Allen and Heath Zed 12FX mixing console (6 mono + 3 stereo)
Allen & Heath's ZED-12FX is ideal for groups who need to travel light. Even with its small footprint, the 12FX squeezes in 4 auxiliary channels and swept semi-parametric EQ on top of the already impressive feature set including configurable USB audio in/out which makes it easy to capture stereo recordings and professional DSP based effects.
- Analogue desk with 6 mono and 3 stereo channels
- Versatile DSP based time delay effects on board
- Built-in USB audio interface with flexible routing options
- Inserts on all 6 mono channels
- Cakewalk Sonar le recording software included
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USB audio flexibility
Getting audio to and from a computer easily is now a common requirement for live sound and music production. The way this has been implemented 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! CD quality audio to and from your PC or Mac.
ZED-12FX features a responsive 3-band, swept mid frequency EQ design which utilises MusiQ – with optimised slope (or Q factor) for equalising individual instruments.
Based on the proven pre-amps from the hugely successful PA series, ZED-12FX has DuoPre 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 and also matching to a higher input impedance.
ZED-12FX has an essential selection of 16 time-delay effects, designed for small groups who don't want to carry around an effects unit with their gear but who still want great quality FX at their gigs and on their recordings. The DSP effects on this desk are fully professional, with a quality not normally found on smaller desks. ZED effects are easily controlled using 3 buttons with 9 display LEDs. For example, the ideal delay time can be quickly tapped-in, or the perfect amount of reverb on the lead vocal can be dialled-in. There is one-stop navigation and editing – in fact, it's just as easy as using effects pedals. To alter effects parameters, the TAP button is held down and the up/down buttons pressed to adjust the specific parameter for that effect, for example, the decay length on PLATE, or the depth on CHORUS.
SONAR LE – Provided Free!
Cakewalk SONAR LE with is included with the ZED-12FX so you can immediately start to use it to create your own music – just add a PC and it couldn't be easier to get going. You'll be able to record from your ZED mixer, create tracks and arrange songs, then play back to ZED via the USB port. You can use SONAR LE and your ZED mixer together in many ways – e.g. straightforward recording of a stereo mix, recording tracks individually to build up a song, or using the USB port and software as an effects loop.
Allen & Heath ZED-12FX Specifications
• Insert points
• High pass filter
• Stereo imaging control on every channel
• 3-band EQ with swept mid
• 4 auxiliary sends (2 pre, 2 post)
• Global 48V phantom power
• 3 dual stereo inputs with 2-band EQ
• Peak and signal indication on every channel
• Configurable USB stereo audio in/out
• Master level controls on all outputs
• Easy to use layout – all connections and controls on top surface
• Channel mute switches
• Stereo return
• 2-track return
• Advanced monitoring facilities
• 1/4 inch and 3.5mm headphones outputs
• Stereo record out
• Alternative stereo out
• Mono sum of LR output
• Main LR
• 12-bar LR meters
• Master controls for aux1 and 2