Allen & Heath ZED-14 6-Input Mixing Console with USB Port
Bought for £299 from Anderson’s Music, Guildford - Only actually used for a few studio sessions.
PLEASE NOTE: There are a couple of issues. The 13-14 stereo channel does not seem to be working for some reason. Also the phantom power button along with a couple of others seem to have sunk somehow. These are probably easy fixes. But even without, the mixer is still very usable as is. No idea how this happened as although we have owned it for about 14 months it has hardly been used really so very odd. Obviously i have taken this into account regarding the price. These seem to sell for around £230 - £240 second hand, so this is a nice bargain for someone.
Here are the tech specs;
The Allen & Heath ZED-14 is a fantastic entry-level mixer for smallbands, solo performers or AV applications. Its comprehensive feature set, compact size and fine lines combine to make it one of the best small mixers around. Provided with configurable USB audio in/out makes it easy to capture stereo recordings, 6 mic or line inputs, 4 stereo inputs with EQ, there are an incredible 157 controls on the front panel of the ZED-14.
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.
Allen & Heath teamed up with a major software supplier, Cakewalk, to bundle its SONAR X1 LE music creation and audio production software with ZED, giving you a fantastic, high spec digital audio workstation.
Allen & Heath ZED-14 Features:
* 6 mono channels
* Neutrik mic XLR
* Neutrik 1/4" 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 X1 LE bundled with mixer
* Rack ears available
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 that's it! CD quality audio to and from your PC or Mac. Switches and connection through jack socket terminals provide different send/return configurations:-
* Main Mix Left + Right (Post-fade)
* Main Mix Left + Right (Pre-Fade)
* Auxes 1-2
* Auxes 3-4
* To Stereo 3 channel
ZED-14 features a responsive 3-band, swept mid frequency EQ design which utilises MusiQ – with optimised slope (or Q factor) for equalising individual instruments.
Based on the proven pre-amps from the hugely successful PA series, ZED-14 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, 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 and also matching to a
higher input impedance.