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Allen and Heath ZED 12FX USB Mixer

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Product Description

The Allen and Heath ZED 12FX USB Mixer provides 12 audio channels including 6 DuoPreTM mic pre-amps for unsurpassed quality in its class.
In addition to the DuoPreTM mic pre-amps, 100mm faders and MusiQ EQ section which are shared with the whole ZED range, the ZED FX has 16 unique effects, designed by the Allen and Heath DSP team.

Allen and Heath ZED 12FX Features

  • Insert points
  • High pass filter
  • Stereo imaging control on every channel
  • 3-band EQ with swept mid
  • 4 auxiliary sends (2 pre, 2 post)
  • Global 48V phantom power
  • 3 dual stereo inputs with 2-band EQ
  • Peak and signal indication on every channel
  • 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
  • channel mute switches
  • stereo return
  • 2-track return
  • Advanced monitoring facilities
  • 1/4-inch and 3.5mm headphones outputs
  • stereo record out
  • alternative stereo out
  • mono sum of LR output
  • 12-bar LR meters
  • master controls for aux 1 and 2
ZED FX are easily controlled using 3 buttons and 9 LEDs. Quickly tap the ideal delay time or dial-in the perfect amount of reverb on the lead vocal. One-stop navigation and editing… In fact, just as easy as your effects pedals. Hold down the TAP button and press the up or down button to alter the effects parameter, for example on patch (9) Plate, this would adjust the decay length. The ZED FX is designed to fulfill all the functions a small band would need without their own sound engineer. The layout and features have been arranged to be logical and instantly recognizable at a dark gig. The ZED 12FX is a mixer you can trust to perform.

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 and patching, and the construction, with individual circuit boards firmly nutted to the top panel, is as rock solid as Allen and Heath’s top of the range ML Series mixers.

Internal FX
16 separate effects have been crafted into the ZED-FX range. These include Delay and Reverb, Ping-Pong delay, a selection of reverbs with different room/hall/arena properties, a flanger and a chorus. All have been designed to complement the material the engineer is working with. Each of the effects has a parameter which can be altered: pre-delay can be adjusted, room sizes tweaked, and flanger speed dialled-in. Five of the effects can have their tempo tapped in, and the output auditioned by the FX PFL.

DuoPreTM
Based on the proven pre-amps from the hugely successful PA series, the ZED series has new DuoPreTM pre-amps, which use a two stage design, with carefully controlled amounts of gain in each stage. When amplifying the signal from the XLR input, the gain range is huge - 69dB of range to be exact - and is very evenly distributed around the gain control, meaning better control of signal level. Most of the gain comes from the first stage, so unwanted noise is kept to a minimum. Line level signals are simply plugged into the second stage of the pre-amp by using the line input jack socket, which has the great advantage of less noise when using the line input.

USB audio flexibility
Getting audio to and from a computer easily is now a common requirement for live sound and music production. The way we have implemented this on ZED is super-flexible and super-easy! No longer do you need to fiddle around the back of your PC to get to the soundcard inputs, only to find that the levels are all wrong and noisy. Just plug in a USB lead to your ZED, select the USB routing on the mixer and the device on your computer and that's it! Quality audio to and from your PC or Mac. Three switches provide different send/return configurations for recording, playback and utilising external FX.

SONAR LE - provided Free!
Allen and Heath has teamed up with Cakewalk to bundle SONAR LE with this ZED mixer. The two team up together in many ways - for example straightforward recording of a stereo mix, recording tracks individually to build up a song, or for inserting a SONAR LE effects plug-in.

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  800-431-2609 Warranty: 
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As a Songwriter Musician for the past 15 years, I've always used mixers to connect my guitars, keyboards, and percussion on the front end before going out to my audio interface. I've found this ZED 12FX to be the most user friendly mixer I've ever worked with. I've always worked with Mackie and Yamaha mixers and finally decided to give A and H a try because of their great reputation. The build quality, sound and ease of use are very commendable on all of their mixers and you can't go wrong with any of them. I chose the 12 FX because of it's capabilities and features and because I don't need any more connections than this compact mixer provides.
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