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With the Omega Desktop Recording Studio, Lexicon has taken a whole-system approach to desktop recording. Omega Studio is an integrated computer recor...Read More

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Record and mix professionally on your computer.

With the Omega Desktop Recording Studio, Lexicon has taken a whole-system approach to desktop recording. Omega Studio is an integrated computer recording system that includes the Omega 8x4x2 USB I/O mixer, Cubase LE, and Pantheon world-class Lexicon reverb plug-in. Omega Studio contains all of the components necessary to transform your computer into a professional 24-bit recording studio.

Whether you're a guitarist, keyboard player, vocalist, instrumentalist, or an audio engineer, Omega Studio provides all the I/O mixing, recording, and effects you need to make your next project sound like it came from a professional studio.

Omega Studio Hardware

Differentiating itself from standard computer I/O boxes that are typically based on a patchbay paradigm, the Omega 8x4x2 USB I/O mixer is based on a mixer paradigm and includes input, output, and mixing functions that support a variety of tracking/monitoring applications while requiring no additional mixing hardware.

The Omega I/O mixer provides 8 inputs that are assignable in pairs to any of 4 simultaneous record channels featuring ultratransparent, high-resolution analog-to-digital converters to capture your performance with pristine 24-bit quality. 2 of the inputs feature extremely low-noise dbx mic-preamps with 48V phantom power and TRS insert points. 4 TRS active balanced line inputs accept up to +22dBu signals to allow interfacing to either unbalanced or professional high-output level-balanced equipment. Included is an S/PDIF input combined with an additional DAC for zero-latency, direct monitoring of the S/PDIF source to allow simultaneous tracking of analog and digital sources.

A high-impedance instrument input is conveniently accessible on the front panel. The Omega I/O mixer provides a peak indicator for each analog input as well as an assignable bar graph meter for signal level monitoring. By monitoring the signal at the A/D converters, you avoid the problems with software-only level monitoring that can miss clipping and ruin your track. The Omega I/O mixer also includes a fully opto-isolated MIDI input to ensure that there is no annoying ground loop hum or MIDI talk-through noise common with many I/O boxes and soundcards.

MIDI output has rock-solid synchronization to USB frame rate to support applications requiring critical sync.

Cubase LE

Your Omega system includes Steinberg's Cubase LE. From the first idea to complete compositions, Cubase is the virtual studio for all musicians and producers looking for a creative way to realize their projects. It integrates seamlessly with the Omega I/O Mixer to achieve an easy-to-use, 48-track complete recording solution that includes all of the modules that you need to track, edit, and mix your masterpiece.

Cubase LE supports up to 48 audio and 64 MIDI tracks with professional audio editing and processing features including: full automation of volume, pan, mute, and effects; MIDI score editor with advanced quantization and logical presets; up to 8 VST instruments; 2 insert and 4 effect sends per channel; and VST system link and ReWire 2 compatibility.

Lexicon Pantheon Reverb Plug-In

Designed entirely by Lexicon engineers, the Pantheon reverb plug-in offers 35 factory presets featuring 6 reverb types (hall, chamber, plate, room, ambience, and custom) controlled by an intuitive user interface with 16 editable parameters. The Lexicon name is synonymous with the world's best reverb. Pantheon continues this legacy by bringing that Lexicon sound to your projects.

FEATURES Omega Desktop:
  • 2 XLR microphone inputs
  • dbx Silver Series mic preamps
  • +48V phantom power
  • 2 TRS insert inputs
  • 4 TRS balanced/unbalanced line inputs
  • 1/4" mono instrument input
  • 2 TRS line outputs
  • MIDI Interface 5 pin DIN connectors for MIDI in and MIDI out
  • Coaxial RCA S/PDIF I/O
  • 24-bit D/A and A/D conversion
  • Integrated multitrack recording, editing, and mixing of audio and MIDI
  • 32 stereo audio tracks
  • 32 plug-ins at one time
  • Unlimited MIDI tracks
  • Professional 24-bit recording, mixing, processing
  • Full-featured editing capabilities
  • DXi soft synth support
  • Support for custom screen layouts and keyboard shortcuts
  • Polish your products with the included suite of DirectX plug-ins
  • Apply morphing effects to your mix with the included FXPad joystick-controlled multi-effects module
  • Add analog synth color to your production with the included AAS Tassman SE analog synth module
  • Produce and burn professional quality CDs from your projects using included project-management utilities
  • Encode audio for internet delivery
  • Import general MIDI files
  • Unlimited realtime locate markers
Reverb Plug-In
  • Classic Lexicon reverb known throughout the recording world
  • 35 factory presets, plus a powerful editor for creating additional presets
  • 6 reverb types including Hall, Chamber, Plate, Room, Ambience, and Custom
  • 16 user-adjustable parameters for fine tuning the reverb
  • Advanced yet easy-to-use interface
  • Floating-point DSP processing
  • Mono and stereo operation
  • 16- and 24-bit compatible
  • Efficient CPU utilization

