Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio 886830435881

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With the Omega Desktop Recording Studio, Lexicon has taken a whole-system approach to desktop recording. Omega Studio is an integrated computer recording system that includes the Omega 8x4x2 USB I/O m... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

With the Omega Desktop Recording Studio, Lexicon has taken a whole-system approach to desktop recording. Omega Studio is an integrated computer recording system that includes the Omega 8x4x2 USB I/O mixer, Cubase LE, and Pantheon world-class Lexicon reverb plug-in. Omega Studio contains all of the components necessary to let you record and mix 24-bit audio professionally on your computer.

Omega Studio Hardware

Differentiating itself from standard computer I/O boxes that are typically based on a patchbay paradigm, the Omega 8x4x2 USB I/O mixer is based on a mixer paradigm and includes input, output, and mixing functions that support a variety of tracking/monitoring applications while requiring no additional mixing hardware.

The Omega I/O mixer provides eight inputs that are assignable in pairs to any of four simultaneous record channels featuring ultra-transparent, high-resolution analog-to-digital converters to capture your performance with pristine 24-bit quality. Two of the inputs feature extremely low-noise dbx mic-preamps with 48V phantom power and TRS insert points. Four TRS active balanced line inputs accept up to +22dBu
signals to allow interfacing to either unbalanced or professional high-output level-balanced equipment. Included is an S/PDIF input combined with an additional DAC for zero-latency, direct monitoring of the S/PDIF source to allow simultaneous tracking of analog and digital sources.

A high-impedance instrument input is conveniently accessible on the front panel. The Omega I/O mixer provides a peak indicator for each analog input as well as an assignable bar graph meter for signal level monitoring. By monitoring the signal at the A/D converters, you avoid the problems with software-only level monitoring that can miss clipping and ruin your track. The Lexicon Omega I/O mixer also includes a fully opto-isolated MIDI input to ensure that there is no annoying ground loop hum or MIDI talk-through noise common with many I/O boxes and sound cards.

MIDI output has rock-solid synchronization to USB frame rate to support applications requiring critical sync.

Cubase LE

Your Lexicon Omega system includes Steinberg's Cubase LE. From the first idea to complete compositions, Cubase is the virtual recording studio for all musicians and producers looking for a creative way to realize their projects. It integrates seamlessly with the Omega I/O Mixer to achieve an easy-to-use, 48-track complete recording solution that includes all of the modules that you need to track, edit, and mix your masterpiece.

Cubase LE supports up to 48 audio and 64 MIDI tracks with professional audio editing and processing features including: full automation of volume, pan, mute, and effects; MIDI score editor with advanced quantization and logical presets; up to eight VST instruments; two insert and four effect sends per channel; and VST system link and ReWire 2 compatibility.

Lexicon Pantheon Reverb Plug-In

Designed entirely by Lexicon engineers, the Pantheon reverb plug-in offers 35 factory presets featuring six reverb types (hall, chamber,
plate, room, ambience, and custom) controlled by an intuitive user interface with 16 editable parameters. The Lexicon name is synonymous
with the world's best reverb. Pantheon continues this legacy by bringing that Lexicon sound to your projects.

