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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
Input level controls with peak meters
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LexiconAlpha USB Desktop Recording Studio
 
4.1

(based on 84 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

74%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (26)
  • Easy to use (25)
  • Lightweight (24)
  • Good audio (19)
  • Durable (8)

Cons

  • Limited functions (10)
  • Poor sound quality (3)
  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (26)
  • Home studio (23)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Novice (9), Professional musician (7)

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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(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Ouch.

By L3Vi

from Muskegon, MI

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Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

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.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Sorry about that

By JJ

from Sterling Heights, Michigan

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Not Recommended

Cons

  • Unreliable

Best Uses

    Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

    Went to manufacturer's website and they are still working on the fixes for Windows 10. Had to return it.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Software not compatible w/Win 10

    By Newbie

    from Fairfield, Ohio

    About Me Novice

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    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.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        features need some work

        By Will DeMaray-EwnrN

        from Wilmington, NC

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        Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

        Best price for an interface, can't deny that. It's nice for a small recording studio for begginners. But there's no phantom power, and that means no condenser mics. So it's better to just throw in another 30 bucks and get something a little better, like the alesis i02. Which is what i use.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Interface

        By Ron

        from Rhode Island

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

        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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best money i ever spent

        By Kram

        from Cannelton Indiana

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        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,

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Pretty Cool

        By BassMonkey97

        from South Carolina

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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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        You get what you pay for

        By woodys

        from Charleston SC

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • It works

        Cons

        • It makes high pitch hum
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

        Its cheap and it does the job. It records well, very quiet. But the playback is what i have an issue with. It makes a high pitch hum.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        pretty dang good

        By sgettys

        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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic sound - easy to use

          By Josh

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Novice

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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.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Alpha for starters

            By Mark M

            from Middletown, CT

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            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.

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Works Perfectly for my application

              By SAB-8q0LM

              from Hollywood, FL

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              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ

                Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

                This works very well connected to my laptop and 16 channel mixer. Very easy to hook up and sound quality is excellent. I have not attempted to use it to record. Hence, I cannot comment on that functionality. I hghly recommend this to a KJ/DJ using a laptop.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great

                By Sharkbaid_612

                from Minneapolis, MN

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Podcasting

                Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

                Any time i run into someone starting out with home recording, i always reccomend this unit...

                Unit is very flexible, offering both XLR and 1/4" inputs, and 1/4" or RCA outputs for monitoring.

                Since it is Bus powered (over usb), there is no need for an external power source, which makes this highly portable. just toss in your bag and go...

                Unless you need several inputs for live recording, this unit will probably fit the bill, at a price that can't be beat.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great way of getting your mix on the computer.

                By Abubacar

                from Pittsburgh, PA

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                Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

                This thing is your best bet for your money if all you want to do is get the signal from your mixer onto your computer. You get a very clean stereo mix (allowing pannings for drums and such). No fuzz or static that you can get from just plugging into your computers line in. If you are wanting to record some stuff in your bedroom the Lexicon is the way to go. Only draw backs are the lack of phantom power, so don't plan on running any condesors directly into this (not good for podcasting then!). But if you are like me and have a mixer with Phantom then this thing is all you need!

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent For A Home Studio...

                By Britfunk

                from Central WV

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                Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

                The Lexicon Alpha does exactly what it is supposed to - I could not be more impressed! I had the drivers installed and was ready to record in under five minutes. The clarity of the instrument input is amazing - I was able to record my passive electric bass with no outboard processing at all.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good for amateur recording with excellent features

                By Joel

                from Buffalo, ny

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

                  This interface is good. I don't understand why ppl have such noise issues. I think that have to do more with the electricity(ground) , cables , even your computer in the place you planing to use it. Ive never had any issues with mine , sounds pretty clear and clean for a cheap product. Im very satisfied with the time i was using it. I got into a scarlett 2i2 not too long ago and that one has gave me more issues than other usb audio int. i had. Something that makes me give it 5 stars its only the stereo direct monitoring feature, which is not any special feature from it but is better when recording pianos or stereo sources. It doesn't ( i think ) have any preamps like everybody says on their product specs. But either way it sounds just good.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Overall nice

                  By Robert M

                  from Falkville Alabama

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                  Comments about Lexicon Alpha USB Desktop Recording Studio:

                  Overall nice. Would be better with phantom power.

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The best Interface with cheap PRICE!

                  By hadziMurad - USA

                  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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