What's great about the ZED-436
The ZED 4-Bus series
takes inspiration from different product lines within the A&H range,
combining them with fresh new ideas to give stunning results in a neat and easy
to use package.
The padless DuoPreTM mic/line pre-amplifier is the new design first
implemented on the ZED-14 and delivers a high-headroom, low-noise signal.
The 4 band, 2 sweep EQ, along with the low noise summing amps, is borrowed from
the acclaimed GL2400, while the bus architecture is a simplified, but equally
comprehensive, version of that employed in the successful GL series.
The USB audio interface, with its uniquely flexible capability, allows
different signals to be sent to USB, from LR or from selected aux buses. The USB
return signal can be routed straight to the LR mix or to a stereo channel.
The connectors are placed on the top surface for easy plugging & patching,
and the construction, with individual circuit boards firmly nutted to the top
panel, is as rock solid as Allen & Heath’s top of the range ML Series
The ZED 4-bus series is available with either 16 mono inputs plus
2 dual stereo channels (ZED-420), 24+2 (ZED-428) or 32+2 (ZED-436).
Also included with ZED 4-Bus is the excellent SONAR LE digital audio
workstation software for Windows, with audio and MIDI multi-track recording and
mixing capability, effects plug-ins and editing features, enabling the ZED 4-Bus
mixer to become a live recording or home recording mixer.
One of the great
things about the ZED series is the number and variety of things you can plug in.
In addition to the sixteen mono channels there are two dual stereo channels,
each with a main stereo input on jack sockets and with additional inputs on
phono sockets. the USB return can be selected to one of the additional inputs so
that it feeds either the main LR bus or the stereo channel.
Based on the proven pre-amps from the hugely
successful PA series, the ZED series has new DuoPreTM pre-amps, which use a two
stage design, with carefully controlled amounts of gain in each stage. When
amplifying the signal from the XLR input, the gain range is huge - 69dB of range
to be exact - and is very evenly distributed around the gain control, meaning
better control of signal level. Most of the gain comes from the first stage, so
unwanted noise is kept to a minimum. Line level signals are simply plugged into
the second stage of the pre-amp by using the line input jack socket, which has
the great advantage of less noise when using the line input.
ZED-420 features a responsive 4-band EQ
taken from the acclaimed GL2400 mixer. The design utilises MusiQ - optimised
slope (or Q factor) for equalising individual instruments.
6 aux sends are provided, of which
1&2 are prefade for foldback monitoring, and 3 & 4 are switched pre or
post-fade for effects sends. and 5&6 are post-fade. Auxes 1&2 can be
sent to the USB bus for recording pre-fade signals independently to the main
mix. Auxes 5&6 can also be sent to the USB bus for use as effects sends.
USB audio flexibility Getting audio to and from a computer easily is now a
common requirement for live sound and music production. The way we have
implemented this on ZED is super-flexible and super-easy! No longer do you need
to fiddle around the back of your PC to get to the soundcard inputs, only to
find that the levels are all wrong and noisy. Just plug in a USB lead to your
ZED, select the USB routing on the mixer and the device on your computer and
that's it! Quality audio to and from your PC or Mac. Three switches provide
different send/return configurations for recording, playback and utilising