Allen and Heath Zed 18 Mixing Console (10 mono + 4 stereo channels)
The Allen & Heath Zed-18 features 10 full mono channels, 4 stereo channels and USB connectivity, all in a compact and rack mountable design. It is an ideal product for bands, musicians and venues that need a mixer with 18 inputs without the need for in-built effects. The Zed-18 features high-quality DuoPre preamps, 3-band EQ and it also comes bundled with a free copy of Cakewalk Sonar X1 LE, meaning that you have pretty much everything you need to start recording straight out of the box.
- USB connection for CD quality audio to and from your PC or Mac
- Responsive 3-band EQ with sweepable mid-range
- 10 full mono channels and 4 stereo channels
- 10 DuoPre preamps
- Comes with Sonar X1 LE
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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 the Zed-18 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-18, 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. Switches and connection through jack socket terminals provide different send/return configurations:-
1) Main Mix Left + Right (Post-fade)
2) Main Mix Left + Right (Pre-Fade)
3) Auxes 1-2
4) Auxes 3-4
1) To Stereo 3 channel
The Allen & Heath Zed-18 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, the Zed-18 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.
SONAR X1 LE – Provided Free!
Allen & Heath have included Cakewalk SONAR X1 LE with the Zed-18 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-18 mixer, create tracks and arrange songs, then play back to the Zed-18 via the USB port. You can use SONAR X1 LE and your Zed-18 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.