NAMM 2012 will see Allen & Heath add to its ZED range of multi-purpose live sound and recording mixers with the launch of the ZED-16FX and ZED-18.
Each of the new models possess ten fully-featured mono channels and three or four dual stereo channels respectively, in a move to meet the demand for increased channel counts in a compact format.
In keeping with the rest of the range, both mixers have a connection for USB send and return for recording, playback and effects. The ten mono Mic/Line inputs feature the company’s DuoPre two-stage preamp, 3-band MusiQ EQ with swept mid frequency, and 100mm faders, all in a compact, rack mountable format. The stereo inputs have 2-band EQ and inputs for extra sources, and there are four auxes accessible from each mono and stereo channel.
The ZED-16FX also comes with a built-in FX processor with TAP tempo delay settings and a 24 bit/48kHz conversion rate, with access to 16 in-house designed effects derived from Allen & Heath’s iLive pro touring digital mixing system.
“The ZED-18 and 16FX are the perfect size and format for so many applications. In a rack-sized chassis we’ve packed in 10 mono channels while retaining all the stereo inputs (on ZED-18 there are 7 stereo inputs including the USB). The monitoring and output configuration is the same as the ZED-14 and 12FX, which is really useful in both live sound mixing and studio situations, and they are designed and built to last for ages. Having just used one for a fantastic gig with The Deadly Gentlemen (perk of the job!), I can say that they are an absolute joy to mix on.” commented Allen & Heath R&D designer, Mike Griffin.
Cakewalk’s SONAR X1 LE music production software comes bundled with the ZED-18 and 16FX mixers, allowing the user to perform different tasks, for live performance, live recording, studio recording, or studio mixing. The combination of ZED and SONAR is designed to allow the user to capture a straightforward recording of a stereo mix, record tracks individually to build up a song, or insert an FX plug-in from SONAR.
The ZED mixers are built to a professional standard, with rotary controls secured to the front panel with steel nuts and high-quality components used throughout, including Neutrik mic XLR and 1/4" jack connectors.