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Alto Zephyr Series ZMX862 6-Channel Compact Mixer

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In a market that has a glut of small format mixing consoles, the Alto ZEPHYR ZMX862 is an excellent option. Its combination of low price, good build quality and smartly designed feature set has made it a real leader in a very competitive category.The ZEPHYR ZMX862 is a 6-channel, 2-bus mixer with two phantom power-equipped microphone inputs, a thre...  Click To Read More About This Product

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In a market that has a glut of small format mixing consoles, the Alto ZEPHYR ZMX862 is an excellent option. Its combination of low price, good build quality and smartly designed feature set has made it a real leader in a very competitive category.

The ZEPHYR ZMX862 is a 6-channel, 2-bus mixer with two phantom power-equipped microphone inputs, a three-band EQ and two AUX sends on each of the two mono channels and on the two stereo channels, and two-track inputs for audio playback.

You can plug dynamic, condenser, and wireless microphones into the first two channels, and you also get two stereo channel inputs for keyboards, drum machines, and other instruments. What's more, you can easily plug in your MP3 player, CD players, or audio from a DVD player into the CD/TAPE inputs. But, 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 ZMX862 as the audio central command for your live performances, home studio, or video suite.

All Alto Professional ZEPHYR ZMX mixers are designed with high headroom and ultra low-noise mic preamps, so you 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. The 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.

The Alto ZEPHYR ZMX862 is a good sounding, reliable compact mixer for solo and duo acts, or for venues that have a need for a good sounding, small-format mixing console.


Features

Eight total inputs including XLR jacks with phantom power on channels one and two
Two 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-shelf EQ on each mono and stereo channel
Two aux sends per-channel for external effects and monitoring
Two bus design with Main and Control Room 1/4" stereo outputs
Specifications
Frequency response: All inputs: 20 Hz - 22 kHz (±1 dB)
THD+N: All inputs: < 0.005% (@ 4 dBu, 1 kHz)
Gain range: Mic inputs (Channels 1-2): 0 - 50 dB
Line inputs (Channels 1-2): 15 dBu - 35 dBu
Line inputs (Channels 3-6): -20 dBu - +20 dBu
Max voltage gain: 70 dB (mic input to main mix output)
80 dB (mic input to ctrl room / phones ouptut)
60 dB (mic input to aux send)
SNR: All inputs: > 110 dBu
Phantom power: +45 +49V with switch control (Mic Pin2/Pin3 and Pin1)
Impedance: Mic inputs: 3.9 k?
All other inputs: > 10 k?
Aux outputs: 1 k?
All outputs: 120 ?
Equalization: High: ±15 dB @ 12 kHz Mid: ±15 dB @ 2.5 kHz Low: ±15 dB @ 80 Hz
Crosstalk: Adjacent inputs: < -80 dB @ 1 kHz
Inputs to outputs: < -75 dB @ 1 kHz (stereo L/R, Channels 1-2, panned hard left
or right)
Main mix: AUX OUTPUT, PHONES OUTPUT: 0 dBu, unbalanced, 1/4" jacks Max output: +22 dBu, unbalanced, 1/4" jacks Bus noise: < -90 dB @ 20 Hz 22 kHz (Channel and Main Mix levels at 0 dB, others at minimum)
Power supply: 18 V, 1000mA
Power consumption: 18 W
Dimensions ( w x h x d): 8" x 2.3" x 9.8"
Weight: 3.75 lb.
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AltoZephyr Series ZMX862 6-Channel Compact Mixer
 
4.4

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (7)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Simple controls (5)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Performances (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Quality

I had a small 4 channel unit I have been using for years die out finally. I use this style for DJing to run Music then a Mic. I was going to replace it...Read complete review

I had a small 4 channel unit I have been using for years die out finally. I use this style for DJing to run Music then a Mic. I was going to replace it with a Mackie but the Sales associate told me these were on sale. I figured I'd give it a try. The mic pre's are a little warm and quiet. no huming, hissing or buzzing, and it has tons of headroom, I was running at 1/4 volume on the mast were I would normally be running 3/4 on the old peavy to get the same response out of my amp. the EQ section had nice response, and the lows were a little jumpy (big changes for little adjustment) which made it a little difficult to dial in, but otherwise was quite nice. the aux's work quite nice for FX or Monitor's. if you have trouble with one of these units, you either did something wrong, or by some fluke got a bad one from the factory, which happens with any manufacture. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that needs a small mixer for DJing or an acoustic act of sorts that doesn't require many channels. It's clearly well built and very affordable.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very disappointing...

