Soundcraft Notepad-5 Analog USB Mixer

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Get everything you need in a mini mixer: mic preamp/Hi-Z input, two pairs of stereo line ins, balanced XLR stereo outs, and a built-in USB audio interface.

Lexicon Alpha Desktop Recording Studio USB Audio Interface

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This USB audio interface boasts an XLR mic input, 1/4" instrument input, dual TRS I/O, headphone and RCA outs -- plus Cubase LE and a Lexicon reverb plug-in!

When paired with a laptop, the Lexicon Alpha becomes a powerfully portable, all-in-one recording rig that's ready to go whenever, wherever you make music. Featuring the bus-powered 2x2 Alpha USB I/O audio interface, Steinberg Cubase LE recording software (Mac/Windows), and the Lexicon Pantheon VST reverb plug-in, the Lexicon Alpha Desktop Recording Studio is everything you need to satiate your mix fix in the studio or out.

Pro-Quality Audio Recording

At the heart of this recording solution is the Alpha audio interface, which has a single XLR microphone input, a pair of TRS line inputs, and two TRS and RCA line outs. For direct recording of electric guitar or bass to your computer, the Alpha Studio sports a front-panel, high-impedance 1/4-inch instrument input. Its 1/8-inch headphone output makes for convenient monitoring with your favorite set.

The Alpha can stream two channels of 44.1 or 48 kHz audio at either 16- or 24-bit resolution to your computer. Simultaneously record two tracks from two different input sources, and keep tabs on your levels with the mic and line inputs' individual level controls and peak meters. You also get mono/stereo monitoring and zero-latency Direct/Playback Monitoring.

Bundled Software Sweetens the Deal

Dive right in to the recording process with Cubase LE music-production software and Lexicon's Pantheon Reverb plug-in, both included with the Alpha. Cubase LE works hand in hand with the Alpha I/O Mixer, giving you a plethora read more of multi-tracking, editing, and mixing options. After you've recorded some tracks, give them Lexicon's royal reverb treatment with Pantheon.

Conveniently USB Powered

Drawing power from your computer's USB port, the bus-powered Alpha can work its magic anywhere, without the need for a bulky power supply; a USB cable is all you need and lucky for you, that comes included, too. If portability, simplicity, and affordability are important to you, check out the Lexicon Alpha. It does what it's supposed to do, at a very reasonable price.


- USB audio interface with bundled software
- High-resolution 44.1-48 kHz/16-bit-24-bit quality audio
- Direct/Playback monitoring with no latency
- individual level controls and peak meters for mic/line inputs
- Mono/stereo monitoring
- 1 XLR microphone input
- 2 TRS line inputs
- 2 TRS and RCA line outs
- High-impedance 1/4" instrument input for direct to computer recording
- 1/8" headphone output
- Ships with Steinberg Cubase LE recording software and Lexicon Pantheon VST reverb plug-in
- USB bus-powered -- draws power from your computer
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- Microphone Inputs: (1) Female XLR Pin 2 Hot
- Input Impedance: 600 ohms balanced
- Phantom Power: No
- GAIN: +50 dB
- EIN: -115dB A-weighted @50dB gain (150 Ohm source impedance)
- Maxium Input Level: +10dBu
- Frequency Response: +0, 0.5 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ref. 1 kHz
- THD+N: <.005%, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
- Line Inputs: (2) 1/4 in. TRS balanced or unbalanced
- Input Impedance: 20 kOhm balanced, 10 kOhm unbalanced
- Maximum Input Level: +12 dBu
- Frequency Response: +0, 0.2 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ref. 1KHz
- THD+N: <.009% A/D, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
- Instrument Input: (1) 1/4 in. mono jack
- Input Impedance: 1 MOhm unbalanced
- Maximum Input Level: +8.5 dBu
- Frequency Response: +0, 1 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ref. 1 kHz
- THD+N: <.125% A/D
- Crosstalk: <-74dB any input or output to any recording channel, 20Hz - 20kHz <-95dB at 1kHz typical
- Line Outputs: (2) 1/4 in. TRS bal./unbal. +(2) RCA
- Level: +16dBu maximum (1/4 in. TRS)
- Impedance: 1k ohm balanced, 500 ohm unbalanced
- Headphone Output: (1) 1/8 in. stereo jack 20 mW per channel at 50 Ohms
- D/A - A/D Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz (determined by computer application)
- Dynamic Range: A/D (24 Bit) 100 dB typical, A-weighted, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, D/A (24 Bit) 100 dB typical, A-weighted, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, A/D/A (24 Bit) 97 dB typical, A-weighted, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
- USB Type B Socket: Version 1.1, Version 1.1 hubs ar not supported
- Power Requirements: USB Bus-Powered
- Dimensions: 6.75 in. Wx 1.6 in. Hx 6.5 in. D
- Weight: 1.1 lbs. (0.49kgs)

Lexicon engineers are constantly working to improve the quality of products. Specifications are, therefore subject to change without notice.

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 801-568-7567

Lexicon Alpha USB Audio Interface

Record anywhere you can carry your laptop! Studio quality hardware and powerful software that turns your PC or Mac into a 24-bit recording studio.

The Lexicon Alpha Desktop Recording Studio is extremely compact, yet it gives you the features needed to get professional recording results anywhere! Designed with many of the same features found in professional studios, Alpha Studio is your complete recording solution: a USB powered I/O mixer with Cubase LE, the popular recording production suite from Steinberg, and their acclaimed Lexicon Pantheon VST reverb plug-in. A dual-input, 2-bus, 2-output USB I/O mixer with extra high-impedance instrument input and separate headphone output gives you the freedom to not only record but also mix anywhere.

4 Inputs: Record Up to 2 Tracks at Once

Stereo line inputs for keyboards, drum machines or analog output of a CD/MP3 player. RF-filtered TRS active-balanced inputs accept either balanced or unbalanced signals

- Low-noise mic preamp with balanced XLR inputs
- High-impedance front panel input for electric guitar or bass

Professional Mixer

- Separate mic and line level input controls with individual peak indicators
- Monitor mix control for balancing an audio source between live input and playback mix level while recording. Can be switched to stereo or mono
- High-powered headphone amp offers ultra-clear fidelity while delivering ample power for any type of headphones
- RF-filtered and TRS balanced Line outputs for speaker monitoring

USB Powered

Connect to your computer with the included USB cable. No need for a power supply'so you can record anywhere you can take your laptop

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (48 ratings)
Submitted March 11, 2012 by Steve G in Granbury, TX
"Well Worth the Money"
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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I didn't expect much from this little interface, but wound up being extremely surprised. Definitely worth the money for the features and sound quality.
As for sound quality, this little unit is surprisingly quiet when a guitar is hooked directly into it and dead silent when a balanced xlr is connected. Very little coloration is introduced by the unit so not much adjusting is required on the output side.
High-z, xlr, and balanced 1/4" cover the bases for inputs. Generous gain settings and mix control are fantastic. Asio support was a simple install and at 5ms latency perfect for my needs. Usb powered means one less cable to worry about.
Ease of Use
Five minutes of fiddling with knobs and an additional 10 for software I was able to crank out a very respectable recording.
Build quality of the unit seems a little flimsy but if you just hook it up on your desk and leave it there you shouldn't have any problems.
Well worth the money in comparison to other options out there. I mean it's Lexicon for cryin out loud.
Manufacturer Support
Haven't had any prob with it. So I consider that great support.
The Wow Factor
Super simple design and setup surprised me the most.
Musical Background:
Audio guy, Pedal and amp designer
Musical Style:
rock, metal, industrial
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