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  • How do I use my lexicon omega with my windows 7 laptop?

    I want to do some recording and I have no idea how to get these two to work together. Do i need protools, garage band, etc? Will I have to download a bunch of software for the lexicon to work? can someone give me a step-by-step? I just want to do some recording and i'm a noob when it comes to this kind of stuff.

    Thanks in advance for any help guys
    Steve

    EDIT: The lexicon was given to me from a buddy who used it with his mac.
    G&L Legacy
    Ibanez RGA-121

    My music
    http://equanimity.bandcamp.com/
    http://anatomican.bandcamp.com/


    MY DRAGON CLIPS:
    http://www.netmusicians.org/files/71-Real%20Final.mp3
    http://www.netmusicians.org/files/94...uzmanfinal.mp3

    MY QUICKROD CLIPS:
    http://www.netmusicians.org/files/77-Selkies.mp3

  • #2
    Well you install the drivers, then you install a DAW program. DAW programs may be bundled
    with the unit when bought new, otherwise you have to purchase one separately.

    Garage band is mac only I believe so you can forget that one. So is logic and a few others.
    The new Pro tools is PC compatible. You do have to consider the laptops specs when running a DAW.
    Some are extremely CPU and memory intensive. Make sure the computer meets at least the minimum program
    requirements or better if you dont want crashes.

    If you dont have the cash for something like Cubase or Sonar, you can download Reaper or Ableton for free.
    Reaper is inexpensive to buy so you may want to go that way so you have the support. Its a low resource
    DAW program that seems to work well on most computers. Others are all about their plugin packages.
    All DAW programs do the same basic things. None influence the quality of the tracking. (so long as you dont try to record through plugins)
    Data gets streamed directly to the drive and the DAW is pretty much disconected from that process. It routes the signal and maybe
    monitors levels, but its not EQing the data but you wont get a better recording with one DAW program over another. that all comes from
    the quality of the Interfaces converters, preamp, mics, source etc. once its digitized by the converters its just a flow of data that gets stored.

    Where a daw does influences the recording is playback and mixing. You pay more for a DAW package that has good plugins that allow you to manipulate
    the data, so getting a low cost or free DAW program is fine to get you going. Most have basic plugins that will lets you do decent work and learn how
    to mix, add effects, and mixdown your recordings to a wave file so you ccan burn CD's or upload them to internet sites.

    So the big items are, install the drivers. most manufacturers have the latest drivers and updates free to download.
    Download the manual and "read it" too. Thats how I learned. I knew allot from recording analog for decades, but I still had to
    learn how things were done. Download the DAW manual too. It can save you months of dicking around in the dark.

    Once the program, drivers and hardware are working, you may want to disable the laptops sound card so it doesnt get confused loading audio applications.
    your monitors connect to the interface, not the laptops sound card.

    Theres allot of other optimizing of the laptop that may need to be done. Digital audio eats up hard drive space too.
    You'll at least want to get an external drive for project storage and get the recordings off the main drive to keep it running
    fast. You'll know when things start bogging out from bloated projects and adapt to the work flow.
    most prefer desktops for recording because thay can have hard drives separate from the operating system for recording.
    You then have two or more sets of heads and the OS doesnt crash because of space issues. USB does tend to have issues
    when the CPU is being taxed storing data. Disabling or removing bloatware and unneeded programs from the laptop is something
    you'll find helps to run better. My unit boots and shuts down in 15 seconds or less cause i only have the OS and audio programs running.
    I removed all internet, antivirus, games, ets so none of that is there to interfere. I can record 32 tracks on an old single core 3g processor with
    4G of memory all day long.

    beyond that, once its set up, you arm the tracks so they will record and hit record. You may have to ho into audio properties and do some tweaking.
    I'd start with 16/44.1 or 24/44.1 sample rate and see how it does. If you use higher sample rates it uses more CPU resources and allot more drive space.
    A single song at 24/96 can easily eat up one gig of space in comparison to 50M at 24/44.1 so you have to determine if all that space is worth
    any quality improvement. Most cant hear any difference above 24/48 even with the best interfaces made.

    Good luck

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    • #3
      Thanks man! Not going to lie. I'm a bit overwhelmed with all that information. holy eff
      G&L Legacy
      Ibanez RGA-121

      My music
      http://equanimity.bandcamp.com/
      http://anatomican.bandcamp.com/


      MY DRAGON CLIPS:
      http://www.netmusicians.org/files/71-Real%20Final.mp3
      http://www.netmusicians.org/files/94...uzmanfinal.mp3

      MY QUICKROD CLIPS:
      http://www.netmusicians.org/files/77-Selkies.mp3

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      • #4
        You'll find that to be all kindergarden stuff after awhile.
        Recording has more to do with experience than it does with gear.
        Most any interface and DAW program today will record pro quality.
        Its like a guitar, an experienced player will know how to make it sound good.
        When you get into recording its like starting to learn to play all over again. There
        are some things you can carry over from what you learned playing, and if you have
        passion and dicipline to learn in one field like music, you will learn quickly in recording but
        it does take homework like anything else.

        Heres one site you should read daily till you know every topic on the left. You will
        find everything there valuable to know and from there the tougher stuff will be that
        much easire to grasp. Its kind of like learning your basic guitar chords. If you dont know those first
        you will surely be handicapped playing leads.

        http://www.tweakheadz.com/guide.htm

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        • #5
          Did you get the software package? Depending on when it was originally produced and released you'll probably going to want to download the new bundle so you have the newest drivers.
          If you only have the interface you have to get the drivers and manuals.
          The original bundle came with Cubase LE but the unit will work with Reaper and other recording programs.
          Here's the manual.
          But, Here is the download page with drivers. Go here first and everything you'll need is there, including installation instructions, drivers, tutorials & etc.

          Read the manual and the installation instructions before trying to do the installation. It's safer to have an idea of what to expect before hand.
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