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New USB IO Box From Lexicon

Each model provides the tools to transform a computer into a 24-bit digital recording studio

Looking to stand out in the increasingly crowded USB audio input box category, Lexicon has introduced the I-Onix family of input devices.

The unusual thing about the I-Onix boxes is their base design. Rather than a square or rectangular box, they are triangular when seen from the side. Placed between a computer keyboard and the monitor, the I-Onix presents its largest face, the control panel, to the operator.

Currently the family consists of two-, four- and eight-channel models. Preamps, made by dbx, offer 48V phantom power. All offer mic, line and instrument inputs and headphone monitoring. Mic/line inputs are through XLR-1/4-inch combi jacks. Digital conversion is up to 24-bit/96 kHz with all the usual stops in between. There is also S/PDIF I/O and LED meters. The USB port is 2.0 with a top speed of 480 Mbps.

The shipping package includes Steinberg Cubase LE4 DAW software (Windows and Mac), Toontrack EZdrummer Lite drum sampler and Lexicon’s own Pantheon II reverb plug-in.

Other recent Lexicon announcements include upgrades to the PCM96 digital audio processor. The latest software version includes new pitch shift algorithms and compatibility with Steinberg Cubase and Nuendo.