Allen & Heath has launched five new mini mixers from its acclaimed ZED analogue
console range, including the first ZEDi hybrid mixers / interfaces. The ZED-6, ZED-
6FX, ZEDi-8, ZEDi-10 and ZEDi-10FX are designed with all the features and quality
required by musicians, recording artists and for AV work, in a compact, portable
“The new ZED models deliver Allen & Heath’s renowned build and audio excellence
in a small format, making it the ideal choice for quality conscious musicians, singer
/ songwriters and venues. Whether it’s bouncing ideas around at home, performing
live or recording tracks to share on YouTube and Soundcloud, they are versatile
companions for every step of the creative journey,’ comments Allen & Heath
product specialist, Harry Garcia.
The new models feature 2 (ZED-6, ZED-6FX, ZEDi-8) or 4 (ZEDi-10 and ZEDi-10FX)
mono channels with separate XLR and TRS jack sockets and 2 Stereo channels. The
mono channels include DI high impedance circuitry for the jack sockets, allowing
guitars to be plugged straight into the mixer without the hassle and expense of
carrying separate DI boxes.
Additionally, the ZED-6FX and ZEDi-10FX mixers include an in-house designed FX
system which encompasses multi-FX models, combining reverbs, delays, doublers,
chorusing, and other modulators to create a dynamic and varied suite of studio
quality sound effects.
The ZEDi models combine a compact mixer with a 24bit 96kHz 2×2 (ZEDi-8) and
4×4 (ZEDi-10 and ZEDi-10FX) USB interface, providing recording and playback to a
Mac or PC or to an iOS device (using a Camera Connection Kit), with flexible source
routing options. ZEDi models are bundled with Cubase LE music production software
and the Cubasis LE mobile music production app.
The new mixers provide optimal sound quality due to the new GSPre preamp
design, developed from the GS-R24 professional studio console, which provides
exceptionally low noise and massive headroom.
Styled in attractive moulded chassis and metal front panel, all the new ZED models
also feature 2-band EQ (ZED-6, ZED-6FX, ZEDi-8) and 3-band EQ (ZEDi10 and ZEDi-
10FX), 60mm smooth travel master mix faders, channel monitoring and 48V
phantom power. Unique in this type of product is the individual channel PCB
construction with nutted pots and a robust internal, universal voltage power supply
for extended life in the toughest environments.
“These three new ZED mixers combine high-end pro audio design with a compact
styled case to give ultimate performance with just the right features you need. The
exceptional preamp design, handy guitar DIs, the ZED-FX version’s simply
astounding FX algorithms, the ZEDi’s powerful USB interface, and the internal PSU,
are stand out features which offer so much more than the average mixer in this
area,’ concludes Allen & Heath’s R&D designer, Mike Griffin.