Lexicon Pro™, a Harman International Company, announced thelaunch of Omega Desktop Recording Studio™. Omega Studio is anintegrated computer recording system that includes the Omega 8x4x2 USBI/O mixer, ProTracks Plus™ 32-track recording software, and thecompany’s reverb plug-in, Pantheon™.
Differentiating itself from standard computer I/O boxes that aretypically based on a patchbay paradigm, the Omega 8x4x2 USB I/O mixeris based on a mixer paradigm and includes input, output and mixingfunctions that support a variety of tracking/monitoring applications,while requiring no additional mixing hardware. The Omega I/O mixerprovides eight inputs that are assignable in pairs to any of foursimultaneous record channels featuring ultratransparent,high-resolution A/D converters to capture the user’s performance with24-bit quality. Two of the inputs feature extremely low-noise dbx®mic preamps with 48-volt phantom power and TRS insert points. Four TRSactive balanced line inputs accept up to +22dBu signals to allowinterfacing to either unbalanced or professional high-output levelbalanced equipment. Included are an S/PDIF input combined with anadditional DAC for zero latency, and direct monitoring of the S/PDIFsource to allow simultaneous tracking of analog and digital sources. Ahigh-impedance instrument input is located on the front panel. TheOmega I/O mixer provides a peak indicator for each analog input, aswell as an assignable bargraph meter for signal-level monitoring. Bymonitoring the signal at the A/D converters, it avoids the problemswith software-only level monitoring that can miss clipping. The OmegaI/O mixer also includes a fully opto-isolated MIDI input to ensure thatthere is no ground loop hum or MIDI talk-through noise. MIDI output hassynchronization to USB frame rate to support applications requiringcritical sync.
ProTracks Plus is a comprehensive 32-track recording suite thatincludes all of the necessary modules for tracking, editing,processing, sequencing and mixing. It includes intuitive nonlinearediting, plug-in support and acidized looping features, as well as afull-featured MIDI sequencer with event editing, automation featuresand soft synth support.
Designed by the company’s engineers, the Pantheon reverb plug-inoffers 35 factory presets featuring six reverb types (hall, chamber,plate, room, ambience and custom) controlled by an intuitive userinterface with 16 editable parameters.
Omega Studio has an estimated street price of $349.99, and will beavailable in November. For more information, visit www.lexiconpro.com.