Allen & Heath ZED-12FX Mixer with Effects

12-channel Mixer with 6 Mic/Line Channels, 3 Stereo Channels, 16 Built-in Effects, USB, and SONAR LE Recording Software - PC
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A Record-ready Mixer with Built-in Effects!

A solid mixer with great effects! The Allen & Heath ZED-12FX is the perfect center to your live rig — and it's also ready to rock in the studio. First of all, the ZED-12FX gives you all the connections you need to hook up a small band, a duo, or a solo performer. Thanks to the 6 mic/line channels (these preamps are awesome, by the way) you can connect all the mics and DI boxes you need. Plus you've got three dual-stereo channels available, each with a gain control and a 2-band EQ. The FX in the name, though, is what takes the cake. Here, you can get tweaky with the ZED-12FX's 16 separate effects, for nailing the perfect, polished live sound.

Check out these effects! Allen & Heath crafted 16 separate effects into the ZED-12FX mixer, ready for any kind of live sound material you face. These effects include a number of useful delays and reverbs, including a ping-pong delay and a selection of reverbs with different room/hall/arena properties. You'll also dig the flanger and the chorus. Each effect has a parameter you can tweak to dial in your sound. Five of the effects support tap tempo, for really getting into the groove.

However, unlike many other mixers with onboard effects, the ZED-12FX is first and foremost a mixer. The ZED-12FX has DuoPre preamps that sport a massive 69dB of gain, plus tons of routing options. It has four aux sends available — sends 1 and 2 are prefade and sends 3 and 4 are postfade for monitoring with effects. You can send a stereo signal via USB right to your computer. The ZED-12FX is Mac and PC compatible, and you've got three send/return configurations for recording, playback, and external FX. That's a lot of power. Plus, you get a copy of SONAR LE recording software included for free, giving you a straightforward recording solution on your PC. You can't go wrong with the Allen & Heath ZED-12FX!

Allen & Heath ZED-12FX 12-channel Mixer Features at a Glance:
  • 12-channel mixer with 6 mic/line inputs and 3 stereo line channels
  • Inserts on all mono channels
  • Configurable USB stereo audio input/output
  • Includes a free copy of SONAR LE recording software for PC
  • 100mm smooth-action faders
  • Features 4 auxiliary sends: 2 pre, 1 post, and 1 post/FX
  • 6 channels with DuoPre microphone preamplifiers and highpass filters
  • Musical 3-band EQ on 6 main channels; 2-band EQ on the stereo channels
  • 16 built-in 24-bit effects, including delays, reverbs, flange, and chorus
  • ⅕" and ⅛" headphone outputs
  • 19" rackmounting kit available
Here's the centerpiece to your live sound rig: the record-ready Allen & Heath ZED-12FX!

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Tech Specs

Type Analog
Channels 12
Inputs - Mic Preamps 6 x XLR
Inputs - Line 6 x 1/4" (CH 1-6), 6 x 1/4" (Ch 7-12 Stereo), 4 x RCA (Ch 7-10 Stereo)
Outputs - Main 2 x XLR (Main), 1 x 1/4" (Mono)
Outputs - Other 1 x 1/4" (Mono out), 2 x RCA (Alt out), 2 x RCA (Rec out)
Headphones 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8"
Phantom Power 6
EQ Bands 3-band, Sweepable Mid (CH 1-6), 2-band (CH 7-12 Stereo)
Aux Sends 3 x 1/4"; 2 x Pre, 1 x Post, 1 x FX Post
Busses/Groups Alt
Faders 12 x 100mm
Channel Inserts Yes (CH 1-6)
Inserts 2 x 1/4" (Main left, right)
Effects Yes
Computer Connectivity USB
USB 1 x Type B
Rackmountable Yes
Height 3.9"
Width 15.2"
Depth 18.3"
Weight 23.1 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number ZED-12FX

Customer Reviews

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ZED-12FX Mixer

I just love this mixer. It is so easy to use and getting a great sound takes very little effort. The effects sound sound pretty good and compliment the overall sound of the mix. I would have no problem recommending this mixer to my closest friend.
Music background: Over 50 years of guitar playing

Great Mixer

I did a lot of research and finally came down at 3 brands (Behringer, Mackie and Allen and Heath). After reading lots of reviews, I choose this mixer. This is my first mixer and I am impressed so far. I just need to 4 channels mixer and this mixer has 8 more. Singing is my hobby. I always wanted to record my voice in CD quality. I tested (USB) recording some Karaoke tracks to computer used Audacity. Recorded tracks came out great. Definitely worth considering. During reviews I saw lots of people having issue with mixers with humming noise, the best way to get rid of that noise to use 2 prong connector (meaning remove the ground pin). SweetWater is great company and especially their tech support is awesome. you cant beat the 2 years warranty and free tech support which can give you good tips and work with you solve your issues. i worked with Jordan @ SweetWater. Thanks you Jordan. I will recommend SweetWater to my friends and consider therm for any future purchase.

Allen & Heath ZED-12FX

I really love this Mixers.
Music background: Hobbyist

The combination of the Zed 12FX and my QSC K series powered speakers has brought my live sound to the highest level I can imagine.

The clearity and the FX combination gives your mix a studio recording sound. My audiences commented on it the first time I used it. The FX ability gives you a lot to play with. Combinations are endless. I love the Tap feature the effects has. I custom mix the delay effect on the fly if I want or find a one size fits most setting I can leave for a few songs. This board brings out the quality of your speakers also. My only concern before I made my purchase was how the lack of a graphic eq would affect the mix. It not missed. All the frequencies you need to deal with are there. So if you have a top line pair of speakers stand back and enjoy the sound. Construction is very solid without the extra weight. I could say more about this but the best thing I can say is don't hesitate or try to save a few bucks. At any price it's the best. I couldn't be more pleased.
Music background: Pro Musician Vocalist


I had heard Allen & Heath produced high quality mixers at good prices, but wasn't a true believer until I got my ZED-12FX connected to my Mackie HR824's using XLR cables. The zero noise, high quality FX, and easy interface immediately made this purchase a winner. If Allen & Heath keep up this quality at these prices I'll recommend them to others and be buying from them again.
Music background: Home Studio Hobbiyist
See also: soundboard, Allen & Heath, Allen & Heath Analog Mixers