Allen & Heath ZED-24
The Allen & Heath ZED-24 is a small format, USB-equipped stereo mixer for live and recording. It has a fantastic pedigree which comes from nearly 40 years of making mixing desks for the professional 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. Key Features 16 mono channels Neutrik mic XLR and Neutrik 1/4 inch jacks Channel insert Super wide gain “DuoPre” mic line input 3 band EQ with MusiQ 4 auxes Illuminated mute Sound image pan Illuminated PFL & peak warning indicator ALPS 100mm faders 4 stereo channels with 2-band EQ and inputs for extra sources Stereo returns & playback All inputs with level control 12 bar meters Mono/stereo function on auxes 1&2 Monitor output section Alt stereo output source Configurable USB stereo audio in/out Cakewalk SONAR LE bundled with mixer Rack ears available A mixer for anyone who appreciates fantastic sound and imaginative feature sets Perfected to ensure the very best sound quality Super-flexible and super-easy for fast production 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. The feature-set of the ZED-24 mixer is incredibly advanced for a mixer at this level–it has 23 independent sources to the mix, 10 independent outputs, 4 aux sends, a USB send and return for PC or Mac recording, playback and effects, a unique dual stereo input capability and some very advanced monitoring facilities. It can be used for many different tasks, whether in live performance, utilizing plug-in effects via USB, live recording via USB and Cakewalk, studio recording, or mixing down to produce your own 2-track recordings. USB Audio Flexibility Getting audio to and from a computer easily is now a common requirement for live sound and music production.
The way this has been implemented 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 you can move CD-quality audio to and from your PC or Mac. Switches and connection through jack socket terminals provide different send/return configurations. Send Options: Main Mix Left + Right (Post-fade) Main Mix Left + Right (Pre-Fade) Auxes 1-2 Auxes 3-4 Return Options: To Stereo 3 channel MusiQ ZED-12FX features a responsive 3-band, swept mid frequency EQ design which utilizes MusiQ–with optimized slope (or Q factor) for equalizing individual instruments. Included SONAR LE software. View larger DuoPre Based on the proven pre-amps from the hugely successful PA series, ZED-12FX has DuoPre 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 for 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 and also matching to a higher input impedance. SONAR LE Included Cakewalk SONAR LE is included with ZED-24 so you can immediately start to use it to create your own music…just add a PC and it couldn’t be easier. You’ll be able to record from your ZED mixer, create tracks and arrange songs, then play back to ZED via the USB port. You can use SONAR LE and your ZED mixer together in many ways from straightforward recording of a stereo mix, to recording tracks individually to build up a song, to using the USB port and software as an effects loop.