Now you don't have to delay your entry into full-blown pro digital production until you hit the lottery. Order the alternative today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Omega Desktop Recording Studio

  • Omega Studio Hardware:
  • Microphone Inputs (2) Female XLR Pin 2 Hot
  • Input Impedance 664 ohms balanced
  • Phantom Power +48 Volt
  • EIN -118 dB @ 51dB gain (150 ohm source impedance) -120 dB A-weighted
  • Maximum Input Level -2 dBu (150 Ohm source impedance)
  • Frequency Response +0, -0.2dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ref. 1 kHz
  • THD+N <.005%, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Insert Inputs (2) 1/4" TRS balanced or unbalanced
  • Send Level (ring) +19 dBu maximum
  • Maximum Return Level (tip) +19 dBu maximum
  • Line Inputs (4) 1/4" TRS balanced or unbalanced
  • Input Impedance 20 kOhm unbalanced, 10 kOhm unbalanced
  • Maximum Input Level +19 dBu (40 Ohm source impedance)
  • Frequency Response +0, -0.2 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ref. 1kHz
  • THD+N <.012% A/D, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, <.012% A/D/A, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Instrument Input (1) 1/4" mono jack
  • Input Impedance 1 MOhm unbalanced
  • Maximum Input Level +19 dBu
  • Frequency Response +0, -0.25 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ref. 1 kHz
  • THD+N <.0125% A/D
  • Crosstalk <-74dB any input or output to any recording channel, 20 Hz-20 kHz <-95 dB at 1 kHz typical
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LexiconOmega Desktop Recording Studio
 
3.6

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    (100)

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    (23)

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    (16)

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    (23)

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    (39)

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        In Lexicons defense...

        I bought this item used off of the big auction site. Got the Omega and power supply...that was it. I downloaded the manual and the most current driver from Lexicons website,...Read complete review

        I bought this item used off of the big auction site. Got the Omega and power supply...that was it. I downloaded the manual and the most current driver from Lexicons website, and I didn't need Cubase as I am using another program (Reaper) for tracking. I guess the only thing I don't have available to use is the Pantheon reverb as it is integral to Cubase. Oh well, I have used Cubase before and I don't find it intuitive or user friendly, so I don't miss it. I have the Omega set up on a 6 year old desktop computer that I upgraded to 2GB of RAM. It works flawlessly. I have only 3 tracks per project so far, but have experienced no latency issues and honestly, I don't expect to. I do have experience with LOTS of digital recording methods and devices and like other users have mentioned already, the poor reviews from people who can't seem to get the product set up or functioning properly probably have very little knowledge, experience or patience to get the job done. I have found the Omega to be a fantastic UI and I would highly recommend it. Misses: no on/off switch, and controls on the front and inputs on the back, so you constantly have to pick it up and "spin it around" to change whatever your plugging into it. Otherwise, good stuff.
        No on/off switch.
        No problems, sounds fantastic.
        Can't be beat in this category, and I shopped around.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Not recommended for Windows 7

        The Omega is an attractive unit compared to others at the same price range. I could have got a Focusrite or PreSonus at the same price but with much less features. This offered more...Read complete review

        The Omega is an attractive unit compared to others at the same price range. I could have got a Focusrite or PreSonus at the same price but with much less features. This offered more channels, digital I/O, the very wonderful Pantheon reverb and nice monitoring features. *HOWEVER* the Lexicom is SUCH A PAIN with Windows 7. The drivers, although updated in 2011 and are supposed to support Win 7 64-bit, almost never function correctly with any piece of audio software. I use several including Cubase, Reason and a few others, but even with just Cubase (which comes bundled with the unit) I have to...

        - uninstall the drivers- perform a factory re-set on the Omega- re-install the drivers- re-boot the pc- delete the Cubase preferences- Start and configure Cubase to use the Lexicon AISO drivers- keep my fingers crossed that all that works because even then it doesn't always.

        And that's EVERY TIME I want to hook up the Omega to Cubase.

        And don't think that this is just me playing around because I don't know what I'm doing....I DO know what I'm doing when it comes to sound equipment and, more importantly, the above instruction came from Lexicon support when I wrote to them about the problems I had with the drivers.

        So, bottom-line...don't buy this if you plan on using it with Win 7 64-bit. Maybe other OS's fare better...
        The features offered were the main reason I bought the Omega over others in the price range...8x4x2 channels digital I/O, good monitoring features and the Pantheon reverb.