Features
  • Omega Desktop:
  • 2 XLR microphone inputs
  • dbx Silver Series mic preamps
  • +48V phantom power
  • 2 TRS insert inputs
  • 4 TRS balanced/unbalanced line inputs
  • 1/4" mono instrument input
  • 2 TRS line outputs
  • MIDI Interface 5 pin DIN connectors for MIDI in and MIDI out
  • Coaxial RCA S/PDIF I/O
  • 24-bit D/A and A/D conversion
  • Integrated multi-track recording, editing, and mixing of audio and MIDI
  • 32 stereo audio tracks
  • 32 plug-ins at one time
  • Unlimited MIDI tracks
  • Professional 24-bit recording, mixing, processing
  • Full-featured editing capabilities
  • DXi soft synth support
  • Support for custom screen layouts and keyboard shortcuts
  • Polish your products with the included suite of DirectX plug-ins
  • Apply morphing effects to your mix with the included FXPad joystick-controlled multi-effects module
  • Add analog synth color to your production with the included AAS Tassman SE analog synth module
  • Produce and burn professional quality CDs from your projects using included project-management utilities
  • Encode audio for internet delivery
  • Import general MIDI files
  • Unlimited realtime locate markers
  • Reverb Plug-In
  • Classic Lexicon reverb known throughout the recording world
  • 35 factory presets, plus a powerful editor for creating additional presets
  • 6 reverb types including Hall, Chamber, Plate, Room, Ambience, and Custom
  • 16 user-adjustable parameters for fine tuning the reverb
  • Advanced yet easy-to-use interface
  • Floating-point DSP processing
  • Mono and stereo operation
  • 16- and 24-bit compatible
  • Efficient CPU utilization
Specifications
  • Omega Studio Hardware:
    Microphone Inputs: (2) Female XLR Pin 2 Hot
    Input Impedance: 664 ohms balanced
    Phantom Power: +48 Volt
    EIN: -118 dB @ 51dB gain (150 ohm source impedance) -120 dB A-weighted
    Maximum Input Level: -2 dBu (150 Ohm source impedance)
    Frequency Response: +0, -0.2dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ref. 1 kHz
    THD+N: <.005%, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    Insert Inputs: (2) 1/4" TRS balanced or unbalanced
    Send Level (ring): +19 dBu maximum
    Maximum Return Level (tip): +19 dBu maximum
    Line Inputs: (4) 1/4" TRS balanced or unbalanced
    Input Impedance: 20 kOhm unbalanced, 10 kOhm unbalanced
    Maximum Input Level: +19 dBu (40 Ohm source impedance)
    Frequency Response: +0, -0.2 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ref. 1kHz
    THD+N: <.012% A/D, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, <.012% A/D/A, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
    Instrument Input: (1) 1/4" mono jack
    Input Impedance: 1 MOhm unbalanced
    Maximum Input Level: +19 dBu
    Frequency Response: +0, -0.25 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ref. 1 kHz
    THD+N: <.0125% A/D
    Crosstalk; <-74dB any input or output to any recording channel, 20 Hz-20 kHz <-95 dB at 1 kHz typical
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LexiconOmega Desktop Recording Studio
 
3.6

(based on 230 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (114)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (45)

17%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

My Whole Studio Changed with $350 bucks

I am only 20, but I have been into studio recording since I was 17 and I have been building my studio up seriously for the past 2 years. I am a solo artist...Read complete review

I am only 20, but I have been into studio recording since I was 17 and I have been building my studio up seriously for the past 2 years. I am a solo artist and I write all of my songs and program and play all of the instruments. My studio before the Omega consisted of a Yamaha AW4416 and Mackie HR624 monitors two JoeMeek VC6Q British Channels and two DBX 286A Vocal strips. I had a Dell P4 that I had just purchased for school when I heard about the Omega. What sold me on the Omega was the 4 simultaneous inputs. I never thought about getting into the MBox because it is limited to 2 inputs and I do my live drums with a 4 mic setup. So I got the Omega thinking it was probably too good to be true and installed it on my computer. I couldn't get it to work instantly. So within a week I contacted tech support for Lexicon and they helped me resolve the problem within a few minutes. When Spring break came I was ready to give the omega a FULL test drive and see how it compared to the Yamaha AW4416. I realized very quickly that not only was it unbelievable working on the computer screen because I could do so much quick editing, I found that the preamps in it were UNBELIEVABLE. I used to use my outboard pres for Bass drum and Snare. The DBX pres on the Omega were so clean and sweet sounding that I have since then began using them. After doing one song with the Omega with about 18 tracks on it and using the Direct X plugins that I already had, I put my AW4416 on ebay. I sold it and never turned back. I used the money from the AW to get my first Gibson Les Paul. THANKS LEXICON. Also if you haven't ever gotten into computer recording, I will give one warning. I upgraded my Ram to 1 GB and there are still plenty of clicks and pops you get from audio recording and playback on computer systems. This is an unfortunate result of not having blazing fast systems, but it isn't a problem once you hear your results. Mixing songs using sub mixes can help also on saving CPU power. GET THE OMEGA!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Intermittent USB Disconnects, Driver Issues

This unit worked great for about 3 weeks and then it suddenly would drop the USB connection and it would show up as 'USB Device' I've reinstalled drivers from the disc many times and...Read complete review

This unit worked great for about 3 weeks and then it suddenly would drop the USB connection and it would show up as 'USB Device' I've reinstalled drivers from the disc many times and even downloaded drivers from the Lexicon website, but after months of messing with it I've given up on it. I'm by no means new to computers and have tried everything I can think of to get this thing working again, I've read on the Lexicon forum about guys with similar problems even seen Omegas for sale on eBay marked "Works Intermittently" so I know it's not just a problem with my unit. Lexicon support says to turn off the power saving mode on your USB hub but that does not work, in the manual it says to reset it by holding two buttons on the front, but that does not fix this problem, it is a bug in the hardware. I would avoid this product.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good device with faulty design

By TomF

from Huntsville, AL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

This records 4 high quality channels instead of the standard 2 for many in this class. If you get it working it will work well. I have bought several and modified every one.

