Lexicon Alpha Studio Desktop Recording Studio

Lexicon Alpha Studio - 4 Input (2 Channel Record) / 2 Output Desktop Recording Studio with Bundled Software - Mac OS X and Windows XP

Lexicon Alpha Studio - 4 Input (2 Channel Record) / 2 Output Desktop Recording Studio with Bundled Software - Mac OS X and Windows XP

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Lexicon Alpha overview

  • 1Description

The Alpha Studio from Lexicon is extremely compact, desktop recording studio that includes a USB powered I/O mixer/interface with Cubase LE recording software from Steinberg and the Lexicon Pantheon VST reverb plug-in. The interface has four inputs, with two channel recording and playback. A separate headphone output provides the freedom to not only record but also mix anywhere.

Steinberg's Cubase LE production suite software for PC and Mac computers offers integrated multi-track recording, editing and mixing of up to forty-eight audio tracks, sixty-four MIDI tracks (interface has no MIDI I/O,) VST instruments and plug-in support and an array of additional features. Lexicon's Pantheon VST reverb plug-in delivers lush Lexicon reverbs that have been used on professional recordings for over thirty years.

Alternatively, the Lexicon Alpha Studio may be used as an interface with almost any other major audio recording software such as Steinberg Nuendo, Cubase SX, MOTU Digital Performer, GarageBand, Cakewalk Sonar and many others.

Desktop recording system with USB interface and bundled software
Low-noise microphone preamp with balanced XLR input (no phantom power)
Stereo line inputs for keyboards, drum machines or analog output of a CD/MP3 player
High-impedance front panel input for electric guitar or bass
Separate microphone 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
Cubase LE software with Lexicon Pantheon reverb plug-in included
USB bus powered
UPC: 691991500206
In the Box
Lexicon Alpha Studio - 4 Input (2 Channel Record) / 2 Output Desktop Recording Studio with Bundled Software - Mac OS X and Windows XP
  • Audio Interface
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM with Cubase LE Recording Software, USB Drivers and Lexicon Pantheon Reverb Plug-in
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    Lexicon Alpha specs

    Converters 24-bit
    Sample Rates 44.1 and 48kHz
    Analog Input 1 x XLR Microphone
    2 x 1/4" TRS phone
    1 x 1/4" TS phone
    Analog Output 2 x 1/4" TRS phone
    2 x RCA phono
    Digital Input USB
    Digital Output USB
    MIDI In/Out No
    Sync In/Out No
    Headphone Output 1/8" TRS mini phone
    THD + N <.009% A/D, 20Hz to 20kHz (line inputs)
    Dynamic Range 100dB typical, A-weighted (20Hz to 20kHz)
    Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz, +0/-1dB referenced 1kHz
    System Requirements Mac:

    Power PC G4 450MHz or faster
    OS X 10.2.8 or higher
    256MB RAM minimum (512MB recommended)
    1GB available hard disk space
    7200RPM hard disk type or better

    PC:

    Pentium III 500MHz or AMD K7 processor, or better (Pentium 4/Athlon 1GHz or faster recommended)
    Windows XP Home/Professional
    256MB RAM minimum (512MB recommended)
    1GB of available hard disk space
    7200RPM hard disk type or better

    Dimensions (WxDxH) 6 3/4" x 6 1/2" x 1 5/8"
    Weight 1.1 lbs
    Specialties Includes Steinberg's Cubase LE and Pantheon Reverb Plug-In
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.7 x 9.0 x 3.8"

