Allen & Heath ZED-R16Item ID: ZEDR16
16-channel FireWire Mixer with 16 Microphone Preamplifiers, 4-band Parametric EQ, and MIDI Controls
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A Great Mixer for the Studio or the Stage!The Allen & Heath ZED-R16 bridges the live mixer and studio mixer gap while adding a wealth MIDI-mappable controls, so it's even more versatile in the control room or in front of the stage. Equipped with FireWire and ADAT I/O, the Allen & Heath ZED-R16 can handle an impressive 26 inputs and 26 outputs simultaneously. It also sports high-quality preamplifiers and a fully-featured EQ section, complete with two swept parametric mids and high- and low-shelving. For powerful mixing at a great value, look no further than the ZED-R16.
Allen & Heath ZED-R16 16-channel FireWire Analog Mixer
Great for the studio
With its FireWire connectivity and its versatile I/O options, the Allen & Heath ZED-R16 is a great mixer for any high-level project studio. It can handle 18 tracks of FireWire at a time, giving each channel its own track within your DAW - either pre-EQ or post-EQ. Two aux buses can feed headphone amps in the studio or FX sends, and the built-in condenser talkback microphone can be routed to either the aux outputs or studio outputs, adding flexibility. The ZED-R16 also features MIDI-assignable faders and a MIDI transport section, giving it premium control surface functionality.
Also suited for the stage
Take the Allen & Heath ZED-R16 between the studio and the stage seamlessly. Its two pre and two post aux buses work great for FX sends or for wedge foldback live. What's more, its complete EQ section and great-sounding microphone preamplifiers, coupled with its FireWire functionality, make it a great choice for house of worship, educational, and corporate environments - just feed the PA system via the main XLR outputs and then hook up a FireWire cable to your computer for instant recording. Mix in analog, record in digital!
High-quality microphone preamplifiers
The ZED-R16's preamplifiers have been carefully designed with a symmetrical, ultra-linear circuit. Low-noise transistors are used in the front end and active feedback is employed in both phases before the differential amplifier. The result? Super-low distortion, low noise, a high common-mode rejection ratio, and simply transparent and beautiful sounding preamplifiers.
Fully-featured EQ section
Complete with two swept, fully parametric mids and high and low shelving, the ZED-R16 has a sophisticated equalization section. In fact, its EQ's design shares much with Allen & Heath's leading pro touring mixers.
Flexible output section
The ZED-R16 has two signal paths for monitoring: an output for main control room monitors and outputs for an alternative set of monitors for checking mixes. The control room mix can follow either of the two main analog outputs or the digital main mix, allowing access to all main audio outputs. What's more, in addition to its Firewire input and output, the ZED-R16 has 4 ADAT optical sockets. The I/O routing on the ZED-R16 is identical for the Firewire channels and the ADAT optical connection. With a combination of panel switches, the mixer is capable of an incredible 26 simultaneous inputs and outputs. Feed the ZED-R16 from ADAT lightpipe equipment, or record directly out from 16 channels to 2 ADAT machines, or to another sound card.
Software-ready with MIDI-assignable controls
ZED-R16 is equipped with a host of MIDI control options. As well as the four dedicated MIDI faders, 12 rotary controllers, 12 switches, and five dedicated transport switches, all channel faders can also be switched to become MIDI faders. Use your faders to mix the live signal while recording via FireWire - then assign out the faders via MIDI for digital mixdown - the ZED-R16 opens up a host of possibilities for studio use while maintaining a familiar, live-friendly analog format. In addition, the ZED-R16 comes with Cakewalk SONAR LE music production software, so you can get recording right away.
Allen & Heath ZED-R16 16-channel FireWire Analog Mixer Features:
The Allen & Heath ZED-R16 is a powerful mixer for the stage and the studio!
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Todd, Dunedin, FL
Reviewsbased on 8 reviews
Wonderful EQ and a little secret
by Bernardo Manzoli from BrazilI own this mixer about an year and I really love it. quiet pres, best EQ for the price - and you have 16! - but it can be even better - if you plan to buy it to use as an outboard summing you should t... read more [+]ry this little secret - use the inserts in the LR main out as passive summing outputs (dont use a insert cable, put the mix out of the mixer via inserts) it will have a much cleaner and beautiful, open, rich sound. and even better if you send it to a couple of preamps or compressors with good iron transformers. close [-]
July 5, 2012
Music Background: Recording Engineer
by fromThere is no substitute for analog...tape, consoles, outboard gear...analog is king.
June 13, 2012
Music Background: Semi Professional Recording Engineer
The rich sound this board adds to everything is unbelievable. The EQs are extremely musical and can make any... read more [+]thing sound good, the summing is very 3D, big and spacious sounding. Granted it's not quite as good as an SSL but it also costs a lot less than your house.
The A/D D/A converters are actually very good and the fact that they're built in on a firewire interface makes it shockingly easy to bring your DAW world closer to analog land. One firewire cable and you're good to go. No further patching necessary. I've done a few projects on this thing now and it's just excellent.
My only gripes are that this thing doesn't have a truly inline send/return to accommodate my analog recorder. It also has only two post fader auxes, both mono, and the inserts are unbalanced. BUT for the price, what more can one ask for...The next step up would be a Toft ATB16 + a decent 16 channel audio interface and cabling, which would cost about 4 times as much as this thing! close [-]
This board rocks!!
by Joey from chicago ilI did lots of research before buying the zed r-16. but you have to hear it to believe it. the pres are amazing and transparent. the EQ is the very musical! one of the best EQs i have used. This bo... read more [+]ard has midi and mmc control. as long as your daw has a midi function you can use as a controller also. the conversion seems to be on par with my rme. Sound on sound reviewed this board and compared the pres to DAV pres.. if you do the math for 16 pres with analog eq on every channel, this board is worth every penny and more. close [-]
December 1, 2009
Music Background: recording engineer, music director
As close to an 'all in one' studio as you'll likely get
by michael fromI've had the R16 or several months now, as it has so many uses, it's hard to know where to begin. Firstly the pre's are surprisingly good, the sound was similar to my RNP's, but more true to source (... read more [+]and not that exaggerated 'lead' sound of the rnp) whilst still being musical and forward sounding. The EQ section is as fully featured of any (i mean any) console 3 times the price, offering very gentle eq which compliments any daw software. The converters are also excellent comparing well to my tc konnekt and rme adi-2, as the overall sound of the desk is classy yet neutral. The drivers are solid and unobtrusive...hell this is one all rounder! I use this with an fet compressor on the sends with a neve tape simulator on the master insert, offering a great sound. I've managed to reduce set up massively, as i can record our band with this, a single firewire cord and a laptop (and a few mic's, but hey). You should try this if you've only mixed itb like i had, i was shocked at how much more 3D my mixes are, with more image and a sweeter high end...worth every penny close [-]
March 31, 2009
Music Background: semi-pro composer
This an amazing mixing console for the money. I've heard several mixes made on the Allen & Heath ZED-R16 and they stood out as sounding very "alive" and rich. Super clean pre amps, nice gentle "British" EQ, and the ability to act as a controller via MIDI make this a great deal. If you are looking to mix out of the box in the analog domain, this is a very smart choice!
Allen & Heath ZED-R16
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