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Allen & Heath ZED-R16 16-Channel FireWire Mixer  

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Overview

  • Total: 20
  • XLR: 16
  • XLR/TRS combo jack: Not applicable
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18 FireWire I/O, 16 ADAT I/O, MIDI control, 4-band EQ, and more.

The ZED-R16 is Allen & Heath's first true recording FireWire mixer in over 10 years. This exceptional recording mixer with 18 FireWire I/O can also be used as a versatile live front-of-house mixer. The best performing preamp in Allen & Heath's entire range is packaged with a high-quality analog-to-FireWire interface, extensive EQ, and a well-featured analog channel strip.

Combining an analog recording mixer with a FireWire soundcard, MIDI controls, and ingenious home-studio routing, the ZED-R16 FireWire mixer allows you to build tracks in the studio, record live gigs, mix-down, remix—all through warm analog circuitry, 4-band fully parametric, classic British EQ, and out in crisp, precise, digital format.

In the studio
The ZED-R16 16-channel mixing console combines an imaginative feature set with professional build qualities to create the ideal centerpiece for any project studio with big ideas, or larger studios with dedicated live rooms. Control room speaker, alternate speaker outputs, and two separate artist monitor feeds are provided. In addition to the digital interface, two analog recording outputs, and a dedicated internal condenser talkback mic are also available. Features such as the dual function audio/MIDI faders and built-in sequencer transport were dreamed up by engineers at Allen & Heath who have home studios themselves, so they've made sure they've built in features they really need.

Soundcard
The internal soundcard features 18 FireWire inputs, 18 outputs, and 16 ADAT I/O. Each channel on the mixer has its own independent soundcard channel so instruments can be recorded simultaneously (pre- or post-EQ) and into the sequencer separately. To minimize clock jitter and provide synchronicity between the ZED-R16 mixer and other devices, it's equipped with the professional JetPLL digital audio chipset.

Mix-down and live

In addition to multitrack recording, the ZED-R16 allows mixing down in analog, then recording back into the computer in digital. The bundled SONAR LE software makes this a breeze. The story doesn't stop here however—ZED-R16 can be a versatile live front-of-house mixer too. In this mode, its 4 aux buses become foldback feeds and FX sends, and the main XLR outputs feed the PA system. Recording the live gig is straightforward; the record feed signal can be easily assigned using the 4 buttons next to the faders.

Preamp

The Allen & Heath ZED-R16's preamp, which has been specially designed for this application, has a symmetrical ultra linear circuit. Top-notch epitaxial low-noise transistors are used in the front end, and active feedback is employed in both phases before the differential amplifier. This results in super-low distortion, while maintaining low noise (-128.5dBu EIN), high CMRR, and a transparent and beautiful sounding preamp.

EQ section

Complete with two swept, fully parametric mids, and high- and low-shelving EQ, the ZED-R16 has a sophisticated equalization section. It has much in common with Allen & Heath's pro touring mixers. The company's 40 years of experience in analog mixer design is evident in this the ZED-R16's exceptional filtering abilities of this mixer.

Auxiliary sends

Two pre and two post aux buses can be used as feeds for headphone amplifiers in the studio, FX sends anywhere, or wedge foldback live. The talkback function is either routed to the aux or studio outputs, so it's ideal for any environment.

FireWire flexibility

The ZED-R16's digital audio connections are all present on the rear of the desk. Two FireWire connectors allow it to be connected to a personal computer whilst the second socket daisy-chains devices. Two switches change the sample rate and routing selection, while 4 connectors allow input and output to ADAT equipment.

ADAT
In addition to the FireWire input and output, the ZED-R16 has 4 ADAT optical sockets. The I/O routing on the ZED-R16 is identical for the FireWire channels and the ADAT optical connection. With a combination of panel switches, the mixer is capable of an incredible 26 simultaneous inputs and outputs. Feed the mixer from ADAT lightpipe equipment, or record directly out from 16 channels to 2 ADAT machines or another soundcard.

MIDI software control
The MIDI section on the ZED-R16 mixer has been designed to control software transport, with extra mappable controllers ready to be user-assigned. With recording now truly in the digital age, ZED-R16 brings the home studio bang up to date. In addition to the ZED-R16's dedicated MIDI controls, all of the channel faders can be switched to become MIDI controllers.

Monitor section
The ZED-R16 has two signal paths for monitoring: an output for main control room monitors and outputs for an alternative set of monitors for checking mixes. The control room mix can follow either of the two main analog outputs or the digital main mix, allowing access to all main audio outputs.

Build
The ZED-R16 mixer has been designed using individual vertically mounted 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-R16 also has professional 60mm faders for ultimate control over your levels.

SONAR LE included
Allen & Heath teamed up with Cakewalk to bundle SONAR LE software with this mixer. The two work together in many ways, from straightforward recording of a stereo mix to recording tracks individually to build up a song, or even for inserting a SONAR LE effects plug-in.

