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Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixing Console

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The Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixing Console has incredibly advanced features for a mixer at this level-it has 13 independent sources to the mix, 10 independent outputs, 4 aux sends, a USB send & return for PC or Mac recording, playback and effects, a unique dual stereo input capability and some very advanced monitoring facilities. In fact, ZED-14 is so packed full of great features that you'd think it would cost much, much more.

The ZED-14 is a mixer for anyone, from entry-level to professionals, who appreciates fantastic uncolored sound, lots of headroom, a truly professional feel, and rugged build quality. It can be used for many different tasks, whether in live performance, utilizing plug-in effects via USB, live recording via USB and Cakewalk, studio recording or mixing down to produce your own 2-track recordings.

Inputs

One of the great things about the ZED series is the number and variety of things you can plug in. In addition to the six mono channels there are four stereo channels, each with a main stereo input on jack sockets, and with the ability to take additional stereo inputs from phono sockets or from the USB audio input, flexibility gives you control. In all, ZED-14 boasts 99 different controls on its front panel-way more than any of the competition! 6 mic/line channels are provided on ZED-14 - plenty for mics or DI boxes for a small band, duo or solo performer 4 stereo line inputs-dual inputs, both with gain and 2-band EQ

DuoPre

Based on the proven pre-amps from the hugely successful PA series, the ZED series has new DuoPreTM pre-amps, which use a two stage design, with carefully controlled amounts of gain in each stage. When amplifying the signal from the XLR input, the gain range is huge-69dB of range to be exact-and is very evenly distributed around the gain control, meaning better control of signal level. Most of the gain comes from the first stage, so unwanted noise is kept to a minimum. Line level signals are simply plugged into the second stage of the pre-amp by using the line input jack socket, which has the great advantage of less noise when using the line input.

EQ section

ZED-14 features a responsive 3-band, swept mid frequency design with MusiQ-optimized slope (or Q factor) for equalizing individual instruments. HF and LF also boast Xtra Boost, to make these frequencies more responsive.

Auxiliary sends

4 aux sends are provided, of which 1&2 are prefade for foldback monitoring, and 3 & 4 post-fade for effects sends. A stereo signal can be sent from auxes via USB to computer to create 2 separate record feeds independent of the main LR mix (1&2) and or used as FX sends (3&4).

USB audio flexibility

Getting audio to and from a computer easily is now a common requirement for live sound and music production. The way we have implemented this on ZED is super-flexible and super-easy. No longer do you need to fiddle around the back of your PC to get to the soundcard inputs, only to find that the levels are all wrong and noisy. Just plug in a USB lead to your ZED, select the USB routing on the mixer and the device on your computer and that's it! Quality audio to and from your PC or Mac. Three switches provide different send/return configurations for recording, playback and utilising external FX.

Build

At this level, most mixers are built using a single, flat PCB with all the pots and switches attached at right angles. ZED-14 utilizes individual vertically mounted channel circuit boards with each rotary control fixed with a metal nut to the front panel-making a much more robust product that will resist damage and give years of reliable use. ZED also has professional 100mm faders for ultimate control over your levels.

SONAR LE

Allen & Heath has teamed up with major software supplier, Cakewalk, to bundle its SONAR LE music creation and audio production software with the ZED-14, giving you a fantastic, high spec digital audio workstation.

SONAR LE is a software application from Cakewalk and is included free of charge with the ZED-14 mixing console. SONAR LE is a powerful first step into the world of sequencing and hard disk recording on the Windows platform.
You'll be able to record from your ZED mixer, create tracks and arrange songs, then play back to your ZED mixer via the USB port. You can decide whether the SONAR family of products is right for you. If you choose to upgrade your copy of SONAR LE to a more full-featured version, like SONAR Producer or Home Studio Editions, you'll now be able to do so at significant savings.

