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Lexicon OMEGA 8x4 USB Audio Interface

You Pay: $149.95
Product Highlights
  • 24-bit Support
  • 8 Inputs, 4 Outputs
  • Mac and Windows Compatible
  • Cubase LE Software Included

The OMEGA studio from Lexicon is an integrated computer recording system that includes an 8x4x2 USB mixer, Cubase LE recording software for both Mac and Windows and Pantheon, a Lexicon reverb plug-in. The system contains all of the components necessary to transform a computer into a 24-bit recording studio, whether for a guitarist, keyboard player, vocalist, instrumentalist or an audio engineer.

Most standard computer I/O boxes are typically based on a patch-bay paradigm. The OMEGA 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 mixer provides eight inputs which are assignable in pairs to any of four simultaneous record channels. They feature ultra-transparent, high-resolution analog to digital converters to capture a performance with pristine 24-bit quality.

Two of the inputs feature extremely low-noise dbx microphone preamps with 48-volt phantom power and 1/4" TRS insert points. The four 1/4" TRS active balanced line inputs on the OMEGA accept either unbalanced or balanced equipment. An S/PDIF input is included that combined with an additional DAC for zero-latency direct monitoring allows for 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, it avoids the problems with software-only level monitoring that can miss clipping and ruin a track. The mixer also includes a fully opto-isolated MIDI input to ensure that there is no annoying ground loop hum or MIDI talk-through noise and the MIDI output has rock-solid synchronization to USB frame rate to support applications requiring critical sync.

Integrated computer recording system
Includes input, output and mixing functions that support a variety of tracking/monitoring applications while requiring no additional mixing hardware

Cubase LE

Multi-track recording software with 48 audio and 64 MIDI tracks
Professional audio editing and processing features with full automation of volume, pan, mute and effects
MIDI score editor with advanced quantization and logical presets
Supports up to 8 VST instruments
Two insert and four effect sends per channel
VST system link and ReWire 2 compatible

Pantheon

World-class Lexicon reverb with a simple, yet powerful user interface
35 factory presets, 6 reverb types with 16 editable parameters per reverb type
Mono and stereo operation
Floating point DSP processing
16 and 24-bit compatible
Efficient CPU utilization
Converters 24-bit
Sample Rates 44.1, 48kHz
Analog In 2 x XLR microphone preamplifiers
4 x 1/4" TRS phone
1 x 1/4" TS phone
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS phone
Digital Input Connectors S/PDIF stereo RCA coaxial
Digital Output Connectors S/PDIF stereo RCA coaxial
MIDI In/Out Single I/O
Sync In/Out S/PDIF
Headphone Output Yes
THD + N <.005%, 20Hz to 20kHz, microphone input
Dynamic Range A to D to A: >103dB typical, A-weighted, 20Hz to 20kHz
Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +0 -0.25dB, reference 1kHz
Power Requirements 120V AC, 60 Hz for the included 9V DC power adapter
Minimum System Requirements Mac:
  • PowerPC G4 450 MHz or faster
  • OS 10.2.8 or later
  • 128MB RAM minimum (512MB recommended)
  • 20MB available hard disk space
  • QuickTime 3.0 or later

PC:

  • Pentium III 500MHz (1.2GHz recommended)
  • Windows 2000/XP
  • 128MB RAM (512MB recommended)
  • 100MB of available hard disk space
  • EIDE/Ultra DMA 7200RPM hard disk type or better
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4 5/8" x 7 1/4" x 7 3/4"
Weight 2.65 lbs
Specialties Opto-isolated MIDI input eliminates crosstalk and other electronic interference
Lexicon OMEGA 8x4 USB Audio Interface
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Cubase LE Recording Software
  • Lexicon Pantheon Reverb
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    LexiconOMEGA 8x4 USB Audio Interface
     
    4.5

    (based on 4 reviews)

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    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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        • Amateur recording (4)
        • Home studio (4)

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        4.0

        Nice Modest Interface

        By Scott

        from Palm Desert, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clean Usable Preamps

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Lexicon OMEGA 8x4 USB Audio Interface:

          I use this for a simple guitar/mic combo. I also use a midi controller through midi in. I use this for my Linux system. I have no problems in this capacity. Being usb1.1, you have to limit inputs. Latency isn't an issue if you keep it simple and understand its limitations.

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          4.0

          Awesome I/O for the price

          By Trilogyman

          from Motown, MI.

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Lexicon OMEGA 8x4 USB Audio Interface:

            This is my 2nd one I have purchased. The first one developed a problem with static on the potentiometers after a few years. It ultimately became useless, hence why I bought a new one. It did last about 7 years though, that's why I didn't mind buying another one. I keep the new one covered to protect it from dust.
            The program that comes with it is a God send. Cubase rocks. I highly recommend Omega to anyone for entry level PC/Mac recording. Very clean final product. You can do a lot with Cubase.

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again and again

            By compdisc1

            from New Castle, DE

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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              5.0

              O---,OMega, Roof, Roof!

              By LJBoogie

              from SC

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Bulky but Not bad

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Lexicon OMEGA 8x4 USB Audio Interface:

              It is an enter face... and it works as an interface should. It Came with Cubase LE which is very old, but it was free. I have a Lamda, and the Omega is much thicker that it, but it fits nicely on the desk and doesn't take up as much room as the Digidesign MBox.

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