    Lexicon Alpha reviews

    Alpha Studio Desktop Recording Studio is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from TOP NOTCH PERFORMANCE @ A BARGAIN PRICE INCREDIBLE CLARITY OF SOUND BEATING OUT MANY FAR HIGHER PRICED AUDIO INTERFACES. VERY PORTABLE AND IS BACKWARD COMPATIBLE WITH OLD G-4 MAC COMPUTERS WHICH I HAVE THREE OF & WAS MY INITIAL REASON FOR BUYING THE ALPHA. COULDN'T BE MORE PLEASED. WORKS WELL WITH WINDOWS XP THRU WINDOWS 10. THE INCLUDED VST PANTHEON REVERB WORKS WELL IN EVERY WINDOWS DAW I TRIED IT ON (EVERY 32 BIT VST HOST PROGRAM. THE INCLUDED CUBASE DAW WORKS WELL BUT SOMEWHAT TEDIOUS TO GET IT AUTHORIZED. REQUIRES AN ACCOUNT & E-LICENCER. OVER ALL GREAT BANG FOR THE BUCK.
    Date published: 2018-07-08
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from No phantom power, doesn't work w/ skype I wanted this for podcasting and recording skype conversations. I have two perfectly nice, serviceable mics, needed something so they'd interface with my Macbook Pro. The Lexicon Alpha worked OK after some fighting (it works with Mac, but the documentation is spotty and hard to find), but the volume comes through so low on Skype as to be useless, in GarageBand there's a really awful buzz (again due to low volume I think) and in Audacity it's impossible to record in mono. So I returned it and got a Blue Icicle instead for less money, which is what I advise you to do if you're like me.
    Date published: 2012-03-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent but No Phantom Power This is an excellent box if you need one for audio inputs and outputs for your system. Excellent sound quality, easy to use. Mac Friendly. I have used it for recording, web streaming and as just a higher quality output than a headphone jack. The only down part is there is no phantom power so if you need to use a condenser mic then you will need to either buy the Lambda or an external phantom power injector.
    Date published: 2014-05-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Sound Quality for a Budget Studio I just upgraded to some Mackie studio monitors and I needed balanced outputs, so I first tried an iO|2 Express from Alesis, but after too much troubleshooting, I found the Lexicon and it worked right out of the box! I would give it 5 stars but it's just USB 1.1 and only one microphone input. The included Pantheon Reverb is fantastic! Only Cubase can use it, but it works with LE5. It has extra outputs that I will use to run as an effects send.
    Date published: 2011-01-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost what I needed Before I start this review, let me say this is still a good product. I purchased this because my normal interface was out for repair and I couldn't go that long with no recording equipment. I saw this and it seemed to do everything that I needed. I didn't really worry about the quality of the pre-amp or the fact that there's no phantom power, because I was planning on using my external pre-amp that has phantom power. That's the where the problem began. I tried plugging in my external preamp, but I was getting basically no signal, so I tried multiple cables and still the same problem. After trying many different types of cables, lexicon support, and reading online forums, I still haven't found a solution. The only way I can get signal with my pre-amp plugged up is to turn the volume up on the channel I have my pre-amp plugged into, which mixes my pre-amp and the lexicon pre-amp's together and that's not what I need. I end up with a gritty and far from clear signal. Basically, if you're looking for something very cheap and simple and you're just needing to plug up a dynamic mic or plug in some type of hi-z instrument, this product would be great for you. If you're wanting to use an external pre-amp with it, I'd suggest saving your money and finding something better suited for your needs.
    Date published: 2011-05-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great value, reliable Not the most high tech unit available, but if you want clean reliable stereo in and out, this is a great deal. I have several and they have given me no problems. Also, most modern Linux distros have drivers for it.
    Date published: 2014-12-01
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lackluster budget interface True, this unit looks more professional than many others, however the knobs and gains have various problems. The unit has insufficient input gain to get near digital full scale using a Shure SM58, the input gain set at maximum and screaming into the mic. The output will clip if the the output gain is set past the halfway mark with a digital full scale signal coming in. They should have put some headroom in the analog output stage.
    Date published: 2011-06-13
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unwelcome annoyances October 19, 2018 The instruction manual that came with the Lexicon Alpha USB audio interface is dated 2011 and the provided CD, with Windows drivers, is dated 2010. I am using a MacBook Pro with High Sierra OSX in clam shell mode (closed cover with external monitor and keyboard). When I put the laptop to sleep the Alpha turns off and generates a very loud (harmful?) "pop" in the stereo speakers even when the Alpha level control is set to zero. When I wake up the laptop the alpha fails to turn on. I have to disconnect and then reconnect the USB cable in order to turn on the Alpha. I called Lexicon technical service and was told that Lexicon has not updated the Mac drivers beyond El Capitan OSX. The technician offered no immediate solutions to the problems. I previously used a Roland Edirol FA-66 Firewire audio interface and had no problems with it.
    Date published: 2018-10-19
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