        Looked good on paper!!
        The build quialiy seems pretty good - at least the external build quality...!
        It was a good price for what it offered, however the problems with getting the thing to work make it useless, regardless of the price.

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        4.0

        work well for me

        By TDOGG

        from griffin ga

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Bulky/Heavy
        • More Improvements

        Best Uses

        • Midi
        • Vocals

        Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

        I have used this product for years sense 2007. I have used it to make a lot of music in using fl studio.I don't know what program the other people are using but it works just fine for me. Just resonantly my usb hub on it is broken now, I am currently looking for a new interface.

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        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        owned it, threw it away

        By james-ABgq0

        from San Diego

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily
          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

            I finally realized this is a horrible pile of junk after 20 some odd calls and e-mails to tech support to figure out what was wrong with it. not user friendly, does not function properly, constantly crashes, constantly changes the driver settings etc. Throw it away, and/or don't waste your money.

            Don't believe me? go look at the discussion boards on their own website for proof, a lot of un happy people

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            The Unit is Junk save your money

            By Geopeto

            from State of Confusion

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Drivers Crash My Computer
            • Pricey / Poor Value
            • The Software Is Temporary

            Best Uses

            • Stereo Recording

            Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

            The software and drivers crash my NEW computer, EVERY TIME. Forcing me to do a System restore. The drivers cause my computer to not boot again. I can unplug the unit and reboot, then if i plug it in it blue screens.

            The unit ONLY works as plug n play, and ONLY for MIC 1 & 2. All other lines in are worthless in this capacity.

            I don't like Cubase and don't want it, there are no other options with the instructions.

            Save your money buy something else!

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            (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Looks good BUT!

            By John

            from High Desert, So Calif.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Nice Conversation Piece
                • Ugly Paperweight

                Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

                Do the math first. If the math is too confusing, then listen to others. This item looks great. How nice to have something you just plug into a USB port and sail off into professional multi-track recordingville. Too good to be true? Ever wonder why most USB/firewire plug and go devices get so many complaints? Maybe, just maybe, serial data ports have a problem handling multiple high bit, high sampling rate data all at once? For about the same price I opted, after much research and confusion, to just get a small mixer, an inexpensive yet professional quality SOUND BOARD that came with a Cubase DAW and went off to the races. I soon replaced the Cubase APP with Samlitude. Nothing wrong with Cubase, it worked fine without a glitch. Just prefer the Samplitude, plus it is an upgrade. To sum this all up; I paid $100 for the card and DAW (new), $50 for the 1202 board and have a four mic inputs a whole bunch of line ins and outs and do full four channel duplex recording, monitor the whole mess via headphones and/or speakers. I don't have to worry about latency delays, glitches that occur from a serial data port trying to keep up. I use a sampling rate of 44.1 khz per channel. I'm only posting this to give other musicians out there another option that I think is a better path, less headache and frustration, simpler, more versatile and an end result that is much more professional. Direct ASIO inputs and outputs will produce a much higher quality sound than a serial data port with less problems. Serial data ports are great for MIDI but not so good for sound. I hope this helps some of you.

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                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                This entire product line is a FAIL.

                By Lawren Lelko of Master in the Mix

                from Nashville Area

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • none

                Cons

                • DOA

                Best Uses

                • GIFT FOR AN ENEMY

                Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

                Lexicon made a great reverb (sadly, now obsolete for studio use with the advent of convolution reverb), but had no business trying to make i/o's. I had a Lambda that had really strange intermittent latency issues, so I returned it. I have an Omega (and several other cards) and have yet to get the Omega to work. I should have taken it back, but I assumed that I would eventually get it going. I do not lack experience. I've installed many soundcards in my own studio, those of friends, and for hire in professional, money-making studios. Trust me, if I can't get it to work, you can't either. The price-point tells it all. So many features for [$] would be a bargain if more of them installed properly and didn't have noise problems. Don't get me wrong, many soundcards have quirks that you have to learn to get them to run (turn the computer on first - or last, wait to turn on the midi rack, etc.), but my Lexicon cards have been non-starters. I have never used one in a session, and in fact have never even seen one anywhere functioning properly. Just for kicks I got the Omega out of the gear cabinet and tried to install it on my new Asus laptop (win 7). I downloaded the new driver, blah, blah, and of course it had a humming noise and wouldn't install. Apparently some of them somewhere work, so if you're hooked by the price/features, knock yourself out, but keep the receipt and return it the same day if it doesn't install or has noise or odd latency issues. Doing this may help to get them off the market.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                A GREAT INTERFACE

