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Allen & Heath ZED-R16 Recording Console with 16-Channels and Firewire Interface

Allen & Heath ZED-R16 Recording Console with 16-Channels and Firewire Interface

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  • 18+18 Firewire I/O
  • 16+16 ADAT I/O
  • 16 Channel Inputs
  • 4 Dedicated Stereo Inputs
  • MIDI Machine Control
  • 4-Band EQ with Midrange Sweep
  • 4 Auxiliary Sends
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You Pay: $2,199.00

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The Allen & Heath ZED-R16 Firewire Recording Console delivers a host of coveted features that addresses the demands of today's producers and digital recording engineers. The mixer features 16 mono channels with integrated Firewire I/O, stereo bus with Firewire I/O, 16-channel ADAT I/O, 4 dedicated MIDI channels and MIDI transport controls.

The integrated Firewire and ADAT I/O provide dedicated digital signal routing per channel and eliminate the need for a dedicated audio interface. Signals may be routed pre or post EQ and pre or post insert points, maximizing routing flexibility. Two extra Firewire channels are dedicated to the stereo bus for mix down and stereo return from software.

There are 16 low-noise, transparent microphone preamps, each with its own +48V phantom power switch. Each channel features a powerful EQ with two swept, fully parametric mids, and high and low shelving. In addition to all this, the ZED-R16 features 2 dedicated pre-fader auxiliary sends, 2 post-fader auxiliary sends a fully functional monitoring section and robust construction that's sure to withstand demanding professional recording environments, project and home studios.

Firewire and ADAT I/O
A dedicated sound-card features Firewire and ADAT digital I/O per channel. Additional Firewire I/O are provided on the stereo bus.
16 Dedicated Channels
The ZED-R16 is comprised of 16 channels with 4 dedicated stereo channels.
MIDI Control and Transport Integration
Four dedicated MIDI control faders are features, however all 16 faders on the ZED-16 are capable of MIDI control. There are also dedicated transport controls and assignable pot controls for software manipulation.
Powerful EQ
Each channel features a fully parametric EQ section with two sweepable mids.
Low-Noise Mic Preamps
16 dedicated fully tranparent microphone preamps feature individual +48V phantom power switches.
Total # Of Inputs 24
Mic/Line Inputs 16 Balanced XLR Mic
16 Balanced 1/4" Phone Line
Stereo Line Inputs 4 L/R Balanced 1/4" Phone and RCA Phono
In-Line Inputs/Returns Firewire I/O (mono chs 1 - 16)
ADAT I/O (mono chs 1 - 16)
Firewire I/O (stereo bus)
AUX Sends 2 Pre-Fader - 1/4" Phone 2 Post-Fader - 1/4" Phone
AUX Returns No
Inserts 1/4" TRS Phone:
Mono chs, stereo bus
BUS (Group) Outputs Stereo Bus Output Only
2 Trk Master I/O 2 Track 1 Out- L/R Balanced XLR
2 Track 2 Out- L/R Balanced 1/4" Phone
2 Track 1 In - L/R RCA Phono
2 Track 2 In - L/R Balanced 1/4" Phone
Monitor Outputs CRM L/R - Balanced 1/4" Phone
ALT L/R - Balanced 1/4" Phone
Studio Out 1 L/R - Balanced 1/4" Phone
Studio Out 2 L/R - Balanced 1/4" Phone
EQ Section 4-Band EQ with 2 Sweepable Mid Range
Solo/Mute Mute, PFL and L/R Switches
Channel Level Control 60mm Fader
Trim/Gain Control Rotary Pot Controls
Phantom Power +48V Individually Swicthed
Metering 12-Segment Peak LED
Frequency Response Mic In to Mix L/R Out, 30dB gain - 20Hz to 140kHz (+/- 0.5dB)
Line In to Mix L/R Out, 0dB gain - 20KHz to 20kHz (+/- 0.5dB)
Stereo In to Mix L/R Out - 20Hz to 20kHz (+/- 0.5dB)
Dynamic Range Not Specified By Manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise Ratio -88dB (-84dBu)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.0025%
(Mic in to Mix L/R Out, 6dB gain 1kHz +10dBu out)
Power Supply Consumption 48W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 27.7 x 3.7 x 18.3" (704 x 93 x 465mm)
Weight 29lbs (13.15 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 41.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 33.0 x 24.0 x 9.5"
Allen & Heath ZED-R16 Recording Console with 16-Channels and Firewire Interface
  • Power Cable
  • 6-Pin to 6-Pin Firewire Cable
  • 6-Pin to 4-Pin Firewire Cable
  • Sonar LE Software
  • 1 Year Warranty

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


    Recording Bliss

    By Audiotrax

    from Perth, Australia

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    • Accurate Controls
    • Compact
    • Excellent Sound
    • Versatile


      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Music Videos
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Soundtracks

      Comments about Allen & Heath ZED-R16 Recording Console with 16-Channels and Firewire Interface:

      Having had a fair amount of experience in music recording using analogue and digital tape machines I was reluctant to take the step into computer software recording as I am particularly interested in live recording without over dubs. Over several years I have looked at various interfaces but never felt comfortable with any of them. Recently I was introduced to the ZED-R16 while doing a recording with my band. I was unaware of it's existence and I was so impressed by the results that I purchased this mixer along with Logic Pro 9. The idea of recording with a 'proper' mixer really appealed to me. I also have the option to use it for live sound which meant that I could dispose of my older mixer.The quality of the pre amps and EQ is beyond my expectation for a product in this price category. The build quality is excellent and the size of the unit suits my home recording environment.Allen & Heath have incorporated just about everything I could wish in an interface and there are sufficient options for auxileries/monitoring etc. The firewire connection to my Mac Book Pro worked perfectly after downloading the driver from the Allen & Heath website and I was up and running within minutes. My only disappointment is in the manual, although informative, does not provide any help for 'dummies'. There are a several questions which I would love to have answered eg I have no idea how to use the MIDI component.Overall, [...]As I'm not from the USA I was also thankful that the power supply was universal!

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