49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2008
You will see basically two kinds of reviews for the Lexicon Omega: Reviews from people who love the features and reviews from people who have had problems with the unit. This is because the Omega has some very serious quality control issues with their overseas manufacturing.
I have read many user reviews and have found that as many as 1 out of 4 people have had problems that make this device unusable. If you happen to get a good unit it will be great for a home studio or even a portable system that you can take on the road. Unfortunately many, many units have hardware defects. These cause the unit to disconnect, corrupt the host computer, and add digital noise to the mix.
Some people mistakenly believe that this is a driver issue or a configuration issue. Lexicon tech support will try to lead you down this path before they admit the quality problems. Don't believe it. I have done software and hardware engineering for almost 25 years and I can assure you that if your Omega unit acts erratically, it is most likely a hardware failure. Send it back and insist that they fix it while it is still under warranty.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2011
I wish I could write a good review for this product. From the day I bought it, I have had nothing but problems with it. First time i used it, it was OK - but that was about it. I tried recording some demos for an acoustic band and was embarrassed by the unit's lack of repeatability - and I mean in simple tasks like getting a selected input to work. Right now the unit acts as a paper weight because my computer won't ever recognize it. Reaper can't see it, audacity can't see it. When I download the omega software, I get nothing that actually recognizes the piece of hardware, just a start menu folder that has 2 PDF files and an option to reinstall and an options to uninstall.
I truly wish this unit would work simply. I just want a simple recording unit to catch a couple tracks at a time. My family is on an incredibly tight budget and I can't keep buying 200 dollar gimmicks that make an attempt at recording to PC. I have tried two other recording setups, one from Korg, and a stand alone unit. To date I have found nothing that works well.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2005
Simple interface, high quality mic preamps, powerful headphone amp. The inputs and outputs can be balanced or unbalanced. Cubase LE is great software and easy for beginners to learn. My only complaint is that there is no power switch on the interface, and the unit gets fairly warm after being left on for awhile- you have to manually unplug it or build a switch into the cable.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2009
I've owned the Lexicon Omega for 2 years. It worked for a few months, then began behaving very erratically. It will connect/disconnect from the computer constantly, and even caused my computer to get the 'blue screen of death.' (My computer has never been the same and I am having to replace it now.) I returned it to the manufacturer while it was still under warranty. However, it still did not work when they returned it to me. Now it is out of warranty. It definitely has defective craftsmanship. I have heard some good reviews for this product, so if you get a good one, then you are in luck. However I'm not willing to take that chance again. I definitely do NOT recommend this product to anyone.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2012
I don't much like writing reviews but I've gained so much from other people's efforts that it just seems like I should spend a few minutes here since I have information that I believe helps make the Omega a more reliable piece of equipment.
First let me make clear that I have a 2010 version and I have no way of knowing if Lexicon has subsequently modified this model to fix the problems. You can look at the pictures I have posted up top to see if your unit looks the same as mine.
Second - doing what I have done will invalidate your warranty.
The main problem with my unit was with the way they designed the power supply. Instead of using a regulated DC wall wart they used an AC wall wart and put the voltage regulation circuits inside the Omega box. This includes two series regulators without heat sinks (dumb dumb dumb) that get so hot they can shut down or, worse, melt the insulation on a ribbon cable that can easily be in contact with them.
The solution is pretty simple - cut some aluminum channel and make a couple of small heat sinks and punch some holes in the top of the case to let the hot air escape. Be sure to put some heat sink grease on the regulators before you attach the heat sinks. The exact size of the holes in the top of the case aren't very important.
Disassemble by removing eight screws - four on the back and four on the bottom. Two of the bottom screws attach the front panel. It snaps in at the top. Remove it carefully. It has non-removable ribbon cables and a black ground wire. Spread the blue case at the bottom and lift it off the base of the unit. This will expose the circuit.
Even after I installed the heat sinks the transistor with the larger one gets hot enough to be uncomfortable to the touch. My guess is that without the heat sink it gets hot enough to activate safety shutdown circuits inside the regulator. This could cause the USB disconnects that a lot of reviewers have complained about. I haven't had any cut outs or bad behavior whatsover.
Leave a comment if you need more info.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2013
I have owned this cinder block for about 5 years now. I purchased it back when it was relatively new. I was excited at all the possibilities. This was my first experience with a usb interface of any sort, so when it failed to work properly from day one I had just assumed it was operator error. I tried repeatedly over the last several years to get this thing to work, but it just sits there collecting dust. I kick myself for not realizing the product was faulty from the start and not returning it proir to the warranty expiring. Now I cant even give it away because everyone knows this product is garbage. Last night I felt creative inspiration, and decided to take the omega out and give it another shot. I downloaded new drivers, uninstalled and reinstalled, plugged in and plugged out, lit candles and did a rain dance....this thing still sucks. I came here and saw other reviewers were having all the same problems I have been having with it, so I decided to add another review in hopes that I may help save someone the trouble of ever having to deal with a horrible lexicon product in the future. How can they get away with this?