                By Devin Black

                from NASHVILLE GA

                Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

                ALL IN ALL THIS IS A FANTASTIC INTERFACE AND THE CUBASE LE SOFTWARE IS GREAT BUT I WOULD ADVISE UPGRADING TO PROTOOLS
                ALL THE INPUTS HAVE PROVIDED MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR WHAT I NEEDED
                EVEN THOUGH ITS PLASTIC ITS STILL STANDING

                Comment on this review

                (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Not recommended for Windows 7

                By Pat Tofield

                from Israel

                Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

                The Omega is an attractive unit compared to others at the same price range. I could have got a Focusrite or PreSonus at the same price but with much less features. This offered more channels, digital I/O, the very wonderful Pantheon reverb and nice monitoring features. *HOWEVER* the Lexicom is SUCH A PAIN with Windows 7. The drivers, although updated in 2011 and are supposed to support Win 7 64-bit, almost never function correctly with any piece of audio software. I use several including Cubase, Reason and a few others, but even with just Cubase (which comes bundled with the unit) I have to...

                - uninstall the drivers- perform a factory re-set on the Omega- re-install the drivers- re-boot the pc- delete the Cubase preferences- Start and configure Cubase to use the Lexicon AISO drivers- keep my fingers crossed that all that works because even then it doesn't always.

                And that's EVERY TIME I want to hook up the Omega to Cubase.

                And don't think that this is just me playing around because I don't know what I'm doing....I DO know what I'm doing when it comes to sound equipment and, more importantly, the above instruction came from Lexicon support when I wrote to them about the problems I had with the drivers.

                So, bottom-line...don't buy this if you plan on using it with Win 7 64-bit. Maybe other OS's fare better...
                The features offered were the main reason I bought the Omega over others in the price range...8x4x2 channels digital I/O, good monitoring features and the Pantheon reverb.

                Looked good on paper!!
                The build quialiy seems pretty good - at least the external build quality...!
                It was a good price for what it offered, however the problems with getting the thing to work make it useless, regardless of the price.

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                DO NOT BUY (If you run latest Mac OS - Lion)

                By Robert Mutch

                from San Diego

                Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

                This unit will not set up in any way on newer Macs, other than as 2x2 DEMO. This will get you a cute little BEEP in your ear every 30 seconds, if your lucky.

                3 emails to Lexicon Tech Support (including checking "copy me" on email) yeilded no response; nuthin', zip, nada; not even the blind copy, or an auto response. OK, so I email the Harmon Group, Lexicon's mother ship. Similarly, nothing.Can't
                Can't judge features, 'cause I've never been able to get the thing to do what it's supposed to. Scoured the web, Lexicon's site, and pleeded with the company for assistance. Absolutely nothing.

                If you plan to use this with a Mac - ever - STOP, back away, and don't look back.
                Pops, clipping, USB chatter. Grrrrreat!

                Cheaply made. Has 4 pieces of slag metal screwed to the bottom (both inside and outside) just to feel substantial. Inside, a mess of glue, bent components, and badly routed cables.
                NRBQ put it this way: "Ain't No Free". Save your pennies,wait a while, and buy something that isn't junk; from a company that is in the business of working with musician's; not simply wringing the lat few dollars from formerly awesome company's name. Lexicon had awesome products, back in the 80's; but just like HP, greed and short-sightedness have tarnished their hard-earned reputation.

                Comment on this review

                (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                In Lexicons defense...

                Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

                I bought this item used off of the big auction site. Got the Omega and power supply...that was it. I downloaded the manual and the most current driver from Lexicons website, and I didn't need Cubase as I am using another program (Reaper) for tracking. I guess the only thing I don't have available to use is the Pantheon reverb as it is integral to Cubase. Oh well, I have used Cubase before and I don't find it intuitive or user friendly, so I don't miss it. I have the Omega set up on a 6 year old desktop computer that I upgraded to 2GB of RAM. It works flawlessly. I have only 3 tracks per project so far, but have experienced no latency issues and honestly, I don't expect to. I do have experience with LOTS of digital recording methods and devices and like other users have mentioned already, the poor reviews from people who can't seem to get the product set up or functioning properly probably have very little knowledge, experience or patience to get the job done. I have found the Omega to be a fantastic UI and I would highly recommend it. Misses: no on/off switch, and controls on the front and inputs on the back, so you constantly have to pick it up and "spin it around" to change whatever your plugging into it. Otherwise, good stuff.
                No on/off switch.
                No problems, sounds fantastic.
                Can't be beat in this category, and I shopped around.

                Comment on this review

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Works Great For Me

                By Posqually81

                from Texas

                Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

                I have had this little guy for about seven years now and I'm still using it. I will admit that it takes a little time to figure it out, but that is to be expected. Be sure and check the website for the most recent drivers and updates. I think this is why some people are having issues with these. You don't have to be a computer geek, but you might need one to install and set it up for you the first time.

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