FEATURES
ZED-14 Mixer
  • 14 inputs total
  • 6 Mono Channels with XLR inputs and preamps with 3-Band EQ with sweepable mids
  • 4 Stereo Channels with line inputs with 2-band EQ
  • 4 Aux sends
  • 2 Stereo returns
  • USB send & return for PC or Mac recording, playback and effects
  • 48V phantom power
  • Insert points
  • High pass filter
  • Stereo imaging control on every channel
  • Channel mute switches
  • Advanced monitoring facilities
  • 1/4" and 3.5mm headphones outputs
  • Stereo record out
  • Alternative stereo out
  • Mono sum of LR output
  • Main LR outputs
  • 12-bar LR meters
  • Master controls for aux 1 & 2
  • 12-100MM faders for a professional feel
SONAR LE
  • 64 audio tracks
  • 256 MIDI tracks
  • 8 simultaneous inputs and outputs
  • 24-bit/192 kHz audio quality
  • 24 simultaneous effects
  • 8 simultaneous virtual instruments
  • Integrated VST/VSTi support, without need for VST adapter
  • Support for ACIDTM-format loops
  • Support for ReWire clients such as Project5, Live, or Reason
  • Elegant user interface
  • Active Controller Technology automatically maps MIDI keyboards and control surfaces to the parameters you need most on effects, instruments, volume, pan, and other mix elements
  • Easier integration of virtual instruments with Synth Rack
  • Support for Windows Vista (32-bit & 64-bit), Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, and Windows XP operating systems
SPECIFICATIONS
ZED-14 USB Mixing Console
  • Operating Levels
  • Input:
  • Mono channel (XLR) Input: +6 to ”63dBu for nominal (+17dBu in max)
  • Mono channel Line Input (Jack socket): +10 to ”26dBu (+30dBu maximum)
  • Insert point (TRS Jack socket): 0dBu nominal +21dBu maximum
  • Stereo Input (Jack sockets): 0dBu nominal (control = Off to +10dB)
  • Stereo input (phono sockets): 0dBu nominal (control = Off to +10dB)
Output:
  • L, R & Mono Outputs (L&R XLR, Mono Jack): 0dBu nominal. +21dBu maximum
  • Aux Outputs (Jack sockets): 0dBu nominal. +21dBu maximum
  • Alt Outputs (phono sockets): 0dBu nominal. +21dBu maximum
  • Rec Outputs (phono sockets): 0dBu nominal. +21dBu maximum
Frequency Response:
  • Mic in to Mix L/R Out, 30dB gain: +0.5/-1dB 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Line in to Mix L/R out 0dB gain: +0.5/-1dB 10Hz to 30kHz
  • Stereo in to Mix L/R out: +0.5/-1dB 10Hz to 30kHz
THD+N:
  • Mic in to Mix L/R Out, 0dB gain 1kHz +10dBu out: 0.004%
  • Mic in to Mix L/R Out, 30dB gain 1kHz: 0.014%
  • Line in to Mix L/R out 0dB gain 0dBu 1kHz: 0.005%
  • Stereo in to Mix L/R out 0dB gain +10dBu 1kHz: 0.003%
Headroom:
  • Analog headroom from nominal (0Vu): 21dB
  • USB in & out headroom from nominal (0Vu): 14dB
USB Audio CODEC (Coder/Decoder):
  • USB Audio In/Out: USB 1.1 compliant 16 bit
  • Sample Rate: 32, 44.1, or 48kHz
Noise:
  • Mix L/R out, L/R faders = 0, 22-22kHz: -88dBu
  • Mic Pre EIN @ max gain 150R input Z 22-22kHz: -127dBu
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 15.11" x 18.30" x 4.35" (384 x 465 x 110.69 mm)
  • Weight: 14.3 lb. (6.5 kg.)
SONAR LE
    System RequirementsMinimum
    • Operating System: Windows XP
    • Processor Speed: Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz, or AMDTM Athlon XP 1500+ or higher
    • RAM: 256 MB
    • Graphics (resolution, color depth):1024 x 768, 16-bit color
    • Hard Disk Space: 100 MB for core program
    • Hard Disk Type: Any
    • MIDI Interface: Windows-compatible
    • Audio Interface Windows-compatible
    • Optical Drive: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/-RW for installation, CD-R or CD-RW capability required for CD audio disc burning
    RecommendedOperating System:
    • Windows XP/Vista/Vista x64
    • Processor Speed: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz [EM64T], or AMDTM Athlon 64 2800+or higher
    • RAM: 1 GB or higher
    • Graphics (resolution, color depth): 1280 x 960, 32-bit color
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB for program and content
    • Hard Disk Type: EIDE/Ultra DMA (7200 RPM) or SATA
    • MIDI Interface: Windows-compatible
    • Audio Interface: WDM- or ASIO-compatible, including WaveRT for Vista
    • Optical Drive: DVD-ROM, DVD+/-R, or DVD+/-RW for installation, CD-R or CD-RW capability required for CD audio disc burning
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    Allen & HeathZED-14 USB Mixing Console
     
    4.4

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    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (3)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Versatile (3)