If it says lexicon, run the other way.... I know I will!!!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2009
I have worked with this unit for far too long with too many computers. I have finally given up. Now I have to get this off my chest and hope to save some others who, like me, really hoped this was a great answer to recording at a great price. It's not. It's junk. I keep trying to believe that there is something I could do with this unit. But I can't. It is cheaply built, it records badly, the drivers don't install right, Cubase LE is worthless, the Pantheon 'Verb is a joke (might be OK if you are doing some REALLY cheesy new age stuff, but even then it would be a thick wad of cheese fluff). There is nothing worth having in this package. Buy something else. Buy ANYTHING else. Buy a cheap hand held cassette recorder. At least you can record with it. Better yet, by a Zoom H4 and download audiocity and you will have the ultimate portable studio for home and live. I wish I did...
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2009
I've given this product a chance as an owner for over a year now but the quality is just terrible. After purchasing the Lexicon Omega the device would disconnect about 5 times a day and I would have no sound until I unplugged and replugged the USB/power in a specific order. Lexicon was very helpful and replaced the mainboard in a timely manner.
Since then the sound quality has been slowly deteriorating to the point where I now have a constant hiss that continues to get louder. When I turn the level knob I get extremely loud hissing and popping around the 25% mark. Sometimes the levels between the two speakers don't match and I have to make minor adjustments to the level knob until they match back up.
I've decided to ditch the Lexicon for a more reputable product.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2007
The sound quality is very good. One of the requirements I had was a DB/peak meter on the device, instead of in the software. This really helps remove clipping and distortion on the digital side, as you are controlling the peaks at a much better stage of the digital conversion chain.
Installation of the software was a breeze, with one exception. When I first tried it out, I didn't really read the directions and left the device set as the main audio device in windows, and got no audio from it. You can't set it as your main sound device in windows (but you can in individual applications). I assume this is to keep the signal clean. I am using a relatively old system (athlon 750, 500m ram, 20G HD, usb 1.1) and was pleased that I had no issues with recording on this system yet (Except when the HD got full, then it started skipping on recording and playback. This was fixed easily on my end). So far I have recorded up to 8 stereo (16 mono) tracks with no issues in playback or recording.
The included software is a huge bonus. I normally use Audacity and Cakewalk, but the real-time use of VST plug-ins in Cubase are nice. I'm still trying to figure out Cubase. When I first tried the lexicon reverb, I thought it sounded terrible. However, I discovered that in Cubase, the inserts default to 100% effect in the mix. When I corrected the wet/dry mix it sounded much better.
As far as hardware goes, the unit seems solidly constructed. It is bigger than I expected from what I saw in the photos, but is not obnoxious considering the knobs and jacks that have to fit somewhere. It requires it's own power (separate from USB) but that is good because it reduces another source of line noise by separating the power line. It could be taken somewhere with a laptop (assuming there is a power supply) but I am not sure it was designed as a portable device. The knobs all seem solid and smooth. The jacks have a quality "snap" to them that makes them feel sturdy.
My one complaint is that the device isn't intended to be set as the main sound device in windows. This means I had to send the sound card output to a mixer to hear media player or other windows functions at the same time as my audio inputs through the Omega. I can see why they did this to keep windows beeps and bells from ruining your recording but it is a slight annoyance when I want to practice to a CD using the computer. That said, it is a minor inconvenience and outside the scope of what the product was intended for (recording). There may even be a workaround that I am not aware of.
All in all I am happy with it, and it is nice to know that there is still much more I can do with the software that I haven't figured out how to do yet. To me this means that my recordings will only get better as I learn the capabilities of this system.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2012
Buyers considering buying the Lexicon Omega need to pay serious heed to the plethora of negative reviews they'll find on this (and other) sites. Like others here, I have experienced severe problems with the Omega since setting it up a few weeks ago.
Things started out alright: I was able to record and mix two elaborately produced demos that sounded fine and got me excited about the prospects of recording more. Then, immediately after completing a successful mix and without having changed anything in terms of settings/ drivers/ patches, the Omega suddenly stopped working -- and hasn't worked since.
I spent hours troubleshooting -- reloading Cubase LE, switching & reloading drivers (Omega, ASIO4ALL, etc.), replacing cords, etc, etc. Nothing! My computer (brand new Lenovo lappy with 6 gigs of RAM -- plenty to run the Omega) is set up and working fine (I can still connect to Cubase through the laptops own mini-jacks -- minus USB quality). I have read in other reviews that the USB In-Out path on the Omega is prone to breaking down, which seems to have happened with mine as well (I can get signal direct into the unit but no connection whatsoever with the computer).
I wish I could say Cubase LE is completely trouble free -- yet it, too, crashes and makes bizarre & sudden patching switches without reason or warning. But at least, unlike the Omega, it works after some tweaking.
Anyway -- a word of warning to others to avoid the Omega like the plague (in spite of the attractive price). My next purchase is M-Box and Pro Tools, where I hope to finally find some efficiency in a home recording system.