UK: Allen & Heath has unveiled a new dedicated recording mixer, writes David Davies. Launched at last week's Sound Recording Technology (SRT) show - part of the London International Music Show (LIMS) - the Allen & Heath ZED-R16 combines an analogue recording mixer with a FireWire soundcard, MIDI controls and 'home-studio' routing, enabling users to build tracks in the studio, record live gigs, mix down and remix. The company also showcased the new Xone:4D performance DJ controller.
To be made available from next month, the ZED-R16 - Allen & Heath's first dedicated recording mixer for ten years - can be employed as a standard analogue mixer while recording multi-track via FireWire or ADAT, a traditional inline mixer recording with send and return per channel via FireWire, or as a MIDI controller via switchable channel faders. The feature-set includes 16 mono inputs, two stereo inputs, a high quality dual mic pre-amp, four-band fully-parametric EQ, four auxes, a stereo bus, two stereo returns, and 18+18 FireWire I/O and 8+8 ADAT I/O.
"It's been ten years since Allen & Heath produced a recording mixer, but we felt the time was right to revisit this market," Allen & Heath's sales director, Bob Goleniowski, tells PSN-e. "The ZED-R16 is unique; it is the only quality recording mixer out there that can offer this number of features in a small footprint for a modest price. We have just launched the ZED-R16 at the LIMS show and had a fantastic response from visitors who were impressed with the mixer's hybrid capability - where you can mix in digital or analogue - and the surprisingly cheap price point of _1,800 (inc. VAT). We anticipate the same reaction from customers during the worldwide roll-out of this exciting new product."
The company also showcased the new Xone:4D performance DJ controller at SRT. Based on the Xone:3D, the new DJ controller combines a fully-featured, high specification professional analogue DJ mixer with 105 MIDI controls, and a new high-end 96 kHz/24-bit 20-channel USB 2.0 soundcard. New features include an editable step-filter function for the assignable LFO, a 16-bit tempo detecting circuit, and fresh style and colouring, developed in response to users' requests for panels which are easier to read in low light conditions.