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    Great little mixer

    I am using this in my recording studio and the quality is very good. It blows away the comparably sized Mackies, Behringers and Yamahas I have used. The 100mm faders are better than...Read complete review

    I am using this in my recording studio and the quality is very good. It blows away the comparably sized Mackies, Behringers and Yamahas I have used. The 100mm faders are better than you will find in other mixers in this price range. The build quality is very sturdy, with individual boards for each mix channel. The mic preamps are clean and silent with very good gain range. The sound out of this thing has a great organic quality that you usually only get with much higher-end boards. Another added bonus is the USB output. The sound quality going direct to computer is great. I usually only record voiceovers for video productions, so the 2 channels offered is fine for me, if you are looking to multitrack you'll have to look elsewhere and spend more a lot more money.All in all a very well built and great sounding mixer.

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    Don't make the same mistake I did.

    While I cannot comment on the quality or performance exactly. I just wanted to share my experience in hopes to save somebody else the hassle. I bought this product with the intent to use...Read complete review

    While I cannot comment on the quality or performance exactly. I just wanted to share my experience in hopes to save somebody else the hassle. I bought this product with the intent to use in my recording studio. This is NOT a multi-track mixer and is not ideal for use with any DAW. I don't exactly have the need for a live mixer, so the product is essentially useless to me. I believe the product description should specify this, as it would have saved me a lot of headaches and frustration. If you're a novice like myself, do as much research as possible to evaluate whether or not this product will do what you intend it to. Also, shop around, seek opinions and knowledge from a representative at a music store. I'm going to have to sell this item back (at a loss) to get what I actually needed.

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great little mixer

    By Riffmeister-WxJvM

    from Indianapolis

    Comments about Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixing Console:

    I am using this in my recording studio and the quality is very good. It blows away the comparably sized Mackies, Behringers and Yamahas I have used. The 100mm faders are better than you will find in other mixers in this price range. The build quality is very sturdy, with individual boards for each mix channel. The mic preamps are clean and silent with very good gain range. The sound out of this thing has a great organic quality that you usually only get with much higher-end boards. Another added bonus is the USB output. The sound quality going direct to computer is great. I usually only record voiceovers for video productions, so the 2 channels offered is fine for me, if you are looking to multitrack you'll have to look elsewhere and spend more a lot more money.All in all a very well built and great sounding mixer.

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Feel the quality

    By SoundFlick

    from Normal, IL

    Comments about Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixing Console:

    I've used my Zed-14 mostly for live pa applications. Some may complain that it lacks a main EQ section, but you have the flexibility of a 3 band with sweepable mid on each channel. Before this I owned an Alesis Firewire mixer, it felt like crap, sounded cheap, and the firewire interface was really hit or miss (more miss). With huge faders, eq, and clean pre-amps - you should have no problem dialing in a good mix for a 2ch recording through USB.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Everything I need in one board

    By David Punch

    from New Orleans

    Comments about Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixing Console:

    The one issue I have (and it's just personal), is the size. It's a tall board at 11 spaces. It fits in my SKB giga-rig (even though it's a 10 space top), but I had to buy new right-angle 90deg cables if I wanted to keep things plugged in, and put the lid on for travel. I'm not a fan of cables sprouting out of the top. I think they should all be behind or underneath the mixer, but it's not a deal breaker.
    As a mobile DJ and KJ, My DJ mixer didn't have enough mic inputs for bigger gigs. I was using a second 8 channel mixer as a sub mix and routing it through. Since the Dj mixer was a Rane, I didn't want to go backwards in quaility just to add a few lines. I shopped most of the better brands and kept coming back to the ZED. Not only does it have that great Allen & Heath warm sound, it has all the features I could hope for! Four stereo inputs are great for the music, and the mic lines are as good, if not better than it's big brother, the GL series. I'm a happy guy.
    Well built - Heavy and solid.
    I bought this as a restock, and Musician's Friend also had a promo code. Saved a ton off of retail

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Home studio warrior

    By Cakes

    from Annandale, VA

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    Comments about Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixing Console:

    I've been using this little guy for over a year now as a central desk for controlling audio from two computers, a synth and a DJ mixer. I dabble in production on it but just for fun. This thing is solid and built to last. The long faders are lovely and there is a nice bit of headroom to push the channels. The USB link has been perfect for linking audio into the Mac Mini I don't have a dedicated interface for. Everything but the power button is on the face so you never need to dig around the back to find an I/O. The only negatives are no peak meters on the channels and no ability to group channels. It also lacks a bit of the warmth you get on a Mackie but that's not really what I was going for. The sound on this is clinical and tight. Plus it's a bit naive to expect channel meters and subgroups on a 14 channel $400 mixer! I love my ZED14.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best in it's class!

