Lexicon Alpha 2x2x2 Desktop Recording Studio
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- Separate mic and line level input controls with individual peak indicators
- Monitor mix control for balancing an audio source between live input and playback mix level while recording
- Can be switched to stereo or mono
- High-powered headphone amp offers ultra-clear fidelity while delivering ample power for any type of headphones
- RF-filtered and TRS balanced Line outputs for speaker monitoring
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Lexicon Alpha Desktop Recording Studio is extremely compact, yet it gives you the features needed to get professional recording results anywhere. Designed with many of the same features found in professional studios, Alpha Studio is your complete recording solution: a USB powered I/O mixer with Cubase LE 5, the popular recording production suite from Steinberg, and our acclaimed LexiconmPantheon VST reverb plug-in. A dual-input, 2-bus, 2-output USB I/O mixer with extra high-impedance instrument input and separate headphone output gives you the freedom to not only record but also mix anywhere. Studio-quality hardware and powerful software that turns your PC or Mac into a 24-bit recording studio.
Stereo line inputs for keyboards, drum machines or analog output of a CD/MP3 player. RF-filtered TRS active-balanced inputs accept either balanced or unbalanced signals. Low-noise mic preamp with balanced XLR inputs. High-impedance front panel input for electric guitar or bass. Connect to your computer with the included USB cable. No need for a power supply, so you can record anywhere you can take your laptop.
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The one line-in that does work, sounds fine. I measured the frequency response of line 1 and it is FLAT (impressively so) from 10hz to 15khz but it drops off QUICKLY from 0db @ 15khz to -15db @ 20khz
This device (or the one they sent ME at least) will definitively attenuate anything over 15khz, so beware.
Line 2 input is basically dead - I had to drive the device into clipping to even register on my test device.
Line 2 is shared with the XLR MIC input so I tried that input as well - same dead response.
The high impedance guitar/line input on the front was also VERY flat all the way down to 10hz, but the same quick drop after 15khz was measured.
Signal was clean and quiet, but only at moderate levels - pushing this thing really hard resulted in some really funky digital oscillation feedback. But aside from that it really sounded pretty good. It played back audio from my PC perfectly and sounded good - not great, but simply good. $60 worth of "Ok"...
It gets two stars for being so cheap and FLAT for the freq is can reproduce - really not bad. If it were't for the broken line 2 input I would keep it. I posted a quick video showing how i tested the unit.
While it looks blue and white in the picture, it is actually dark blue and silver, so it looks cool in a low light setting. The fact that it is USB1 instead of USB2 is not a deal breaker for me at all since 48Khz is fine for the work I am doing. I plan to use this as a super-mobile recording setup for acoustic settings where I bring my surface, this unit, and a couple Omni mics and a webcam to video the scene to capture it for sharing between friends and to allow the artist to review their work. For the camera, I use a standard Logitech webcam or the Surface rear camera with the audio turned off (the Lambda is the default recording device in the OS when plugged in) and I am using the simple video recorder that comes with the Windows 10 operating system. Since this Lambda unit has a meter on it's face, I can set the gains nicely since the software doesn't really help you there. If I need more mics and channels, I just plug in one of my Mackie mixers and bazingo I have anywhere from four to 12 additional channels, but at that point I would be tempted to go to a full laptop and just a Mackie mixer with the desired number of channels. With the Lambda and a Surface Pro, I can set up in a remarkably small space which is ideal when it is a restaurant or a coffee shop, or even a living room. As far as my Omni's, I just locate them somewhere like a nearby chair, bookcase, or whatever comes to hand - Omni mics don't care.
I cannot speak to the long term reliability, but it seems like a quality piece. The only wish I had was to convert all inputs into a mono signal, meaning remove the stereo aspect. Channel 1 is always left and Channel 2 is always right when I configure it. Not a big deal unless you only want to use a single mic for a micro-footprint. In that case, only the left channel has sound. No Bueno, but not a big deal. I love it
Edit- Put down some vocals with a cheap shure mic (pg-48) used fx from garageband and got a nice vocal track, easy to layer over harmonies. Still have yet to mic up a drum kit...Still enjoying the product, still amazed at the ease of use. Did try to install software on a PC with Vista, no luck.
Edit - Mic'd up a drum kit into a mixer, lined it out to this interface, I then mixed the drum mics with the mixer. You can record the drums as a single track so once they're recorded you can not mix them individually (ie. snare, kick and so on). I do get very quality recordings with it set up this way. I am sure a recording engineer could give me better ideas on how to get more out of it, but as for now, I am very pleased.
It's a great simple way to hook up my KRK rokits to my laptop with balanced cables, and a microphone if I ever feel like using it.
USB Cable is very long, which turned out to be an unexpected blessing.
Software didn't work on windows 10, until I went to the website to download newer drivers. That's what anyone should so anyway though, not a con.