2009 NAMM Show Preview: Lexicon has introduced a new line of sexy (at least for computer audio geeks!) USB Desktop Recording Interfaces.
The I-ONIX Series provides all the necessary tools to transform a computer into a professional 24-bit digital recording studio, including the USB 2.0 desktop recording interface, Steinberg Cubase LE4multi-track PC and Mac recording software, Toontrack EZdrummer Lite virtual instrument software, and the new Lexicon Pantheon II VST/AU reverb plug-in.
Each of the three models allows for a different level of recording capability:
- The U22 can record two channels simultaneously and includes two analog combi-jack mic/line inputs, two TRS balanced line outputs, a Hi-Z instrument input, a 1/4″ high-power headphone output, and MIDI I/O.
- The U42S records four analog and two digital channels simultaneously, and the U82S can record eight analog and two digital channels.
- In addition, the U42S and U82S include four and eight analog combi-jack mic/line inputs respectively, S/PDIF I/O, two instrument inputs, and two 1/4″ headphone outputs.
- Dedicated knobs and meters provide quick and easy access to input and output levels and locking combi-jacks make sure that a connection is not lost in the middle of a performance.
The I-ONIX Desktop Recording Interfaces all include:
- USB 2.0 connection to the DAW, up to 480Mbps
- 44.1 to 96 kHz sample rates, 24-bit resolution
- Two, Four, or Eight analog 1/4″ and XLR combi-jack mic/line inputs
- Two analog TRS (Stereo Main) outputs
- dbx high-voltage, ultra-low noise mic preamps on all analog inputs
- 48V phantom power for each input pair
- Input signal metering via 8 LED’s per channel
- Signal mixing and stereo bus signal metering
- Up to two 1/4″ high output headphone connections
- Up to two Hi-Z instrument inputs
- Zero latency Direct/Playback monitoring
- Low latency ASIO drivers
- Pantheon II VST/AU reverb plug-in
- Steinberg Cubase LE4 and Toontrack EZdrummer Lite software packages
- Supports Windows® and Mac® platforms
Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.