Allen & Heath ZED-14
The Allen and Heath ZED-14 USB Compact Stereo Mixer has a fantastic pedigree which comes from nearly 40 years of making mixing desks for the professional musical instruments and sound community. The audio circuitry is based on years of continual development and refinement and the performance of all the elements within the mixer is has been perfected to ensure the very best sound quality possible. It offers a high-quality EQ section, 4 AUX sends for foldback monitoring and effects, as well as easy integration with your computer through USB.
Mixer For All
This is a mixer for anyone, from entry-level to professionals, who appreciates fantastic sound, rugged build quality and imaginative feature sets. It'll be equally happy running your gig on stage, recording live or mixing down in your studio at home.
One of the great things about the ZED series is the number and variety of things you can plug in. In addition to the six mono channels there are four stereo channels, each with a main stereo input on jack sockets, and with the ability to take additional stereo inputs from phono sockets or from the USB audio input, flexibility gives you control. In all, ZED-14 boasts 99 different controls on its front panel - way more than any of the competition! 6 mic/line channels are provided on ZED-14 - plenty for mics or DI boxes for a small band, duo or solo performer 4 stereo line inputs - dual inputs, both with gain and 2-band EQ
Based on the proven pre-amps from the hugely successful PA series, the ZED series has new DuoPreTM pre-amps, which use a two stage design, with carefully controlled amounts of gain in each stage. When amplifying the signal from the XLR input, the gain range is huge - 69dB of range to be exact - and is very evenly distributed around the gain control, meaning better control of signal level. Most of the gain comes from the first stage, so unwanted noise is kept to a minimum. Line level signals are simply plugged into the second stage of the pre-amp by using the line input jack socket, which has the great advantage of less noise when using the line input.
ZED-14 features a responsive 3-band, swept mid frequency design with MusiQ - optimised slope (or Q factor) for equalising individual instruments. HF and LF also boast Xtra Boost, to make these frequencies more responsive.
4 aux sends are provided, of which 1&2 are prefade for foldback monitoring, and 3 & 4 post-fade for effects sends. A stereo signal can be sent from auxes via USB to computer to create 2 separate record feeds independent of the main LR mix (1&2) and or used as FX sends (3&4).
USB audio flexibility
Getting audio to and from a computer easily is now a common requirement for live sound and music production. The way we have implemented this on ZED is super-flexible and super-easy! No longer do you need to fiddle around the back of your PC to get to the soundcard inputs, only to find that the levels are all wrong and noisy. Just plug in a USB lead to your ZED, select the USB routing on the mixer and the device on your computer and that's it! Quality audio to and from your PC or Mac. Three switches provide different send/return configurations for recording, playback and utilising external FX.
At this level, most mixers are built using a single, flat PCB with all the pots and switches attached at right angles. ZED-14 utilises individual vertically mounted channel circuit boards with each rotary control fixed with a metal nut to the front panel - making a much more robust product that will resist damage and give years of reliable use. ZED also has professional 100mm faders for ultimate control over your levels.
- Insert points
- High pass filter
- Stereo imaging control on every channel
- Channel mute switches
- Stereo return
- 2-track return
- Advanced monitoring facilities
- ¼" and 3.5mm headphones outputs
- Stereo record out
- Alternative stereo out
- Mono sum of LR output
- Main LR
- 12-bar LR meters
- Master controls for aux1&2
- 19" rack mounting kit available for ZED-12FX and ZED-14
|Inputs - Mic Preamps||6 x XLR (CH 1-6)|
|Inputs - Line||6 x 1/4" (CH 1-6), 8 x 1/4" (CH 7-14 Stereo)|
|Outputs - Main||2 x XLR (Main), 1 x 1/4" (Mono Out)|
|Outputs - Other||2 x RCA (Alt), 2 x RCA (Rec)|
|AUX||2 x Pre, 2 x Post|
|Send/Return I/O||4 x 1/4", 2 x RCA (ST RTN), 2 x RCA (2TRK RTN)|
|Headphones||1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8"|
|Built In FX||No|
|USB||1 x Type B|
|Outer Dimensions||46.5 x 38.5 x 9.8 cm|