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The Lexicon Alpha


Someone was selling this in my favourite audio forum for about Singapore $50. Not too bad considering that you get an audio USB interface from Lexicon, who are world-famous for their legendary reverb units. According to Lexicon:

The 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 Lexicon® Pantheon™ 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.

I downloaded the manual to have a look at the functions and what it can do. This is a bus-powered unit. Those LINE-INs you see are TRS 1/4″ phone balanced plugs. Comes with Cubase LE as well is a bonus. For the features of this unit:

  • 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.
  • 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.

There you go. Not bad for $50!

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