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Alto Zephyr Series ZMX122FX 8-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects  

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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

SPECIFICATIONS

Zephyr Series ZMX122FX 8-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects

  • 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
 
4.6

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    (14)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (16)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Excellent sound (12)
  • Versatile (11)
  • Simple controls (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Outdoor events / games (12)
    • Performances (12)
    • Amateur recording (4)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Professional musician (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Value for the Money

    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...Read complete review

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    DON'T DO IT!

    Do not be fooled like I was...this product got fairly good reviews, so I thought I would give it a shot to use for solo/duo gigs through a Bose L1...Read complete review

    Do not be fooled like I was...this product got fairly good reviews, so I thought I would give it a shot to use for solo/duo gigs through a Bose L1 system...Yuck! The sound quality is the worst I've heard anywhere. All bass, zero treble no matter what you do with the "EQ" controls. all my speakers in my Bose tower clip...Horrible sound! Don't waste your time! buy a name you know and trust! I exchanged for a Mackie!!

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    5.0

    Altoo ZMX122FX

    By Funky

    from Missouri

    About Me Experienced

    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:

      I recently acquired a nearly new Alto ZMX122FX for a very good price, and I am really pleased with what it's delivering. Actually this was one of two options as far as small used mixers at my local GC. The other (a Beringer) was pretty dirty, but it did have more gadgets and a few more channels... Well, with a few months and some small gigs down, I can certainly confirm; I am very very pleased with my choice! Honestly the Beringer was alittle too featured (and I don't normally complain about such things). Lots of features on a big mixer handling complicated routings? Great! A small mixer with everything on it? Would have been fun years ago, but wisdom and experience tells me, the important features in a good layout generally makes for a much better experience, than all the features in a bad layout. In my mind, you only want to complicate a fist fully of channels so much, especially when you just need something quick. One thing this does have over the other is a power switch, kinda of a necessity IMO.

      Well anyway enough rambling! To the point!
      The Good:
      -The sound: It it really clean and transparent, especially for the price tag.
      Some hiss @ higher gains from the preamps, but not a problem if you set it accordingly. Still very usable; it's only a really high gain mostly
      -Though clean and transparent, not stale and lifeless, doesn't flatten the imaging. Would be an excellent core to a budget studio
      - the EQ is very well setup, and covers a lot of needs in just 3 bands
      -The FX are very usable as well, they are tasteful and professionally executed. Not just a cheesy add-on to beef up the feature list. Clean and natural reverbs are always a plus in live sound. It really has a very nice quality FX, you might be surprised. I am so far. On a mixer this size the FX footswitch jack is going to be a useful addition.
      -There is a nice balance between flexibility and simplicity here
      -Includes phantom power (48v)!
      -The size is great for small groups, sub mixing, and general tasks. It's compact enough that I often use it with one source just for the EQ alone , and a splash of effects.
      -The layout is excellent in my opinion. Very simple, clean and to the point.
      - Nice exterior design - Simple & classy. Doesn't look like a toy
      - The design, to me, invites you to stick to making good music and clean sound, instead of juggling gimmicks and fighting with poor sound quality
      -Durability seems good so far. I think it'll be around for the long haul. I transport it in a case (projector soft-bag) though. Has a nice solid feel to it on all counts. -Controls also feel smooth and solid
      -I like the all rotary controls on a small mixer - keeps it compact, and also less prone to dust and dirt (a plus because this mixer doesn't really get coved because it is used quite often).
      -One other thing I noticed, is there is no hum to speak of (a plus of the external supply). Also this mixer doesn't pick up a bunch of digital noise when using an internal laptop sound source.

      The Bad:
      -Wall wart. (does keep the weight and internal noise down in the mixer though)
      -Made in China (quality control is good however)

      Not the end all be all of mixers, but I bought this trusting that the look and feel would give me some indication as to the overall quality (hadn't even heard of Alto at the time). I have to say the purity of sound was not expected to this degree... I am pleased with this mixer. I will be keeping and eye on Alto for future equipment purchases...
      Thanks for reading.