I went to purchase a Behringer mixer and they were sold out at the store, but they talked me into this Alto series as an upgrade. The first one made horrible popping noises so...Read complete review

I went to purchase a Behringer mixer and they were sold out at the store, but they talked me into this Alto series as an upgrade. The first one made horrible popping noises so I returned it. The second wasn't much better. The mic pres are noisy and all the channels seem to suck the tone out of anything running into them, plus the output was very minimal, and as I turned it, up the mixer made a lot of hiss. I took it back and plugged the exact same items into a Behringer and it sounded sweet... (Not that cheap Behringer mixers are all that great, just compared to the Alto, they sound far better...) I also double checked the setup in a Mackie and a Carvin mixer, and they both were way quieter with tons more head room. I wouldn't recommend the Altos at all honestly.

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(7 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Very disappointing...

By JON MOOERS

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX862 6-Channel Compact Mixer:

I went to purchase a Behringer mixer and they were sold out at the store, but they talked me into this Alto series as an upgrade. The first one made horrible popping noises so I returned it. The second wasn't much better. The mic pres are noisy and all the channels seem to suck the tone out of anything running into them, plus the output was very minimal, and as I turned it, up the mixer made a lot of hiss. I took it back and plugged the exact same items into a Behringer and it sounded sweet... (Not that cheap Behringer mixers are all that great, just compared to the Alto, they sound far better...) I also double checked the setup in a Mackie and a Carvin mixer, and they both were way quieter with tons more head room. I wouldn't recommend the Altos at all honestly.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Quality

By ADAM

from Salem, Ohio

Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX862 6-Channel Compact Mixer:

I had a small 4 channel unit I have been using for years die out finally. I use this style for DJing to run Music then a Mic. I was going to replace it with a Mackie but the Sales associate told me these were on sale. I figured I'd give it a try. The mic pre's are a little warm and quiet. no huming, hissing or buzzing, and it has tons of headroom, I was running at 1/4 volume on the mast were I would normally be running 3/4 on the old peavy to get the same response out of my amp. the EQ section had nice response, and the lows were a little jumpy (big changes for little adjustment) which made it a little difficult to dial in, but otherwise was quite nice. the aux's work quite nice for FX or Monitor's. if you have trouble with one of these units, you either did something wrong, or by some fluke got a bad one from the factory, which happens with any manufacture. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that needs a small mixer for DJing or an acoustic act of sorts that doesn't require many channels. It's clearly well built and very affordable.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great clear sound for the money

By 4884397 4884397

from Texas

Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX862 6-Channel Compact Mixer:

When I first got into multi track recording I was just using the built in ports on my multi tracking unit, when I needed more inputs I started looking around for a mixer, I stumbled upon this one after returning a behringer unit with a broken power supply that I had bought before this one. The guitar center associate recommended this one to me and I could not be happier, it interacts with my tascam multi tracking unit wonderfully and the effects loop of this mixer works flawlessly. It is defenitly worth the money I payed for it and has a better sound than an Allen and Heath board.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing with mixing

By Andrew

from charlotte, NC

Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX862 6-Channel Compact Mixer:

the board was amazing when i would mix for my church, but unfortunately it doesnt have enough mic channels. the board had an amazing aux send/ return. and an amazing EQ.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice Mixer for the price.

