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Overview

  • 12 total inputs including XLR jacks with phantom power on channels one through four
  • Four mic input channels with gold plated XLR and balanced line inputs
  • Two stereo input channels with balanced TRS jacks
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    $219.00
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Compact, good-sounding, small format mixer with quality effects on board.

Regardless of the application, give your mix a professional edge with 256 onboard 24-bit DSP effects designed in partnership with Alesis. Choose from room and space delays, small and large hall acoustics, plate and spring reverbs, flangers, chorus effects and more. The ZMX122FX offers 16 variations of 16 professional Alesis effects from which to build, tweak, and dial in your sound. There's even a footswitch input so you can bypass all effects at the touch, or stomp, of a button. (footswitch not included)

The ZEPHYR ZMX122FX accommodates dynamic, condenser, and wireless microphones in the first four channels, as well as keyboards, drum machines, and other instruments in the two stereo channel inputs. What's more, you can easily plug in your MP3 player, CD players, or audio from a DVD player into the CD/TAPE inputs. You also have two AUX sends that you can use to send streams of audio from your mixer to a digital effects unit, stage monitor, TV screen, or any number of sources. Choose the ZMX122FX as the audio central command for your live performances, home studio, or video suite.

High headroom, low noise
The ZMX122FX packs an enormous amount of features into a very compact space. This compact mixer brings the same standard of quality to your performances as Alto's top-of-the-line models. All Alto Professional ZEPHYR ZMX mixers are designed with high headroom and ultra low-noise, discrete mic preamps so you always get the full dynamic range of your mix every time.

Sometimes venues are dark and it can be hard to see what you're working with. Alto Professional solves this problem by not only color coding each section of the mixer, but also by using brightly colored knobs so that you can easily find what you need to adjust before you ever lay a finger on the mixer. Our blue, red, yellow and white pots are instantly easy to identify in dim lighting. LED indicators for output level, peak, and phantom power also assist in making sure that you have multiple visual cues that compliment everything you're hearing.

Features

  • 12 total inputs including XLR jacks with phantom power on channels one through four
  • Four mic input channels with gold plated XLR and balanced line inputs
  • Two stereo input channels with balanced TRS jacks
  • Extremely high headroom offering extra dynamic range
  • Three-band EQ on each channel
  • On-board digital effects processor and three-shelf EQ on each mono and stereo channel
  • Footswitch input for effects bypass (footswitch not included)
  • Two aux sends pre-channel for external effects and monitoring
 

Zephyr Series ZMX122FX 8-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects Specifications:

  • Input Channels: Mono channels (Ch. 1 - 4)
  • Microphone Input: Electronically balanced, discrete input configuration
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 22kHz, +/-1 dB
  • Distortion (THD&N): ≦0.005% At +4 dBu, 1kHz
  • Gain range: 0 dB to 50 dB (Mic)
  • Maximum Voltage Gain: 70 dB Ch. Mic input → Main Mix out & Tape out, 80 dB Ch. Mic input → Control Room & Phones, 60 dB Ch. Mic input → Aux send
  • SNR (Signal to Noise Rate ): ≧110 dBu
  • Phantom power (Mic Pin 2 / Pin 3 and Pin 1): +48V - with switch control
  • Line Input: Electronically Balanced
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 22kHz, +/-1 dB
  • Distortion (THD&N): ≦0.005% at + 4 dBu, 1kHz
  • Gain Range: 15 dBu to 35 dBu
  • Stereo Channels: (Ch. 5 - 8)
  • Line Input: Electronically Balanced
  • SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio): ≧110 dBu
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 22kHz, +/-1 dB
  • Distortion (THD&N): ≦0.005% at +4 dBu, 1kHz
  • Gain range: -20 dBu to +20 dBu, 60 dB Ch. Line → Main Mix out
  • Maximum Voltage Gain: 20 dB FX Return → Main Mix out, 20 dB RCA Tape input → Main Mix out
  • Impedance
  • Microphone Input: 3.9 kOhms
  • All Other Inputs: 10 kOhms or greater
  • Tape Out: 1 kOhms
  • All Other Outputs: 120 Ohms
  • Equalization
  • Mono Channels: High ±15 dB @ 12kHz, Mid ±15 dB @ 2.5kHz, Low ±15 dB @ 80Hz
  • Stereo Channels: High ±15 dB @ 12kHz, Mid ±15 dB @ 2.5kHz, Low ±15 dB @ 80Hz
  • Alesis DSP Section
  • A/D And D/A Converters: 24-bit
  • DSP Resolution: 24-bit
  • Type of effects: Hall, Room, Vocal & Plate Reverbs Mono & Stereo Delay (max delay time 650 ms) Chorus, Flanger & Reverb modulations, Reverb+Delay, Reverb+Chorus, Reverb+Flanger combinations
  • Presets: 256
  • Controls: 16 x 16-position preset selector
  • Crosstalk: Adjacent Input ≦-80 dB @ 1KHz (Ch. 1-6) , Input to Output ≦-75 dB @ 1KHz (Stereo L/R, Ch. 1-4, Pan: panned hard left or right)
  • Main Mix Section
  • Tape, Aux, Phones Output
  • Output level: 0 dBu Unbalanced, 1/4" Jacks, Max out +22 dBu Unbalanced, 1/4" jacks
  • Noise (Bus noise): ≦-90 dB @ 20 Hz ~ 22KHz (channel & Main level at 0 dB, other at minimum, DSP mute)
  • Power supply: 18 V, 1500 mA
  • Rated power consumption: 27 W
  • Dimensions (WxLxH): 256mm x 250mm x 72mm
  • Weight: 5.07 lb
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AltoZephyr Series ZMX122FX 8-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects
 
