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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
 
4.7

(based on 32 reviews)

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    (24)

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    (7)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (27)
  • Compact (24)
  • Excellent sound (21)
  • Versatile (20)
  • Simple controls (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (22)
  • Outdoor events / games (18)
  • Amateur recording (10)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Music videos (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Altoo ZMX122FX

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...Read complete review

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...
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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

Great little mixer

By cn

from Hawkeye country

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances

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

    I use this mixer primarily to record live musical performances, using four dynamic mics along with a direct line from the board. Works very nicely for that purpose. This is my second Alto mixer, and I am impressed with them in every respect. Nice and quiet, easy to set and use, controls respond as they should, and good solid construction. It's nice to have gain and level on each channel (4 mics and 2 stereo lines), and the eq and level indicators are superb. Haven't used the fx so far, however. Great mixer; very reasonable price.

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    4.0

    Good mixer, effects almost nonexistent though

    By Tpa

    from Florida

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances

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

      Have used this mixer for 50+ gigs so far. Sound is good, although effects are almost nonexistent...Even when turned all the way up the reverb is barely noticeable. But this mixer has been very reliable so far.

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      5.0

      Excellent Mixer

      By Pggy

      from VA Beach, VA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

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

        This mixer is used to accommodate more microphones and guitars for a church praise team. The group has recently added 2 guitars and we needed a way to connect to the Boze system that we have and this mixer was an economical way to do that.

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        5.0

        Excellent Mixer!

        By John

        from Minneapolis MN

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          I notice that the only negative comment was from someone using a BOSE system- the skinny tower? FACT: I have never heard one these that didn't sound awful. So, any mixer coupled with this system is not going to have a chance. Get rid of the BOSE and you'll fix your issue! I run mine with a pair of powered Mackie TH15 Thumps and people tell me it sounds crystal clear and beefy. I only wish it had one more XLR on it but otherwise it does everything I need it to do. I use it performing live with a duo which included 2 of us singing, keyboards and acoustic guitar. I also have a loop station as well so I pretty much fill it up. The effects are great to have too- especially outdoors.

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          5.0

          Awesome

          By zee attock

          from stockton

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Easy To Use
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Music Videos

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

            Nice and beautiful

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            5.0

            Awesome mixing board for the money!

            By Guitarzan13

            from Frankfort Ky

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

            We use this board for live performances. It's just two of us, we use 2 mics and several instruments. Acoustic guitars we use a di box to send to the board. Everything sounds good to me. We use the reverb for vocals and it works great. I will agree with other reviews that some of the effects don't seem to do anything, but for the price it's awesome!

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            4.0

            Yes Yes

            By Santor

            from UK

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Limited Functions
            • Vulnerable power supply

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            I have owned about 10 (various sizes) of these so yes I did buy again and again. I currently have 3 as I'm winding down towards retirement.

            I recently had reason to add one to someone elses Bose L1 system at an event. The owner told me it would not work because he had seen it on this site. He was running a Soundcraft SX and suggested I use that and re-rig our inputs during the breaks.
            I pulled the jack plugs from his desk, plugged them into the ALTO and it was perfect.
            To simplify the change over between our different parts of the event we ran his SX into a stereo channel on the ALTO and he was surprised he couldnt tell the difference. At the end of the event he bought it off me for his smaller jobs.

            I have absolutely no idea how another user could describe it as anything but good. I know it's not a 'high end' unit but I have never been let down or been disappointed by them, otherwise I would not have owned so many.

            I have included limited functions as there is no individual monitor function to aid setting up input gain but at the price I'm happy to accept it.

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            5.0

            Awesome Mixer!!

            By Indybandman

            from Fort Myers

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              I was so pleased to get this mixer. It is one of the best I have seen for this purpose. The best feature is the Alesis effects which are totally exemplary! The second best feature is the footswitch controller that my old mixer did not have. I look forward to experimenting with everything. It is a rugged little mixer.

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              5.0

              Alto 8channel board is greatawesome

              By Russ21

              from Littleton ,NH

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                • Awesome Great Product

                Best Uses

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

                  The ALTO 8 channel mixer with free head phones works great love them will work real good for the project we are doing thank you for the great service and quickly getting this product to me THANK YOU

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                  5.0

                  Mixer

                  By Larry

                  from Woodburn, OR

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances
                    • Professional Recording

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

                    Great Unit small and compact, but great sound.

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