Lexicon Omega issues

Unexpected behaviour


I’m using (at least trying to) a Lexicon Omega unit for demo recordings and playing about so I don’t need to worry about the big setup. It seemed like a good idea but I’m having limited success and some very odd behaviour and wanted to see if anyone else has any experience. So, before we go on, I’m more than happy to accept it may be something I’m doing wrong or that the Omega is faulty as N-track works perfectly fine the the desktop and my M-audio 1010’s.

So, as a little background, I’m using this with a reasonably new Dell Latitude laptop running XP SP3. N-track works perfectly well with the onboard audio card and with one of the Griffin USB audio cards. Can use MME, ASIO4ALL and WDM interfaces with all cards available for input and output. The latest N-track is installed as are the latest Lexicon drivers and the ASIO2ALL.

On to the Omega. First of all, it works perfectly well as the Windows output device. No odd sound artifacts - all ok. However, when trying to use in N-track, the Omega ASIO drivers don’t function at all - just returns “Error Creating ASIO buffers”. With the ASIO4ALL interface, all appears well in terms of set up. The device can be selected and from the ASIO control panel, the Omega device can be selected as the I/O: 4 in/2 out. All is well until you try to record (or monitor an input). Then what happens is that the input (as show on the record VU and recorded signals) is ok, but the output (on the playback VU) is shown as not connected. The Windows status bar icon shows the red “!” and looking at the control panel show that the Omega output reports as “Beyond logic”. If onboard sound card is selected, then the same thing happens - that will be reported as “Beyond logic”.

Using WDM doesn’t seem to help. The Omega which is 24-bit, will only run 4 input channels at 16 bit/48000 otherwise the N-track reports that the sound card does not support the sample rate requested. More worrying however is that the behaviour is erratic. Sometimes the channels will report back to N-track in a different order, but more worryingly, quite often the record VU will just indicate that noise is present. Sure enough, listening to the monitored or recorded version reveal that it is indeed just noise.

Anyone have any ideas at all?