Allen & Heath’s ZED-10FX
Agoura Hills, CA (February 1, 2010)–Allen & Heath has unveiled its smallest format mixers to date, the ZED-10 and ZED-10FX.
Part of the ZED range of USB-equipped mixers for live performance, recording and production, the new additions are ultra-compact mixers, for a range of applications including solo artists, bands, schools, houses of worship and conference facilities.
ZED-10 and ZED-10FX feature two high-impedance, discrete, Class-A, FET (Field Effect Transistor) inputs, which allow an instrument to be plugged directly into the mixer, emulating the valve/tube input circuitry commonly found on instrument combos or amplifiers. There is also a 26 dB gain boost switch, which caters for instruments with very low output pickups.
The ZED-10 can also manage up to four microphones and two stereo sources with MP3 player compatibility, provides separate 2-track record outputs and a stereo playback input for 2-track replay or interval music from a CD player, XLR main stereo outputs with inserts, monitoring with headphones and separate monitor speaker outputs, 48V microphone phantom power and DI level switching for sub mixing. There is also a USB send and return for PC or Mac recording, playback and effects.
Equipped with a 3-band, swept-mid EQ on mono inputs and a 2-band EQ on the stereo channels, the ZED-10 has high-gain, low-noise preamps, two aux sends (one pre and one post fade) for monitors and FX, and a separately switched stereo bus, which can be routed to from any channel creating a selective recording bus, monitoring bus or stereo clean feed output.
The ZED-10FX has the same feature set as the ZED-10, and in addition, has a built-in FX processor with TAP tempo delay settings and a 24-bit/48 kHz conversion rate. The ZED-10FX uses digital effects algorithms derived from Allen & Heath’s pro touring digital mixing system, ranging from classic reverbs and cascaded delay plus reverbs to flanger and chorus effects.
Designer Mike Griffin comments, “Not only are the ZED mini mixers versatile for such a small console, but they also offer Allen & Heath’s top-rate, professional quality in both construction and sound. The vertical board construction and internal universal PSU are unique in products at this price point, putting the ZED-10FX and ZED-10 in a truly professional class of their own.”
The ZED-10 and ZED-10FX will be available April 2010.
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