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Lexicon I-ONIX U42S USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface  

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Brilliantly designed, the I-ONIX U42S recording interface from Lexicon fits where it makes the most sense, between your keyboard and monitor. Lexicon...Read More

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4-channel USB audio/MIDI interface with dbx preamps, Lexicon reverb, and more.

Brilliantly designed, the I-ONIX U42S recording interface from Lexicon fits where it makes the most sense, between your keyboard and monitor. Lexicon understands you care passionately about your music, and that it's more than just a pastime, which inspired them to create the I•ONIX U42S, putting all monitor and input level controls at your fingertips.

Featuring dbx microphone preamps on every channel, the I•ONIX series recording interfaces are more than equipped to provide professional recordings that keep your music sounding its best. The preamps run on a high-voltage supply to guarantee stability and provide you with a superior recording across a wide dynamic range. Performance driven A/D - D/A converters ensure pristine 24-bit/96kHz audio to capture every subtle detail of your performance.

The included Pantheon II VST/AU reverb plug-in features 6 reverb types with 16 adjustable parameters, as well as 35 factory presets that range from Vocal to Live Sound and Special Effects. It's easy to complete your mix and make your music sound its best with these exquisitely rich, full reverbs that have made Lexicon famous.

Also included with the Lexicon U42S is a software suite featuring Steinberg's Cubase LE4 and Toontrack EZdrummer Lite.

FEATURES
  • USB 2.0 connection to DAW—up to 480Mbps
  • 44.1 to 96KHz sample rates, 24-bit resolution
  • 4 Analog 1/4" and XLR combi-jack inputs on the rear panel for mic/line inputs
  • Record up to 6 sources at once
  • 2 Analog 1/4" TRS (Stereo Main) outputs
  • dbx high-voltage, ultra-low noise mic preamp's on all analog mic/line inputs (4 total)
  • 2 Hi-Z instrument inputs
  • Supports Windows and Mac platforms
  • 48V phantom power for each input pair
  • Input signal metering via 8 LED's per channel
  • Signal mixing and stereo bus signal metering
  • 2 1/4" high-output
  • headphone connections
  • MIDI In/Out
  • S/PDIF I/O
  • Zero-latency monitoring
  • Low-latency ASIO drivers
  • Lexicon Pantheon II VST/AU reverb plug-in
  • Software suite includes Steinberg's Cubase LE4, and Toontrack

Between Lexicon and dbx, you get recording and processing from two of the most respected names in pro audio — how can you wrong? Order yours today!

SPECIFICATIONS

I-ONIX U42S USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface

  • Microphone Inputs: Female XLR Pin 2 Hot
  • Input Impedance: 3kΩ balanced
  • Phantom Power: +48 Volts
  • Maximum gain: +55dB
  • E.I.N. (at max gain): 127dB @ 55dB gain typical (150Ω source), 130dB @ 55dB gain typical A-weighted (150Ω source)
  • Maximum Input Level: +8dBu
  • Frequency Response: +/ 1.5dB, 20Hz-20kHz
  • THD+N: <0.02%, 20Hz-20kHz, <0.002%, 1kHz, -6dBu
  • Line Inputs: 1/4" TRS balanced or unbalanced
  • Input Impedance: 20kΩ balanced, 13kΩ unbalanced
  • Maximum Input Level: +18dBu
  • Frequency Response: +/ 1.5dB, 20Hz-20kHz
  • THD+N: <0.02%, 20Hz-20kHz, <0.002%, 1kHz, +18 dBu
  • Instrument Input: 1/4" TS unbalanced
  • Input Impedance: 1MΩ
  • Maximum Input Level: +10dBu
  • Frequency Response: +/ 2.5 dB, 20Hz-20kHz
  • THD+N: <0.08%, 1kHz, +4dBu
  • Line Outputs: 1/4" TRS balanced or unbalanced
  • Level: +18dBu maximum
  • Impedance: 32Ω Balanced, 16Ω Unbalanced
  • Headphone Output: 1/4" stereo jack 250mW per channel at 50Ω
  • MIDI Interface: 5-pin DIN connectors for MIDI in and MIDI out
  • Sample Rate: 44.1, 48, 88.2, or 96kHz (determined by computer application)
  • Dynamic Range: A/D (24 Bit) 108dB typical, A-weighted, 20HZ-20kHz
  • D/A (24 Bit) 110dB typical, A-weighted, 20Hz-20kHz
  • A/D/A (24 Bit) 106dB typical, A-weighted, 20Hz-20kHz
  • Power requirements: Power adaptors for 100—240 VAC, 50/60Hz, 15W
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LexiconI-ONIX U42S USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface
 
3.6

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5.0

Perfect For Me

By Grant Barnum

from Columbia, MO

Comments about Lexicon I-ONIX U42S USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

I've been playing music for 10 years, and recording for three or four. I was using a BOSS stand alone recorder, which was simple, but the quality was never that good. This unit was a huge step up for me. Everything on it works great, I'm having an easy time getting everything I need recorded, and it wasn't too expensive. I make all my own music, and for somebody doing things solo this is a great way to go. I'd recommend this to anyone.

