Allen & Heath has announced the ZED-R16 dedicated recording mixer. The ZED-R16 combines an analog recording mixer with a FireWire soundcard, MIDI controls, and "home-studio" routing.
The unit can be used in several ways: it can be employed as a standard analog mixer while recording multitrack via FireWire or ADAT; as a traditional in-line mixer recording with send and return per channel via FireWire; or as a MIDI controller via switchable channel faders. The ZED-R16 offers 16 mono inputs, 2 stereo inputs, a dual mic preamp, 4-band fully-parametric EQ, 4 auxes, a stereo bus, 2 stereo returns, 18+18 FireWire I/O, and 8+8 ADAT I/O.
It also includes control-room speaker outputs, two separate artist monitor feeds, two analog recording outputs in addition to the digital interface, and a dedicated internal condenser talkback mic. Each channel has its own independent soundcard channel, so that instruments can be recorded simultaneously (pre- or post-EQ) into the sequencer separately. The mixer is equipped with the professional JetPLL digital audio chipset to minimize clock jitter and provide synchronicity between the ZED-R16 and other devices.
The ZED-R16 has a number of MIDI control options. In addition to the 4 dedicated MIDI faders, 12 rotary controllers, 12 switches, and 5 dedicated transport switches, all channel faders can be switched to become MIDI faders. Furthermore, the ZED-R16 comes bundled with Cakewalk Sonar LE music-production software.
For live use, the unit's four aux buses become foldback feeds and FX sends, and the main XLR outputs feed the PA system. The record feed signal can be assigned pre- and post-EQ, using the buttons next to the faders.
To learn more, visit allen-heath.com/zed.