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Allen & Heath MixWizard 3 16:2 Mixer   

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The Allen & Heath MixWizard 3 16:2 mixer is the third generation of this popular series known for its fantastic sound and functionality. MixWizard WZ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Great sound, intuitive operation, and plenty of routing options.

The Allen & Heath MixWizard 3 16:2 mixer is the third generation of this popular series known for its fantastic sound and functionality. MixWizard WZ3 has a new preamp design, tailored EQ frequencies, an extra mono output (on a fader that can be switched to provide a sub-bass mix from channel aux 6), and several routing changes to make the engineer's life easier. Other new features on the Allen & Heath MixWizard 3 include new styling, an extra lamp socket, Sys-Link options, and backup power supply.

Mono Inputs

The Allen & Heath mixer gives you 16 mic/line channels, each with 4-band EQ, HPF, individual phantom power, 6 auxes, mute switch, signal and peak indicator LEDs and a 100mm smooth-action fader. A configurable direct out and insert using all-metal TRS jacks are provided.

Stereo Mix with A/B Out

Main output controlled by 100mm faders with 12-segment 3-color metering with insert. The mixing console give has an A-B output for additional L&R stereo output selectable pre or post L&R faders. Unique underpanel mode switch to configure A-B as a local monitor output for additional stereo monitoring.

Dedicated Mono Output

Allen & Heath MixWizard 3's mono fader feeds mono XLR output. Source select L+R sum or aux 6 mix for creating separate mono/C or aux fed sub mix.

6 Aux Sends

The Allen & Heath mixer has 6 auxiliaries: 1-2 prefade (option: link to follow pre/post switch), 3-4 switchable pre/post fade (option: permanently prefade) and 5- and 6 post fade (option to follow pre/post switch). Internal option to configure stereo channel L signal to odd auxes and R signal to even auxes. Aux masters are rotary controls with TRS outputs. The mixing console's aux busses can be monitored in mono or related stereo pairs.

4-band EQ plus HPF

Mono channels have separate controls for sweep and cut/boost on mid bands. HPF @ 100Hz is switchable.

2 Stereo Returns

TRS line inputs, routed via level controls to L&R mix. ST1 can feed aux 1-4. Note: the audio mixer's internal FX returns to ST1. The ST1 input allows external FX to be mixed in.

Onboard Digital FX

The Allen & Heath MixWizard 3 mixer 32 FX programs with external MIDI editing/control. Can be configured in single mode (16 programs fed from aux 5) or Dual mode (8 programs fed from aux 5, plus another 8 programs fed from aux 6). FX are returned via ST1 to the mix, aux 1-4. The effects can be muted using a footswitch. WZ FX editor software is available from the A&H website.

Engineer's Toolbox

Headphone output and local monitor possible, with separate level controls. Red LED indicator when PFL on input channels is selected. PFL signal overrides the selected monitor source and L&R metering. The Allen & Heath MixWizard's A-B output can be configured as local stereo monitor.

Wizard FX Editor software

Enables sounds to be created and stored above and beyond the capability of the basic mixer. Runs under Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, and XP. Intuitive Graphical User interface with knobs and buttons to select parameters in real time. Available from the A&H website.

FEATURES
  • Performance improvements with new mic preamp design and more responsive EQ
  • Extended PA possibilities with control of aux fed subs on new mono output fader
  • Channel phantom power switches and signal indicators added
  • User friendly options on aux sends and direct outputs
  • XLR lamp socket
  • New Syslink options
  • Slimmer build
  • Pluggable jumper links
  • Easy service construction
  • New meter moulding design
  • Extra feet on connector pod
  • Universal rack or desk mount
  • Dual stereo channel routing modes
  • New side trims for style and portability
  • Separate internal power supply module
  • Dual redundant power supply connector added
  • Balanced channel XLR normals through TRS for mic or line level XLR
  • Pre-EQ aux option added for pre-insert, post-mute

You'll know you have the real deal when you hear it. Order the Allen & Heath MixWizard 3 today.

