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)
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 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)
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.