Allen & Heath ZED-R16 Firewire Mixer combines an imaginative feature set with professional build quality to create the ideal centrepiece for any project studio with big ideas, or larger studios with dedicated live rooms.
The Allen & Heath ZED-R16 combines an analogue recording mixer with a FireWire soundcard, MIDI controls and ingenious ‘home-studio’ routing so you can build tracks in the studio, record live gigs, mix-down, remix… all through warm analogue circuitry, 4 band fully parametric classic British EQ and out to crisp, precise digital format.
Control room speaker and alternate speaker outputs, plus two separate artist monitor feeds are provided. In addition to the digital inter face, two analogue recording outputs are also available. The Allen & Heath ZED-R16 even has a dedicated internal condenser talkback mic. Features such as the dual function audio/MIDI faders and built in sequencer transport were dreamed up by engineers who have home studios themselves, so they’ve made sure they’ve built in features they really need.
The internal soundcard of the Allen & Heath ZED-R16 features 18 FireWire inputs and 18 outputs plus 16 ADAT I/O. Each channel on the mixer has its own independent soundcard channel so instruments can be recorded simultaneously (pre or post EQ) and into the sequencer separately. To minimise clock jitter and provide synchronicity between the ZED-R16 and other devices, the mixer is equipped with the professional JetPLL digital audio chipset.
In addition to multi-track recording, the Allen & Heath ZED-R16 allows mixing down in analogue, then recording back into the computer in digital. The bundled SONAR LE software makes this a breeze. The ZED-R16 can be a versatile live FOH mixer too. In this mode, its 4 aux buses become foldback feeds and FX sends, and the main XLR outputs feed the PA system. Recording the live gig is straightforward; the record feed signal can be easily assigned using the four buttons next to the faders.
Allen & Heath ZED-R16 main features include:
- 26 simultaneous inputs and outputs
- Two FireWire connectors, 18 FireWire inputs and 18 outputs plus 16 ADAT I/O
- Professional JetPLL digital audio chipset
- 4 ADAT optical sockets
- Two stage low-noise pre-amp design
- EQ: two swept, fully parametric mids, plus high and low shelving
- Two pre and two post aux buses
- Talkback function
- Professional 100mm faders
- MIDI section designed to control software transport, with extra user mappable controllers
- All of the channel faders can be switched to become MIDI controllers
- SONAR LE provided Free