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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 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
  • Sample rates up to 96kHz
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
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LexiconOmega Desktop Recording Studio
 
3.5

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

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    (5)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Lexicon Omega Is Quirky on My Setup

Make no mistake about it - when this interface is set up correctly and the drivers are checked for stability - you will get first class recording sessions out of the Lexicon Omega. Cubase...Read complete review

Make no mistake about it - when this interface is set up correctly and the drivers are checked for stability - you will get first class recording sessions out of the Lexicon Omega. Cubase LE (bundled with the product) did not come without it's problems. In the initial setup I had to immediately reinstall because of my misreading the serial number. Four installs later - I am experiencing difficulties on each initial load of the software. After some tweaking and fine tuning (WITHOUT CONSULTING THE MANUAL!) the installation finally stabilized. Here is the good news, though. This machine is not entirely recommended for this box or the software at all. It is a Satellite (Toshiba) W30 and running only Intel Celeron M. That should tell you right away that it is technically underpowered for the job out of the gate! It STILL RUNS and RUNS WELL when you are careful on your task list and do not run unnecessary applications when you are recording multitrack work. The sound quality is pristine and you will be absolutely amazed at the difference in your recording clarity. Additionally - I have more than one Digital Audio interface connected to the USB 2.0 hub on this laptop. Both function when called upon and driver switches are flawless. My final recommendation to you is this: If your situation is similar to what I have described - you will have to be patient on the learning curve to use this. If you have a recommended hardware situation - you are in a better position than I - buy it now without hesitation. I am patient - and if you are not - better check elsewhere. If, on the other hand, you will take the time to tweak this for your system, you will not be sorry if you buy it.

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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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(103 of 118 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Intermittent USB Disconnects, Driver Issues

By Jensen

from Orlando, FL

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

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.

(26 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

More Features for the Money!

By JT Player

from Rochester, NY

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

I have owned an MBox and used Pro Tools LE software for the last two years. I have been shopping/researching for a neighbor's son who wants to get started with home recording and likes my set up. After seeing the features and flexibility of this Lexicon Omega system for under 3 bills, I recommended that he buy this right away! With ability to record 4 tracks simultaneously, it's a great basement band studio starter with plenty of upside potential. Easy Cubase software. Unbelievable value!

(26 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best bang for the buck

By Axis

from Pleasanton ca

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

I own this and have uesed it on both pc and mac...and I have also used it useing adobe audtions and garage band....any how..this is the best bang for the buck really easy to use and reliable...Ive used it for about 4 years and havent had any problems with it what so ever...i recomend this for any beginer or any one with expierence

(26 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Lexicon Omega Is Quirky on My Setup

By Gary Tittle - The Gary Tittle Band

from Tracy, CA

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

Make no mistake about it - when this interface is set up correctly and the drivers are checked for stability - you will get first class recording sessions out of the Lexicon Omega. Cubase LE (bundled with the product) did not come without it's problems. In the initial setup I had to immediately reinstall because of my misreading the serial number. Four installs later - I am experiencing difficulties on each initial load of the software. After some tweaking and fine tuning (WITHOUT CONSULTING THE MANUAL!) the installation finally stabilized. Here is the good news, though. This machine is not entirely recommended for this box or the software at all. It is a Satellite (Toshiba) W30 and running only Intel Celeron M. That should tell you right away that it is technically underpowered for the job out of the gate! It STILL RUNS and RUNS WELL when you are careful on your task list and do not run unnecessary applications when you are recording multitrack work. The sound quality is pristine and you will be absolutely amazed at the difference in your recording clarity. Additionally - I have more than one Digital Audio interface connected to the USB 2.0 hub on this laptop. Both function when called upon and driver switches are flawless. My final recommendation to you is this: If your situation is similar to what I have described - you will have to be patient on the learning curve to use this. If you have a recommended hardware situation - you are in a better position than I - buy it now without hesitation. I am patient - and if you are not - better check elsewhere. If, on the other hand, you will take the time to tweak this for your system, you will not be sorry if you buy it.

