Lexicon Alpha
Lexicon Alpha

External Audio Interface

User Reviews: 3.814 Average price: $50

All user reviews for the Lexicon Alpha

Average Score: 3.8 ( 3.8/5 based on 14 reviews )
  4 reviews 29 %
  4 reviews 29 %
  5 reviews 36 %
  1 user review 7 %
Value For Money: Excellent
stompboxjon 10/24/2012

stompboxjon's review "Alpha vs the Omega"

4
¬ It seems like the Lexicon Alpha has been out forever, though I have only been using it since 2010. You can buy one of these brand new for 60 dollars, it cost almost double that when it first came out. It is a simple USB interface that is 2 in and 2 out with 1 mic preamp. I have used this interface with Cubase mostly. It has never given me any compatibility issues or troubles with my computer. It comes with a copy of Cubase LE and a Lexicon VST reverb plug in called Pantheon which has some really good effects.

UTILIZATION

The preamp in this interface is much better than the Lexicon Omegas preamp. This is surprising because the Omega cost more than the Alpha. The Lexicon Alpha has a preamp that is very quiet and sounds great. This interface will work great for you if you only plan on recording 1 track at a time, if you plan on recording more then you need to invest some more money and get a better interface.

GETTING STARTED

The Lexicon Alpha is not built very strong so be very careful with it, you really don’t want to throw away your 60 dollar investment. But since it is only 60 dollars you really can’t expect to get a unit that is made with metal casters and stronger material. The latency with the Lexicon Alpha is decent, but it is a lot lower on the Omega. That is where the Omega is better than the Alpha, because the latency with the Alpha can get really bad sometimes.

OVERALL OPINION

All of the basic functions of the Alpha are easy to use, setting it up was easy and using it was a breeze. The only downfall of it is the latency issues can really mess up your session and workflow. So if it comes down to a final decision I say go with the Omega. The Omega may have a louder preamp but the latency is lower.
AlanForPresident 08/30/2012

AlanForPresident's review "Served its purpose, but has some problems"

3
The Lexicon Alpha is a 2x2x2 Recording Interface that will go perfect with your laptop set up. I used the Alpha before on my Dell Laptop back when I was trying to get use to a few new software DAW’s that I was working with. It has pretty high powered head phone amps that are pretty clear when providing power to your headphones. The Alpha gets its power from USB when plugged into your laptop or computer so you really don’t have to worry about a power cord. I don’t think it even has a spot for a power cord if I remember correctly.


UTILIZATION

Everything with the Lexicon Alpha was very stable, I never encountered any problems when I was using the interface. There are a lot of things I would change about it though. Yes, you will experience some small latency while recording but that was not what bothered me. The issues I was having seemed to be between the Alpha interface and the DAW that I was using at the time which was FL Studio. We all know that Fl Studio can be a pain from time to time, but with this interface I experienced so many problems, I would have to basically re install every time I opened it in order for FL Studio to recognize it.


GETTING STARTED

I had that small compatibility issue when using it with FL Studio, it could have just been my system because I never had that problem with other interfaces. The manual was easy to read and understand, I was reading through the manual a lot trying to figure the problem out.


OVERALL OPINION

The Alpha by Lexicon cost a good price for the average person, I was in search of a low priced interface and decided to go with this one, yes it worked but it also gave me problems. If I had to make the choice again I would not buy this, I would get something a little more stable.
Bendreams 02/05/2012

Bendreams's review "Good product"

4
Good quality audio interface!
2 inputs, 2 buses, 2 outputs, directly powered via the USB port.
The system allows you to always have connected a mic/line input and an instrument/line input whose input gain and monitoring is adjusted from the front panel.
The latter also features a high-impedance instrument input, as well as an amplified headphones output.
I use it with a PC to record my pianos.

UTILIZATION

It works very well with Cubase SX3, the drivers are stable.
Recording is of good quality.
Latency could be better, but I'm anyway forced to use ASIO4ALL due to MIDI precision.

GETTING STARTED

Fast driver installation.
Hassle-free USB detection.
It works very well with Cubase SX 3.

OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it for several months and think it's a pretty good product.
I recommend it.
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HardBlues 08/21/2011

HardBlues's review "Perfect for Linux"

5
I chose it after checking online that it worked seamlessly under Linux.
The other reason for my choice is that the control elements seem very well thought-out:
- Two volume knobs, with peak indicator for the Line 1/Instrument and Line 2/Mic inputs
- A switch to toggle between mono and stereo listening of the inputs
- A button to mix the input/output volume.
I use it to play guitar, connecting my Tech 21 Blonde into one of the line inputs.

UTILIZATION

No need of drivers under Linux, it is automatically recognized.
It works just as good with the Alsa sound server, used by default by many distributions, as with Jack, dedicated to computer music.
With Jack, I can playback two tracks while recording a third one without any latency issues.

GETTING STARTED

It couldn't be simpler to install, because there's nothing to install.
I haven't read the user's manual.

OVERALL OPINION

I've used it for two days and have no experience with this type of gear.
I'm extremely satisfied, for the price. I didn't expect so much.
The only drawback is that the software and reverb included are only for proprietary systems. But that's customary.
theroms 01/26/2011

theroms's review "Functional but odd"

4
I bought it to use it with a laptop PC (recent, DPC latency check: <300 µs) on the road. I use virtual synths + MIDI piano or guitar/bass + VST effects. I like the balanced I/Os, the instrument and mic inputs with a small preamp and the USB connections because I don't have any Firewire ports to use my old interface. 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz sampling is enough to play live, but not for studio (not due to the sampling itself, but rather to the working frequency within the DAW).

UTILIZATION

Strangely enough, the drivers included perform worse than asio4all. On a PC, ASIO provides only an imprecise setting: "low latency" -> "high stability." It's actually 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048 samples. I compared the latency with Live at 48kHz for "lexicon": 128 samples, 9.25ms in + 9.25ms out and "asio4all": 256 samples, 9.33ms in + 7.33ms out. It's clear that asio4all is better with a lower latency, despite buffers twice as high and, thus, more stable. In short, I'll keep asio4all. It's strange, all the same!

A small disadvantage in relation to my ESI Juli@ on a desktop PC is that I can't use the WDM drivers at the same time as the ASIO (lexicon or asio4all). It probably has to do with "DirectWire" on the Juli@. It doesn't work even if I "free" the ASIO driver. It's not easy to play along with an mp3.

Otherwise, it works perfectly.

GETTING STARTED

It is sold with a VST reverb, but you have to copy the dll into the appropriate folder and it can only be used with Cubase, it's blocked under Live. Otherwise, you need to install first, then connect and it works.

OVERALL OPINION

I bought it one week ago, but I have used audio interfaces for quite some time.

+ Instrument + mic I/O combo + balanced lines
+ USB powered
+ Price, unbeatable in this category (you won't find such a combination for less than $200)

- Odd driver
- Limited to 48 kHz

Ideal for me (I prefer mobility over studio features). If you have $250 extra, get a Tascam US-1641, which isn't expensive because it's an end-of-life product.
DJ May-D 10/15/2014

DJ May-D's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " not too bad for the price"

3
I is for the purchase price at the beginning I used to Ableton Live on XP has the time now that I started to have a good config and larger project it is no longer fit to my needs and after 2 and a half years of use crack can be heard as soon as you touch the knob facade and regular problem for the set asio following conflict has certainly end she starts to get a limit that is with me; )

UTILIZATION

I use it daily in Ableton Live but not for long because too capricious with ASIO Driver

GETTING STARTED

after so simple is more functional than basic not as stated in my title to start well in Mao config panel

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 2 years and a half I was buying for its price that fills me most with this card is that it is impossible to listen to more stuff has kind of put both player and ableton window in background this still will come into conflict with each other really boring it is not stable and goes very often in conflict after 2 years of use we already hears creaking when you touch the knob before I had an Edirol FA 101 which was perfect for my use I really regret having sold it to buy the final ca few months later that the price was not the same at all now if I need to change I think I'd go on a rm Babyface or the right Track16 motu also not all the same price thus summarized to return to this lexicon alpha ben we pay for c on a 50 or 60 balls ben not expect a great wonder and stand on length but do anyway his taff and sufficient for novices after confirming or those who have had greater ben interface may be disappointed but I repeat 60 euros y 'will not even better I think she certainly better than other more expensive interface ca range so ...
marc64 07/31/2014

marc64's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Perfect for Linux"

5
I chose this material because I use a Linux environment and especially the Linux AV6 and after searching on the Internet it was part of compatible hardware distribution.
I can connect, as needed, my bass, an expander, a sampler.
It can record two sources at the same time.
For the rest of the specifications, see the Internet.