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      4.0

      Mixer Has Great Features For The Price

      By Steve

      from Albuquerque

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I don't know of any other 8 channel mixer that has built in effects, three band EQ on every channel, and a controllable monitor mix output. This is a great compact mixer for small bands or rehearsals. The effects are not stellar, but they do the job. I've read some reviews that say that the flanger and chorus effects don't work. They actually do work, but in order to hear those particular effects, you need to turn up both the individual channel FX saturation and the master FX level practically all the way up. I don't know why you have to do that in order to hear those two effects, but I don't plan on using those particular effects anyway. I just need a couple of good reverb effects and I'm good to go. I also like that this mixer is very quiet and lightweight. Sweepable mids on a couple of the channels and an internal power supply instead of the included wall wart would have been nice. But that's nitpicking really. The bottom line is this is a great mixer that has a lot of great features for the price.

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            1.0

            DON'T DO IT!

            By Holliday1

            from Meeker, CO.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • none

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Sound

            Best Uses

            • none

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

            Do not be fooled like I was...this product got fairly good reviews, so I thought I would give it a shot to use for solo/duo gigs through a Bose L1 system...Yuck! The sound quality is the worst I've heard anywhere. All bass, zero treble no matter what you do with the "EQ" controls. all my speakers in my Bose tower clip...Horrible sound! Don't waste your time! buy a name you know and trust! I exchanged for a Mackie!!

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A dream for smaller venues...

            By #prolificvox

            from Frederick, MD

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None Thus Far

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Live Duo And Trio Work

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

            The effects on this board are clean and most are extremely usable. I do mostly acoustic duo and tri work. This mixer paired with the Harbinger V2112 powered speakers is an insane "bang for the buck" PA setup. Mic preamps on 1-4 are great. I use RODE M1's, Shure Beta 58A's and Sennheiser e835's and they all sound great. I run direct (with no DI) on channels 5/7 and 7/8 with a Martin DX Series, a Rick Turner Renaissance Bass and a Composite Acoustics OX. I get sufficient levels from all three and the three-band EQ is a nice touch at this price. Would take this unit over the Alesis MultiMIX8 USB to save the twenty bones and because I will never need to use this unit as an interface.

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            4.0

            Just what the doctor ordered

            By Markclogstonmusic

            from Grover Beach Ca.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Stomp Box Power Chord

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

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

            I purchased this just over 3 months ago. I perform live with three vocal mic's, 2 acoustic electric Guitars and I host open Jam nights as well and needed to be able to sometimes plug in another mic and or keys or another acoustic guitar and this allows for that! I add a little reverb/delay to the mix and each channel can be dialed for the proper amount, (a flute through a microphone sounds great with more effect. etc.). Effects are good but not great. Over all sound is very crisp and clear with no buzz or hum!
            You can dial in each channel for stage monitors as well which is a big plus. I have been using this unit 3 to 4 times a week and it has stood up nicely! I just wish it had a nice 3 prong power chord but that is the only thing negative I can really say about it. Over all very impressed- good bang for the Buck

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Works well, great value

            By Uncle_P

            from Western, MA.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Music Videos
              • Performances

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

              This is a great little mixer for the price. I previously bought the 6 channel Alto mixer without effects and it worked out so well I bought this one also. Same quality and ease of use. I use this one and the other one as pre-mix boards before the main powered mixer and they all work great together. Quick, simple setup and go, easy. We do small country music venues as well as DJ gigs and movies at campgrounds and other public and private events.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great for the price.

              By Don

              from New York

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • VALUE

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Small Venues
              • Using In Practice Area

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

              Priced right. Easy to set up. Will give the opportunity to do sound for small group ourselves.

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              4.0

              Does the job well

              By Musicman

              from Boynton Bch, Fl

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances

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

                overall it's a good little mixer, wish it had better tone equalization. Effects work well, would like to have individual effects for each channel as I run mikes, guitar, beatbox and keyboard through the channels

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Don't be surprise by the size

                By Tyronius Maximus

                from Philadelphia area.

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound

                Cons

                • The Power Pack Is Big

                Best Uses

                • Bedroom Studio
                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

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

                This mixer is very good for the Bedroom Studio and Beat-makers. Very easy to use and can be transported from Point A-to-B because of the size and weight. For the price and quailty, worth getting if you don't want to break the bank for gear.

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                5.0

                perfect for small places and carry on

                By ymusic

                from miami

                About Me Professional Musician

                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:

                  perfect for small places and made for small bands and carry on

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