-It has a design flaw. The amplifier transistors get hot and in most boxes the ribbon cable is touching them. The result is that heat damages the cable and the usb will disengage when it gets hot.

SOLUTION: I placed heatsinks on the three transistors. Drilled ventilation holes (maybe this was unessary). Positioned or secured the ribbon cable in a manner that it would not touch the transistors. And on at least a couple I have had to replace the ribbon cable that was already damaged (not as easy as it sounds). The result is that they work. I would buy them again, just because I know I can get them to work. (Disclaimer: This worked for me. Do at your own risk.) However should we have to do this to equipment we buy? That is why I cannot give it above a 2 star.

-Drivers have always been a pain, but I have gotten it working on all my window's machines.

-If you want to use the Cubase and reverb enclosed, don't expect it to work on Windows 7. I did get it working on one of my machines but it was impossible on another.

 
1.0

Not my first choice as audio interface

By CHARLES-MILLER WABENO

from Maryland.

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

I used to own it until it a gave up on me. The sound quality isn't that great. I've experience a lot of drop out, and the unit was getting very hot, thus limiting its usage. Very cheap material and...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

work well for me

By TDOGG

from griffin ga

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Price
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Bulky/Heavy
  • More Improvements

Best Uses

  • Midi
  • Vocals

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

I have used this product for years sense 2007. I have used it to make a lot of music in using fl studio.I don't know what program the other people are using but it works just fine for me. Just resonantly my usb hub on it is broken now, I am currently looking for a new interface.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

owned it, threw it away

By james-ABgq0

from San Diego

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

      I finally realized this is a horrible pile of junk after 20 some odd calls and e-mails to tech support to figure out what was wrong with it. not user friendly, does not function properly, constantly crashes, constantly changes the driver settings etc. Throw it away, and/or don't waste your money.

      Don't believe me? go look at the discussion boards on their own website for proof, a lot of un happy people

      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      The Unit is Junk save your money

      By Geopeto

      from State of Confusion

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Drivers Crash My Computer
      • Pricey / Poor Value
      • The Software Is Temporary

      Best Uses

      • Stereo Recording

      Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

      The software and drivers crash my NEW computer, EVERY TIME. Forcing me to do a System restore. The drivers cause my computer to not boot again. I can unplug the unit and reboot, then if i plug it in it blue screens.

      The unit ONLY works as plug n play, and ONLY for MIC 1 & 2. All other lines in are worthless in this capacity.

      I don't like Cubase and don't want it, there are no other options with the instructions.

      Save your money buy something else!

      (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Looks good BUT!

      By John

      from High Desert, So Calif.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Nice Conversation Piece
          • Ugly Paperweight

          Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

          Do the math first. If the math is too confusing, then listen to others. This item looks great. How nice to have something you just plug into a USB port and sail off into professional multi-track recordingville. Too good to be true? Ever wonder why most USB/firewire plug and go devices get so many complaints? Maybe, just maybe, serial data ports have a problem handling multiple high bit, high sampling rate data all at once? For about the same price I opted, after much research and confusion, to just get a small mixer, an inexpensive yet professional quality SOUND BOARD that came with a Cubase DAW and went off to the races. I soon replaced the Cubase APP with Samlitude. Nothing wrong with Cubase, it worked fine without a glitch. Just prefer the Samplitude, plus it is an upgrade. To sum this all up; I paid $100 for the card and DAW (new), $50 for the 1202 board and have a four mic inputs a whole bunch of line ins and outs and do full four channel duplex recording, monitor the whole mess via headphones and/or speakers. I don't have to worry about latency delays, glitches that occur from a serial data port trying to keep up. I use a sampling rate of 44.1 khz per channel. I'm only posting this to give other musicians out there another option that I think is a better path, less headache and frustration, simpler, more versatile and an end result that is much more professional. Direct ASIO inputs and outputs will produce a much higher quality sound than a serial data port with less problems. Serial data ports are great for MIDI but not so good for sound. I hope this helps some of you.

          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          This entire product line is a FAIL.

