100 mm Long-Throw Faders for Smooth, Precise Mixing If you've ever tried to do a smooth gradual fade on a dinky 60 mm fader -- or worse, a fiddly channel gain knob -- you'll love the ZED-14's smooth long-throw 100 mm P&G faders on every channel. The first thing you'll notice when looking at this board is how much of this surface is taken up by the faders themselves. Serious full-length faders are especially helpful for applications like live radio shows or theater productions that require you to manually fade sources in and out. They're great help for mixing live music, or any situation when you want precise control over your channels and master levels.
Two-Stage DuoPre Preamplifiers for Cleaner Gain As any audio engineer will tell you, it's the channel preamplifiers that make one mixer sound better than another. And of course, mic-level signals require a great deal more preamp gain than line-level signals. Allen and Heath's ZED-series mixers meet this need with their updated two-stage phantom-powered DuoPre preamplifiers. Plug in an XLR microphone, and you'll have access to a massive 69 dB of clean gain evenly distributed around the gain control, so you can dial in precise levels of preamp gain on vocals and acoustic instruments. Plug in a line-level source, like a keyboard or drum machine, via the 1/4" jack and you'll bypass the DuoPre's first gain stage, skipping unnecessary electronics that could add noise to your signal. Each of the six XLR mic channels has a 1/4" insert jack, perfect for inserting external compressors or noise gates.
Allen and Heath MusEQ: True British EQ You'll find A&H's MusEQ 3-band equalization with sweepable midrange on each of the six mono channels, and 2-band EQ on each of the four stereo channels. The sweepable mid EQ knob covers frequencies from 120 Hz up to 4 kHz. Use it to dial down "boomy" low mids, cut midrange harshness, or add presence and intelligibility to speech and vocals around 2-3 kHz. Utilizing a smooth, wide Q to attain the musical quality often referred to as "British" EQ, the high-frequency equalizer helps you dial in 15 dB of airy highs around a corner frequency of 12 kHz, and the low-frequency EQ knob reduces boxiness with a corner frequency of 80 Hz. And of course, the six XLR channels are equipped with a 100 Hz high-pass filter for cutting low-frequency pops and rumble from your signal.
Flexible USB Routing: Send Aux Mixes to Your Computer Want to add a reverb effect to the vocals? You can send your ZED-14's USB output to DAW software -- such as the bundled Cakewalk Sonar LE -- and easily integrate plug-in processors with your live show. Dial in post-fade aux sends 3 and 4 on your vocal mic channels, then press the "Aux 3-4" button to send it all to your computer with the included USB cable. In your DAW, make a stereo track, select the ZED-14 as its input and output, and pull up the reverb plug-in processor of your choice. Your processed, "wet" signal will show up on the ZED-14's right-hand fader, labeled "USB Return." Use its 2-band EQ to dial in a sound, and mix in the processed signal to taste with the 100 mm fader. Or, let's say you'd like to record a stereo mix of your live show. Instead of capturing the vocal-heavy, drums-light "board mix," you can dial in a stereo mix on pre-fade auxes 1 and 2 and send that to your computer over USB instead. With a few simple buttons and four aux sends, the Allen and Heath ZED-14 mixer gives you USB routing that you'll actually use.
Allen and Heath ZED-14 14-Channel Mixer Features
- 6 phantom-powered XLR mic preamps
- 4 stereo channels with both RCA and 1/4" inputs
- Allen and Heath DuoPre preamplifier technology for clean gain
- 100 mm long-throw faders for precise level control
- 4 aux sends (2 pre-fader, 2 post-fader) on all channels
- 3-band EQ with sweepable midrange on mic channels
- 2-band EQ on stereo channel
- Built-in 2-in/2-out USB audio interface with 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz/16-bit resolution
- Auxes 1-2, auxes 3-4, or the main stereo mix assignable to USB output
- Cakewalk Sonar LE DAW software included
- Tough A&H build quality in a small-footprint USB-capable mixer
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