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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 whi...Read More

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A compact, USB-powered interface with Lexicon's world-renowned audio quality.

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

With all of this to offer, the Lexicon Alpha is a serious recording option for your first computer recording rig or as a professional, portable solution. Order yours now!

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LexiconAlpha USB Desktop Recording Studio
 
4.2

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

72%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (18)
  • Compact (17)
  • Easy to use (17)
  • Good audio (10)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

  • Limited functions (7)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (16)
  • Home studio (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Novice (8), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Interface

This is a great value and an easy to set-up and use Interface. The Lexicon Reverb plug-in is the best I've ever used - totally natural, especially for vocals and drums. I read...Read complete review

This is a great value and an easy to set-up and use Interface. The Lexicon Reverb plug-in is the best I've ever used - totally natural, especially for vocals and drums. I read reviews of people that found Cubase LE hard to figure out. I don't get it. I find it to be one of the easiest and most intuitive programs, for both MIDI and acoustic recording. It doesn't have anywhere near the bells and whistles of Pro Tools, but most home recordings don't need that stuff. If you want to hear what this software can do, go to CD Baby and listen to the CDs under the LUNAMOON name. All done with this little interface, Cubase LE, Sample Tank Samples and an Audio-Technica mic. I love this system. Know that you can only record two tracks at a time simultaneously so this is not for recording live bands but is great for track by track production.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Ouch.

I purchased one of these about a year ago, and have regretted it ever since. When in 48 KHz mode, it randomly emits an obnoxiously loud white noise, making this mode completely...Read complete review

I purchased one of these about a year ago, and have regretted it ever since. When in 48 KHz mode, it randomly emits an obnoxiously loud white noise, making this mode completely unusable. Of course, it took me about two months to discover that the alpha was actually my problem. Since then, I have consistently used it at 44.1 KHz, which eliminated the obnoxious sounds. However, latency is a major issue - I have to make my buffer size extremely large to avoid getting the system overload error, something I never get when using the cheap interface that came with my Behringer MIDI controller. On top of those issues, I ALWAYS have some amount of ground hum, even if I manually ground the alpha to the device I'm using. Highly disappointed.

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2.0

below average beginners interface

By Gabe.

from St.Pete, Fl.

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

Purchased brand new almost 2 years ago. Consistently emits a really bad noise around 5khz, 7khz and 10khz since day one. Noticeable on clean channels, gets worse as gain turns up. Makes recording/mixing very difficult. Changed every wire/electronic on guitar, new 1/4" cables, positioned interface away from other electronics, but the noise is still audible from both "instrument" and "line 1" inputs.
No phantom power
Easy to use controls, and cubase le 5 is great to learn around your first DAW.
Not worth its going msrp.

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5.0

Fantastic sound - easy to use

By MacJammer

from San Jose, CA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

    I use this to connect the speaker emulation in my amp (Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister) to my Mac to record with GarageBand. There was no setup. Just plug it in and it shows up as an input source. The controls are completely obvious. Never even looked at the manual.

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    5.0

    The best Interface with cheap PRICE!

    By hadziMurad - USA

    from N. Hollywood, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • It Works For Oldcomputers
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Limited Functions
    • No Phantombut Good

    Best Uses

    • Mobile Laptop Recording
    • Usb Interfacew Multigear

    Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

    I tried not to comment about the quality or design of USB Interface hardwares since they got good and bad things. From Yamaha/Roland/ Steinberg/ PreSonus and High-sampling rate- Phonic Firefly 302USB, I tested them all. The simple and cheap Lexicon Alpha sounds the best. Probably it does not have +48V Phantom to mess with A/D circuit internally. To use this Alpha good as expected and many other USB interfaces above, you need to know how to set up the ASIO devices in your DAW and keep in mind the Actual Resource of your Computer. Many commenters are not really good at config their computers to recognize this USB Audio Interface and complain about the quality of Lexicon. Actually, they do not know how to set up right their device in the 1st place. For me. I bought all the interfaces above- level 4- at the fraction of New price. Still works great for me and save me lots of money and also gained the real skills of repair and setup digital Audio Interface. Thanks MF for selling these unwanted products but suitable to me to fix and use.