Studio Feeds
Similar to the matrix function on Allen & Heath ML, GL and Wizard mixers, two separate live room mix feeds can be individually fed from aux buses or the L/R main mix. Foldback to the musicians can be tailored to give the bassist a drum heavy mix and the vocalist (in a separate booth) more keys.

Summary
Soundcard features 18 FireWire I/O and 16 ADAT I/O
Analog-to-FireWire interface
Dedicated MIDI controls with extra mappable controllers for user-assignment
All channel faders can be switched to become MIDI controllers
4-band fully parametric, classic British EQ
Control room speaker and alternate speaker outputs
2 separate artist monitor feeds
2 analog recording outputs
Dedicated internal condenser talkback mic
Dual function audio/MIDI faders
Built-in sequencer transport
Equipped with JetPLL digital audio chipset
4 aux buses become foldback feeds and FX sends, and the main XLR outputs feed the PA system in front-of-house mode
Pre-amp with symmetrical ultra linear circuit
Epitaxial low-noise transistors in the front end and active feedback is employed in both phases for super-low distortion, low noise (-128.5dBu EIN), and High CMRR
Two pre and two post aux buses
Two separate live room mix feeds can be individually fed from aux buses or the L/R main mix
Includes SONAR LE software

Features

Analog inputs

  • Total: 20
  • XLR: 16
  • XLR/TRS combo jack: Not applicable
  • 1/4" TRS: 16
  • 1/4" TS: 8
  • RCA (stereo pair): 3
  • Phantom power: Yes

Analog outputs

  • Total 8
  • Main XLR: 2
  • Main 1/4" TS: 4
  • Aux XLR: Not applicable
  • Aux 1/4" TRS: 4
  • RCA (stereo pair): Not applicable
  • Headphone: 1/4" x 1

Onboard effects

  • Compressors: Not applicable
  • Reverb: Not applicable
  • Delay: Not applicable
  • Chorus/flange: Not applicable
  • Simultaneous multi FX: Not applicable

Equalization

  • Rotary bands per channel: 6
  • Treble: Yes
  • High midrange: Yes
  • Sweep high midrange: 15dB +/-
  • Midrange: Yes
  • Low midrange: Yes
  • Sweep Low midrange: 15dB +/-
  • Low: Yes
  • Parametric: Yes
  • Master graphic EQ: Not applicable

Inserts/sends/busses

  • XLR aux sends: 4
  • TRS aux sends: 2
  • TS aux sends: Not applicable
  • Inserts (channel): 16
  • Inserts (master): 2
  • Buses: 4

Connectivity

  • USB: Not applicable
  • FireWire: Yes
  • SMPTE: Not applicable
  • Coaxial: Not applicable
  • WiFi: Not applicable
  • ADAT: Yes

Other

  • Width: 27.7"
  • Depth: 18.3"
  • Height: 4"
  • Weight: 31lb
  • Automation: Yes
  • Faders (total): 22
  • Faders (type) 60mm
  • Motorized faders: Not applicable
  • Bundled software: Not applicable

See what 10 years of research and development can do for your sound. Order the ZED-R16 today.

 

ZED-R16 16-Channel FireWire Mixer Specifications:

  • Analog inputs
  • XLR: 16
  • 1/4" TRS: 20
  • 1/4" TS: N/A
  • RCA: 3
  • Analog outputs
  • XLR: 2
  • 1/4" TRS: 2
  • 1/4" TS: N/A
  • RCA: 3
  • Onboard effects
  • Compressors: Not applicable
  • Reverb: No
  • Delay: No
  • Chorus/flange: No
  • Multi FX: No
  • Equalization
  • Rotary bands per channel: 6
  • Treble: Yes
  • High midrange: Yes
  • Sweep high midrange: 12dB +/-
  • Midrange: No
  • Low midrange: Yes
  • Sweep Low midrange: 12dB +/-
  • Low: Yes
  • Q control: Yes
  • Master graphic EQ: Not applicable
  • Inserts/sends/busses
  • XLR aux sends: Not applicable
  • TRS aux sends: 4
  • TS aux sends: Not applicable
  • Buses: 4
  • Connectivity
  • USB: No
  • FireWire: Yes
  • SMPTE: No
  • Coaxial: No
  • ADAT Yes
  • Other
  • Width: 27.7"
  • Depth: 18.3"
  • Height: 4"
  • Weight: 31lb
  • Automation: Yes
  • Motorized faders: No
  • Bundled software: Yes
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Allen & HeathZED-R16 16-Channel FireWire Mixer
 
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Zed R16 Firewire Mixer

By Lunatech

from Atlanta, GA

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Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Compact
  • Excellent Sound
  • Professional Features
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Documentation Details

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Music Videos
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording
  • Soundtracks

Comments about Allen & Heath ZED-R16 16-Channel FireWire Mixer:

General:
Step up to Pro quality. A great center piece for small to mid-size project/pro studios. Excellent pre-ams, Awesome transparent EQ and well laid out analogue controls.

