Friday, December 19, 2008

Lexicon® Unveils the I·ONIX Series of USB 2.0 Desktop Recording Interfaces

Meticulously crafted and elegantly designed to deliver flawless digital recordings

Lexicon®, a Harman International Company (NYSE-HAR), today introduced its new I·ONIX U22, U42S, and U82S USB Desktop Recording Interfaces. The I·ONIX Series offers the highest quality hardware and software to provide the user with exceptional recordings. Each model 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 LE4® multi-track PC and Mac® recording software, Toontrack® EZdrummer® Lite virtual instrument software, and the new Lexicon Pantheon™ II VST/AU reverb plug-in.

Brilliantly designed, the I·ONIX Desktop Recording Series sit in the perfect location when using a DAW, between your keyboard and monitor. Now all the monitor and input level controls are at your fingertips. The I·ONIX Series are meticulously crafted from the highest quality components to ensure superior recordings that live up to Lexicon’s standards of performance. Each desktop recording interface features newly designed dbx® microphone preamps on all analog inputs. The preamps are driven by a high-voltage supply to guarantee stability and provide superior recordings across a wide dynamic range. Performance driven A/D-D/A converters ensure pristine 24-bit/96kHz audio quality.

Speaking about the introduction of the new I∙ONIX Desktop Recording Interfaces, Director of Marketing for Lexicon Randy Garrett stated, “Lexicon is committed to bringing the same quality equipment to casual and aspiring musicians that it has provided to professionals for years. In-depth research into home and project studio recording provided the inspiration for the unique, ergonomic shape of the new I∙ONIX Series. In addition, the no compromise design guarantees outstanding audio performance.”

The Lexicon name is synonymous with the world’s best reverb. The Pantheon II VST/AU plug-in offers six reverb types with 16 adjustable parameters, and 35 factory presets that range from Vocal to Live Sound and Special Effects. The exquisitely rich, full reverbs make it easy to add dimension and depth to any track.

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 ¼” 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 ¼” 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 ¼” 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

Lexicon is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com ). Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG®, Audioaccess®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®, Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman International’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NYSE: HAR.”

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is there an MSRP yet?

Chuck said...

Where can I purchase one?

Anonymous said...

Does it work with Linux?

LexiconPRGuy said...

MSRPs are as follows

U22- $399.95
U42s- $549.95
U82s- $849.95

Anonymous said...

Well, it looks like Lexicon improved on the previous failures of the Omega and offered a completely bland product instead of a horribly buggy one with bad effects. Kudos for taking their industrial design and product naming cues from Alesis' iO series though.

Anonymous said...

It would have been nice if they had listened more closely to their customer focus groups of which I was part. No integrated effects? This is lexicon we are talking about here. What about rack mount?

And those price points who do they think they are MOTU?

Friends don't let friends let Harmon group buy their companies.

LexiconPRGuy said...

It does not work with Linux.

LexiconPRGuy said...

All Lexicon retailers will carry these products.

The U42s will start shipping to retailers by January 9th.

The U82s will start shipping in early February.

The U22 will start shipping in late February.