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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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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.

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

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
 
4.2

(based on 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (22)
  • Compact (21)
  • Lightweight (20)
  • Good audio (15)
  • Durable (7)

Cons

  • Limited functions (8)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (22)
  • Home studio (19)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Novice (9), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Alpha for starters

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...Read complete review

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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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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4.0

pretty dang good

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from new york

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

its great, ive had zero problems with it thus far, easy to use and compatible with all I throw at it.

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3.0

Software not compatible w/Win 10

By 

from Fairfield, Ohio

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

      Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

      Product description did not mention that neither the Interface or Cubase software is not compatible with Windows 10. Had to return - customer service was very good.

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      5.0

      Best money i ever spent

      By 

      from Cannelton Ind.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

      Great for composing and recording original music and learning the process of recording which has came along way since my old 4 track days. The recording software has loads of support and tutorials to answer any questions that may come up.The Lexicon Omega interface is compact and easy to use. It has changed my musical life and ability.. Buy it,

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      5.0

      Great way to learn.

      By 

      from Cannelton Ind.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

      Great price. Excellent learning tool.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy this product again

      By 

      from Branson, MO

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

        The interface is easy to use, but the recording software included takes a bit of a learning curve.
        Still working with it to become more proficient.

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        4.0

        good deal

        By 

        from white city, OR

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

          sits nicely atop my piano and looks good too. Nice design.

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          5.0

          Alpha USB

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          from Birmingham Al

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ

            Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

            Just a solid interface, solid for the price. Nothing too fancy. It is quiet and versatile for small number of inputs. Clean sound and no signal loss that I have noticed.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            below average beginners interface

            By 

            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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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic sound - easy to use

            By 

            from San Jose, CA

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            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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              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The best Interface with cheap PRICE!

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              from N. Hollywood, CA

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              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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