Lexicon AlphaItem ID: Alpha
USB Audio Interface, 2-in/2-out, with 1 Microphone Preamplifier, 1 hi-Z Instrument Input, Cubase LE Software, and Lexicon Pantheon Reverb - 24-bit/48kHz
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Lexicon Audio Interface and Recording Software BundleLexicon's Alpha Studio includes everything you need for portable, professional recordings including the Alpha Studio USB I/O mixer, Steinberg's Cubase LE multi-track PC and Mac recording software, and the Lexicon Pantheon VST reverb plug-in. The Alpha Desktop Recording Studio represents the entry-level of Lexicon's family of feature rich USB audio solutions. Now, with three incredible Lexicon solutions to choose from: the Alpha, Lambda, and Omega, you can achieve professional quality audio recordings. When you go wherever your creativy takes you, take a Lexicon Alpha with you.
Lexicon Alpha at a Glance:
Complete Recording Solution
Alpha Studio is a bus-powered 2x2 USB I/O mixer packaged as a complete recording solution with Cubase LE recording software and Lexicon's Pantheon VST Reverb plug-in. The Alpha Studio features one XLR microphone input, two TRS line inputs and two TRS & RCA line outs. Alpha's front panel features an ultra high-z 1/4" instrument input for direct to computer recording and a 1/8" high powered headphone output for use with professional or consumer headphones.
24-bit/48kHz Audio Recording
Conveniently powered directly from the USB bus, the Alpha Studio can stream two channels of 44.1 or 48 kHz audio at either 16- or 24-bit resolution to Mac or PC computers. Users can record two tracks at once from two input sources. The microphone and line inputs have individual level controls and peak meters which are summed at the analog-to-digital bus. Mono/stereo monitoring is provided, as well as Zero-latency Direct/Playback Monitoring, allowing for delay-free overdubs. As with all recording solutions from Lexicon Pro, the Alpha Studio hardware can be used with almost any recording software the user prefers.
Cubase LE and Lexicon Pantheon Reverb
From the first idea to complete compositions, Cubase is the virtual studio for all musicians and producers looking for a creative way to realize their projects. Cubase LE integrates seamlessly with the Alpha 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.
To give your recordings that legendary "Lexicon Sound," the Alpha includes the Lexicon Pantheon VST Reverb plug-in. The Lexicon name is synonymous with "the world's best reverb." Pantheon continues this legacy and delivers that "Lexicon Sound" used on most of today's recorded music and movies.
Lexicon Alpha Features:
With Lexicon's Alpha, you can achieve professional quality audio recordings at an incredibly low price!
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Cecil, Mesquite, TX
Reviewsbased on 10 reviews
Perfect for my needs!
by Alex Dickson from Lawton, OK USAI've had this for almost a year now. It is wonderful, simple, and easy to use. I really only use it to get the sound to my speakers, but it REALLY does the job for the price. I'm pretty much a simple ... read more [+]bedroom producer using FL Studio, a Midi Controller, Headphones, and a set of monitors. I haven't really tried recording through it because I don't have a mic at the moment, but I soon plan to do so. :) close [-]
September 17, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist working to pro
by C. Watkins from Nashville, TNFirst, I want to state that I purchased my Alpha just a couple of weeks ago to replace a (multi-owner) Omega that was slowly dying. I decided that I wanted to separate my MIDI from my audio, so I went... read more [+] with the Alpha, especially for the price.
July 26, 2011
Music Background: Former performer, currently songwriter and hobbyist homerec'er
The first thing I noticed was that the pre-amp in the Alpha seems much better than in the Omega. Now, I don't know production dates so I don't know what tech was changed when in these units, and my Omega was used when I got it, but I know I get much better sound through the XLR of this unit while using the same mic and same cables as I used before. (It was kind of nice to have to pull back to get some headroom instead of fighting to register a signal.)
It uses bus power, which is a huge plus. It generates no noticeable heat and it's one less thing to plug in. (I'm pretty sure the Omega died because it ran really hot.) The tradeoff is no phantom power, so if you're not using a standard dynamic mic, you'll need a separate phantom power unit.
If you have duplex issues check for battling audio drivers / devices / applications. The ASIO driver can only be in so many places at a time, and what looks like a driver crash can actually be another application "stealing" control of the device. I fix this by routing non-latency-critical apps (Sound Forge and Acid, since I don't record on those) to the regular Windows audio, then route the soundcard LO output to my monitor mixer's aux input so I don't have to change headphones around and I can control what I'm hearing from each. Reaper gets the Alpha (and the ASIO driver) all to itself, and I run the L/R rear outputs through a Y cable into my monitor mixer's main input.
It's hard to beat this unit in terms of bang for the buck. I'm very happy with it. close [-]
Exactly what I needed
by Cameron from Las Vegas, NVThis thing has 1 mic input, 1 instrument input, and 2 line inputs. If you need more, don't get this. However, if you're like me and only need to record one thing at a time, then GET THIS! Simple as th... read more [+]at! Sound quality is great! PLENTY of gain. The normal sized headphone jack is a plus (no more 1/4" adapters!) It's not incredibly durable, but will definitely survive a good fall. Tip for Win 7 64bit users, the drivers will not install off the CD. Just go to Lexicons website and download the drivers. It worked perfectly after that. It comes with Cubase LE4 which is amazing. If you're thinking about getting this, just get it! And Sweetwater has the best service on the planet so buy it here! close [-]
June 26, 2010
Music Background: Pro Audio Student
I Love My Lexicon Alpha
by John E. Lawton from Craig, Colorado USAExcept that it has only one XLR/mic (loss of 0.5 stars) input (compared to two for the piece of equipment that it is unexpectedly) and has no option for an external power supply (loss of 0.5 stars), I... read more [+] absolutely love this little thing. It was originally intended as a low-cost mixer to interface a netbook PC (for playback of practice tracks), a Galazy AS-900/Shure SE215 IEM setup, and a Audio-Technica wireless mic. Now, the piece of USB equipment it replaced (which cost me THREE times as much) is now going to be semi-retired and used as the IEM/Wireless/Netbook mixer and the Alpha is going to be my bedroom/practice-vocals/make-practice-recordings mixer. In fact, I may not have to buy one of two other prospective USB or FireWire mixers at 8-10 times the cost, if the XLR mic pre-amp is as clean as it appears to be on quick aural-"inspection". (But, I have yet to put a DAW meter on it to see the actual noise-levels.)
March 27, 2013
Music Background: Amateur Recording Engineer, Professional Live Sound Engineer, Hobbyist Musician
Yahoo!!! :) close [-]
by Steve T. from HoustonWorks well once you get through the Cubase LE Installation. Would give this a 5 star rating if the installation would have gone smoothly. The hardware works fine. Installation of Cubase LE was ver... read more [+]y cumbersome. It took far longer to install this than necessary. I bought this to use as a simple method of self evaluation of vocals for practice in my home office, avoiding using the studio. Cubase took a good solution and fouled it up with an unnecessarily complex installation procedure. close [-]
March 4, 2013
Music Background: Live sound engineer, pro musician, 20yrs