    By Freddo

    from Montreal

    Comments about Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixing Console:

    I went from a Mackie to this Zed 14 and I must say, day & night the difference!! The mic pre-amps are incredible, in fact, the overall sound is incredible!I had mine for 6 months now and not a problem.

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Don't make the same mistake I did.

    By DYLON

    from CA

    About Me Novice

    Comments about Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixing Console:

    While I cannot comment on the quality or performance exactly. I just wanted to share my experience in hopes to save somebody else the hassle. I bought this product with the intent to use in my recording studio. This is NOT a multi-track mixer and is not ideal for use with any DAW. I don't exactly have the need for a live mixer, so the product is essentially useless to me. I believe the product description should specify this, as it would have saved me a lot of headaches and frustration. If you're a novice like myself, do as much research as possible to evaluate whether or not this product will do what you intend it to. Also, shop around, seek opinions and knowledge from a representative at a music store. I'm going to have to sell this item back (at a loss) to get what I actually needed.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great board!

    By Nat-1-F_D

    from Dayton, OH

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Mixing
    • Recording
    • Transparent

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mixing
      • Monitoring
      • Recording

      Comments about Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixing Console:

      I use the Zed-14 as my primary mixing/monitoring board. I use a digital 8-track to capture live band recordings, then afterward I can send out those 8 channels to the Zed, where I can then aux them to headphones, PA, and USB simultaneously--which is an amazing feature. With the USB, I can bounce those tracks in and out of the computer seamlessly and with a couple of monitoring buttons, I can hear the difference between the mixes I have sending to various outboard gear via the Auxes and via the USB. The pres are transparent and I can add a ton of gain with them without distortion, which is nice since my digital 8-track requires very small signals to avoid digital clipping. The Zed acts as a transparent gain stage between those small, live-recorded levels and the final levels needed for headphone, PA, and -post mixdowns. This board is capable of a lot of routing options if you know what you're doing--but perhaps has more features than a novice could manage. The long tapers are gorgeous, but adds to an awkward length, making this a tough board to transport. Mine fits on top of a Mighty Gig Rig, but mostly stays at the home studio since the loaded rig weighs over 200 lbs. I've taken it out before, but try to avoid it. I have an old Behringer I can bust out for those purposes. If you're a novice or occasional jammer, this might be too much board and too expensive, but if you know what you're doing and have some experience, the Zed series has a lot of really great routing abilities and VERY clean pres.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very transparent sound

      By Rick

      from MD

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Performances

        Comments about Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixing Console:

        Nice price, easy to use and clear sound.

        (1 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Dont waste your time and money!

        By Jadedcustomer

        from Western United States

        Comments about Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixing Console:

        I bought two of these rectangular pieces of plastic garbage six months ago and they worked....o.k., not amazing, but the sound quality was nominal for the price, but literally six months to the day of buying them each, not one but both started picking up radio frequencies, while trying to record a bass track, Barry White somehow had found his way into the recording! Ear splitting static is now the only thing these money pits pick up these days, when I called Allen & Heath's tech support, the operator told me I had one of two options, either embed giant copper tubes into the walls of my studio to reflect radio waves or cover the entire warehouse in chicken-wire! And even after moving my studio across town, the static was still there! My suggestion to you would be save yourself a shot in the foot and buy a Mackie, Alessis, of Tascam,

         
        5.0

        Great Mixer! Reliable and priced right!

        By Double D

        from Wellesley, USA

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixing Console:

          I've owned this mixer for over a year and a half, and use it on a weekly basis in the garage for band practice and out on the road for gigs. It is a very durable and reliable mixer - I have had zero issues with it. Also, it's a relatively easy mixer to learn how to use (unlike most of the digital mixers these days). For a five peice band, it's a little tight on XLR connections, so would recommend stepping up to the next larger mixer than what you think you would need. I've got a separate effects and compressor rack unit, as this doesn't have those features. But for the price, it has everything you'd expect. The 4 band EQ is very useful for getting the right sound and eliminating feedback - so much so, I never use my rack EQ anymore. Overall, you can't go wrong with Allen & Heath, they are a top notch company. When I first purchased the mixer, I couldn't figure a few things out - gave them a call and they walked me through it no problem. Recommended for bands and DJ's.

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