Reviews and Problems with Lexicon Alpha Studio USB Audio Interface
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30 November 2011
Summary: When I first got this in the mail, I couldn't figure it out and it had a high pitched feedback. I was about to send it back for a refund, but i read some things online and gave it another shot. I'm glad i did because i use it all the time now. And I found out the high pitched frequency was because of my usb port so i moved it around and repositioned the usb plug and i have no feedback now at all and great quality.
At first glance an amazing product with Garage Band
Hugo E. Bautista, amazon.com
23 May 2011
Summary: I recently received from my wife, as gift, this Lexicon Alpha recording studio. I have read about people having problems setting up the Lexicon Alpha with a Mac and Garage Band for the first time. To avoid this initial problem that in fact is not a problem of the device, is a problem of configuration in Garage Band and you can solve it very quickly.
Summary: This a solid performing unit at this price point. I've been using this alongside my laptop for as long as I remember and it works the same as the day I bought it. The two line instrument and microphone inputs make this perfect for a beginner or anyone needing a budget interface that works and is easy to use. My only negative criticism would be the plastic feels a little cheap.
Affordable, Works, But Quirky Audio Can Make Harsh
guitarman008 "guitarman008", amazon.com
17 January 2011
Summary: I had to buy this box to do audio for a video project while my GNX3000 guitar multi-effects processor is in the shop. At $59 the price is right. When I plugged it in to the USB port it showed up in the sound preference pane on the Mac (Leopard OSX) and I selected the alpha for both input and output device. But when I first plugged it in via USB using the same USB cable the D/A quality is not very good at all.
Summary: The Alpha works fine with Apple's new OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard), but you will have problems installing the Cubase LE 4 software that comes with it -- the installer will stall at the "one minute remaining" mark & never finish. Steinberg has released a "hotfix" for this 10.6-only issue but it won't work with the Lexicon disc in the product box, probably because that disc has an old version (4.0.3) of Cubase LE 4 on it.
Summary: From the description I thought that the Lexington Alpha was capable of processing a stereo signal from a single stereo TRS (3 conductor) jack. However, the rear "TRS" inputs actually only process a single channel each. Input 1 is the left channel and input 2 is the right channel. I bought the interface mainly for recording vinyl records (mostly 33 RPM LPs) into digital formats (WAV, FLAC, MP3/OGG).
Summary: As a newbie solo musician looking to record everything myself, this is exactly what I was hoping for. The hardware is very easy to use, I plugged my computer speakers into the headphone out jack so I could choose between headphone monitoring and speaker monitoring. The unit provides ghost power for a mic, instrument in and monitor out. Exactly as advertised. The version of Cubase provided is a limited version but it was more than enough for me to accomplish my goals.
Summary: I needed a simple way to digitally record vocals and my guitar - this device delivers. Easy enough to set-up and gives me exactly what I needed for a hundred bucks. While Cubase LE packs a lot of functionality, I followed the simple tutorial on getting a basic recording done and I was off and running in a few minutes - I am probably only using 2% of what it is capable of doing but I am getting 110% of what I needed out of it. No complaints here.
Summary: I'm not sure why the previous review was so low, perhaps that reviewer was expecting a 24 bus mixer with Pro Tools! Obviously you are not going to get anything near that for <$100! This interface is awesome. In less than a half hour, I had the software loaded (laptop running XP), and was recording tracks, without even reading any manuals. The zero latency really blows away anything that a standard soundcard can do.