          By Lawren Lelko of Master in the Mix

          from Nashville Area

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • none

          Cons

          • DOA

          Best Uses

          • GIFT FOR AN ENEMY

          Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

          Lexicon made a great reverb (sadly, now obsolete for studio use with the advent of convolution reverb), but had no business trying to make i/o's. I had a Lambda that had really strange intermittent latency issues, so I returned it. I have an Omega (and several other cards) and have yet to get the Omega to work. I should have taken it back, but I assumed that I would eventually get it going. I do not lack experience. I've installed many soundcards in my own studio, those of friends, and for hire in professional, money-making studios. Trust me, if I can't get it to work, you can't either. The price-point tells it all. So many features for [$] would be a bargain if more of them installed properly and didn't have noise problems. Don't get me wrong, many soundcards have quirks that you have to learn to get them to run (turn the computer on first - or last, wait to turn on the midi rack, etc.), but my Lexicon cards have been non-starters. I have never used one in a session, and in fact have never even seen one anywhere functioning properly. Just for kicks I got the Omega out of the gear cabinet and tried to install it on my new Asus laptop (win 7). I downloaded the new driver, blah, blah, and of course it had a humming noise and wouldn't install. Apparently some of them somewhere work, so if you're hooked by the price/features, knock yourself out, but keep the receipt and return it the same day if it doesn't install or has noise or odd latency issues. Doing this may help to get them off the market.

          (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          A GREAT INTERFACE

          By Devin Black

          from NASHVILLE GA

          Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

          ALL IN ALL THIS IS A FANTASTIC INTERFACE AND THE CUBASE LE SOFTWARE IS GREAT BUT I WOULD ADVISE UPGRADING TO PROTOOLS
          ALL THE INPUTS HAVE PROVIDED MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR WHAT I NEEDED
          EVEN THOUGH ITS PLASTIC ITS STILL STANDING

          (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not recommended for Windows 7

          By Pat Tofield

          from Israel

          Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

          The Omega is an attractive unit compared to others at the same price range. I could have got a Focusrite or PreSonus at the same price but with much less features. This offered more channels, digital I/O, the very wonderful Pantheon reverb and nice monitoring features. *HOWEVER* the Lexicom is SUCH A PAIN with Windows 7. The drivers, although updated in 2011 and are supposed to support Win 7 64-bit, almost never function correctly with any piece of audio software. I use several including Cubase, Reason and a few others, but even with just Cubase (which comes bundled with the unit) I have to...

          - uninstall the drivers- perform a factory re-set on the Omega- re-install the drivers- re-boot the pc- delete the Cubase preferences- Start and configure Cubase to use the Lexicon AISO drivers- keep my fingers crossed that all that works because even then it doesn't always.

          And that's EVERY TIME I want to hook up the Omega to Cubase.

          And don't think that this is just me playing around because I don't know what I'm doing....I DO know what I'm doing when it comes to sound equipment and, more importantly, the above instruction came from Lexicon support when I wrote to them about the problems I had with the drivers.

          So, bottom-line...don't buy this if you plan on using it with Win 7 64-bit. Maybe other OS's fare better...
          The features offered were the main reason I bought the Omega over others in the price range...8x4x2 channels digital I/O, good monitoring features and the Pantheon reverb.

          Looked good on paper!!
          The build quialiy seems pretty good - at least the external build quality...!
          It was a good price for what it offered, however the problems with getting the thing to work make it useless, regardless of the price.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          DO NOT BUY (If you run latest Mac OS - Lion)

          By Robert Mutch

          from San Diego

          Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

          This unit will not set up in any way on newer Macs, other than as 2x2 DEMO. This will get you a cute little BEEP in your ear every 30 seconds, if your lucky.

          3 emails to Lexicon Tech Support (including checking "copy me" on email) yeilded no response; nuthin', zip, nada; not even the blind copy, or an auto response. OK, so I email the Harmon Group, Lexicon's mother ship. Similarly, nothing.Can't
          Can't judge features, 'cause I've never been able to get the thing to do what it's supposed to. Scoured the web, Lexicon's site, and pleeded with the company for assistance. Absolutely nothing.

          If you plan to use this with a Mac - ever - STOP, back away, and don't look back.
          Pops, clipping, USB chatter. Grrrrreat!

          Cheaply made. Has 4 pieces of slag metal screwed to the bottom (both inside and outside) just to feel substantial. Inside, a mess of glue, bent components, and badly routed cables.
          NRBQ put it this way: "Ain't No Free". Save your pennies,wait a while, and buy something that isn't junk; from a company that is in the business of working with musician's; not simply wringing the lat few dollars from formerly awesome company's name. Lexicon had awesome products, back in the 80's; but just like HP, greed and short-sightedness have tarnished their hard-earned reputation.

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