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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.

Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixing Console 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


Allen & Heath ZED-14 USB Mixing Console 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 Requirements
    Minimum

    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

    Recommended
    Operating 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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  • Great Value - Easy to use

    As reviewed by Jared Nelson on 4/27/2012

    I use this to mix live events for a non-profit group with has events that include 5-6 stage mics, multiple music sources (CD/MP3 players) and we send to multiple recording devices including a PC connected via USB. I have no formal audio training yet this board is so easy to setup and use. It comes with all the inputs and outputs I need. The sound quality is great to my untrained ear and this board gives me the granular controls to easily make slight adjustments that are occasionally needed. I now have both a ZED-24 and a ZED-14 and I do not plan on looking for anything different in the future.

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  • Perfect Project Studio Analog Mixer "10 star rating"

    As reviewed by JOHN SPANGLER on 6/21/2013

    First of all I've been wanting this mixer for a long time. But I felt it was out of my price range so didn't get it. Brought a Mackie 802-VLZ3 for about half the price. Rock solid little mixer but it added color to the sound. Not enough inputs. Stereo return added a gain hum to monitor during playback. I just got ZED14 last week. It has made all the difference. Clean preamp for recording ! Playback from the DAWs through the ZED14 to EQ the mix. Record back into the PC using the main stereo outs. Only one "CON" I should had purchased it sooner! I've not used USB connection. It only records in 16 bits but it is an additional option if needed.

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  • Great Board

    As reviewed by Skillet on 4/30/2009

    To put it simply, this mixer rocks. Compared similar size Mackie & Yamaha boards I've had in the past, this board blows them away with features and versatility. And it's Allen & Heath, so I don't have to tell you that the sound quality ex excellent. I run a computer based DJ system, and the USB input on the board was a bonus, and I liked the fact that it just worked, no drivers required (with Windows XP, haven't tried with Vista).

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