Lexicon Omega- any good?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by bassteban, Jan 24, 2014.


  1. bassteban

    bassteban

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    My 14-yr-old son wants to record basic band-type stuff(bass, gtrs, keys, drums, vox)w/his laptop- a Samsung w/Audacity. The local music store has the Omega USB interface for $150- I have very limited experience w/OLD-school multitracking, effectively no knowledge of computer-based recording and am NOT great at grasping this stuff; is this a good direction? I have access to decent mics etc, and I'd like to stay around $100-150. Possible? Thank you for any and all input. :)
  2. TigerInATrance

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    I used it extensively in the past to do a friend's demo and it was not very good. From what I could tell, the drivers are poorly written which results in high latency, drop outs, and various lockups that made it a challenge to work and very frustrating at times.

    For that price I'd recommend the http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Scarlett2i2/ which is one of the better USB interfaces available.
  3. bassteban

    bassteban

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    Excellent- thank you! Searching showed several FS, a potential red flag... anyone else?
  4. ChiliBass

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    I've used my Omega to record my band's demos. Steinberg's CuBase LE4 was included when I bought my unit. Here's my impressions:

    Omega hardware: very good quality, versatile (number of channels/inputs, etc.)

    Omega drivers: Flakey. Somtimes reset their configurations from session to session. I have not had any latency issues, though.

    Steinberg CuBase 4: powerful "free" version of this software. I don't use it often enough so I often need to "re-climb" the learning curve for each recording project (but that's a personal issue as opposed to a product issue).

    When I did my research (3+ years ago) the Omega was the only under $250 solution that offered true 4-in/4-out capability without requiring FireWire.

    Hope that helps.

    -CB
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  6. bassteban

    bassteban

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    Grabbed the Scarlett 2i2 at GC today- topped 180+ w/the extended warranty. The boy is thrilled- Ima run up the street to my buds to borrow a good ish mic and stand. Thank you, TigerInATrance :)
  7. dannyk

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    I had an Omega years ago. I did not like it. The mic pres were horrible (although, what do you expect for the price?). You did well by purchasing the Focusrite.
  8. seansv

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    You dodged a bullet.
  9. bassteban

    bassteban

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    Breaking the Scarlett in- working on an original tune for a promo pack. Going well so far- appreciating the info

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