SPECIFICATIONS

MixWizard 3 16:2 Mixer

  • Allen & Heath MixWizard3 16:2 Mixer
    Performance
    Maximum output level: XLR +26dBu into 600 ohms max load; Jack +21dBu into 2k ohm max load
    Internal headroom: Channels +21dB; Mix +23dB
    Meters: 3 colour LED, quasi peak response
    Sensitivity: 0VU = +4dBu at XLR output
    Master meters: 12 segment -30 to +16dB
    Channel meters: 2 segment -12, +16dB (5dB before clip)
    Frequency response: 20Hz to 50kHz +/-0.5dB
    THD+n at +10dBu: 1kHz Channel to mix out < 0.004%
    Crosstalk at 1kHz: Fader shutoff >90dB; Channel mute >100dB; Inter channel >90dB
    Noise, rms 22Hz to 22kHz: Mic EIN -128dB; Residual output noise < -95dBu (-99dB S/N); LR unity fader mix noise < -83dBu (-87dB S/N)
    Channel HPF: 12dB/octave below 80Hz
    Mono EQ: HF Shelving, +/-15dB, 12kHz; HM Peak/dip, +/-15dB, 500Hz to 15kHz, Q=1.8; LM Peak/dip, +/15dB, 35Hz to 1kHz, Q=1.8; LF Shelving, +/-15dB, 80Hz
    Stereo EQ: HF Shelving, +/-15dB, 12kHz; HM Peak/dip, +/-15dB, 2.5kHz, Q=1.8; LM Peak/dip, +/-15dB, 250Hz, Q=1.8; LF Shelving, +/-15dB, 80Hz
    Power supply: Internal 100-240V, 50/60Hz auto sensing, IEC input; External Input for optional MPS12 backup supply; Power consumption: 35W max; Mains fuse: T630mA L 20mm

    Mechanical
    Free standing dimensions: W 507 (20") x D 530 (20.9") x H 194 (7.7")
    Rack mounted; W 483 (19") x D 122 (4.8") x H 444 (17.5") 10U Underside connectors
    Rack mounted W 483 (19") x D 193 (7.6") x H 497 (19.6") 11.2U Rear connectors
    Weight; 10kg (22lbs)

    Connections:
    Mono channel:
    XLR balanced pin 2 hot Sensitivity -60 to +10dBu
    TRS balanced, tip hot Sensitivity -40 to +10dBu
    Pad out (MIC) 2k ohm
    Pad in (MIC or LINE) >10k ohm, -20dB
    Max input level +30dBu
    XLR phantom power +48V, on/off
    Stereo channel:
    ST1,3 TRS unbalanced >10k ohm, -16 to +20dBu
    ST2,4 TRS balanced >10k ohm, -16 to +20dBu
    Stereo returns:
    ST1(5) TRS balanced >10k ohm, -6 to +20dBu
    ST2(6) TRS unbalanced >2k ohm, -2 to +20dBu
    Inserts:
    Channel TRS, tip send, ring return, 0dBu
    Output TRS, tip send, ring return, -2dBu
    L, R, M outputs: XLR balanced pin 2 hot <75 ohm, +4dBu, +26dBu max
    Aux 1-6 output: TRS impedance balanced <75 ohm, -2dBu, +21dBu max; Electronic balance option <75 ohm, +4dBu, +26dBu max
    Direct out: TRS impedance balanced <75 ohm, 0dBu, +21dBu max
    AB out TRS impedance balanced <75 ohm, -2dBu, +21dBu max
    Headphones: TRS, tip L, ring R, 30 to 600 ohm headphones recommended
    Lamp: 4-pin XLR max 12V 5W lamp
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Allen & HeathMixWizard 3 16:2 Mixer
 
4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

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Great board!