(23 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Budget setup

By Droopy Gangster

from Idaho

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

I just purchased the Omega and was very impressed with the cd quality and features I was able to use to edit songs. The cubase le that came with the product was the perfect host to use, although it didn't come with a manual, I was able to find one on the net. If your looking for a quick home set up and don't want to spend a fortune, look at getting one of these.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Mixed Feelings

By AboutSound

from Gaithersburg MD

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

I had used mine for over a year with no problems until I re-arranged my studio, then the drivers started dropping in and out.I found the forum group on the web and sure enough the ribbon cable inside the unit was shorting out on a heat sink.I fixed it by re-directing the ribbon cable off the heat sink and have had no problems since.Besides this one flaw this unit sounds great, has some great features and is easy to use.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best choice period!!!!

By Shannon

from Boise, ID

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

I have been to studios and home recording setups and I was tired of paying hourly rates to record. I looked into desktop equiptment and didnt want to spend alot of money. The Lexicon Omega was affordable and hands down the ultimate desktop setup. I run mine on Vista with no problems and the quality is amazing. I have total control of everything and can record unlimited tracks to one song. You will not be sorry you purchased this setup. The 2 mic setup is perfect. I use a condensor mic in the background in conjunction with the main mic and it produces top notch reproduction.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Great Big Paper Weight

By Sevrin

from Sydney, NSW

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

I bought this unit about a year ago and have had nothing but trouble with it. The unit first started playing up about a month after i bought it. It would drop out and not register on my computer. As it was still under warranty I took it to the authorized repairer and it was repaired. I was advised that the reason it was dropping out was due to a design floor that allows a ribbon cable inside to touch part of the circuit board that heats up. This causes the ribbon to melt/break. I posted many times on the Lexicon forum to find that a month after posting my warnings to other potential victims had been deleted by the admin. From what I read before posts started 'vanishing', my Omega wasn't the only one experiencing this same problem! I gave this unit one star because zero stars wasn't an option! So in short, AVOID THIS UNIT LIKE THE PLAGUE!

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Don't treat it like a pro unit and no problems...

By Paul

from San Diego, CA

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

As soon as I wanted to do two inputs with hot signal, this thing took my beautiful (and very old) Epiphone to the sounds of a chinese-made cardboard guitar... It works fine with one channel and mono monitoring, otherwise it is very taxing... Me? I use a dual 800MHz G4 Mac with 1.5G of ram, nothing else running at the time of recording... Two Audio Technica 4050 mics with their own phantom power supplies. (The Lexicon does not have a full and transparent 48v off of the USB box...)

(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Recording Software

By brothers of circumstance

from Knoxville, IA

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

The Lexicon Omega is amazing. You can record up to four tracks at once. It also comes with cubase software and it is easy to use. The effects are amazing. I would reccomend this to anyone who wants to start recording.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

this audio interface is ...

By third day band

from stockton ca

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

this audio interface is good for the dollar.... i must say that this is the first one i bought and i had it for a night.... the cubase le works good and sounds good...... i still have to get used to it because i only used adobe auditon and fruit loops but it looks easy.... the controls of the machine are easy to use and the recoding comes out clear... it is easy to install and easy to setup.... the only compliant i have with this product that when you plug a piano via midi cables you cant hear it on the headphones thru the head phone jack.... you have to plug in speakers on the back of the machine.... but other then that it is a good product for home recording...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Works great sometimes...

