Allen & Heath has aded to its ZED analogue console range with three new mini mixers, including the first ZEDi hybrid mixer/interface. According to the Cornwall-based manufacturer, the ZED-6, ZED-6FX and ZEDi-8 are designed with "all the features and quality required by musicians, recording artists and for AV work in a compact, portable format".
“The new ZED models deliver Allen & Heath’s renowned build and audio excellence in a small format, making it the ideal choice for quality conscious musicians, singer–songwriters and venues," says Allen & Heath product specialist Harry Garcia. "Whether it’s bouncing ideas around at home, performing live or recording tracks to share on YouTube and SoundCloud, they are versatile companions for every step of the creative journey."
All three mixers feature two mono and two stereo channels, the former with separate XLR and TRS jack sockets. The mono channels include DI high-impedance circuitry for the jack sockets, allowing guitars to be plugged straight into the mixer without the hassle and expense of carrying separate DI boxes.
Additionally, the ZED-6FX includes a new in-house designed FX system which encompasses multi-FX models, combining reverbs, delays, doublers, chorusing and other modulators to create a varied suite of studio-quality sound effects.
The ZEDi-8 combines a compact mixer with a 24bit/96kHz 2 x 2 USB interface, providing recording and playback to a Mac, PC or iOS device with flexible source routing options. It is bundled with Cubase LE music-production software and the Cubasis LE mobile music-production app.
All the new ZED models also feature two-band EQ, 60mm smooth-travel master mix faders, channel monitoring and 48V phantom power. Unique in this type of product is individual channel PCB construction with nutted pots and an internal, universal voltage power supply for extended life in demanding environments.
“These three new ZED mixers combine high-end pro-audio design with a compact styled case to give ultimate performance with just the right features you need," comments Allen & Heath’s R&D designer, Mike Griffin. "The exceptional preamp design, handy guitar DIs, the ZED-6FX’s simply astounding FX algorithms, the ZEDi-8’s powerful USB interface and the internal PSU are stand-out features which offer so much more than the average mixer in this area."