4.9

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (8)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Simple controls (6)
  • Versatile (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Amateur recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

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    5.0

    Big features, tiny size

    By Robert Ballard

    from Iowa

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Built In Fx
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Build Quality
    • Monitor Sends
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • "wall Wart" Ac Adapter

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Band Use
    • Dj
    • Events
    • Karaoke
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX122FX 8-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

    I did a lot of research and looked at countless small mixers before buying this one, and this is the most versatile compact mixer I found. No other small mixer this size has both monitor sends AND built in effects. This is important for band or karaoke use. And the effects are superb, too. Build quality is high, and it's dead quiet with a good EQ section. It's worth more, but for the price, it's a no-brainer. The only "con" I can think of is the wall-wart AC adaptor, which has a very thin cord, and is 18v AC rather than DC, so buying an aftermarket replacement might be tough. Otherwise, this is a killer little mixer.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Mixer, FX VERY Analog, Good Value

    By JimG

    from NC

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Controls
    • Compact
    • Excellent Sound
    • Great value

    Cons

    • Analog Fxs

    Best Uses

    • Live Performance Mix

    Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX122FX 8-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

    We got this device to isolate our 4 vocal XLRs during live performance. We have a 20 piece swing band and up to 4 vocal mics. We've been doing FX on the main mixer, but wanted to vocals to be independent of the FX on the rest of the mix. This device does the job. The FX are very much analog. When you listen thru the headphones you hear lots of "artifact" sounds common to these sorts of FX, but the FXs sound good thru a PA or mixer - the artifacts aren't present.

    We also got this devices specifically because it provides a separate monitor mix we plan to use for Audio-only or earbud monitors. Most smaller mixers with FX don't have this. And the price was pretty good.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great little mixer...

    By Smoothme

    from Clermont, FL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX122FX 8-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

      All the controls are laid out nicely and easy to read. Sound is clean.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Worth the price

      By Marko

      from NE Ohio

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Performances

        Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX122FX 8-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

        When researching this mixer before ordering, I came across a YouTube video demonstrating no effects on 12 and 13, Flanger and Chorus, on his unit.

        I use small mixers like this for a few things, but I'm also providing Sound for a few small acts this New Year's Eve, so for the price of these refurbished units I bought three of them.

        Well, turns out the same two effects, 12-Flanger and 13-Chorus don't work on any of the three.

        That said, everything else works fine on all three, and for the savings I'm happy to live without those two effects, as there are plenty of usable effects left to use.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Mixer Great Price

        By goingbeyondradio

        from Cincinnati, OH

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX122FX 8-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

            Happen to pick this up recently marked down. I was afraid the board would be to large for my desk. I was pleasantly surprised when the board arrived and was approximately the size of my old board yet has many more features. I stream a live radio station 24/7 with this board and have not had a single issue.

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            5.0

            excellent mixer for the price

            By waynerdood52

            from las cruces, nm

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Easy To Use
            • Great Price
            • High quality

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX122FX 8-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

            Overall I am very pleased with this product, and I got a great price (compared to other online music dealers).

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice Little Mixer

            By Sandman357

            from WV

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound

            Cons

            • None
            • No Real Directions

            Best Uses

            • Dj
            • Small Band

            Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX122FX 8-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

            Nice Little Mixer. We are a 4 piece band and only use our mains for vocals and an acoustic guitar. We currently run three mics and the acoustic guitar through it and it works great. It is compact and very easy to setup and use.

            Alto has good customer service. The effects were not working on the mixer I received. (It was a restock item, and that is probably why.) I emailed Alto just to make sure I was using the effects correctly and they got right back to me. I confirmed that I was following their directions and they got right back to me again with info on how to send it back to them for service. That is as far as I went with them because I just exchanged it with the vendor I purchased it from, but they did respond in a timely manner. They do not have 24/7 service though. You do have to wait for them to reply during their business hours, but they were still fast.

            The only con I have is there are no real directions for it. There is a quick start guide and that is probably enough. It is a simple unit, but a little more detali would be nice.

            I have not heard the effects yet so I can't speak to those. To be honest I am not expecting much. Just hoping to get a hint of reverb and I will be happy. The 3 band EQ per channel is nice and you can get a good tone out of it.

            So I am happy with the product, and I believe the customer service will be there if I need it. I wold recommend this unit to a friend.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            VERY GOOD MIXER

            By DJ MAX

            from POCATELLO, ID.

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • I~'~~ve Used This New Alto M
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX122FX 8-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

              I'VE USE THIS NEW ALTO MIXER THE PASSED TWO WEEKENDS AS A DJ. I AM VERY PLEASED WITH THE GREAT SOUND THAT IT PUTS OUT. I BOUGHT IT AS A BACKUP MIXER FOR PEFORMANCES. I WAS USING ANOTHER MAJOR BRAND MIXER AND FOUND THE ALTO SOUND TO BE MUCH BETTER. I'M HEARING SOUNDS IN THE MUSIC SHARPER AND CLEARER THAN EVER BEFORE. I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THE PRODUCT.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Value for the Money

              By lumber*dog

              from Ladson, South Carolina

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances
                • Soundtracks

                Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX122FX 8-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

                I bought the Alto Zephyr Series ZMX122FX 8-Channel Compact Mixer along with a pair of Alto TS110A 630W 10" 2-Way Active Speakers and was blown away by the sound. I had a pretty good PA system that we had used for 18 years in churches, singing Southern gospel music with my family. The sound tracks that I run from my MacBook Pro and the vocal harmonies are crisp and clean, with just enough bass, at least for me. I wanted to downsize and upgrade, and am I glad I did. Alto may not have the name recognition of some of the other better-known manufacturers, but with respect to sound quality (and isn't that what's it all about) I would put them up against anyone.

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