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The Lexicon Lambda draws power from the USB port and provides high-end D/A converters plus 2 quality mic preamps supplying phantom power. Cool tower...Read More

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Genuine Lexicon stability and signal quality in a very affordable interface!

The Lexicon Lambda draws power from the USB port and provides high-end D/A converters plus 2 quality mic preamps supplying phantom power. Cool tower design features independent mic and line controls with LEDs plus monitor mix and output level controls. 2 balanced TRS line inputs and outputs, 2 XLR mic ins, 1/4" high-impedance instrument in, and 1/8" headphone jack.

The Lexicon Lambda includes advanced and intuitive Cubase LE recording software for 48-track audio and 64 MIDI tracks. Also features the brilliant Pantheon VST reverb software with loads of factory presets. Works with Macs and PCs.

FEATURES
  • USB powered
  • High-end D/A converters
  • 2 quality mic preamps
  • Phantom power
  • Independent mic and line controls with LEDs
  • Monitor mix and output level controls
  • 2 balanced TRS line inputs and outputs
  • 2 XLR mic ins
  • 1/4" high-impedance instrument in
  • 1/8" headphone jack
  • Cubase LE recording software for 48-track audio and 64 MIDI tracks
  • Pantheon VST reverb software
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LexiconLambda USB Desktop Studio
 
3.8

(based on 53 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

33%

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Relic

I also own Sonar 8.5 producer which is superb, but it has alot steeper learning curve. I use the Lexicon Lambda almost everyday now because of the simplicity of its controls, and save...Read complete review

I also own Sonar 8.5 producer which is superb, but it has alot steeper learning curve. I use the Lexicon Lambda almost everyday now because of the simplicity of its controls, and save the Sonar for real big projects.
Midi,Mic,Line,Monitor inputs/outputs....barebones but very adequate for beginning to intermediate audio idea sketching/demo production. Cubase4 works fine and is even capable of some audio/video production. I run it on a pentium 4 HP pavillion with only 1 Gig of RAM and the processor is barely working on small 8-16 track projects. Mind you this is not a pro machine by any means, but it is quite well suited for anyone interested in getting into computer recording.
Build seems solid and all parts were in box when it arrived. Loaded software, plugged in unit and was recording,mixing and playing back in less than 30 minutes.
For the price whats not to like !

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Good for beginners

Okay, so the lambda has served me well for about four years now. When I first started, I was interested in only recording acoustic guitar, and vocals, maybe two to three tracks...Read complete review

Okay, so the lambda has served me well for about four years now. When I first started, I was interested in only recording acoustic guitar, and vocals, maybe two to three tracks per song, max. And in this environment, the Lambda is really quite okay. But, once I got into recording more high quality stuff, it slowly lagged behind. This interface is simply not cut out to record songs that are going to have many tracks, and have many effects in them. If you want to, you'll have to adjust the buffer to where the lag in recording will be too much, and it will become unusable. The preamps are quite noisy, and after a while, the control pots will get scratchy and noisy as well. But, it is after all cheap.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

nope

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from Central Coast, California

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Limited Functions
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording

Comments about Lexicon Lambda USB Desktop Studio:

I bought this a few years ago and have used it a lot for recording quick demos to send out to the band, but other than that, it's not useful. Tons of bleed through (if you're using a metronome function on your recording program, it will bleed into every track.) The preamps are noisy, and they clip incredibly easily. You could get around this by using a tube pre and running into the line inputs, but the line inputs have almost no signal strength until you turn them up so high that they start distorting.

basically, I'd never buy this one again. It's gotten me through ok, but like I said above, it's really only useful for quick demo's that don't have to sound good. If you're actually looking for something to do more professional recordings on a budget there are plenty of other options like the Focusrite Scarlet line.

I do have to say I like the Cubase platform and it worked fine on my Mac.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

just what the doctor ordered

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from appleton wi

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        Comments about Lexicon Lambda USB Desktop Studio:

        i was somewhat familiar with cubase le5 and wanted to use it with my windows 7 software.

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        (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Wish it worked. No access code.

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        from Kansas

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              Comments about Lexicon Lambda USB Desktop Studio:

              This device came with Cubase software. I cannot activate the software. Steinberg was supposed to send me an activation code but says I have no license. Musician's Friend won't let me exchange it because it is software. I have had good expierience dealing with MF in the past and will probably still deal with them. Just not for a while.