By Ben

from Georgia

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

I have had this product for almost a year now and it is definitely inexpensive and good for someone's first audio interface BUUUUUT! the interface randomly gives out on you when you want it to work. The only way i have found to fix this is to just unplug it and plug it back in which gets VERY old. If you have the money and are looking for professional quality you might want to move on, but if you are a beginner to the world of recording this may work for you. and word to the wise cubase le DOES NOT WORK FOR LEOPARD!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Issues with hardware drivers

By cbjr

from Cleveland

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

The unit itself is a great tool and the cubase software is great (once you figure it out). I have experienced (with what I've found to be the case with may others) issues with the drivers running the USB Audio Interface. At any given moment, the PC with not recognize the hardware and driver association. I've scoured the internet for solutions and not found any that resolve the issue. The manufacturer is of no help, they refused support, stating I would have to buy the full cubase version for several hundred dollars more before I could talk to them. Needless to say, I'm cutting my losses and finding a different product.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Horrible Product

By Lou

from Sacramento, CA

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

I bought this thing from Guitar Center because it had a lot of inputs and also because it came with CuBase LE. However, all of the inputs don't really matter when the unit stops working. There is no power on/off so I would have to manually plug and unplug the unit whenever I'm turning it off. After about 4 months, the USB began losing connection and it would interupt my Reason sessions and freeze Reason completely. I would then have to close the program and lose everything I had just done after the last save. After about 6 months, it just stopped working completely. I tried countless times to make it work again by reinstalling the drives (which is a pain by the way) and re-setting everything and it still didn't run. I tossed this fella along with my money just to end up having to spend another $300 on a midi interface that actually worked. Seriously, don't waste your money like I did.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Dont buy this!!!

By Storiesonwalls

from Raleigh, Nc

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

I bought this about 7 months ago and ive now gotten rid of both the software included and the base. Although it has many inputs they all have a terrible sound quality. I bought alesis m1active monitors and cakewalk home studio 7 which is cheaper than buying this package. And wow that is they way to go...so much better. Do yourself a favor and dont bother with this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

The Omega is cheap

By Nada

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

If you're looking for a simple program that you can just set up and go, keep looking. I set up the Omega studio and had to do a lot of troubleshooting to get it to actually work. Once I made all of the adjustments, and rebooted several times, it worked! for a little while... In the middle of my first project the Omega mixer decided to stop functioning. I called support and they told me I would have to send it in to be fixed or replaced. I've read several other reviews about this product on many different sites and there are alot of dissappointed customers. Don't waste your time and money on this one!

 
5.0

Lexicon Omega Desktop Studio

By ViVaLaKobi

from Cary, NC

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

One powerful piece of harware connected to some powerful software gets you some professional sounding recordings. Advice : Read the maual first. It can be very confusing to set up/use. Also, read guitar center's online FAQ's on recording. It dramatically improved the sound and quality of our recordings. Well worth the money.

 
5.0

Lexicon Product Review

By MusicMan 007

from Shelbyville, IN

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

I have recently purchased a Lexicon Desktop Recording Studio. I purchased a Lexicon to record demo disc and to help me remember some cool riffs that I stumble across while playing my guitar. The quality and capabilities of this equipment is great. With no experience of recording equipment I was able to install and being recording almost instantly. As I am still learning all the controls with this product the Lexicon costumer service has been helpful in answering my questions in a timely manner.In closer, this product has a full range of funtions that allow you to produce great recordings with a band or just going solo at a low cost.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great interface for the price

By aparks

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

The Lexicon Omega has 4 channels of A -> D conversion and 2 D -> A converters. The mic preamps work just fine, giving you plenty of gain and very little noise or sound coloration. Inputs can be monitored directly without the use of an external mixer, which is extremely useful for budget home studio applications. Don't be fooled by 96 or 128kHz gear, the 44.1kHz this unit gives you is really all you need, and paying twice as much for a 96kHz interface will NOT give you twice the sound quality. The interface is very stable, and MIDI and S/PDIF in/out works fine. For a recording musician or an amatuer videomaker, this interface and the included (excellent) Cubase LE software is all you need to get into recording (besides some microphones...) I wish this unit had a power switch in order to shut it off when not in use, as it gets warm when left on (but not warm enough to hurt anything).

(0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Recoding Equip.

By Gibson Sunbrst rulz

from Undisclosed

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

This product is amazazing, I am in a band and I think this is a great piece of equipment!

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