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Musikmesse 2010: Allen & Heath ZED-10, ZED-10FX

March 30, 2010

Part of the ZED range of USB-equipped mixers for live performance, recording and production, these new additions are ultra-compact mixers that feature two innovative ultra-high-impedance, discrete Class-A FET inputs, which allow an instrument to be plugged directly into the mixer. There is also a 26dB gain boost switch, which caters for instruments with very low-output pickups.

The ZED-10 can also manage up to four microphones and two stereo sources with MP3 player compatibility, provides separate 2-track record outputs and a stereo playback input for 2-track replay or interval music from a CD player, XLR main stereo outputs with inserts, comprehensive monitoring with headphones and separate monitor speaker outputs, 48V microphone phantom power and DI level switching for sub mixing. There is also a USB send and return for PC or Mac recording, playback and effects.

Equipped with a 3-band swept-mid EQ on mono inputs and a 2-band EQ on the stereo channels, the ZED-10 also offers high-gain/low-noise preamps, two aux sends (one pre- and one post-fade) for monitors and FX, and a separately switched stereo bus, which can be routed to/from any channel creating a selective recording bus, monitoring bus or stereo clean feed output.

The ZED-10FX (pictured) has the same feature set as the ZED-10 but also offers a built-in FX processor with tap-tempo delay settings and a 24-bit/48kHz conversion rate. The ZED-10FX uses digital effects algorithms derived from Allen & Heath''s pro touring digital mixing system, ranging from classic reverbs and cascaded delay, plus reverbs to shimmering flanger and chorus effects.

The ZED-10 and ZED-10FX will be available from June 2010 with the following SRPs: ZED-10, £199 + VAT; and ZED-10FX, £249 + VAT.

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