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Lexicon® Alpha™

USB 1.1 desktop recording interface

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by David Brown
Lexicon

A gateway to computer music production

Want to record music using your computer? You'll need a way to connect your instruments and microphones. That's the purpose of a computer audio interface. These devices route incoming signals to your PC or Mac®, and most even include recording software. Interfaces can feature mic, instrument, and line inputs, as well as connections for MIDI controllers and external signal processors.

A great entry into computer recording

Want to start recording music on your computer? The Lexicon Alpha is a simple, inexpensive way to create a miniature home studio. It connects to your PC or Mac® via the included USB cable. There's an XLR input for a microphone and 1/4" inputs for instruments like keyboards and drum machines — even electric guitars thanks to the high-impedance instrument input. This computer audio interface allows simultaneous two-channel recording, so you can record vocals along with a keyboard part at the same time.

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Get started right away with the included Cubase® software

Don't have recording software? The Alpha comes with the Cubase LE digital audio workstation. Install it on your computer and you can record and mix as many as 48 tracks. Plus, it also includes Lexicon's Pantheon™ VST® reverb plug-in — a crucial tool to add more space and depth to your recordings. If you already have recording software, the Alpha is compatible with most major digital audio workstations, including GarageBand®.

Choose your monitor mix

The Alpha has 1/4" outputs for connecting powered studio monitors for playback. Not ready to buy new monitors? Use the RCA outputs to connect the Alpha to your receiver or integrated amp for monitoring with your home stereo. Or connect your headphones to the 1/8" jack. The front-panel monitor mix fader lets you listen to playback from your digital recording software with effects, or listen to the direct analog signals input to the Alpha to eliminate latency and keep your audio in sync as you record.

Space-saving design

You might think a home recording studio is going to require you to carve out a lot of space for gear. But the Alpha's streamlined design and small footprint make it easy to squeeze in next to your computer. Because it's USB-powered, you don't even need to find an outlet to plug it in. It's even small enough to take on the road for laying down tracks on your laptop.

Highlights:

  • 2-input computer audio interface with 2-channel simultaneous output
  • includes Steinberg® Cubase LE digital recording software with Lexicon's Pantheon VST reverb plug-in (DVD-ROM for Mac/Windows®)
  • compact chassis for desktop or portable use
  • powered by your computer via USB
Connections:
  • 1 XLR microphone input
  • two 1/4" line-level inputs for balanced TRS or unbalanced TS cables
  • 1/4" high-impedance instrument input for direct connection of an electric guitar or bass
  • two 1/4" left/right line-level outputs for connection to powered monitors or a mixing board
  • stereo RCA line-level outputs for connection to a home stereo for monitoring with home speakers
  • USB 1.1 port for connection to a computer
  • built-in headphone amplifier with 1/8" miniplug output
General Features:
  • 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion with sampling rate of 44.1 or 48kHz
  • Monitor Mix fader offers both direct monitoring of analog input signals and incoming digital signal from recording software
  • stereo/mono switch for direct monitoring of input signal
  • analog and digital mixdown options for external recording devices
  • peak LED lights for each channel input
  • USB cable included for connecting to your computer
  • compatible with the following operating systems: Windows® XP (32-bit), Vista (32/64-bit), Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Windows 8 (32/64-bit), Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • minimum system requirements: USB 1.1 port; Pentium/AMD Athlon™ 1.4 GHz processor; 512MB RAM; DirectX- (Windows) or CoreAudio- (Apple) compatible hardware
  • 6-3/4"W x 1-1/2"H x 6-1/2"D
  • weight: 1.13 pounds
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Lexicon Alpha

Written By John W, Alameda, CA on Monday, April 28, 2014
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This is a nice interface, and getting Cubase LE5 with it was a nice bonus.
Pros:
Small, easy to understand.
Cons:
Set up was not easy, but not harder than other similar products.
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