Recording 101—Starting from Scratch

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   Dynamics 101




      Before installing the Lambda, make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements for Cubase LE as detailed in the manual. Keep in mind that these are minimums and your performance will vary based on the configuration of your computer. Also, you must have internet access in order to validate the software.




                 1) 1.4Ghz Intel or AMD Processor                                     

                 2) 512 MB of RAM                                                                

                 3) Display resolution of 1024X768                                    

                 4) DVD - ROM                                                                        



     The front panel controls include gain controls and peak level LED's for each of the XLR and TRS inputs. Each group of inputs has a monitor assign button that determines whether the group is heard in stereo or mono. There are bar-graph LED's for each input channel and indicator LED's for USB and Phantom power. In addition there is a knob for output level and a monitor mix knob that sweeps from direct at it's leftmost position to playback at it's rightmost position. It basically allows you to mix the level of the material being recorded with the material previously recorded. The switch for phantom power is on the back of the unit along with the XLR and TRS inputs and inserts, the MIDI In and OUT connections and the USB connector.


     To begin installation, use the included USB cable to connect the Lambda to your computer (laptop or desktop). Then using the installation disk, install the USB drivers for the Lambda, the Cubase LE recording software and Lexicon's Pantheon Reverb Plug-in. In the case of installation on an Apple platform, do not attach the USB cable until after the computer has started.


     The first time you run Cubase LE, it will ask you to perform a multimedia test. This insures that the hardware is compatible with Cubase. Once the test is completed, you may go to Devices, Device Setup, VST Multi-track and then Lambda ASIO. Then click on OK and you're set to record!



Next month, we'll go through several recording scenarios to familiarize you with how to connect your gear and record properly.





    I've been publishing articles for my monthly newsletter for nearly 3 years now and for whatever reason, I've never thought to write one from the perspective of a complete newbie. As it happens, I was responding to a post in a newsgroup this week about this very thing and the light bulb went on over my head. So in the next couple of months or so, I'm going to go through the steps of getting set up to record using a Lexicon Lambda/Cubase LE system.


    Lexicon's Lambda is a 4 in/2 out, USB powered audio interface with 5 analog inputs including 2 phantom powered XLR microphone inputs with 44db gain preamps, 2 TRS line level inputs and one high impedance input for recording electric, acoustic/electric and bass guitars. It also has 2 TRS line level outputs. Each of the microphone inputs also include TRS inserts for outboard effects such as reverb, gating or compression. Other features include midi in and out, a headphone amplifier and zero latency monitoring. Note - please see my series of articles concerning definitions if you are unsure what any of these terms mean. 



Computer HW/SW at Musician's Friend

Apple Mac


1) Power Mac 1Ghz or CoreSolo 1.5Ghz

2) 512 MB of RAM

3) OS X Version 10.4

4) Display Resolution of 1024X768

5)              DVD-ROM