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    4.0

    Pretty Cool

    By BassMonkey97

    from South Carolina

    About Me Experienced

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

    I was in the market for something small and compact to record on. You know.. Something I could throw in my laptop bag and take with me. This is perfect for that. I did have some questions about the sound quality at first. I noticed a hissing sound when I would listen to my recordings. But when I would export the file, the hissing was gone. Really weird.. but whatever. You get what you pay for. But don't get me wrong, other than that, this is a fine piece of equipment. Again, for the money, It's a great learning tool.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Broken with in a year

    By Misknovi

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Breaks Easily
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

    Stated shutting off less than a year after purchase. Annoying

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    2.0

    You get what you pay for.

    By vonMatt

    from NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

    You get what you pay for. I believe the alpha has some grounding issues internally. There is electrical interferance/bleed/crosstalk between the channel inputs. I found this out late in the game and it makes me question the integrity of my recordings. One thing I hate with Interfaces like the alpha is that there is no switch to turn phantom power on/off. As far as the noiseless preamp, dont crank it up too loud. Good for starting out, but spend the extra money for something nicer.

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    5.0

    Great

    By Danakus772

    from Ft. Pierce

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

    Bought for my son. It is a great learning tool.

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    4.0

    Great Value for the Price

    By Lefty Rocker

    from Mesa, AZ

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • High-pitch Noise Present

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

    Great, easy to use interface. The Cubase software included, while tricky to install, works flawlessly once installed. I was able to figure out how to navigate the software without too much difficulty. The Alpha does what it says, and well for the most part. I use it to to record Electric guitar tracks with my existing preamp.

    One issue I have with the Lexicon Alpha, is there is a high pitch noise on recordings I have made, I have checked grounding and whatnot, but I am not able to eliminate it. Other than that, great product.

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    4.0

    best audio interface with worst install

    By singbtsing

    from lenoir nc

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Difficult to Install
    • Poor Set Up Directions

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

    the audio interface itself is great. its well made and is a great price. it came with cubase 5 le which is also great. However, the initial software install was the worst install experience i've ever had. Be prepared to watch a lot of youtube videos unless you're a pro at mapping drivers and setting up midi instruments! I would easily given five stars if it wasn't for the simple lack of clear instructions of the problems so commonly faced by many. Overall its great...once you learn to set it up.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Alpha for starters

    By Markslim

    from Middletown, CT

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

      I was asked for a recommendation of a hardware and software combination for a friend whose 12-year-old son is into keyboards, and wants to enter the world of recording. Here is my note, verbatim:
      If you buy the Lexicon Alpha system, the Alpha hardware comes bundled with a free version of Cubase LE. This is high quality software, and not any harder to learn than Garage Band. The Alpha plugs into the USB jack on the PC. It also works with a Mac, and Garage Band. Right now, it's on sale; it has all kinds of inputs & outputs, and records 2 channels at once. It can record stereo from the keyboard, or mono from a guitar and a microphone simultaneously. The mic channel has 2 inputs (phone jack or XLR style). If he ever upgrades to a serious recording mic, he will need a 48V phantom power supply.. but these don't cost much, nowadays. I bought the Alpha system about 6 months ago, and it's great. With my laptop PC I've made several multitrack recordings already with it. Didn't take that long to figure everything out. Bonus... It actually doubles as an interface for a good stereo (goodbye to the headphone jack). It has very good A-to-D converters (24-bit 48 KHz) so you can plug it into a real audiophile system. This feature alone makes it worth the investment... all my music on the laptop now goes thru the Alpha to a nice pair of studio monitors I bought. Music sounds phenomenal. For the price (at the moment, very nicely discounted) you can't go wrong. There are tons of "How To" videos on YouTube about how to use an Alpha with a Mac, or a PC. Turns out it also works on an iPad. Garage Band is simple enough for a 12 year old, but baffling to most of our generation. If you have a Mac or an iPad, I'd stick with Garage Band. If you have a PC, Use the Cubase! And give my best to the budding musician. Tell him to remember us fondly when he's famous.

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