Allen & Heath ZED-12FX 12-Channel Multipurpose USB Mixer with Effects

Allen & Heath ZED-12FX 12-Channel Multipurpose USB Mixer with Effects

Allen & Heath ZED-12FX 12-Channel Multipurpose USB Mixer with Effects

Allen & Heath ZED-12FX 12-Channel Multipurpose USB Mixer with Effects

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Product Highlights

  • Portable Mixer for Live & Studio Mixing
  • 6 x XLR-1/4" Mic/Line Inputs
  • 3 x Stereo Line Inputs with EQ
  • USB Digital Audio Interface
  • DuoPre Microphone Preamps
  • 3-band EQs with MusiQ Technology
  • 16 FX: Delay, Reverb, and Modulation
  • 4 x Aux/FX Sends
  • Monitoring Section with Headphone Out
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The multipurpose Allen & Heath ZED-12FX mixer combines six mic/line inputs, three stereo inputs for effect returns and portable music players or keyboards, a 24-bit effects processor, and a USB digital audio interface compatible with Mac and Windows computers-in a compact and portable package small enough for carrying to your gig, whether recording live or in the studio.

Channels 1 through 6 can be accessed through balanced XLR or 1/4" mic/line inputs and feature low-noise DuoPre preamps with 69 dB of gain. They are also equipped with responsive, 3-band swept-mid EQs, which utilize MusiQ technology to optimize the Q factor proportional to the amount of boost or attenuation.

The built-in DSP engine offers sixteen effects to choose from, ranging from classic reverbs and delays to cascaded delays with reverbs and shimmering flanger and chorus effects. Delay tempo can be set on the fly using the convenient TAP button.

The ZED-12FX offers a set of four Aux/FX sends, 48V microphone phantom power, XLR main stereo outputs with inserts, a comprehensive monitoring section with two headphone outputs, and a separate monitor speaker output.

Key Features
  • Portable, multipurpose mixer for groups who need to travel light
  • 6 x mono channels with channel inserts
  • 3 x stereo channels with 2-band EQ and inputs for line-level audio signals
  • USB digital audio interface for stereo recording to Mac or Windows computer
  • Wide-gain DuoPre mic/line preamps
  • 24-bit effects processor with 16 time-delay effects—reverbs, delays, flanger, chorus, and more
  • Responsive 3-band, swept-mid EQ with MusiQ technology
  • Flexible monitoring section with 1/4" and 3.5mm headphone outputs
  • XLR L/R main stereo outputs with inserts
  • Mono output jack with mono sum of the main L/R post-fade signals
  • Neutrik XLR and 1/4" connectors
  • 2 x pre-fade Aux sends
  • 1 x post-fade Aux send
  • 1 x FX send for built-in effects
  • Illuminated mute buttons
  • Sound image pans
  • Illuminated PFL and peak-warning indicator
  • ALPS 100mm faders
  • Stereo returns & playback
  • All inputs feature gain control
  • 48V microphone phantom power
  • 12-bar meters
  • Mono/stereo function on auxes 1 & 2
  • Stereo monitor outs
  • Alt stereo output level control for connecting a pair of monitors separate from the main output speakers 
  • Rack ears available separately
In the Box
Allen & Heath ZED-12FX 12-Channel Multipurpose USB Mixer with Effects
  • USB Cable
  • Power Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Allen & Heath ZED-12FX Specs

    Inputs & Outputs
    Mic Inputs 6 x XLR, balanced
    Line In Channels 1 to 6: 6 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm, balanced or unbalanced (mono)

    Stereo Input 1 (CH 7/8): 2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm, balanced or unbalanced (L/R) 
    Stereo Input 2 (CH 9/10) 2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm, balanced or unbalanced (L/R)
    Stereo Input 3 (CH 11/12) 2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm, balanced or unbalanced (L/R)

    Stereo RTN: 2 x RCA
    2-Track RTN: 2 x RCA

    Inserts Channels 1 to 6, Send/Return: 6 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm

    Stereo Bus, Send/Return: 2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm
    Main Output 2 x XLR, balanced (L/R)

    1 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm mono sum of main L/R (post-fade signals)
    Effect Sends 2 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm Aux outputs (pre-fade send)
    1 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm Aux output (post-fade send)
    1 x Internal FX send to onboard effects, post-fade send
    Headphone 1 x 1/4" / 6.3 mm, stereo

    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm, stereo
    Record Output Record Output: 2 x RCA
    Alt Output: 2 x RCA
    USB USB stereo I/O
    DSP 48 kHz / 24-bit
    Controls Tap button

    Up/down button
    Operating Levels
    Input Mono Channel (XLR) Input: +6 to -63 dBu (nominal), +17 dBu (maximum)

    Mono Channel Line Input (1/4" Jack): +10 to -26 dBu, +30 dBu (maximum)