UTILIZATION

No driver needed under Linux AV6. For latency, I never had any problems but I am not a professional in music and certainly does not push the material in these limits.

GETTING STARTED

No driver, so no micro side installation. For the rest, this is classic.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for more than a year.
If you need more inputs, under this brand Lexicon there Omega model, also under Linux.
stratvinc 05/31/2014

stratvinc's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Good interface to start"

5
2 jack inputs lines
1 instrument input jack
and an XLR mic input
full output connectors
RCA jack
USB connected to my PC Acer 5920 G
Home studio for use
2 controls gains entrance with clip indicators
a volume control monitoring
and control of overall output level
a headphone jack
Output 2 connected monitor speakers Prsonus Eris 5 no breath

UTILIZATION

no latency issues or driver
used with Reaper
no update

GETTING STARTED

installation CD that came with Cubase LE4 and Lexicon reverb
you plug it settles
it works!

there is a manual but I just watched
everything is intuitive

OVERALL OPINION

My first idea was to just have a USB sound card to read my Backtracks to work my guitar
I never had the intention to do true home studio
but I was surprised plug my guitar bass and a microphone and I must admit that I was amazed by the result
you can hear the result on the thread "videos of your characters guitars"
for use as mine is just perfect
I have not tried other models
I had traveled reviews to get an idea
what I like
compact
all controls on the front face
and she is pretty and more
to the "recording studio" I think it's a fair bit
though considering the price money to start it does not take a lot of risk
the rating reflects my personal use
UncleEti 09/04/2011

UncleEti's review (This content has been automatically translated from English) " Somewhat limited"

3
I wanted a record with tracks that do not drool over each other (like Behringer UCA 202 to not name)
I use it to plug the instruments one by one or so my mixer behringer eurorack UB1002.
I make home studio: a few songs where I play (or sample), keyboard, drum, voice, guitar, bass.
I have win7 on a laptop Acer proco dual core 2Ghz, 3Giga Ram, HDD 250 Go. Something mid-range, so a little older I've boosted the ram max.

USE

I find that there are parasites em sound problems ... I do not know much but I have the impression that the Asio driver is unstable. These are settings to never end.
I never pushed beyond 6 tracks. It was going.
I have 10 ms latency but I'm not absolutely satisfied with the result.
I have not yet looked SHIFT.

IMPLEMENTATION

The install is done without problème.Ceci said, I use Adobe Audition and Adobe Audition and Reaper seems less latencer. The manual is ok, fine.

NOTICE GLOBAL

I use it for two months now. This is the first model that I use apart from Behringer UCA202, and of course, there is no comparison.

I find that it is limited inputs, with this story that we must always choose between in front and rear entrances.
In addition a detail annoys me no way to record skype but hey, it might be just my software (I'm learning a foreign language by skype and for me it is important to Register my lessons).

I think I'll sell it. I would like a model with phantom power 4.8v and more entries. Oh, and I have an electric acoustic bass: the preamp is really just right.
Now I'm not a connoisseur. I do not want this sack. I think it would be: requires a minimum of knowledge to fully exploit!
slpeepy 01/15/2011

slpeepy's review (This content has been automatically translated from English)

3
Bought to enter a keyboard to singing on vista mac compatible software Samplitude.
2 Input jack 1 x XLR, 2 RCA output jack outputs and casque.ALIM IN

UTILIZATION

USB2 drivers used on Samplitude are stable, no latency if ON MONITORING THE CUP on samplitude; slight coloration of the sound; My pc config is very small

GETTING STARTED

Installation without problem, which comes with Cubase LE4, very clear and simple

OVERALL OPINION

More than two years of daily usage, small cracks on the knobs but not so bad; single flat is used on the INPUT XLR we lose one out of two INPUT JACKs; a privilege for small home studio setup
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