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4.0

Has potential but that's about it

By BradyB

from Salt Lake City, UT

Comments about Lexicon I-ONIX U42S USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

I've owned this unit for about 2 years. I just needed something simple to use with Apple Logic (at the time). Now I have changed my DAW to Propellerhead Record which I personally like because of it's ease of use and integration with Line6 amp plugins, effects, etc. as well as Reason. However, where this unit seems to fall short (besides the already noted lack of a power switch) is its lack of support for core audio drivers. In using a Mac sometimes it is nice to be able to create an Aggregate Audio Device to combine inputs. Since the U42S does not support this a person like me is left without the option to use their Line6 TonePort Tone Direct Monitoring through the Lexicon. A major short fall for me. However, the U42S does provide some fairly solid preamps, easy setup and easy use. Though I have run into the issue with it not outputting any sounds for some reason and having to restart my machine (as someone already stated in an earlier review). So, in short, I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS UNIT FOR MAC USERS.

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4.0

Really, no power switch?

By MacGuitar

from Washington State

Comments about Lexicon I-ONIX U42S USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

It's been commented on before, but lack of a power switch is a HUGE oversight. I use CUBASE 5 on my Mac 10.6.2. While I mic my amps, I have a couple acoustics that have decent pre-amps, and the instrument inputs on the U42S do a decent job combined with the CUBASE 5 software. The problem is, each time you swap out an instrument or a mic, you need to power cycle the U42S. Now, that's likely an issue with the software, but, still--no power switch...really? Really quite an silly move. Otherwise, I've found it to be a quality DAW. Takes some fiddlin' to find the sweet spots, but it always does. =)

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5.0

what great preamps!...finally..64 bit drivers!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Lexicon I-ONIX U42S USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

the preamps on this u42 rock! the tonal character of them is worth the cost just for the preamps..plus you get a great interface.I have been using it to track live and my FOH guy says he loves that the meters and controls are right there..plus we have a great sound

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5.0

Good Show

By NoiseInTheBasement

from Ashburn, VA

Comments about Lexicon I-ONIX U42S USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

I just downloaded the latest version of the 64-bit Vista drivers on 8/14/09 - and now I can finally get everything to work! Recording, playback through iTunes, you name it!I had the beta drivers (which worked sporadically) and I was about to toss this thing until Lexicon came through with these drivers. Thank you!

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1.0

Do Not Buy!!!

By K-8

from Las Vegas

Comments about Lexicon I-ONIX U42S USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

This is a horrible interface, actually it's the worst I have ever used. It's nearly impossible to record with this thing. It constantly clips at even the lowest volume possible, which means you cannot record or even listen to anything because it won't stop crackling & popping. It's too bad because the unit looks sick.

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2.0

Potential, but not there yet

Comments about Lexicon I-ONIX U42S USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

This unit has great potential, but suffers from some serious flaws that Lexicon has been unwilling to fix. Feature-wise it's decent with an array of inputs and options, however the omission of a power switch is a mistake. The unit runs hot and uses a decent amount of electricity so it's necessary to unplug it between sessions. The biggest faults have to do with the software. Not a day goes by where i don't have to unplug and replug the unit to get it to work the way it's supposed to. It constantly switches modes or refuses to output sound. Doesn't work reliably on my Mac with numerous programs, including Firefox and iChat. Months later and all Lexicon has done is closed down their forum to stop the complaints. Hopefully new firmware will be released eventually, but i'm not holding my breath.

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1.0

Wow, no 64 bit support

By 84PXvAjL0

from Undisclosed

Comments about Lexicon I-ONIX U42S USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

Sorry, no Windows 2000, XP, or Vista 64 bit support. C'mon, 64 bit Windows systems have been around for almost 10 years now. All threads on the Lexicon site related to 64 bit support have been deleted.

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5.0

Great interface for the money

By JozRozington

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Lexicon I-ONIX U42S USB 2.0 Audio/MIDI Interface:

I've used an exensive array of interfaces for recording, but needed something basic and fairly portable. The U42S is just that. The hardware is quick/easy to setup, the preamps are great quality, and my software recognized it immediately. Having the two headphone outputs with seperate volume control is a great feature as well. However, I knocked it a full point as the meters are pretty much worthless; stick to the meters in your software (I'm using Cubase SX3 rewired with Reason 4.0).

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