Allen & Heath ZED-428 Mixer

24-channel Live and Studio Mixer with USB
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Allen & Heath's ZED-428 gives you all the essentials you need for flexible live mixing: 24 channels with smooth, long-throw faders, 4-band EQ with swept mids, six aux sends, and four sub groups. You also get a direct output on every channel and master level controls on all outputs. It's an incredible amount of flexibility, at a great value, but Allen & Heath added another dimension of functionality to the ZED-428: USB connectivity! Now you can get clean, clear audio straight into and out of your computer with the ZED-428.

Allen & Heath ZED-428 at a Glance:
  • Legacy
  • Best of previous designs
  • USB

The ZED-428 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 has been perfected to ensure the very best sound quality possible.

Best of previous designs
The ZED 4-Bus series takes inspiration from different product lines within the A&H range, combining them with fresh new ideas to give stunning results in a neat and easy to use package.
The padless DuoPre mic/line pre-amplifier is the new design first implemented on the ZED-14 and delivers a high-headroom, low-noise signal. The 4-band, 2 sweep EQ, along with the low noise summing amps, is borrowed from the acclaimed GL2400, while the bus architecture is a simplified, but equally comprehensive, version of that employed in the successful GL series.

The USB audio interface, with its uniquely flexible capability, allows different signals to be sent to USB, from LR or from selected aux buses. The USB return signal can be routed straight to the LR mix or to a stereo channel. The connectors are placed on the top surface for easy plugging & patching, and the construction, with individual circuit boards firmly nutted to the top panel, is as rock solid as Allen & Heath's top of the range ML Series mixers. Allen & Heath 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.

Allen & Heath ZED4-28 Features:
  • 24 Channel
  • 4-band EQ with 2 swept mids and in/out switch
  • 6 auxiliary sends (2 pre, 2 post, 2 pre/post)
  • 4 sub groups fed from each channel
  • L, R and M main mix outputs
  • Individual channel 48V phantom power
  • Direct output on every mono channel
  • 2 dual stereo inputs with 4-band EQ
  • Peak and signal indication on every channel
  • 2 matrix sections available; can send output to USB
  • Configurable USB stereo audio in/out
  • Master level controls on all outputs
  • Easy to use layout - all connections and controls on top surface
  • Cakewalk SONAR LE bundled with mixer
Allen & Heath's ZED-428 brings the best of the past into the present!

Additional Media

Live Mixer Buying Guide
Rebate-o-rama, Pt. III!

Tech Specs

Type Analog
Channels 24
Inputs - Mic Preamps 24 x XLR
Inputs - Line 24 x 1/4" (CH 1-24), 4 x 1/4", 4 x RCA (CH 25-28 Stereo), 2 x RCA (2TRK)
Outputs - Main 2 x XLR (Main), 1 x XLR (Mono)
Outputs - Direct 32
Outputs - Other 2 x 1/4" (Matrix), 2 x RCA (2TRK), 4 x 1/4" (Group)
Headphones 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8"
Send/Return I/O 6 x 1/4"
Phantom Power 24
EQ Bands 4-band, Sweepable Hi- and Low-Mids (CH 1-24), 4-band (Stereo Channels)
Aux Sends 2 x Pre, 2 x Post, 2 x Pre/Post
Busses/Groups 4 x Groups
Faders 33 x 100mm
Channel Inserts Yes (CH 1-24), 4 x 1/4" (Group)
Talkback Yes
Computer Connectivity 1 x USB
Height 5.08"
Width 36.6"
Depth 22.1"
Weight 40 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number ZED-428

Customer Reviews

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Just as advertised

Want a great mixer? This is it. With super quiet preamps, plenty of headroom, great EQ section, six aux sends, silky smooth long throw faders and built like a tank. This true 24 channel mixer is a winner. I use the USB to record band rehearsals for instant playback reference and for "live" demos and song ideas. The recordings are crystal clear. You will have to use the channel strips to return your aux/efx sends since it has no aux returns or inserts, but that's how the big shows do it anyway. So, for a great price and the Allen & Heath name, you can't go wrong with this mixer.
Music background: Musician, Live Sound Engineer

