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Allen & Heath ZED-18 18-Channel Live/Recording Mixer with USB In/Out

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ZED-18

ZED-18 has an incredibly advanced feature-set for a mixer at this level - it gives musicians, venues and hire companies access to 10 full mono channels and 4 stereo channels in a compact, rack mountable format. Configurable USB audio in/out makes it easy to capture stereo recordings.

USB Audio Flexibility
Getting audio to and from a computer easily is now a common requirement for live sound and music production. The way this has been implemented 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! CD quality audio to and from your PC or Mac. Switches and connection through jack socket terminals provide different send/return configurations:-
Send Options
1) Main Mix Left + Right (Post-fade)
2) Main Mix Left + Right (Pre-Fade)
3) Auxes 1-2
4) Auxes 3-4
Return Options
1) To Stereo 3 channel

MusiQ
ZED-18 features a responsive 3-band, swept mid frequency EQ design which utilises MusiQ - with optimised slope (or Q factor) for equalising individual instruments.

DuoPre
Based on the proven pre-amps from the hugely successful PA series, ZED-18 has DuoPre 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 and also matching to a higher input impedance.

Features
• 10 mono channels
• Neutrik mic XLR and Neutrik 1/4 inch jacks
• Super wide gain 'DuoPre' mic line input
• 3 band EQ with MusiQ
• 4 auxes with Mono/stereo function on auxes 1&2
• Sound image pan
• Illuminated PFL, peak warning indicator and mute
• ALPS 100mm faders
• 4 stereo channels with 2-band EQ
• All inputs with level control
• 12 bar meters
• Configurable USB stereo audio in/out
• Global +48V phantom power

Specifications
Operating Levels:
Inputs:
Mono channel (XLR) Input +6 to 63dBu for nominal (+17dBu in max)
Mono channel Line Input (Jack socket) +10 to 26dBu (+30dBu maximum)
Insert point (TRS Jack socket) 0dBu nominal +21dBu maximum
Stereo Input (Jack sockets) 0dBu nominal (control = Off to +10dB)
Stereo input (phono sockets) 0dBu nominal (control = Off to +10dB)
Outputs
L, R & Mono Outputs (L&R XLR, Mono Jack) 0dBu nominal. +21dBu maximum
Aux Outputs (Jack sockets) 0dBu nominal. +21dBu maximum
Alt Outputs (phono sockets) 0dBu nominal. +21dBu maximum
Rec Outputs (phono sockets) 0dBu nominal. +21dBu maximum
Frequency Response
Mic in to Mix L/R Out, 30dB gain +0.5/-1dB 20Hz to 20kHz
Line in to Mix L/R out 0dB gain +0.5/-1dB 10Hz to 30kHz
Stereo in to Mix L/R out +0.5/-1dB 10Hz to 30kHz
THD+n
Mic in to Mix L/R Out, 0dB gain 1kHz +10dBu out 0.004%
Mic in to Mix L/R Out, 30dB gain 1kHz 0.014%
Line in to Mix L/R out 0dB gain 0dBu 1kHz 0.005%
Stereo in to Mix L/R out 0dB gain +10dBu 1kHz 0.003%
Headroom
Analogue Headroom from nominal (0Vu) 21dB
USB in & out headroom from nominal (0Vu) 14dB
Noise
Mic Pre EIN @ max gain 150R input Z 22-22kHz -127dBu
Mix L/R out, L/R faders = 0, 22-22kHz -88dBu (ZED-14)
Mix L/R out, L/R faders = 0, 22-22kHz -84dBu (ZE Mix L/R out, L/R faders = 0, 22-22kHz -84dBu (ZED-24)
USB Audio CODEC (Coder/Decoder)
USB Audio In/Out USB 1.1 compliant 16bit.
Sample Rate 32, 44.1, or 48kHz
Dimensions: 18.3" x 18.3" x 3.9" / 46.5 x 46.5 x 9.8 cm
Weight: 18.7 lb / 8.5 kg
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