Allen & Heath ZED60-14FX Live and Studio Mixer with Digital FX and USB Port

Allen & Heath ZED60-14FX Live and Studio Mixer with Digital FX and USB Port

Allen & Heath ZED60-14FX Live and Studio Mixer with Digital FX and USB Port

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Product Highlights

  • 6 Mic/Line Inputs with 3-Band EQ
  • 2 Mic/Hi-Z Inputs with 3-Band EQ
  • 2 Stereo Inputs with 2-Band EQ
  • 16 Adjustable Effects
  • I/O to DAW via USB Port
  • Dedicated Single FX Out and Aux Out
  • Unbalanced Record Out and Monitor Out
  • Switchable Headphone Monitoring
  • Per Channel "Listen" Solo Switch
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Allen & Heath ZED60-14FX overview

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The ZED60-14FX Live and Studio Mixer from Allen & Heath is a 10-channel mixer with 16 built-in effects that is designed for an array of live and studio applications. Channels 1 through 6 have Neutrik XLR connectors for mic level signals, and 1/4" TRS inputs for balanced or unbalanced line level signals. Channels 7 and 8 also have Neutrik XLRs, but feature Class A FET Hi-Z instrument-level inputs for direct connection of electric guitars and basses. Additionally, channels 1 through 8 are all equipped with 3-band EQ and 48V phantom power.

The mixer also features two stereo inputs (ST1 & ST2) that have 1/4" TS and RCA jacks (ST1 only) for connecting line level outputs from devices such as keyboards, samplers or iPods. Each of the stereo channels features a 2-band EQ. All 10 channels can be routed to a "record" buss that can be output to a computer running DAW software via the USB port, or routed into a hardware recording device via the RCA record out jacks. Each channel also features a "listen" button, that when engaged takes the corresponding signal off the master and recording busses and sends it to the headphone buss. This can be useful in a live recording scenario for making discrete EQ adjustments to a channel before adding it to the master or record busses.

Designed with versatility in mind, the ZED60-14FX's master section is equipped with balanced XLR left and right main outputs with 1/4" inserts on each channel. These inserts can be useful for inserting outboard gear such as EQs or limiters at the end of your signal chain before the master mix is output to your speakers. Also, there is a balanced 1/4" aux output for connecting additional sound reinforcement components such as a powered stage monitor, and an FX bus out that can be used to send the FX mix to additional gear such as an external effects unit.

While you can connect an external effects unit via the FX bus out jack, the mixer also features sixteen built-in digital effects that include multiple delays, reverbs, a doubler, flanger, and chorus. The DSP engine, which uses the same effects algorithms as Allen & Heath's flagship digital consoles, is designed for low-noise and low-distortion signal processing.

Rugged Design
Designed with durability in mind for live gigging and recording, the ZED60-14FX uses many of the same exact components used in Allen & Heath's larger, high-end mixers. The vertically mounted, per-channel circuit boards make servicing much easier should it be required, with the ability to remove one particular channel from the mixer at a time
Low-Noise, High-Gain Microphone Pre-Amps
Based on the pre-amps from the Allen & Heath MixWizard series consoles. Designed to maximize sound quality with high gain, low noise and consistent output
Hi-Z Guitar Inputs
Channels 7 and 8 include high-impedance FET circuits running in Class-A mode for use with low-output electric guitars and basses. Designed to emulate the type of circuits used in valve guitar combos and head amplifiers, the input circuit has a soft overdrive characteristic, giving a warm 2nd harmonic character to the sound if desired
Per-Channel EQ
Channels 1-8 are equipped with a 3-band equalizer with sweepable mids and a high-pass filter. The 2 stereo channels have 2-band low- and high-frequency shelving
Onboard Digital Effects Processor
Sixteen built-in digital effects that include multiple delays and reverbs, a doubler, flanger and chorus. The digital effects algorithms are the same as those used on the flagship Allen & Heath digital consoles
Recording Buss
All channels, including the effects buss, have switchable routing to the recording buss that is sent to the stereo RCA recording out and the USB out, useful for dropping or adding in microphones or effects to tape during a live recording scenario
USB Connectivity
When used in tandem with your Mac or PC running DAW software, the mixer can send and/or receive up to 16-bit, 48 kHz audio via the USB port
In the Box
Allen & Heath ZED60-14FX Live and Studio Mixer with Digital FX and USB Port
  • Power Cord
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Allen & Heath ZED60-14FX specs