King of the 24 Channel Analog Consoles

This board is the greatest 24 channel mixer ever made for less the 2000 dollars. I have been the chief sound engineer at my high school for the past 3 years, and have used this board almost the entire time. In my time it has been through 3 musicals, 4 cabaret shows, 8 talent shows, 13 concerts, and preformed absolutely flawlessly. This board was bought used by the school in 2002, and I have been told that it was manufactured in 1996, and used as a rental up until we bought it. That means that it managed to survive 6 years in a PA rental house, and 8 years of student sound engineers up until I arrived. It is still as good as new. Unfortunately, earlier this year, someone opened the flight case locks and vandalized the board while I had it set up for a show. I sent it off for repairs, and had to use a Soundcraft LX7ii while I was waiting for it to come back. Following that experience, I swear I will never use another brand of large format analog mixer ever again. Allen and Heath is the best.
Music background: Live Sound Engineer

Sounds great and built like a tank

Based on great reviews about this board, I purchased a ZED428 to handle studio recording and live sound situations for me. The other reviews were right, and I'm adding mine to the pile...this is a great piece of gear! Fit and finish are excellent. My favorite features are: 100mm faders, signal LED's on each channel, direct outs on each channel, switchable phantom power on each channel, bypassable 4-way eq's, and the small level meters on the subs and mains. Between the two matrix sections, 4 subs and 6 aux channels, there are a lot of routing capability with this desk. Highly recommended!
Music background: Semi-pro musician, recording and sound engineer

Nice sound board

I have had this mixer for about a year and really like it. Lots of in's and out's. Nice pre's but not the best. It's not a 5000 dollar mixer but works well for me. Top loading makes it easy for recording. Has most of the bells and whistles but no on board effects. If the pre's were just a little warmer and on board effects were added it would surely be one of the very best. Over all performance is great. Totally happy with this mixer. I called Allen And Heath with a question and they responded to my question FAST. They emailed me with a answer in just a few minutes.
Music background: Recording Engineer, Guitar, Bass, and Drum player

A&H ZED-428

ORDERING & SHIPPING:I paid for this unit using U.S. Bank money orders. I mailed sent the M/O on Sat afternoon via USPS. Sweetwater had the ZED428 in my hands Tuesday afternoon… Talk about impressed, fantastic! ARRIVAL AND INSPECTION:The unit itself is very nice, in fact beautiful to say the least in person. Just a couple cosmetic blemishes top side, No big deal. Knobs are all tight, buttons are stiff so unless its used every single day...little chance a slight bump or budge of the hand would move anything out of sync or change a setting. (I like that myself). NO SOUND EFFECTS:Unit DOES NOT come with any sound effects, you will need to purchase that separately which was my mistake. I really wanted on board effects. I could have sent the ZED428 back but like an idiot and all excited I trashed the original carton two weeks before I was able to set the ZED428 up and go over it. So I'm stuck with a less than desired unit, (my fault) RETURNS:FYI – A need to know --Sweetwater will not take anything back without all original boxes, packaging and shipping materials. That's OK I was able to find an separate sound effects unit for a couple hundred bucks more that would work and would certainly meet my needs. Thanks to the fellas at Sweetwater, Kyle and Steve. USB-CABLE SUPPLIED:USB cable connection is not in a good location, its topside right next to the headphones. The USB doesn't work for my needs which is yet another reason I bought this unit and one more reason for low stars, it does not perform as expected. (Very disappointed) in functionality)QUALITY: Is the only good thing about this unit that impressed me. The amps are extremely quiet, no hiss, no buzz, no Swirl, and super sensitive, in fact… using an ElectroVoice RE20 original, I think I could hear a mouse fart across the studio. You will certainly want to purchase a nice Gate as an add on, yet one more thing that makes the ZED-428 bitter sweet for me, I love the fact the amps are that sensitive and super clear, but really… I don’t care to hear the cooling fan from the ZED428 when I’m broadcasting.Overall, not impressed a mistake of purchase, I think this unit is over hyped in reviews all across the internet. I’ve not read one bad thing about the ZED428 but now that I own it and I’m stuck with it, I warn you to be careful and think about it before you pay out that much money for something and dislike it as much as I do.
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