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Allen & Heath ZED-436 Mixer Reviews

4.0 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • Mark Slocombe
    from Los Angeles, CA December 3, 2012Music Background:
    professional engineer and musician

    Loving My Zed

    The ZED-436 is one of the best things to come out of Ållen and Heath in a long time. The sound quality and features on this mixer are exceptional regardless of the price. We use it daily in a high quantity production environment and we've had no problems with the mixer at all.

    THE NEGATIVES -

    The onboard fan is a bit loud for recording control rooms.

    As someone else mentioned there are no dedicated effects returns (there are a couple of extra bare-bones adjustable-level stereo inputs hiding at the top of the stereo channel strips).

    The onboard usb recording interface was a good idea but it's poorly implemented and way-under powered for a product in 2012, 16-bit only. Think of it as costing you nothing, it's essentially free in the mixer, it's easy to ignore it without negative consequences.

    The metering is kind of wonky and minimalist but it is better than nothing.

    THE POSITIVES

    This is A LOT of inputs for the price and the sound quality is really very good, low noise, wide response, incredible EQ (32 channels of it), lots of mixing and grouping flexibility, direct output jacks, inserts in the right places and INSIDE the console it's modular, pots can be replaced if an accident happens. I'm so tired of slab type mixer construction like the Mackie and Behringer brands use, they're not impossible to repair but they're 10x harder than a modular board like this A&H.

    I love this mixer, finally I can plug in all my keyboards and synths and still have channels left.

    The center section of my mixing room is a custom Neve 8816/8804 console which feeds a pair of Meyer HD-1 monitors, it sounds brilliant. I use the ZED-436 as a side-car mixer (on Neve console stacking inputs) to bring together keyboards and route effects during mixing. The ZED sounds every bit as good as the Neve in day to day use, under extreme scrutiny the Neve has a few more dB of headroom but those points on both mixers are in excess of the Zero dBfs input level(s) of my Apogee converters so it does not matter.

    With the extreme low price of ZED it's easy to dismiss it as a toy, you'd be missing out on one of the best values in pro audio mixing if you did. (hint: directly compare ZED sonics to the much more expensive Toft line). ZED is a very capable performer hiding in a very low cost package, in economic times like today, what's not to like about this kind of value.

  • Jeff Keller
    from Crawfordsville, IN USA December 7, 2011Music Background:
    Worship Minister/Musician

    Sounds Great - working Great

    My tech guys installed this mixer last week and we have had one Sunday working with it. So many more options than on our previous mixer. The Zed-436 is a keeper and we are very please with it so far!

  • Mark Hilbish
    from Akron, Oh August 28, 2012Music Background:
    Live sound engineer and system installer

    nice board

    Great board for the price. Love the European eq and the USB connectivity. Just wish it had aux returns.

  • Michael Cummins
    from South Bend April 15, 2016Music Background:
    Audio Engineer 8+ Years

    4 years and 2 ZED-436

    I purchase the ZED-436 for a House of Worship to replace a 20+ year old Sound Craft board that used roughly 3 times a week and begging for an upgrade. The first ZED-436 last roughly 2 weeks before the Left Channel Main out stopped working. Sweetwater quickly replaced this unit for our current ZED-436 unit that we have now used for 4+ years. The fan unit is now making awful noises and will likely need to be replace. I guess I expected not to have hardware issues so early in the boards life.

    The board itself as been wonderful and easy to use. The only thing I could want is more channels! I would recommend this to a friend but after noting the issues I had. I gave it 3 Stars. If it worked flawlessly, it would have been 5 Stars.

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