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    Input Connections 8 x XLR mic/line
    6 x 1/4" TRS line
    2 x 1/4" TRS unbalanced Hi-Z
    2 x 1/4" TS stereo L/R input, 1 with RCA phono
    1 x stereo L/R playback in with 1/4 inch TS jacks
    1 x USB Type B (shared with output)
    Phantom Power 48V, global
    Operating Level Range -10 to -60 dBu nominal (+11 dBu max), mono channel XLR
    +10 to -40 dBu (+31 dBu max), mono channel 1/4" TRS
    0 dBu nominal (control = Off to +15 dB), stereo input 1/4" or RCA
    Equalization All Channels
    LF @ 80 Hz, +/-15 dB
    HF @ 12 kHz, +/-15 dB
    Mic/Line Channels Additional Controls
    HPF @ 100 Hz, 6 dB/octave; on/off
    Sweepable mid: 120 Hz to 4 kHz, +/-15 dB
    Outputs
    Output Connections 2 x XLR main with 1/4" TRS inserts
    1 x RCA stereo monitor
    1 x RCA stereo recording
    1 x 1/4" TRS FX
    1 x 1/4" TRS aux
    1 x 1/4" TRS stereo headphone
    1 x USB Type B (shared with input)
    Operating Level Range 0 dBu /-30 dBu; +21 dBu /-9 dBu max, L/R outputs (XLR) normal/DI out
    0 dBu nominal; +21 dBu max, aux and FX outputs (1/4")
    0 dBu nominal; +21 dBu max, record and monitor outputs (RCA)
    Performance
    Frequency Response 10 Hz to 30 kHz, +0.5/-1 dB, mic in to mix L/R out, 30 dB gain
    10 Hz to 25 kHz, +0.5/-1 dB, line in to mix L/R out, 0 dB gain
    10 Hz to 30 kHz, +0.5/-1 dB, stereo in to mix L/R out
    THD + N 0.002% - 10 dB gain, 1 kHz, +10 dBu out, mic in to mix L/R out
    0.01% - 30 dB gain, 1 kHz, line in to mix L/R out
    0.003% - 0 dB gain, 1 kHz, 0 dBu, line in to mix L/R out 0 dB gain, 1 kHz
    0.002% - 0dB gain, 1 kHz, +10 dBu, stereo in to mix L/R out
    0.015% - 0 dBu, boost out, guitar input to mix L/R out
    2% second harmonic - 0dBu, boost in, guitar input to mix L/R out
    Headroom 21 dB from nominal (0 Vu)
    14 dB USB I/O from nominal (0 Vu)
    Noise -127 dBu - mic pre EIN @ max gain, 150R input Z, 22 Hz to 22 kHz
    -93 dBu - mix L/R out, L/R faders = 0, levels min, 2 Hz to 22 kHz
    USB Audio in/out
    USB 1.1 compliant 16-bit
    Sample rate
    32, 44.1, or 48 kHz
    General
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 17.3 x 13.6 x 3.7" (440 x 346 x 95 mm)
    Weight 13.6 lb (6.2 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 15.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.3 x 15.8 x 7.3"

    Allen & Heath ZED60-14FX reviews

    ZED60-14FX Live and Studio Mixer with Digital FX and USB Port is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing mixer I have been using this for 3 days and I am so impressed. This will be my 6th mixer, as the others don't last. I have used the Behringers, Alesis mixers. They just don't last and I consider them disposable units. I use them 6-7 days a week in a home studio. This Allen & Heath is so quiet in my headset I can't believe it. The sound coming out is so clear and clean, all I can say is WOW. I give it a huge thumbs up!!! It all comes down to how it sounds. I will never go back to the cheap mixers. I can take my headset off with a mic on and no feed back. Love this piece of equipment. *****
    Date published: 2017-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from High quality compact mixer packed with features This is my first Allen & Heath purchase, after years of owning several other brands of compact mixers. I just wanted something a little different this time, and I'm very impressed so far. It sounds great and is well built. I don't use the outdated USB 1.1 interface that is built in because it's only 16-bit, so I won't be able to comment on that. However, the Record bus feature is still very useful since it has analog outputs as well. I just send those outputs to my external 24-bit interface, and having the Record button on each channel is handy to send things there. This functionality is similar to Mackie's ALT 3/4 bus, which I had grown to rely on. The monitor routing section is well thought out and easy to navigate. It's easy to set up a different source in the headphones compared to the main outs, if that is important to you for live performance. The mic pres are great and have plenty of gain without a lot of noise. The two channels with High Impedence inputs are convenient if you're using this in a small home studio and want to plug a guitar in direct. I wish the Hi-Z switches were on the front panel though, instead of recessed on the back, which makes them hard to get to if you plan on changing your setup often. The built-in effects are just an extra for me, that really didn't figure into my purchasing decision. I have outboard FX that I use more often, but I could see the built-in FX being convenient for live use. My choice came down to the Zed14 or this, and ultimately I chose the Zed60-14fx because of the smaller form factor. It fit better on the desk in my small home studio, as the Zed14 is much longer. The smaller channel strips mean that the knobs are very close together, so if you have Hulk-sized hands you might look elsewhere. My overall impression is that this is a nice change from my old Mackie mixers, which were maybe a bit sterile sounding compared to the Allen & Heath stuff which adds a very subtle but pleasant character to mixes, especially if you use the nice sweepable-mid EQ.
    Date published: 2016-01-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Compact Unit This unit replaces a old and very large Yamaha EM300B in my mancave. It runs six mics, computer and stereo out to four Bose 802 speakers via a Peavey power amp.Being old and a novice at this there was a little confusion for me on connectors need. I was use to using TS connectors for outputs and having control with right and left sliders. The main outputs on this unit are XLR and there is only one slide for the mains. Only one slider for monitors also. May not be a big deal. Getting the USB connected was also not self explanatory to me. The manual leaves something to be desired for a person like me.I was lucky enough to hook up with Bruno at GLB Productions @/about for help. He is in Singapore but emailing back and forth got me through any crisis I had.
    Date published: 2016-02-17
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