Great firewire interface for DAW production and includes the bonus of analogue style summing. Very good sounding, flexible integrating a very good analogue board with a contemporay firewire inteface. A smart kit that contains most of what is needed for those looking for modern DAW recording with a console feel and sound.

Summary:
This board is worth the money just for the 16 separate channel strips alone. The pre's and eq are in a class by themselves at this price for 16 truly professiona quality strips.

The board does all that it is proported to do and it does it well. It is well constructed, laid out with the user in mind and delvers on its promise to be a centerpiece for any setup.

While the manual is a little light and configurations for different DAW's will raise different challenges for setup, There is enough information out in cyberspace to answer most questions.

I am very happy with my purchase and have the hopes of puchasing its "big brother". At this price point it stands on its own with panache.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great, awesome, great and more awesome

By Kyleisapenguin

from South Carolina

Comments about Allen & Heath ZED-R16 16-Channel FireWire Mixer:

Okay, I want to set a few things straight (most of the things I have read that people said this board cannot do it can)

1) The board can be used as a sound card for your computer so you can play Itunes or cdroms or games through it. It very clearly lays this out in the instruction manual.

2) You can have the digital send post EQ. Again very simple and laid out in instructions.

3) Drivers are not hard to DL or install. I was up and running in just a few minutes.

The digital converters are great. I upgraded from a Presonus Firestudio Project. And it is night and day.

The EQ is awesome. I used to have to dup kick and snar a few times to get them to cut through mixes, now they cut just fine.

As well vocals sound a ton better through this thing.

Preamps again are worlds better than the presonus.

Price is great, I paid 1760 using a coupon, which was better than the 1999 it was selling for at the time.

Even at full price it is a bargin!

Cons, MIDI mapping is a SOB. Partly because the Midi map in the instructions is laid out for the program that it comes with and Cubase uses a different format. But with that said, I only have Cubase LE and there is a xlm file that you can upload to map it for the real version of Cubase.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This mixer SMOKES!

By Steve-JYVVK

from Soldiers Grove, WI

Comments about Allen & Heath ZED-R16 16-Channel FireWire Mixer:

The depth and heft mixing 'outside the box' can add to your project must be heard to be believed. After careful consideration I decided on this mixer and I am glad I did. The EQ on this board is well thought out and sweet sounding and compares well with the most famous boutique EQs. Past reviews have mentioned difficulty in getting this mixer up and running and that's a point well taken, but once you're up and running there's no turning back. It doesn't bother me that the faders aren't automated as I use the automation features in my software which I prefer anyway, As far as effect/aux sends, two are enough as almost all of my effects are generated by plugins and I seldom have a need for more than 2 headphone mixes.Go ahead and put the Allen and Heath ZED-R16 up against the competition - Mackie, PreSonus, Yamaha, Tascam, etc - and you will come to the same conclusion I did --- as a serious studio tool this board blows them all away.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Mixer:

By Joshua-MjE1c

from Monterey, California.

Comments about Allen & Heath ZED-R16 16-Channel FireWire Mixer:

This is a nice mixer generally speaking.The first one I bought they sent me the wrong one, so I was mad.Then they sent me another one, and I thought it had a defect, because sound wasn't coming back into the board from Logic. I figured out the problem was how I installed the firmware, and drivers. It is extremely complex and irritating setting this board up to work properly. It doesn't come with drivers, so expect trouble trying to find the right ones online. Other than that though, once I got the board up and working. It has great sounding pre-amps, nice eq's, nice midi configurations and such.The board generally speaking was a great buy. For the price you really get what you pay for. The main contender of this board right now is the presonus studiolive. This board is better quality, as far as pre-amps and general build quality, but the studiolive does have a lot more going for it. If I had to buy all over again, I would probably go for the studiolive, it has built in compressors and great eq'ing live system. But as far as a studio real deal quality board this board will blow it away I'm sure. So there is ups and downs, it is more a matter of what you are buying it for.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best of both worlds

By Tim-B4ILW

from Asheville, NC

Comments about Allen & Heath ZED-R16 16-Channel FireWire Mixer:

I did a lot of research before I finally pulled the trigger and got myself a ZED r16. So far I'm completely satisfied with it, having the ability to mix down with analogue EQ is marvelous, as is the midi control section and the monitoring capabilities are fantastic. Getting the routing sorted out took me a minute in Logic (couldn't get the online templates to download for some reason) but once I got that sorted it's been problem free. The only short comings I've noticed so far are the lack of a midi in and the fact that the faders aren't motorized, although they do transmit midi data. It would be nice having a few more aux sends and all, but so far I haven't really needed them. I only expect great things to come with future versions of this board. Top notch quality all around.

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