    Stereo Input (1/4" Jack or RCA): 0 dBu (nominal), control = Off to +10 dB
    Output L/R and Mono XLR Outputs: 0 dBu (nominal), +21 dBu (maximum)

    Aux Outputs (1/4" Jacks): 0 dBu (nominal), +21 dBu (maximum)

    Alt Outputs (RCA Jacks): 0 dBu (nominal), +21 dBu (maximum)

    Rec Outputs (RCA Jacks): 0 dBu (nominal), +21 dBu (maximum)
    Frequency Response
    Mic Input Mic In to Mix L/R Out, 30 dB Gain: +0.5/-1 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Line Input Line In to Mix L/R Out, 0 dB Gain: +0.5/-1 dB, 10 Hz to 30 kHz
    Stereo Input Stereo In to Mix L/R Out: +0.5/-1 dB, 10 Hz to 30 kHz
    THD + N
    Mic Input Mic In to Mix L/R Out, 0 dB Gain, 1 kHz, +10 dBu Out: 0.004%

    Mic In to Mix L/R Out, 30 dB Gain, 1 kHz: 0.014%
    Line Input Line In to Mix L/R Out, 0 dB Gain, 0 dBu, 1 kHz: 0.005%
    Stereo Input Stereo In to Mix L/R Out, 0 dB Gain, +10 dBu, 1 kHz: 0.003%
    Analog Analog Headroom from Nominal (0 Vu): 21 dB
    USB USB I/O Headroom from Nominal (0 Vu): 14 dB
    Microphone Mic Pre EIN at Maximum Gain, 150 Ohm Source Impedance, 22 Hz to 22 kHz: -127 dBu
    Mix L/R Mix L/R Out, L/R Faders = 0, Levels Minimum, 22 Hz to 22 kHz: -88 dBu
    USB Audio Codec
    USB Compliance USB Audio In/Out: USB 1.1-compliant, 16-bit

    Mac, Windows
    Sample Rate 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
    Phantom Power 48 V, switchable
    Power 100-240 V, 47/63 Hz, 40 W (maximum)
    Dimensions (L x D x H) 15.2 x 18.3 x 3.9" / 38.6 x 46.5 x 9.9 cm
    Weight 14.3 lb / 6.5 kg
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    Package Weight 20.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 25.0 x 21.0 x 10.0"

    Allen & Heath ZED-12FX Reviews

    ZED-12FX 12-Channel Multipurpose USB Mixer with Effects is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great little small format mixer The ZED12FX is a great little mixer to mix solo, duo or trio bands. I have not used it for recording, but have mixed live shows on it. The FX options are varied and offer adjustments that most other FX-included mixers don't have... and they all sound pretty good, as well! It seems the head amps (gain control) have to be pushed pretty hard to get a solid level out of them, but the audio signal is clean and the EQ section (with sweep-able mids!) is effective. If you don't want to drag out your 16- or 32-channel mixer to mix a small band, you won't do wrong with the ZED12FX.
    Date published: 2010-08-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Continues the A&H tradition I purchased this as a small back up mixer for my larger A&H Mixwiz 16. Obviously it isn't the same as the larger Mixwiz's, but as a backup (for 6 mics) and a small rig for acoustic gigs it is money well spent. It works quite well, plus you can single click a 1/4 plug into the channel S/R loop and get a direct out of each channel(not documented). The effects sound good enough for what they are.. I really think this unit is a good value for the money
    Date published: 2010-07-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well made...and Top Performance,..Mixer Given its practical price point, this mixer sound incerdible! I use to use othermixrs such as mackie 802; however, the Allen and Heath excels when it comes to quality of build and the effects (verbs..etc) It has the same DuoPre mic preamps, MusiQ EQ and high-quality digital effects engine as the larger models. Having had an opportunity to use the zed12FX now for the past few weeks, I am reassured in my decision that this was a very good purchase which i am sure will last me for quite a long time. Sanjiv A. Raval
    Date published: 2010-08-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mixer! Great sound! This Allen & Heath mixer is an outstanding mixer and probably the best in it's price range. It has just the right amount of channels and aux monitors for home studio or small gig us. Yet it's still fairly portable. Feels high quality as well.
    Date published: 2012-11-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice clean mixer I use this produc to mix live sound to my stadium venue. Very durable, clean sound, and has great strength.
    Date published: 2011-09-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good sounding mixer Use for live DUO 2 guitars and vocals with sequencer....effects on vocals sound good. Feel robust and mic preamp sound realy good. Sound is WAY better than behringer that I used before. I run it with yorkville ap3000 amp in 2 elite top and sub. played some music using laptop USB and it sound really good....Only had it for a few feeks but feel robust. Knobs feels great and eq is very musical. I which there would be a stereo XRL sub out and main eq.
    Date published: 2012-10-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Features galore Enough connections for almost any amateur or simple professional use. Easy connection to PC via the USB connection. I am still learning to use the FX feature of this product.
    Date published: 2011-03-02
    Date published: 2012-07-23
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