The Allen and Heath ZED R16 FireWire Mixer is an exceptional recording mixer with 18 FireWire I/O which can also be used as a versatile live front of house mixer.
The best performing preamp in Allen and Heath’s entire range is packaged with a high quality analogue to Firewire interface and the most extensive EQ on any mixer at this price point (or even twice the price!) An analogue channel strip so well featured, which sounds this good, is a real find at this level.
|“Mix has been reporting on major audio/music tradeshows for more than 30 years, and we'd like to acknowledge some of the more innovative products we’ve found at these events. The Allen & Heath ZED 16 was selected as among the Top-10 hits of AES 2008 reported in the November 2008 issue.
Congratulations on creating a hit product. We look forward to discovering more of these from you in the months and years to come. Keep ’em coming!” ------George Petersen, Executive Editor
The Allen and Heath ZED R16 combines an analogue recording mixer with a FireWire soundcard, MIDI controls and ingenious home-studio routing so you can build tracks in the studio, record live gigs, mix-down, remix… all through warm analogue circuitry, 4 band fully parametric classic British EQ and out to crisp, precise digital format.
In The Studio
ZED R16 combines an imaginative feature set with professional build quality to create the ideal centrepiece for any project studio with big ideas, or larger studios with dedicated live rooms.. Control room speaker and alternate speaker outputs, plus two separate artist monitor feeds are provided. In addition to the digital interface, two analogue recording outputs are also available. The ZED R16 even has a dedicated internal condenser talkback mic. Features such as the dual function audio/MIDI faders and built in sequencer transport were dreamed up by engineers at Allen and Heath who have home studios themselves, so they’ve made sure they’ve built in features they really need.
The internal soundcard features 18 FireWire inputs and 18 outputs plus 16 ADAT I/O. Each channel on the mixer has its own independent soundcard channel so instruments can be recorded simultaneously (pre or post EQ) and into the sequencer separately. To minimise clock jitter and provide synchronicity between the ZED R16 and other devices, the mixer is equipped with the professional JetPLL digital audio chipset.
Mix-Down and Live
In addition to multi-track recording, the ZED-R16 allows mixing down in analogue, then recording back into the computer in digital. The bundled SONAR LE software makes this a breeze. The story doesn’t stop here however - ZED-R16 can be a versatile live FOH mixer too. In this mode, its 4 aux buses become foldback feeds and FX sends, and the main XLR outputs feed the PA system. Recording the live gig is straightforward; the record feed signal can be easily assigned using the four buttons next to the faders.