

                It shows up in the interface menu, but it just sound like clipping. Not usable whatsoever in Garage Band or Logic Pro. It does work with any program that is not actually for producing music, such as web browsers and iTunes. I find that pretty bizarre that it will handle system sound, but not application sound. I actually asked the people at Guitar Center specifically if it works with Logic, and they said "yeah, it should". But, no it does not. This one is going back ASAP.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Unrealiable junk

                By COLE SMITH

                from BIG BEAR CITY, Ca.

                Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

                I bought this thing and within 1 month it stopped working. Was weak to begin with and mono only. Once it went bad it won't even work with Audacity let alone cubase or anything else. Do not buy this Peice of junk unless you like wasting money. Their factory warranty is useless( pay your own shipping costs etc.) What a joke. Now I will buy something better even if cost more. You get what you pay for always. I gave one star only for working a month.

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