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              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Relic

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              from Illinois

              Comments about Lexicon Lambda USB Desktop Studio:

              I also own Sonar 8.5 producer which is superb, but it has alot steeper learning curve. I use the Lexicon Lambda almost everyday now because of the simplicity of its controls, and save the Sonar for real big projects.
              Midi,Mic,Line,Monitor inputs/outputs....barebones but very adequate for beginning to intermediate audio idea sketching/demo production. Cubase4 works fine and is even capable of some audio/video production. I run it on a pentium 4 HP pavillion with only 1 Gig of RAM and the processor is barely working on small 8-16 track projects. Mind you this is not a pro machine by any means, but it is quite well suited for anyone interested in getting into computer recording.
              Build seems solid and all parts were in box when it arrived. Loaded software, plugged in unit and was recording,mixing and playing back in less than 30 minutes.
              For the price whats not to like !

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              a disappointment

              By 

              from Pennsylvania

              Comments about Lexicon Lambda USB Desktop Studio:

              I believe the poor drivers were responsible for this unit constantly arguing with my computer.
              Inputs for Mic, Midi, line in and instrument.
              This unit had some good features, but way too many problems. I had problems with static, a high-pitched hum, latency and mysterious crashes. I'm happy to finally be able to afford to replace it. I rated it a 3 because when it did work, it was fine.

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              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              DONT BUY IF U WANNA RECORD

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              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Lexicon Lambda USB Desktop Studio:

              i bought this mabye a year ago to lay down some basic recording. Now that i want to add more effects and do more serious mixing.. major latency issues.. you are better off getting the Tascam 122 0r 144. they are usb 2.0.... and yes it makes a big difference!!!!!

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Good for beginners

              By 

              from Boston

              Comments about Lexicon Lambda USB Desktop Studio:

              Okay, so the lambda has served me well for about four years now. When I first started, I was interested in only recording acoustic guitar, and vocals, maybe two to three tracks per song, max. And in this environment, the Lambda is really quite okay. But, once I got into recording more high quality stuff, it slowly lagged behind. This interface is simply not cut out to record songs that are going to have many tracks, and have many effects in them. If you want to, you'll have to adjust the buffer to where the lag in recording will be too much, and it will become unusable. The preamps are quite noisy, and after a while, the control pots will get scratchy and noisy as well. But, it is after all cheap.

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Good for guitar, but not much else.

              Comments about Lexicon Lambda USB Desktop Studio:

              I've had this thing for about 2 years and well, it's been a real let down from the get go. I mainly got it to record guitar and keys, which it does fine. I recently acquired some mics and wow, what horrible pres. Noisy, and one of them didn't even work! I had to build my own pre to have any sort of gain control. The only way to get sufficient volume is to use a TS cable between the insert and line in to boost the levels to usable. But unfortunately when you do this, you also amplify all the noise present in this device. Not good for vocals or micing anything, but great for guitar or keys. The MIDI is okay, it gets the job done, but sometimes it ghost notes. You'd be better off getting something else for a little more money. Don't let the Lexicon name fool you, this is not the same quality of product as their more expensive effects units. Bottom line this is a cheap interface, and I don't mean the price.

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              It was going so well...

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              from Atlanta GA

              Comments about Lexicon Lambda USB Desktop Studio:

              I've had this interface now for 3 years and one day I discovered a glaring problem: the 48V phantom power did not work. I bought a mic that required phantom power and the Lambda just wouldn't pick up the audio signal. Infuriating. Anyhow, aside from that, it's been an adequate interface. I still wish I had bought something that was more reliable- now I have to route my mic through this ancient mixing board that has phantom power and then back into the lambda. Very inefficient.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Lexicon Lambda

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              from Currently AZ.

              Comments about Lexicon Lambda USB Desktop Studio:

              I've had this unit for over a year and have no problems with it. Works fine with what I use which is Logic Studio. I've never had a problem with it as I said, but might upgrade to something else soon. I would recommend it. Although I have seen that some other reviewers have had problems with it. I did have problems with it when I used the Cubase, but when switched to logic Studio, I never had a problem with it.

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