I have used middle of the road boards of all types on up to pro consoles in live and recording environments...this little oddly colored blue friend never let's me down...even in...Read complete review

I have used middle of the road boards of all types on up to pro consoles in live and recording environments...this little oddly colored blue friend never let's me down...even in some more critical project/live recording situations, sitting everything in the mix spectrum with almost too much ease.
Considering all others on the market in this range and slightly above it, anything it lacks, it makes up for by including what others lack. Whole bunch of what I need...nothing I don't...to break or make noise.
Solid, all pots bolted direct to chassis. Channels can be swapped vs. basically scrapping the entire board to "fix" it, as with some others. Sound is honest, warm, clear, natural. What's this? An actual musical reliable EQ in a live board that I do not have to first roll off ugly artifacts...I'm stunned. On board FX are good to stock-ish (which is ok too), useful live, they manage to add rather convincing "live ambience" to suit a room, this carries over to recorded mixes even. Don't know if this was intentional, but it's quite cool. All those wonderful aux busses for effects/subs...direct outs on every channel, internal switch settings that allow a whole bunch of useful configurations.
Quality, build and sound vs. features and price all rolled up...it's a hit.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointing

I have owned this mixer for a couple of years now. I use it several times a month on gigs. I traded in my Mackie 1604VLZ for this unit so that I could have...Read complete review

I have owned this mixer for a couple of years now. I use it several times a month on gigs. I traded in my Mackie 1604VLZ for this unit so that I could have 6 aux sends for monitors. Right now the only redeeming qulities of this mixer are the 6 auxes, and built in effects. The second I took it out of the box I new was dealing with a less than robust qulity of build. Not even close to the Mackie. Since then I have discovered several bussing problems (channel 5 only routes to the Left side, some auxes on some channels don't route at all, some auxes have very low gain when switched to post compared to others on the same channel strip!) I have owned many Mackie mixers over the years and have not had a single glitch ever. Unbelievable. I know sound guys like A&H because it sounds "British" and all, and I also know that most sound guys will never endorse a Mackie product because the name "Allen and Heath" has a more boutique like ring to it. I have owned both brands and I am goung back to mackie, forget the 6 aux sends and crappy built in reverb. By the way Musicians Friend is awesome, I have always gotten great prices, service, and honestly new (unopened, not returned) products. Screw the little guy, buy corporate.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great board!

By thelatenessmonster

from Boston, MA

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Comments about Allen & Heath MixWizard 3 16:2 Mixer:

I have used middle of the road boards of all types on up to pro consoles in live and recording environments...this little oddly colored blue friend never let's me down...even in some more critical project/live recording situations, sitting everything in the mix spectrum with almost too much ease.
Considering all others on the market in this range and slightly above it, anything it lacks, it makes up for by including what others lack. Whole bunch of what I need...nothing I don't...to break or make noise.
Solid, all pots bolted direct to chassis. Channels can be swapped vs. basically scrapping the entire board to "fix" it, as with some others. Sound is honest, warm, clear, natural. What's this? An actual musical reliable EQ in a live board that I do not have to first roll off ugly artifacts...I'm stunned. On board FX are good to stock-ish (which is ok too), useful live, they manage to add rather convincing "live ambience" to suit a room, this carries over to recorded mixes even. Don't know if this was intentional, but it's quite cool. All those wonderful aux busses for effects/subs...direct outs on every channel, internal switch settings that allow a whole bunch of useful configurations.
Quality, build and sound vs. features and price all rolled up...it's a hit.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceptional Board

By Chucky

from Fort Myers, FL

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Comments about Allen & Heath MixWizard 3 16:2 Mixer:

