Allen & Heath Zed-24 USB Mixer

Allen & Heath ZED24

Model #ZED24

 

$699.00
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Description

The ZED-24 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.

This is a mixer for anyone, from entry-level to professionals, who appreciates fantastic sound, rugged build quality and imaginative feature sets. Itll be equally happy running your gig on stage, recording live or mixing down in your studio at home.

Weve teamed up with major software supplier, Cakewalk, to bundle its SONAR LE music creation and audio production software with ZED, giving you a fantastic, high spec digital audio workstation.

24 channels of British sound - and USB!
The Allen & Heath ZED-24 live mixer gives you the quality you've come to expect from Allen & Heath in a compact 24-channel configuration. DuoPre preamps represent A & H's latest technology, while flexible 3-band EQs on each mono channel feature tailored frequency and response. The ZED-24 gives you a variety of great input options, as well as easy USB connectivity for computer integration. Allen & Heath have made a live mixer that lives up to their stellar reputation with the versatile ZED-24, at a great price.

Inputs
In addition to the sixteen 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-24 boasts 129 different controls on its front panel. Sixteen mic/line channels are provided on ZED-24 - plenty for mics or DI boxes for larger bands or demanding applications requiring more inputs than the ZED-14. 4 stereo line inputs, 3 with dual inputs. All inputs have independent gain control.

DuoPre
Based on the proven preamps from the hugely successful PA series, the ZED series has new 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.

EQ section
ZED-24 features a responsive 3-band, swept mid frequency design with MusiQ - optimized slope (or Q factor) for equalizing individual instruments. HF and LF also boast Xtra Boost giving you extra control.

Auxiliary sends
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
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 utilizing external FX.

Build
At this level, most mixers are built using a single, flat PCB with all the pots and switches attached at right angles. ZED-24 utilizes 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.

Bundled with SONAR LE
Allen & Heath have teamed up with Cakewalk to bundle SONAR LE with this ZED mixer. The two team up together in many ways - for example straightforward recording of a stereo mix, recording tracks individually to build up a song, or for inserting a SONAR LE effects plug-in.

Allen & Heath ZED-24 Features:

* 16 mic preamps
* 4 stereo channels
* 3-band EQ
* Insert points
* High pass filter
* Stereo imaging control on every channel
* Channel mute switches
* Stereo return
* 2-track return
* Advanced monitoring facilities
* 1/4" 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 aux 1&2
* USB

Operating Levels
Inputs
Mono channel (XLR) Input +6 to 63dBu for nominal (+17dBu in max)
Mono channel Line Input (Jack socket) +10 to 26dBu (+30dBu maximum)
Insert point (TRS Jack socket) 0dBu nominal +21dBu maximum
Stereo Input (Jack sockets) 0dBu nominal (control = Off to +10dB)
Stereo input (phono sockets) 0dBu nominal (control = Off to +10dB)
Outputs
L, R & Mono Outputs (L&R XLR, Mono Jack) 0dBu nominal. +21dBu maximum.
Aux Outputs (Jack sockets) 0dBu nominal. +21dBu maximum.
Alt Outputs (phono sockets) 0dBu nominal. +21dBu maximum.
Rec Outputs (phono sockets) 0dBu nominal. +21dBu maximum.
Frequency Response
Mic in to Mix L/R Out, 30dB gain +0.5/-1dB 20Hz to 20kHz.
Line in to Mix L/R out 0dB gain +0.5/-1dB 10Hz to 30kHz
Stereo in to Mix L/R out +0.5/-1dB 10Hz to 30kHz
THD+n
Mic in to Mix L/R Out, 0dB gain 1kHz +10dBu out 0.004%
Mic in to Mix L/R Out, 30dB gain 1kHz 0.014%
Line in to Mix L/R out 0dB gain 0dBu 1kHz 0.005%
Stereo in to Mix L/R out 0dB gain +10dBu 1kHz 0.003%
Headroom
Analogue Headroom from nominal (0Vu) 21dB
USB in & out headroom from nominal (0Vu) 14dB
USB Audio CODEC (Coder/Decoder)
USB Audio In/Out USB 1.1 compliant 16bit.
Sample Rate 32, 44.1, or 48kHz
Noise
Mic Pre EIN @ max gain 150R input Z 22-22kHz -127dBu
Mix L/R out, L/R faders = 0, 22-22kHz -88dBu (ZED-14)
Mix L/R out, L/R faders = 0, 22-22kHz -84dBu (ZED-24)

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