By putertim

from Broken Arrow , Ok.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

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 ZMX862 6-Channel Compact Mixer:

    Better quality than I was expecting.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    alot functions

    By tmike

    from louisiana

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Accurate Controls
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX862 6-Channel Compact Mixer:

      unit has enough channels for a practicing band minus drums being mic. and also have many functions, connections and options for many different scenarios. Unit does a good job for a mixer. very portable and covers a lot of needs.

       
      5.0

      good product

      By dj iamchase

      from detroit mi

      About Me Novice

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Events

      Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX862 6-Channel Compact Mixer:

      i love it

       
      5.0

      Fantastic mixer

      By NikonGunny27

      from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX862 6-Channel Compact Mixer:

          I'm using this mixer likely in a different way than most of the other reviewers, but I feel my review is important because of the product(s) that it is replacing.

          First off, I'm a bass player, and I've had a terrible time the last 10 years or so figuring out the best way to practice through headphones with music where the sound quality was even marginally acceptable. After using a clunky USB interface, the iRig, and the iRig HD2, this BLOWS them out of the water times 1000%. Friends, frustrated musicians - get your digital device (iPhone, iPad, computer etc) out of the signal processing chain. I have fought constantly with both of the iRig model's input and output gains to find a happy medium that sounded just ok. Clipping was usually always present. The iRig has hiss for days and the iRig HD2 won't handle an active bass even with the gain knob all the way down. Why I didn't think of just using an equal or lesser priced mixer 10 years ago is beyond me, but now I have total ANALOG control over every signal with a three band eq to match. My other worry was how well a mixer would handle driving a set of Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250ohm headphones. They were made to be plugged into a board or external amplifier and it drives them with the greatest of ease with superb clarity, tone, and tons of headroom. Perfection in my ears! The iRig junk doesn't even come close to driving a set of good cans like that.

          I went in to my local GC thinking I would buy a different brand of mixer. After looking at everything in person, I chose the Alto ZMX862. Price mattered, of course. It had to be under $100. I also wanted an input gain and eq (three band, another plus) for a channel that had a stereo input. How about a power switch? Has it! Look at how many of the other brands do NOT have this simple feature. No need to unplug the power cable and wear out the jack to turn it off. You can spend cheap and receive cheap, or buy this and receive quality. Look no further!

           
          4.0

          Nice mixer.

          By Donny

          from undisclosed

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          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX862 6-Channel Compact Mixer:

          Awesome. Just enough for my small set up.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Worth the money and has 2 aux sends

          By Sundog

          from Gainesville, FL

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX862 6-Channel Compact Mixer:

            It's a nice quiet mixer that has all the features I was looking for at a great price. Four inputs with preamp gain control (2 mic, 2 line), full 48V phantom power, 2 auxiliary sends per channel. It's noise floor is low by my ears- the gain way up to hear my cat purr 5 feet away and the problem noise is from the central air conditioner.
            I hadn't heard of Alto before. Alto was an Italian sound reinforcement company that is now a subsidiary of inMusic, based in Rhode Island.
            I was actually looking at preamps, but with growing skepticism, decided that a mixer was a much better value. I use it for home recording experimentation, taking L,R, Fx send, and monitor send to 4 different tracks on my audio interface. (LinkS ADC, $13, into the S/PDIF !) My Focusrite 6i6 is now truly 6 tracks into my DAW. Not recommended, but it works for me.
            Anyway, I think it's a fine, versatile little mixer.

             
            4.0

            I would buy this again.

            By Guitar ninja

            from Tulsa ok

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Performances

            Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX862 6-Channel Compact Mixer:

            When I play small venues I play with tracks, so all I need is a track for vocal and one for my iPad. My guitar amp is stage sound. This works as expected, although I wish the monitor track had more umph. It's not loud enough, so I will probably have run a separate monitor direct for my in ears.

             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again. This is my second purchase.

            By Calvary pastor

            from Fort worth texas

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Events

            Comments about Alto Zephyr Series ZMX862 6-Channel Compact Mixer:

            Use this product for on the go events at the church. Great product for a mic and music. Would recommend

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