SNAMM04: Lexicon Pro Ships Omega Desktop Studio

New direction for Lexicon      23/07/04

SNAMM04: Lexicon Pro Ships Omega Desktop Studio
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We saw the Omega Studio, now in full production, at the Winter NAMM show earlier this year. The Omega features a 8x4x2 USB I/O mixer, ProTracks Plus 32-track and BIAS Inc's Deck 3.5 SE recording software programs, and the Pantheon world-class Lexicon reverb plug-in. Omega Studio contains all of the components necessary to transform a computer into a professional 24-bit recording studio. Well the news at this NAMM is that the Omega is now shipping and should be available at your local Lexicon stockist in due course. We persuaded Dale Sandberg to give us a quick spin - checkout the vid. What They Say
Differentiating itself from standard computer I/O boxes which are typically based on a patch-bay paradigm, the Omega 8x4x2 USB I/O mixer is based on a mixer paradigm and includes input, output, and mixing functions that support a variety of tracking/monitoring applications while requiring no additional mixing hardware. The Omega I/O mixer provides 8 inputs which are assignable in pairs to any of 4 simultaneous record channels featuring ultra-transparent, high-resolution analog to digital converters to capture a performance with pristine 24-bit quality. Two of the inputs feature extremely low-noise dbx�® mic-preamps with 48-volt phantom power and TRS insert points. Four TRS active balanced line inputs accept up to +22dBu signals to allow interfacing to either unbalanced or professional high-output level balanced equipment. Included is an S/PDIF input combined with an additional DAC for zero-latency, and direct monitoring of the S/PDIF source to allows simultaneous tracking of analog and digital sources. A high-impedance instrument input is conveniently accessible on the front panel. The Omega I/O mixer provides a peak indicator for each analog input as well as an assignable bargraph meter for signal level monitoring. By monitoring the signal at the A/D converters, the system avoids the problems with software-only level monitoring that can miss clipping and distort, thus ruining the track. The Omega I/O mixer also includes a fully opto-isolated MIDI input to ensure that there is no annoying ground loop hum or MIDI talk-through noise common with many I/O boxes and sound cards. The MIDI output has rock-solid synchronization to USB frame rate to support applications requiring critical sync. ProTracks Plus is an easy-to-use, comprehensive 32-track recording suite that includes all the modules needed to track, edit, process, sequence, and mix. Not only does it include intuitive non-linear editing, plug-in support, and acidized looping features, it also contains a full featured MIDI sequencer with outstanding event editing and powerful automation features as well as soft synth support. The Omega also ships with BIAS Deck 3.5 SE recording software, which turns the Mac�® into a full-fledged recording studio. The user can easily record up to 64 tracks, with full CD quality and then edit their work instantly, while always being able to revert to the original recordings. Designed exclusively by Lexicon engineers, the Pantheon reverb plug-in offers 35 factory presets featuring 6 reverb types (hall, chamber, plate, room, ambience, and custom) controlled by an intuitive user interface with 16 editable parameters. Commenting on Pantheon, Urry added, "The Lexicon name is synonymous with "the world's best reverb". Pantheon continues this legacy." Omega Studio is currently available from authorized Lexicon dealers.
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