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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
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LexiconAlpha USB Desktop Recording Studio
 
4.2

(based on 73 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (20)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Good audio (14)
  • Versatile (7)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (20)
  • Home studio (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Novice (8), Professional musician (4)

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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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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5.0

Great way to learn.

By Fast Finger 4 U

from Cannelton Indiana

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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5.0

I would buy this product again

By Smooth Thunder

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 goldensaxx

    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

      By Ampeg01

      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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        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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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic sound - easy to use

        By MacJammer

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Novice

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        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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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The best Interface with cheap PRICE!

          By hadziMurad - USA

          from N. Hollywood, CA

          About Me Experienced

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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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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Pretty Cool

          By BassMonkey97

          from South Carolina

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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