I would say to those who say its not built like a tank how most mackies are, its really made to rackmount. If you want a tank-like board to take on the road, save some money and pick up a GL2400. That's not to say that a Mixwizard won't hold up, keep in mind this isn't a cheap POS board, just get it in a rack with all your amps and effects processors and whatever you got in there and your not gonna regret it. The convenience is worth the cost. the thing that makes allen & heath sweet boards are the preamps. Their very smooth and clear, but still have that nice british warmth to it. The EQ's are great to work with. To those considering a cheaper mixer without sweepable EQ's, be careful. You may not not what you're missing. I have no problems with their faders as others do, mines like 3 years old and running great. The LED banks are nice, they give you like 12 of them where soundcraft might give you 7, for those who dont know the advantage, your PFLing precision is much better, you can get the most out of your preamps without clipping. The onboard effects i dont even bother with, not that theyre bad, but as with any other onboard effects processor on a board, you really dont get the control you need. if your on a budget, their great, but put a little money into a lexicon or something and youll be alot happier. i use my mixwizard 16:2 in my studio, and i dont regret buying it all. Live used various A&H boards, GL2200's, GL2400's, Mixwizard's, as well as others, and their excellent. the gap between A&H and Soundcraft really lies more in personal preference. A&H is british, Soundcraft is american. Simple as that. If you think you can get that sound out a Behringer, Peavey, or Yamaha, from someone who's tried, think again. A&H is well worth the money.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great sounds

By mixmaster5150

from South Texas

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Comments about Allen & Heath MixWizard 3 16:2 Mixer:

this small compact mixer is great. unlike other products, it will do what you ask of it. With a good system it is you fault if you can't get a good sound. I have a small band and our mackie PA system sounds alot better than before. Very clean and better control than Mackie 1604. Thanks Musicians Friend for great deal too!!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow... So much quality for the $

By chaddyo86

from Port Neches, TX

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Comments about Allen & Heath MixWizard 3 16:2 Mixer:

My prior studio board was the Mackie 1604-VLZ Pro, which I really have no complaints about, except for only having 8 direct outs--really limits your options for tracking. This lacks nothing in construction quality when compared with the Mackie, and I found the sliders on mine to be about the same as the Mackie (not overly loose). The 16 direct outs are ideal for the small studio or live recording. EQ is extremely accurate with the sweepable low and high mids, mic and line pre's are whisper quiet and transparent. That would have been enough, but the onboard effects are actually quite good... a real bonus for live applications, or for a little color during tracking. This is an incredible price-to-performance value. Buy this with confidence.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I like

By NuBeat Productions

from Bossier City, LA

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Comments about Allen & Heath MixWizard 3 16:2 Mixer:

Very pleased with this product. I've had a Mackie CR-1604 for about 15 years. This mixer is a huge upgrade. The preamps are very clean. The onboard effects aren't the best (versus my Lexicon) but they work well for rehearsal. Overall it is very good deal for the price. Sounds great and easy to work with.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All a soundguy could ask for

By Daniels

from Mississauga, Canada

Comments about Allen & Heath MixWizard 3 16:2 Mixer:

Simply put, great compact console! Very easy to use and flexible. I adore the 4-band EQ too. This is my favourite board in its class.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great company

By upc

from texas

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      superior

      By InTheMonkeyMiddle

      from New York, NY

      Comments about Allen & Heath MixWizard 3 16:2 Mixer:

      This board replaced my Mackie 1604 (which I still love). At first, I thought they were just tonally different, but of equal quality. After doing some serious listening, the AH is so subtley good it's scary. You can do some serious recording with these pres - great dynamic range and silky smooth, non grainy sound. If you don't have a $3000 boutique pre you won't miss it. Great mixdown board as well. Might use my mackie live still - don't want to take this out of the studio.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Aspiring Sound Engineer who found the best!

      By Vigorous Drummer of more then a Half of a Decade.

      from Cal.

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      Comments about Allen & Heath MixWizard 3 16:2 Mixer:

      I spent a good protion of this year researching mixers. I knew right away that this mixer provides its users with the features need for pros. It is a great start to my studio and latter I can even do live proformances with it. With it being continuously updated, it truelly is perfected. Love the Phantom power button on each channel as well as the routing and effects available. Seeminglly endless possibilities.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What a mixer!

      By Guitar Man-UGDt5

      from Socorro, NM

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      Comments about Allen & Heath MixWizard 3 16:2 Mixer:

      This board is not layed out like American boards and takes a short while to get used to, but what a board. I don't use the onboard effects because there's better effects out there. We use this baby to do live recordings. With 16 direct outs to our VS-2480, my partner and I have complete independence in our mixes, i.e. FOH and recording.I don't know how we got along without this. Very worth it.

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