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Record and mix professionally on your computer.

The recording professionals at Lexicon Pro know a thing or two about great audio - that famed Lexicon reverb "sound" has been on just about every hit recording since we invented digital reverb more than 30 years ago. So when we set out to bring that sound home - we got truly inspired.

THE COMPLETE SYSTEM

Nothing is more frustrating than buying a "recording system" only to find out that you need a gaggle of extras just to make it all work. Omega Studio is a completely integrated computer recording system that includes the Omega 8x4x2 USB I/O Mixer, Steinberg's Cubase LE 5 audio and MIDI recording software, and Lexicon's world-class Pantheon VST Reverb plug-in. The Omega Desktop Recording Studio quite literally contains all the necessary components to transform your computer into a professional 24-bit recording studio - all in one box.

A REAL MIXER

Unlike standard computer I/O boxes based on a patch bay concept, the Lexicon Omega Studio is designed and built around the same paradigm as large-format recording consoles. An 8-input, 4-Bus, 2-output USB I/O mixer with inserts, instrument input, MIDI I/O and complete metering and monitoring functions gives you the freedom to record up to 4 tracks at once and mix without the need for additional mixing hardware.

Two dbx Silver Series mic preamps with 48V phantom power provide a pristine front end for high-end condenser or more common dynamic microphones, insuring premium sound quality from the first take to the last. TRS insert points allow you to plug in your favorite dynamic processors before the signal reaches one of the 4 busses, where 24-bit converters transform the analog signal into a digital masterpiece.

Four servo-balanced TRS line inputs with up to +22dBu input levels let you hook up everything from keyboards to guitar preamps, including high-output professional gear. Stereo digital inputs are available via SPDIF jacks, and an additional high-impedance instrument input is included on the front panel for easy access to guitars and basses.

Finally, a fully opto-isolated MIDI input to ensures that there is no annoying ground loop hum or MIDI talk-through noise common with many I/O boxes and sound cards; MIDI output has rock-solid synchronization to USB frame rate to support applications requiring critical sync.

The Omega I/O mixer also features channel peak indicators for each analog input as well as an assignable bargraph meter for the 4 busses. By monitoring the signal before the A/D converters, clipping and distortion can be averted, unlike software-only level monitoring that can miss "overs", ruining the track.

All these gazintas and getoutzas are put together just like a big recording console, with input gain controls, four recording busses, and full monitoring features, in one attractive, portable I/O Mixer. Just plug it into your Mac or PC computer with the included USB cable, and you're instantly ready to capture the moment.

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

(based on 202 reviews)

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    (100)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (39)

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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

 

Good device with faulty design

This records 4 high quality channels instead of the standard 2 for many in this class. If you get it working it will work well. I have bought several and modified every...Read complete review

This records 4 high quality channels instead of the standard 2 for many in this class. If you get it working it will work well. I have bought several and modified every one.

-It has a design flaw. The amplifier transistors get hot and in most boxes the ribbon cable is touching them. The result is that heat damages the cable and the usb will disengage when it gets hot.

SOLUTION: I placed heatsinks on the three transistors. Drilled ventilation holes (maybe this was unessary). Positioned or secured the ribbon cable in a manner that it would not touch the transistors. And on at least a couple I have had to replace the ribbon cable that was already damaged (not as easy as it sounds). The result is that they work. I would buy them again, just because I know I can get them to work. (Disclaimer: This worked for me. Do at your own risk.) However should we have to do this to equipment we buy? That is why I cannot give it above a 2 star.

-Drivers have always been a pain, but I have gotten it working on all my window's machines.

-If you want to use the Cubase and reverb enclosed, don't expect it to work on Windows 7. I did get it working on one of my machines but it was impossible on another.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good device with faulty design

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from Huntsville, AL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Lexicon Omega Desktop Recording Studio:

This records 4 high quality channels instead of the standard 2 for many in this class. If you get it working it will work well. I have bought several and modified every one.

-It has a design flaw. The amplifier transistors get hot and in most boxes the ribbon cable is touching them. The result is that heat damages the cable and the usb will disengage when it gets hot.

SOLUTION: I placed heatsinks on the three transistors. Drilled ventilation holes (maybe this was unessary). Positioned or secured the ribbon cable in a manner that it would not touch the transistors. And on at least a couple I have had to replace the ribbon cable that was already damaged (not as easy as it sounds). The result is that they work. I would buy them again, just because I know I can get them to work. (Disclaimer: This worked for me. Do at your own risk.) However should we have to do this to equipment we buy? That is why I cannot give it above a 2 star.

-Drivers have always been a pain, but I have gotten it working on all my window's machines.

-If you want to use the Cubase and reverb enclosed, don't expect it to work on Windows 7. I did get it working on one of my machines but it was impossible on another.

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4.0

work well for me

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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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(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

owned it, threw it away

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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

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      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      The Unit is Junk save your money

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      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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      (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Looks good BUT!

      By 

      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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          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          This entire product line is a FAIL.

          By 

          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.

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          (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          A GREAT INTERFACE

          By 

          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

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          (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not recommended for Windows 7

          By 

          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.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

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

          By 

          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.

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          (9 of 12 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.

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