The Allen & Heath ZED-R16 combines an analogue recording mixer with a
FireWire soundcard, MIDI controls and ‘home-studio’ routing so you can build
tracks in the studio, record live gigs, mix-down and remix.
“Allen & Heath used to be well known for its recording mixers and the
last one we designed was the GS3000 - a traditional analogue mixer - nearly ten
years ago,” explains designer, Mike Griffin. “The way the recording musician
works now is quite different, so with the ZED-R16 I was looking to offer a
product which addressed the world of digital recording. ZED-R16 offers an
interface to that world but also offers great analogue functionality – where you
can mix in digital or analogue.”
The ZED-R16 can be employed as a standard analogue mixer while recording
multi-track via FireWire or ADAT, a traditional inline mixer recording with send
and return per channel via FireWire, or as a MIDI controller via switchable
channel faders. It features 16 mono inputs, 2 stereo inputs, a high quality dual
mic pre-amp, 4-band fully-parametric EQ, 4 auxes, a stereo bus, 2 stereo
returns, and 18+18 FireWire I/O and 8+8 ADAT I/O.
For studio work, there are control room speaker outputs, two separate artist
monitor feeds, two analogue recording outputs in addition to the digital
interface, and a dedicated internal condenser talkback mic. Each channel has its
own independent soundcard channel, so instruments can be recorded simultaneously
(pre or post EQ) 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.
ZED-R16 is equipped with a host of MIDI control options. As well as the
4 dedicated MIDI faders, 12 rotary controllers, 12 switches, and 5 dedicated
transport switches, all channel faders can also be switched to become MIDI
faders. As with all models in the ZED range, the ZED-R16 is also bundled with
Cakewalk’s SONAR LE music production software. In addition to multi-track
recording, the ZED-R16 allows mixing down in analogue, then recording back into
the computer in digital.
For live use, the ZED-R16’s 4 aux buses become foldback feeds and FX sends,
and the main XLR outputs feed the PA system, and the record feed signal can
easily be assigned pre and post EQ using the buttons next to the